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The Church Is Not a Social Club

Jesus calls his church to meet the needs of her members. If anyone lacks, the first place they should be able to turn is the body of Christ.

The Church Is Not a Social Club

Jesus calls his church to meet the needs of her members. If anyone lacks, the first place they should be able to turn is the body of Christ.

Coming Soon: A New First-Rate Faith-Friendly Film | The Stream

Get ready for "Because of Gracia." It's powerful new film about a woman who lets her faith guide her, despite sexual peer pressure. Starring Moriah Peters.

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3 Tim Kaine: We Need All Parts of the Body to Fix Health Care

Who are “the least of these” that Jesus spoke of? Since 1999, there has been an annual clinic at the Wise County, Virginia, fairgrounds, offering free medical care to uninsured people in the heart of Appalachia. I’ve volunteered at this clinic many times, and the dire need for medical care in my state and the generosity of people willing to help never cease to move me. The patients I met this year were no exception: a mother of four young kids who couldn’t remember the last time she had seen a doctor; a nurse who had lost her job to an opioid addiction sparked by a prescription for arthritis; a man who needed dental, medical, and vision services but had to pick only two because he was too sick to wait in the July sun for all three. The clinic provides life-changing care to thousands in need, but the most compassionate and wealthiest nation in the world should have a health care system that doesn’t force the least among us to wait in a fairground lot for days to see an affordable doctor.

Your Tithe Doesn’t Have to Go to Your Church, Most Evangelical Leaders Say

“I have been taught—without reference to any biblical mandate—that any amount given outside of the local church should be done over and above the tithe,” author and speaker Deborah Pegues, who gives all of her tithe to her local church, told the NAE. “Nevertheless, I believe that everyone should be fully persuaded in his own mind as to the distribution of his tithe.”

Your Letter to Your Future Spouse

Undoubtedly, marriage is a treasured gift many Christians will receive. Instituted by God before the fall, and intended to showcase the beauty of the gospel, marriage ought to be highly regarded by God’s people. But marriage is no savior. It cannot rescue, redeem, or ultimately fulfill us. It has no final power to save us from our loneliness, emptiness, or purposelessness. Believing marriage can do the work of God himself is to serve an idol.

6 A Case For The Resurrection: Part 3 - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

In previous posts ( one ;  two ), I explored the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus in the context of the Jewish Messianic expectations and the prevailing concepts regarding resurrection in the first century world. Over the course of the next few blog entries in this series, I want to consider some of the circumstantial historiographical evidence for the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus to his disciples, friends and foes, starting with that early Creedal summary given in 1 Corinthians 15. What information can be learn from this early creed? Embedded below is one of the best videos on this subject, which provides a succinct yet informative summary of the importance, significance and evidential value of this passage regarding the resurrection. What does 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 say? “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.

If You Want to Live Truly, Learn to Die Daily

The fruit of Jesus’s death was the resurrection of God’s people to true life in him. The fruit of his death has covered the globe and continues to grow wherever the gospel is spread. If we, like the grain of wheat, let ourselves be buried and die, we will have an abundance of fruit for ourselves and others. If we did more dying, we’d probably feel more alive than ever. Because, like the gorse bush, the flower will blossom from the thorn.

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Loneliness and the Call to Community

At the perfect time, God sent His Son into the world. Christ came to redeem a people for Himself through His own blood—a community chosen before the world began who would wear His righteousness and once again reflect their Maker. Through their union with Christ, all those who by faith trust in Him for their salvation are part of that community God promised so long ago. “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29). We are those countless stars in the sky, the grains of sand on the seashore that together make up the people of God. We are part of His body, the church. United to Christ, we are also united to the saints of old and to the saints sitting in the pew next to us.

U.S. News' College Ratings Have a Worldview behind Them

The bottom line: Take the U.S. News rankings—and all other rankings—with a grain of salt. Every rating system has a worldview behind it. If you are a parent helping to choose a college for your child, or if you are a student making a decision for yourself, know that worldview and be discerning as you make a decision that could be one of the most important of your life.

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The Reformation Wasn’t A Mistake

In his rebuttal of the reformers, with Luther as the main focus, Levering seeks to show Roman Catholic doctrine is “not unbiblical.” It’s worth noting that isn’t the same as being biblical. It’s also worth noting Levering’s theological method or, as he puts it, his “mode of biblical reasoning.” He writes, “Rather than presenting his twelve disciples with a list of doctrinal truths, the Lord Jesus made clear that his disciples would need to learn the truth about him in a communal and liturgical way, by living with him over a period of time and by being intimately related to him” (21).


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Dear Secretary Tillerson: Don’t Downsize Religion in Foreign Affairs

After the meeting with Secretary Kerry, RGA asked me to join a State Department working group dedicated to studying how faith leaders can contribute to mitigating global conflicts. In that group, I co-led a subgroup with a senior staff member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Department of Defense (DOD). We made an unusual pairing—a key leader at the DOD along with an evangelical pastor—but in the two years that we met, we made tangible progress in solving both theoretical (future) and real-world problems related to faith, foreign affairs, and peacebuilding.

Vatican diplomat recalled from Washington embassy amid child porn investigation - Premier

A high-ranking priest working at the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after US prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, officials said.

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Be Patient with Your Slow Growth

And he wants us to learn patience, too — it’s one of his slow-growing spiritual fruits (Galatians 5:22). Don’t be discouraged with your slow growth or with your church’s. Determine to “dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3 NASB). And bear in mind the broader principle captured in Jesus’s words to Peter: “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand” (John 13:7).

Why You Need to Be A Christian Case Maker (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #14) | Cold Case Christianity

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner makes the case for why all of us, as Christians, need to take the additional step and become Christian Case Makers. What does it mean to be an “apologist”? Why should it matter to us? How can we avoid being an “Accidental Christian”? (For more information, visit )

The Marks of the Church

One important implication of this is that a church is in one sense created by a group of people who will take that responsibility to celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly and rightly. Therefore they must decide who may and may not receive the Supper. The list of those regular recipients is basically the membership of the church. And the refusal to allow those who do not evidence saving faith to participate in the Lord’s Supper is what is called “church discipline.” The church means to do all this in obedience to Christ. And it is marked out as a truly Christian church if it rightly preaches God’s Word and rightly administers baptism and the Lord’s Supper. It is the church’s responsibility, therefore, to define visually for the world what a Christian is.

Kaine Is Simply Not Able to Speak Up Rightly for the Least of These

Finally, let me say that there is much in Senator Kaine’s article with which I agree, and I think we desperately need the dialogue he advocates. However, Senator Kaine is simply not the right person to explain how our faith and scripture inform our actions for the “least of these.” We know of his actions, and his faith has not led him to protect the unborn.

How Atheism Led Influential Atheist Historian, Dr. Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, to Faith.

Sarah Irving-Stonebraker is a Senior Lecturer (with tenure) in Modern European History at Western Sydney University in Australia (1). Stonebraker’s first book, Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire, was awarded The Royal Society of Literature and Jerwood Foundation Award for Non-fiction. Her book provides an academic treatment on England’s colonial empire and how it became tied to the Protestant redemptive project of restoring humanity’s original dominion over nature. Her book has been dubbed “a masterfully written history of the construction of the British Empire,” as per one of the judges of the Jerwood Award. Before joining the University of Western Sydney, Stonebraker was a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and then Assistant Professor at Florida State University.

Renewing Your Mind | Announcing Saints of Zion, Part 2 | Sep 15, 2017

Proclaiming the truth of God through music is powerful. Today, R.C. Sproul and Jeff Lippencott join us again to share more hymns from their new collection of sacred music, Saints of Zion.

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#Kaine should include the #unborn in his definition of “the least of these”? Read more from John Stonestreet.

Does God Control All Things All the Time?

Fourth, this one is sweeping like the first one. God’s sovereign will governs all daily events. Here is James 4:13–15: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say” — this is what the biblical inspired writer James says we ought to say — “‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”

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The Solution to the Cultural Madness Surrounding the Berkeley Protests of Ben Shapiro | The Stream

How did we reach this extremely low point? How did the older generation fail to prepare the younger generation for handling the challenges of life and the diversity of worldviews? How did we create such a self-centered, “You hurt my feelings!” mindset? How did “tolerance” become so intolerant and “inclusivism” become so exclusive? How did “love” become so hateful?

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London Train Blast Declared 'Terrorist' Attack; 18 Injured

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Matt Walsh: Dear churches, you’re killing yourselves and this is how

I say this was offensive to me because, as I listened, I looked down at myself and remembered that I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts. And flip flops, God forgive me. Oh, I had a reasonable explanation. I hadn’t remembered to pack formal attire, you see. I began to feel embarrassed and angry at him for making this sweeping statement without considering that some of us may have a good reason to be dressed like beach bums. I knew I’d have to walk down the aisle like a scolded schoolboy, wearing exactly what I’d just been told not to wear. I was offended. I had an excuse and it was outrageous that this guy hadn’t prefaced his remarks by specifically exempting me, personally, from everything he was about to say. How dare he assume that I lack reverence just because I wore pool clothes to church. I don’t lack reverence! I’m, like, so reverent! You wouldn’t believe how reverent I am!

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When we hit lists of names in the Bible, we tend to skip them. What do we miss? Listen to ep. 2 of Knowing Faith. 

Friday, September 15, 2017 — The Briefing

The recovery and renewal of the church in this generation will come only when from pulpit to pulpit the herald preaches as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.

Friday, September 15, 2017 — The Briefing

The recovery and renewal of the church in this generation will come only when from pulpit to pulpit the herald preaches as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.

Friday, September 15, 2017 — The Briefing

The recovery and renewal of the church in this generation will come only when from pulpit to pulpit the herald preaches as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.

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Answering an Objection to Apologetics: 'Doesn’t Faith Come from Hearing the Word of God?'

“People mistake apologetics for evangelism. Like the activities we’ve considered above, apologetics itself is a good thing. We are instructed by Peter to be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have (1 Pet. 3:15). And apologetics is doing exactly that. Apologetics is answering questions and objections people may have about God or Christ, or about the Bible or the message of the gospel. Apologists for Christianity argue for its truth. They maintain that Christianity better explains that sense of longing that all people seem to have. Christianity better explains human rationality. It fits better with order. They may argue (as C. S. Lewis does in Mere Christianity) that it better fits with the moral sense that people innately have. It copes better with problems of alienation and anxiety. Christians may – and should – argue that Christianity’s frankness about death and mortality commends it. These can be good arguments to have. Answering questions and defending parts of the good news may often be a part of conversations Christians have with non-Christians, and while that may have been a part of our own reading or thinking or talking as we came to Christ, such activity is not evangelism.

Orion and the Pleiades Speak Truth

Job had been proclaiming his innocence of wrongdoing, insisting that his suffering was not fair, and calling for an answer from God. Instead of giving Job an explanation, God asked him a series of unanswerable questions to demonstrate His superior wisdom in ruling the world, including His sovereign decision to permit Job’s suffering. Here are several of the questions that God asked Job related to constellations:

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Why Christian Kids Leave the Faith

Few things are sadder to witness than people who once professed faith leaving it all behind. This is especially true when those people were raised in Christian homes by God-fearing parents. These children were given every opportunity to put their faith in Jesus but determined instead to turn their backs on him. Why would they make such a tragic choice?

Hurricane Irma Response

Hurricane Irma has made its way through the Caribbean, affecting a number of islands. BGR’s Area Directors are on the ground and have begun assessing the situation. The initial assessments will focus upon Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Turks, Caicos, and the Bahamas. Priority will be given to the items that will preserve the lives of those affected by the hurricane, focusing on food, water, and shelter. It may be a few weeks before a disrupted economy and supply chain is restored. In the interim, BGR and other disaster response organizations will attempt to meet the most need possible in the most efficient way possible.

What Makes a Christian Martyr Different from Other Faiths’ Martyr

This is a difficult question to answer, but it basically boils down to two things. First, what was the person who was martyred engaged in doing? What was his lifestyle and business, which caused him to be a target? Second, what was the martyr killed for? In the above-mentioned cases of Hindu and Buddhist martyrs, some are engaged in violent or revolutionary activities against another government and so are not true martyrs because they are killed as “enemy combatants.” But many people in this situation are innocent bystanders living in areas viewed as hostile to the government in question. They may be killed inadvertently (or deliberately) because of nationalistic reasons. These deaths would actually be war casualties or genocide, not martyrdom in the religious sense. Others are killed mainly for religious reasons, but without a direct threat to convert or die. These killings are still mostly nationalistic in intent, not true martyrdom. The killing of non-Christians simply because of their religious beliefs and their subsequent refusal to convert to another religion is rare (although not unheard of).

The Gospels Are Reliable and Jesus is a Historical Person

Claiming to be an academic, you would hope for a reference for this claim. The author does provide a reference and it is to a blog post by a classics major. Not a Bible scholar. I have two graduate degrees in biblical studies and I have never heard of this consensus that the Gospels are unreliable. There are scholars who believe the Gospels are completely reliable, a wide range of somewhat reliable and some who see it as completely unreliable. I would say that the majority of biblical scholars would say that the Gospels have some historical value.

Rapid Response: “Did Jesus Think Jesus Was God?”

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. What would you say if someone said, “I’ve read some of the Bible and I can’t find a place where Jesus actually said, ‘I am God’. I’m not even sure Jesus thought he was God.” Here is a conversational example of how I recently responded to this statement:

Apple Is Turning Stores Into 'Town Squares.' Is This Shopping's Future?

It’s a fascinating idea, especially at a time when online retail stores offer a mind-numbing array of choices. We have more options than ever before—but that doesn’t mean shoppers are happier than ever before. We still have to return clothes that don’t fit, don’t work, or don’t look like they were advertised. As people experience information overload online, they increasingly turn to expert curators—via newsletters, podcasts, and blogs—to give them the most important information of the day. Maybe this is what shoppers want, too.

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