Jesus Owns Muhammad
http://www.answeringmuslims.com According to the Qur'an, Christians must judge by the Gospel. But the Gospel says that Jesus owns everything. Since Jesus own...
Arzell's Recovery | A Salvation Army Story
Gangs, extreme violence and drugs ruled Arzell's life until he visited the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center. The Work Therapy Center saved him from that ...
IES Abroad: Dublin Summer Internship 2014
Each year, IES Abroad, a study abroad program based out of Chicago, IL, offers many different places to gain a cross-cultural education. I completed their Du...
Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority
Can a thoughtful person today seriously believe that God wrote a book? There are an unprecedented number of sophisticated attacks on the origin, credibility, and reliability of the Bible. It can be difficult to know what to say when skepticism and secularism take over so many conversations. Additionally, confusion and doubt about the Bible being God's Word are becoming as common inside the church as they are in the broader culture. The purpose of this book is to respond to these challenges, sound bites, and slogans, and give people confidence that the Bible can be trusted and that it matters for our lives because God really has spoken. Includes a free CD recording of Greg's radio interview with the author.
What Does Repentance Look Like?
The Bible tells us explicitly and shows us implicitly that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. David knows this to be true. As broken as he is, he knows God and how God relates to penitent people. He understands that God never hates or despises a broken and contrite heart. This is what God desires from us. This is what Jesus had in mind in the Beatitudes when He said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for “they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4). This text is not simply about grieving the loss of a loved one, but also the grief that we experience when convicted by our sin. Jesus assures us that when we grieve over our sin, God by His Holy Spirit will comfort us.
Top 50 Time Management Articles | HeadHeartHand Blog
Over the past 4-5 years I’ve been collating and cataloging online resources for teaching purposes. Recently I started posting some of these links on the blog. Previous posts include:
9 Days Left until the reTHINK Student Conference! - Stand to Reason Blog
There are just 9 days left until the third annual reTHINK Student Apologetics Conference in Orange County, California on the 26th and 27th. At this conference we raise the bar of expectations for students and, at the same time, make the training accessible to their young minds. It's a challenging line to walk, but if the response from the first two years (over 1,000 people have attended) is any indication, we've found a way to be effective. reTHINK is a big undertaking, so why do we put all that energy and work into it? Because the church needs to recapture young minds with the truth:
Dean Inserra » Blog Archive » Dating Wisely
In fact, prior to the sexual revolution, men would pursue a woman toward marriage. Nowadays a man pursues a woman to be in a dating relationship. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It just makes things quite complicated for the Christian who is trying to live his or her life in holiness, because the category of dating is something we invented. The Bible doesn’t acknowledge this category that is a central part of our society. Boyfriends and girlfriends and being “committed” to someone who is not your spouse are all foreign to God’s design. Paul wrote that we look like people who “do not know God,” (1 Thess. 4:5) when we are in sexual sin. Dating makes this complicated.
The Chicago Statement | 5 Minutes in Church History
The 1960s were a time of crisis in the church, one that centered on the doctrine of the authority of Scripture. Among many Baptists, Lutherans, and Presbyterians, there was a drift away from the position of inerrancy, which states that the Bible is without error. This drift would untether the church from her moorings; it would move the church out from under her authority in life and worship. The implications of moving away from holding to the inerrancy of the Bible are vast. Therefore, these godly theologians, pastors, and missionaries gathered in Chicago to define inerrancy and also to make a statement warning of the dangers of drifting from inerrancy. The first statement of the preface reads:
Why 1 Peter 3:15 is Not Just for Men: Women and Apologetics
Ladies this verse is not just for the men in our lives it is for us also. We need to stop living like apologetics (defense of the Christian Faith) and correct theology has no place in our lives. If anything we need to be continually learning and growing in the faith in order to teach and equip the next generation. I say this because most women I have come in contact with have no care to learn apologetics, theology and sound doctrine. They are content living in the realm of "feelings", what "feels" right and their "personal relationship" with Christ. Discussions on deeper issues of the faith tend to stay in the man circles while the ladies quietly stand to the side.
New record set for extent of Antarctic sea ice
Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began.
The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop
We can be grateful that the living standards of all Americans, including the poor, have risen in the past half century, but the War on Poverty has not succeeded according to Johnson’s original goal. Johnson’s aim was not to prop up living standards by making more and more people dependent on an ever larger welfare state. Instead, Johnson sought to increase self-sufficiency, the ability of a family to support itself out of poverty without dependence on welfare aid. Johnson asserted that the War on Poverty would actually shrink the welfare rolls and transform the poor from “taxeaters” into “taxpayers.”
Former ‘Militant Atheist’ Reveals What Totally Changed His Mind About Death, God and the Afterlife
British author Scott Coren once described himself as a “militant atheist” who believed in a “world that operated on chance and natural selection” — but then something profoundly changed.
EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
Should abortions be permitted in the case of rape or incest? When the subject of abortion comes up, rape and incest are often used as an emotional appeal designed to deflect serious consideration of the pro-life position: “How can anyone deny a hurting woman safe medical care and freedom from the terror of rape or […]
Audacity: Ray Comfort's First Scripted Short Film
Ray Comfort : For the most part, homosexuality has been embraced as morally acceptable in contemporary culture. Sexual sin was once frowned upon, but in time, it’s become accepted as the norm by our sinful world. As Christians, we’ve come to terms with fornication and adultery but we bristle at the thought of homosexuality gaining a similar foothold, so we put up a battle. We have concern that fornicators will not enter Heaven, but that concern has waned for homosexuals. Instead, we are more disturbed that they are destroying the fabric of our Judeo-Christian society. “Audacity” puts the focus where it should be. Author Joe Dallas rightly said, “Our response should show interest and concern, two qualities the church has rarely shown when dealing with homosexuality. We must admit we have mishandled the issue in many ways: we have veered between ignoring the problem to becoming obsessed with it, we have made hasty and false generalizations at times about homosexuals themselves, and we have shown a tremendous zeal for defeating the political goals of gays while showing less concern for their eternal well-being.
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.
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...
Grace to You
There is not a need He hasn’t met in your life, even though it may appear so at times. If a “need” goes unmet, it’s only because there is reason to wait or because we have incorrectly categorized our desire as a demand. As you bring your needs before Him today, you can be sure He hears you and responds.
The seminary community gathers to worship in Alumni Memorial Chapel on Tuesday and Thursday at 10a.m.
Moral Relativists In The University: They Aren’t Who You Think They Are
I think Christians are much to blame for this state of affairs with our young. the evangelical church embraced forms of relativism a while ago, maybe as far back as 19th century. We know the church has embraced entertainment, watered down theology, softened the idea of sin, responsibility. Almost every church has counselors, psychologists, marriage therapy, etc. I don’t want to say therapy is bad–especially in light of all the people suffering from depression. But what is the grounding or epistemology of Christian therapy, anyway? Is the pursuit of happiness, self-fulfillment, or having others “get” you, which is not evil in and of itself, congruent with concepts of sacrificial love, denial of self, that Christianity is based on? I was struck recently by your post on ann coulter’s reaction to the Ebola stricken missionaries. The way we view people who make sacrifices for the greater good, particularly missionaries, has changed drastically even among Christians. People just don’t know how to conceptualize it; they see it as crazy or stupid. I think I remember that Eric Liddell, the famous runner was hailed as national hero for sacrificing his health/life as missionary to China.
Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level
The article claims his sermon somehow indicates a change in the position Jesus holds in the Holy Trinity. Jesus "has been demoted to third place behind 'mother' Mary and the 'Holy Mother Church'. Pope Francis reportedly "bestowed a position and title to the Virgin Mary equal or greater than that of the second Holy Trinity."
What’s All This ‘Gospel-Centered’ Talk About?
Dating can be truly enjoyed if we go into every evening out with a heart-sense of the gospel. If we know we are accepted and approved in Jesus, acceptance and approval by the person sitting across the table loses its ominous significance. If we know God delights in us with invincible favor and love, dates that go poorly will disappoint but not crush us. If we know that no matter what happens in a relationship we will always have Christ, and he is everything, then we are freed from having our mood dictated by dating success. And even if dates go well with someone early on, it's only a matter of time before a boyfriend or girlfriend (or spouse) will disappoint us and let us down. There's only one who never lets us down.
‘The Great Divorce’ on Stage
The play begins and ends in the library of C. S. Lewis, and the projected image of books stacked high on shelves gives way to a series of “stools,” each composed of seven books piled one on top of the other. On the bus, the stools act as seats; in heaven, they serve as stepping stones for the sinners. In keeping with the book, the play presents the damned souls as ghosts who are so insubstantial compared to the reality of heaven that they cannot bend the grass with their feet. Since the absolute “thingness” of the grass hurts them, they are forced to shift from one stone to the next, now sitting, now standing, but never really comfortable. The audience shares their discomfort and wonders along with them whether the promise made by the Spirits—that if they stay in heaven, their feet will adjust to the grass and they will grow more solid—can be trusted.
Grace to You
God is the ultimate object of all our thanksgivings, and Father is the name that highlights His loving benevolence and the constant flow of His gracious gifts that come to those who know Him (see James 1:17). We just can’t escape the importance of our continually offering thanks to God on every occasion, for everything. Hebrews 13:15 presents us with this excellent summary: “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
The myCBN Christian Social App : Grow, Connect, Have Fun!
An immersive free app featuring challenges, quizzes, studies, groups & more, with insights and videos from your favorite Christian speakers and artists.
When Your Church Is Not Revitalizing
It is hard to overstate the difficulty of working in a church where revitalization is not happening. There are years with more funerals than baptisms. Teenagers graduate, move on to college, and don’t come back. Families with young children leave and go to the church with “better” children’s ministry, music, and preaching. The church’s leaders stare at you and wonder what you are doing wrong to keep the church from growing. The pastor hears countless stories about church’s glory days and how great was the pastor who led them in those years. When those stories are told, the pastor hears, “We wish we were in those days again, and we wish he was still our pastor instead of you.”
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 Fifth Gospel | Bobby Conway
“Few Christians can rightly say with the apostle Paul, ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.’ Bobby Conway is just such a Christian, and, as such, his passion for Christ is contagious. Read, no, prayerfully devour
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead! Nietzsche, Moral Absolutes, and Evolution
Some cultists advance the
idea that life is about knocking on enough doors to sell magazines or to
participate in enough temple and occult rituals to please God. Selected Hindus
suggest one must stay pure to escape the Karmic cycle. The Prussian born
Friedrich Nietzsche advanced the idea that life was about attaining power.
Nietzsche wrote of the will of power, the Superman, and magnificent destinies.
Yet, Nietzsche was a physically and emotionally weak man: headaches,
unattractive, bad eyesight—a tragic figure. He ironically asserted, “A casual
stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
A few years later, he fell into insanity and repeatedly declared that he was
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.
The Export of Hate
There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT.
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Equipping the Church to Bring Theology to Life
Seminary is strategic. While it must never replace the primacy of the local church, it is a unique training ground for equipping God’s people to bring theology to life within the various spheres to which he calls them.
Ian and Larissa Murphy: Trusting God through Traumatic Brain Injury
At 29, Larissa still sounds at times like a young wife, learning to serve her husband and grow her faith as best she can. She is not a trained theologian, but she does not shy away from the theological questions posed by a traumatic brain injury. She writes honestly about the blessings they have experienced amidst, and even because of, the hardship of Ian’s long recovery and his different life with a disability.
Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis
Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular issue has undergone not small adjustments but a complete reversal. That which was once condemned is now celebrated, and the refusal to celebrate is now condemned.
ISIL and Religious Freedom -
At a time when the eyes of the world are fixed on atrocities being committed by ISIL in the name of religion, the notion of “religious freedom” can sound repugnant. It almost appears to imply that ISIL, the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, should be granted some measure of safe harbour.
10 Dangerous Distractions for a Pastor - Ron Edmondson
Abusing power . The pastor holds a certain amount of power just because of position. It has been said, “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.” One of the more dangerous things I see churches doing these days is giving a pastor too much power, without enough built in personal accountability. (That’s coming from a church planter’s heart — and one who is prone to lead strong.) BTW, I’m not for controlling the pastor or forced relational accountability — and I haven’t discovered the perfect system here — but there needs to be one that balances truth and grace equally. Again, I don’t know how to systematize that, but it is a dangerous distraction. My challenge would be to the pastor or ministry leader to build this system into his or her own life absent a system within the ministry.
Though you’d be hard-pressed to find another indie-rock sound they’re holistically comparable to, their songs bring forth elements from across the spectrum. A thrashingly upbeat...sound melding into contemplative indie-rock that preserves an engaging beat even during more ostensibly low-key moments, when the heady lyrics bandied between Christopher Faris (vocals, guitar) and Rachel Anderson (vocals, keyboard) take center stage.
Nik Wallenda Plans Tightrope Walk Over Chicago River - CBS Chicago
“This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,” Wallenda said. “I can’t think of a better city to do it. I have fond memories of spending time performing in Chicago and the Midwest with my family.”
Today's Podcast | This is the Day | Moody Radio
Lt.Col. Karl Johnson Karl "KJ" Johnson, Lt.Col., USMC (Ret.) recently retired from the Corps after 20 years of service as a pilot and Operations Officer. KJ served as the Vice President of a Marine Corps discipleship ministry from 2009-2012 and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. He is a C.S. Lewis Institute Board Member and alumnus of the Fellows Program and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He and his wife, Nidia, have two daughters.
Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show
Performance with The Roots will be the first by a Christian rapper on late-night TV.
Boko Haram Is Becoming 'More Brutal' Due to ISIS Ties, Says Christian Group
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Why Can't Men Be Friends?
As he penned those lines, Bonhoeffer must have had his fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer, in mind. With Maria, Bonhoeffer knew where he stood. They were pledged to be married, and all their family and acquaintances recognized their love and were prepared to witness their wedding ceremony, provided Bonhoeffer was released. With Eberhard, on the other hand, Bonhoeffer admitted there wasn't a similarly public recognition. That led to a question: What were Eberhard and Dietrich to one another, and how might their love be preserved and sustained?
Lecrae Lands First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200; Releases New Song 'Non-Fiction' in Celebration
"Anomaly" is Lecrae's sixth No.1 album on the Gospel charts and the first to top both the Gospel and Billboard 200 charts. It also topped the Christian album chart. This makes Lecrae the fifth artist to hit No.1 in both Christian and Billboard 200, as other artists, such as Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac, LeAnn Rimes and Bob Carlisle achieved the same feat with past projects.
Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad' Does an Unforgettable One-Man Show for the MLB Postseason
If you love baseball and are a fan of the show "Breaking Bad," then this is the perfect video for you. Bryan Cranston created a one-man show about baseball on stage.
What Does it Actually Mean to ‘Connect With God’?
Some people hear the voice of God when they run. Others worship deeply by playing with their children. We have to get used to the idea that there are a million different ways to spend time with God, to hear His voice, to draw near to Him. As the millennial generation cultivates new style and inculpates it into the way we “do church,” new trends develop in Christian culture as they do in any culture. We can’t forget that some people won’t like the new Hillsong album or connect with the way your church, small group or community fellowships. We must be careful not to make those people feel “less Christian” or outside of the community because they connect with God differently.
Satanic Temple Wants to Hand Out Satanic Books to School Children in Florida After Atheists Allowed to Tell Them 'Jesus Is Dead'
After being pressured to allow atheists to distribute materials in public schools declaring that "Jesus is dead," the Orange County School District in Florida may soon have to allow satanic books to be distributed to children, all because they allowed the distribution of Bibles in the schools.
The New Abortion Absolutists
That’s why Wendy Davis, the abortion rights hero who tried unsuccessfully to block last year’s tightening of abortion clinic standards in Texas, received a mixed reaction when she told the story of her past abortions. Two tragic cases: the first pregnancy was ectopic and the second had fetal abnormalities. Davis worried that her baby was suffering. Many women cheered Davis’ courageous transparency, but the abortion absolutists worried that Davis’ difficult circumstances reinforce the idea that there are “right” and “wrong” abortions, or situations that make the choice either “good” or “bad.” For example, Emily Shire writes:
Was Richard Dawkins Right?
He is entirely correct: The argument from sentiment is irrelevant to this particular case. If we grant our feelings as primary, rather than as a by-product, we put all people at risk, not just unborn children. That logic says that people only have value as long as we find them useful or of some benefit.
How the Church Is Helping in the Fight Against Ebola
We continue to distribute things like the Jesus film. We continue to distribute Sunday School materials. But it’s really gone more to an arms-length engagement with radio and literature in the infected areas. And where Ebola is not yet affecting communities, we’re trying to get out ahead and educate church leaders as well as community leaders—even police and prison populations—about what Ebola is and how to take steps to fight Ebola. But the Church is very much, along with our staff, the hands and feet in our water sanitation and hygiene programs.