Joshua Evans and the Deity of Christ, Part 1 (Response to Top 10 Reasons Why Jesus Is Not God)
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Joshua Evans (Yusha Evans) is a former Christian youth pastor, who converted to Islam and presented his "Top 10 Reasons Why J...
Don't Extraordinary Claims Need Extraordinary Evidence?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org While Dr William Lane Craig was on his 2013 Australian speaking tour, he spoke at the Sydney Univers...
Towards Belief Trailer-NEW
Towards Belief follows pastor and host, Karl Faase as he interviews over 30 leading thinkers as they seek to defuse the belief blockers to Christian faith in...
How Do You Explain Miracles?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org While Dr William Lane Craig was on his Australian speaking tour, he spoke at EV Church on the topic,...
Doctrine of the Last Things Part 11: What Happens When We Die? | William Lane Craig
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Defenders is Dr William Lane Craig's weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetic...
Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability
Our irritability never has its roots in the soils of righteousness. It springs out of the soil of selfishness and springs up fast, like the sin-weed that it is. We get irritated or easily provoked, not when God’s righteousness or justice is scorned, but when something we want is being denied, delayed or disrupted. It works like this:
God's Sufficient Grace
Sufficiency. Paul was content with God’s decision because he knew that God would supply sufficient grace for his trial. “He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ ” (v. 9). “He has said” is in the perfect tense in the Greek text, implying that every time Paul prayed, God said the same thing and kept on saying it. “My grace is sufficient for you” was his standing answer. After three times, Paul dropped the request. This was not a sign that Paul gave up on God, but that he rested in God’s sufficient grace.
Faithful Thinkers: Book Review- Can Man Live Without God?
Can Man Live Without God ( Kindle Edition ) is a treatment by Ravi Zacharias of the philosophical issue of meaning and the psychological issue of despair. The book is separated into three parts and spans 179 pages. This review is intended to give a chapter-by-chapter summary of the contents of the book, but the review only scratches the surface of Zacharias' intent of the book.
Part 1: Antitheism Is Alive And Deadly
Chapter 1: Anguish in Affluence
Zacharias begins the book by setting a foundation for the reason behind the book and his philosophical method. He shows how a person's view of God influences that person's entire life- from what they believe about everything else to how they act. If they get their understanding of God incorrect, then their beliefs and actions will be antithetical to reality. He also shows that he believes philosophy takes place on three levels: through logic- and reason- based arm-chair theory, through the emotional artistic productions, and through everyday, practical, "dinner table" application. He appeals to each by using the first for raw argumentation, the second for illustration and examples, and the third for relevance to our lives.
The Briefing 09-19-14
1) Prevention of Islamic State plot in Australia reminder of inability to know hearts of men
Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Why the Darwinist Version of Life's Origin is Anti-Science
P.Z. Myers, the acerbic evolutionary biologist, atheist, and blogger is certainly no friend to those arguing for God's existence. However, he did side with at least one point that creationists argue for when debating the concept of life and its origin: Darwinists who claim that the theory of evolution has nothing to do with origin of life "is a cop-out." An older post at his blog Pharyngula , he writes:
#15 is also a pet peeve: "Evolution is a theory about the origin of life" is presented as false. It is not. I know many people like to recite the mantra that "abiogenesis is not evolution," but it's a cop-out. Evolution is about a plurality of natural mechanisms that generate diversity. It includes molecular biases towards certain solutions and chance events that set up potential change as well as selection that refines existing variation. Abiogenesis research proposes similar principles that led to early chemical evolution. Tossing that work into a special-case ghetto that exempts you from explaining it is cheating, and ignores the fact that life is chemistry.
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Should Christians support a ban on embryonic stem cell research? In 2004 the cash-strapped state of California passed Proposition 71, allocating three billion dollars to finance the cloning of human embryos and their subsequent destruction through embryonic stem cell research. Support for this proposition was largely influenced by celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Nancy Reagan, […]
Progressive Evangelicals Launch Campaign To Persuade Other Christians To Back Same-Sex Marriage
“We still haven’t arrived at a sea change among evangelicals, but the tone and passion around the issue of civil marriage equality has certainly been changing as more evangelicals are accepting that same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land, whether they are pleased about it or not,” Vines said. “I think they have a chance to persuade more evangelicals to lay down their arms in this culture war battle that has been so harmful to the primary mission of the church.”
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.
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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.
America’s Most Popular Pastor Doesn’t Know The Bible
A Monday post to his verified Facebook page, Joel Osteen ministries, read: “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?’ There’s no limit to God’s power.”
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...
He’s an ‘Anomaly’: Lecrae’s Unique Platform on Top of the Music World
That said, Christian music as a subgenre has its place. Shai Linne, another Christian hip-hop artist, has expressed his sense of calling as “making music for the church,” and the contrast between Shai (who has labeled his overall project as “Lyrical Theology”) and Lecrae (who raps about his faith, but also about everything from love to fear to sex trafficking) is a contrast in calling. Both are seeking to build a platform and reach an audience, but while Shai is aiming primarily at those in the church, Lecrae feels called to bear witness as a Christian within the broader hip-hop community. Each has its benefits and its perils; while Lecrae will be tempted with syncretism, Shai will be tempted by Phariseeism. Both need God’s spirit and God’s mercy in order to do their work with integrity.
Grace to You
Your faith protects you from such attacks when you elevate God's will above Satan's in your life. When tempted by Satan, Jesus responded by saying in effect, "I will not violate my Father's will by yielding to your devious schemes. In His own time He will feed Me, anoint Me as Messiah, and give Me the kingdoms of the world. I will not elevate your will and timing above His" (Matt. 4:1-11).
Eric Metaxas, Kirsten Powers & Dennis Prager
The goal of this event is to allow prominent voices in the public square to engage in an open, honest and entertaining dialogue about religion and the challenges we face as a nation and civilization.
Grace to You
“The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, ‘Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house will consume me’” (John 2:13–17).
Evangelical Christians often sing and preach about the blessed blood of Christ and the wonderful things it accomplishes for believers. To the uninformed ear, such language can convey the idea that Jesus’ blood had semi-magical qualities. Actually, Jesus’ blood was normal human blood, but the Bible refers to it in metaphorical terms to portray the many benefits that come to Christians because of Jesus’ death.
“The Los Angeles Theology Conference is an exciting new venture. It not only provides high-level theological discussion for people on the West Coast. At the same time it also makes a signal contribution to revitalizing interest in the kind of classical theological themes that are essential to the future of the church. Its proceedings promise to be a standard point of reference in the years to come.”
—George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Unemployed Gender Studies Major Sues ‘The Patriarchy’
2.8 GPA and she cant find a job in a gender studies related field? What a surprise. I got news for her, I have a 3.8 and 3.7 in my 2 Masters and cant find a job, but you don’t see me whining about “the Patriarchy” and I am supposed to be part of it. Maybe if she didn’t spend her work time lecturing about how she is badly done to maybe she could find work. If this lawsuit actually goes through she damm sure wont find work in any good field. She should get used to the phrase “Do you want fries with that”
The Pastors.com Daily
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God's Not Dead: Atheistic Evolution Rests Upon Irrationalism and Blind Faith
Because God is not only real, but necessary, the scientist who strives to analyze and evaluate evolution must utilize universal operating features of reason. This is the case since he is employing selected universal, immutable, and infinite features using his finite mind while he is not on a proper ontic ground to account for such and he lacks a proper epistemic position to discern truth. God is boundless in His knowledge, but humans are limited creatures who can never provide the infinitely-broad operational features necessarily utilized in all scientific research. One needs God as one’s ground for reason to account for all the implicit features of rational analysis. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for the analysis and communication of evolution? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in science; in principle materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground.
Now It's Whale Hips: Another Icon of Darwinian Evolution, Vestigial Structures, Takes a Hit
Male genitalia evolve rapidly, probably as a result of sexual selection. Whether this pattern extends to the internal infrastructure that influences genital movements remains unknown. Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) offer a unique opportunity to test this hypothesis: since evolving from land-dwelling ancestors, they lost external hind limbs and evolved a highly reduced pelvis which seems to serve no other function except to anchor muscles that maneuver the penis. Here we create a novel morphometric pipeline to analyze the size and shape evolution of pelvic bones from 130 individuals (29 species) in the context of inferred mating system. We present two main findings: 1) males from species with relatively intense sexual selection (inferred by relative testes size) have evolved relatively large penises and pelvic bones compared to their body size, and 2) pelvic bone shape diverges more quickly in species pairs that have diverged in inferred mating system. Neither pattern was observed in the anterior-most pair of vertebral ribs, which served as a negative control. This study provides evidence that sexual selection can affect internal anatomy that controls male genitalia.
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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
What Evangelicals Think About Scotland's Independence Vote
However much truth there is in that (and there is certainly some truth in it), it is a mockery of what politics is supposed to be: collective debate, agency and self-determination. This is what the Scottish referendum has felt like (even south of the border) but the corollary is that this kind of living politics comes at the cost of certainty. There are uncertainties about staying in the union (how many more powers will be devolved? What will that mean for the rest of the country? Are we headed for a federated union?) and even more uncertainties about leaving it (What currency would an independent Scotland use? What economic risks of independence? What about Trident? What about North Sea Oil?). Claim fights counterclaim. Many predict. No one knows . The only way forward, irrespective of the actual outcome of the vote, is in faith.
Democrats Block Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US
“It seems only prudent to address this threat, and I am therefore going to be asking for unanimous consent for the Expatriate Terrorist Act or ETA of 2014, which will make fighting for ISIS, taking up arms against the United States, an affirmative renunciation of American citizenship—and I should note here that the ETA is very similar to the bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown in 2010 to address Americans who were joining al Qaida overseas, notably the radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki, or here at home, like Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to blow up a car bomb in Times Square.
Saudi Arabia Arrests 27 Christians at a Private Home
Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) arrested 28 people for using a home as a church. The officials confiscated Bibles and musical instruments. The Christians were at the home for a prayer meeting.
What Jesus Didn’t Say
I am familiar with theologies that distinguish among the ceremonial, civil, and moral. I also familiar with feminist and gay theologies. I don’t care about what the theology says — I want to know what the Bible says. When you make a distinction among ceremonial, civil, and moral codes, you’re making a distinction that the Bible’s authors never did. There’s a reason why there’s no boundaries in the Bible between these 3 arbitrary categories you define– you’ll find them all interspersed with each other. When Jesus says, “Do not think I’ve come to abolish the law”, He doesn’t then say, “I say that you are to through Old Testament scripture, and carefully and prayerfully mark each verse as either ceremonial (C1), civil (C2), or moral (M). And when you are done, truly I tell you, you can then disregard anything that is marked as ‘C'”.
Prayer Vigils Mark 2 Years Since Pastor Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment, Supporters Vow Never to Forget Him
The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Naghmeh and the couple's two young children back in the U.S., noted that it was over 700 days ago that Abedini boarded a flight to Iran, but never came back. The pastor, who was working on an orphanage project in Iran when he was arrested by local authorities, was later sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith.
Seeking Revival Amid Recreation
Almost everybody in Hawaii respects Jesus, but nobody really needs him anymore. Honolulu is consistently rated among the top three happiest cities in the nation. Why do you need Jesus when you're already happy? What do you need God to provide when, even if you lost all your possessions, you could just live on the beach? Thousands of people already do.
Early results show Scotland poised to stay within U.K.
Opponents of Scottish independence hold lead
EDINBURGH — Voters across Scotland went to the polls Thursday in a historic vote to decide whether Great Britain should be a little less great: without Scotland.
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Is ISIS Trying to Assassinate Pope Francis?
"What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear – they want to kill the pope. The threats against the Pope are credible," Al Sadr said. "I believe they could try to kill him during one of his overseas trips or even in Rome. There are members of ISIL who are not Arabs but Canadian, American, French, British, also Italians. ISIL could engage any of these to commit a terrorist attack in Europe."
This Toddler Breaks the Rules in a Tear-Jerking Reunion With His Mother! You Will Be Cheering Non-Stop!
But, when his mother returned home he couldn't wait to hold her. He did not care about what he was "supposed to do" after they arrived and were in line. This is the most heartwarming 26-second reunion you will ever see!
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The TC Apologetics Daily
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5 Reasons Senate Control May Not Be Decided on Election Day
A longer shot would be someone like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of the more conservative members of the Democratic caucus. It's possible that after this election, he will be the only Democrat in the Mountain State's congressional delegation, and it's also possible that his state's House of Delegates (the lower chamber of the state legislature) will flip to the Republicans for the first time since 1928. Additionally, we've heard rumblings that Manchin's own numbers are not as strong as they used to be, and he might sense the political winds shifting in his state as he eyes a reelection bid in 2018 — or a return to the governor's office in 2016.
Russell Moore on Why Religious Liberty Matters
One of the most profound ironies in our current debates over religious liberty is the Left’s persistent decrying of business as short-sighted and materialistic even as it attempts to prevent the Hobby Lobbys of the world from heeding their consciences and convictions.
Ukrainian President Poroshenko Asks Congress for Military Assistance Against Russian Aggression
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke before Congress Thursday and asked the U.S. to provide military assistance against Russian aggression. Poroshenko described the critical situation in eastern Ukraine, where several towns have been captured by pro-Russian forces, and said that Ukrainians are fighting a "war for the free world."
Former Today Show Anchor Reveals Dark Past; Survivors Say Leaving Abusive Relationships Is 'Complicated'
"Now this is going on. I'm a smart woman. A lot of people say who would stay in that situation; maybe someone who doesn't have the wherewithal to get out, the means to get out. I had that. I had a job at the time and I kept in this relationship and I've done a lot of thinking about why and I think part of it was fear. I was scared of him and scared that if I tried to leave something worse could happen to me. Part of it was guilt because every time we would have a fight he would then start crying and say I promise I won't do it again and then I would feel like I contributed somehow to this and they're saying this about Ray Rice's wife that you know, it takes two to tango," she said.
'Challenges to Religious Liberty' is topic of seminar in New Orleans
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the 15 million-member denomination, will speak. Moore will address challenges facing the church today.
RELEVANT Podcast: Scott Harrison
This week we talk to Scott Harrison of Charity: Water. Plus, we spotlight the great singer/songwriter, Noah Gundersen, explore the world of Utopia, catch up on the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and much more ...
The Fierce Fruit of Self-Control
And how does the Spirit produce this fruit of self-control in us? By instructing us in the superior preciousness of grace, and enabling us to see and savor (that is, "trust") all that God is for us in Jesus. "The grace of God has appeared . . . instructing us to deny . . . worldly desires . . . in the present age" (Titus 2:11). When we really see and believe what God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken. Therefore the fight for self-control is a fight of faith. "Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called" (1 Timothy 6:12).
Want to Be an Apologist Missionary in New Zealand? - Stand to Reason Blog
Thinking Matters , an apologetics organization in New Zealand, is looking for someone who’d like to be an apologist missionary in their country for a year. This is the organization that brought me, Brett, and Jay Watts (from Life Training Institute) out there to speak a couple of years ago, and we had a fantastic time. I loved the people there—they were warm and hospitable, and of course the country is beautiful.
Sexual Complementarity in Genesis 1:27
Human sexuality is hotly disputed today, with many now contending that “gender” is a set of learned behaviors that have no intrinsic basis in a person’s sex. The idea is that being born with male body parts doesn’t require a male to obey Paul’s command to “act like men” (1 Cor 16:13), just as being born with female body parts would not require a female to be ladylike (cf., though, 1 Cor 11). Telling a boy not to act like a girl is offensive to those who conform to prevailing opinion in our culture, which would also teach children that “transgender” is normal.
Experiencing God's Love Produces a Spiritual Addiction
Some people are addicted to drugs. Others to sex outside of marriage. And still others to harmful forms of religion. But none of those addictions can give you what God's love can give you.
Scotland Rejects Independence in a 55-45 Vote; PM Cameron 'Delighted' Scotland Will Remain Part of United Kingdom
"And all of those who will vote YES and all of those who will vote NO need to remember that we belong together in the same Scotland. We cannot be separated, even though on Thursday we may be on opposite sides, we belong together. We should not let ourselves be defined by which side we are on, on Sept. 18. When we wake up on the 19th of September, we need to be ready to work on the same side — to work for the future of Scotland and work with our near neighbors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland — whatever outcome," the Rt. Rev. John Chalmers, the moderator of the General Assembly, said last week ahead of the vote.
Football Too Powerful in America to Be Hurt by Domestic Abuse Scandals, Predicts Woman Sports Blogger
The NFL has been losing precious jurors in the court of public opinion with the video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife unconscious, the conviction of Carolina Panther's defensive end Greg Hardy in a domestic violence case where he threatened to kill his girlfriend, the arrest of San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald, accusations of child abuse incurred by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and now the arrest of Arizona Cardinal running back Jonathan Dwyer for head-butting his girlfriend and throwing a shoe at their 18-month-old son.
WORLD | Darwin on the rocks | Daniel James Devine | Oct. 4, 2014
The impression I get from Darwinists is that a few mutations can produce a new body plan or organ. True? Every time you have a new body plan you need new types of tissues and new types of organs. New tissues and organs require new types of cells, and new cells require dedicated proteins for building those cells. For example, many of the Cambrian animals had guts, and guts require digestive enzymes—and other enzymes to regulate the way the digestive enzymes work. When you get a new animal you need new proteins, and new proteins are built from the instructions on the DNA molecule. So the Cambrian explosion is not just an explosion for new body plans, it’s actually an explosion of information: Where did that information come from?