Think It Not Strange: Fiery Trials and the Testimony of Christ
The sufferings of Christ save us from the sufferings of punishment, not the sufferings of purification.
How the Biological Evidence Points to the Existence of God (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #45) | Cold Case Christianity
J. Warner describes two pieces of biological evidence: the origin of life in the universe and the appearance of design in biological organisms.
How God Uses Evil to Develop Our Character (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
What kind of world would God have to create to develop the kind of character most of us would recognize as virtuous?
Houston Pastor Plays Piano in Flooded Texas Home (Video)
Lakewood Church, which is housed in the 16,000-seat former home of the NBA's Houston Rockets basketball team when it was known as the Compaq Center, is now operating as not only a shelter for those displaced by catastrophic Hurricane Harvey that turned into a tropical storm over the region, but also a donation center for in-demand supplies that other shelters are beginning to run low on.
Evangelical Leaders Ask Trump to Leave DACA Alone
The threat of a lawsuit from 10 conservative state attorneys general has led to reports that President Donald Trump plans on ending or at least modifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that protects children of undocumented immigrants who were brought into this country when they were too young to have a say. DACA remains popular with voters, leading to widespread pleas for him to leave it in place. Some of those pleas are coming from evangelical leaders Leith Anderson, Russell Moore and Lynne Hybels.
The Edible Sermon
As we pull back the chair to sit at the King’s Table, we confess our hunger and expectation to be satisfied in all of Christ’s righteousness for us again. We look up and down the table to see Jesus’s body — the brothers and sister on our right and left — who share this meal of fellowship with us. And at the table we taste the appetizers and see a glimpse of heaven’s feast. So, brothers and sisters, let us eat and drink and in so doing, “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Not a Daycare!
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.
Rosaria Butterfield: “Why I Signed the Nashville Statement”
Great battles in theology faced by the church over the centuries have been caused by the introduction of unbiblical categories about the nature of people and the nature of God, and the imprecise language that emerges from this. Are we justified by faith or are we justified by faith alone? Does the Bible contain the word of God or is the Bible the word of God? Should we refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings because marriage is a creation-mandated institution and not a social privilege that can be re-packaged as the world whims? Or should we bake two cakes because sexual orientation as a category of personhood erases sexual sin without the blood of Christ?
I Would Rather Die: Letter to a Would-Be Adulterer
I spent my single years battling for purity and often failing. At times the battle was all-consuming. Days were filled with a paralyzing guilt that kept me from effective ministry and enjoying Jesus. I tried many things to discipline myself. At one point, I even decided that if I gave into lust, I would spend the next day fasting. This forced me to spend days in prayer, asking for more strength and self-control. I’ve found that when you refrain from eating, it makes refraining from sin easier. While it didn’t work perfectly, it was helpful. (And I did lose a few pounds.)
40 Years Ago I Survived an Abortion, Thank God I'm Alive Today | LifeNews.com
9:00 am: I wonder how long I had been in the NICU forty years ago today at this time. I wonder if my grandmother kept checking on me. I wonder if she was allowed anywhere near me? I wonder what that was like for her to have me there at the hospital she worked at, trained nurses at, for the next twenty one days. Was she ever thankful I was actually born alive, or was she simply angry that the abortion failed, and I was there like a black eye for all to see–the child born to her daughter out of wedlock?
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Gary Sinise Joins Faith-Based Documentary About Steve McQueen
McQueen was known as a prolific substance abuser in the 1970s and died in 1980 of mesothelioma at age 50, but not before becoming an Evangelical Christian, according to his widow, and that's what the documentary ultimately focuses on.
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There's no such thing as a non-Christian. Somebody might self-identify as spiritual but not religious. Or they might be a practicing Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim. Or they might call themselves an atheist, freethinker or agnostic. But the one thing that people never describe themselves as is a "non-Christian." So Christians who want to "reach non-Christians" need to realize that they're not all the same. Evangelism is not one-size-fits-all. Luke Cawley shows how Christians can contextualize the gospel in different ways to connect with different kinds of people. Here he unpacks the religious identities of three key demographics: the spiritual but not religious, committed atheists and nominal Christians. Each group has particular characteristics and requires specific approaches and practices to make the Christian faith plausible, desirable and tangible to them. This book is a practical and hopeful resource for helping people to encounter God. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW >>>
The Incarnation of the Eternal Son of God, Part 1 by John Gerstner | September 2, 2017
In this classic one-hundred-message series, Dr. John Gerstner provides an in-depth overview of systematic theology. He explores what God has clearly revealed in Scripture about Himself, mankind, the fall, redemption, the church, and many other essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
When Should We Pray for God to Take Us Home?
Today’s email comes to us from podcast listener Austin: “Dear Pastor John, I’m seventeen and I have terminal cancer. Doctors say my cancer will come back and that my body cannot handle any more chemo or bone marrow transplants. God has used the past five years of fighting it to bring me closer to him and to use my situation to bring a few people closer to himself too. But I’m getting weary and I am ready to go home. I don’t like to admit it, but I pray that God would take me home, but he keeps sustaining me. His answer is clearly ‘no’ or ‘not yet.’ How do I keep my joy even when life is hard and painful?”
Lidl cross removal angers shoppers - Premier
Lidl has digitally removed crosses on top of an iconic Greek church from its food packaging, causing a stir among some shoppers.
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It doesn't, but let's not pretend putting 'boys' and 'girls' on kid's clothes is somehow incorrect.
A Critique Of Lawrence Krauss' A Universe From Nothing
Physicist Lawrence Krauss’ recent book, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing , provides a fine summary of modern cosmology. But Krauss’ fundamental purpose for writing the book is to use this summary to attempt to solve more philosophical and religious disputes. Krauss promotes the idea that science gives us the truth about the world, not philosophy or theology, and he defends this idea by arguing for the two primary contentions of his book:
Placing the Cross in History
This author concludes that Jesus was most likely crucified on April 3, AD 33. While this is not a salvation truth and while other dates are possible, believers can take great assurance from the fact that the most important historical events in Jesus’s life, such as the Crucifixion, are firmly anchored in human history. The same is true for all of the Bible’s history, including creation and humanity’s rebellion in the Garden that brought death into the world and made Christ’s Crucifixion necessary.
C.S. Lewis' 'The Problem of Pain' Is More Relevant Than Ever
It’s not until we have a firm grasp on the true love of God and learn to remind ourselves often that God’s love does not prevent us from suffering, that we can offer that hope to a hurting world in a way that also acknowledges that pain and suffering are real. Being dismissive of one’s experiences and feelings by using God’s love as a kind of muzzle to the expression of deep hurt, cheapens what real hope offers—which is believing someone’s story, but encouraging them that there are more chapters to go. That this isn’t the end.
Am I Significant in the Universe, or Just an Accident?
Some who are unsympathetic to Christianity claim that if Earth is the only planet of its kind, life must have been an unlikely cosmic accident and can’t have been divinely planned. Others, equally unsympathetic, maintain that if there are other inhabited planets, Earth cannot be special or have been visited by God in the Incarnation (heads I win; tails you lose!).
Here’s How You Can Help Hurricane Victims in Texas
This weekend, Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas, and though it’s now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it’s still dumping rain across the region. The unrelenting downpours have caused major flooding, and Houston is facing an unprecedented disaster.
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Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .
The Impotence of Darwinism: A Christian Scientist Looks at the Evidence
What Darwin proposed in 1859 was simply that all organisms are related by common descent. This process of descent or evolution was carried out by natural selection acting on variation found in populations. There was no guidance, no purpose, and no design in nature. The modern Neo-Darwinian variety of evolution identifies the source of variation as genetic mutation, changes in the DNA structure of organisms. Therefore, evolution is described as the common descent of all organisms by mutation and natural selection, and is assumed to be able to explain everything we see in the biological realm.
How Bacteria Affect Your Everyday Life
In sharing this story, I want to calm all the germophobes reading this. I step up to the line of germophobia, but take one step back. We need to balance our understanding of the microscopic world because it is an essential part of and critically affects our everyday life. A recent study compared skin germs between humans and apes to better understand just how microbes affect our everyday life and personal hygiene in a genuine (though misguided) effort to further prove common ancestry. But before we can understand how the microbiome is part of God’s original creation and better appreciate His marvelous design (yes, even in our armpits!), we must first define some important terms.
Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Planterium’ Charts a God-Sustained Cosmos
Jesus’ saying binds every thought of life to his person. “I am the life.” No question about life can go further back than this “I am.” The question of what is life gives place to the answer who is life. Life is not a thing, an entity or a concept; it is a person, a particular and unique person, and it is this particular and unique person. … [I]t is the I of Jesus. Jesus sets this I in sharp contrast with all the thoughts, concepts and ways which claim to constitute the essence of life. He does not say “I have the life” but “I am the life.” Consequently life can never again be separated from the I, the person, of Jesus. … This is not intended figuratively, as conveying that my life would be no worth living without this other, or that Christ invests my life with a particular quality or a particular value while allowing it to retain its own independent existence, but my life is itself Jesus Christ. That is true of my life, and it is true of all created things.
If You're A Christian Parent, You Need To Read This Book
As a Christian blogger, she had been engaging skeptics and aggressive atheists for some time, and as a Christian parent of three young children, she had been readying her kids for the skepticism she experienced online. Natasha took this mission seriously. She devoured every apologetics book she could get her hands on, and now, she’s written one of her own. If you’re a Christian parent, you need to read this book, whether you’re interested in Christian “apologetics” or not.
Brothers together in Christ
I have talked with a good number of men, and have experienced a good portion of men who do not want intimacy and mutuality to be a part of their church life. They don’t want the mess involved. Then there is a large group of men who want this deep mutuality to practice all the 59 “one another” instructions, but they don’t know how, leaders down’t model it for them, in fact the leaders major path is one way communication. There are some systemic flaws in church life that prevent this “brotherly love” from growing beyond just a few good men into all the men. We must learn to recognize the systemic sin we are entangled in and untangle the scriptures we use to justify our false preoccupations. We cannot merely talk differently. We must systemically practice gatherings that involve brotherly participation as the core of church life.
SPLC rakes in millions, yet its “bogus ‘hate” dragnet” includes “respected conservative leaders exposing Islamic extremism”
SPLC rakes in millions, yet its “bogus ‘hate” dragnet” includes “respected conservative leaders exposing Islamic extremism”
What to Pray When You Don't Feel Like Praying
“I don’t pray for long periods of time … my prayers are relatively brief. The times I really feel blessed through prayer is when my prayers are sincere—when I kind of think through what I’m going through, or I’m going through a hard time and I use that prayer to talk to God about everything.”
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These Monuments Should Stay
I completely understand the impulse to not look at the bad days from the past. I think this reflex can bleed into our spiritual life. Do you tend to think upon what God has saved you from? Or do you tend to gloss over it and simply think upon your new life in Christ? It may seem counterintuitive, but while at first undesirable, a trip down memory lane can actually serve us. It is something that we should do to help us value the privileged position of being a part of God's family. Frequently the news headlines help us think about our own lives. In this case, let's not tear down the monuments of our depravity but rather revisit them so we might better understand and esteem the monument of grace.
The Most Dangerous Place to Raise a Child
Indeed, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” — especially idolatry (1 Timothy 6:10). When we start thinking we have enough, we conveniently forget the one who gave to us in the first place. Or when bills seem to devour every last dime, we show our distrust of God’s promise to provide by taking matters (or sometimes, things that don’t rightfully belong to us) into our own hands. Whatever the number of figures in your salary, we all tend to slide right past the midpoint of contentment into havens of greed.
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When Jesus Doesn’t Calm the Storm
In my theology class at Fuller Theological Seminary, I teach my students about the doctrine of Providence. It describes God’s work of preservation, conservation, and perfection of the world that he so loves. The Father, in the Son, by the Spirit protects creation against a reversion to the chaos of Genesis 1:1, enables creation to flourish, and ensures creation’s good, pleasing, and perfect purpose.
Working Moms Need Friends, Too
If you're a mom who's working outside the home, life pulls you in many different directions. Most of your time away from work is devoted to helping your kids with homework, cooking meals, carpooling and doing laundry. You even find time to work on your marriage, spend time with the Lord, floss your teeth and cram in a few workouts each week. But your hectic schedule may mean there is no time for friendship. Chatting over lunch, playing on a tennis league or even joining a Bible study is a luxury that few working moms can afford. But God created women to thrive on relationships.
The Quran Cannot Be The Word of God (Anthony Rogers)
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Muslim scholars and apologists insist that Allah is not omnipresent (present everywhere), and that he is not present in his creation. But this presents a problem for Muslims, namely, that Allah cannot communicate directly with his creation. Anthony Rogers explains.
Aaron Rodgers Talks About How Rob Bell Molded His Faith and Theology in This New Interview
Around that time, a pastor from a church in Michigan—Rob Bell—was asked to speak to the team, and the two struck up a friendship. (Later in the story, Rodgers says that he watched last year’s Super Bowl at Bell’s house with his family. They both now live in L.A.)
Elevation Church Debuts Water Slide Baptismal
In the dry-off area next to the baptismal pool, a dripping congregant, who identified himself only as Eddie, was trying to get his iPhone to turn back on. He told reporters, “This was my first Sunday here.” Asked if he planned on returning to Elevation Church he said, “No. I think I’ll stick to the rivers and the lakes that I’m used to.” Just then, Pastor Furtick jumped in front of Eddie and doused him again with a large water gun and shouted, “Revival!”
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Allah: The Author of Islamophobia
Politicians and the media often accuse Western critics of Islam of spreading Islamophobia (the irrational fear of Islam). When we turn to Islam's most trusted sources, however, we find that Islamophobia has a different source—namely, Allah himself. The idea for this video came from Dr. Michael Brown. Read his post here: https://askdrbrown.org/library/allah-...
Congress Will Be Back This Month. Here's Why Your Voice Matters
I began to see a culture shift. It was true, what I would later be told by people like Os Guinness, Bono, Steve Garber: Culture happens upstream from government. And a culture of voices said, “I dare you to raise your voice and be counted. I challenge you to take that burning in your heart over the injustice or inhumanity you feel and direct it in the form of advocacy with such fervor that it cannot be ignored.”
What I call “Christian Hedonism” is a way of life rooted in the conviction that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The implications of this conviction are all-encompassing and thrilling, including the stunning truth that all true virtue and all true worship necessarily include the pursuit of happiness in God.
Racism, Justified: A Critical Look at Critical Race Theory
If Critical Race theory were just about affirmative action, perhaps we could let such indulgences slide. But Critical Race theory not only directs how to structure the university, but also how to structure the relation of the individual to the state. Racially-based taxes, racially-based employment quotas, racially-based redistributions of wealth: none would be beyond the theoretical horizon of Critical Race theory. All are justified by an appeal to inadequate racial justice, an appeal that can neither be proved nor disproved, an appeal that can just as easily be used for naked racial subordination. All fall within a context where speech labeled as “hurtful” and “racist” could be punishable by law, and opponents of the racial regime would be silenced.
Making the most of Sunday morning conversations — Southern Equip
If a person is upset with the decision you made at the member’s meeting earlier in the week and is making a scene while berating you about it, find another pastor to come and help take that difficult situation for you. Then, you are able to move to the next person. Train your pastors, deacons, and other leaders to think this way and be aware of what is happening and with discernment, jump in if needed.
Becoming More Impressed with Christ
Jesus Christ has it all together as he goes to die for people who can’t ever seem to get it right.
Stop Making Excuses for Antifa Thuggery
There will always be thugs who enjoy breaking things and hurting people. The real scandal is that otherwise respectable people are willing to look the other way or explain away the violence, so long as its perpetrators are on their side. They are just as cowardly as the mask-wearing antifa thugs who are brave enough to punch and kick people, but not to show their faces.
500 Years After Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther
“Analysis of the data shows that for Protestants, knowing that only Protestantism traditionally teaches that salvation comes through faith alone is closely linked with believing that salvation comes through faith alone,” Pew reported. “Among Protestants who know that only Protestantism traditionally teaches that salvation comes through faith alone, about three-quarters (77%) embrace the concept of sola fide. But among the much larger share of Protestants who are not aware that sola fide is solely a Protestant teaching, far fewer (35%) believe that faith is all that is needed to get into heaven.”
How to Be an Atheist
I’ll admit it: going into Mitch Stokes’ How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough , I was skeptical [har, har]. Any book that claims to discuss “how to be x” where “x” is some worldview to which the author does not describe has an uphill battle. After finishing, I have to say that my fears were premature. In this astonishing book, Stokes does well what few even attempt: relational, witty engagement with those with whom one disagrees. The book is a calling for self-described skeptics to examine their own skepticism and see whether they are being skeptical enough . Throughout the book, key tenets of “belief” that most people share are challenged by means of classical and modern skeptical argument. Few aspects of life are left unexamined. Whether it is the belief in other minds, morality, or the origin of the universe, Stokes encourages consistent skepticism on all counts.