The Kalam Cosmological Argument
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and ai...
Feminism vs. Truth
Women in America are the freest in the world, yet many feminists tell us women are oppressed. They advocate this falsehood through victim mentality propagand...
Pew Surprised by How Many Americans Want Religion Back in Politics
While most Americans still believe churches should not have the legal right to endorse candidates, support for such pulpit endorsements has notably increased—including one-third of Americans overall, and a roughly 50-percent increase among the religiously unaffiliated, or so-called "nones." In 2010, 26 percent of the religiously affiliated and 15 percent of the “nones” said they would favor churches publicly backing candidates; in 2014, the percentages increased to 35 and 23 percent, respectively.
Preaching Christ in Ezra and Nehemiah
JH : As Christians, we want to see ourselves as installments in this same pattern as God has put his favor upon us. In response to this, the seed of the serpent is enraged. They’re gathering together against us, and consciously or not, they are trying to overthrow the king of the universe and trying to usurp his kingdom and trying to defeat his people. And this is why Christians across the ages have been persecuted. This is why the people of God across the Old Testament and New Testament are persecuted, and it’s tremendously encouraging to identify yourself with the persecuted like Nehemiah.
WORLD | Syria reacts to airstrikes in its territory | Lynde Langdon | Sept. 23, 2014
The U.S. has consistently said it would not coordinate with the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against ISIS. Al-Assad has close ties with Iran and backing from Russian President Vladimir Putin. After the airstrikes started in Syria, U.S. officials emphasized it had the help of five other Arab nations: Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates.
Working For Justice Will Make You Uncomfortable
The conviction was really uncomfortable. It took about three years to come to terms with it, simply because I like stuff. I like money. I like being able to provide for my family. Eventually I came to realize that I really am more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing it. When there’s a personal cost to justice, we back off.
The Briefing 09-23-14
Islamic State: ‘You are not even safe in your bedrooms’
Scott Klusendorf defends the pro-life view on the Unbelievable radio show
Justin hosts a discussion between Mara Clarke of the Abortion Support Network and Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Instititute. Mara believes women need to be decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, but Scott says that all depends on whether we are dealing with a human life in the womb.
Help Us Test Crossway’s Mobile Bible Apps
We’re getting close to launching some important updates to our mobile Bible apps, including ESVBible.org syncing for the ESV Study Bible + app and the Android ESV Bible app. These updates relate to the following mobile apps:
A Finely-Tuned Universe: Necessity, Chance, or Design? - Stand to Reason Blog
"Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, "This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, may have been made to have me in it!" This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise." - Douglas Adams
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4 things parents of kids with special needs wish you wouldn’t say
“I don’t know how you do it.” Mostly, this refers to hauling him to therapy or fighting with insurance companies or advocating for him at school. Essentially, having his back and making sure he has everything he needs to succeed. That’s not any different than what any parent does for their child, special needs or not. You don’t think about it, you just figure out what you need to do, and then you do it. On the flip side, moms of kids with special needs aren’t saints or angels, either. Our kids can be frustrating and annoying and drive us up the wall, just like other kids.
There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)
Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held in a city that has not hosted the convention since 1940. This time, Baptists attending the meeting will face an issue that would not have been imaginable just a few years ago, much less in 1940 — a congregation that affirms same-sex relationships.
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.
Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me - and Our Children
A good marriage doesn’t only depend on sexual desire, which can come and go and is often out of our control. It depends on choosing to love, honor, and be faithful to one person, forsaking all others. It is common for spouses to be attracted to other people—usually of the opposite sex, but sometimes of the same sex. Spouses who value their marriage do not act on those impulses. For those who find themselves attracted to people of the same sex, staying faithful to their opposite-sex spouse isn’t a betrayal of their true identity. Rather, it’s a decision not to let themselves be ruled by their passions. It shows depth and strength of character when such people remain true to their vows, consciously striving to remember, honor, and revive the love they had for their spouses when they first married.
Still Worth It?
During this period of separation, a question hovered on the lips of those who meant well: If the battle over Lucy's citizenship and a passport became lengthy, would I consider leaving her in the United States with family and returning for a time to Australia to be with my husband and the other kids? I could understand why some people thought I should do so. I'd only had Lucy for a short time, and she was just getting used to me. Babies are resilient, and oh, the hero's welcome I would get at home! I could imagine my older kids' response: My youngest would squeeze my neck as hard as she could. My second-born would give me lots of sloppy kisses, and my oldest would sweetly say, "I've missed you, Mom." It would be such a relief to hold them again.
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...
The Big God in Your Small Group
What did this addition look like? Was God just dropping people at the front door ready to receive the gospel and join the church? Probably not. People are added through the preaching of the gospel, the faithful testifying to Jesus as our greatest treasure. As we commit to one another in these Christ-exalting churches and small groups, we should expect God to make those communities attractive, even irresistible to others. God will make our love, joy, and worship contagious in the world.
Grace to You
"The sword of the Spirit" isn't a direct reference to the Holy Spirit as such. The implications is that since our enemy is spiritual, our weapons also must be spiritual (2 Cor. 10:4). Our sword is spiritual because it is the Word given by the Holy Spirit. He inspired its writing and through it convicts and redeems sinners (John 16:8; Heb. 4:12-13). The Word abides in you and transforms you. It supplies everything you need for a godly, victorious life. It builds you up and produces holiness (Acts 20:32). And it equips you for good works by teaching, reproving, correcting, and training you in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
Grace to You
Jesus’ shocking statement was far more than Nicodemus had expected. Incredulous, Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Nicodemus did not misinterpret Jesus’ words; he replied in the context of the Lord’s analogy. How could he start all over, go back to the beginning? Jesus was telling him that entrance to God’s salvation was not a matter of adding something to all his efforts but rather cancelling everything and starting all over again.
Homecoming Queen Surprises Bullied Friend By Giving Her the Crown
Y oung Lillian Skinner was the victim of a cruel prank when several fellow seniors at her Texas high school made her wrongly believe she had been nominated to the homecoming court. But when two of the girls on the ballot found out, they decided to give their bullied classmate an evening she’ll never forget . The duo made a deal that if either of them won the title, they’d arrange to have Lillian receive the homecoming queen crown instead, leading to a pretty great on-the-field surprise. What is it about Texas high school football games that makes everything so inspirational ? ...
Two Big Reasons Evangelism Isn’t Working
Love is inefficient. It slows down long enough to understand people and their objections to the gospel. Love recognizes people are complex, and meets them in their need: suffering, despair, indifference, cynicism, confusion. We should look to surface these objections in people’s lives. I was recently having lunch with an educated professional who had a lot of questions. After about thirty minutes he said, “Enough about me. You’re asking me questions. I should ask you questions.” I responded by saying, “I want to hear your questions, but I also want to know you so that I can respond to your questions with wisdom.” He told me some very personal things after that, and it shed a lot of light on his objections to Christianity. It made my comments much more informed, and he felt much more loved, declaring at the end, “I wish every lunch was like this. Let’s keep doing this. I have a lot more questions.”
Does ISIS Represent True Islam?
But do the ideologies of ISIS and similar groups reflect a traditionally accepted interpretation of the Qur'an, or are their tactics a modern perversion of true Islam? Listen as I interview a former Muslim and Qur'an scholar who converted to Christianity and is now involved in ministry to Muslims. In this conversation, Al Fadi (whose true name is not being revealed for security purposes) cites passages from the Muslim holy book that radical groups like ISIS use as justification and motivation for their actions. He talks as well about how and why their reading of the Qur'an differs from that of moderate Muslims.
Did #BringBackOurGirls Do Anything?
We live in an era in which the news cycle evolves at a blinding pace. Where new concerns, breaking headlines and trending hashtags bury old stories that are never resolved and are too easily forgotten. But Saa’s visit to the U.S., and new updates about Boko Haram aren’t just additional headlines for our newsfeed—they are a reminder to not let the campaign to bring back our girls fade away. They remind us that just because the headlines and hashtags are no longer trending, the suffering has not stopped.
Engineered proteins stick like glue -- even in water
Researchers have found new adhesives based on mussel proteins could be useful for naval or medical applications. To create their new waterproof adhesives, researchers engineered bacteria to produce a hybrid material that incorporates naturally sticky mussel proteins as well as a bacterial protein found in biofilms -- slimy layers formed by bacteria growing on a surface. When combined, these proteins form even stronger underwater adhesives than those secreted by mussels.
Alumni Academy | Fall
Join Dr. Tom Nettles as he teaches Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon this coming October 9-10, 2014 for a forthcoming Alumni Academy seminar. This seminar will flow from Dr. Nettles’ recently published work Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon . We will focus on Spurgeon as a valid model for doctrinal and exegetical preaching, expanding ministry through writing, gaining a foothold for gospel advance through benevolence, purposeful discipline for personal piety, and the stewardship of controversy.
Survey: Just Under Half of Americans Back Gay Marriage - NBC News
A new poll reports a slight drop in support for same-sex marriage, but analysts say it's not clear if it represents the start of a reversal or just a leveling-off after a surge in public acceptance. The Pew Research Center survey conducted in early September found 49 percent of Americans say they are in favor of allowing gays to marry — a five-point drop from a February survey. But the researchers note that when the two surveys are combined, the level of support in 2014 is about the same as it was last year — and 20 points higher than it was a decade ago.
Peyton Manning Says a Relationship With the Lord is His 'No. 1' Priority – Hear What Else He Had to Say! (VIDEO)
Although Peyton Manning goes through a long football season and dedicates a lot of his time to the sport he loves, he knows that there is something that means a lot more. The Lord is his number one priority and admits he has a very close relationship with God.
My Non-Christian Best Friend
Nishta: To me, Court lives like a true Christian, as close to it as anyone can get. As a scholar of religion, I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of what it means to actually follow the teachings of Jesus, and that, in its essence, is radical love. Never once in our friendship have I felt proselytized to or made wrong for believing differently; never once have I felt like she was waiting for me to change, or that she thought less of me because I see the world differently than her. I know that she respects me, and I figure that, if she’s worried about the salvation of my soul, she’s decided to act on it by loving me instead of badgering me.
Christ and Pop Culture’s Precarious Reality
T his editorial kicks off a month-long membership drive. We’ll be talking quite a bit about the benefits of CAPC, the advantages of memberships, and the various ways and reasons to support us. Ultimately, we’re asking you to join us in this work however you are able.
12 Lessons I’ve Learned About Ministry Evaluations
Over the past 20 years, I've developed a love-hate relationship with ministry evaluations (also known as performance reviews). On the one hand, I "hate" them because they annually intrude on my calendar pleading for time and attention. And on the other, I "love" them because I have come to realize that they are one of the most significant contributors to leadership development and ministry momentum.
Love Wins: Making a Contradictory Case for Universalism - Christian Research Institute
Bell is wrong that “an untold number of serious disciples of Jesus across hundreds of years have assumed…that no one can resist God’s pursuit forever” (108). While some with a high view of Scripture have embraced universalism, it has been a minority position and has never been affirmed by the historic creeds and confessions of any of the three branches of Christianity: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant. 10 Moreover, simply because some people identify as both Christians and universalists, this does not lend credibility to universalism. Truth is not a matter of counting noses. The issue is not whether one can be a Christian and also a universalist, but rather: What does the Bible teach on the subject? (On the importance of making Scripture the ultimate source of truth, see Ps. 119; Matt. 5:17–20; John 10:33; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 3:15–16; 2 Pet. 3:16.) Despite Bell’s complaints, it is not intrinsically unjust for God to sentence unrepentant sinners to a conscious and eternal hell for their sin. As the great American theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards emphasized, human sin is an offense against an infinitely holy God (see Ps.
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?
Four Principles About Death
It’s right for you to grieve death, and as you grieve, let it flow beyond the specific death of that loved one. Your soul should cry out for the complete restoration of what life was designed to be in the beginning, and what it will be in eternity. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
“…if someone said maybe two generations ago, ‘The Bible says,’ we’d perk up and listen, or we’d show at least a respect for the Scriptures. Whereas today, if someone says on a TV show or in a panel discussion, ‘Well the Bible says,’ he’s basically lost the debate, he’s lost the discussion, he’s lost his audience. He’s appealing to a book that…at least the audience thinks…has no authoritative claim upon them.”
Megachurch Pastor Perry Noble Admits Not Giving Tithes for 9 Years But Still Being Broke
Pastor Perry Noble admitted that he withheld from giving his tithes to the church for nine years until he understood the meaning of Malachi 3:10, the biblical verse that commands Christians to tithe.
Christianity Still in Crisis? - Christian Research Institute
Hank Hanegraaff wrote in his book Christianity in Crisis that because of the influence of the Word of Faith movement, the true Christ and true faith of the Bible were being replaced by diseased substitutes. This movement has continued to grow rapidly in the years following the book’s release and several new teachers since have risen to prominence. Among them are Creflo Dollar, T. D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and Rod Parsley. Along with these new teachers, distortions of biblical truth have emerged. Word of Faith teachers have replaced the all-powerful God of the Bible with a god who has limited power, and have elevated humanity to the status of godhood, placing at its disposal seemingly unlimited power. These modern-day prophets of health and wealth believe that people can speak things into existence, thwart God’s plans, and purchase salvation; that money is the root of all happiness; that Christians are not sinners; and that Jesus did not come into the world as God. Rather than saying to Christ, “Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory,” today’s self-absorbed brand of Christianity insists that ours is the kingdom and that we have all the power and the glory.
Heartbreak Ignites God's Kingdom After a Stillbirth, Joyful Times Awarded in the End (VIDEO)
Through all the pain and sadness from this tragic event, you won't believe the joy that is waiting for them at the end of this journey.
Lila expresses some unorthodox ideas, but they didn’t spoil the book for me in the way they would have if I’d felt like Robinson was using her as a mouthpiece for heresy. Rather, as Lila reads the Bible for the first time, starting with Ezekiel then Job (instead of Matthew as her husband suggests), she encounters the strangeness of God and tries to work him out according to her own logic. Lila has far to go before she grasps the justice of God, and even farther before she understands his mercy. Lila doesn’t come at the Scriptures from a position of arrogance, but of ignorance, a condition of which she is keenly and painfully aware.
Judge Rules in Favor of Oklahoma Ten Commandments Display
A judge in Oklahoma ruled that a Ten Commandments display erected on the grounds of the state's capitol building is constitutional and may remain at the public location.
Controversial Anti-Jihadist Ads About Islam to Run on New York City Buses
A series of six controversial ads seeking to "tell the truth" about Islam and jihad are set to run on 100 New York City buses next week, arguing that distinctions between "moderate" and "extremist" Muslims are useless.
A Classical Debate: Jay Smith vs. Dr. Shabir Ally
About Debater Dr. Shabir Ally Dr. Shabir Ally holds an M.A. and PhD in Islamic studies from the University of Toronto. He completed his B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature. For over 30 years, he has been an active member of the Muslim community in Toronto, as well as an active participant in interfaith dialogues and initiatives. He is an internationally sought after speaker, scholar and theologian, and is the author of numerous books on Islam and the Abrahamic faiths. He has recently taught courses on Arabic, the Quran, and Islam at the University of Toronto in the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations department. He is President of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto.
Dating + Courtship = Dateship
I just wrote a piece for Boundless entitled “21st-Century Love” that is my attempt at helping singles who want to get married find their way to the altar. I propose a system called “dateship” which is 1/4 cup dating and 3/4 cup courtship.
2015 National Conference
God's people must cry out for His revival and a restoration of the light. Ligonier Ministries is seeking to help people do just that. On February 19–21, 2015, we will be hosting our annual national conference in Orlando. Alistair Begg, Rosaria Butterfield, Tim Challies, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Peter Jones, Steven Lawson, Russell Moore, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. will join me in considering our theme, "After Darkness, Light." We will explore our need to be revived and restored to a high view of God, His law, His people, and His plan for the world.
What If Jesus Came to Your Home?
You hear a knock on your door. You go to see who it is only to discover the Lord Jesus Christ standing there. Would you open the door? Would you let Him in? Or would you pretend you're not home? (as if the Lord didn't know better)
It may well be that the most challenging question Jesus received, however, came neither from the Sadducees nor the Pharisees but from Pontius Pilate. Having been delivered over to be put to death, Jesus is asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” That’s a dilemma. Answer “no” and Jesus would both be disappointing His followers and, more importantly, lying. Answer “yes” and He is sure to be put to death for sedition. Given this dilemma, it is all too easy for us to misunderstand Jesus’ answer. We are tempted to think that when Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” He was trying to walk a razor’s edge, to say to His followers, “yes,” but to say to Pilate: “But you have nothing to worry about with regard to My kingdom. You see, Pilate, when we say ‘kingdom,’ we mean something so intangible, so hidden away in our hearts, that you really have nothing to worry about. My ‘kingdom,’ as we like to call it, has no bearing on you, on Rome, on civil government. I’m the King of an invisible, spiritual kingdom only.
It's the NFL That Should Be Taking Hits, Not the Women Who Support and Love It's Players
A two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice's horrible assault on his then-girlfriend is a joke. I think we all agree on that. And yes, it was a joke before the second video surfaced. The first video showed him carelessly dragging her tiny, unconscious body out of an elevator and laying her on the floor. If it were an accident, most men would have frantically picked their future wife up and carried them to get help. It's not like she's a heavy lift for him. But no, Rice's callousness was evident. A second video was not needed. And despite the NFL's spin, there's no ambiguity.
A Powerful Confession From a Young Man Who Killed Another Man While Driving Drunk (VIDEO)
This 22-year-old was out with a few friends trying to having a good time, but alcohol got the best of him. Matthew made a decision to get in the car and drive. He hit and killed Vincent Canzani and no one knew. Instead of allowing depression get the best of him, and lawyers advising him that it was not in his best legal interest, Matthew made this very powerful confession.
The Borderland Sessions
McMillian released Borderland through Lionhawk Records in March debuting at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Christian Album chart and No. 41 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, marking it as his best debut release week to date. During street week, the album debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart and continued to hold a Top 15 slot in the iTunes Overall Albums chart. His single “Future / Past” is currently nominated for GMA Dove Awards’ “Worship Song of the Year.”