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J. Warner Wallace continues a two-part program in which he describes ten reasons why we, as Christians, fail to share our faith.
The Strength of a Godly Woman: Hope in Her God
At the heart of true womanhood isn’t the right looks or the best husband, but unceasing hope in God.
Luke Wilson’s Impression of Millennials at the Airport Is Pretty Accurate
Actor Luke Wilson has come to terms with aging, and he’s not afraid to vent about kids these days. He was recently on Conan and expressed a very particular frustration about millennials: How relaxed they are at the airport.Sure, his rant has a “get off of my lawn” ring to it, but let’s be honest, there’s some truth here.
In Honor of the First Day of Fall, Here Is the David S. Pumpkins Video
Today is the Autumn Equinox meaning that fall has officially arrived. That’s right, the season of pumpkin spice, sweaters and, of course, Halloween (or, uh, Harvest Parties) is here.What better way to ring in the new season than with the instant-classic, completely absurd Saturday Night Live sketch “David S. Pumpkins.” Enjoy.
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Comics and Cosmic Origins
So then what would be an adequate explanation for the universe coming into existence? It would have to be pretty powerful to create a universe. It must be pretty smart too. It wouldn’t be made up of any of the same stuff of the universe, so it must be immaterial. Since the beginning of the universe is also the beginning of time, the cause of the universe must also be timeless. It must also have a mind to be able to willingly create something. If you put all of these properties (superpowers?) together, it becomes clear that the universe must have a personal creator, one that we would simply call “God.”
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What Ravi Zacharias Said at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral
“He was a man of incredible, undying energy, and it was a privilege to cover the globe with Nabeel Qureshi,” said Zacharias, who recalled stories from their final ministry trip together—to Malaysia—earlier this spring. He said he had recently heard from an employee at the hotel in Kuala Lumpur who remembered Qureshi and had begun to watch his messages after meeting him a single time.
Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?
Evolution supposedly progresses by the death of the less fit and the reproduction of the most fit. So, if this the case, why should we help the old, sick, infirm, and disabled? Shouldn’t they be eliminated as less fit? After all, in the world of evolution the strong survive, and tough for you if you’re born weak or less fit. According to an evolutionist’s own worldview, how can death, disease, suffering, cancer, and disabilities really be “bad”? In nature, the weak and ill die off and the strong survive, passing on their good genes to the next generation—this is how evolution supposedly progresses. Death and weakness from disease and mutations is a must for “bad” genes to die out. So by what standard do evolutionists call these things bad? Certainly not by their own standard! To claim a standard for good and bad, they have to borrow from a different worldview—the biblical one—to define what good and bad even are.
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Is The Bible Relevant Today?
I have a drawer in my desk that’s filled with manuals and instruction guides. Every time I purchase a new device (whether it’s an electric garden tool or a smart phone), I store the original instruction manual in this drawer. I occasionally return to these guides when I have a problem or need an answer. But, about once a year, I sift through these documents and throw many of them away. The discarded manuals are still true and skillfully written , but they’re now irrelevant ; I’ve mastered the devices they describe, and I’m able to overcome any problem I may encounter on my own. But, while my collection of instruction manuals shrinks every year, my collection of Bibles and related study materials increases . Why? Because the Bible continues to answer life’s most important questions. It solves the most pressing problem we face as humans; a problem we simply can’t resolve on our own.
Burnout Begins with Bad Theology
As long as we are working hard while we work and getting the sleep our body needs, we are honoring the Lord. In fact, I was quite dishonoring God by saying, “I realize you tell me in Psalm 127 that sleep is a gift. But really, why don’t you give it to somebody else? Somebody more needy. Somebody less superhuman. Some mere mortal, on whom the world is not depending so much?”
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Atheism is a Worldview
Life is often compared to a maze. Marriage and Family Therapist and contributor to Huffington Post, once wrote to the point, “In review, we see we have taken wrong turns, hit dead ends, lost time, meandered in wrong directions and twisted and turned at unexpected places. We thought we were going one way and had to head another. We are born into this maze”.[i] Deveric’s post goes on to describe the purpose of life and how to navigate the labyrinth. She goes on to write that the maze is navigated by perceptions and expectations, comfort and belonging, and other mental constructs. But, she writes, “No location within the maze can be the end goal because time will forcibly move you and death will take you out.” With this in mind, let’s examine worldview like a maze—an ever changing perspective but steadily moving…
The Christian Case for Watching More TV
I teach a class at Fuller on theology and television, and the first time I taught it we, were giving the students early drafts of the manuscripts and having them respond. Students will say this: “Well, to be honest I kind of watch TV when I’m tired and at the end of the day.” And I want to say, from a Christian perspective, from a theological perspective, what’s wrong with that? There’s actually something good about playing, doing something that doesn’t have its own intrinsic production of something.
How to Quietly Hate Your Children
Of course, none of this is formulaic. Disciplining does not guarantee salvation. Just as the farmer needs God to send the rains and create life, so parents are dependent on God to save souls. We can teach our children to say please and to share, but we cannot change their hearts. We cannot bring them from life to death. All we can do is bring our faithfulness, believing in faith that God will not fail to bring his.
Germans Are Welcoming Refugees as a Way to Honor Luther’s Legacy
So when Luther wrote his 95 Theses, he was driven by a few simple, democratic ideas—for example, that the grace of God is available to every believer and that everyone is equally free to access that grace through faith. Because they were already assured of God’s love through his unmerited grace, Christians were then to help others in need. According to Luther, “God does ...
Reasons To Believe : What Best Accounts for Our Sense of Morality?
I have heard several apologists I deeply respect say that they believe an apologetic from morality or an apologetic of goodness and beauty are some of the best ones available. Why is this true? I believe it’s true because we are all relational beings and seem to have an innate sense of right and wrong, whereas we may not all be attracted to logical arguments about the beginning and fine-tuning of the universe. Many of us care deeply about things we call ethics and morals.
No Condemnation in Christ Jesus
Romans 1–7 lays it all out. I tried to sum it up last week: holy God, sinful man, coming wrath, perfect Savior, Jesus Christ crucified and risen, justification by faith, sanctification by faith. And now Paul sums up the message of Christianity in the great conclusion of Romans 8:1: “Therefore [in view of all] that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That’s the essence of Christianity. That’s the central, foundational message of God to the world. This is what we announce. This is what we plead. This is what we lay down our lives to communicate to the nations and the neighborhoods: no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Do You Get ‘It’?
Horror films remind us of things true about the evil in a fallen world, and about facing up to real evils. While I have read more Stephen King than I would like to admit, I’ve never seen any of his films or television series. And I have no plan to change this conviction. It seems to me there’s a fundamental difference between reading about bloodshed in a book, at a distance, especially as an expression of God’s confrontation with sin, as opposed to seeing it presented on a screen, in the full sensorial plunge of a theater. There are a lot of other things to address, and I’m sure we have plenty more to disagree on here, too. But alas, we’re out of time. Perhaps in the future.
Faithful Friends Will Wound You
Sharp spiritual wisdom, like correction or exhortation from brothers and sisters in Christ, might feel cold and surgical, but it’s a gift that keeps us from being hardened by sin (Hebrews 3:12–15). And just like a surgeon’s incision, the initial cuts might cause pain, but the goal should be to keep us from greater harm. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6).
Art of Darkness: Angelina Jolie’s Latest Film Succeeds at Personalizing Genocide
The other day I chatted with a friend who has lived in the US for a year or two—a refugee from Afghanistan who recently got an entry-level job in her field of engineering. She was ecstatic, eager to work her way back up the ladder. While drinking green tea, I casually asked her about her new job and what it was like to be an engineer in Afghanistan. Her two-year-old daughter was with us, eating red cherries as the juice spilled down the front of her second-hand party dress. “Oh,” my friend said, “there are no engineers there anymore.” I looked at her blankly. “What do you mean?” “All of the engineers were killed,” she told me. “The Taliban, they wanted the country to go backward. So they killed them all. Now there are villages waiting for buildings to be made, but there are no engineers to help anymore.”
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On a recent podcast, Greg said revelation is progressive from the OT to the NT. How would you answer a LDS or even individual who believes in "progressive” revelation today?
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William Lane Craig vs Austin Dacey | "Does God Exist?"
William Lane Craig debates Austin Dacey at Purdue University Three and a half thousand people gathered in the Elliott Hall of Music on the campus of Purdue University to witness this intellectual collision of two major competing worldviews in American culture: Atheism and Theism. This is the entire debate (including introductions and Q&A) between Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Austin Dacey. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States -- January 1, 2004 We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums http://www.reasonablefaith.org
Snoop Dogg Developing Faith-Based Reality Show About Gospel Album?
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In brief, the teachings of these men may be summarized as follows: God created man in “God’s class” (or, as “little gods”), with the potential to exercise the “God kind of faith” in calling things into existence and living in prosperity and success as sovereign beings. We forfeited this opportunity, however, by rebelling against God in the Garden and taking upon ourselves Satan’s nature. To correct this situation, Jesus Christ became a man, died spiritually (thus taking upon Himself Satan’s nature), went to Hell, was “born again,” rose from the dead with God’s nature again, and then sent the Holy Spirit so that the Incarnation could be duplicated in believers, thus fulfilling their calling to be little gods. Since we are called to experience this kind of life now, we should be successful in every area of our lives. To be in debt, then, or be sick, or (as is often taught) be left by one’s spouse, and not to have these problems solved by “claiming” God’s promises, shows a lack of faith. While certain aspects of the above doctrine may vary from teacher to teacher, the general outline remains the same in each case.
‘Home Again’ Fails to Challenge Shallow Notions of ‘Home’
There are seasons in a life where we all question where or what our home base is. Moving out of our parents’ house for the first time. Leaving college. Roommates. Divorce. Finding ourselves living a different life than we planned. All can be triggers for a sense of homelessness. Home Again attempts to find sympathy and comedy from the similarity between Alice’s season in life and that of the three 20-somethings attempting to establish their first careers. But it doesn’t dig much deeper than making the point that Alice, despite her determination to act her age (and look her age—the movie dresses her in “mom jeans”), can relate to 27-year-olds. Despite its big theme of “home,” it never really makes a point about what “home” means beyond a fizzy montage of good company around a table. Instead of tackling the deep well of pain and redemption found beneath identity questions, the film turns such questions into clichés.
DACA and the Dangers of Partisanship
I don’t want to defend the DACA deal necessarily. Those who disagree for policy reasons and have concerns about processes and precedents, fine. That’s the benefit of living in a country “ruled” by the citizenry. But if you find yourself chafing at the deal just because you’d rather see Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer lose than win, you have a problem. And if you find yourself angry just because your party leadership works with a Republican president, you have a problem.
No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible | The Stream
Gen !:29 ~ And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing SEED, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding SEED; to you it shall be for MEAT.1st Timothy #5:23 ~ 23Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. Depends on how you interpret. Just saying.
Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!
Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father , my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth.
Iraqi Christians At Odds with World on Kurdish Referendum
Perhaps the only clear thing is this: The Kurdish referendum, wrapped up as it is with ambitions of autonomy among Christians and other minorities, is a complicated affair. Approaches stretch far beyond a simple pro-Erbil or pro-Baghdad dichotomy. Racism between Arabs and Kurds—and a history of violence between Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and their Kurdish populations—muddy the waters of any shifts in governance.
Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me
Growing up in the Hinn family empire was like belonging to some hybrid of the royal family and the mafia. Our lifestyle was lavish, our loyalty was enforced, and our version of the gospel was big business. Though Jesus Christ was still a part of our gospel, he was more of a magic genie than the King of Kings. Rubbing him the right way—by giving money and having enough faith—would unlock your spiritual inheritance. God’s goal was not his glory but our gain. His grace was not to set us free from sin but to make us rich. The abundant life he offered wasn’t eternal, it was now. We lived the prosperity gospel.
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In his #1 best-seller The Case for Christ, legally trained investigative reporter Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's unique son. But despite the compelling historical evidence that Strobel presented, many people grapple with serious concerns about faith in God. As in a court of law, they want to shout, "Objection!" They say, "If God is love, then what about all the suffering in our world?" Or, "If Jesus is the door to heaven, then what about the millions who have never heard of him?" Or, "If God cares for everyone, then why does he eternally torture some in hell?"In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his tenacious investigative skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief--the eight "heart" barriers to faith. The Case for Faith is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with formidable intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends.
In situations that are out of your control, positive thinking is worthless. It’s just wishful thinking. It doesn’t change the situation. When you face things that are out of your control, you need something more than a positive mental attitude. You need faith in God, because he can control it when you can’t. Most of life is beyond your control, so you need faith far more than you need positive thinking.
Imitate Me: Laying Aside the Weight of False Humility
Let us also lay aside every weight and prideful sin that makes us timid to hold ourselves up as examples of Christlikeness (Hebrews 12:1). Such timidity often has its root, not in godly humility, but in pride — pride that wants to conceal our tolerated disobedience and fleshly indulgence, or pride that fears what others think of us. Let us with humble honesty confess our sinful failings in order to be increasingly free of them, and our capacity limitations in order to benefit more from others’ gifts. But let us also be humble and honest enough to point to the grace of Christ in us that is meant to help others walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe
The beginning of our universe is evidently troubling for atheists judging by their responses. For a start philosophical reasoning shows that it is not possible to have an infinite regress of past events. Couple that with persuasive scientific evidence from cosmic expansion and the second law of thermodynamics, and we needn’t doubt that the universe had its finite beginning in the Big Bang.
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The Point: 328,348 Missing Feet
For all of that, Planned Parenthood received half a billion of tax-payer dollars. Students for Life president, Kristan Hawkins, says pro-lifers are tired of waiting for Congress to act. So they’re touring the nation with this visual reminder of the babies who aren’t here because of Planned Parenthood.
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How Christianity Led to the Rise of Modern Science
A central tenet of the new atheism is that Christianity and reason are antithetical, and that throughout history Christians have held back progress in science. Atheist historian Dr. Richard Carrier has promoted similar views in his contributions to essay collections such as The Christian Delusion and Christianity Is Not Great . He suggests that, but for the rise of Christianity, the ancient Greeks would have enjoyed a scientific revolution so that the “Dark Ages” never would have happened. However, the truth is very different. The science of the ancient Greek pagans was intended to reinforce their ethical and philosophical positions, rather than to be an objective study of nature. Admittedly, when Christians came to develop their own science in the Middle Ages, they were not being objective either. For them, science was the study of God’s creation. But the metaphysical assumptions of Christianity, unlike those of the Greeks or even Muslims, turned out to be extremely conducive to uncovering true knowledge about nature. They weren’t trying to, but it was Christians who laid the foundations for modern science.
The Point: Kylie's Lips
Axis, one of my favorite ministries to teens and parents, published a story at their Culture Translator that had me hot under the collar. Kylie Jenner, the 20-year-old co-star of “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” and daughter of Bruce Jenner, isn’t the ideal role model. But countless young girls imitated her when she underwent lip-augmentation.
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