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Apologetics Press - Si es Solo un Buen Libro, Entonces No es el Libro de Dios

Decir que la Biblia es simplemente un �gran libro� escrito por �hombres buenos� transforma a los escritores b�blicos en mentirosos que repetidamente reclamaron que Dios fue la fuente b�sica de sus documentos (cf. 2 Samuel 23:2 y Hechos 1:16). Por ende, la Biblia es el producto de Dios o el producto de mentirosos. No existe otra opci�n. Si estos hombres fueron mentirosos, ellos pronunciaron insensatamente su propia destrucci�n, ya que afirmaron que mentir era equivocado y que todos los mentirosos ser�an arrojados al infierno (cf. �xodo 20:16, Colosenses 3:9 y Apocalipsis 21:8). Adem�s, si estos hombres fueron mentirosos, no se puede explicar el misterio de por qu� el hombre moderno, con todo su aprendizaje acumulado, no ha podido producir un libro comparable que tenga la habilidad de hacer a la Biblia obsoleta.

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5 Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Thanks for posting these interesting links, Chad. The story you linked to with the text "Scientists poke holes in natural seletion" greatly misunderstands the published research. The research did not say that natural selection does not happen or that it does not play a critical role in biological evolution. Instead, it states that the standard mathematical model of natural selection does not capture some effects such as cooperation which are important in some ecological niches. In other words, like any other branch of science, biology is constantly refining its models. Full disclosure: I am a Christian who believes strongly in the traditional creeds of the church. I also believe that, created in God's image, we humans have the capacity to gain knowledge through science about the creation God made. Thanks!

The Morning Star of the Reformation: John Wycliffe (c. 1330–1384)

Darkness dominated the horizon in the fourteenth century, the century of Wycliffe, who was born in 1330 and died in 1384, almost exactly one hundred years before Luther was born. By his teenage years, Wycliffe was at Oxford. Thomas Bradwardine (known as “Doctor Profundus”) taught theology and William of Ockham (famous for “Ockham’s Razor”) taught philosophy. Before long, Wycliffe took his own place among the faculty. Appointed the Master of Balliol College, Wycliffe lectured and wrote in the field of philosophy. But the tug of biblical studies pulled on him. He applied himself rigorously to the study of theology and Scripture. As he did, he realized how much the church had veered off in so many wrong directions.

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Does God Really Save Us by Faith Alone?

Paul calls this effect or fruit or evidence of faith the “work of faith” (1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11) and the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5; 16:26). These works of faith, and this obedience of faith, these fruits of the Spirit that come by faith, are necessary for our final salvation. No holiness, no heaven (Hebrews 12:14). So, we should not speak of getting to heaven by faith alone in the same way we are justified by faith alone.

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.

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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.”

Here We Stand

And here we stand today, 500 years later. Luther wasn’t alone then, and he’s not alone now. To mark the 500th anniversary, we invite you to join us on a 31-day journey of short biographies of the many heroes of the Reformation, just 5–7 minutes each day for the month of October.

Is Christianity based on an argument from ignorance?

We can more effectively making a case for design using the complexity of life’s chemistry and universe by using analogies. Instead of an argument from ignorance or appealing to probabilities, we are able to make a positive case for design based on specific features of the object. We can look at the complexity of the bacterial flagellum and show that it functions better than any motor that has been intelligently designed by humans. DNA is similar to a message written in a book except it would fill millions of books. We only see motors and books coming into existence from intelligent minds because they contain information, so therefore it is reasonable to conclude that a mind created the complexity of life and DNA.

Worship Is My Life, Not My Role

That means that even as I plan, I can allow the significance of the lyrics we’ll be singing and the Scriptures we’ll be reading on Sunday to affect me. I can glorify God by serving band members when I communicate with them in a timely fashion. I can pause during rehearsal to remind myself and the other musicians why specific truths we’re singing are so important. I can do all my preparation with faith and joy, knowing that the Holy Spirit is just as present with me before the meeting as he will be when we gather.

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…

Science: Both Good and Bad Moods Are Contagious

A public health statistics researcher at University of Warwick, where the study was conducted, told CBS Miami , “Evidence suggests mood may spread from person to person via a process known as social contagion.” That means if your mood expresses things like a lack of interest or helplessness at work, your coworkers may soon experience the same thing.

7 Ways that Pastors Can Help Their Congregations Grow in Ethnic Diversity

In the midst of blatant injustices inflicted upon the Negro, I have watched white churches stand on the sidelines and merely mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard so many ministers say, “Those are social issues which the gospel has nothing to do with,” and I have watched so many churches commit themselves to a completely otherworldly religion which made a strange distinction between bodies and souls, the sacred and the secular.

The Real Jesus

Though this man probably hasn’t gained much of a following, the Bible does predict that in the last days, false Christs and false prophets will come and deceive many. Many people these days are putting their faith in false or imaginary Christs who cannot save them. You might meet two of these false Christs—introduced to you by the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

24 Trump is right, Newsweek. Socialism doesn't work

Most industrialized countries, for example, have implemented universal health care.  Moreover, Norway was recently ranked the happiest country in the world, and it pointed to its strong state-support programs as crucial to achieving this accolade….  Several other Scandinavian countries, including Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, were also among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the most recent figures….  The U.S., however, can't even make it into the top 10 happiest countries.  It’s ranked at No. 14.

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The Gift of Mom Guilt

Scripture teaches us to lean into God rather than into our own capabilities (see Prov. 3:5–8). The Bible reveals that God places people into insurmountable circumstances to test their faith, to demonstrate his sovereignty and goodness, and to draw people to himself. David does not defeat Goliath because he’s a great shot. Daniel does not scheme and strive to escape the jaws of lions. Moses does not extract water from a stone through his own talents—in fact his personal flourish in the moment denies him access to the Promised Land! These stories and others highlight not our human strengths and independence, but rather our frailty, our limitedness, and the singular hope we have in the God who rescues us. In the most breathtaking example, God sent his Son to die for our sins because we lack the power, the wisdom, and the courage to redeem ourselves.

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J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, provides a detective’s perspective related to the New Testament and the Christian Life as he talks with Rob Melnichuk of “It’s Your Call”

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The Lord’s Supper — Somber or Cheerful?

Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast, with longtime author and pastor John Piper. Today’s question comes from a listener named Morgan. “Dear Pastor John, it seems to me that some churches are more solemn when they ‘celebrate’ the Lord’s Supper. Other churches seem to be more cheerful in the reminder of what Jesus has done for us. Is this a false dichotomy? What is the proper tone of the Lord’s Table — solemn or cheerful?”

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The Bible says in Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” That’s the key to the great adventure of following Jesus Christ. God says, “You get to choose how much I bless your life. You believe, and I’ll do it. You believe, and I’ll bless.” Join Pastor Rick for this series on how to believe in and be faithful to God’s dream for your life.

Clear the Stage

Shine the light on every corner of your life Until the pride and lust and lies are in the open. Then read the word and put to test the things you’ve heard Until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken.

Could Mainstream Media Get Religion More Wrong?

Another reason for this sort of coverage is the media’s—and the public’s—penchant for the sensational. We need to face the reality that journalists wouldn’t produce such junk food if we wouldn’t buy it and eat it. For instance, most mainstream outlets won’t show executions, suicides, or other moment-of-death video on-air, but they often come dangerously close, and flirting with that line sometimes produces unintended consequences. On Sept. 28, 2012, five years ago this week, Fox News coverage of a car chase ended in a suicide—all broadcast live.  Fox later apologized for the incident, but given the nature of the 24/7/365 news cycle, such incidents are likely to happen again.

Can We Investigate the Universe Like A Crime Scene?

When a dead body is discovered, detectives must investigate the evidence to determine the most reasonable explanation. Did the deceased die naturally? Did he suffer some kind of accident? Did he commit suicide? Was he murdered? These are the four possible explanations at any death scene. Homicide detectives are concerned only with the last one. Of the four explanations, the first three do not require the involvement of anyone other than the victim. If his or her death was an accident, the result of some natural cause, or the result of a suicide, all the evidence we might find related to the victim’s passing will ultimately come from the very room where he or she died. Every death scene involves evidence of one kind or another, but intruders turn death scenes into crime scenes . For that reason, every death investigation begins as an intruder investigation. Without evidence of an intruder, deaths are likely to be the result of natural causes, an accident, or a suicide. One simple strategy in death cases, therefore, is to ask a foundational question: “Can I account for all the

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‘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.

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.”

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.

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).

#STRask - September 18, 2017 | Stand to Reason

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?   How can we trust a book like Hebrews as canon if we aren't sure who authored it? Isn't eyewitness testimony a requirement of Scripture?    In the case of being physically attacked, is it okay for a believer to use self-defense, or is that not loving your neighbor?

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.

Elisha’s Prophetic Message for Millennials: Stop Leaving Your Options Open

Our pastor recently preached a sermon on strategic bridge-burning. He didn’t really call it that, but that’s what it was about. The biblical passage was 1 Kings 19, where the prophet Elijah calls his successor Elisha. The story begins with Elisha behind a team of oxen, plowing his field. Elijah approaches and puts his cloak around him, a gesture signifying prophetic calling in ancient Israel. Elisha responds by hosting a giant oxen-barbeque for the whole village, fueled by his plowing equipment. With no plow and no more oxen, there is no turning back for Elisha. Israel’s new prophet is born.

Scientific Evidence for the Beginning of the Universe

The Big Bang theory of the french physicist and Catholic priest Lamaitre, proposes that this universe had a beginning. There is accumulating evidence which has led all astronomers to change over to this theory. Unlike steady state theory, which postlates an infinite time line, Big Bang theory proposes a beginning to space-time and energy. This beginning is called Singularity and in the singularity there is no space, time or energy. No laws of physics either existed. The singularity exploded and gave rise to space time and energy and the laws of nature also started and came into existence.

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Christian Leaders React to This Weekend's NFL Protests

Though for more than a year, some players have been kneeling during the anthem before games as a way to raise awareness about racial injustice, yesterday marked widespread protests in the form of players kneeling, linking arms and holding fists in the air. It also sparked the hashtag #TakeAKnee.

Does Your Pastor Need a Friend?

My pastor recently asked me, “Why is it so hard for people to see pastors as friends and not just pastors?” In one respect, the question caught me by surprise. He is part of a large pastoral staff of a big and vibrant church with a reputation for being highly relational. How can someone whose life revolves around forming caring relationships have a lack of friendship?

Reasons To Believe : Primordial Magnetic Fields and Cosmic Creation Secrets

There is more. If large-scale magnetic fields exist in the universe and if these magnetic fields are as strong as about 0.1 nanogauss (1 nanogauss = one billionth of a gauss) they could explain the suggestion or hint of non-gaussianity in the Planck satellite map of the universe’s cosmic microwave background radiation (the radiation left over from the cosmic creation event). They also could explain the microgauss magnetic fields that astronomers have observed in large spiral galaxies.

He’s memorized 42 books of the Bible and you can, too — Southern Equip

But I do know Andy, and can tell you that he’s the real deal. Not only is he the most diligent memorizer of Scripture I’ve ever known, he’s also a genuinely godly man, a devoted husband (to Christine) and father (of five), a careful expositor of Scripture, and a faithful pastor. Since his graduation with a PhD. in church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998, he has been pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, N.C. Before that, Andy served as an SBC International Mission Board church planter in Japan.

Prince of Translators: William Tyndale

In November 1530, Thomas Cromwell, a counselor to King Henry VIII , tried another strategy to sway Tyndale. He commissioned Stephen Vaughan, an English merchant who was sympathetic to the Reformation, to find Tyndale. On behalf of the king, Vaughan was instructed to offer Tyndale a salary and safe passage back to England. When he arrived on the Continent, Vaughan sent letters to Tyndale. Tyndale replied, and a series of secret meetings took place in Antwerp in April 1531. However, Tyndale feared that the king would break his promise of safe passage, ending the translation work. Therefore, Tyndale told Vaughan that he would return on only one condition—the king must have the Bible translated into the English language by someone else. If the king would do that, Tyndale said, he would return to England, never translate again, and offer his life unto death to the king if need be.

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