Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO) - "The Power of Sheng" w. Super Mario 超級瑪莉
Lecture of Sheng - the ancient Chinese instrument NSO 講座「古老、傳統又現代的中國樂器～笙」 play by the young Sheng player Li-chin Li 現場示範演奏：台灣青年笙演奏家─李俐錦 For making audience t...
“The Song” Movie a Great Date Night for Couples | Jim Daly
“The Song” debuts today, and it’s a great date night movie option for couples looking to be both entertained and edified. The film gives a unique, modern t
Anthony Schlegel Tackles Fan on Field
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The Fine Tuning of the Universe
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/finetuning Be sure to view the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMC...
Nellie's Recovery | A Salvation Army Story
Nellie lead a life of self destruction, with noone to help her. The drugs took control of her life until she walked through the doors of Salvation Army. With...
Desiring God Live
The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C. S. Lewis
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.
Lay your life down for your wife | A guide for husbands
How is your marriage doing? Where are you strong and where do you still need to grow? An important aspect of living with your wife in an understanding way is routinely setting aside time to review your marriage at a big-picture level. Some couples do a quick version of this once a week or as part of their date night once a month. This is a great time for you as a husband to ask, “What’s something I can work on over the next 30 days?” — and to then review at your next check up.
Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith
Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.
Why I Stopped Hating Christian Music
When you consider all of these factors, it's no wonder that Christian music sounds like it does, trying for so many things, and falling short. And so, I've resolved not to be so critical of Christian artists anymore. In fact, I would take it a step further and say that I have to repent for my judgmentalism, and perhaps more than a few of us need to confess that we have been unduly critical of Christian music. Christian artists already find themselves in a difficult position, and it's a shame that their position should be made any harder by their own brothers and sisters in faith being overly-critical and mean-spirited, especially when I doubt that many of us could come even close to doing any better. So even though I don't really enjoy it, I will continue to listen to CCM in the car. I may not enjoy the songs, but I do appreciate what they are trying to achieve, and respect the artists who create them, and that's no small thing.
Why We Play
A Christian who takes his role as a minister seriously must be able to lead people in godly play. As a pastor of a dear flock of growing saints and teacher of college students who generally have a deep hunger to know God, I’m convinced that helping God’s people survive in a broken world requires a well developed ability to play. A minister of the gospel must be able to cry and mourn, laugh and play with godly gusto, and lead others in these as well.
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon.
RELEVANT Podcast: Lecrae
This week we talk to hip hop artist, Lecrae. Plus, Jeremy Courtney of Preemptive Love comes by to talk Iraq, ISIS and the work his organization is doing. And we catch up on the week’s news and entertainment, read your feedback and much more ...
A Tale of Two Political Dramas
The philosopher Charles Taylor identifies one of the “pathologies,” or sicknesses, of the modern age as being a sort of tyranny of indifference. That is, the modern focus on individuals is all well and good, and it has done positive things for us (an emphasis on the dignity of each human, for instance). But when we turn too inward, when we don't balance this emphasis with a recognition of how important the fabric of society is, we can end up with the tyranny that results when individual people become too apathetic to bother voting or being involved with politics.
And let's be honest, we Americans don't vote much as a people. When we do it, it practically acts like an American Idol episode: we vote for president (well, just over half of us do), because it's a Media Event, but we rarely vote in state or municipal politics unless our personal interests are at stake (my taxes, my budget, my land). And we have the overwhelming sense that not only does it not really matter, but that my life won't be all that affected. Following Foucault: history is just the exchange of power.
Called to Speak ‘Freakish’ Truth
Consider how this posture differs from other cliché attempts at engaging unbelievers in conversation. You have probably seen people before who sit down to explain their views and settle in for a fight about them (thinking that duty demands it). And you have probably seen people who are ashamed of their Christian views and try to move on as quickly as possible (thinking they'll lose their hard-earned status otherwise). Conscious dissidents take an element of both: they are bold enough to present a robust, transparent version of their convictions, but at the same time, they don't feel compelled to monopolize every conversation with them. They have the forthrightness of the former approach and the self-effacing demeanor of the latter.
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Three Reasons to Put the ‘Feeling’ Back into Faith
Evangelicals are rightfully nervous about Christian faith built on the sand of feeling. We must follow and obey Christ regardless of how we feel, and our approach to the study of Scripture should not be stunted by our misguided emotional expectations. However, the three reasons above compel us to reconsider the rightful place for feelings in the life of faith. For if the ‘heart’ matters as much as I’ve suggested, than discipleship is more than a "mind" game.
My Top 5 Books for Political Leaders
A s former head of the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Joshua DuBois was hailed by Time as “pastor-in-chief,” sending President Obama an e-mail every morning with a snippet of Scripture. CT asked DuBois—who recently compiled The President’s Devotional (HarperOne) and who now heads the Values Partnerships consulting firm—to choose the five books every political leader should read.
Creation and American Christianity
The doctrine of creation also contributed directly to such fundamental truths as the doctrines of the fall and of redemption. If the just and perfect God created this world, why was it filled with evil, suffering, and imperfection? The Bible explained that human depravity and natural evil resulted from God’s judgment upon human sin, initiated in Adam’s rebellion against God’s rule. The Bible explained the cure also. Humans could be redeemed through the second Adam, Jesus Christ, who would justify and save all who would believe in Him, and inaugurate a new heavens and a new earth. Fallen creation would become new creation. These beliefs infused American culture with a profoundly biblical cast.
Does Reason Lead to Atheism or Theism?
Dr. Craig shows the importance of not taking persons out of context. Also, do atheists really believe in God but just lie about it?
Gifts for New Club Members in September! — Highlands Ministries
During the month of September we are offering special gifts to new club members and those who upgrade their membership . Members of the You Get a Tape & You Get Everything clubs support our ministry and regularly receive our print and audio resources via mail or digital download. Highlands Ministries is able to continue producing resources like these because of the faithful support of our club members. Join us today and start reaping the benefits of membership !
Sunday Quote!- Pragmatic Use of Arguments for God
Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!
Armed company owner prevents former employee from beheading second woman
Upon the passage of The Firearms Act (No. 2) in 1997, British Deputy Home Secretary Alun Michael boasted: “Britain now has some of the toughest gun laws in the world.” The Act was second handgun control measure passed that year, imposed a near-complete ban on private ownership of handguns, capping nearly eighty years of increasing firearms restrictions. Driven by an intense public campaign in the wake of the shooting of schoolchildren in Dunblane, Scotland, Parliament had been so zealous to outlaw all privately owned handguns that it rejected proposals to exempt Britain’s Olympic target-shooting team and handicapped target-shooters from the ban.
Christian college's accreditation threatened over adherence to Christian moral values
This Obamacare mandate is one of the cases that shows why I always urge Christians to vote for smaller and smaller government. The more money stays in our hands, the more freedom we have to run our own lives. The more money we transfer to people in secular governments, the more power they have to intrude into our lives and force their beliefs on us. Part and parcel of the rejection of God as an authority figure is the desire to get the approval of everyone else around you for acting immorally and selfishly. When people reject God, they feel guilty, and it causes them to want to surround themselves with people who tell them that they are actually doing the right thing by doing the wrong thing. But no amount of celebration of their selfishness is enough, and that’s why the secular left is so much in favor of taxpayer-funded abortion, restricting disagreement with homosexuality and so on.
Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Whether you want to be or not, you are drafted into the war of ideas
Those fortresses that Paul talks about, those
are the ideas that this world has on how to do things: what’s right, how we
should act, how we should treat others, and how our faith fits into the picture.
Most of the world's understanding of right and wrong, morality, the nature of
man, and how our beliefs are worked out in our daily lives are opposite of what
the Bible says should be so. Satan is the father of lies. He manipulates this
world to believe some of the most unbelievable things, and as you've probably
experienced, people don’t like it when you try to promote the Biblical way of approaching
actions. You will find that people will tell you that you are being intolerant,
judgmental, belligerent, narrow-minded, naive, or something worse. They are
comfortable in their worldview and they don’t want to hear that they may
actually be sinning or wrong. Their ideas are entrenched, and those are the
“fortresses of this world”.
“ What’s wrong with that church?” she asked me in a hushed voice as she leaned in close. There I stood in the lobby of our church in 2008 with one of the members looking for insider information. “Which church are you talking about?” I responded, genuinely confused.
Acts 17: The Fine Tuning of the Universe
One of the most popular arguments for God's existence is the "Argument from the Fine-Tuning of the Cosmos" or the "Fine-Tuning Argument." The Fine-Tuning Argument is a version of the Design Argument (various versions of which claim that certain observable features or structures are best explained by an appeal to intelligence).
Here's the gist of the Fine-Tuning Argument. In order for you to be reading this right now, the fundamental structure of the universe has to be finely tuned for intelligent life. The forces, principles, and constants of physics, certain physical quantities, the ratios between the masses of atomic particles, and the properties of elements and compounds have to be just right, or you wouldn't exist.
There are only three possible explanations for the fine-tuning of the cosmos: (1) necessity, (2) chance, and (3) design. The constants of physics aren't necessary, and they are too unimaginably improbable and goal-oriented to be the product of chance. Hence, design is the only reasonable explanation.
Here's a short video on the argument:
Surprising Answers People Give for Calling Themselves “Christian”
Just because someone says they’re a Christian, doesn’t mean that they even understand what it’s like to be follower of Jesus Christ. Some just say it’s because that is how they were raised, or it’s because they think it’s American to be a Christian. They are “Christian in name only (CHINOs).” If you were to ask them why they are a Christian, you may find their answers lacking. Here are some:
Greatest Book, Greatest Chapter, Greatest Joy
But there is one more step into the greatest joy in the greatest chapter in the greatest book. In addition to seeing the glory of God, and in addition to savoring the glory of God, and in addition to sharing in the glory of God, there is finally a kind of showing the glory of God in Romans 8 in the age to come beyond anything we have done here (Matthew 5:16). To our amazement, Romans 8:21 shows that our sharing in the glory of God — our being glorified with God — will be extended into, and expressed through, the glorification of the material universe. That glory will be an extension of our glory — a showing of our glory which is God’s glory.
The Three Things You Need to Read this Week (09/26/14)
While everyone was celebrating the arrival of all things pumpkin flavored, I was compiling the Three Things You Need to Read this Week:
Sunday Quote: Ravi Zacharias on Evidence
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Being a member of a large family is associated with marital stability
A key reason, said University of Virginia sociologist Brad Wilcox, is that a greater proportion of older adults come from large families, born into an era when big families were the norm in American life – and research shows that having lots of siblings correlates with a lower statistical likelihood of divorce.
Dr. Sproul starts this section explaining why Pilate is mentioned in the Apostles Creed and the history behind why he was appointed governor of Judea. He continues with a discussion concerning why Jesus was brought to Pilate and an investigation on how the Jews were attempting to use him. Then Dr. Sproul comments on each of the questions and answers in the interrogation of Jesus concluding the section with a discussion on Pilate's comment of "What is truth?"
Is Jesus the Messiah? An Outline on Jewish Messianism
Remember, the New Testament authors unanimously declare Jesus as the one who is from the “seed of David,” sent by God to restore God’s kingship over mankind (Matt. 1:1; Acts 13:23; Rom. 1:3,4; 2 Tim:2:8; Rev. 22:16). As seen in 2 Samuel 7:12-17, the immediate prophecy is partially fulfilled in David’s son Solomon. However, the word “forever” shows there are future descendants to come. God promised David that his “seed” would establish the kingdom. There were two ways for this prophecy to come to pass. Either God could continually raise up a new heir or he could have someone come who would never die. Does this sound like the need for a resurrection?