How Did the Universe Begin? (2 of 4)
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - Dr. William Lane Craig speaks on the beginning of the universe. He examines contemporary cosmology and philosophy. He utiliz...
The Biology of the Second Reich: Social Darwinism and the Origins of World War 1
This 14-minute documentary tells the little-known story of the influence of Social Darwinism on German militarism leading up to World War 1, including an exp...
"Christians Are So Negative! Why Are Christians So Prejudiced?" (Dr. Andy Bannister, RZIM Canada)
Dr. Andy Bannister recorded this short video interview for 100 Huntley Street in early 2011. He addresses a common accusation often flung at Christians: "You...
Dr. Kent Brantly on Surviving Ebola and Latest Doctor Infected With Disease; 'I Spent a Good Long While in Prayer'
Dr. Kent Brantly is grateful to be alive after battling the Ebola virus; now he is speaking out about his experience and praying for the latest American missionary, a colleague, who has been diagnosed with the disease.
Like It or Not, You’re a Theologian
On the other side of the spectrum, where I tend to fall from time to time, are people who forsake action for doctrine. These people are so wrapped up in the facts of their faith that they do not act on it. They are like the Pharisee and the Levite who walk by the man beaten by robbers in the parable of the good Samaritan. James says to these people, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19). Demons have knowledge of God, but it has no impact on their eternal destiny, as they will be cast into Hell along with Satan. So knowledge itself is not enough for Christians. James later says that “faith apart from works is dead” (2:26).
Does a Loving God Send People to Hell? | conversantlife.com
people think it just doesn’t seem right that God would condemn some people to a
fiery place of damnation. God is love, and eternally punishing people doesn’t
quite fit with that, right? So how can a loving God send people to hell?
begin, it would be helpful to understand where God is thought to be sending
people. The majority of Americans believe in a place called hell. Many consider
it a place of eternal punishment of “fire and brimstone”—like a fiery torture
chamber. But is this what hell is—an eternal furnace of sorts where people are
tortured forever? Just what is it?
the Words of Scripture
understand the teaching of Scripture we must understand when words are used
literally or figuratively. If we don’t, we can easily misunderstand the
teaching. Jesus referred to hell as a place where there is fire, which normally
produces light (Mark 9:48). At the same time he referred to it as a place of
“outer darkness” (Matthew 22:13). It seems reasonable that these words are
figurative. If a literal meaning were attached to them, darkness and light from
fire would cancel each other out.
6 Things to Do Before Making a Big Decision
Don’t be under the illusion that if you are pursuing your calling, you will not be afraid. For some, fear is a constant companion, barking at our heels as we strive to do things no one has done in quite the same way. Fear has existed since the Fall in Genesis. Many good decisions will be hounded by our greatest fears, but fear never makes good choices. Name your fears and do not let it make your choices.
Truthbomb Apologetics: William Paley's Watchmaker Argument
In William Paley's famous book Natural Theology he puts forth what has become known as the "watchmaker argument." Many have been quick to toss Paley's argument into the dustbin of refuted arguments, but in his book Reasonable Faith philosopher William Lane Craig points out that many who believe that the argument has failed have most likely never read Paley!
After reading that I started wondering, "I wonder how many have actually read Paley's argument in his own words?" I invite you to do so now and draw your own conclusions. It is as follows:
"In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there; I might possibly answer, that, for anything I knew to the contrary it had lain there forever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer. But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think of the answer which I had before given, that, for anything I knew, the watch might have always been there.
Depression and Black Dog Beliefs
For that you need hope. A good friend of mine who also suffers from depression has taken to praying certain Psalms when he feels what Churchill called “the black dog on my shoulder.” For instance, such as Psalms 42 and 43 with their refrain “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? ” and the Psalm which our Lord prayed on the cross, Psalm 22, which opens with the great cry of abandonment, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Being a Christian in Academia
Rev Dr Alister McGrath holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. Previous posts include the Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at Kings College London and Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford. McGrath holds three doctorates from the University of Oxford, covering Science, Theology and their relationship and is the author of many academic and popular books on apologetics.
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Iraqi Cries for Persecuted Christians - Stand to Reason Blog
If someone from another religion can weep for these Christians, how much more should my heart not break for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Nothing more to say but so humbled by their words and obvious love for their fellow citizens. Thank you for sharing this.
Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: 10 Conflicting Beliefs of Modern Atheism
Recently, I saw an article by Ben Johnson on Life Site News listing " 15
contradictions you have to believe to fit in with pop culture ." The article
was clever enough and it dealt mostly with the tension of conflicting beliefs of
those who would hold up abortion as acceptable. I decided to take a stab at a
similar list, looking at beliefs of the pop atheist community and how some of
their views sit in conflict with one another. Below are ten beliefs that I've
found most atheists to hold, and how they sit in conflict with other
affirmations. I've provided links to articles I've written that explore each of
these statements a bit more. For item #5, though, you'll have to grab a copy of
True Reason and read my chapter on the argument from reason to get a
fully developed argument.
design in creation can usually be explained, even if the explanation appeals to
transitions and development even when science has absolutely no clue as to how
such development occurred. However, appealing to a designer should be
immediately dismissed as a "God
of the Gaps" argument.
EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
Should Christians use in vitro fertilization? In vitro-literally “in glass”-fertilization (IVF) is an increasingly popular form of reproductive technology that should raise significant moral concerns in the hearts and minds of believers. First, there are major moral concerns associated with using biotechnology in place of the natural means for procreation. The fertilization of an egg […]
4 Things God Says to Singles
Single people can devote themselves more fully to God’s work: “An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided” (1 Cor. 7:32-34). A vital part of the Christian responsibility of married persons is to care for their spouse and children. That should take time, time that cannot therefore be spent in witnessing to people, helping out at a camp, doing the church finances, or leading a Bible study. Single people have more time to give to such things. It’s no coincidence that many activities in church life depend to a large extent on those who aren’t married. A few consciously choose to stay single to devote themselves to Christian work. Most single people haven’t chosen singleness in that way and yet they have the same advantages as those who have. Instead of focusing on the difficulties of being single, as some do, we should all make the most of the advantages of God’s gift of singleness while we have it.
Fifty Shades, Twilight, and Teaching Young Women to Desire Abusers
Fifty Shades is also the latest blockbuster series to celebrate the attraction of young women to older, abusive predators. In an earlier era of fantasy stories, the goal of a hero was to protect a woman from evil by slaying the dragon. In many of today’s fantasy stories, the hero is the dragon, whose mission is to seduce a woman by his evil.
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The president of The King’s College in New York discusses how to
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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...
Grace to You
In 2 Thessalonians, Paul paints a vivid picture of God’s judgment: “The Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (1:7–9).
Missing Libyan Jetliners Raise Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11
Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.
Bible Study Struggles
You’ll never find joy in Bible study until you understand that reading God’s Word is not first a call to duty, but an invitation to receive a wonderful gift. Your Bible is a gift of God’s grace that’s able to do what no other gift can do—change your heart and your life. Scripture really does have to power to turn thorn bushes into cypress trees!
Let No Special Need Hinder the Spread of the Gospel
Dylan’s classroom is special. It has the usual table and chairs along with brightly colored toys. But Velcro holds the door shut—one of the kids is a runner, and the Velcro slows him down enough to let a volunteer catch him before he escapes, teacher Shelley Swanson said. The room is meant for STARS—College Church’s name for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities—who don’t fit well into a traditional classroom.
Grace to You
Paul is referring to our basic sanctification, which is a progressive process by which the Spirit changes us from one level of Christlikeness to another. The end result will be our glorified position in Heaven, which is the Holy Spirit’s goal for us and the reason for our hope. The Spirit reveals what we will be in Christ: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).
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5 Organizations Helping the People of Iraq and Syria
Over the past weeks, the populations [Doctors Without Borders] had previously been serving with a mobile clinic into the disputed areas between Erbil and Mosul fled, in anticipation of attacks. [Doctors Without Borders] has reallocated that team to respond to the largest camp for [internally displaced people] being constructed by the authorities in Erbil, Bharka Camp. [Doctors Without Borders] has been present in Bharka every day since August 12 to respond to primary health concerns and to provide a consistent presence in a camp that was otherwise chaotic and changing all the time. Some doctors and nurses who have been displaced themselves have joined our mobile teams, helping to create a stronger connection with the communities.
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Redemption of a Modern-Day Psalmist
For more than twenty years, Christians have been singing the praise music created by singer-songwriter Dennis Jernigan . Yet few people know the story of how, before he began to follow Christ, Jernigan was caught up in a destructive homosexual lifestyle. Embracing his desires only lead to more pain and loneliness, but through music he was able to find a sense of peace. Through music, Jernigan says, God changed him in ways he could have never imagined. After re-dedicating his life to Christ in his mid-20s, Jernigan was inspired to "begin his ministry recording music, sharing his story, and leading others to freedom."
Will We Arrive Blameless on the Day of Christ?
There is a faith-sustained holiness that Paul wants his converts to have on the day of Christ — the day of his return, when the dead in Christ will be raised (1 Corinthians 15:23). This holiness (which he also calls “blamelessness” and “guiltlessness” and “being above reproach” and “purity”) is certain through God’s faithfulness, contingent on persevering faith, and dependent on human agency .
Audacity: Ray Comfort's First Scripted Movie
Ray Comfort : For the most part, homosexuality has been embraced as morally acceptable in contemporary culture. Sexual sin was once frowned upon, but in time, it’s become accepted as the norm by our sinful world. As Christians, we’ve come to terms with fornication and adultery but we bristle at the thought of homosexuality gaining a similar foothold, so we put up a battle. We have concern that fornicators will not enter Heaven, but that concern has waned for homosexuals. Instead, we are more disturbed that they are destroying the fabric of our Judeo-Christian society. “Audacity” puts the focus where it should be. Author Joe Dallas rightly said, “Our response should show interest and concern, two qualities the church has rarely shown when dealing with homosexuality. We must admit we have mishandled the issue in many ways: we have veered between ignoring the problem to becoming obsessed with it, we have made hasty and false generalizations at times about homosexuals themselves, and we have shown a tremendous zeal for defeating the political goals of gays while showing less concern for their eternal well-being.
A Gospeled Church
This is why the harmony with each other of Romans 15:5 is “in accord with Jesus Christ.” It’s not predicated on having a bunch of stuff in common. It’s not predicated on common race or social class. It’s not predicated on a common special interest or political cause. It’s not predicated on all being theology nerds, liking the same authors, being Reformed or Arminian or somewhere in between. It’s not predicated on all being Republicans or Democrats. It’s not predicated on all being for social justice. It’s not predicated on all being homeschoolers or public schoolers. It’s not predicated on music styles or preaching styles or anything like that. All of that sort of commonality produces a very fragile harmony.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Brew
Public perception, as Bullard points out, often assumes that Christian involvement in cultural trends like coffee must be veiled proselytism. This has left many customers asking, “Why do Christians care about simply serving good coffee, if not as an opportunity to evangelize?” My husband has been working in specialty coffee shops since his teens, and the Chicago location he now manages is our second home. Watching him and other Christian friends work their way quietly through the coffee scene, I’ve observed the theology behind their work, and I’ve seen how coffee can be a uniquely-suited vocation for Christians to live out the image of God.
Dallas Cowboys Confirm That Michael Sam Will Join Practice Squad - NBC News
The Cowboys have scheduled a news conference to make it official that Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, has been added to the practice squad.
Christian consultant Nancy Ortberg reveals her leadership secrets - On Faith & Culture
A leader in our church, who leads one of our larger campuses, has gotten some rough emails. Actually had one guy come up to him and said, “I will never forgive you for what you did.” And I loved our leader’s response. It was firm but gracious. He kind of chuckled, and he put his arm on the guy’s shoulder, and shook his head and said, “You don’t mean that. You just don’t mean that. I think you are frustrated. I think you feel out of the loop. But you said it really poorly. And we’re going to come back in a minute and talk about the way you said it, but first let’s hear what you disagree with. And then if you give me the same amount of time I’d like to explain to you why I did what I did.”
Are Those Who Have Never Heard of Christ Going to Hell?
Now, let’s go back to your original question, “Does God send people to hell who have never heard of Jesus?” God never punishes people for rejecting Jesus if they’ve never heard of Jesus. When I say that, people breathe a sigh of relief and say, “Then we’d better not tell anybody about Jesus because somebody might reject him. Then they’re really in deep trouble.” But again, there are other reasons to go to hell. To reject God the Father is a very serious thing. And no one will be able to say on the last day, “I didn’t know that you existed,” because God has revealed Himself plainly. Now the Bible makes it clear that people desperately need Christ. God may grant His mercy unilaterally at some point, but I don’t have any reason to have much hope in that. I think we have to pay serious attention to the passionate command of Christ to go to the whole world, to every living creature, and tell them of Jesus.
First, when our jealousy takes the form of suspicion, it’s easy to lose emotional and mental control — to engage in morbid curiosity and fantasy. God reminds us of what is real. David does not only say “I will delight in God amidst my vexation.” No. That’s not enough. We need more of the process. He roots his mind and heart in what is real. He speaks to his soul “Why are you downcast, O my soul?” (Psalm 42:5) and then grounds his divine entreaty in reality as simple as dirt and mountains: “therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon and from Mount Mizar” (Psalm 42:6).
7 Bible Verses That Are Perfect for Students Heading to College
When your high school years are over and you are heading off to college, it can be a big change in your lifestyle. Especially if you decide to go away to college. You become exposed to new things that you have probably never experienced before. One Bible verse to keep in mind for a situation like this is "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
20 Truths from The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper
19. If we believe the Bible to be true, we must admit that there is more to this world than we perceive. Powers and persons that we can’t see or comprehend are at work, but somehow we intuit them. That intuition works itself out in our imaginations, and we tell stories that try to explain what we feel and comfort us from fear of the shadows. (135)
Grace to You
Second Corinthians 10:4 says, "The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses." Human resources alone can never defeat a spiritual enemy, but divine resources can. That's why it's crucial to understand the resources you have in Christ that insure spiritual victory.
A Tale of Two Mars Hills - Eric Geiger
Some would say that the trajectory of both men has reached the logical, un-intervened conclusion. When Bell began questioning key doctrines of the faith, some suggested that the questioning would not end with one doctrine. As my friend and colleague Trevin Wax has pointed out, “a liberal doctrine is never an only child.” What seemingly began with questions has reached the point where hell has been minimized and God is like an Oldsmobile who needs to be reinvented. Mark Driscoll has admitted struggles with anger and pride, but a plethora of hurt former elders feel repentance and reconciliation have never occurred (I am praying, as I know many others are, that Driscoll and Mars Hill will enjoy a new season of ministry).
Do infants who die go to heaven?
Second, all people, from infants to adults, are equally guilty of Original Sin. As Akin said in the article, “The Bible is clear that we are all born with a sin nature as a result of being in Adam (Roman 5:12). This is what is called the doctrine of original sin.” And also, “It is important for us to remember that anyone who is saved is saved because of the grace of God and the saving work of Jesus Christ. Like all who have ever lived, except for Jesus the sinless Savior, infants need to be saved. Only Jesus can take away their sin, and if they are saved it is because of His sovereign grace and abounding mercy.”
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.
Louisiana Ruling a Rare Lose for Gay Marriage Supporters - NBC News
A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a rare loss for gay marriage supporters who had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also upheld the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. His ruling was the first to uphold a state ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. In 2004, 78 percent of Louisiana voters approved an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage. Gay marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Mars Hill Church Director of Worship Dustin Kensrue Resigns
This should concern you. Your pastors, who are on the ground with you, who know you, who care for you, who pray with you, and in whom you trust – these men have essentially no voice and no vote in what happens with your church as a whole, and the leadership is actively trying to limit the voice that they do have. If your pastors had a voice and a vote, do not think that the last year would have looked a bit different? Do you not think they would have done something? While the problem with the lack of transparency is huge, the problems with our broken view of eldership and our broken bylaws are more foundational problems.
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Here Are a Bunch of Awesome ‘Parks and Rec’ Emojis
B uzzFeed contributor Michelle Regna has posted this series of mockup Emoji icons, inspired by Parks and Rec . Should they ever become a functional reality, they will, without question, dramatically enhance any text-message-based conversation ...
From my work with Youth for Christ, to my service on foreign missions, to the Christian college I attended, to the pastoral and theological books I read, to the seminary from which I graduated, to the thousands of sermons I listened to on the radio—God has used parachurch ministries in my life in a profound way, as has been the case for nearly every Christian on the face of the earth. Every Christian has been affected, in some measure, by a parachurch ministry, whether directly or indirectly. Still, many questions remain about the relationship between the church and the parachurch: Are parachurch ministries biblical? Should we support them? What is their appropriate role in serving the church? What kind of work should parachurch ministries undertake?
Answering Muslims: British Police Arrested Parents for Trying to Rescue Their Daughters from Islamic Rape Gangs
Well, it is time for girls to carry Red Pepper Spray and Electroshock weapon to protect themselves. As a matter of fact all Christians should do. Governments do not protect civilians anymore. Media and newspaper lie to the population. Local newspaper says about beheading in Iraq: Islamic extremists “claim” beheading people by sending videos. What do you mean claim if you see the actual event is happening. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. David, I know you are busy as I am. Also, I know that you are doing the best you can to enlighten people. I am not sure how I can get in touch with you; you may think that I am Muslim (God forbid), and I am trying to know your information. I am Christian; Christ is my savior. Since I am not able to communicate with you. I will explain what I want to say in this post. I see you hosting a TV show. I do not know how this will happen, BUT I AM PRAYING FOR IT. Please check this TV channel. http://alfadytv.tv. It is in Arabic. You may know someone to translate to you or you can read it yourself if you know Arabic. The main host of this TV is Fr. Zakaria Botros.
'Dolphin Tale 2' Stars Applaud Increase in Faith-Based Films; Talk Struggle to Find 'Wholesome' Roles in Hollywood
"It's definitely a challenge," Gamble told reporters. "It's really hard to find wholesome, good movies out there and I think the 'Dolphin Tale' is really a blessing and we get to do it twice! ... I think Hollywood is slowly figuring out that [faith-based] movies work."
Family Ministry: How Do I Train My Children to Have a Biblical Worldview? - Timothy Paul Jones
One crucial aspect of discipling our children is simply helping them to see all of life in light of God’s glory and God’s story—to see the ordinary things of life, as well as the extraordinary, from the perspective of God’s story. Here are a few practical ways to help your children to see their lives in light of God’s story:
You are invited to compete in a costume contest at the 2014 Fall Festival. All ages are welcome to participate. The costume contest will be judged for the best Land of Oz attire resembling one of these five characters: lion, scarecrow, tin man, Dorothy, and Glinda. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in four age categories: 0-5, 6-12, 13-18, and 18+ years old. Participants must check in at the costume tent on the seminary lawn by 7 p.m. Costumes will be judged on overall creativity and authenticity.
'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood on God as Her Higher Power and Prison Over Rehab Rumors
AP: In prison, it's so … stressful isn't even good enough … it's hell on earth. You have to have certain goals to keep you moving. My main goals were thinking about Leah, how I wanted to be next to her, to see her, and it drove me to want to get out faster. I found that my purpose was to help others; I realized that there has to be a reason why I've been through all I have at the age of 24. There's a reason I'd already been in prison, rehab, drug court – there had to be a reason. And it drove me to take what I learned in there and use it to help others once I got out, and that's what I plan to do. I've always believed in God and I don't go to church every Sunday. Kind of when I got worse in my addiction and late teenage years, I fell completely away from going to church. Anything good in my life I didn't want in my life, but that's just what happens when you live that party lifestyle and you have no care in the world.