How Did the Universe Begin? (4 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...
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Christianity & Islam: Who Is the True Jesus? The Jesus of the Qur'an or the Jesus of the Bible?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In March 2002 Dr William Lane Craig began participating in a series of debates with Shabir Ally on t...
11 Ways to Know You’re on Facebook Too Much
Here are a few ways to recognize if you may be spending too much time on Facebook and might want to consider signing off for a little while. (Of course, before you do, please "like" and share this article. Let’s be reasonable here, you can’t be expected to just quit cold turkey.)
The Spiral of Silence Goes Online
There is no doubt that, Mr. Stone street, you are correct regarding the spiral of silence. However, I remember reading from 'Center Church' by Tim Keller about the importance of contextualization. Traditional marriage in this toxic culture of silence is perhaps not a 'B doctrine' but a 'C' or even 'D' or 'F.' In person, I have found the most success when starting with a view for things that reduce poverty, an 'A doctrine' and coupling it with another 'A doctrine' that stands firmly against rape. These reinforce the 'B doctrine' that people are made in the image and likeness of God such that like the persons of the Trinity, men and women are equal but in different ways. I couple this 'B doctrine' with another: healthy relationships require commitment. Lack of commitment from the men is a selfishness to only seek his desires for gratifying his desires as may women mistake sex and cohabitation as movement toward commitment when in fact, even secular statistics overwhelmingly indicate the opposite. Now for the 'C doctrine,' less poverty, less rape, better respect, better equality, and better commitment are all wrapped up in the seemingly unpopular traditional marriage as one man committed to Christlike love for his wife and one woman who helps her husband like God is our helper.
Victor Stenger, atheism's 'fifth horseman,' is dead - Religion News Service
[…] Victor Stenger Dies The atheist community is mourning the death of Victor Stenger, a prominent physicist who championed rooting out religion from the public sphere and was best-known for quipping: “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.” Stenger, who also graced a very short list of authors who hit The New York Times best-seller list writing about atheism, died August 25 in Hawaii. He was 79. (Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service) […]
The Ethic of Caring for the Sick - Stand to Reason Blog
Admittedly, the condition of lepers in medieval Western society – social and legal, to say nothing of medical – was anything but happy. But scholars less confident of their perspicacity than Le Goff would probably have paused, at least for a moment, to marvel at the very existence of lepers’ hospitals in an age when the fear of contamination was so great, and might have leadenly ascribed the location of these hospitals at the edges of towns to nothing more sinister than the exigencies of quarantine. They might even have noted the amazing willingness of Christian towns to tolerate the proximity (a mere “stone’s throw” away) of persons whom other societies would have banished far from all human habitation, and the willingness of monks, nuns, and even laity to minister to those persons’ needs. There was, after all, a long tradition of Christian monastic hospitals for the destitute and dying, going back to the days of Constantine and stretching from the Syrian and Byzantine East to the Western fringes of Christendom, a tradition that had no real precedent in pagan society…St. Ephraim the Syrian (A.
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The Briefing 09-04-14
1) Obama draws clear red line against Russia’s aggressive ambitions
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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 […]
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5 reasons to suspect that Jesus never existed
The arguments on both sides of this question—mythologized history or historicized mythology—fill volumes, and if anything the debate seems to be heating up rather than resolving. A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against Jesus’ historicity. Since many people, both Christian and not, find it surprising that this debate even exists—that credible scholars might think Jesus never existed—here are some of the key points that keep the doubts alive:
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.
Grace to You
Even though economies may enter new phases and leave people with uncertainties, God’s promises remain completely reliable. His promise, made through His Son, our Lord and Savior, to send the Holy Spirit is one such pledge. This very important scriptural promise was first given in today’s text, which Jesus gave to the disciples during the first part of His Upper Room discourse. His words, coming on the eve of His death, gave much comfort to the disciples; but the promise is also part of Christ’s rich legacy to Christians today.
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!
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Dr. Craig's "What is God Like?": God is All Good
Our seventh booklet “God Is All-Good” raises profound and very important questions about the foundation of moral values. Papa Bear maintains that without God moral values and duties have no foundation and are therefore just subjective matters of opinion. The terrible consequences of such an atheistic view are made plain. But Papa goes on to explain that God Himself is the foundation for objective moral values and duties. Papa thereby answers an age-old objection to basing morality in God: is something good just because God wills it, or does God will something because it is good? This is a false dilemma. The answer is that God wills something because He is good. That is to say, God is Himself the standard of goodness, and His commands are expressions of His nature. Thus, God’s commandments are not arbitrary but reflect the nature of a Being who is Goodness itself. This understanding of the basis of right and wrong, good and bad, will equip your child to meet the challenges of a secular society which has lost its moral moorings and to answer those who resist basing morality in God.
You’re Not a Student First
Campus ministers have heard the excuse a thousand times as they challenge Christian college students to invest their lives in evangelism, disciplemaking, and service to others. It’s a line young collegiates have been fed by well-meaning parents and counselors, who want them to guard their study time and succeed in school.
Walking bichir fish may reveal how vertebrates moved onto land
Sept 6: We're Baaaaack! Sep. 2, 2014 1:09 PM This week marks the start of our 40th season on CBC Radio. So tune in on Saturday to hear stories about the latest developments in science, including interviews about the Ebola virus; a lake deep under the Antarctic ice; elephant poaching; and some amazing dinosaur tracks from Alberta that show how T-Rex might have moved in packs.
Should I Attend a Same-Sex Wedding?
Probably sooner than later, every Christian must decide whether or not you will attend a same-sex wedding. Those of us who are pastors will also need to be ready to give advice to church members. I’ve chewed this one around, in my own thoughts, with my elder team, and with others. I offer these preliminary thoughts, in the form of Q&A, to help you make your own decision.
Grace to You
But Scripture gives a very different view of the believer's role. It pictures the Christian life as a war, a race, and a fight. We depend on God's energy, power, and strength, but are by no means passive. We're commanded to apply ourselves to good deeds, resist the devil, bring our bodies under subjection, walk in wisdom, press toward the prize, cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and perfect holiness in the fear of God. Those are calls to fervent action.
This Was Not My Plan
When the news hit me a few years later that we were staring down a different path, I was mad and confused. I questioned everything we ever thought we stood for. I never thought I would be married to a salesman. In my limited understanding, business and career outside of a local church could never truly honor God as much as the work that happens in a pulpit on Sunday morning or in a counseling session with a broken believer. While I would never say these things aloud, I secretly judged Christians who were unwilling to make the tough sacrifices that vocational ministry requires.
WORLD | Traditional marriage laws fall in two more states | The Editors | Sept. 4, 2014
A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously struck down traditional marriage provisions in Wisconsin and Indiana today. A constitutional amendment approved in 2006 by voters limited marriage in Wisconsin to heterosexual couples, while state law did the same in Indiana. Neither state recognized same-sex marriages performed in other states.
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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord
Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
Scientist Sues Cal State Northridge After He Was Fired for 'Christian Beliefs'
"It really doesn't matter in terms of the legal position whether it's utter nonsense what Mr. Armitage published," said attorney Michael Peffer. "The essence of the lawsuit is that he has a sincerely held religious belief, and the administration or the powers that be at CSUN tied his finding to his religious belief and then fired him over it."
Are You Worthy of Jesus?
We do not merit or deserve or earn the Lord and his calling and his kingdom. But in our need God grants us to see them as infinitely precious — infinitely worthy. And we embrace them with desperate desire. We prefer over all. We treasure. We receive. We trust. That is what it means to be “worthy of the Lord.”
You Must Put Sin to Death
The Mortification of Sin is all about putting sin to death (or what Owen refers to as “mortifying” sin). Through 13 chapters Owen will show the necessity of putting sin to death, then define what it means to put sin to death, and give direction on how to do it. The book is deeply theological but also eminently practical and deals with a problem that is common to every one of us. It is somewhat difficult to read, but worth every bit of the effort.
Why revival will come only when we reform America’s prisons
S everal years of prison ministry have convinced me that there are substantial parallels between what we think about incarceration and how we understand salvation. After all, Christians believe that we are imprisoned by sin and that, rather than trying to escape our condition, we need to undergo a personal transformation before we can enter into the full presence of God. True, sin is universal in a way that jail is not. Nonetheless, crimes against the civil order and rebellion against God overlap in interesting and complicated ways, which makes prisoners among the most conspicuous, though certainly not the most hopeless, examples of humanity’s fallen state.
Hipster Christianity, revisited - Converge
Given this, we must admit that the particular shape and style Christianity takes has some bearing on what people perceive it to mean. Does the gospel message conveyed in a glitzy American suburban megachurch equal that which is conveyed by the beleaguered churches of Iraq or Syria? Does the fact that a church meets in a bar , or a cathedral, or a gutted shopping mall , or someone’s living room, make no difference whatsoever in how the church’s faith is understood?
The Secret of Joy
Having spent a lot of time in church, I have to wonder if we are confused about joy. We spend inordinate amounts of energy on how we “do church” in order to elicit feelings. Services are carefully crafted to involve the whole person—soul, body, mind, and emotion.
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.
The Cast of ‘The Little Rascals’ Reunited for the Movie's 20th Anniversary
J ust in case you needed to feel old, it’s now been 20 years since the movie ‘The Little Rascals’ hit theaters. The production company 22 Vision got the now-grown-up cast together for a 20th anniversary reunion and re-created some noteable moments from the film ...
The Ninth Commandment is About Much More than Lying
No more so than in its explanation of the ninth commandment. We may think of if as a prohibition against lying, but the Catechism rightly sees it as much more. In fact, when I read Q/A 112 of the Heidelberg Catechism I count nine things we are to do in obedience to the ninth commandment.
A Mother With Alzheimer's Shares Special Moment With Her Daughter – She Hasn't Lost God's Gift of Love
It is sad to see when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Most of the time they forget who you are and suffer memory loss from many things. Kelly Gunderson, of Georgia, happened to catch an incredibly touching moment between her and her mother, who has Alzheimer's.
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The absurdity of dividing God’s word from God’s work
Edward, the apostles spread the good news of what they had witnessed – Christ’s resurrection. People heard, believed and were saved before the New Testament was written. The events were real. Emphasizing the reality of the central event of the Gospel does nothing to diminish the importance of God’s special revelation to us about that event. On the contrary, it highlights its significance for our eternal souls. God’s word is our means of knowing God. For that reason, we love His word because it draws us closer to Him. We read in God’s word that God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (the event).
Click here to support Please Save My Car by Marc Gaerlan
Not long ago my car needed to be repaired for a leaky transmission. Since I've been out of work I couldn't afford the work. Some people offered to pay for the work, and so my car was towed (because it was not running) to a local dealer. The mechanic there drove the car and blew the engine, then the dealeship said they don't do replacement engines and that was that. The dealership took the $1600 for the work they claimed they did. I was desperate and took some bad advice that I could get enough money through a student loan. That didn't happen. So now I owe a different mechanic $3414 for a new engine plus labor plus lot fees, and he's filed a mechanics lien. So I will lose my car that I had already paid for. Since becoming unemployed I've ran through all my savings, and just recently (after the whole car mess) became homeless. I won't even have my car to sleep in. If you can help, please do. The money goes to Dave's Automotive in Carbondale, Illinois Plus, having a car again GREATLY expands where I can apply for jobs.
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)
Save Your Brain: Skip Luc Besson's Fantastical Lucy
[I]t is almost universally taken for granted that there exists a problem of explaining the "evolution" of human language from systems of animal communication. However, a careful look at recent studies of animal communication seems to me to provide little support for these assumptions. Rather, these studies simply bring out even more clearly the extent to which human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. If this is so, it is quite senseless to raise the problem of explaining the evolution of human language from more primitive systems of communication that appear at lower levels of intellectual capacity. ... There is no reason to suppose that the "gaps" are bridgeable. There is no more of a basis for assuming an evolutionary development of "higher" from "lower" stages, in this case, than there is for assuming an evolutionary development from breathing to walking; the stages have no significant analogy, it appears, and seem to involve entirely different processes and principles. ... As far as we know, possession of human language is associated with a specific type of mental organisation, not simply a higher degree of intelligence.
A Fascinating Short Film About the Multiverse
Director Paul Trillo blends ingenious special effects with a poetic tale of boy-meets-girl in this philosophically minded short, which was inspired by the work of physicist Brian Greene and cognitive-science scholar Douglas Hofstadter . To learn more about how Trillo made this film, read his interview with Filmmaker Magazine .
7-Week-Old Baby Gets Hearing Aids for the Very First Time – Watch His Reaction! (VIDEO)
After not being able to hear so well for a while, seven-week-old Lachlan gets hearing aids put in his ears for the first time. Michelle and Toby Lever from Victoria, Australia celebrate after seeing their son's reaction to hearing them speak.
UK Mother Leaves Children Behind to Join ISIS; Threatens Christians With Beheadings on Twitter
A British mother of two, now a Muslim convert associating with Islamic State terrorists in Syria, posted a series of tweets threatening Christians, with one specifically mentioning beheadings at the point of a "blunt knife."
God’s Work in Church Discipline
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As a Baptist by conviction, and practice, the principles of "Church discipline" has been only limited to a membership list. Consequently those who desire to "broaden their personal separation" simply drop their own name from the list, either by request or by attending a different Baptist Church, and not joining a list there! The Matthew 18 reference to Church Discipline does not seem to be limited to a list, but rather, to a "family of worshippers" meeting in one place to grow spiritually. I am wondering if the practical side of a list is being used to avoid preaching the whole truth about personal separation, and living a testimony that enables a christian to witness? I have also been told that service is being denied as a form of Church Discipline! I am amazed that Christ does not judge these modern day methods of distorting discipline and confusing believers as to the real purpose and use of Church Discipline!
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'The Identical' Review: A Fun Rock 'N' Roll Tale About Faith and Purpose
In life, we are often faced with complex decisions which can directly impact our fate and destiny, and in "The Identical," we learn just how significant this impact can be.
Your Best Life Now: Seven Steps to Living at Your Full Potential - Christian Research Institute
Principle Seven. Few would take issue with much in his seventh principle, “Choose to be Happy.” Osteen undoubtedly has the best of intentions for his followers and does have some good advice in his book, but his unbalanced approach to Scripture emphasizes and distorts its positive teachings while avoiding unpleasant concepts such as sin, sacrifice, and, as 2Timothy3:12 puts it, suffering for the sake of the gospel. A faithful pastor will teach that there is a cost to being a disciple of Christ. Christ didn’t suffer on the cross just so we could have a great life or so that God could be a magic genie, ready to conjure up whatever we want, provided we say the right words and maintain a positive attitude. Osteen’s message isn’t a message of sin and grace, but a message of self-esteem and prosperity. Since, as Osteen rightly says, we need to get our focus off of ourselves, it would be wise to avoid this book.
Was Victoria Osteen Really That Off Base?
You know, Victoria Osteen was about half right. She was trying (and failing) to articulate half the answer to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “What its the chief end of man?” Mrs. Osteen says, “To pursue your own happiness, for this pleases God.” She’s trying her best at a John Piper “Christian Hedonist” impression, but she’s missing the mark. Osteen says, “Pursue happiness, and God will be happy.” Piper’s perspective is drawn from the true answer to the WSC Question 1: “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” We were designed to find our greatest joy in God. When we are pursuing His glory with our entire being, we will experience our greatest joy. We pursue God’s glory, and in doing so we find true joy in Him.
Renewing Your Mind | Papal Infallibility | September 4, 2014
The problem with this explanation, however, is that there is no evidence to sustain it. The best explanation of Matthew 16:18–19 is that the church will be built, not on an ecclesiastical position, but on Peter’s confession regarding Christ’s divinity. Correlative to this understanding is the fact that there is no biblical evidence to support the view that Peter spent a long time in the church in Rome as its leader. The Book of Acts is silent about this; it is not to be found in Peter’s own letters; and Paul makes no mention of it, which is strange if, indeed, Peter was in Rome early on since at the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he greets many people by name. And the argument that Peter’s authority was universally recognized among the early churches is contradicted by the facts. It is true that Irenaeus, in the second century, did say that the church was founded by “the blessed apostles,” Peter and Paul, as did Eusebius in the fourth century, and by the fifth century, Jerome did claim that it was founded by Peter whom he calls “the prince of the apostles.
Today’s Culture of Meaninglessness – and What It All Means
“He argues that what we are seeing is not just a moral slip when it comes to sexuality, what we have undergone is a cosmological shift of what we actually think the human person is,” Stonestreet said of mainstream America. “It’s not just kind of a moral slip where we think, well, this used to be OK, and now this is OK. What we now think is the best holistic way to define a human person is their sexual orientation or inclinations.”
Why Do Many Pro-Life Catholics Vote Democrat?
Catholics are often used as an example of "cross-pressured voters" due to the political party positions on abortion and welfare. Laura Hussey, associate professor of political science at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Geoffrey Layman, professor of political science at University of Notre Dame, however, found that a minority of Catholics were both pro-life and pro-welfare, and those that were showed little ambivalence in their vote choice.
This Dog Does Something Miraculous for Her Owner While Being Injured and it Shocked Everyone! (VIDEO)
Wow! This is truly a story that will have you in both tears and celebrating after hearing the result. Lucy and her owner were taking a walk when suddenly they were both hit by a car. But Lucy didn't let her owner or herself lay there after being injured. She did something truly heroic.
"Because You're a Good Priest": Calvary and the Ministry of an Open Heart
We assume this would be a well-earned victory for the life-battered Father James (Gleeson), a second-career priest, a widower with a daughter, and an alcoholic. And a victory for the one, holy catholic church, to have earned some respectable stake back for the years of bad airtime. But we’d be wrong. Sure, nearly the whole village comes to church each Sunday, and the priest knows the dirty laundry of each, but no one wants him around. As quick as the townspeople are to grant Father James is a good priest, they do not want him—or his expiation—meddling into the town’s well-guarded cynicism. In other words, he may be a good priest, but there can be no good priests. And this is made clear from the stirring first scene—a vow from the confessional, a faceless confessor, that vengeance—and not absolution—will out: “I am going to kill you, Father, because you’re innocent.”
The Lord knows the thoughts of our heart (Psalm 94:11), so we’re not keeping silent so as to "hide" our sin from God; we're keeping silent so as to protect others from our sin. Proverbs 10:19 says, "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable" (NASB). In the video below, I talk more about this idea of silence and its impact on those around us.
Top 5 Posts of August
With the close of summer and the quickly approaching autumn, we take a look back at the five most-read posts of the last month. They are listed here in case you missed them, want to savor them again, or hope to share them with friends.