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The sufferings of Christ save us from the sufferings of punishment, not the sufferings of purification.

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3 Dating Mistakes Christians Need to Avoid

For example, if someone asks me to have dinner with her parents for the first time, I might believe the relationship is getting serious. From her side, she may consider it just another fun date. Or if I end a great night out with a long hug, she might think it’s time for a ring. From my side, however, I was simply raised in a family like the one in My Big Fat Greek Wedding .

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There's no such thing as a non-Christian. Somebody might self-identify as spiritual but not religious. Or they might be a practicing Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim. Or they might call themselves an atheist, freethinker or agnostic. But the one thing that people never describe themselves as is a "non-Christian." So Christians who want to "reach non-Christians" need to realize that they're not all the same. Evangelism is not one-size-fits-all. Luke Cawley shows how Christians can contextualize the gospel in different ways to connect with different kinds of people. Here he unpacks the religious identities of three key demographics: the spiritual but not religious, committed atheists and nominal Christians. Each group has particular characteristics and requires specific approaches and practices to make the Christian faith plausible, desirable and tangible to them. This book is a practical and hopeful resource for helping people to encounter God.  ORDER YOUR COPY NOW >>>

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What to Pray When You Don't Feel Like Praying

“I don’t pray for long periods of time … my prayers are relatively brief. The times I really feel blessed through prayer is when my prayers are sincere—when I kind of think through what I’m going through, or I’m going through a hard time and I use that prayer to talk to God about everything.”


That verse is saying that the important thing is to remember the lessons. How do you do that? The best way to remember the lessons and experiences of your life is to keep a journal. I’m not talking about a diary. A diary is a list of what you did: “Today I went to the store and bought milk.” You don’t necessarily write in a journal every day. But every time you have an important lesson, you write it down so you won’t forget it: “That was painful. I learned that the hard way. I don’t want to forget that.”

Why Does Your Small Group Meet?

To do this the small group will listen humbly as the couple pours out their soul, and will weep with them as they weep. They might share how “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). They might open to Psalm 40:1–3, and encourage them that as they wait on the Lord in prayer — he will set their feet on a rock and fill them with praise.

Perspective | I signed the Nashville Statement. It’s an expression of love for same-sex attracted people.

That affirmation is certainly in keeping with the moral revolution, but intellectual honesty requires the admission that it cannot be squared with the Bible’s account of creation. The “Denver Statement” denies “that sexual attraction for the same sex is outside the natural goodness of God’s original creation.” That fits the new sexual morality quite well, but runs counter to the consistent teaching of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments.

The Reformation and the Men Behind It

The Protestant Reformation stands as the most far-reaching, world-changing display of God’s grace since the birth and early expansion of the church. It was not a single act, nor was it led by one man. This history-altering movement played out on different stages over many decades. Its cumulative impact, however, was enormous. Philip Schaff, a noted church historian, writes: “The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history. It marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times. Starting from religion, it gave, directly or indirectly, a mighty impulse to every forward movement, and made Protestantism the chief propelling force in the history of modern civilization.” The Reformation was, at its heart, a recovery of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and this restoration had an unparalleled influence on churches, nations, and the flow of Western civilization.

Rosaria Butterfield: “Why I Signed the Nashville Statement”

Great battles in theology faced by the church over the centuries have been caused by the introduction of unbiblical categories about the nature of people and the nature of God, and the imprecise language that emerges from this.  Are we justified by faith or are we justified by faith alone?  Does the Bible contain the word of God or is the Bible the word of God?  Should we refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings because marriage is a creation-mandated institution and not a social privilege that can be re-packaged as the world whims?  Or should we bake two cakes because sexual orientation as a category of personhood erases sexual sin without the blood of Christ?

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Trump declares Hurricane Harvey prayer day - Premier

Donald Trump declared Sunday 3rd September 2017 a national day of prayer for "healing" and "comfort" in the wake of deadly Hurricane Harvey.

What to Do When God Isn't Answering Your Prayers

We pray and ask God for something—healing, change, breakthrough—because we see our lives from our perspective (which is the only way we can see things!). But God’s perspective is much, much bigger—it’s eternal in its scope and wisdom. When we start praying for something and it doesn’t happen on our timeline, it’s easy to think that God has forgotten us or refuses to answer. But in truth, God is working out all things for our good (Romans 8:28). Sometimes that means that He is waiting on answering a particular prayer now because He can see down the road and He wants what is eternally and completely best for us. So even though God might seem slow sometimes, He’s never actually slow. He’s not even late. His sense of timing is just way, way better.

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“Under Singer’s worldview,” Toolis continues, “if you came across a new-born infant, who had no family, and a mature chimp and could only save one of them, you might actually be under a moral obligation to save the chimp.”  Very few people—indeed, very few atheists—would say such a thing.  But, then again, very few people are atheist ideologues.  This is the ugliness of atheism.  To say that there is no God is not a morally neutral statement.  It is to say that morality itself is merely an illusion, an artificial human construct with no more validity than the instinctual rules that regulate a colony of ants.  As Fyodor Dostoevsky so eloquently put it: “If there is no immortality, there can be no virtue and all things are permissible.”  Ruthless adherence to atheism’s logic means exactly that.

Keeping Christianity weird: Why the Nashville Statement matters

The Nashville Statement is not a culture-war document. It is a church document. It stakes out no public policy positions. It advocates for no particular piece of legislation or political program. Rather, it was drafted by churchmen from a variety of evangelical traditions who aim to catechize God’s people about their place in the true story of the world. And fundamental to that storyline is our “personal and physical design as male and female.”

My Soul Thirsts for You

This is crucial to our understanding God’s ways and why he allows us to experience dry, barren, dark, oppressive seasons: our experienced lack of what we really need makes us really desire what we really need. This is the blessedness of the barren places: they teach us both to want most and to seek most what we need most. This is a painful gift of priceless worth, because it drives us like nothing else to the only fountain that will quench our soul-thirst, which is why David went on to say,

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The Agony of Abortion is Real: A First Person Story | The Stream

She continued, “But I just couldn’t do it anymore. I used to be really happy, loved life, saw beauty everywhere before I started working there. Then, I started working at PP, and I was always sad, always tired, and really depressed. I even got put on Prozac. A part of me was dying. My husband [whom she married after taking the PP job] used to be a sergeant in the army, then he got hit by a bomb. He was badly injured and is on partial disability now, with the National Guard. But how I felt coming home each day from the abortion center was like a soldier who had come back from war. The emptiness. That’s how I felt. Empty. I don’t believe we were created to see so much death.”

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The Most Subtle Form of Pride

May the subtle pride that keeps us anchored in the fetal position be broken as we mimic the mighty roar of Christ. He alone strengthens timid hearts, emboldens scared disciples, and makes the weak strong as we lift our eyes from our frailty to him.

Why the Rejection of the Nashville Statement on Sexuality is a Rejection of the Bible | The Stream

I mean exactly what “literalness” means. The Bible had long been though to be literal history without error. But now many if not most have given up the “literalness” of the creation story, for example, because it’s so wildly irreconcilable with mountains of evidence that suggest a very different story about the origins or our planet and humanity. The liberal Christians and I do not suggest that the Bible “figuratively” condemns homosexuality. It quite literally does condemn it. There’s no arguing that. Rather, their arguments are that homosexuality AS IT WAS KNOWN at the time is condemned. You aren’t going to find a loving gay couple in the places Paul wrote to. And there is no evidence he ever met homosexuals besides prostitutes and idolaters and pederasts. And then you have Leviticus, which, oddly enough, condemns male homosexuality, but doesn’t mention lesbians. Why? Because no one really cared about lesbians! Just as no one cared about men having multiple wives! The culture of the ancient Israelites does NOT line up with conservative Christian culture today, despite the assertion by conservative Christians that they worship the Israelites’ God.

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What Is the Key To Being an Effective Debater?

This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written over 150 books and spoken to more young people live than anyone in history. But what I appreciate most about my father is his love for my mom, for his kids, and now for his many grandkids. Enjoy!

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Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see .

When Jesus Doesn’t Calm the Storm

In my theology class at Fuller Theological Seminary, I teach my students about the doctrine of Providence. It describes God’s work of preservation, conservation, and perfection of the world that he so loves. The Father, in the Son, by the Spirit protects creation against a reversion to the chaos of Genesis 1:1, enables creation to flourish, and ensures creation’s good, pleasing, and perfect purpose.

Evangelical Leaders Ask Trump to Leave DACA Alone

The threat of a lawsuit from 10 conservative state attorneys general has led to reports that President Donald Trump plans on ending or at least modifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that protects children of undocumented immigrants who were brought into this country when they were too young to have a say. DACA remains popular with voters, leading to widespread pleas for him to leave it in place. Some of those pleas are coming from evangelical leaders Leith Anderson, Russell Moore and Lynne Hybels.

The Edible Sermon

As we pull back the chair to sit at the King’s Table, we confess our hunger and expectation to be satisfied in all of Christ’s righteousness for us again. We look up and down the table to see Jesus’s body — the brothers and sister on our right and left — who share this meal of fellowship with us. And at the table we taste the appetizers and see a glimpse of heaven’s feast. So, brothers and sisters, let us eat and drink and in so doing, “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Not a Daycare!

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Owen's Theology by Michael Reeves | September 5, 2017

We have just become acquainted with the life and thought of the Puritan John Owen. We saw that he providentially arose from his anti-Puritan Laudian context at Oxford to become a Reformed theologian of the highest caliber and a prominent individual during the time of the Commonwealth and Protectorate. We now take a more in-depth look at his theology, which demonstrated a broad intellect. Owen pursued grand projects, meshing together varied disciplines such as linguistics, biblical exegesis, historical theology, and doctrine. Specifically, his unique emphasis on the Trinity profoundly shaped his theology.

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When You Don't Love the Church

I remember telling an old pastor that if I just lived a certain way on the outside, conforming my behavior to the accepted Christian norms of that local church, then no one within the church would ever ask me about my walk with God. They would assume—from what they observed externally—that I was walking in faithful obedience to God. These common external practices shared by the members in my church were all good things. The problem came when, at a certain point, some of the members had twisted the gospel, equating some specific practices with godliness and placing matters of personal preference on the same level as the Word of God. It didn’t seem to matter what was going on in the heart of those who lived in a certain way, they were automatically considered godly as long as they followed the accepted practices.

Grocery Store Lidl Draws Flak for Removing Crosses From Greek Food Packaging

"I couldn't care less what's on the packaging, if it tastes good then I'm eating it. Love some of the Greek Humous range. Come on, shove them back on and stop causing trouble eh? Only people offended about crosses on the packaging is Lidl, not the customers, listen to your customers."

Calling All Callings: Amy Sherman on ‘Kingdom Calling’

Jesus is on this amazing, comprehensive mission of bringing about the renewal of all things. We have the opportunity to participate with God in this work of renewal, and one crucial way we do this is through our work. We often lack a robust sense of how we participate in God's mission through our vocation. I hope Christians will be inspired and equipped to live missionally for the kingdom of God through their work. We spend 40 to 50 percent of our lives working, and we don't want to miss out on such a big slice of what the Lord would have us do.

Has The New Testament Been Copied Too Many Times?

Has the N.T. been copied too many times to where now we can not know what the original documents said? Frank Turek responds.

Working on Eternity

"First and foremost," Witherington writes, "it is the task of all human beings to love God with our whole heart and to love our neighbor as ourself. These tasks are 'job one' for all those created in the image of God. Second … it is our honor to be tasked with making disciples of all nations." This might strike the reader as yawningly obvious, but a truly Christian theology of vocation depends on getting that larger perspective right. Therefore, "Any other tasks, jobs, or work we undertake must be seen as subheadings under these primary, lifelong tasks." Witherington refuses to advise anyone at the level of professional priorities. Nor does he insist on the superiority of full-time Christian ministry.

'Fed up' circus elephant lynched for 'murder' in 1916

Some of the details of how an Asian circus elephant named Big Mary became the victim of a lynching in a stony little east Tennessee town are obscured by the gauze of time.

On Generosity - Westminster Theological Seminary

Theology Refresh interviews Dr. Hughes on the topic of generosity.

Joel Osteen on floods criticism: 'They don't know the facts' - Premier Christian Radio

Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, has addressed criticism of the way the mega church handled helping Hurricane Harvey victims last week.

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43 Church of England primary schools allowing hijabs - Premier

It has emerged several primary schools allowing girls to wear a Muslim headscarf to class are run by the Church of England.

Christian teenager killed at school in Pakistan - Premier Christian Radio

Speaking to the British Paskistani Christian Association (BPCA), his mother Razia Bibi, said: "My son was a kind-hearted, hard-working and affable boy. He has always been loved by teachers and pupils alike and shared great sorrow that he was being targeted by students at his new school because of his faith.

Answering Islam 10: How Does the Quran View Women?

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Reasons To Believe : More Reasons to Thank God for Ants

I must confess that even though I have written extensively about how blessed we humans are to be living on a planet that is infested with ants, I don’t always appreciate it when one of the infestations invades our home. A year ago, Kathy and I and our two sons were experiencing multiple bites from fire ants in our house. Kathy especially was suffering and demanded that I go outside, find out where the ants were coming from, and annihilate them all! When I went outside I discovered at least a dozen ant hills running all along the side of the house. I quickly realized that this was a job for a professional and called upon one of our neighbors who owns an extermination company. Our home has been ant-free ever since. However, as I told Kathy, for a number of reasons we should be grateful that there are lots of ants elsewhere.

Renewing Your Mind | Saving the Phenomena | Sep 4, 2017

Why should Christians pay attention to science? Today, R.C. Sproul explains the need for Christians to understand the world God created.

How Did I Fail My Unbelieving Children?

We hear from grieving parents a lot. And I suppose that to parent in this broken world is pretty much a guarantee of parental grieving. So what do you do when your children grow up in the church, but then leave the faith, and you are left with the linger question over how you failed them in the process. Today’s email comes from a father: “Pastor John, does God promise to save my children? Some teachers say that I need to have faith and that I should claim it and that God would save them. I have four children. All raised in the local church. All walked away from the faith. Two seem to be returning, but both struggle with sinful lifestyles. The other two are very far from God. I’m so depressed over my children’s spiritual condition and have asked the Lord to forgive me for being depressed. Do you have any advice for me?”

The Bible or the Qur’an: There's No Comparison

The Qur’an instructs “Seek knowledge, in China, if necessary” (Sura 39:12). One should go where the evidence leads. There were 333 Prophecies about the coming Messiah written in the Old Testament before the birth of Christ. All these came true in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. No other religious leader or prophet ever had massive predictive material written about their life before their birth. Jesus had countless fulfilled predictions about His life to attest to His claims as the Son of God. His virgin birth was predicted several hundred years before He was born. Islam attempts to use about a half-dozen Scriptures in an attempt to verify Muhammad’s claims. The Mormons attempt to misinterpret five or six Scriptures for the same reason in regard to Joseph Smith. Jesus did not have five or six; He had hundreds of clear and unambiguous prophecies that predicted events in His life before they occurred, even hundreds of years before His birth.  

Would You Have Worshiped Caesar? Here's How to Tell. | The Stream

It’s fun sometimes to imagine how we would have acted if we had lived in another time and place. Had we grown up with different influences we might have turned out as different people. But there are real commonalities between each of us and those before us. We share the same human nature, which is fixed, and sullenly, stubbornly fallen. We face the same economy of salvation as every person since Christ’s resurrection. So with Christian history at least, we can look at past actors and muster genuine empathy.

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