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Grumbling and disputing

Grumbling has to do with the emotional side of complaint. The English translation is onomatopoeic, meaning that the word audibly represents its definition. Maybe you should wait until you're in private to try this, but if you grumble the word "grumble" over and over again, it has the drone of complaint:  "grummmmbblling, umb, umb, umb, umb."

2 The Advantage Christians Have over Naturalists - Stand to Reason Blog

4) So given naturalism, then why would anyone think it unnatural if a man eats a neighbor's child? If a male of any kind wants to procreate with a certain nearby female, would it not be just like any animals? If a a female chose to take and keep for herself the child of another, smaller female, would that not be just plain old every day natural occurances within the nature of naturalism? Whence cometh in moral evil?

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4 Myths Christians Need to Stop Believing About Depression

David the primary reason I called the writer and her piece ''brave'' was because many of us have walked the same walk where Christian circles attempt to dissect the causes for our depression. With myself, I had to weather the most unbelievably insensitive comments, such as ''Well Job suffered more then you and still bowed before God''..or this doozy...''Stop being selfish''...Oh did I mention that that zinger came on the heels of me finding out my mother was near death and losing my job in the same day? But for simply cathartic-ally feeling the full weight of the moment it was misconstrued as sin/selfish/human error. Sorry. I do not subscribe to the dogmatic compartmentalizing that everything has a spiritual cause only full stop. We are spiritual beings but are also organic beings. This has nothing to do with a progressive secularist agenda, but simply a system of checks and balances in how we look at the causes and deciding factors for depression. Organic imbalances exist in the body as in the mind. Is a diabetic at fault for low blood sugar due to sin and lack of faith? Do we really need to split hairs and determine what causes people's sufferings or do we all need to fundamentally admit that the church all too many times conveniently and superficially stigmatizes all mental illness as caused by lack of relationship with God (or sin) without taking any time to look into other factors as well? The author's point in this article is to simply address the lack of balance in how the Church oftentimes looks at depression.

4 Things Jesus Didn’t Die For

Jesus died so we could change. Without his death, there is no justification before God. There is no Holy Spirit coming to heal our rebellious souls and make worthy our small acts of worship. Without Jesus we’re trapped. We are slaves to our own sinful desires and couldn’t obey God even if we wanted to. And God had every right to leave us this way. But he didn’t. Out of the sheer force of his loving will, because of grace alone, he sent Christ to take on our sin. This encounter with such unimaginable grace will change you.

What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

When he arrived in the sociology department in 1972, Entwisle was a fixture there. Together, they planned to study how children navigate one of life’s first major transitions, from home to school. They wanted to follow them from first grade into second, and at the time, that idea was novel. Child psychologists were then studying children this young. And sociologists were then interested in teenagers. But few researchers believed then that the context of these early years was crucial for everything that comes next — or that you could learn much about it by asking children themselves.

Grace to You

Behind Jesus’ commissioning and training of the twelve disciples are several foundational facts. First, these men were chosen sovereignly by God. None of the twelve initiated the idea of following Jesus and becoming His disciples, much less His apostles. It was entirely God’s planning and doing. Mark tells us that Jesus “summoned those whom He Himself wanted” (Mark 3:13), and near the end of His earthly ministry Jesus reminded them, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you” (John 15:16).

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Andrew Fuller Conference

George Whitefield was not only the most celebrated preacher of the eighteenth century, but he was also a central figure in the creation of modern Evangelicalism. His emphasis on the new birth, his passion for evangelism, his ability to cross denominational boundaries and build networks of Christians based on the gospel and Reformation convictions were central features in what we know today as Evangelicalism. In this conference celebrating the tercentennial (1714) birth of Whitefield, we will explore these key themes of this remarkable Christian’s life and what they meant for his day and mean for ours.

When Childhood Has Become a Race

These high-achieving students may be “winners in the race we have made of childhood.” They may have mastered “a double major, a sport, a musical instrument, a couple of foreign languages, service work in distant corners of the globe, [and] a few hobbies thrown in for good measure.” But if they are great at what they’re doing, they have no idea why they’re doing it.

Five Celebrity Preachers Who Ignored Joel Osteen’s Advice

Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has written numerous bestsellers encouraging people to “live at [their] full potential” and offering a method of spiritual disciplines guaranteed to open the floodgates of God’s blessings. Countless believers throughout the world have employed these disciplines and reaped the benefits, living lives of abundant happiness without the burdens of sickness, poverty, sorrow, or suffering. But some celebrity preachers have bucked the Osteen trend and opted to embrace rejection and hardship now to live their best lives later. Here are a few notable examples.

God's Not Dead: God, Atheism, and Science

While Hitchen's maxim pretty much destroys all of your assertions, too often it is used as a panacea against all religious argument. Indeed, while it is inherently true, "anything that is introduced without evidence can be dismissed without evidence" doesn't mean that there is no evidence to support the atheistic world view. Virtually all of science refutes your wildly subjective claim: "Only the living God allows us to account for the logic, induction, and ethics required to make scientific discoveries." So as time and patience allows let me counter your premise point for point starting with your polemical attack on Sagan. Sagan is correct by declaring the cosmos is all that exists, we have considerable scientific evidence of that. IT EXISTS! There is not one shred of evidence that concludes it was created by a supernatural creator.. We also have understanding of how the universe expands and contracts that reasonably suggest how the universe or universes came into existence through dying stars, black holes and colliding galaxies. To assert otherwise is fallacious Post Hoc ergo Propter Hoc thinking.

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Capitalism and the Common Good

While the girls listen in awe, the smartphone concludes that its existence seems “magical.” And when it comes to grasping the reach and forces of the market system, magical seems the appropriate word. Markets have enabled progress and prosperity far beyond what anyone even a century ago could have imagined. Productivity per person, an enhanced standard of living, and the incentive for innovation all trace back to the forces of the market system (the producers, buyers, sellers, and others who participate in the creation, distribution, and use of a product or service). A well-functioning market offers lower prices and higher quality products. Indeed, as the smartphone reminds us, when we consider the various goods that emerge out of the “flowering of free cooperation, competition, and creation,” we have reason to marvel.

Innovative Apologetics: Jesus Christ vs. Muhammad: There is No Comparison

The Antidepressant of Wonder

But it’s not really the world we’re weary of; we’re futility-weary, evil-weary. We’re weary of the curse under which we groan in hope (Romans 8:20). But the world is not only infused with futility, it is also infused with glorious wonders that, if we will look, direct our attention away from evil to the God of hope (Romans 15:13) — who made the world (John 1:3), who rules it (Philippians 2:11), and who is redeeming it (Romans 8:21). Yes, evil must be faced and fought. But if the devil can, he will keep us focused on evil to tempt us to succumb to all kinds of evil ourselves and drive us into depressive neuroses that make us feel thin on hope and long to escape.

Welcome to a Reformed Church — Free eBook

“Daniel Hyde has done the church (and church planters) a great service by giving us this well-written, concise, easy-to-understand book explaining what it means to be a ‘Reformed’ church. Yet, at the same time, this is a theologically deep book that will send us back to Scripture and our confessions so that we might understand just what the church really is. In a day of great doctrinal confusion, especially about the church, I know of no better tool to give to those who want to know more about Reformed churches.”

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Clip of Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’

F ilmmaker Ridley Scott has released this brief look at the production and scope of his new biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings . The movie, which stars Christian Bale as Moses, hits theaters in December ...

Addicted to Busy

Are you busier than you want to be?Than you need to be?Than you are meant to be?It's time to break busy. We are all spread too thin, taking on more than we can handle, trying to do so much—almost as if we are afraid that if we were to take a moment of rest, we might discover that all our busyness is covering up an essential lack in our lives. But God never meant for us to be so busy. God desires for us peace. God desires rest. Brady Boyd shows you how to live a life that embraces stillness and solitude and finds the peace that God wants for you.

Seminary Wives Institute

At Southern Seminary, we recognize the need for God-called ministers’ wives to be prepared for ministry. We believe that a minister’s wife needs to be educated and equipped as she and her husband prepare for service in the churches and beyond. The time a student wife is in the seminary setting with her husband is the perfect time to undertake this training. She has opportunity to network with other wives who are preparing for the place God has for them. She will benefit from her study with faculty wives who can share from their rich experience. The courses in the Seminary Wives Institute (SWI) are designed to give ministers’ wives biblically based and practically applied teaching. They are taught by our own seminary faculty as well as faculty wives and guest speakers. We are committed to make this institute a vital part of the seminary wife’s experience at Southern Seminary.

Innovative Apologetics: Rene Descartes’ Dreaming Doubt: A Solution - Christian Apologetics


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Memoir: Wendy Davis tells of ending pregnancy

Planned Parenthood Votes president Cecile Richards, daughter of the late former Texas gov. Ann Richards, said in a statement: “Throughout her career, Wendy Davis has fought for women and families with the same unwavering courage she’s displayed today in sharing her deeply personal decision to have an abortion. While no woman should have to justify her decision, abortion later in pregnancy is rare, and is often due to the same sort of tragic and heartbreaking circumstance that Wendy experienced - the kind of situation where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available.”


Why is this happening to me? What is my purpose in this life? If God is so powerful, then why does He allow me to be treated this way by people who are opposed to Him? Will God ever give me victory over this particular sin?

25 William Lane Craig lectures on failure in the Christian life

If you like this, you should pick up Craig’s book “ Hard Questions, Real Answers “, which has a chapter on this problem. And here is a similar lecture  that Dr. Craig gave at his home church in Atlanta on the same topic. I’m not posting this because I’ve had a catastrophic failure or anything. But I think in this economy, I am seeing a lot of my plans dashed and I am being forced to circle the wagons a little and take fewer risks. I am being forced to aim for smaller goals, and plan for future difficulties. It does bother me that I can’t comfortably take risks to achieve the best goals that I want to achieve. But I have to play the hand I’m dealt, and do what looks doable right now. Some of my friends are having the same problem of having to recalculate what is probable and what is possible.

Renewing Your Mind | Vanity of Vanity | September 6, 2014

"Ecclesiastes? Ugh — that’s just doom and gloom! I’d rather study some other Bible book." Now wait a moment. I know it’s not proper to begin by telling your reader that he’s wrong — but in this case, you are! The writer of Ecclesiastes wasn’t the soured, cynical old man who was down on life that some make him out to be. He wasn’t the world’s most inveterate pessimist. Sure, many (perhaps, most) of the lines he wrote are pessimistic, but Qoheleth (Solomon turned preacher) has an essentially positive purpose. His pessimism centers on “life under the sun.” Indeed, as you read the book with an eye focused on what he’s really up to, you’ll find him to be a relaxed, rather easy-going person. He’s been through it all — the bad and the good — and, in repentance, has come to terms with life. God’s terms, that is. Actually, there is much that, when interpreted correctly, can only give a believer confidence and joy in the face of trouble. 

Innovative Apologetics: John Calvin Quotes on Islam and Mohammad

RELEVANT Podcast: Radiolab

Something pretty crazy happened to me last week. I was on vacation in New York and I walked into some random bagel place in Brooklyn. The guy behind the counter was freaking out about something, and he gave me more information than most people will ever have about one of the greatest secrets of our modern age. Apparently this guy had an art show at a local gallery and found out that it had just been written up in the New York Times. It was a big deal and he was really excited about it, understandably. So I'm being all polite like the good Canadian I am, and he starts telling me about why he did a gallery show at all, and that's where things got real... I think. Apparently the idea for him to do his own gallery show came from Banksy. This guy had ended up helping him get some stuff together for his New York City residency a while back and was encouraged/inspired to do more with his own art. Not only did he tell me Banksy's name, but he told me some of his back story. Is he legit? I dunno, but he was more excited about his own thing. All the Banksy stuff was just throwaway info for him to talk about his own gallery show.

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).

Not Like Any Other Book: Preaching the Supernatural Word - Prince on Preaching

The issue of how one defines expository preaching is important. The preacher’s understanding of it will ultimately shape the content of his sermon. The divergent understandings of expository preaching are manifest in the debate over whether expository preaching demands Christocentric teaching from the whole Bible.


Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our September issue).

Why Christians Should Read Shakespeare

With characteristic enthusiasm, the editor of the Crossway blog site suggested that I write on “Why Every Christian Should Read Shakespeare.” I have reined in his enthusiasm with a touch of Dutch realism. I want people who have what it takes to read Shakespeare to do so, but not everyone has the requisite skills to make it possible. This is not a moral failing, so no guilt necessarily or automatically attaches to not reading and viewing Shakespeare. On the other hand, I would like some of my readers to upgrade the quality of their leisure life by dipping into Shakespeare.

Be There to Respond

Since I’m a worship pastor it’s not so often that I have the opportunity to stand beside our people in worship. On a typical weekend, I’m holding a guitar and leading in worship upfront. However, a few weeks ago, I had the morning off from leading. So I grabbed a cup of coffee and made my way in to worship with my family alongside our community.

WORLD | The faulty concept of ‘Christian karma’ | Peter Greer | Sept. 6, 2014

Living near the Arlington/Cambridge town line in Massachusetts, I would ride my 1970 upright Schwinn bike along Massachusetts Avenue each fall morning with my laptop and books strapped on my back, breathing in the cold morning air. I began to feel refreshed. Being away from the messiness of real-life application and plunging into development theory provided an escape. It’s so much easier to know the right answers when you’re away from people and their situations. And being surrounded by passionate people eager to make a difference in the world was rejuvenating. The time of reprieve passed far too quickly.

The Violence Caused by Faith?

I was talking to an atheist recently who said that most atheists she knew did not want to destroy people’s faith but only the violence done by faith. But I wanted to ask the question “does faith itself really lead people to behave violently?” Atheists often talk about all of the wars caused by religion and people of faith but I don’t think they are free of their own charge about faith leading to violence. The idea that faith is necessarily always religious is demonstrably false. Faith is essentially synonymous with trust. You can have faith (or trust) in a person or an ideology. It seems hard to accept the notion that faith is somehow itself something that leads to violence. It is not hard, however, to imagine that faith in a person (namely their teaching and leadership) or a certain philosophy, religion or ideology could definitely give way to violent behavior. To deny that someone’s faith in something would ever lead them to violent action would be foolish because it would not take very long to come up with an example of just that. However I think it bears pointing out that while atheists often claim that the faith that leads to violence is religious in nature this is hardly exclusively the case.

36 Christianity and Science: An Interview with Dr. Timothy McGrew

Here is Ken Sample’s interview with Dr. Timothy McGrew.

1 Corinthians 13:7

7  m Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, e endures all things.

Richard Carrier and the Arbitrariness Objection

First, Carrier’s assertion that Armstrong “simply means ‘r is the reason rape is morally wrong’” is not supported by the text. Two pages earlier, Armstrong explicitly states he intends the phrase “what makes it morally wrong to rape is that God commands it” to be synonymous with “a divine command constitutes our moral duty not to rape”[3] suggesting he adopts the constitutive sense I criticize in my paper. Carrier is of course free to disagree with Armstrong’s objection. But he shouldn’t pretend he said something other than what he did.

39 Question of the Week: Favorite "Worldview" Fiction

Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.

Basement Tape #133: Family Economy

You might even say that the Basement Tapes serve to help us develop a Christian worldview. Started in 2002, we now have over #140 conversations on all areas of life that we are seeking to think biblically about so that we might take dominion over them for the King and His kingdom.

Book Review: "Questioning the Bible" by Jonathan Morrow

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Innovative Apologetics: Defeating Relativism and Exposing Self-referential Sentences

WORLD | Leadership principles from 1 Samuel | Bill Newton | Sept. 6, 2014

I’m in a group of men studying 1 Samuel, anticipating the life lessons we’d learn from David. Yet we’ve been struck most vividly by the example set by Jonathan, Saul’s son and heir to the throne.

Recognize the Blessing in the Hardship — Highlands Ministries

When my wife was going through her third and final battle with cancer she asked if perhaps she were missing some grievous sin in her life, hoping that if she could find it, repent of it, then she would enjoy better health. Now there are two errors that I encouraged her to avoid. Many believers treat Adam and Eve’s sin as the equivalent of opening Pandora’s Box. Out came death and destruction, and these attacked randomly. People get sick, people die, these folks seem to reason, because of someone else’s sin. It just happens, outside Eden. Others err by buying into that karmic sense — this hardship happened because that sin happened. Remove that sin, and you won’t ever go through that hardship again.

WORLD | How long is too long to detain immigrants? | J.C. Derrick | Sept. 6, 2014

In Owino’s case, Kenya has refused to take him back as long as his appeal is still in process. Owino, a former Kenyan track athlete, says Kenyan police beat him after he spoke out against government abuses, so he’s fighting his removal to the country based on the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Kenyan police brutality is well-documented, including the recently publicized case of a convert from Islam to Christianity, but immigration courts have so far ruled Owino’s claim is not credible.

Two Flagella Are Better than One

One paper in PNAS by German scientists explores the advantage of having two flagella, one at the rear and another one or two on the sides. If you were a blind bacterium trying to find your way up a gradient, you would only have one trick in your steering kit: the "run-reverse-flick" move. Trouble is, when you operate that move, it often turns you 90 degrees. That's not helpful when you want to make progress up the gradient. The scientists found that having a secondary flagellum reduces that angle, even when it doesn't not provide extra power:

WORLD | Bucket List Books: Virgil’s Aeneid | Rachel Lynn Aldrich | Sept. 6, 2014

In an earlier column I argued that Homer and his epics were important for the Christian to read because Greek mythology provides historical context for Christianity. Well, it’s time to recommend another epic.


Join Dr. Sproul on a unique study tour as he explores the major themes, events, and people that are brought to life in the Bible. Dust to Glory provides a panorama of biblical truth and a starting point to help you understand the content of the Bible. Dust to Glory can energize your study of the Bible, provide you with new insights, and improve your ability to read, understand, and apply Scripture to your life.

Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: The Strength of a Cumulative Case

Modern movie-making has come a long way in terms of special effects. Audiences gasp in awe during scenes in adventure stories such as Journey to the Center of the Earth , where the heroes stumble upon extraordinary locations during their quest, seeing things few humans have ever beheld. Our exploration of the Christian faith can give us a similar sense of awe as we travel through its unique tenets, finding new ways of thinking about things we believe and the way God works in each of us. Some of its grandeurs and vistas are as breath-taking as climbing to the rim of the Grand Canyon, looking out and trying to take in its vastness. Of course, the Canyon is so massive that we only get a glimpse of one small portion. We can never see it all and see it intimately at the same time, but still understanding there is a greatness there that we can at least begin to appreciate. This really is how it feels to seek out knowledge of the one True God. Seeking to find out if there's a God is a basic part of being human; it's one of those "big questions" that I talked about before.

50 Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics

Our vision is to bridge the gap between the academic world and the needs of the local church. This journal represents solid scholarship and provides practical resources for the local church.  This is a peer reviewed journal in order to keep the standards of the resources to an appropriate level of excellence.

51 Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: If You Ignore the Trinity, You Ignore the Gospel
52 What Makes a Successful Apologetic Argument? - Stand to Reason Blog
53 Richard Dawkins: The Atheist Evangelist
54 Study explores whether atheism is rooted in reason or emotion
55 Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering
56 WORLD | Races he’s run | Arsenio Orteza | Sept. 20, 2014
57 On Christian Music
58 New Atheism and the Scientistic Turn in the Atheism Movement by MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI
59 Retelling the Old, Old Story - Christian Research Institute
60 Check out | HeadHeartHand Blog