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Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For? C.S. Lewis, Bono and the Argument from Desire - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

For better or worse I was a child of the 80’s, and during that time a new rock band came on the scene that changed pop music, both in Britain, America and eventually the world. I immediately loved their sound as soon as I heard it. Their style was unique, and the lyrics had a real …

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1 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.

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The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed in the background. It is a hard video to watch.

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I Didn’t Ask To Be Born

Hello Dr. Craig. First I would like to just express my appreciation for this great ministry. Eight years ago I was born again and filled with the Spirit of God, and I was pre-law which developed into a philosophy major. Philosophy gave me the questions humanity had been asking for thousands of years. I was called into the ministry. From the street to the churches to the jails, this ministry of apologetics has been pertinent to the Great Commission. You have articulated and formulated so much of what I never learned in school and have inspired me to seek out these great truths further. Thank you. My question: on the cosmological argument we contend that an uncaused cause must precede the Big Bang. However the Hartle-Hawking state posits that near the beginning of the universe, white hole, time would slow down to nothing within this singularity. It seems that this would cause a problem for the uncaused cause arguments as beginnings are time oriented entities, and that without time causal relations would be impossible as cause and effect exist in and are essentially concepts of time. How can we posit a cause for the universe if time – which makes cause and effect possible – did not exist initially? Thank you.

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God's Not Dead: No Need for Evolution: God’s Fingerprints are Everywhere

Sir Fred Hoyle dispels unguided evolution by setting forth the following: “The laws of nuclear physics have been deliberately designed with regard to the consequences they produce inside stars. If this is so, apparently random quirks have become part of a deep-laid scheme.” He called creation a “put up job.” The Lord’s fingerprints are imprinted on every part of the universe, from the tiniest atom to the largest galaxy. I enjoy examining the proof of God’s design and engineering. But in actuality, everything is evidence of God having created time, space, and matter. There is nothing in the world that is not evidence for a Creator. The believer is not merely to defend the faith with probabilities. It is impossible for God not to be the Creator. We have a perfect certainty that God hurled and fashioned this universe together for His glory. We must stand on God’s word and say to the world: God lives, and He is not silent.

5 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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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.

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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.

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The Identical

And that’s where the story starts to fall apart. The film mostly sticks with Ryan Wade — we see him growing up in a loving, churchgoing family and developing a talent for singing — but almost completely abandons the twin who was left behind, Drexel Hemsley. We later learn that Drexel has grown up to be a rock star nicknamed “The Dream,” who partly inspires Ryan’s desire to be a singer too. But we don’t learn how Drexel got there — escaping dire poverty to make it to the top of the radio charts. We also don’t learn much about Drexel’s personality or convictions . . . except that we see him drinking whiskey. Once. While brooding music plays. So, that.

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3 Ways to Love Others with Our Language: A guest post by Linda Manganello

Through social media, our outlets of expression have increased significantly to the point where we can say anything...about anyone...at any time...without much accountability. Therefore, it is essential that we "keep our grip tight" on how we communicate with one another by not allowing sin to deteriorate our language and opportunities to connect and love our neighbor. In a time when tweets and status updates dominate the communication landscape, we must—as Christians—reclaim our interactions and demonstrate how we can love one another with our language. In order to take on this task we must take a moment to reflect, discern, and pursue.

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God's Not Dead: Predictions Fulfilled Concerning Jesus Christ: Declaring the Things to Come

Prophecies of Jesus Christ: Proof God's Not Dead by Mike Robinson Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; let them show the former things, what they were… Or declare to us things to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter… Thus says the LORD … I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me, there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? … I have declared the former things from the beginning … Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass... Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you (Isaiah 41:22-23, 44:6-8, 48:3-20).  An important segment of “proof” for Christianity is the messianic prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Old Testament foretold the coming of the Messiah in precise detail. The Old Testament (Tanakh) was written centuries before the coming of Jesus and included more than three hundred prophecies about Him including His birth. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar prophetic record of their life written down centuries before their birth.

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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."

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Called to Disciple the Nations — Highlands Ministries

The discipling of the nations is not something new . This calling goes back at least as far as Abraham. Abraham was promised first that God would be a God to Him and to his descendants. He was promised that his descendants would be as the stars in the sky, that nations would come from him and that through him all the nations of the world would be blessed. These four promises are not simply a string of good things, like a pile of Christmas presents. Instead each flows forth from the first, in order. First, God would be a God to Abraham and His seed. This happens only as God graciously gifts His chosen with faith. Abraham believed, by God’s sovereign work , and it was counted to him as righteousness. Isaac, his seed, in turn believed, through the same miraculous power. God greatly multiplied Abraham such that after three generations plus four hundred years, two million descendants marched out of Egypt, heavy laden with gold and jewels. They marched out a holy nation, a royal priesthood. God established them in a land flowing with milk and honey.

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Ligonier.org

Why do you go to church? When I ask that question of Christians who attend churches where they are members, I am usually surprised and dismayed by the answers I hear. “I really like our minister. His messages are powerful.” “I think it is important for my family to be in church.” “The church we attend rescued our son from drugs.” “Our church has a strong youth program. In fact, that is why we started attending this specific church.” “The music program attracts people from all over the city. That is why we ended up there.” “The messages and the whole service are so uplifting.” “I go and usually take one of my friends because it is fun and entertaining.” “I want to be involved in ministries to less fortunate and hurting people. Our church is known all through the city for such outreach.”

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What's in a Name? Part 2

When God spoke his name to Moses at the burning bush, he uttered a word so holy that for centuries it was almost never spoken aloud. We still don’t know today how the word was pronounced. I wrote about the sacred tetragrammaton , the four letters, in a recent blog post.

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10 best practices in women’s ministry

It’s imperative for us to join God in his mission to the people who live and work in our neighborhoods by inviting them to do life with us. The Women’s Midweek Study is an opportunity for us to invite into community those who need to experience the gospel.

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Really Recommended Posts 9/5/14- Jesus' resurrection, logical fallacies, and more!

Well depending on if my child comes on time, I may currently be in the hospital with my wife and a baby being born today, as it is our due date! Thus, I may not respond right away to any comments. On the other hand, I may just be hanging out waiting for the baby (or he or she may come early!). So long story short keep my family in your prayers, if you please. This week’s posts include Jesus’ resurrection, logical fallacies, “The Unbelievers” movie, Michael Behe’s design argument, and Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey.

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What is the Value of Apologetics?

There are, on my view, a variety of values that can be had by practicing what we call Apologetics. Let’s first say what Apologetics is as a discipline. In its most general sense, apologetics is a preparatory discipline where one readies oneself to commend and defend the truth of Christianity. What immediately comes to mind for many of us are the overly cerebral arguments one may offer in defense of the faith. These are the ones that, for many, cause immediate eye glazing to occur. They may include formal arguments for God’s existence; historical evidence for the resurrection; addressing challenges, such as the so-called problem of evil; alleged contradictions in Scripture; and alleged moral issues in Scripture as well as a whole host of other academic topics. These are indeed in the corpus of Apologetics topics. However, on my view, commending and defending the faith may at times be much less cerebral.

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Editorial: Thinking about the New Covenant and Persecution

Under the new covenant, however, this is certainly not the case. Given that our Lord Jesus Christ has experienced suffering to glory in order to accomplish our salvation, we too, yet not for exactly the same reasons, are called to suffer and experience persecution for his name’s sake. In fact, under the new covenant, generally speaking, suffering and persecution is not primarily due to our disobedience (except in the case of our sin), but it is the result of our faithfulness and obedience to the Lord. As Paul reminds us, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (1 Tim 3:12, ESV). Or, as our Lord himself teaches about who the truly blessed person is and what kingdom life is all about: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt 5:10-12, ESV).

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How Heterodoxy Becomes Orthodoxy - Defending Inerrancy

The reader of this article is highly encouraged to examine the context surrounding Matthew 17:24-27. The narrative in Matthew 17 is presented with historical markers, “When they came to Capernaum,” “those who collected the two-drachma tax said to Peter,” Jesus issues a command to go depart and fish, Jesus predicts a coin is predicted to be found. The only thing lacking is a resolution statement that says “and Peter fished and found the coin and paid the tax.” All the other events in Matthew 17, both before and after, are presented as historical developments in the life of Jesus, why should this one be different? Because they somehow subjectively impacted Blomberg negatively. He warns the reader of his assertions to pay attention to the literary form. This is good advice for Blomberg that Blomberg himself does not follow. Both before and after, the genre is relating historical events. No signal is given to the reader that this event in the midst of Matthew 17 should not be taken otherwise. It flows naturally in Matthew’s relating of the events before as well as in Matthew 18. The reasonable conclusion is that Blomberg is arbitrary, capricious in his exegetical assertions, and wthout any true warrant or substance in his assertions in any close examination of the context of the narrative in Matthew 17.

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Rest in His Peace

“The thing I remember most,” Matthew puts in, “is the Master saying this Holy Spirit is his Spirit, and that he’s going to be in us.”

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Sunday Quote!- Building the Argument from Undesigned Coincidences

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

23 Origins of the Dead Sea Part III: The Levant - A Land Literally Torn Apart

This rift caused by what is known as the Dead Sea transform fault is more than just two continents sliding past each other.  That motion is causing some land to rise, some to fall, some to move north some south, and some to bend slowly over time.  For example, the Jordan plateau east of the rift valley is both rising slowly over time and moving toward the north.  Satellite-based measurements made in the past decade have observed these phenomena directly providing very precise rates of motion.  At the Dead Sea, the mountains to the east are moving to the north at about 4.6 mm per year (less than 1/4 of an inch) and the plateau is rising at a rate slightly slower than that (1). These are very slow rates compared to most other continental plates.  For example, the San Andreas Fault in California is moving at rates between 1.3 to 1.5 inches per year, and Hawaii is moving away from North America at approximately 3.5 inches per year.

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There is No Evidence for God?

Atheists often say “there is no evidence for God’s existence.” I find this an extremely odd thing to say if not altogether dishonest. Is it really the case that there is no evidence supporting the existence of God? Hardly. Someone might more reasonably say “I don’t find the evidence for God very convincing.” That is a completely different discussion and one I’m willing to have but to say that there is no evidence at all is just naive. The fact is that there is evidence for God. That evidence comes in the form of arguments from the origins of the universe (the cosmological argument) and evidence in from of the appearance of design in the universe and in biological life (the teleological argument) and evidence for God in the existence of objective moral values (the moral argument). One could multiply other lines of evidence for God’s existence such as the argument from desire, the argument from human experience, the argument from reason, the evidence for Jesus' resurrection or even the transcendental argument. There are lots of things that people have pointed to as evidence of God’s existence and many people have found them very persuasive including people like Anthony Flew who was once one of the most prominent atheists of our day.

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New Ways To Defend the Faith

Let’s face it, the average Christian and the average skeptic is NOT going to go to an hour long apologetic presentations at a church or university.  So, are there any other ways to defend the faith? YEP!

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The Three Things You Need to Read this Week (09/06/14)

While celebrities were learning the hard way that taking certain kinds of selfies is a bad idea, I was compiling The Three Things You Need to Read this Week:

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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:

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Sam Harris Continues to Expose the Religious Side of Atheism

Atheism is supposed to be nothing more than a lack of God belief. But if we consider the empirical evidence – focusing on what leading atheists claim and do – that’s just a dictionary definition that is rapidly becoming an anachronism. A religious dimension to atheism is clearly emerging before our eyes. And this can be seen by focusing on one of the most popular lead atheists – Sam Harris.

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Ligonier.org

Dr. Sproul relates an event in his childhood when he had fear and links that fear to the moonlit Gethsemane. The garden was within the limits of Jerusalem for celebrating the Passover and Jesus knew that Judas would know to find Him there. Dr. Sproul explains the two groups Judas brought. One group consisted of Temple police and the second a detachment that he goes on to explain what comprised a detachment of Roman soldiers. Jesus once again answers when asked with the "I am He" phrase causing a remarkable reaction. Dr. Sproul concludes this section with a discussion on the active and passive obedience of Jesus.

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The Critics Roundup: 'If I Stay' and 'Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For'

Overall, PluggedIn’s Paul Asay says Sin City: A Dame to Kill For “asks audiences to root for bad characters to do bad things to even worse characters.” PluggedIn’s review doesn’t seem to have a single positive comment within it, and Asay is disgusted by the film’s portrayal of women as objects meant to be merely used and abused. Asay compares Sin City to the town in C.S. Lewis’ A Great Divorce : “people living in a dark and joyless place, surrounded by their own sin and fear. They can leave if they want: heaven itself beckons. And yet many are simply unwilling to move.” Although nudity and violence are usually what secular audience’s are looking for, Variety’s Justin Chang says fans will be disappointed with the long-awaited sequel to the 2005 Sin City, which is a “grimly repetitive exercise in style.” As Chang explains, “Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes.”

31 New study: amicable divorce just as damaging for children as hostile divorce

So the take-home lesson is this: there is no such thing as a divorce that doesn’t hurt the children. If you’re thinking of divorce and you have children, just don’t do it. And if you are thinking of marriage, then be careful who you marry. Don’t cloud the judgment with premarital sex before you get to know the person and get the commitment.

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Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 15

The story of Moses and Israel as told in the Book of Exodus did not paint Moses and Israel in bright, fancy colors. Some of what was recorded about them was dark and ugly. Even though I didn’t believe the story was true, I had to admit that the author did not try to sugarcoat the story. Moses looked weak and unsure of himself at times and the people of Israel looked to me like a bunch of losers at times. Why would someone make up a story about God and His people that made the people of God look so bad?

33 Study explores whether atheism is rooted in reason or emotion

Stop expecting God to make you happy. You are a soldier, and your job is to fight to the last breath in your body for the General. Hold until relieved. You’re damn right it’s unfair. Your whole life is unfair and then you die. Get used to it. When I was in college, my Christian friends and I used to joke that even if we fought our entire lives for God and he tossed us into Hell like firewood, we would still do the same things. We were happy to serve and we didn’t think about whether we were getting what we wanted. We did not take stupid chances, but we just didn’t care about being happy. We felt that God was in the right, and sinful humans were in the wrong, and that it was enough for us to serve on the right side. We didn’t expect anyone to care how we felt, we just expected to serve. And if our first plan failed, we went on to the next plan, and the next, until we found a way to serve in spite of the unfairness of it all.