God’s Mic Drop: His Final Message Is Jesus
Jesus is God’s final Word to us. He is the focal point of history and the climax of all that God has revealed to us.
Today Is as Good a Day as Any to Revisit Mr. Rogers' Iconic 'Look for the Helpers' Speech
Of all the many gifts Fred Rogers left for us, one of his most enduring has been the advice he would give to children who were scared of the news they were seeing on television. This bit of advice, which said was passed down to him from his mother, was 'to look for the helpers.' There is a good deal of scary news on television right now. Hurricane Harvey has just barely subsided, leaving a lot of Texas under water and a lot of Texans facing a frightening future. And Hurricane Irma is preparing to pummel the Caribbean for heading
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Video: God calls upon each one of us to be generous, sacrificial givers. He tells us that will increase your joy.
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Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and best-selling author of more than 20 books. His classic, The Case for Christ, is a perennial favorite which details his conversion to Christianity. His recent release, The Case for Grace, just won the 2016 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the EPCA. For …
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I am a devout Catholic and many times I run into people who ask me questions that I would like to answer much more simply. I saw through many reviews that people were pleased with this version of apologetics.So I am planning to spend some serious time reflecting on this as I read to see the light shine through in a much more simple and precise way.
The Task of Apologetics
Exodus 3 narrates the well-known account of God’s revealing Himself to Moses in the burning bush and commissioning him to tell Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But that was only part of Moses’ mission. The other task to which the Lord called Moses was to address the Israelites. He was to command the Israelites in the name of God to engage in the largest strike in history. In absolute defiance of the power and authority of Pharaoh, they were to leave Egypt and go out to the desert to worship God at His mountain. And, of course, these events ended in the exodus.
LGBT, Nashville, & Spiritual Friendship
I’ve said many times to various people in the last decade or so that the main reason we lost on SSM was because we caved on heterosexual sexual sins for the most part. Certainly we’ve caved on divorce for the most part. We’ve also caved for the most part on extra-marital sex. Everyone knows almost every couple that is marrying in a church today has had extra-marital sex, and almost always not only with the person standing next to them there — ever hear anyone speak about that from the pulpit? I never have. Same with the large number of divorced people. In that context, singling out homosexual sexual sins for criticism appears to reflect bias, and in truth it probably does in the sense that many in the church viewed (and perhaps still do) homosexual sexual sins as more sinful than heterosexual sexual sins — something which the Catholics and Orthodox at least do not teach, but an idea that is reflected in the practical views that some people take towards sexual sin committed by straights as compared with gays. This has made it virtually impossible for the church to make any kind of credible witness on SSM, for example, for rather obvious reasons, really.
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Awesome Advice for Aspiring Apologists
After his first talk I immediately purchased one of his books and went up to the long line forming at his merch table so I could get his autograph and ask him where I should begin as a youth pastor needing to answer tough questions my students were raising. Sean could see that I was interested in learning more about apologetics and using this discipline to strengthen the faith of the students in my youth group and to increase my evangelistic efforts. He told me as I began my journey that I was going to run into many roadblocks! He said I was going to be confused and constantly stumped time and time again. To my surprise, he told me not to be dismayed by these questions in which I had no answer. Rather, he instructed me to actually be encouraged by these questions — to get excited when a new challenge comes along!
When Making a Case for Christianity is Futile | Cold Case Christianity
If you’re wondering why your reasonable and rational efforts to describe the truth to your friends and family seem to be falling on deaf ears, it just may be that you’re coming at it from the wrong angle, given the nature of the objections your friends and family may hold. There are times when we ought to be addressing emotional or volitional objections people may have. By the way, Juror Number 9 was not a problem for us, but in the post-verdict interviews with the jury I spent time mining out the nature of her hesitation and discovered that her past did present some emotional barriers. Luckily, she was able to move through those barriers on the way to the truth.
The Sower's Apologetics Profile: When is Apologetics Effective?
What is the effectiveness of apologetics ? The Holy Scriptures tell us that God has revealed himself to mankind but that humanity as a whole does not want God (Romans 1:18-20). This leads people to create crafty ways in which to avoid God. Jesus also revealed the inner depths of the human psyche in this exchange of God’s wooing and the human response to that truth in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-23, Mark 4:2-20, Luke 8:4-18). In this parable, the sower (one who relays God’s truth) scatters seeds (the truth of God) and the seeds fall on four different kinds of ground (types of human dispositions).
Atheism and the burden of proof.
This article is a joke. Philosophy does nothing to prove the existence of anything. It only explores our reasoning and motivations. This is what apologists always do… try to shift the burden of proof. Atheism *makes no claim* that needs to be supported by evidence. It merely says theism’s evidence is insufficient to warrant belief. There is no real time, contemporary, or tangible evidence to support any of the claims by *any* brand of codified supernatural certainty. None. There is only conjecture and anecdotal evidence based on the fact that there is any existence at all. This is not sufficient to prove any single belief system. Whenever theists are put to the test of proof of *any* kind, they can come up with nothing but ancient scripture, stories of dubious coincidences, and personal feelings. It takes a special level of self deslusion and intellectual dishonesty to attach the word “truth” to any of that.
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You Are Not Destined to Be Your Parents
If you are a son or daughter of failure, take heart. Like Uzziah, we can walk away from the gods of our fathers. And like Jotham, we can reject the pet sins our parents kept in the home. We may be more likely than others to repeat our parents’ unique failures because we learned so much from them, but God’s word and his Spirit can always rescue us from what is wrong in his eyes, however ingrained the wickedness might be in our history and experience.
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The Doctrine of Scripture for Apologetics, Part 2
The Bible did not fall from heaven as a finished product placed in the hands of men. Neither was it, like the claims of both Mormonism and Islam, translated from golden plates found in a hillside or cave. Rather, God communicated to human authors in various ways, and guided their writing so that what was written was what God wanted to reveal to them. While 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us what Scripture is, the clearest passage that describes this process is found in 2 Peter 1:16-21.
DNA Replication Winds Up the Case for Intelligent Design
One of my classmates and friends in high school was a kid we nicknamed “Radar.” He was a cool kid who had special needs. He was mentally challenged. He was also funny and as good-hearted as they come, never causing any real problems—other than playing hooky from school, for days on end. Radar hated going to school.
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Trump Ends DACA, Despite Pleas from Evangelical Advisers
The Department of Homeland Security will begin an orderly transition and wind-down of DACA, one that provides minimum disruption. While new applications for work permits will not be accepted, all existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from today. Furthermore, applications already in the pipeline will be processed, as will renewal applications for those facing near-term expiration. This is a gradual process, not a sudden phase out. Permits will not begin to expire for another six months, and will remain active for up to 24 months. Thus, in effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.
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No One Follows Their Heart
But God doesn’t want our eyes on our hearts, because hearts aren’t designed to be followed. Hearts are designed to be led and directed (2 Thessalonians 3:5). God wants the eyes of our hearts enlightened to see the real treasure and pursue it (Ephesians 1:18). That’s why he tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). God doesn’t want us to erroneously think we follow our hearts; he wants us to know we follow Jesus.
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Let Your Children Go to Him
But if you’re a child growing up in this home, the blessings of your parents’ wealth can have a completely opposite impact on you. You have no reference point for hunger, no need for vision, no call for sacrifice. A life of abundant options is so much of a foregone conclusion that it’s hard for a child to even imagine what it would be like to not have them. If a parent isn’t careful, this context of blessing can breed an assumption of entitlement in their children. The underbelly of unearned privilege is often laziness, arrogance, selfishness, and a lack of appreciation for the sacrifice others made to make one’s life so good.
The Value of a Master of Theology (ThM) Degree for Pastors - Westminster Theological Seminary
I did not know when I came to Westminster what my future would be. As it turned out, in the providence of God, I was ordained to the gospel ministry a year after leaving Westminster. My initial duties in the local church included, primarily, teaching bible studies and various courses in the community, and to some extent in the church as well. Eventually, as our pastor took another call, my duties also included the pastoral and preaching ministries of the church in which I was involved. In all of those duties, two things were apparent to me. (1) The Th.M. degree provided enriched help, beyond my first degree, for those, both inside and outside the church, who were curious about what Christians believed and why. (2) Because I had gone through the rigors of my Th.M. courses, and of writing a thesis, I was better equipped to study, and dig deeply, into the Scriptures, and into matters that were of concern to those to whom I ministered.
Help Us Kick Off the First-Ever Apologetics Awareness Week!
Help Us Kick Off the First-Ever Apologetics Awareness Week! By Jay Medenwaldt Ap·o·lo·gi·a – apəˈlōj(ē)ə/ The Greek word apologia means to give a reason or defense for what one believes. As the apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15-16: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (NIV) As a general rule, the Church is largely unaware of apologetics. The majority of Christians are ill-equipped to defend their faith in modern culture, so they lack the confidence to share their faith and the knowledge to do it effectively. As a result, young people are leaving the church at an alarming rate while churches and their members are straying from a biblical worldview. With Christianity viewed by most people as anti-intellectual and evangelism becoming increasingly difficult, what is the Church to do? Apologetics can help solve both of these issues since it entails sharing the history, science, and philosophy which supports our faith and provides insurmountable evidence for biblical truth.
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,
The Importance of Relationships in Apologetics and Evangelism
This past week, God has shown me through multiple avenues the importance of relationships. I listened to Garrett DeWeese’s lecture on “Solving the Problem of Evil” and in that lecture DeWeese addresses the importance of relationships. Also, I had a wonderful conversation with Chaplain Jason Kline as he discussed relational apologetics, that is involving relationships in one’s apologetic presentation.
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Star Wars: Expanded Universe Read Through “Revenge of the Sith” by Matthew Stover
But Stover goes beyond that Herculean task and also gives more flesh to the story and the characters more generally. I admit, I was really skeptical about reading this Star Wars novel, but I saw time and again people citing it as a great one. Stover delivered, big time. There is a much greater sense of foreboding and inevitability in the novel than the film ever had. Scenery is built up and integrated into the story. Planets feel like more than simple set pieces for fights; there’s a reason that people would go to an absolutely hellish planet. Motivations for characters are interesting. It’s all superbly done.
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Lidl admits error over cross removal and commits to changing it - Premier Christian Radio
Lidl says its food packaging which included the picture of a church with its crosses digitally removed will be changed "as soon as possible".
God Will Give You Understanding
No, this isn’t a criticism of private devotional times. Rather, we are not able to read our Bibles without help from the very one we are trying to see and hear from in our Bible reading. God himself gives us understanding when we read our Bibles, and without his help, we can do nothing.
“The Sojourner in your Land” – A Christian perspective on immigration and refugees
Sorry, for some reason I didn’t get the comment updates. Exmergent comment actually supports my point that the phrase in view doesn’t just mean immigrant in context. The sources he cites would make it equivalent to refugee. He’s certainly right that we have a lot more than may be obtained by looking up a dictionary. The Jewish authorities have a great deal to say about this, I shall quote the foremost, Maimonides. “Even a temporary resident or merchant who travels from place to place should not be allowed to pass through our land until he accepts the seven universal laws commanded to Noah and his descendants, as the verse states ‘he shall not dwell in your land'” Or we could turn to the Code of Jewish Law, “in a border city even if the non Jews approaches you (ostensibly) concerning hay one must violate the Shabbat to repel them”. It’s pretty clear how the Jews understood the passages in questions and, let’s face it, it’s their law. Then as now illegal immigration was illegal. It’s not so much that the word itself must refer to legal immigrants but rather that illegal immigrants weren’t tolerated.
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Book Review: Forensic Faith
I have to say that ever since I heard that cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace was working on a new book, I was extremely excited, especially when I heard it would be a book on learning how to be a Christian case-maker. I read and reviewed his two previous books ( Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene ). In those books, he brought a unique and powerful perspective, as a cold-case homicide detective, to presenting the case for Christ's resurrection and God's existence. However, many Christians are not convinced that there is even a need to make the case for the truth of our worldview. In " Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith " ( paperback , Kindle , audiobook ), Wallace's aim is to appeal to these Christians, who are hesitant about making the case, by presenting them with the biblical reasons for making the case and the resources to do so.
Chapter 1: Distinctive Duty
J. Warner Wallace begins by telling of his graduation from the police academy in California. As part of the graduation, the new graduates took an oath; they sore to protect the citizens of their state from all threats using the training they had received.
How Should Christians Respond to Heresy? | Cold Case Christianity
We are called to (1) Avoid those who have embraced false teaching, and (2) Warn and ultimately reject those who are false teachers. Paul is clear about how we are to treat those who are living according to false teaching. We are not to try to make peace with or embrace this kind of person or teaching. God calls us to separate from people who say they are Christians, but are following false teaching. That’s pretty severe, but it is what God clearly calls us to do if we are to take the words of Scripture seriously.
Renewing Your Mind | Chance: The Modern Myth | Sep 6, 2017
Today, R.C. Sproul exposes one of the greatest myths of our modern times.
Are Small Churches Less Fruitful?
When Jesus talks about fruitfulness, he is not afraid to throw around numbers — numbers like a hundredfold, sixtyfold, and thirtyfold. So does this mean pastoring a small church that is not growing is less fruitful than pastoring a large, growing church? It’s a question from a listener named Wilson, a discouraged pastor. “Dear Pastor John, I was told by a seminary professor that to bear fruit is to reach an increasing number of souls with the gospel. I think he gets this from Matthew 13:23. Basically, if you only serve a handful of people (a congregation of forty, for example), you are not bearing as much fruit as a larger church. God is investing in you and seeing less significant fruit in return. He wants big fruit measured in the hundred-folds. I believe many pastors, especially from small churches, struggle with the weight of this pressure. What is the fruit that Jesus meant when he says ‘bearing fruit?’ Is it number of converts? Is it personal holiness or repentance? And how did you define success and fruit in your own pastoral labor?”
Fossil Footprints from Crete Deepen Controversy on Human Origins | Evolution News
Given the fact that the evolutionary trees are built on only a few characters, which have weak support because of incongruent (homoplastic) distribution, these trees do not justify the often bold claims about the allegedly well-established lineage of intermediate hominin fossils bridging the gap between chimps and modern humans. At the very least, after the dramatic experiences of the 2017 discoveries, paleoanthropologists should be more humble and admit that we know far less than we thought and what we know is much less certain than what is still taught to pupils and students as well as presented to the general public by science popularizers in the media. Human evolution is still a highly controversial field, and given the large number of data studied with the most modern methods, this might give some reason for pause.
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In some ways the question is like asking why I breathe. It can be answered on different levels. I could attempt a scientific answer, and talk about the importance of oxygen for the body. I could provide an existential answer, and say that breathing is not something one chooses ; it is something one just does . I could attempt not breathing for a minute or so, and then answer that when it comes right down to it, I breathe because I really want to.
“Convergent Evolution Is Even More Improbable than Evolution Itself” | Evolution News
How did such things get there? If explaining the unguided evolution of echolocation in whales is tough enough, explaining how it popped up in bats, too, naturally multiplies the difficulty. In fact, Spetner says of convergent evolution that it explains nothing but is simply a case of “giving a name to our ignorance.”
Why Belief in God is a Rational Position
As a Christian, the thought of my life without God in it is horrifying. A life without God would mean there would be no transcendent being who is good that I can rely on, who cares about the details of my life, who gives me purpose or that loves me. The idea that an atheist lives with this worldview everyday saddens me. Fortunately, the atheist is wrong. There are many arguments in favor of the existence of God. In this essay, I will present two of those arguments and prove why belief in God is a rational position.
On the Scandal of Divorce
There may be no greater blight on the testimony of Christianity in our culture than the church’s near total capitulation to the divorce culture… What is perhaps most disconcerting is the fact that so many Christian marriages seem to have accommodated themselves to American divorce culture. Not only did churches say very little when no-fault divorce became the legal reality of our land, but they also said very little when no-fault divorce became the practical reality of the people sitting in our pews. Though practicing Christians tend to have lower divorce rates than the general population, the numbers are still very concerning… Perhaps there is some consolation in the knowledge that church-attending Evangelicals seem to fare better than those who are less devout. Nevertheless, it is a spiritual crisis that more than one-third of the more committed evangelicals report having been divorced or separated. The numbers are still far too high for those who confess to believe what the Bible teaches about the sanctity of marriage. John Calvin’s admonition is one that more people
Around the World in 80 Days, Day 10: Miscellaneous Thoughts on New Zealand & Australia | Larry Alex Taunton
As I write, Zachary and I are somewhere over the Coral Sea just northwest of Brisbane, Australia. You quickly discover on a trip of this kind that you must make good use of the time, and I have 9.5 hours of it on today’s flight.
New Archbishop of Wales named - Premier
John Davies, the current Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, has been elected as the next Archbishop of Wales, succeeding Dr Barry Morgan.
It’s Time | Deliberately Domestic
When I read the Nashville statement , all I can think is “YES. Thank you.” I wish this was written twenty years ago and that I had never begun to depart from it. I obviously bear responsibility for allowing myself to be moved on a variety of topics, but I felt helpless to do otherwise. Like many, if not all of you, I had heard that because I did not personally experience these issues that I could not have a voice in the discussion. I trusted Brian. I trusted him to lead me and our family, and so I often deferred to his judgment. When he said “we don’t like what so-and-so is saying” I agreed. I didn’t bother to read for myself or figure out how things were lining up with Scripture. I planted my flag in the ground, defending him at all costs whether I fully understood why or not. That is my fault. I should not have done that. Now as I read the people that he did not endorse, I can see why. People like Rosaria Butterfield and Christopher Yuan. People who were saying, “No. It doesn’t matter what your experience is, Jesus is the only answer and finding hope or identity in anything other than him will not work.
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You Will Rise from the Dead One Day
Paul loved that we will wear a new body as our robe in a new heavens and new earth, and it gave him hope to endure his own hardships. He leaned on the promise for far more than a cure for a creaky back. The resurrection helps us reject the promises of sin, endure the pain that comes with suffering, and anticipate greater, fuller joy in God’s presence.
Why the Church Should Care About the College Campus (Part 2)
In part one of this series , we looked at the important role college has in influencing culture for good or bad, how the first universities were profoundly affected by their intimate connection with the church, and how that connection has been severed. In part 2, we’ll explore how church-led prayer movements positively impacted the campus and society, where we dropped the ball, and why I believe there is a biblical mandate to pick it up again.
The Art of Christian Listening
Both in my personal life and related to apologetics, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of hearing and listening to people. A mark of God-pleasing thinking is our willingness to cultivate Christian listening. This means non-aggressively hearing them and even welcoming their potential insights. Here I’d like to suggest some practical steps toward better listening. But first, unpack the Christian in Christian listening.