Christianity

How a Detective Template Can Help You Investigate the Fine Tuning of the Universe (Video) – Christian Article

In this clip from J. Warner Wallace’s longer talk on the existence of God from cosmological evidence (based on his book, God’s Crime Scene), J. Warner describes a simple investigative template that will help you determine if the universe has been fine-tuned for life. Are there good reasons to believe the universe (as a “crime scene”) has been tampered with? To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For more information about the scientific and philosophical…

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Review: Worldviews and the Problem of Evil – Christian Article

Every so often, one needs to challenge themselves by reading something that is one level above what they might normally peruse. I’m not entirely sure how a copy of the just-released Worldviews and The Problem of Evil: A Comparative Approach ended up in my mailbox. Lexham Press — home to bestselling apologist Dr. Michael Heiser — doesn’t normally send me review copies, and so I figured this one had arrived unsolicited and tossed it on the ‘unread’ stack. Neither was…

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Following Jesus Will Cost More Than You Think But It’s Worth It – Christian Article

I was 18 and at a young life summer staff camp when I first thought about the cost of following Jesus. I was a leader at this three-week camp. During this time, I was confronted with some hard questions while living among other Christians. It was the first time I realized that to follow Jesus; there would be some sacrifices. I realized at this moment that following Jesus will cost more than you think. Although at the time I didn’t…

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Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family Are Compromised – End Times Christian Article

and Focus on the Family Are Compromised An R-Rated Movie Is Subtly Promoted by Adventures in Odyssey? In the “Odyssey” cartoon video titled “Escape from the Forbidden Matrix,” an Arnold- Schwarzenegger-like character appears, fighting aliens. Aliens had been attacking Dylan Taylor and Sal Martinez in a jungle, in a virtual reality game. The Odyssey cartoon had scenes highly resembling scenes found in Schwarzenegger’s R-rated (1987) Predator movie, a Hollywood film about a group of people (headed by Schwarzenegger) who have to stop…

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Simon Peter’s Three (3) Denials of Christ and Peter’s Three Boastful Statements in the Gospel Accounts – End Times Christian Article

Peter’s Three (3) Denials of Christ and Three Boastful Statements in the Gospel Accounts________________________________ Why the Accounts in Luke, John, Matthew, and Mark Differ on What Jesus and Peter Said When Peter Proclaimed His Loyalty to Christ When Simon Peter proclaimed his loyalty to Jesus just before Jesus Christ’s unjust trial, Peter actually proclaimed his loyalty three different times. Twice, he proclaimed his loyalty to Jesus prior to Jesus and His disciples leaving to go to the Mount of Olives…

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I Think Meeting Jesus is Like Getting Hit by A Semi-Truck – Christian Article

I’ve never met anyone who was hit by a semi-truck and lived to tell about it. I don’t mean getting sideswiped on the interstate in your car kind of accident. Nothing involving your car and a semi-truck. What I mean is, I’ve never met someone who stood toe to toe with a semi-truck and lived. Can you imagine the insanity of someone trying to convince you they were hit by a semi-truck as they stand in front of you a…

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Bridging the Thin Blue Line Pt 3 – Three Important Principles to Help Bridge Our Cultural Divisions – Christian Article

J. Warner Wallace discusses the growing racial tension (specifically in relationship to Law Enforcement) in this clip from his talk, Bridging the Thin Blue Line, recorded at a Truth for a New Generation Conference. Are there any principles we can adopt to help bridge the racial divide we are experiencing in America? To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For more information about strategies to help you teach Christian worldview to the next generation,…

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Andy Stanley Clearly Articulates the Premise of Irresistible

Andy Stanley Clearly Articulates the Premise of Irresistible Maggie John of the daily Christian television show 100 Huntley Street has posted a full, 49-minute interview she did with Andy Stanley, talking first about his famous father and his call to ministry, and then focusing in more directly on his book Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleased to the World. (Thomas Nelson, 2018) Some people have their minds made up about what Andy did say or did not say and that’s…

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The Peculiarities of the Definition of Sin

How many times have you sat in church and been told by the pastor that the word for sin is taken from the word hamartia, which means missing the mark? You’re then told that the meaning of the word is based on an archery term and perhaps you were given a teaching slide which showed such an image. In the examples above, there is only one arrow and it lands appropriately in what we could call the center of God’s…

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What Does It Mean to Hold a Forensic Faith? (Video) – Christian Article

J. Warner Wallace answers questions about Christianity in his “Think Like a Detective”series on RightNow Media, the “Netflix of Christian Bible Studies”. In this video, J. Warner talks about the nature of belief and faith. Is the Christian faith meant to be “blind”? What is the relationship between evidence and various forms of belief or faith? If your church is subscribed to RightNowMedia, you can watch the Cold-Case Christianity Bible Study or the Forensic Faith Bible Study. You can also purchase…

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Embrace and Renew Your Fragility – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); We are jars of clay who carry a treasure, the greatest treasure, God Himself. God doesn’t need us to complete or fulfill His Word. He willingly chooses us, as broken as we are, to demonstrate His surpassing power. That He may be manifested in our brokenness. He renew’s us. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted…

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Thoughts for Pentecost Sunday | Thinking Out Loud

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ~James 4:8a NASB When the disciples were meeting together, it was already the feast of Pentecost, though the word, as Wikipedia reminds us, did not have its Christian meaning: Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical…

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Why Would God Allow a Rapist to Exercise His Free Will But Deny the Free Will of the Victim? (Video) – Christian Article

J. Warner Wallace answers questions following a presentation at Ohio State University. If God allows certain forms of human evil to protect the free agency of his created beings, why would he allow someone to act freely at the expense of another’s free agency? Why wouldn’t God preserve everyone’s free agency? Does the fact that a victim’s free will is limited in an act of evil eliminate this common defense offered by Christian apologists? Be sure to check out Eric…

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Movies Christians Watch – CrossTalk S4E1 – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | CrossTalk season 4 is finally here! I am so excited to release some of these great conversations I have, so you can be blessed by them as much as I have been! Today’s conversation is one I recorded with my friend Scott Elliott, who preaches in La Grange, Texas. I’ve entitled this episode, “Movies Christians Watch.” Scott wrote a blog post entitled, “Should Christians…

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Does the Reality of Evil Disprove the Existence of God? (Video) – Christian Article

J. Warner Wallace provides an answer to the most common objection of non-believers: If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why does he allow bad things to happen? J. Warner provides the insight of a homicide detective as part of the Summit Worldview Ministries video series. For more information about Summit Ministries and their amazing two-week immersion experience for students, please visit their website. To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For more information about…

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Can broad and narrow complementarians coexist in the SBC? – Christian Article

Tom Schreiner is a world class New Testament scholar who has published extensively about complementarianism and egalitarianism. He’s also a Southern Baptist pastor with decades of experience in church ministry. Today, he weighed-in on the intramural debate that Southern Baptists are having about women preaching. I think what he argues here really gets to the heart of the issue. Schreiner writes: Some complementarians read 1 Tim 2.12 (I don’t allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man)…

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The so-called “pastoral accommodation” of homosexuality is actually complete acceptance of it – Christian Article

Some evangelical churches that profess to hold a biblical view of homosexuality are nevertheless accepting practicing homosexuals into membership based on an approach called “pastoral accommodation.” In a recently posted paper, Lee Irons describes this approach and argues against it. Here’s his description of the problem: With the increasing recognition that same-sex attraction is typically unchosen, evangelicals are wrestling with how to the church ought to treat same-sex attracted Christians. A shift toward greater openness is taking place among some…

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Again Remembering Rachel Held Evans

Nadia Bolz-Weber delivers the sermon at the funeral for Rachel Held Evans on June 1. YouTube screenshot via Religion News Service. Abraham doubted. Job doubted. Peter doubted. Martha doubted. Even Jesus cried out, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” Condemning people who are thoughtful about their faith, who doubt & who wrestle & who cry out with questions, is legalism from the pit of hell. Oh there are times I really miss living with absolute certainty, never questioning anything…

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Consider Yourself Dead – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push();  ” So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 Consider yourself dead. That’s a pretty striking statement. We love to talk about being “alive” in Christ. So why do I see so many Christians trudging through life powerless, purposeless, and lost in their pursuit of Jesus? As Christians we don’t want to obsessively focus on our sin, yet no matter how much we resist,…

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Who Really Has the Better Life?

This article first appeared in May, 2014 I usually see him at church. He lives in a house for developmentally challenged adults. Unlike me, he can’t just get in a car and go somewhere, and yet he truly gets around. He has no fashion sense, yet neither he is encumbered by having to worry about clothing, its availability, cost, cool factor, and what color goes with what other color. He isn’t blessed with perhaps all the right social graces, and…

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A World of Social Credits

Yesterday Uber Technologies announced changes to its ride-share system insofar as it is affected by ratings that passengers give its drivers, and the drivers give the passengers. It prompted the announcer on the talk radio station that’s on when I drive home to be reminded of an episode of Black Mirror in which every single interaction is tied to a rating system, including such trivial things as paying for your fuel at the self-serve station or picking up milk at…

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On Issuing a “Farewell” to Those With Whom You Disagree

There’s a classic Negro spiritual, In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning. My parents owned a copy of the song covered by a group of white guys (not the version by the Gaither Vocal Band) and for some reason it got lodged in my brain Sunday morning while getting ready to leave for worship. The song urges the listener to do what they can now in order to “fare well” at the sound of the trumpet ushering in the judgement of…

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Why Are You a Christian? (Video) – Christian Article

J. Warner Wallace provides an important insight as part of the Summit Worldview Ministries video series. What do most Christians say when asked, “Why are you a Christian?” what do our answers tell us about the nature of belief and the nature of Christianity? How might we improve in answering this basic question? For more information about Summit Ministries and their amazing two-week immersion experience for students, please visit their website. To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace,…

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A Question to Ponder – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); The Hard Hitting Question I was talking with some guys the other day about where we find our significance and how we identify our God given strengths.  In this discussion, we came to the point of asking a question many of you may have asked yourself. If education, money, and time were not an issue, what would you be doing with your life? My flesh wants to lay on a beach somewhere and forget…

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Now That We’re All Here, You Can Home

Driving to church yesterday, I listened to a radio broadcast from a church located about two hours from where I live. After the sermon ended, the pastor announced that as the month of June was approaching “our programs are winding down for the summer.” Two years ago I combined a number for older posts into a single article, Church Continuity, Summer Shutdowns and Lake House Mentality. (Or you could say, ‘Cabin Mentality,’ or as we say here, ‘Cottage Mentality.’)  I’ll…

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