A Strategy for Resisting Worldliness and Pursuing Godliness (Podcast) – Christian Article

In this blast from the past, J. Warner examines the three cultural influences that typically derail Christians from living a God-honoring life. What do we need to say to the world in order to live for God? Jim also provides some advice for those who want to lead a small group or youth ministry as Christian case makers. Subscribe to the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast on iTunes, or add the podcast from our RSS Feed. Subscribe to the Cold-Case Christianity…

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Faithful Reason and Reasonable Faith – Christian Article

Surely you’ve heard this exchange (or been a part of it yourself): Skeptic: The Christian faith doesn’t make sense. It’s just not reasonable. Christian: But that’s the thing. It’s not supposed to be reasonable. You have to take it all on faith! Both the skeptic and the Christian are mistaken. Faith is more than mere intellectual assent, but it’s not less. If a Christian thinks his faith is supposed to be unreasonable, then he doesn’t understand what he’s saying. The…

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Cannibalism – What Does the Bible Say? – Christian Article

Someone would be hard-pressed to imagine something more troubling or macabre than the taboo of eating human flesh. Now, in the animal kingdom, cannibalism is fairly common and found in more than fifteen hundred species, but this activity is rare in humans, just maybe not as rare as you might expect. Once, during a study about difficult passages in the Bible, someone said, “I don’t understand how people can eat another person. God plainly says it is forbidden.” Well, that…

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“Science and The Good,” with Dr. Paul Nedelisky – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

Can science tell us how we should live or why we should be good and not evil? Paul Nedelisky joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to explore these questions and discuss his latest book (co-written with James Davidson Hunter), Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality. Timestamps: Intro + historical overview of science as a reason for morality [0:00 – 9:10] The naturalistic fallacy, and moral norms and the sciences and how these two consisted of…

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Meet Your Teens Where They Are, Not Where You Want Them to Be – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is great, isn’t it? The teens are always smiling and laugh at all of your jokes. They are super polite to every parent and volunteer who walks through the door. They eat all of their food and even help clean up after dinner. They never speak during the talks you give and always participate fully in small group discussions. The teens obey all rules of every game so that everyone can have a good time and receive the take-home…

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Advocating for Women in Youth Ministry – we really must do better! – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

A couple of years ago I received a bit of pushback to my 11 essential youth ministry books because none of them were written by women. My response was that this, unfortunately, is the reality of the market. For every youth work book written by a woman there are dozens written by men. There is an enormous problem with the body language of youth ministry towards women. Women and Youth Ministry I’m always nervous writing on topics like this because I don’t want to…

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Help! I’m Struggling to Strike a Work/Life Balance – Christian Article

This article is part of the Help! series. The Holy Grail The holy grail of modern life is to achieve work/life balance. But despite millions of ‘new decade resolutions’ to that effect, the vast majority will fail miserably in 2020, making this year as miserable as last year for themselves and for those around them. Maybe you’re one of the millions who already sense that 2020 is going to be just as stressful and joyless as 2019. The new year…

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God Meets Us in Our Ambition – Christian Article

God Came Down As we seek to follow God during the rise of the urban generation, we need God to come down. No matter what empire we build, what careers we embark on, what seas we sail, what people we love, nothing will raise us into the heavens and out of this world. Only the gospel, meeting the city’s greatest need, does that. The Son of God left the eternal city to call us, just as God called Abraham. To…

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the Snake in Genesis 3 — was it Satan or Not? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

As I get older and my knees hurt more, I use a walking cane to help me get around. I thought that a really nice one would be fun to have when leaving the house and going someplace special. In my grandfather’s day, he would have called it his “Sunday-go-to-meeting cane.” Since on our wedding anniversary, my wife and I exchange personal gifts, I thought I would bring this idea up to her, as our special date was approaching. “Mary,”…

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Have you ‘google tested’ your youth ministry? – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

A few months back I was invited to speak on pioneering youth work projects in a small city. Before I got there, I did what I call ‘the switched on parent test’. I googled a bunch of words and phrases a parent might do when moving to a new area to find stuff on for their kids. In this particular city, the best any church or faith based project did in response to my search terms was page six of…

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The Pros and Cons of a Global Economy – Christian Article

Globalization and the Global Economy The global economy can be a little frustrating because globalization and the global economy are terms that mean different things to different people. I have found that some people talk about the global economy and what they mean is the opening of markets and trade among nations—so that today you can buy products in a store that have been made everywhere around the world, and people everywhere around the world are buying products that we…

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5 Dangers of Money | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

1. Money can cause you to forget God. Physical neediness can cause you to cry out to God for help, and as you cry out for help, you come to realize that you need it not only physically but also spiritually. A pastor of a church in an extremely affluent community told me that since his people are able to buy their way into or out of just about anything, it is hard for them to think of themselves as…

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There is Something Strange about Jesus’ Death! What Happened in Matthew 27:52-53? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Jesus died–the veil was torn–there was an earthquake–and immediate resurrection of saints! The remarkable events recorded in some verses of Matthew 27, which occurred at the very moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, have been passionately debated for years. Scholars are ‘all over the map,’ so to speak, about what is really meant by this short description in the Bible’s first Gospel. (50)”Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. (51)At that moment the curtain…

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Responding to The Game of Thrones Debate – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Game of Thrones. Is it the gloves off, gruesome, grim and gristly opiate for the masses – or the fantastical story that grapples with the true complexities of human experience? Is it right for a Christian to watch it for entertainment, or perhaps missional research – or should they steer clear of it all-together? Could this be a random cracking of the whip? Like Sabrina prompted last year, Deadpool three years ago, or Harry Potter ten plus years ago? It’s…

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Having “The Talk” With Your Teens: It’s An Ongoing Thing – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Most of the time our youth group meetings are a bit of a blur without a lot of opportunity for tons of one on one time. Every now and then I have a conversation with my teens that has an impact on me, if not on them. A few years ago during small groups is one such example. We just finished a talk on chastity and modesty that really only scraped the surface of what our dignity is and how…

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What Galileo Had to Do with the Divorce of Science and Faith – Christian Article

The Seeds of Divorce The dispute between the church and Galileo sowed the seed for the apparent divorce between science and faith. The dispute was about the theory of the universe, presented by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) in 1543, that the sun was at the center of the universe. This theory was in opposition to the Aristotelian view promoted by the church, that the sun and other planets were in orbit around the earth. Galileo favored the Copernican model because of…

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Crazy rich Christians | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); “Crazy Rich Asians,” a Warner Brothers adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel has taken the world by storm since its premiere in mid-August. In 3 weeks, the film has become the most successful Hollywood studio romantic comedy in nearly a decade at the U.S. box office, topping the charts for the third weekend in a row, already raking in an estimated total of USD 1 million. Amidst its many themes are the extravagant lifestyles…

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Is Domesticity a Bad Word? – Christian Article

Domesticity Defended Creating the ambiance of a loving home and church is a woman’s prerogative and privilege. A friend of mine was discipling a young woman who was a “major messy.” They had worked on cultivating the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and Scripture memorization. Then one day my friend said, “Now we have to do something about your house.” The young woman was surprised. “It doesn’t matter. My husband is just as messy as I am. Neither of us…

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Podcast: The False Messages Facing Women Today (Lydia Brownback) – Christian Article

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Dangers of Self-Focus In this interview, Lydia Brownback, author of Flourish: How the Love of Christ Sets Us Free from Self-Focus highlights the false messages directed at Christian women today, reflecting on the increase of anxiety and depression among believers, the importance of discernment when it comes to the Christian leaders we follow, and the danger of a hyperexamined life. Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher |…

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5 Ways Stephen Hawking Was Wrong – Christian Article

1. He abandoned Scripture as a source of truth about the world. Stephen Hawking was one of the greatest cosmologists of our time, and his triumph over disability was truly astonishing. He visited South Africa in 2008 when one of us (David) interviewed him. Hawking was a leading light for scientism. What is scientism? Scientism is an optimistic faith in the power of science alone to resolve the mysteries of the world. In earlier times, during the life of Galileo…

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His Bride Is Still Beautiful – Christian Article

We live in an age of constant bad news. Mass shootings, wildfires, hurricanes, social and political division, distrust in the highest levels of government—everywhere you look it seems the world is holding on by a thread. Turning your gaze to the church doesn’t seem to make things better. You see stories of pastors falling into sin and disqualifying themselves from ministry. There are heaps of abuse allegations. More churches than ever focus on felt needs rather than gospel truth. But…

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End-of-Life Comfort Measures: A Realistic Assessment – Christian Article

The Dark Side of Medical Technology In the right circumstances, modern critical care saves lives. The moments when I have lifted my most raw and heartfelt praise to the Lord have occurred within the walls of the intensive care unit, when I have witnessed his grace and mercy made manifest in the recovery of a child battling a widespread infection, a man fighting for his life after a motorcycle crash, or a woman whose heart strains in the throes of…

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Critical Theory, Social Justice, and Christianity: Are They Compatible? – Christian Article

Neil Shenvi is a scientist with a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from Berkley, but in recent years he has become a budding Christian apologist. He is a member of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina (where JD Greear is pastor) and has been putting out some really insightful, accessible material critiquing critical theory and social justice. At a conference earlier this year, he delivered a message titled “Critical Theory, Social Justice, and Christianity: Are They Compatible?” Shenvi shows that…

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Loving Jesus in a Secular Age – Christian Article

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy.  Collin Hansen: My name is Collin Hansen. I’m the editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and have been privileged to serve in this position for the last almost 10 years since 2010. Secularism is so pervasive today that we lack context for even understanding what’s changed, what’s changed in our culture, what’s changed in our world. But in…

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Why You Need Faith to See God’s Glory – Christian Article

The Greatest Spectacle Into the spectacle-loving world, with all of its spectacle makers and spectacle-making industries, came the grandest Spectacle ever devised in the mind of God and brought about in world history—the cross of Christ. It is the hinge of history, the point of contact between BC and AD, where all time collides, where all human spectacles meet one unsurpassed, cosmic, divine spectacle. The act of crucifixion, repeated thousands of times in the Roman Empire, was a spectacle guaranteed…

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