“…Like her mentor, T. D. Jakes, White adheres closely to the Word of Faith teachings. Besides throwing out doctrines like the Trinity and confusing ourselves with God, the movement teaches that Jesus went to the cross not to bring forgiveness of our sins but to get us out of financial debt, not to reconcile us to God but to give us the power to claim our prosperity, not to remove the curse of death, injustice and bondage to ourselves but to give us our best life now. …”
“…Official, secularized accounts of the government’s intervention in the localized civil war say military force was necessary to secure the revolution. But revisionist historians see it as a brutal precursor of the worst Stalinist and Maoist purges, a mass murder bordering on genocide, and an ideological war on Christian faith….”
“…One big problem stares you in the face before you write. It’s the hard, cold mathematics of probability. As Illustra Media shows in their recent film Origin, getting one functional protein to self-assemble without design is so outrageously, mind-blowingly, inconceivably improbable that it will never happen in uncountable quintillions of universes under the most ideal conditions imaginable — and that’s an understatement! Even if it did happen, it would be one lifeless protein. The same problem exists for DNA, RNA, and the other information-rich molecules of life. Tim Standish is overly kind when he remarks in the film that getting all the components for life in one little membrane-bound compartment at the same place and time is “the next best thing to impossible….”
In 2015 Dr William Lane Craig was interviewed in the documentary: Mining for God. This provocative documentary takes us deep within the American mind and brings to the surface the big ideas that have influenced the way we think about ourselves and about God.
Mining For God features interviews with some of America’s most prominent Christian thinkers, including Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Paul Copan, Gary Habermas, Mike Licona, John Stonestreet, J Warner Wallace, David Geisler, Alan Shlemon, Mary Jo Sharp, Donald Williams, Mark Mittelberg, Nabel Qureshi, Craig Hazen, Michael Sherrard and others.
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2015 Dr William Lane Craig was interviewed in the documentary: Mining for God. This provocative documentary takes us deep within the American mind and brings to the surface the big ideas that have influenced the way we think about ourselves and about God. Mining For God features interviews with some of America’s most prominent Christian thinkers, including Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Paul Copan, Gary Habermas, Mike Licona, John Stonestreet,
“…J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Homicide Detective and former atheist turned Christian Apologist says: “There is so much evidence for the reliability of the Bible that it is like death by 1000 paper cuts,” and this is exactly the type of evidence he has used in prosecuting and winning cold-cases in the span of his career…”
This doesn’t prove inerrancy, but it does show that something heavy is going on.
“…China Aid, which reports on human rights and persecution abuses in the world’s most populous nation, said on Sunday that Ma Huichao was taken by police along with four other Christians when they were accused by Communist Party authorities of meeting for the Bible study without government approval.
Her lawyer was apparently not allowed to plead innocent on her behalf, and Ma’s three-year prison sentence began on Friday…”
“…In physics, we discuss reversible and irreversible reactions. If entropy (or information) is unchanged, then the system is reversible. If entropy increases (loss of information), then the reaction cannot be reversed. Outside of Darwin’s theory of evolution, there are no irreversible reactions in which entropy decreases (information is gained), because that would enable a perpetual motion machine. Thus time is of no benefit for evolution, since a perpetual motion machine is no more possible if it runs slowly than if it runs quickly. And while errors may persist in biology because it may be too complicated to be sure of the entropy, the same cannot be said of chemistry. So the biggest boondoggle of all is attributing to precise and exact chemistry the magical anti-entropy properties of inexact and imprecise biology simply because one is a materialist reductionist who thinks life is a substance. I’m not picking on chemists or biologists, because I’ve even heard physicists say that evolution causes the multiverse to spawn us. Evidently this anti-entropy magic is just too powerful to keep it bottled up in biology alone, the world needs more perpetual motion salesmen, they spontaneously generate…”
“…Man, this is a piece of fake science that, in the popular media, has taken on a life of its own. With fine timing, our colleague Sarah Chaffee has lately offered a four-part interview with Discovery Institute biologist Ann Gauger on the 99 percent myth. The series for ID the Future is here, here, here, and here.Are humans and chimps effectively identical in our respective DNA? The short answer is no, no way: not in our DNA, coding and non-coding, not in the way our genes are expressed, how chimps splice their DNA, the existence of human-specific genes, and more, not to mention how this all cashes out in terms of anatomy and behavior. To understand this takes a little sketching in of the relevant scientific background, as Dr. Gauger does, from the basics on up.This is very helpful, vindicating common sense that tells us there’s no genuine mistaking of the creature in the zoo or jungle with you or me, no matter how gross the manner in which we act, speak, or write. I recommend it to Mr. Williamson…”
“…J. Gresham Machen was, as in the quote at the start of this article, giving an unwelcomed but accurate assessment of the woeful condition of the church in his day. Today his words ring with even louder clarity, if not too kind a tone. The “visible church” today – at least the portion occupied by the behemoth Southern Baptist Convention – isn’t merely falling “often into error and sin,” it is launching itself headfirst towards it…”
“…The incestuous world of science grants is one of the best-kept secrets of the Federal Government. Billions of dollars are involved and Congressional oversight is unimpressive. Moreover, the system is so big that it effectively shapes research priorities of universities, rather than responding to them. The Federal Government controls and monopolizes science research, and the whole business is in the service of something quite other than the legendary disinterested search for truth.Addicted and engorged, Big Science isn’t what most of the public pictures it to be. Professors don’t so much profess — they suck money as through a straw, thanks to a system that epitomizes the kinds of corruption we associate with government…”
WASHINGTON — Well-known attorney Jay Sekulow, who serves as chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which takes up cases for conservative, pro-life and pro-family causes, expressed his support on national television this week for two of the picks on President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist—Judges Diane Sykes and Bill Pryor—stating that they have a…
“…Eventually, one day when I was walking home from school, a couple students from a fundamentalist Bible college cornered me and asked me if I knew where I would go when I died. I argued with them for 45 minutes, as they tried to explain about Jesus’ death and resurrection bringing salvation, something that made no sense to me. Finally I hit them with what I thought was the ultimate question: “If there’s a God, where did the dinosaur bones come from?”…”
“…Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to 37 percent since 1997. The number of young adult men saying the same thing dropped from 35 percent to 29 percent in the same time…”
“…As a Church historian, I needed to know if what is happening today was unique, or if it was something that had occurred periodically in the 14 centuries since Islam began. What I discovered was that the flow from one religion to the other has been almost entirely from Christianity into Islam. So what we’re seeing today in the Muslim world truly is unique…”
“…Archaeological discoveries announced in 2016 help us better understand the Bible and the biblical world, and affirm the Bible’s details about events and people.Below are the top findings from the important excavations taking place in the lands of the Bible or that have a biblical connection. (This list is subjective, and based on news reports rather than peer-reviewed articles in scientific publications.)…”
“…First, this issue, they say, is like the mode of baptism, or worship styles, or wine versus grape juice in the Lord’s Supper. In other words, homosexuality is a matter of preference, an area where believers can respect one another’s differences.
But this doesn’t make sense for either side. Advocates of same-sex “marriage” say it’s a human right. If that’s true, the traditional view is not just mistaken, it’s dangerous! Opponents say that acts of homosexuality are sinful. If that’s true, then Christians can’t agree to disagree either…”
“…For George Ellis, a cosmologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, time is a more basic entity, one that can be understood by picturing the block universe as itself evolving. In his “evolving block universe”model, the universe is a growing volume of space-time. The surface of this volume can be thought of as the present moment. The surface represents the instant where “the indefiniteness of the future changes to the definiteness of the past,” as he described it…”
Blind kid surfs Pipeline, with help from Kelly Slater and friends.
“The difficulties experienced by people like Bethany Hamilton and Derek Rabelo are for a higher purpose” — Laird Hamilton.
Walking On Water is a christian non profit organization sharing Jesus Christ through surf camps and christian films. Bryan Jennings had made surfing movies & leads christian surfers in christian camps and san diego surf camp.
Is the God of the Old Testament nothing but a bully, a murderer, and an oppressor? Many today—even within the church—seem to think so. How are Christians to respond to such accusations? And how are we to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two testaments? In his lecture “Making Sense of the Old Testament God,” Christian apologist Paul Copan addresses some of the common criticisms of the God of the Bible.
“…But there is an important fallacy underlying the concept of friendship evangelism. The reason friendship evangelism is statistically dominant is simply because we, as Christians, are so uncomfortable sharing our faith with strangers. We have created this statistical reality. We typically only share our faith with people we know, so it’s shouldn’t surprise us that these are the people who come to know something about our faith! But does it have to be this way, and more importantly, is this approach consistent with what the New Testament teaches?…”
“…One Jewish scholar, Claude Montefiore, explained that even the Jews try to dismiss this passage of scripture: “Because of the Christological interpretation given to the chapter by Christians it is omitted from the series of prophetical lessons for the Deuteronomy Sabbaths…the omission is deliberate and striking….”
“…The best thing to do is repeat their beliefs back to them using different wording and perhaps even an example. Make their argument as if you held the same view they did use phrases like “Do you mean…?” and “So you believe X because you think Y is true?”
By repeating their argument back to them, you’ll find out a few very positive things happen: First, the other person will feel as though they’re heard. They know you’re listening to them. Second, it shows you care about them. You aren’t simply trying to “put another notch on your Bible” but are truly trying to understand where he or she is coming from. Third, if you can accurately represent someone’s views before you’ve made your case, it will removes a lot of his or her objections to your stance as being uninformed. Lastly, it helps you know where you need to focus your attention in the discussion. I’ve previously written how asking questions of a Jehovah’s Witness radically changed the direction of our conversation…”
Popular media today has an incredible influence on thoughts and attitudes. From blockbuster movies to superstar pop divas, our minds are being shaped by the values that Hollywood deems important. How can Christians protect their families from such a powerful message? This podcast series looks at ways to provide a counterbalance to culture’s corrupting influence.
“…With the truth twisting, emotional appeals, and personal attacks that characterized this past election season, Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as the word for 2016. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief…”
“…Four days after the abortion, I got up to [go to the bathroom] and felt that something was not right inside. When I wiped, I glanced down at the wad of toilet paper in my hand, and saw my 12-week old fetus. Its head was smashed, and it’s eyes were on either side of its head. Its body was attached to the head, and only the right arm and hand remained. I was shocked and horrified by what I saw…”
“…As a detective, I am impressed with cases when they are evidentially diverse. Two witnesses to the same event are better than one. In a similar way, three witnesses are better than two, especially if they agree on their observations in spite of their individual peculiarities or differences. When I have multiple witnesses from diverse ethnic, social, economic or demographic backgrounds and these witnesses generally agree on what they say occurred, I reasonably adopt a higher level of confidence in their testimony…”
“This debate features Dr. Frank Turek of CrossExamined and Jeffery Jay Lowder, founder of Internet Infidels.
As Dr. Turek has stated, Lowder is a “gentlemen and a scholar.” Further, I would add that he is a breath of fresh air when compared to “new atheists” such as Dawkins and Krauss. Regardless if you agree with his conclusions or not, he will make you think hard about the arguments for and against God’s existence…”
“…From my experience, it is impossible to have a healthy gay relationship because it goes against the way God made us to be,” she told LifeSiteNews, calling it “cruel” for any religious leader to look favorable upon such a relationship…”
“…What is this challenge? It is one that Alan Turing, in many ways the progenitor of modern computing, thought about. It states that you cannot write a program to tell if another program will run forever or eventually come to a halt. Turing in 1936 proved that such an algorithm, one that works for all possible programs, cannot exist. Robert Marks explains the thinking behind the proof, connecting it to other undecidable problems known from mathematics (such as Goldbach’s conjecture) and the work of Kurt Gödel (whose incompleteness theorem ruined Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell’s all-encompassing mathematics project). The big point, however, is that Turing’s proof sets insuperable limits on what algorithmic computers can do…”
“…The Royal Society and British Academy recently held a high-profile interdisciplinary conference on ‘New Trends in Evolutionary Biology’. Officially, the event was open to the widest possible range of criticisms of the Neo-Darwinian synthesis. Yet the invitation did not extend to proponents of intelligent design theory who have publicized most of the same criticisms of the synthesis. It would seem that the paradigm shift demanded by advocates of intelligent design would have been a step too far…”
“…And what of the “potential” for cures? After over 30 years, not very many mice have benefited from embryonic stem cell therapy, and to date there is no proven success with human embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are the least likely type of stem cell to help any patients. Their very nature—a tendency to incessant growth—means that they are much more likely to form a tumor than to form healthy tissue, and so embryonic stem cells risk the life and health of those who are injected with them…”
“…For an hour, we were required to listen to a transgendered employee preach on the progress made by the LGBTQ movement, on the cisnormative culture which ostensibly plagues society, and the fluidity of gender. The lecturer had the audacity to claim that the Positive Space Initiative was meant to foster a healthy and diverse workplace for all views, yet ironically declared that any opposition to the new gender (un)reality would be labelled as hate and improper conduct…”
“…The giant film studios claim the VidAngel’s business model deprives them of revenue by undercutting and disrupting distribution networks. The company counters such claims by saying it merely works under the protection of the Family Movie Act, a 2005 law that specifically allows companies to stream lawfully obtained movies for home viewing with offensive content filtered out. Tiny VidAngel, like David against Goliath, has vowed to appeal the court decision…”
“…The ideas of Mary’s perpetual virginity and her religious role as an intermediary are later developments within the Roman Catholic Church. They are not found in the New Testament. Was the later church influenced by the Isis myth?…”
“…The opening “Toccata and Fugue” segment in Fantasia might be interpreted as man’s attempt to comprehend the universe solely by his own faculties, without recourse to religion. In sharp counterpoint to the perfect order and clarity of J.S. Bach’s Reformation-inspired music, the images on screen are indistinct, ambiguous, and abstract. The message is striking: Man cannot comprehend the cosmos relying solely on himself. He must reach beyond himself in order to understand the world that he inhabits…”
“…So, why would atheists begin to try and change the meaning of agnosticism and atheism to be somehow compatible? What is the advantage? Simply put, the so-called agnostic atheists don’t want to bear the burden of proving what they believe. By claiming that they believe in no God but they don’t know whether or not He exists, they think they have removed themselves from having to justify their non-belief. “I can lack a belief in God, but I don’t claim to have any knowledge of a god or Gods’ existence” is the way many would frame it…”
“…Then came what Rick calls the most pivotal moment of his life: “They have those gloves where you reach in and you can touch your child,” he said. “I put my index finger in, because she was so small, and rested it in her open hand.”
“Immediately she closed her hand around my finger, as if to tell me ‘I’m here daddy, and I’m okay.'”
Today, whenever Rick drops her off for school, Heather turns puts his index finger in her hand and closes it.
Rick says that’s something they’ll do for the rest of their lives…”
“…His father was a Lutheran pastor whose belief was purely outward in appearance. His mother was a medium who was visited by spirits late at night. His maternal grandfather was an occultist and his grandmother a seer. Jung came to reject Christ in his youth and shortly after began his inward journey. Jung eventually filled the spiritual void with the occult and began communicating with a spirit guide named Philemon. Philemon was a “pagan” old man with the horns of the bull and the wings of a bird. Over time Philemon began to address Jung as “Christ”. This began his many paranormal experiences that led to his spirit guide introducing him to Abraxas, the devil god of Gnosticism. (Jung, Red Book, 205)…”
“…I first examined the road map as a Gang Detail police officer in the late 1990s. I spent two years working in this unit, talking to gangsters in southwest Los Angeles County and investigating their crimes. I had two boys of my own at the time; I desperately wanted to understand why young men got involved in gangs so I could make sure mine did not…”
“…What broke the ice? What made me consider God’s existence a real possibility? The Lord of the Rings. I was a young teenager when I first read the Tolkien tomes, and it immediately captivated me. The fantasy world of Middle-Earth oozes life and profundity. The cultures of the various peoples are organic, rooted in tradition while maintaining a fresh, living energy. Mountains and forests have personalities, and the relationship between people and earth is marked by stewardship and intimacy. Creation knowing creation. Tolkien describes these things with beautiful prose that reads like its half poetry and half medieval history…”
“…This shocking excerpt from then Attorney General Pryor’s questioning of Judge Moore reveals on which side Judge Pryor would rule when confronted with a tyrannical court bent on trampling upon the religious liberty of Americans:…”
“…My mum got pregnant with me when she was 17 and had me when she was 18,” Scherzinger admitted. “She chose.” She credited her grandparents for her birth. “Her parents were never going to let her have an abortion,” Scherzinger said of her mother. “So I came out, so I just want to you know encourage everybody to keep your babies.” Her family as a whole, she stressed, stands against abortion…”
“…Han Solo is discussing with Finn and Rey the status of Luke Skywalker and speculating why he disappeared-Finn: Do you know what happened to him?Han Solo: A lot of rumors. Stories. People that knew him best think he went looking for the first Jedi temple.Rey: The Jedi were real?Han Solo: I used to wonder about that myself. Thought it was a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. A magical power holding together good and evil, the dark side and the light. Crazy thing is… it’s true. The Force. The Jedi… All of it… It’s all true. 1…”
“…In Iowa, Planned Parenthood comes in a multitude of forms and disguises. At first, it was Planned Parenthood. Then it became known as PP. After the release of the undercover videos showing the sale of baby body parts, it conveniently began hiding behind the acronym TPPI (Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative)….”
J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Lee Strobel and describes some of his journey from skepticism to faith. Can a proper understanding of the “standard of proof” help someone overcome their skepticism?
“…Governor Kasich has long touted his pro-life credentials — and still does, even in the face of vetoing major pro-life legislation that could potentially have saved the lives of tens of thousands of Ohio’s unborn babies. Life Issues Institute opposes this veto and is saddened to see our state’s leading executive engage his veto pen to stop life-saving legislation in its tracks…”
“…This is what you have to believe to not believe in intelligent design: that the origin and evolution of life, and the evolution of human consciousness and intelligence, are due entirely to a few unintelligent forces of physics. Thus you must believe that a few unintelligent forces of physics alone could have rearranged the fundamental particles of physics into computers and science texts and jet airplanes…”
“…Nobody has a mother or a father, according to a certain Bill 28 recently passed in the legislature of Ontario, Canada. Got that? The law’s official title is: “An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Vital Statistics Act and various other Acts respecting parentage and related registrations.”
Basically, the law scrubs the words “mother” and “father” from documents, and replaces them with the neutered term “parent.” The law also raises the number of legal parents to as many as four per child. In other words, the government of Ontario will cease to legally recognize the natural origins of any of its citizens…”
“…David Wood of Acts17 Apologetics has shared this excellent video of Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explaining “The Columbo Tactic.” I can tell you from experience that this is one of the most effective conversation strategies I have ever learned. Furthermore, Koukl’s book Tactics transformed how I share my faith with others. I highly recommend both the video and the book!…”
I no longer respect the PC clowns at NASA and JPL.
“…On this and future episodes of ID the Future, we tell what happened to David Coppedge, a long-time employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Southern California.Coppedge had his world turned upside down when his supervisor discovered his support for intelligent design. Now, Coppedge goes on the record to reveal the details of his story…”
“…In the last five years, how many people reading this article have more than doubled their salaries (at the same job, with a situation of drastically declining services and customers)? That’s exactly what has happened for abortion mogul Cecile Richards. Despite a massive drop in Planned Parenthood’s patients (3 million in 2010 to 2.5 million in 2014), Richards got a massive raise! Despite huge declines in real medical services, she gets a huge 228% increase in her annual salary…”
“…The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.”—Mark Noll“
. . . the Christian Mind has succumbed to the secular drift with a degree of weakness unmatched in Christian History.”—Harry Blamires
“The contemporary Christian mind is starved, and as a result we have small, impoverished souls.”—J. P. Moreland
“Our churches are filled with Christians who are idling in intellectual neutral. As Christians, their minds are going to waste. One result of this is an immature, superficial faith. People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith.”—William Lane Craig…”
“…University officials told members of the Turning Point USA chapter at the school that they couldn’t talk to other students about the First Amendment and have them write messages on a large beach ball dubbed a “free speech ball” because the members weren’t standing in one of the two zones. Campus police and administrators told the students they would be arrested for trespassing if they didn’t cease their expressive activities…”
Notice that these words were written between about 1400 BC and 400 BC. The question is: How did these Old Testament authors get this “inside information” on a person who would be born 1400-400 year later? Was something cosmic afoot?
“Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs of my head”(Ps 69: 4). “The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and His Anointed One”(Ps 2: 2). “Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me”(Ps 41: 9). “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered”(Zch 13: 7). “Then I said to them, ‘If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.’So they weighed my wages, 30 pieces of silver. ‘Throw it to the potter,’the Lord said to me—this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter”(Zch 11: 12-13). “They are striking the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod”(Mc 5: 1). “I gave My back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those who tore out My beard. I did not hide My face from scorn and spitting”(Is 50: 6). “They pierced my hands and my feet”(Ps 22: 16). “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”(Ps 22: 1). “Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: ‘He relies on the Lord; let Him rescue him; let the Lord deliver him, since He takes pleasure in him’”(Ps 22: 7-8). “They gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink”(Ps 69: 21). “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me”(Ps 22: 14). “Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted”(Is 53: 4). “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth”(Is 53: 7). “They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing”(Ps 22: 18). “He submitted Himself to death”(Is 53: 12). “He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels”(Is 53: 12). “You may not break any of its bones”(Ex 12: 46). “He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken”(Ps 34: 20). “They will look at Me whom they pierced”(Zch 12: 10). “They made His grave with the wicked, and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully”(Is 53: 9). “For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see the Pit”(Ps 16: 10). “You ascended to the heights, taking away captives; You received gifts from people, even from the rebellious, so that the Lord God might live there”(Ps 68: 18). “The Lord declared to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool’”(Ps 110: 1).
“…a nationwide poll taken Election Day by The polling company, inc./WomanTrend for the Susan B. Anthony List found almost two-thirds support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—well more than double those who opposed: 64% to 28%…”
“…Let’s spell out the danger: It is okay to talk about design in nature as long as we are referring to human artifacts (because ‘humans are not special, evolved so as to be unable to understand reality, and consciousness is an illusion’).
The question of how all that information got built up somehow is circumvented by assuming that we would not know if there was information anyway. That is the message of naturalism: Not that the evidence supports it but that we can’t know. Which means evidence does not matter.
The conflict between fine-tuning and the multiverse turns precisely on that point: The multiverse is an attempt to circumvent the evidence for fine-tuning on principle because the evidence does not matter…”