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  • newThe Gospel According to Les Mis

    The Gospel According to Les Mis

    I used to avoid musicals. Didn’t get the point of interrupting good acting with singing. That was until I heard Les Miserables for the first time.  Les Mis is all singing and so by rights, I should dislike it as well. But what songs! When Valjean…
    - 7 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 7:14pm -
  • Too Stupid? Random Thoughts on American Voters and the Church

    Too Stupid? Random Thoughts on American Voters and the Church

    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid $400K for his work on crafting the signature legislation of Barak Obama and the Democrat party made news again this week as he boldly proclaimed that the law was intentionally crafted to deceive the Congre…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 14, 11:15am -
  • Persecuted, but not forsaken

    Persecuted, but not forsaken

    As I write this we are nearing voting day. By the time it posts the election will be over and, most likely, barring hanging chads, miss programmed voting machines and run offs, the results will be known. Will liberals hold on to the political power o…
    - 16 days ago 6 Nov 14, 11:15am -
  • Creation Changes Everything

    Creation Changes Everything

    An old joke illustrates just how radical and trans-formative the concept of creation and creator is. God was once approached by a scientist who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transp…
    - 23 days ago 30 Oct 14, 11:15am -
  • The Unappeasable Cry-Baby Boomers Sexual Revolution
    2 Timothy 3:1-5 has an interesting description of people in the “last days.” One of the descriptors is “unappeasable.” I like that word. It is also an accurate description of what we are seeing today. The definition is simple and easy to unde…
    - 30 days ago 23 Oct 14, 11:15am -
  • Bill Gothard; Déjà vu All Over Again
    Yogi Berra is known for what are called Yogiisms which make me smile. One of his observations on baseball was “Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.” Another is “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to…
    - 37 days ago 16 Oct 14, 11:15am -
  • Letters to My Child if They Tell Me They are Gay (Part 2)

    Letters to My Child if They Tell Me They are Gay (Part 2)

    Last week I took up John Pavlovitz’s challenge to formulate what I would say to my children if one of them told me he or she was gay. That particular letter was aimed at a young adult who came out to me. This time, I want to formulate what I would…
    - 44 days ago 9 Oct 14, 11:15am -
  • Letters to My Child if They Tell Me They are Gay (Part 1)

    Letters to My Child if They Tell Me They are Gay (Part 1)

    Recently a pastor in Raleigh North Carolina blogged about what he would say if one of his children told him that they were gay. He got lots of flack and lots of pats on the back. I think if he had a nickel for every time someone quoted Romans 1 he co…
    - 51 days ago 2 Oct 14, 11:15am -
  • A Moron in the Whitehouse?
    Ah, the election season is upon us again. It seems to actually be never ending in recent years but merely more intensified as we get closer to voting. Some campaigns come across as dirty politics and can get quite nasty but as it turns out, not as na…
    - 58 days ago 25 Sep 14, 11:15am -
  • You’re Not Wearing Jesus Very Well

    You’re Not Wearing Jesus Very Well

    I’ve been staring at this photo a lot over the last few days. And the same thing keeps going through my head. What do these people think they are accomplishing? I mean the ones with the signs not the one with blue hair. I mean seriously what do you…
    - 64 days ago 19 Sep 14, 11:15am -

CFAR: African Apologetics

  • GUEST COLUMN: Racism and Mormonism in Uganda

    GUEST COLUMN: Racism and Mormonism in Uganda

    By Tim MartinWatchman Fellowship  I read with mixed emotions the Observer article “Mormons in media drive” dated 6 March 2013. The article explained that the Mormon Church has created a new web site that “will publish all there is to know ab…
    - 9 Apr 13, 9:53pm -
  • ACFAR Conference on Cults (March 21–23)

    ACFAR Conference on Cults (March 21–23)

    REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Powerful, scriptural answers to the challenges and claims of…Mormonism • the Prosperity Gospel • Jehovah’s Witnesses • Seventh-day AdventismMarch 21–23, 2013 • Africa Renewal Christian College • Buloba,…
    - 5 Mar 13, 6:43pm -
  • A Warning on Chris Oyakhilome

    A Warning on Chris Oyakhilome

    Last week, J. Lee Grady of Charisma magazine posted “False Prophets, Foreign Charlatans and Global Deception,” a harsh warning about Nigerian televangelist Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy International.Grady writes that Oyakhilome is now a con…
    - 3 Jul 12, 4:05am -
  • The Bizarre Teachings of Ryuho Okawa

    The Bizarre Teachings of Ryuho Okawa

    As the much-heralded Namboole Stadium event of “Happy Science” founder Ryuho Okawa approaches, the curious would do well to closely examine his teachings. Okawa is an occultist—a spirit medium. On one level, the story is simple and grim: In 19…
    - 18 Jun 12, 6:54pm -
  • June 9th: Unanswered Questions on an Important Anniversary

    June 9th: Unanswered Questions on an Important Anniversary

    On this date in 1978, the Mormon Church stunned the world by announcing that God would finally permit “worthy” African men to be ordained to its priesthood. This “revelation” by Mormon prophet Spencer W. Kimball defused decades of anger and c…
    - 9 Jun 12, 1:55pm -
  • Mormon Missionaries Advance Across Uganda

    Mormon Missionaries Advance Across Uganda

    On April 13, the New York Times published a lengthy article entitled “At Age 19, from Utah to Uganda.” It describes the personal background and proselytizing efforts of a Mormon missionary named Jared Dangerfield and several of his colleagues fro…
    - 23 Apr 12, 11:31pm -
  • A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE “HAPPY SCIENCE” CULT FROM JAPAN

    A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE “HAPPY SCIENCE” CULT FROM JAPAN

    On March 18th, Uganda’s Monitor newspaper published a reporter’s account of her visit to the Kampala temple of Happy Science, a Japanese new religious movement also known as Kofuku-no-Kagaku.Agnes Namaganda notes helpfully that “A large glowing…
    - 24 Mar 12, 8:20pm -

Apologetics 315

  • newWeekly Apologetics Bonus Links (11/14 - 11/21)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (11/14 - 11/21)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• How to Argue like Jesus - 0.99• Christianity's Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath - 2.99• When the Lights Go Down: Movie Review as Christian Practice - 3.03• God's Ba…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Syncretism

    Terminology Tuesday: Syncretism

    Syncretism: The attempt to assimilate differing or opposite doctrines and practices, especially between philosophical and religious systems, resulting in a new system altogether in which the fundamental structure and tenets of each have been changed.…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 7:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (11/07 - 11/14)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (11/07 - 11/14)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection - 1.99• A To Z With C. S. Lewis by Louis A. Markos - 0.99• Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? by WL Craig - 1.99• History, La…
    - 7 days ago 14 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Documentary Hypothesis

    Terminology Tuesday: Documentary Hypothesis

    Documentary Hypothesis: Also known as the JEDP theory, the documentary hypothesis arose out of the work of nineteenth-century OT scholars K. Graf and J. Wellhausen. They suggested that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the OT) was actually a co…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 7:30am -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Docetism

    Terminology Tuesday: Docetism

    Docetism: In the early church, the teaching that Jesus was fully God but only appeared to be human (taken form the Greek dokeō, "to seem or appear"). Docetist theologians emphasized the qualitative difference between God and humans and therefore do…
    - 18 days ago 4 Nov 14, 7:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (10/17 - 10/24)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (10/17 - 10/24)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection - 1.99• A To Z With C. S. Lewis by Louis A. Markos - 0.99• Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? by WL Craig - 1.99• History, La…
    - 21 days ago 31 Oct 14, 5:00pm -
  • Everyone Has A Worldview…What’s Yours? (Video / Quiz)

    Everyone Has A Worldview…What’s Yours? (Video / Quiz)

    Does God Exist? How Did Everything Begin? Who Am I? Why Am I Here? What Happens After I Die? Cabbages and puppies don’t think about this stuff…but people do. Reflecting on the big questions in life is part of what makes us human. Everyone Has A W…
    - 22 days ago 30 Oct 14, 9:29pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

  • Marci McDonald, “friend” of Faytene?!?

    Marci McDonald, “friend” of Faytene?!?

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission Did you know that reporter and author Marci McDonald was at one time part of “The hand of Hell”? Or that at one time, she was a “friend” of Canadian evangelist … Continue reading →
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 4:19am -
  • Harper signed trade agreements with China, while Canadian Christians rot in prison

    Harper signed trade agreements with China, while Canadian Christians rot in prison

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission Can’t say that Stephen Harper doesn’t know the value of a dollar. Over the past few days he has been In China, finalizing trade agreements with the government of China worth … Continue re…
    - 12 days ago 10 Nov 14, 4:13am -
  • Rewriting history for the past five years, and counting

    Rewriting history for the past five years, and counting

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Winston Churchill once said, or wrote: “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Or rewrite it, in the case of Faytene Grasseschi, perhaps? The Canadian born … Continue rea…
    - 15 days ago 7 Nov 14, 12:20am -
  • They could use that old barn out back

    They could use that old barn out back

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission There will be at least one sequel to the new Left Behind with Nicolas Cage, says filmmaker Paul Lalonde. In a statement released on the Left Behind fan page on Facebook… … Continue reading…
    - 17 days ago 4 Nov 14, 11:35pm -
  • An apology on behalf of “social media” Christians to Nicolas Cage

    An apology on behalf of “social media” Christians to Nicolas Cage

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Ted Baehr’s Movieguide has felt burdened to apologize to Nicolas Cage about the occasionally visceral reaction to the new Left Behind film. The open letter… http://www.movieguide.org/news-…
    - 19 days ago 2 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • The Ottawa/Parliament Hill shootings

    The Ottawa/Parliament Hill shootings

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. Following yesterday’s shootings in Ottawa, I thought creating a thread might be helpful. Discuss in the comments. And pray offline. Thank you.
    - 29 days ago 23 Oct 14, 3:12pm -
  • “No airline attendant would wear a blouse two sizes too small.”–On the new Left Behind film

    “No airline attendant would wear a blouse two sizes too small.”–On the new Left Behind film

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission Quite the crash and burn, for the new Left Behind film starring Nicolas Cage, as it were. According to the movie grosses site, Indiewire, as I write, Left Behind has dropped … Continue readin…
    - 36 days ago 17 Oct 14, 3:45am -
  • God TV founder resigns because of adultery – for now

    God TV founder resigns because of adultery – for now

    God TV: GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec steps aside GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec has today announced he is leaving the Network, standing aside as Chairman and CEO with immediate effect. This follows what he terms ‘a moral failure’ concerning … Conti…
    - 50 days ago 3 Oct 14, 12:49am -

The UmBlog

  • Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 10 - women as spoils of war

    Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 10 - women as spoils of war

    Dear JohnboyThe extremist Islamic partisan group ISIS, has made headlines for their wholesale slaughter of infidels, defined by them as anyone who does not share their strain of religion. The headline above those headlines is their treatment of capti…
    - 12 days ago 9 Nov 14, 7:34pm -
  • book response: The Bible Tells Me So... by Peter Enns (2014)

    book response: The Bible Tells Me So... by Peter Enns (2014)

    Every book that I have read about critical Biblical scholarship and Biblical theology has been a difficult read until the new book by Enns, The Bible Tells Me So...why defending scripture has made us unable to read it. At points, it is laugh out loud…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 14, 1:57am -
  • on me not getting the Romans 1 clobber verses

    on me not getting the Romans 1 clobber verses

    Let me say it for any critics. I'm stupid. I'm blind. I am an ally of minorities, including sexual minorities. I do that poorly as well. This is one stupid, blind guy's attempt at re-reading Romans 1.I am trying to continually learn.Today, my reading…
    - 31 days ago 21 Oct 14, 2:40pm -
  • Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 9 - Who would Jesus hate? WWJH

    Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 9 - Who would Jesus hate? WWJH

    Dear Johnboy,Forget WWJD, you need to figure out WWJH, Who Would Jesus Hate. Because there are some verses in the Bible, Old and New Testaments, that declare God's hatred for some people. In fact Jesus even commands us to hate some people.Wait a seco…
    - 34 days ago 18 Oct 14, 6:53pm -

Apologetics Index

  • Quran

    Quran

    Muslims believe the Torah and the Gospel have been changed and corrupted over time. Consequently, the Quran was needed to correct the errors in the corrupted books. It finalizes the truth from God as transmitted from the archangel Gabriel, recite…
    - 44 days ago 8 Oct 14, 10:01pm -
  • Mark Driscoll

    Mark Driscoll

    Mark Driscoll, dubbed the "Cussing Pastor" of Mars Hill Church, faces increasing opposition from people who question his controversial behavior. In the wake of recent controversies regarding plagiarism and apparent manipulation of the bestselling…
    - 4 Aug 14, 11:09pm -
  • Rainbow Family of Living Light

    Rainbow Family of Living Light

    The Rainbow Family is a leaderless, nomadic intentional community of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. The movement, which has no official organization, is best known for its Rainbow Gatherings.Read the full…
    - 22 Jun 14, 5:13pm -
  • A Closer Look At Stephen Covey And His 7 Habits

    A Closer Look At Stephen Covey And His 7 Habits

    Published nearly 26 years ago, Stephen Covey's development training program, "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People" today is as popular as ever. But most people who use it are unaware of the fact that Covey has discovered how to communicate Mo…
    - 4 May 14, 9:47am -
  • L. Ron Hubbard

    L. Ron Hubbard

    L. Ron Hubbard was an American author. He is best known as the founder of the Church of Scientology. Scientologists do not 'worship' Hubbard, but they do hold him in high regard -- even though he has been exposed as a fantastist who lied about his…
    - 2 May 14, 11:31am -
  • Strengthened in the Inner Man

    Strengthened in the Inner Man

    The Bible clearly commands us to change our sinful ways but also makes clear that we must rely on God's strength to do so.--Written by David Kowalski, Read the full article: Strengthened in the Inner Man at Apologetics Index
    - 29 Apr 14, 6:01am -
  • Hebrew Roots Movement

    Hebrew Roots Movement

    Hebrew Roots (or Hebraic Roots, Jewish Roots) is a diverse, global religious movement with no central leadership and no ecclesiastical structure. Consequently it includes many variations and gradations of teachings and practices -- ranging from or…
    - 7 Apr 14, 10:14pm -
  • Bob Jones

    Bob Jones

    False prophet Bob Jones, the most controversial of the controversial 'Kansas City Prophets,' has died. Supported by such men as Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle and Bill Johson, Jones was a prominent figure in the New Apostolic Reformation -- a heterodox…
    - 17 Feb 14, 11:25am -
  • Bare-Faced Messiah: Scientology’s founder, fantasist L. Ron Hubbard

    Bare-Faced Messiah: Scientology’s founder, fantasist L. Ron Hubbard

    A highly acclaimed biography of L. Ron Hubbard, exposing both his lies and those of the church of Scientology about his live, will be reprinted soon. Throughout its history the Church of Scientology has not only failed to denounce and disavow Hubbar…
    - 8 Dec 13, 1:57am -
  • The Bondage of Congregational Elitism

    The Bondage of Congregational Elitism

    Lust for a feeling of spiritual superiority can be exploited by dishonest or abusive leaders. --Written by David Kowalski, Read the full article: The Bondage of Congregational Elitism at Apologetics Index
    - 6 Dec 13, 8:10am -

Real Clear Apologetics

  • Resources to Help You Respond to the Problem of Evil (Free Bible Insert)
    - 94 days ago 20 Aug 14, 12:36pm -
  • John Frum and the Jesus Myth
    I’ve had exchanges with a Christ myther who has posited the case of the John Frum “cargo cult” as an example of how a person could be invented wholesale and inserted into history, just as Christ myther’s suppose Jesus was. Although I have not…
    - 98 days ago 15 Aug 14, 3:04pm -
  • Human Sacrifice at Gibeon?
    2 Samuel 21:1-9 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. And the king called the Gibeon…
    - 1 Aug 14, 3:24pm -
  • Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty (Pt. IV of IV)
    …continued from Pt. III… This distinction between belief and acceptance is relevant to our topic at hand. For it seems to me that acceptance is more essential to “the Christian stance” than belief. Someone, for instance, might want very much…
    - 20 Jul 14, 10:07pm -
  • Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty pt. III

    Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty pt. III

    Oops, I did it again. Said this series would be x parts long, and it turns out to be y. I said three parts, but it’s gonna be four. My apologies. Anyways, here’s part three… In the previous two posts, we looked at a number of quotes from Bertra…
    - 20 Jul 14, 1:40am -
  • Betrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty (Pt. II of III)
    …continued from part I… Consider Wilbur, a suitable bachelor. Wilbur greatly desires to be a father some day — to bring a little human unto maturity, to pass on his name, to leave a legacy, and all that. But there is a problem: Wilbur will not…
    - 19 Jul 14, 3:14am -

Ravi Zacharias

Pyromaniacs

  • newSome here, some there — November 21, 2014

    Some here, some there — November 21, 2014

    by Dan PhillipsHere's the first burst. I'll start some major adds after my Bible etc. reading, so check back. Priorities!If @RickWarren called the Pope "the Holy Father," without air-quotes, how does he retain ANY cred among Christians? (http://t.co/…
    - 14 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 12:21pm -
  • "Remember Lot's Wife"

    "Remember Lot's Wife"

    by Phil JohnsonFrom 2006 to 2012, PyroManiacs turned out almost-daily updates from the Post-Evangelical wasteland -- usually to the fear and loathing of more-polite and more-irenic bloggers and readers. The results lurk in the archives of this blog…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • Pitting Holiness against Holiness

    Pitting Holiness against Holiness

    by The Late Frank TurkAs most of you know, I spent most of my childhood reading comic books in the peace and quiet of my room.  On one of those days, my youngest brother came in looking for some affection from his older brother who had his head in a…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • Here, let me help you help yourself

    Here, let me help you help yourself

    by Dan PhillipsFirst: We get inquiries all the time like "What is an RPB?" and "Have you written on ____?" I'm here to help you with that.We know readers (surely!) don't expect us to drop everything and do their searching for them, or re-write wha…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • Your creed must bend to the Bible

    Your creed must bend to the Bible

    Your weekly dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from Words of Counsel, pages 35-36. Pilgrim Public…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • Annual Turkey Recipe

    Annual Turkey Recipe

    By Frank TurkJust a picture from the InternetI'm trying to escape the tradition of posting this too late for you to use it, so I'm tossing it up as a weekend extra.  For those who are opposed to Turkey, it also works great on Chicken.  It makes utt…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • John Piper and Mark Driscoll: lessons not learned?

    John Piper and Mark Driscoll: lessons not learned?

    by Dan PhillipsNOTE: this week's SHST is pushed aside by a recent turn of events. To wit:A recent "Ask Pastor John" segment is titled "Do You Regret Partnering with Mark Driscoll?" An answer to that question could have been very helpful. However, onc…
    - 8 days ago 14 Nov 14, 1:47pm -
  • How God defines humility and arrogance

    How God defines humility and arrogance

    by Dan PhillipsFrom 2006 to 2012, PyroManiacs turned out almost-daily updates from the Post-Evangelical wasteland -- usually to the fear and loathing of more-polite and more-irenic bloggers and readers. The results lurk in the archives of this blog…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • My Last Post on Race

    My Last Post on Race

    by The Late Frank TurkSince coming back from Hiatus, I have laid down a lot of self-imposed blogging limits.  No more Mark Driscoll posts.  No posts which wouldn't serve as Sunday School material.  No more Global Warming posts, no more political p…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • If I could change Christian vocabulary: "Closed Canon"

    If I could change Christian vocabulary: "Closed Canon"

    by Dan PhillipsI've remarked in the past that it often seems as if bad doctrines (and problematic denominations/cults) have all the best names, while orthodoxy gets stuck with negative terms. More than once, I've tried to spur a search for more posi…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 8:01am -

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