I recently had the opportunity to appear on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley (the show will air this Saturday, August 24th2013). Justin had two skeptics lined up to ask questions about Biblical reliability and offer specific, detailed challenges related to portions of the Gospels of Luke, Mark and Matthew. Are you prepared to answer every challenge that might be offered about the historicity of the Gospels? Do you even know every challenge that might be offered? How do you respond when someone offers a challenge for which you don’t have immediate access to the all the pertinent data? This particular episode of Unbelievable? illustrated an important principle for all of us as Christian Case Makers. Historical challenges are often complicated, nuanced and detailed, and while it is nearly impossible to remember all the data related to every objection, there are four overarching principles of witness reliability appropriate to the task. These are the same four principles I’ve offered as a template in Cold Case Christianity. I used this template to evaluate the Gospels when I was an unbelieving skeptic, and these four principles will help you assess any challenge offered against the Gospel accounts:
You can see it coming, can’t you? The yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries is skyrocketing, the S&P 500 has been down for 9 of the last 11 trading days and troubling economic news is pouring in from all over the planet. The much anticipated “financial correction” is rapidly approaching, and investors are starting to race for the exits. We have not seen so many financial trouble signs all come together at one time like this since just prior to the last major financial crisis. It is almost as if a “perfect storm” is brewing, and a lot of the “smart money” has already gotten out of stocks and bonds. Could it be possible that we are heading toward another nightmarish financial crisis? Could we see a repeat of 2008 or potentially even something worse? Of course a lot of people believe that we will never see another major financial crisis like we experienced in 2008 ever again. A lot of people think that this type of “doom and gloom” talk is foolish. It is those kinds of people that did not see the last financial crash coming and that are choosing not to prepare for the next one even though the warning signs are exceedingly clear. Let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst, and right now things do not look good at all. The following are 18 signs that global financial markets are entering a horrifying death spiral… (Read More….)
What do Cheerios and today’s Christianity have in common?
You can choose whichever gospel suits your taste.
When my children where young (many decades ago)… Cheerios was one of approximately five brands of cold cereal. Almost every Sunday I filled two small Tupperware containers with Cheerios. They served as a perfect snack to keep my young ones (toddlers) quiet during morning church service.
Today, when I went shopping for Multi-grain Cheerios (I’m an old fogie who has to lower my cholesterol). I was literally amazed at how many different flavors Cheerios now has. I counted thirteen, including caramel flavored, peanut butter, chocolate, banana nut, fruity, frosted and more. My amazement with the 13 plus varieties of Cheerios led to me thinking of the times we are in.
When I stated above “You can choose whichever gospel suits your taste.” I was not in any way making reference to…
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In years past I have written about what the Bible says about getting paid to pastor, and especially getting paid to preach the gospel (Look on this page, under the “Pastoral Pay” section). Recently, a reader sent in the following question:
I need help responding when someone quotes 1 Corinthians 9:14. Especially when they use the ESV & NKJV.
“In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.”
Specifically, that getting one’s living from the gospel is a “commanded” practice.
I understand that it is also translated “directed,” however, once “commanded” is interjected into the debate, it’s tough to respond.
My thoughts are: If “commanded” is the correct translation, then did Paul blatantly disobey the Lord’s command? And why would Paul say he would rather “die” than to even give the perception that he materially benefited from preaching?
Any thoughts on the issue would be greatly appreciated.
I must admit that although I have finished a rough draft of a commentary on 1 Corinthians, I have never before considered this question Neil brought up. By one way of reading 1 Corinthians 9:14, Paul does appear to be saying that Jesus commanded that certain people should get paid to preach the gospel.
There are multiple ways of explaining and understanding this text, and I will present a few below, but would love for you opinion as well on what 1 Corinthians 9:145 means when Paul says that the Lord commanded that those who preach their gospel should get their living by the gospel.
Read More Here: http://www.tillhecomes.org/get-paid-to-preach-the-gospel/
“Thou shalt not criticize” has effectively become the eleventh commandment of the modern church. Sadly, the allegiance of many charismatic leaders to that mindset has created a climate where false teaching thrives.
Thankfully, there are also those who understand the biblical mandate to expose error for the sake of defending truth (Romans 16:17).
We don’t doubt there are faithful gospel preachers in the charismatic movement—men who see people coming to genuine saving faith through their consistent preaching of God’s Word. But tragically, many of those men undermine the very gospel they preach by ignoring, or accommodating, the heretics in their movement who claim to speak for God.
For that reason, the Strange Fire conference will provide a service to the charismatic community by addressing its need for biblical discernment—a need made desperate by the silence of its own leaders.
For more information about Strange Fire, please visit the conference website.
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“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the…
Crosswalk.com editor Debbie Holloway: We are so excited to talk to you about Unstoppable. Why don’t you start off by telling us the basic premise of the movie? Is it a film? Is it a documentary?
Violence Against Christians Rising in Egypt Dear Friend, International Christian Concern (ICC) continues to follow the developing situation in Egypt as the country erupted into violent chaos on Friday. Islamists …[view article]
The homofascist rainbow-shirts are at it again. They’ve unsheathed, once more, their anti-Christian long knives.
Back in April, I wrote the following in a column headlined “Religious freedom and ‘gay marriage’ cannot coexist“: “‘Gay pride’ necessitates anti-Christian hate. It must. ‘Gay marriage’ and other ‘sexual orientation’-based laws do violence to freedom and truth. They are the hammer with which the postmodern left intends to bludgeon bloody religious liberty and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.”
Churches, houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Christians were attacked in nine provinces following the military crackdown on supporters of ousted president Morsi. Estimated totals are as of Aug.16.
And a large percentage of these have never even been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review, which means the general population is essentially being used as a collective guinea pig in a giant food additive safety experiment.
Between 1997 and 2012, the FDA reportedly received 451 voluntary notifications about new food additives, 100 percent of which came from individuals and groups connected in one way or another to the food industry. Rather than be accompanied by independent safety research, every single one of these new additives came with “safety data” conjured by the companies that produce them, a serious conflict of interest that apparently has become the standard rather than the exception.
Researchers from The Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT), a non-profit organization serving the public interest, decided to review data on the new food additive notification process after the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal watchdog agency, issued a report back in 2010 raising concerns about it. And what they found is astounding, particularly as it pertains to public health and safety.
So… You want to know what Flu shots are made of ? Besides the 7.2 billion in funding from the government – Flu shots are made in eggs – they used to inject the virus’s in the egg and grow the anti bodies for about 11 days – but now they are using a new “cell-line” technology that can be harvesting every 6 to 8 weeks – But this technique sometimes uses Dog DNA – insect cells – and all sorts of other new untested chemicals for long term health effects.
Feel free to look at this list of chemicals found in Flu shots:
For example: Here is a list of ingredients to a common GlaxoSmithKline flu-shot:
Formaldehyde, Gentamicin Sulfate, Latex, Polysorbate 80, Thimerosal, Ovalbumin (egg), Egg protein, Influenza A virus hemagglutinin, Influenza B virus hemagglutinin, Octoxynol-10, alpha-tocopheryl, Hydrogen succinate, Hydrocortisone, Sodium deoxycholate.
The Snowden leak also revealed that the US government purchased 1.5 billion rounds of ammo in 2012 and will purchase another 1.6 billion rounds in the next four to five years. The Obama Administration fears “social anarchy” will develop as tens of millions of Americans die and the economy collapses due to what the MOH says will be, “the worst pandemic disaster in human history.”
Folks, this story is not from some Christian fiction or some sensational prophecy website, but from the Ministry of Health themselves, and what they are saying is a page right out of Bible prophecy.
Counter-Terror Bureau issues strident warning, citing ‘concrete, very high’ threats in numerous countries
Israeli and Jewish targets all over the world are likely to be sought out by terrorist organizations in the coming weeks, the Israeli government’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned in strikingly strident tones on Monday, listing dozens of countries where it said it had “concrete” indications of a terrorist threat.
Copts whose church was one of dozens destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood supporters have returned to the charred house of worship, with their pastor vowing the violence suffered by his flock will make them “better Christians.”
“This will learn us to be better Christians,” said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim of a torched congregation in Minya, the capital of Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt, where some 14 churches were reportedly attacked in recent days.
I originally posted this late last year, but we’ve had some many requests from people who are looking for a new church home that I’m re-posting to bump it higher:
If you are looking for a new church, you need to ask some very important questions of church leadership before you become a member. Here are 35 to get you started:
As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no.
The New Testament compels God’s people to take the gospel out into the world. Jesus gave his disciples a standing order to go and make disciples (Matt. 28:19). He told them that they would become fishers of men (Matt. 4:17). Peter advised the churches of Asia Minor to be ready with an answer when people asked them about their hope (1 Pet. 3:15).
But it seems like something has gone wrong. Many Christians do not live like fishers of men. Not many people ask us about the hope that we have in Christ, and when they do we’re not really ready to give an answer. Evangelical churches talk a lot about evangelism, but according to popular surveys and anecdotal impressions most church members don’t share their faith very often.
WHY DON’T WE EVANGELIZE?
I’d like to suggest five reasons that churches and church members don’t share the gospel as part of their normal course of life. Other articles in this Journal suggest ways to remedy this situation, but for now let’s stick with diagnosing the problem.