Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tom Brady: Football Doesn’t Matter to God

Conceivably, a win would show that God answers prayer. But what about the intercessors whose team loses? Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a very devout believer whose Twitter feed is filled with biblical quotations. However, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (whose team lost to the Seahawks) is also a very strong Christian. Which believer should God have favored?
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn’t sure God cares who wins: “Look at the attention I get: It’s because I throw a football. But that’s what society values. That’s not what God values. He didn’t invent the game. We did. I have some hand-eye coordination, and I can throw the ball. I don’t think that matters to God.” Rodgers agrees: “I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”

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Short Answers 03: Isn’t Faith Just for the Stupid and Gullible? (Video)

In the third video of the Short Answers to Big Questions series, Nathan Betts of RZIM answers the question, “Isn’t faith just for the stupid and gullible?”

In the Short Answers to Big Questions series, Nathan and Andy Bannister take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realize we can only often scratch the surface — nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media.

If you want to read more widely on this particular, check out “The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails” by Randal Rauser.

JAS: What happens during the Rapture?

January has been prophecy month at the John Ankerberg Show. We have had prophecy scholars Dr. Renald Showers and Dr. Jimmy DeYoung on the show to answer: Does the Bible teach that the Rapture and Christ’s Second Coming happen at the same time? What happens during each event? Where are these subjects discussed in the Bible?

In case you have not been able to join us for this encouraging series or if you would like to watch them again, we wanted to let you know the programs from the series, “Step by Step through the Rapture” and “1 Coming or 2 – 8 Differences Between the Rapture and Second Coming” can be found online here to watch for free.

Also, we have thousands of free articles on our website, many on topics such as the Rapture, end time events, and the Tribulation. One of these articles, “Does the Bible teach that the Rapture and Christ’s Second Coming happen at the same time?” further addresses questions from our current series, and shares my answer to the question that includes seven of the differences that led me to this conclusion. If the Rapture and Second Coming are not subjects you have studied before, consider diving in to these important topics, and get excited about what the Lord has planned for those who love Him in the last days.

Check out these and the thousands of other free resources on our website!

Blessings,

Dr. John Ankerberg

IS JESUS A SOCIALIST? | Worldview Weekend

When the question is posed: “Is Jesus a socialist?” The clear answer is “Of course not!” The claim that Jesus was a socialist was recently posed by Gregory Paul in The Washington Post who tries to argue for a biblically mandated socialism from the early chapters of Acts.[1] Paul’s claims are nothing new and have likely arisen out of the overall debate our nation is involved in concerning socialism vs. free markets. President Obama and his crowd want socialism, while the rest of the nation wants to move away from government control of the economy.

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Cold Case Christianity: Rules to Evaluate Alleged Bible Contradictions and Difficulties (Free Bible Insert)

I’ve been slowly working through a number of alleged Bible “contradictions” and “difficulties” here at ColdCaseChristianity.com, using simple investigative principles I’ve adapted from my casework as a cold-case homicide detective. Here is short list of the rules I typically use when evaluating eyewitness statements. The first ten principles are derived directly from my casework related to homicide investigations (modified to address the Biblical narratives), and I’ve added three rules specifically applicable to the study of the New and Old Testament:

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Monergism.com Blog: Help for Pastoral Prayer During Sermon Prep

Erik Raymond

Most pastors develop a rhythm with their sermon preparation. You find a way that “works” for you and you pretty much stick with it. But until you have the pattern established, it can be messy. And one of the areas with which I struggled at the beginning was how prayer fit into my sermon preparation.

I knew that I should pray, that in fact I must pray, as part of getting ready to teach God’s Word. But I don’t remember getting much advice about how to pray when preparing a message. And while there’s obviously not just one helpful way to do it, here are eight brief prayers that can be used while writing a sermon:

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Herescope: The Troubles with Church Covenants

A Warning Twelve Years Ago

The following article was originally published in a 2003 Discernment Ministries Newsletter. Due to a series of moves, computer crashes, and website changes the original article had been lost. It has been archived on Berit Kjos’s Crossroad.to website for many years, and we thank her for preserving it.

Recently, with the rise of investigative reports on the aftermath of Mark Driscoll and the Mars Hill Church debacle, this 2003 article has gained renewed importance. This article is a “snapshot in time.” It represents what was going on twelve years ago when the covenant-signing movement was charging full steam ahead.

Why did we write this? We had experienced this type of church structure earlier, in its formative and experimental years during the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time it was known as “heavy shepherding,” a top-down leadership wielding control over the congregation. This movement was abusive and left many damaged sheep in its wake. During the next few decades we witnessed firsthand the adverse effects as Leadership Network was putting its hierarchical networks into place and developing prototypes for its obscurantist operations for megachurches.

The fallout of this church covenant agenda can now be seen in the deluge of post-Mars Hill disaster reports. High-demand church organizations, with their excessive pressures to conform, have left in their wake much collateral damage. Women, mothers, the handicapped, the infirm, and elderly have particularly suffered under this systemic transformation. They cannot measure up to the “Missional” Type A personality- and performance-driven church standards. Many experienced shunning, or worse, and many have left the faith entirely. Yet there are many saints who kept their faith, quietly serving the Lord far away from the limelights of “healthy, wealthy and hip.”

For twelve years now we have listened to the stories of hundreds of disenfranchised and disheveled sheep who were tossed under the bus. Their heart-rending tales motivated us to continue writing from our unique perspective, standing outside of what is now called the “evangelical industrial complex.” In 2004 we published a sequel to this report, a monograph, The Pied Pipers of Purpose. Shortly thereafter we began publishing articles on this blog recounting Leadership Network and its pivotal role (see a few links at the bottom of this article). What follows is our original 2003 article, still warning about this movement.

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