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The scriptures were also recorded/interpreted/written by imperfect human beings. So, perhaps our understand of Jehovah just isn't clear, and the Bible seems to suggest that it never will be.
There were also constantly verses taken out and kept in again. Almost impossible to find complete original with everything inside. There is an uncensored bible though that has verses that were taken out. It's on the dark web.
 

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The Book of Jonah isn't the entire Old Testament though. I have to read it again to make a more compelling argument, but as I remember it the God in the Old Testament has a vastly different character then Jesus, yes.

Understood. I take a different position. I think their God/Jesus' character are identical IF scripture's entire metanarrative is taken into account. Especially when read in light of Jesus' comments in Revelation 2 and 3 and his Second Coming in Revelation 19. Some in-depth analysis of those chapters:
 
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There were also constantly verses taken out and kept in again. Almost impossible to find complete original with everything inside. There is an uncensored bible though that has verses that were taken out. It's on the dark web.
I remember decades ago when I was still in college there was a Catholic Bible I checked out from the library that had all sort of additional books not in the King James (and the like) Bible. I forget what it was called. Some very different stuff in there for sure.
 

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Video: Episode 7 | Mary's Voice in Advent | Amy Orr-Ewing
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Video: Episode 8 | Mary's Voice in Advent | Amy Orr-Ewing
“Holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation.” Looking at these next words in Mary’s Magnificat, we come to see the deeply rich, theological and prophetic insight Mary offers us into understanding who God is in his holiness. We also see his mercy and who Jesus will be through what he’s come to do...


Video: Advent Meditation Week 1: What Does the Genealogy of Jesus Teach Us?
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Video: Is He Worthy (Live at Sing! 2019) - Andrew Peterson
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Do you feel the world is broken? We do
Do you feel the shadows deepen? We do
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? We do
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? We do

Is all creation groaning? It is
Is a new creation coming? It is
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? It is
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? It is

CHORUS
Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s Root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy of this? He is

Does the Father truly love us? He does
Does the Spirit move among us? He does
And does Jesus our Messiah hold forever those He loves? He does
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? He does

CHORUS
Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s Root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
From ev’ry people and tribe
Ev’ry nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God to reign with the Son
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory?

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this? He is

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The light has dawned
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If Jesus is a “mythical or fictional character”, that news has not yet reached the standard compendiums of secular historical scholarship. Take the famous single-volume Oxford Classical Dictionary. Every classicist has it on their bookshelf. It summarises scholarship on all things Greek and Roman in just over 1,700 pages. There is a multiple page entry on the origins of Christianity that begins with an assessment of what may be reliably known about Jesus of Nazareth. Readers will discover that no doubts at all are raised about the basic facts of Jesus’s life and death. Or take the much larger Cambridge Ancient History in 14 volumes. Volume 10 covers the “Augustan Period”, right about the time that Tiberius, Livia, Pliny the Elder, and — yes — Jesus all lived. It has a sizeable chapter on the birth of Christianity. The entry begins with a couple of pages outlining what is known of Jesus’ life and death, including his preaching of the kingdom of God, his fraternising with sinners, and so on. No doubts are raised about the authenticity of these core elements.

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Each Christmas, the reality of the virgin birth in the humility of the stable invites us, like the wise men, on a search for the child – that is, to discover His identity and to worship Him. A sincere search is an act only of those who genuinely want to find. Who truly searches for what they do not want to find? We seek because we recognise our ignorance, helplessness and our need. Unless we love the truth enough to search for it, we cannot know it. The brilliant 17th century scientist, mathematician and Christian thinker Blaise Pascal put it this way: If there were no obscurity man would not feel his corruption: if there were no light, man could not hope for a cure. Thus, it is not only right but useful for us that God should be partly concealed and partly revealed, since it is equally dangerous for man to know God without knowing his own wretchedness as to know his own wretchedness without knowing God.
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“The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, which is uncreated, eternal, came into Nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing Nature up with Him.” (Scholar C.S. Lewis)

In Hoc Anno Domini
And the voice from Galilee, which would defy Caesar, offered a new Kingdom in which each man could walk upright and bow to none but his God. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. And he sent this gospel of the Kingdom of Man into the uttermost ends of the earth. So the light came into the world and the men who lived in darkness were afraid, and they tried to lower a curtain so that man would still believe salvation lay with the leaders. But it came to pass for a while in divers places that the truth did set man free, although the men of darkness were offended and they tried to put out the light. The voice said, Haste ye. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you, for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

HOPE: A TRANSCENDENT REALITY
“Hope’s value is often placed in the distant future. Its footprint in the past and present are less notable. Yet in Christianity, hope is transcendent. Its significance is timeless, and its relevance is inescapably woven into the Christmas narrative.”

Christmas Future
Christmas shouldn’t be just about the first coming of Christ. It should also be about the second coming of Christ. Just as God fulfilled his promises from the Old Testament, he will fulfill his promises from the New Testament. Just as Jesus fulfilled his promise to come the first time, he will fulfill his promise to come a second time.

The Most Stubborn Day of the Year
“His birth haunts the calendars of the professing secular today. Perhaps the goodness that Christmas whispers lingers in the subconscious, leaving even calloused hearts longing for such a rescue.”


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In this session, Paul Washer preaches on the conference theme, the doctrine of Christ. He preaches from 1 Timothy 4: Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.


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...Andy Bannister discovers the key to the perfect gift—and shows how the gift of Jesus that first Christmas meets every criteria. Happy Christmas from all of us at the Solas Centre for Public Christianity!


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"Live for God's glory in 2022. 1. Rejoice in God (1 Chron 16:10). 2. Submit to Christ (Phil 2:9-11). 3. Pray expectantly (Jn 14:13). 4. Confess sins (Josh 7:19). 5. Obey God (2 Cor 9:13). 6. Grow in faith (Rm 4:20–21). 7. Live with purpose (1 Cor 10:31)." (Historian Dustin Benge)​

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A Plan to Read through the Bible in 2022
Christians need the Bible like humans need water. The Bible is our life-blood. The Lord Jesus plans to perfect His people by means of His word. That is why He prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Since the Bible is the word of God written, our progress in sanctification relies on our contact with the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. Every Christian, therefore, should make it a priority to master this book.

Trauma, Attachment, and Self-Care: What Everyone Should Know
The world is full of traumatized people, inside and outside of the Church, and there are approaches inside and outside of the Church that make it worse. Simplistic insistences to trust God and “get over it” can be stumbling blocks to people, just as diagnosing yourself via memes and medicating yourself via Amazon can make things much worse. Sometimes professionals are helpful; in contexts where they are easily available I think that often they at least manage to provide a structure and a path for healing, if one is willing to walk down it. The goal of trauma healing is, ultimately, to be able to have joyful relationships with others and freedom from crippling or self-destructive habits, and a lot of different things will get different people to that goal. All of us need to take care of ourselves as God meant for us to and be people that others can rely on to be with them as they carry their burdens and heal their wounds.

Video: Tom Holland: Christianity, persecution and the meaning of the cross
Historian Tom Holland tells how his experiences among persecuted Christians and Yazidis in Iraq impacted his own intellectual and personal journey with Christianity.


Video: Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity with Word on Fire | The JBP Podcast - S4: E69
Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Dr. Matthew Petrusek, and I discuss their new book “Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity”—the first systematic analysis of 12 Rules for Life and my biblical series from a Christian perspective. We also cover—just to name a few—truth in fiction, time before consciousness, faith, evolution, love, and acting as if God exists.


Video: The Latest Research on Handing Down the Faith (with Christian Smith)
What relationships and experiences build faith in kids? What wrecks it? What role do parents play in comparison to teachers, youth pastors, and other significant adults? And what practical steps can be taken to equip the next generation? In this interview, I talk with sociologist Christian Smith about his new book HANDING DOWN THE FAITH (Oxford Press).


Video: Interview with Rosalind Picard (S2 E3) | Is A.I. intelligent?
Should we be worried about robots taking over the world? Dr. Rosalind Picard, an A.I. researcher at MIT, says no. But, there are real things to consider about our relationship with technology. We talk with Dr. Picard about the past, present, and future of machine learning and artificial intelligence and hear how her current work is literally saving lives.


Video: Do You Love Me? - Romans 12:9-21 - Neil Ortiz


Video: Timothy Keller Sermon: A Reason for Living | Dec 30, 2021

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"This head-to-head debate will reflect on an age-old question which has been considered by philosophers and theologians for millennia: does God exist? Our two speakers (Professor Richard Swinburne & Professor Peter Millican) will discuss the philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, from moral and logical arguments to those posed by observed phenomena of the universe." (1/2/22)
 
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Smuggling Jesus Back into the Church Part 1: At the very moment the church is becoming “worldly,” Christians are neglecting this key biblical concept. So, what is worldliness and how does it happen? In this Master Class, Andrew Fellows diagnoses the different forms of worldliness that exist today. As he highlights the dangers for the church, we will examine how Christ provides the remedy. This first session examines what the New Testament writers mean when they write about ‘the world’. When the church tests positive for the virus of worldliness, there is always a disordering of the distinctive life Christ calls us to.
 

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The Pilgrims Tried Socialism and It Failed
The desire of “spreading the wealth” and for government to plan and regulate people’s lives is as old as the utopian fantasy in Plato’s Republic. The Pilgrim Fathers tried and soon realized its bankruptcy and failure as a way for men to live together in society. Instead, they accepted man as he is: hardworking, productive, and innovative when allowed the liberty to follow his own interests in improving his own circumstances and that of his family. And even more, out of his industry result the quantities of useful goods that enable men to trade to their mutual benefit.

Is Deconstruction the Same as Deconversion? A Few Reflections on Reforming the Church
...it seems we can distinguish between two kinds of “deconstruction”: Total Deconstruction. This kind of deconstruction is essentially the same as deconversion and ends up undermining, and denying, core doctrines of historical Christianity. Even if a person insists on calling themselves a “Christian,” they have effectively left the faith. Reforming Deconstruction. This is the kind of deconstruction that affirms Christianity’s historic Christian beliefs, but also acknowledges that there are still real and serious issues that the church needs to address. In other words, the church has more reforming to do.

Ten Words for a Broken Society (#4: No Neglect of Rest and Worship)
Socially and politically, the Lord’s Day offers Christians an irreplaceable opportunity to bear witness to Christ’s kingship. Every time the church gathers around Word and Table, it is making a profound declaration: Jesus is Lord (and Caesar is not!).

Audio: Facing the Reality of Atheism - Jon Noyes' Story
Former atheist Jon Noyes was driven to fully live out his life-long atheism, but his pursuit was challenged when he began to consider which worldview best fit with reality.


Video: Leading Expert on The Trinity Answers YOUR Questions Live
Dr. Eric Yang is a leading expert on the logical problem of the Trinity. In this livestream, Dr. Yang joins me to answer YOUR questions on The Trinity.


Video: Desiring with a Disordered Affection - Andrew Fellows
Hedonism encourages us to live by our appetites alone with the promise that this is the way to achieve the pleasure God made us for. The church’s enculturation means we have forgotten that Christ is our supreme good. This is part 4 of Smuggling Jesus Back into the Church, a Master Class by Andrew Fellows. At the very moment the church is becoming “worldly,” Christians are neglecting this key biblical concept. So, what is worldliness and how does it happen? In this Master Class, we diagnose the different forms of worldliness that exist today. As we highlight the dangers for the church, we examine how Christ provides the remedy.


Video: Sanctification: The Honorable Obsession


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Cultural Marxism: Imaginary Conspiracy or Revolutionary Reality?
...due to its deployment by people like Jordan Peterson, Cultural Marxism has come to function as “shorthand for left-wing ideology,” particularly as this manifests in a range “progressive” developments and social justice causes.4 For this reason, most on the “left” side of the contemporary culture war not only hear Cultural Marxism as an accusatory “snarl word” (which it often is) but dismiss its validity, describing it as “a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim”5 or “a conspiracy theory with an anti-Semitic twist”6 or “the ultimate post-factual dog-whistle.”7 Others still, without disputing the phenomena behind the term, argue that calling it “Marxism” is historically inaccurate and conceptually confusing.8 What are we to make of all this? Is Cultural Marxism a misnomer? Is it an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory? Or is it an accurate way of describing a real ideology that is making a very real impact on our world? And, if the latter, how should we regard it and respond to it? This article will first outline the basic elements and legacy of classical Marxism. Second, it will explore Antonio Gramsci’s development of Marxist thought after WWI. Third, it will examine the key ideas and impact of the German neo-Marxist think-tank known as “the Frankfurt School.” Fourth, it will offer some reflections on (1) the links between these thinkers and various contemporary developments, (2) the helpfulness of employing the term Cultural Marxism to explain these developments and (3) what Christians should do in light of the “culture wars” that are currently polarizing the Western world.

Trials Prove True Joy
Does Christian Hedonism help us understand the Bible? That is, does the emphasis on magnifying the worth of Jesus by delighting in him above all else help us to know “the secrets of the kingdom” (Matthew 13:11)? I believe it does, and Matthew 13 is a great example why. Matthew 13 is the “parables” chapter of the Gospel. In it, Jesus gives seven public parables (to the crowds), three private explanations (to his disciples), and two surprising statements on the purpose of parables. And in the midst of all of that, he also gives us two startling lessons about joy in God. What is joy in God — and what is it not? And how do we distinguish between true and false joy?

Zombies and the Eucharist
...the most basic thing about zombies, which is that they are undead. It’s an inversion of the Christian apocalypse, where instead of having creatures that come back to life after death with a glorious body, they come back to life with a dead body and only a semblance of significance. They have a simulacrum of meaning in their zombie existence. For example, zombies don’t have the capacity to interact with other people. They can’t even establish a communion with other zombies, they just follow the mass. They don’t even have the capacity to talk, so they lack access to the Logos, the ability to make sense of things. Zombies don’t have access to those patterns. They evidently don’t have complex relationships with others that have meaning, no family or what have you. They are reduced simply to the passions, like the desire to devour things, most notably brains, and this is super significant because the brain is the material organ that permits us to perceive meaning in the world. It’s a mediator between the spiritual world and the material world. Our perceptions pass through the brain. So zombies want to devour this organ because it is the only remainder for a materialist to approach meaning. It’s super common, I even heard a term for it once: “neuromania”.

Will the human rights industries finally stand up for Christians?
These two cases — Ashers and Onuoha — though very different legal questions, both raise the same fundamental principle: religious liberty. In neither case did the believers attempt to impose their convictions on anyone else: they simply asked to be left alone to practice their faith. If anything, it was they who were being aggressively preached to, whether by efforts to compel them to engage in expression contrary to their conscience or to hide modest manifestations of Christian piety even as other forms of religious articulation were encouraged.

Video: The Hard Question: God and the Problem of Evil (with John Lennox)
"The cardinal need is to change the prevailing view of human beings, which sees them as inherently good creatures unaccountably burdened with a history of violence and oppression. Here we reach the nub of realism and its chief stumbling-point for prevailing opinion: its assertion of the innate defects of human beings. Nearly all pre-modern thinkers took it as given that human nature is fixed and flawed, and in this as in some other ways they were close to the truth of the matter. No theory of politics can be credible that assumes that human impulses are naturally benign, peaceable or reasonable... I think and do evil. If, then, there is a God, why does he tolerate me?" (Atheist John Gray, former professor of European thought at the London School for Economics)


Video: Suffering & God in the Intensive Care Unit: Dean Mayes & Dan Paterson
Could the story of Christianity really be true? How do we make sense of suffering if so? Dan Paterson is the author of 'Questioning Christianity'. which seeks to make sense of Christianity to skeptics and doubters. He engages with Dean Mayes who was an atheist, but whose intellectual journey and work as a nurse in intensive care have caused him to reconsider Christianity in recent years.


Video: How Sarah Zagorski Escaped Abortion (and why she speaks out now!)
What would it be like to discover that you had survived an abortion? How would that affect your self-image, relationships, and view of women who get abortions? In this powerful interview, Sarah tackles these questions and many more.


Video: A Sermon on Six Legs - Proverbs 6:6-11 - Skip Heitzig (1/8/22)
Most people think of ants as a nuisance to be eliminated, but Solomon saw them as teachers to be emulated. Writing to his son (see Proverbs 6:1), Solomon warns him that though rest is good, too much of it can be bad. As we conclude our Hustle and Grind series, we focus on the comparison between the industrious ant and the inactive sluggard and why work and rest must be kept in careful balance.

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Secularism Proves Christianity’s Influence
When equality is divorced from the Christian story, it risks becoming a radical individualism. Ancient people considered their identity in collective ways, and individuality got lost in the shuffle. We have the opposite danger. We consider our society as a loose association of individuals who each have equal rights before the law. It can become very atomistic: I begin my thinking with myself and my identity. Where, in other cultures, I would look outward to discover my identity, in our culture I look inward. Where other cultures major on responsibilities, we major on rights. No wonder a sense of community suffers. No wonder all forms of institutional affiliations are tanking across the board (not just church attendance).

Evangelicals & Post-Christianity
Within the story of American secularization, there have been three distinct stages: Positive World (Pre-1994): Society at large retains a mostly positive view of Christianity. To be known as a good, churchgoing man remains part of being an upstanding citizen. Publicly being a Christian is a status-enhancer. Christian moral norms are the basic moral norms of society and violating them can bring negative consequences. Neutral World (1994–2014): Society takes a neutral stance toward Christianity. Christianity no longer has privileged status but is not disfavored. Being publicly known as a Christian has neither a positive nor a negative impact on one’s social status. Christianity is a valid option within a pluralistic public square. Christian moral norms retain some residual effect. Negative World (2014–Present): Society has come to have a negative view of Christianity. Being known as a Christian is a social negative, particularly in the elite domains of society. Christian morality is expressly repudiated and seen as a threat to the public good and the new public moral order. Subscribing to Christian moral views or violating the secular moral order brings negative consequences.

Audio: EP # 116 | The Church and Culture
We hear that phrase that Christians are ‘in the world, but not of the world’—but do we really understand what is meant by that? Do we have any idea from where that concept is derived in Scripture? In this episode of the Just Thinking Podcast, Darrell Harrison and Virgil “Omaha” Walker look closely at what Christ meant by this phrase. This episode takes a close look a the “Church and Culture.”

Video: Have You Ever Wondered Why Suffering and Evil Seem So Wrong?
When we witness atrocities in far-flung conflict zones or experience betrayal on a personal level, we all have the same response: "This is wrong!" But, why is it wrong? An atheist can only really point to changeable social norms or the personal preference to avoid pain. But the Bible and the Christian worldview affirms our instinct; it tells us there is real evil in the world.


Video: Lord Rowan Williams: Former Archbishop of Canterbury | Full Address and Q&A | Oxford Union
Lord Williams is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian, and poet. He was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 having previously served as Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he was viewed by many as a progressive voice and notably attempted to allow the appointment of women as bishops in the Church of England. He has also served as President of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
 
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Is It Ethical to Transplant a Pig Heart into a Human?
Just because something has been done for centuries, of course, doesn’t mean it’s morally legitimate. But the reason it’s been done without much public outcry is that many Christian bioethicists (as well as Jewish and Muslim bioethicists) don’t consider such transplants to be unethical or going beyond proper natural limits. A procedure that does goes beyond such limits is the creation of animal-human chimeras. Chimeras are animals composed of cells that originate from two or more different species. To create an animal-human chimera, scientists introduce cells from one species into the developing embryo or fetus of another.

Vocation: Discerning Your Calling By Tim Keller
As Christians, we are stewards of the resources God gives us for serving the human community. Our vocations are one avenue for doing God’s work in the world. Stewardship is the cultivation of resources for God. The Bible tells us that one of the most important resources God has given us is our gifts, aptitudes, talents and abilities. One of the sacraments of the medieval church was the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which divided the world into the “religious” and the “secular.” Those who went into full-time church ministry as priests, monks or nuns were on a completely different spiritual footing from those who did not. One of the Protestant Reformation’s main planks was to overturn this view with the biblical teaching of the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9). Martin Luther insisted that all forms of work are God-honoring callings. To be a farmer, a craftsman or an artist was just as much a vocation, a calling from God, as to be a preacher. Why?

Video: The Prophetic Vocation of Jonathan Pageau
Jonathan Pageau is an icon carver, symbologist and youtuber. We've spoken in the past. I wanted to ask him about how he sees is vocation.


Video: Rebecca McLaughlin | The Secular Creed
Rebecca McLaughlin led a breakout during TGC21 titled “The Secular Creed” based loosely on her recently released book by the same title. Framing her teaching within current cultural critiques of modern evangelicalism and its history, she encourages Christians to both take the critiques seriously and avoid simply defending our tribe.


Video: How God is Present (and Active) in the World Today: A Conversation with Tim Muehlhoff
Where is God amidst human suffering, pandemics, and personal tragedy? Why is God seemingly silent? In this interview, I talk with Dr. Tim Muehlhoff about his latest book EYES TO SEE. We talk about recognizing God's common grace in our broken world.


Video: Jonathan McLatchie vs Jonathan Pearce: Do extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?
'Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence' is often used as a maxim by skeptics against modern miracle claims and Biblical miracles. Christian apologist Jonathan McLatchie and atheist blogger Jonathan Pearce debate the 'prior probabilities' involved in miracle claims and the evidence for the resurrection.

Video: Warriors MUST answer these questions..
John Lovell interviews Dr. William Lane Craig -- one of the world's foremost Christian philosophers, apologists, and authors. As Warrior Poets are lovers and defenders of truth, it is critically important that we know what we believe really is true. If we do not do adequate work as warrior philosophers, we may not really do the work of discovering what is really worth living and dying for.


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Audio: The Power of Prayer in Africa
Across Africa, the church is undergoing attacks on its members and their meeting places. Yet despite the destruction, our Christian brothers and sisters exhibit an overwhelming joy in Christ. Sean Paton and Jeremy Malkin continue the conversation from on VOM’s efforts to help our persecuted brothers in Burkina Faso, Benin, Sudan, and Mozambique. Listen as Jeremy and Sean share how Christians are responding to the persecution in these regions—and also share encouraging stories of God’s work in Africa during the past year. Animistic ideology and belief in the spirits of their ancestors is prevalent in Benin. Christianity is often seen as destroying that culture. New believers are rejecting the rituals and practices of animism and holding fast to their faith in Christ, and therefore being targeted. In Burkina Faso, thirteen churches were destroyed within a week last year by mobs who wanted to rid the area of Christianity. Yet our brothers and sisters gathered to worship the Lord amidst the destruction because of their hope in Him. Listen as Jeremy shares their stories and how we can pray for them. In Mozambique, there has been horrific persecution of Christians by Islamic extremist groups who have pledged allegiance to ISIS. This has forced many Christians to flee, and VOM is helping to meet physical needs and spiritual hunger for God’s Word. In Sudan, political tension continues to grow, which has given a window to provide spiritual encouragement and support to Christians through Bibles and other evangelistic resources. Pray for our brothers and sisters to be bold and courageous for Christ in Africa as they face animistic and Islamist persecution, and to be reminded that what men intend for evil, God can use for good.


Video: BGEA LEAR Law Enforcement Retreat Presentation
In this presentation given at a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Law Enforcement Retreat, J. Warner talks about the essential nature of Law Enforcement and the truth of Christianity. How can officers weather difficult times? How can we elevate our performance? Where can we find hope and encouragement? What role (if any) does Christianity play in this?


Video: Discovering Theology 3: The Sources of Theology
The third in a series of 18 short presentations in which Oxford theologian Alister McGrath introduces the study of theology. This presentation offers a short explanation of the three main sources of Christian theology: the Bible, tradition, and reason.


Video: Signals of transcendence | Dr Os Guinness | 2021.11.22
"Most of us feel instinctively that we should seize the day but is the day worth seizing and should it be grabbed so unreservedly? Os Guinness is a wise and thorough guide to the deep issues surrounding this ancient maxim and helps us gain a clearer perspective on what it means to live life to the fullest." -Steve Turner, journalist, author, and poet.


Video: What Kind of People Will We Be? The Church and the Culture at a Crossroads
We live in an unsettled age. The challenges of the last few years have revealed how thin and fragile our social fabric has become. At the same time, the church has struggled to maintain its integrity, much less its influence. How can the church be the church in this time and place? What is required of us? How can we champion what is true and good when we are being silenced in so many ways?

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Is It Ethical to Transplant a Pig Heart into a Human?

Just because something has been done for centuries, of course, doesn’t mean it’s morally legitimate. But the reason it’s been done without much public outcry is that many Christian bioethicists (as well as Jewish and Muslim bioethicists) don’t consider such transplants to be unethical or going beyond proper natural limits. A procedure that does goes beyond such limits is the creation of animal-human chimeras. Chimeras are animals composed of cells that originate from two or more different species. To create an animal-human chimera, scientists introduce cells from one species into the developing embryo or fetus of another.

I thought the recent pig transplant was altered genetically to allow it to more easily be accepted by the human body, think the article comments as such. I do know that many in such research are indeed developing humanized chimeras too.
 
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