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Christianity [OT] The Word became flesh and dwelt among us

 
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Video: What is Secularism?
Dr. Michael F. Bird (Ridley College) interviews Prof. Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) about his book Secularism: The Basics.


Video: God of the Nations – Timothy Keller
Psalm 96 is a beautiful psalm about music, splendor, majesty and creation joining in praise. Why is it crucial that the Bible invites creation and its fullness to join this chorus? What is so special about the role of music in a believer’s life? How does judgment, which is in the last verse of this psalm, fit into the context of this passage? The text shows us a call to see, a call to sing, and a call to rejoice in judgment.


Video: How Christianity shaped our culture, with Glen Scrivener
In this episode of QC Conversations we chat with Glen Scrivener about the cultural influence Christianity has had on a post-Christian culture.


Video: Bart Ehrman v Glen Scrivener: Did Christianity give us our belief in equality, compassion & consent?
Glen Scrivener's book 'The Air We Breathe: How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress & Equality' makes the case that our belief in modern human rights & values are a direct product of the Christian story that shaped the West. New Testament critic Bart Ehrman, whose own book 'The Triumph of Christianity' tells the story of how the faith swept the world, responds to Glen's view that our embrace of equality, compassion and sexual consent are uniquely Christian.


Video: Will Everyone be Saved? Top Scholar Weighs in on the History and Doctrine of Universalism
Is Universalism the opiate of the Theologians? Dr. Michael McClymond has written a two volume work on the history of Universalism and joins me to talk about why he believes this doctrine fails from a historical, theological, and philosophical perspective.


Video: 1 Corinthians 12:10 - Skip Heitzig
"Every Christian (“to each one”) receives spiritual gifts. A spiritual gift is an ability (“working” or power) that comes to you freely (“gift”) for the purpose of ministering to needs (“service”) so as to build up Christian community in size and depth (“the common good”). This doesn’t mean gifts only meet needs of Christians. They meet needs “in Jesus’ name,” as a witness and sign of the coming kingdom. Ephesians 4:7–12 says that Jesus’ kingly power—which will eventually heal the world physically, socially, and spiritually—is now distributed into us. The bottom line is that every Christian is in ministry through the church. No one is merely a consumer of services; everyone is a distributor...The second benefit is community. When you approach the church as a consumer (that is, only to get your needs met), you are in a solitary mode of being, but when you reject the consumer mindset, serving will draw you out of yourself and into relationships. The third benefit is the fulfillment and joy of seeing others touched through you, or seeing something great happen through the part you play in the body of Christ. Paradoxically, if you serve primarily for the benefits to yourself, then it isn’t really serving, and you won’t receive the benefits. The only workable dynamic for every-member ministry is Mark 10:45. Because Jesus served you in such a radical way, you have a joyful need to serve. It’s a form of praise that doesn’t fully enjoy what it admires until it expresses itself in service." (Theologian Tim Keller)


Video: Abner Chou | TMS Chapel | The Christocentric Hermeneutic
 

On this first day of Holy Week begins I felt moved to take some time each day to consider the profound meaning of Jesus' death for us, by reflecting on the 7 times Jesus spoke from the Cross. Yesterday all over the world Christians were celebrating Palm Sunday, the moment when Jesus came into Jerusalem as people lay down their robes for his donkey to walk on and waved palm branches blessing Jesus. But within less than a week Jesus was hanging on a cross at Calvary. People were sneering and one of the criminals on a cross next to him was even hurling insults at him. What a dizzying and extraordinary turnaround. We're living in a time of great turmoil and change and lots of us are experiencing extraordinary anxiety as a result of the global pandemic and now the war in Ukraine. We're living in a cultural moment of huge shocking loss. But at the Cross that's where we encounter Jesus as God with us. Even in our disorientation and anxiety, Jesus' words from the Cross and his crucifixion offer us an insight into the heart of God and the assurance that only He can offer.
 

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Article: Is Easter Named After a Pagan Goddess?
...the reason that people in antiquity cared about a date or used a term is often lost to history or usurped and made to serve a different cause than its origin intended. Fixating on a contemporary, unfavorable connotation of the term “Easter” (due to its regular flogging) is like fixating on the Crusades to justify anti-Christian ideas. Even if the term had some pagan association (again, see the article — that’s dubious), why should we care if the content of the celebration is biblical?

Video: Easter Isn't pagan
It's commonly asserted that many of our modern Easter traditions - including the name of the celebration itself - have pagan origins. This idea, although popular on the internet and in popular shows, when you actually dig into the origin of these supposed pagan roots (much like the accusation around the pagan origins of Christmas) they really start to fall apart.


Video: 7 Words From The Cross | Easter Series | Amy Orr-Ewing
This is a word of tremendous power and finality. Jesus' death like his life is a work of perfection. There are no loose threads, there is no unfinished business. And now as Jesus lays down his life, we hear this word that He speaks from the Cross, "It is finished.” In Greek it's one word, 'tetelestai.' Jesus shows us that He has completed the work of the Cross and with this word He declares that the Cross is not a defeat. Jesus has seen his purpose on earth through to completion, overcoming the evil and the darkness of sin. Resisting that temptation to come down from the Cross; making atonement or 'at-one-ment' — the gap between us and a Holy God covered by the Cross so that we can come to the Father. Hear that word over your life today, "tetelestai" "It is finished" — whatever you may be struggling with today, loss, anxiety, sickness, addictions, brokenness, regrets, sin, shame, failing, violations, insecurities. “It is finished” through the work of Christ on the Cross for you and for me.


Video: The Archaeological Evidence for Jesus: A Conversation with Dr. Titus Kennedy
How strong is the archaeological evidence for Jesus? What are the top 10 discoveries? In this video, I talk with Dr. Titus Kennedy, an archaeologist, Biola professor, and author about his book Excavating the Evidence for Jesus.


Video: Can we believe in a dead man rising? | Simon Edwards
"A few years ago Time Magazine published an article in which an assembled panel of experts concluded that of all the people who have ever walked the face of this planet, the Jewish carpenter from Nazareth named Jesus has left the biggest historical footprint of anyone. And if you’re a thinking person you have to ask “why?” Especially when you consider that Jesus wasn’t wealthy, he wasn’t powerful, he never travelled that far from home and he was killed when he was only 33 years old, in the most humiliating fashion possible, hung naked on a cross to die in full public spectacle. And yet today 100s millions across the globe call themselves Christians. So, obviously something extraordinary must have happened after this very humiliating death – and of course Christians believe something extraordinary did happen! The resurrection!" (4/13/22)


Video: Your Bible HAS been changed but here's why that doesn't blow up inspiration or inerrancy!
I sat down with Timothy Mitchell (aka the "Textual Mechanic"), a PhD student at the University of Birmingham in textual criticism, to discus a question I get a lot: given scribal errors in the history of the biblical text how does that then affect doctrines like inspiriation, inerrancy, and scriptural preservation?


Video: Medicine, Missions and Christianity: Facing the Canon with Dr Peter Saunders
J. John speaks with Dr Peter Saunders. CEO of The International Christian Medical and Dental Association.

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Happy Resurrection Sunday, GAF!


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Tim Keller on Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
The resurrection was as inconceivable for the first disciples, as impossible for them to believe, as it is for many of us today. Granted, their reasons would have been different from ours. The Greeks did not believe in resurrection; in the Greek worldview, the afterlife was liberation of the soul from the body. For them, resurrection would never be part of life after death. As for the Jews, some of them believed in a future general resurrection when the entire world would be renewed, but they had no concept of an individual rising from the dead. The people of Jesus’ day were not predisposed to believe in resurrection any more than we are. Celsus, a Greek philosopher who lived in the second century A.D., was highly antagonistic to Christianity and wrote a number of works listing arguments against it. One of the arguments he believed most telling went like this: Christianity can’t be true, because the written accounts of the resurrection are based on the testimony of women—and we all know women are hysterical. And many of Celsus’ readers agreed: For them, that was a major problem. In ancient societies, as you know, women were marginalized, and the testimony of women was never given much credence.

The Resurrection of Jesus: The Evidential Contribution of Luke-Acts
Any discussion of the evidence for the resurrection must first ascertain what the original apostolic witnesses claimed and whether those claims are best explained by the resurrection, or by some alternative hypothesis. The contemporary discussion of the case for the resurrection has largely focused around 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, a text believed by many scholars to represent an ancient creedal tradition that Paul had received from the Jerusalem apostles and which he passed on to the believers in Corinth. [1] Paul’s words in verse 11 (“Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed”) also suggest that the message Paul presented to the Corinthians is the same as that proclaimed by the Jerusalem apostles. A popular criticism of this line of argument is that Paul makes no qualitative distinction between his own experience of the risen Jesus and those of the other apostles, using the Greek word ὤφθη to describe both. [2] Acts 9:1-9 indicates that Paul’s encounter with the risen Jesus, which took place after the ascension, did not involve the sort of physical interactions we read of the apostles having with Jesus following His death in the gospel accounts. On what basis, then, can we be confident that Paul understands the apostles to have had the sort of experiences with Jesus following His resurrection that we read of in the gospels?

A Meditation about Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday begins the Passion Week culminating in Jesus' atoning death and life-giving resurrection from the dead. It celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem riding on a young donkey. Both Matthew (21:5) and John (12:15) cite this in fulfillment of Zech 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Video: Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?
Is the Easter story a pre-scientific fable? Or can a rational, well-educated, and well-informed person think Jesus bodily rose from the dead? In this live event, Executive Director Carson Weitnauer hosts Dr. Max Baker-Hytch as he shares his personal story of approaching the evidence - and changing his own mind about the resurrection.


Video: Resurrection Throughout the Old Testament

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Audio: Is Social Media an Existential Threat?
A recent Atlantic article by social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, argues that not only is social media making us stupider, it's also threatening to tear our society apart. These are bold claims, but Haidt's evidence is compelling and worthy of a close look. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron wrestle with the article and consider its broader implications.

Audio: Grace in Common
James Eglinton, Cory Brock, Marinus de Jong, and Gray Sutanto. Four theologians and friends from four different countries talk theology, religion, public faith, culture, and more.

Sacred Spaces and the Mission of the People of God
The mountain of Sinai in Exodus 19 is set aside temporarily as God’s throne room from where He will speak and manifest His presence to all the people. This is clearly indicated by the requirements that the mountain be fenced off from the people and the clear warning that they not touch even its base (v. 12); in fact, they were to consider it holy (v. 23). God summons Moses to the mountain of His presence, and he is told to explain to the Israelites how God has delivered them from slavery to the Egyptians, “And how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me” (v3-4). This wonderful image of being carried on eagles’ wings to the Lord indicates that God has delivered them for a purpose – He is going to make covenant with them. It is important to understand the covenantal nature of all that is taking place at the mountain otherwise we cannot understand the severity of the penalties for touching the mountain – the death penalty. A covenant is two-sided. The terms are set by the Lord. But Israel is required to freely accept the terms or not, and promises to keep the Lord’s Word. The “yes” of the people here points us forward to the “Yes” of the Lord Jesus Christ, who declared as the truly obedient Israelite and Son, “Yes, Father, not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

What to Do When God Enrolls Us in the “School of Hard Knocks”
In the school of hard knocks, Paul is not our only instructor. The Bible offers a diverse array of faculty members, including the Old Testament saint Job. In the previous installments of this series, we have traced the broad contours of Job’s story. In this installment, however, we summarize what we can learn from Job’s enrollment in a PhD-level version of the school of hard knocks.

Video: The Archaeological Evidence for the Old Testament: 20 Discoveries with Titus Kennedy
What are the top archaeological discoveries that support the Old Testament? Do finds both illuminate and support the reliability of the Bible? In this video, Sean talks with field archaeologist Dr. Titus Kennedy about 20 discoveries that span the breadth of the Old Testament Scriptures. Here's the 20 finds:

0:00 Intro
2:08 Atra-Hasis (Simmonds Ark Tablet)
5:12 Code of Hammurabi
7:40 Papyrus Brooklyn
9:43 Weighing of the heart (42 Negative Confessions, Hunefer)
11:50 Nomads of Yahweh
14:04 Jericho scarab (Amenhotep III)
17:02 Merneptah Stele (aka Israel Stela)
19:36 Piym weight
21:23 Tel Dan Stele (House of David)
23:23 Khirbet Qeiyafa ostracon
25:07 Shoshenq I stele (Megiddo)
27:48 Mesha Stele (aka Moabite Stone)
29:30 Black obelisk of Shalmaneser III
31:10 Bulla of Isaiah (the prophet?)
33:00 Sennacherib Prism (Taylor Prism, Oriental Institute Prism, Jerusalem Prism)
36:06 Nebo-Sarsekim tablet
38:04 Jerusalem Chronicle (ABC 5)
39:34 Babylon “ration tablets” (Jehoiachin=Yaukin=Jeconiah)
41:31 Cylinder of Nabonidus
43:58 Geshem king of Qedar (Qaynu bowl)

Video: Cameron McAllister | The Reason of the Heart
Guest preacher Cameron McAllister opens up Acts 8 to show how the story of Simon Magus demonstrates that we are more motivated by the heart than the intellect.


Video: Let’s Pretend by C.S. Lewis Doodle (BBC Talk 23, Mere Christianity, Bk 4, Chapter 7)
C. S. Lewis asks the question, have we got rats in the basement of our soul that seem to pop out when we least expect it? What to do? C.S. Lewis has a stab at what it means to 'put off the old behaviours' & 'clothe ourselves in the new' - in Christ.


Video: Lee Strobel on Near-Death Experiences, heaven and evidence for the soul
Author and apologist Lee Strobel talks about his new documentary movie 'The Case For Heaven' and the evidence for an afterlife from accounts of Near Death Experiences, consciousness and the resurrection of Jesus.


Video: Exiles With Hope - A study in 1 Peter
"Exiles With Hope - A study in 1 Peter Teaching by [New Testament scholar] Dr. Thomas Schreiner...at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 2nd Annual Abner Creek Baptist Church Bible Conference April 1 & 2, 2022."

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Audio: EP # 118 | A Biblical Response to Perfectionism
Behavioral perfectionism – not to be confused with the doctrine sometimes referred to as Christian perfectionism or sinless perfection – is a sin many professing Christians struggle with (yes, it is a sin). But not only is the individual perfectionist affected by their behavior, so are those who are closest to them. In this episode of the Just Thinking podcast, Darrell Harrison and Virgil “Omaha” Walker leverage their experience as biblical counselors to walk you through what the Word of God, and other trusted biblical sources, have to say about dealing biblically with the issue of behavioral perfectionism toward the goal of gaining victory over it.

Did Jesus Co-Opt The Teaching Of Buddha?
The four sights experienced by Guatama Siddhartha underlie all Buddhist teachings. As the story goes, Siddhartha (or as he would come to be known, Buddha) lived a luxurious existence until one day when he left his palace and “in quick succession, met a young child full of energy and joy, followed by an old and decrepit man in great pain… a younger man who was very sick and clearly approaching the point of death… [and] a funeral procession carrying a decaying corpse.”[1] As a result of his experiences, Siddhartha went on a spiritual quest, ultimately arriving at the conclusion that the principle problem is human want.[2] The ultimate goal in Buddhism is nirvana, “to eliminate all desires or cravings, and in this way to escape suffering.”[3]

Audio: PEP Talk Podcast With Paul Woolley
In our culture, the way we present the gospel can be anything but "good news". It's worrying, disappointing, even life-diminishing news! But in a world of pandemics and Putin, how can we hold out real good news for our friends who are so desperate for it?

Video: Church: A Place for Belonging - Galatians 3:26-29 - Skip Heitzig
To belong is to be accepted. To belong is to feel secure. Without belonging, we are isolated and alone. Our greatest desire as humans is to know and be known, to love and be loved, and to feel confident that those who know and love us will be there for us through thick and thin. Mother Teresa, the tireless servant in Calcutta’s slums, said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” That is never truer than in the church. This new society that Jesus calls His church is where we find connection to God and a sense of belonging.


Video: Understanding (and Evangelizing) Radical Muslims
Dr. Jay Smith has been taking on radical Muslims for thirty years. He shares his wisdom and experiences in Africa and London.


Video: Understanding and Evangelising Jehovah's Witnesses - Phil Roberts
Jehovah’s Witnesses are a particularly aggressive and widespread alternative Christian movement. This workshop provides information and history on the JW movement. Additionally, it assists Christians in knowing how to best approach them to share the Gospel as well as to deal with objections raised by them.


Video: A New Argument for Christianity? w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund
In this video, Dr. Gavin Ortlund lays out C. S. Lewis' famous 'Liar, Lunatic, or Lord' trichotomy. This is actually a really fun argument to think about. If it works, it's another way to know that (a) God exists, and (b) Christianity is true.
 
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Dr. James R. White gives a lecture on the degradation of commitment to the biblical worldview in respect to sexuality. Christ, our Lord Himself, defines that sexuality goes beyond any "social construct" but was instituted in God's act of the creation of man and woman in the garden. To think anything other than the biblical understanding of sexuality is permissible is folly.
 
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Video: Am I Just My Brain? Facing the Canon with Sharon Dirckx
J. John recently sat down with speaker, author and former neuroscientist, Sharon Dirckx, to learn about her journey of faith and ministry. They discuss many of life’s important questions such as ‘are we just our brain?’ and even explore topics such as near-death experiences.


Video: How to Spot an Idol in Your Life - Dave Patty
We all experience times of spiritual dryness, periods where resources are low, vitality is gone, and the voice of God seems distant. Our natural inclination is to long for a break, but sometimes what we really need is a breakthrough. Hidden areas of unrecognized idolatry can sap our spiritual strength like buried infection in a body. Finding and removing these idols can result in surprising release and blessing. In this Master Class, we look at the Biblical x-ray for discovering your hidden idols, as well as the practical steps to remove them. Since false gods come in different forms, we examine the seven archetypes of idols described by Josiah in 2 Kings 23, as well has how those same idols express themselves today. The goal of this Master Class is to equip you with practical knowledge and skills for courageous idol removal in your life and in the lives of those you serve.


Video: Sinai vs. Paris: Will the coming generation choose principles or power? with Os Guinness
In the second video of our 2 part series on politics, Os Guinness talks about how having a biblical worldview should make Christians actively engaged in politics.


Video: A Seminary Professor Answers Your Toughest Questions About God
Philosophy professor Dr. Doug Groothuis joins me to take your questions live.
 
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HOW I EVOLVED ON TIM KELLER
We must, Keller convinced me, constantly explain how Christianity is not tied to any particular culture or political party, instead showing how the gospel critiques all sides. He has famously emphasized that Christianity is “neither left nor right,” instead promoting a “third way” approach that attempts to avoid tribal partisanship and the toxic culture wars in hopes that more people will give the gospel a fair hearing. If we are to “do politics,” it should be in apologetic mode.

Why is murder a crime but idolatry isn’t?
In the thread, Pastor Keller suggests that evangelicals have misread their Bibles on matters of politics. He states that “many Evangelicals have no coherent understanding of how to relate the Bible to politics.” He says evangelicals are too fast to elevate certain issues where the Bible offers no clear roadmap and draw hard lines resulting in needless division. He thus wants to prevent “disunity over debatable political differences.” For Keller, the Bible does not give a clear roadmap on how issues the Bible considers sin—such as idolatry, abortion, and same-sex marriage—should be handled in society. In Keller’s reading, because evangelicals allow for idolatry to be legal but want to make abortion illegal, this reveals a failure of principles in determining grounds for division when it comes to politics.

Audio: Every Social Order is a Theocracy
On this episode we conclude our overview of Joe Boot’s newest book, Ruler of Kings, and explain how the concept of heresy applies to political and social life outside of the church. We also lay out the difference between theocracy and ecclesiocracy, and describe how every society, from revolutionary France to modern North America, has a god-concept that demands ultimate allegiance.

Video: Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice: When Do Human Rights Kick In? | Guest: Brandan Robertson | Ep 612
Today we're happy to welcome Pastor Brandan Robertson to the show to discuss and debate the issue of abortion. Brandan represents the pro-choice side of things and gives his thoughts on Roe v. Wade being overturned as well as what he thinks laws regarding abortion should look like. We end up debating the theological and scientific question of when life begins, and although things get a little intense at times, it's so important that Christians with differing views are able to come together for civil discussion and debate.


Video: The Covert Danger of Pleasure, Victory, and Your Family Legacy - Dave Patty
These three final archetypes—Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and family gods—are also more common today than we realize. What is their nature, how do they impact us, and how can we discover and remove them? This is part 5 of a 5-part series on The Secret Path Out of Spiritual Dryness.


Video: Developing Virtue: A Christian & Atheist discuss - Dominic Done & Julian Baggini
Dominic Done is the author of the book 'Your Longing Has A Name' in which he explores the seven virtues listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7 - Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, mutual affection and love. He engages with atheist philosopher Julian Baggini, author of 'The Godless Gospel', on the differences between a Christian and secular approach to developing character.


Video: Progressive Christianity: A Defense (w/ Randal Rauser)
Randal Rauser recently published a book defending "Progressive Christianity." In this interview, we discuss his book and how the conversation might look going forward.


Video: Atheists, Evidence and God
Atheists, Evidence and God: A conversation with J. Warner Wallace, a former homicide detective who looks at the life and resurrection of Jesus with the tools of cold-case criminal investigation.


Video: John MacArthur | The Temptations, Trials & Triumphs of Pastoral Ministry | 2022 G3 Pre-conference
 
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Bring back Christianity
Around 5,000 years ago, humans mastered writing. This marked the transition from prehistory to history. It’s a fraught calculation, but there have been around 80 billion individuals in this historical period. The most famous is Jesus, whose birth is celebrated in the world’s biggest annual festival and also sets our calendar. Jesus is so big it’s difficult to soberly assess his impact. Perhaps a useful tool could be to imagine someone like Jesus, but with a nondescript name that isn’t glazed over because of omnipresent familiarity – a name like Doug.

Audio: MIDDLE EAST: God’s Kingdom is Coming
Throughout the Middle East, Muslims are surrendering their lives to Christ—in spite of family pressure and overt persecution. VOM’s Middle East regional leader, Aaron Miller, shares stories from the region, and how we can pray for Christian brothers and sisters there. Join as Aaron discusses the situation for church planting in Turkey and the persecution in a place where being Muslim is seen as part of one’s national identity. You’ll also hear about a young husband who was training to be an Imam, qualified to teach the Quran, but has become a devoted follower of Christ. Facing persecution from their family, he and his wife have found a new family through fellow believers. Aaron will also share the intensity of persecution in Iraq, where lawlessness runs rampant. He will equip us to pray for the believers there. There are many individual cases of persecution—often coming from one’s own family. Aaron shares the heartbreaking story of a young daughter persecuted by her own father—all to punish her mother for leaving Islam to follow Jesus. Aaron reminds us that as God’s Kingdom advances, the enemy will fight back. Yet we see God’s kingdom prevailing and spreading throughout the Middle East. Pray for these dear families and churches living for Christ in spite of the cost. Pray for gospel workers in the region, and for VOM international ministry staff, that they would be renewed in their faith as they see and hear stories of persecution and seek to encourage believers living through it.


Video: After Babel: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World with Andy Crouch & Jonathan Haidt
"We were made for relationship — to be seen, loved, known, and committed to others. And yet we increasingly find ourselves, in the words of our guest, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, whose recent Atlantic article has ignited a national conversation on social media: “disoriented, unable to speak the same language or recognize the same truth. We are cut off from one another and from the past.” As we have grown increasingly reliant on technology and social media, he notes, “something has gone terribly wrong.” In his most recent book, The Life We’re Looking For, bestselling author and Praxis partner Andy Crouch explores how the technology era has seduced us with a false vision of human flourishing—and how each of us can fight back, and restore true community. We were excited to welcome Jonathan Haidt and Andy Crouch for a broad-ranging discussion on the seismic effects of our technology on our personal relationships, civic institutions, and even democratic foundations — and how we might approach rethinking our technologies and reclaiming human connection."


Video: A Conversation with an Almost Witch
Did you know that before Amy was a Mama Bear, she was almost a witch?!?! Yeah, I didn’t either, until we had a conversation last July at Hillary’s house. Thank You God for pursuing her and wooing her back! I can’t imagine where Mama Bear would be without her. We’re changing things up for this episode. I am Mama Bear Apologetics’ Executive Director, Lindsey Medenwaldt, and I’ll be interviewing Mama Bear’s podcast co-host, Amy Davison, about her experiences with Wicca. It is such a good reminder that God can (and will!) use all things, even a shady past, to bring Himself glory and to equip the church.


Video: Are Abortion "Right" Done? Analysis of the Leaked SCOTUS Ruling (with Dr. Scott Rae)
Is the Supreme Court set to overturn Roe vs. Wade? If so, what would this mean for the abortion debate, pro-life movement, and the right to an abortion. In this video, I am joined by Dr. Scott Rae, one of the leading Christian ethicists today.


Video: Experts, Utopia, Globalism and the Kingdom of God - Conversation with Joe Boot
For this week's episode, Church of England vicar Jamie Franklin was joined by The Rev'd Dr Joseph Boot to talk about issues arising from his new book Ruler of Kings: Towards a Christian Vision of Government . We talked about the cult of the expert, our propensity in the wake of the rejection of a Christian culture to deify the state and to thereby attempt to create a globalist utopian on the earth, and a Christian view of government which includes institutions possessing their own integrity and the right to exist independently of the state. We also spoke about the role of the law of God in society and how we might conceive of a Christian culture that eschews the putative neutrality of the secular realm.


Video: The Walk of the True Christian, Part 1 (Ephesians 4:25-32)
 

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Anyone going to see The Harbingers of Thing To Come this Thursday?

Really amazing stuff for those who have evidence based doubts. The books have shown so much that is very difficult to dismiss as coincidence.
 
Anyone going to see The Harbingers of Thing To Come this Thursday?

Really amazing stuff for those who have evidence based doubts. The books have shown so much that is very difficult to dismiss as coincidence.

Didn't know about this film until now. Will see it when it's streaming:

Is it possible that what has happened to the United States and the world, from COVID-19 to 9/11, are part of an ancient mystery? Is it a warning? Does the mystery tell us what is yet to come? Do we have the key to uncover it? New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Cahn takes audiences on an epic journey from an island off of Massachusetts Bay to the Supreme Court, from Ground Zero, through the New York Harbor, to the Statue of Liberty to uncover this stunning mystery. Uncover… • The ancient signs that warn of impending calamity • The mystery that goes back to the prophet Jeremiah that pinpointed 2020 as the year a plague would come to America • The harbingers that appeared in the last days of an ancient nation that have now appeared on American soil • What all these things reveal about what is still to come • The key, the hope, and what you need to know about the future.
 
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Video: You Probably Should Have Read The Bible | Jordan Peterson at Franciscan University of Steubenville
In this speech at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Jordan shared recent thoughts on ethics, scripture, and the problem of perception. He asked the audience to reflect on how we remember great stories (but seem to instantly forget bad ones), why Western culture ended up being a book (instead of—say—a sickle), and whether the West truly is a “phallogocentric" culture. All of this, Jordan says, tied to a broader possibility—perhaps his “most radical claim"—that, as we navigate the value structures we call reality, a lot of so-called “navigational” problems are really veiled ethical ones.


Video: This Lesson From The Bible Will Make You Unstoppable | Jordan Peterson at Franciscan University
This episode was recorded on April 4, 2022. I discussed gratitude, faith, and suffering in this conversation at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. How can we be sure that pain is a solid guiding principle as we navigate the world? What is the underlying structure of pain, and what does it point at? We also touched on a myriad of topics around those central themes, such as sin and the symbol of the snake, giving advice, resurrection, the relationship between faith and suffering, evil, the effect we have on others, and sunsets.


Video: Strange New World - an interview with Carl Trueman
As Christians in the 21st century UK, we can feel increasingly out of step with the culture, particularly in the distinctly sexual direction of present-day identity politics. Living in this "strange new world," there's a temptation to despair or to get angry. However, neither of those reactions are faithful ways to represent the Lord Jesus. Instead, we can better respond to this new cultural moment if first we understand what has changed and why. Someone who can help us understand the changes and think through our responses is Dr Carl Trueman, author of "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self" and "Strange New World". In this interview with Solas Associate David Nixon, he explains some of the highlights and insights contained in those important books.


Video: Cameron Bertuzzi & James White Discuss Catholicism
In this video, Cameron Bertuzzi and James White discuss the papacy, White's top objections to Catholicism, and more!


Video: C. S. Lewis - The Necessity of Chivalry


Video: C. S. Lewis - The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment
 
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The Trinity
In the gospel, God reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As such, the Trinity is the real content and conceptual framework of the Christian faith. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united in being and differentiated by their eternal relations: the Father eternally begets the Son; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit is the bond of their love. When God acts outside himself in creating and saving, the persons act in unity—from the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Overcoming Defeat - Joshua 8:1-29 - Al Pittman
In Joshua 8, Israel emerges victorious through faith after a devastating defeat at Ai. Rising from the ashes of defeat, failure, or a fall can test our faith, but as "more than conquerors through [Jesus]" (Romans 8:37), we can experience deliverance when we hold fast to the promises of God. In this message, Pastor Al Pittman reminds us that we do not have to be afraid or dismayed because God is with us.


A Christian and an Atheist Discuss Media, Culture, and Religion (with Adam Davidson)
Can a Christian professor and an "atheist New York media elite" have a constructive conversation? Can they find common ground? Sean talks with Adam Davidson, an American journalist who has written for the New York Times, New Yorker, MSNBC, Slate Magazine and more. They discuss culture, religion, and the media.


How to Share Your Faith with Skeptics (w/ Cameron Bertuzzi)
In this talk, I share 3 keys that can help you have a successful conversation with any skeptic. In fact, if you master these 3 keys, I'm confident that you can have productive conversations with just about anyone.


The Pro-Life Movement Debate
Sometimes pro-life activists are criticized for only caring about vulnerable life in the womb, but caring little about vulnerable lives outside the womb. Is this a fair critique, and are there ways the pro-life movement should be more expansive in its efforts to celebrate the sanctity of life? For Christians, do the theological and moral foundations of the pro-life argument (e.g. imago Dei) call us to align with other causes (e.g. fighting racism and social injustice, climate change, and so on) that might break rank with political coalitions typically aligned with pro-life policy? Or is there an argument to be made that a narrowly focused pro-life movement is essential and that expanding focus can be counterproductive?


Discussing World Religions w/ Dr. Tyler McNabb
In this interview, I sit down with Dr. Tyler McNabb to discuss which other world religions are actually consistent or compatible with theism.


Carl Trueman - What is the modern self?
Dr. Carl Trueman. Dr. Trueman is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is a contributing editor at First Things, an esteemed church historian, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the best seller “The Rise and Fall of the Modern Self.” In this episode, Dr. Trueman explains the evolution of thought that led us to where we are today in a highly politicized and sexualized world.

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Video: Rediscovering Faith in a Culture of Chaos - Dr. Os Guinness
Dr. Os Guinness shares deep insights into the current chaos in the United States in what is a cultural revolution. Guinness observes a crisis of freedom, a shift in the past fifty years toward the radical left, which has more in common with the French Revolution of 1789 than the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt (The Sinai Revolution of faith) in the Old Testament. He inspires believers to be agents of justice and compassion, offering solutions for the restoration of true freedom, which leads to peace and order in society.


Video: Richard Dawkins & Francis Collins: Biology, Belief and Covid
Richard Dawkins is emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and author of the best-selling atheist book 'The God Delusion'. Francis Collins is the former head of the Human Genome Project and National Institutes of Health, currently serving as Science Advisor to the President and author of 'The Language of God: A scientist presents evidence for belief'. They discuss their journeys towards and away from faith, Covid, genetics, evolution, the origin of the universe, evil, morality and God in a wide ranging conversation with Justin Brierley.


Video: Faith in an Empirical World: An Online Conversation with Ard Louis and Tremper Longman
We live in an era where science and faith are widely believed to be in conflict. A spreading materialism asserts, even assumes, that only empirical knowledge is reliable, and denigrates ways of understanding reality beyond the quantitative. Others believe that the realms of science and religion are entirely separate — each with interesting things to say, but nothing to say to each other. In this Online Conversation, we’ll offer a different hypothesis: that science and faith actually have things to say to each other and to us in enabling us to better understand ourselves, our minds, our world, and its originator and designer. And that contemplating the complexity of our Cosmos, and the mystery of our self and soul, may cultivate a new sense of wonder, awe, and even worship – a doxology amidst discovery.


Video: Faith and Reason: Basic Apologetics Course with Art Lindsley (HD)
Os Guinness wrote that faith in Christ is much more than rational but certainly not less than rational. The relationship between reason and faith has been hotly debated in intellectual circles. Some say that reason is the only way to go because faith is utterly without reason or evidence (modernists or rationalists). Others say that we should believe solely by faith in the absence of any reasons (fideists). Still others see a compatibility between faith and reason with different emphases on one or the other. C.S. Lewis and others have argued that there is enough evidence (reasons) available to lead to the psychological exclusion of doubt, though not the logical exclusion of dispute. He believed that the weight of evidence was for, rather than against, Christianity. This lecture explores these various views, some biblical passages on faith and evidence, and how to address various types of doubt in yourself or in others.


Video: Hanging On When You Feel Like Giving Up
As with all Christians, pastors and elders will experience suffering. Indeed, shepherds of God’s flock face particular challenges and griefs. In this session, Alistair Begg exhorts church leaders to shoulder their responsibilities with hope of eternal rewards. It will not be in this world that pastors find glory for their humility, service, and resistance of Satan—but while they labor here on earth, God strengthens and establishes men’s hearts for their part in His kingdom work.


Video: “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified”
While pastors have the ministry of preaching the Gospel, men can talk about the cross in ways that empty it of its power. In this message, Alistair Begg explains how the apostle Paul embraced his weakness as a vehicle for the Gospel and encourages pastors to pray for the gift of studied simplicity. True salvation and redemption for sinners can only be found in one place: the cross of Christ. Therefore, it must be the central message from the pulpit.
 
I was raised Christian. Fell out/thought myself out of it in college. I have so many doubts, and can't find rationale to fully believe in Christianity over other religions or ideologies. I'd really like to believe, considering how much peace it brings people. And because if Hell is real, I'd prefer not to go there. Is this relatable to anybody? Any tricks I could pull on myself to become a true believer? Self-hypnosis, maybe?
 

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I was raised Christian. Fell out/thought myself out of it in college. I have so many doubts, and can't find rationale to fully believe in Christianity over other religions or ideologies. I'd really like to believe, considering how much peace it brings people. And because if Hell is real, I'd prefer not to go there. Is this relatable to anybody? Any tricks I could pull on myself to become a true believer? Self-hypnosis, maybe?
If you message me I will do my best to help you.

Looking through a few pages I see this topic dominated by Calvinists so I'm not sure if you will get the help you seek asking here.
 

"The belief that liberal values are on “the right side of history” is a confession of faith, asserted against an accumulating body of evidence. Liberal societies are by-products of western monotheism, which underpinned the practice of toleration with the belief that it was mandated by God. Generations of secular thinkers have attempted to detach liberalism from its theistic base. But decoupling the universal claims of liberalism from monotheism is easier said than done. Secular liberals believe history is moving in the direction of their values. Yet without a guiding providence of the sort imagined by monotheists, history has no direction." (Atheist John Gray, former professor of European thought at the London School for Economics, 9/4/18)

“Everyone is religious. Every religion points to something that is ultimate. Your religion points to what really most matters to you. Even if you just live for yourself and you say the only thing that matters to me is that I’m free to choose what I want to do with my life, then your freedom now is the ultimate thing. Your freedom is like your god. It’s what you put your faith in and your hope in as well as your own competence to make decisions about how to live life. So if you’re living for your own freedom, or if you’re living for your family, or you’re living for your nation or you’re living for God, or you’re living for a certain kind of god, that affects the way in which you live. Everybody has to serve something as their ultimate hope and meaning in life. Therefore everyone is religious.” (Tim Keller)
 

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I was raised Christian. Fell out/thought myself out of it in college. I have so many doubts, and can't find rationale to fully believe in Christianity over other religions or ideologies. I'd really like to believe, considering how much peace it brings people. And because if Hell is real, I'd prefer not to go there. Is this relatable to anybody? Any tricks I could pull on myself to become a true believer? Self-hypnosis, maybe?
Not sure if you're serious with the self hypnosis comment. But you shouldn't have to do anything like that. A good starting point would be where you left off, i.e. sniff around at practices / resources you were raised in. You will never find a fully rational reason to believe in Christianity over other religions or ideologies.

I'm a practicing Catholic (which many people around here might not believe), and I can say that having read through parts of the catechism, etc., the theological basis/rationale for the church's positions is extremely deep and well thought out. It's like a complicated legal code. But it's all based in and requires a faith in scripture to take seriously. Without taking a leap of faith to begin with, much of that can be disregarded (and has been by the secular world).
 
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Not sure if you're serious with the self hypnosis comment. But you shouldn't have to do anything like that. A good starting point would be where you left off, i.e. sniff around at practices / resources you were raised in. You will never find a fully rational reason to believe in Christianity over other religions or ideologies.

I'm a practicing Catholic (which many people around here might not believe), and I can say that having read through parts of the catechism, etc., the theological basis/rationale for the church's positions is extremely deep and well thought out. It's like a complicated legal code. But it's all based in and requires a faith in scripture to take seriously. Without taking a leap of faith to begin with, much of that can be disregarded (and has been by the secular world).
Thanks. I was trying to be light-heartedly ironic on the self-hypnosis part, but reading it back, it didn't come across that way. My B.

The leap of faith. That's the part I struggle with. I know I'm not the first to say it, but what's to say the leap of faith into Christianity is the right choice when you could take also take a leap into Scientoglogy or anything else, really. I will say that something Christianity has going for it (to me) is that I can easily see a society fully ascribing to its tenets being a very nice place to live in. An actual Heaven on Earth if we could ever pull it off. New Testament, that is. Some of the Old seems a little sus.
 
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Thanks. I was trying to be light-heartedly ironic on the self-hypnosis part, but reading it back, it didn't come across that way. My B.

The leap of faith. That's the part I struggle with. I know I'm not the first to say it, but what's to say the leap of faith into Christianity is the right choice when you could take also take a leap into Scientoglogy or anything else, really. I will say that something Christianity has going for it (to me) is that I can easily see a society fully ascribing to its tenets being a very nice place to live in. An actual Heaven on Earth if we could ever pull it off. New Testament, that is. Some of the Old seems a little sus.
The Old is definitely a little sus, but you have to keep in mind that it was written for brutal people in a brutal world, and was supplanted by the New Testament. I think the Catholic church actually teaches that while the Old Testament is still true and from God, it has to be taken with a grain of salt because it was the guidance that God gave to the Jews so they would became the people he wanted them to and lead into Christianity (you should look into that yourself if you want to, I'm not an expert).

You are definitely not in the wrong to question, seek, and figure out what you want to believe in or not. That's a big part of why I ended up going back to Catholicism myself after a long hiatus.
 

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I have phonetically professed Jesus as my saviour. Does this truly mean I believe what I have said? No. For me it really does take a leap of faith because I've never had this revealing "Ah ha!" moment that some people seem to have. Did Jesus truly raise from the dead? How can I intellectually believe that? It's pretty crazy.

But.

A sperm and an egg joining together and forming a human is pretty crazy. Atoms and stuff joining together to form things is pretty crazy. For every answer we come to from our observations there's always the "But why?" question. At the end of it all I see no other explanation than God. Whether or not I can truly believe Jesus is the only way to God is a question I'll likely wrestle with for the rest of my life.

There are many ways to interpret The Bible and I'm not prepared to say any human interpretation is the correct one.

My interpretation of how the Old Testament has been explained to me is that it shows how sinful and defiant we are. Near the beginning Adam stood back and let Eve taste test the forbidden fruit. Then, when they were caught, he blamed both God and Eve for his own mistake. I can certainly see myself in Adam.
 

Amiga

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I was raised Christian. Fell out/thought myself out of it in college. I have so many doubts, and can't find rationale to fully believe in Christianity over other religions or ideologies. I'd really like to believe, considering how much peace it brings people. And because if Hell is real, I'd prefer not to go there. Is this relatable to anybody? Any tricks I could pull on myself to become a true believer? Self-hypnosis, maybe?

Ask God directly for guidance. Honestly try. All you can do is have a sincere reason for your choices. And while the splits of religion cannot be cleared and mended. There is no excuse to ignore the moral codes. God let theology be disputed, but the moral codes have been retained between Abrahamic religions.
 
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Video: A French Atheist Becomes a Christian (Guillaume Bignon)
Why would a French atheist become a follower of Jesus? What convinced him Christianity was true, and how did it change his life? In this video, Sean talks with Guillaume Bignon, author of Confessions of A French Atheist, from being a volleyball star and rock star to a Christian.


Video: Debate: How Should Churches Address Racial Injustice?
Few issues have divided the church in recent years more than the topic of race and justice. Even if there is agreement that injustice and systemic racism still exist, approaches to address these issues sharply divide many Christians. For churches and Christians who believe silence and apathy are not biblical options on this topic, but who are confused and frustrated about the best way forward, what should they consider? What are the best things Christians and churches can do to help bring necessary change?


Video: Debate: Woke Church
The “woke” debates have fractured the church like little else in recent years. On one side are Christians who believe Scripture demands the church lead the way in addressing topics like racism, injustice, gender inequality, poverty, and climate change. On the other are Christians who accuse the “woke” gospel of just being a new generation of the “social” gospel, which in previous iterations often meant gradual theological compromise. What are we talking about when we use the word “woke”? And which should be the bigger concern for the church today: caring too little about activism on the social issues of the day, or caring too much about the wrong issues?


Video: Debate: Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms
The issue of gun control and 2nd Amendment rights is one of the most intractable, polarizing topics in contemporary America. Because it is such a partisan issue, many Christians naturally view the topic through that lens. But is there a Christian lens through which to evaluate the debate? If Christian ethics are brought to bear on the issue, what is the more biblical position? More restrictive gun control or more individual freedom to bear arms?


Video: Death, Dying, and What Comes Next: A conversation on religious practice and palliative care
"A moderated panel with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim physicians sharing how religion affects views on the afterlife. With a specific emphasis on palliative care, we hope to dive deeper into how different religions view life after death, how faith affects daily interactions with patients and difficult decisions that faith-identifying doctors had to face in medical practice." (Recorded at Harvard Medical School on 5/23/22)


Video: Doug Wilson & Michael Brown: Are the gifts of the Spirit still in operation?
The charismatic church is the fastest-growing part of the global church. But not all Christians believe gifts of tongues, prophecy, and healing are for today. Doug Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho is a cessationist. He believes the charismatic gifts ceased with the closure of scripture. He engages with Michael Brown, host of the Line of Fire radio show and proponent of prophecy and charismatic gifts.


Video: You May Not Want to Look!
Prompted by prolonged famine, King David sought the Lord for an explanation. Once he received it, though, he sought human counsel for the cure. The result was heartbreaking devastation, particularly for one family. Alistair Begg explains that while the world we live in is beautiful, it can also be harsh and cruel—a fact that, as Christians, we must confront. King David’s endeavors to deal with sin and brokenness were totally inadequate, as are our own. In Jesus, however, we have a perfect King in whom God’s just wrath has been fully satisfied.


 
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Article: Have You Ever Wondered Why We Treat Sex As Something Sacred?
It seems like our culture is obsessed with sex. It’s at the heart of TV shows like Sex in the City, The L Word, Sex Education and Heartstopper. Scandals about illicit romantic liaisons of the rich and famous always make the headlines. Naked Attraction, Love Island, Celebs Go Dating and Married at First Sight are typical viewing fodder because they are guaranteed to boost ratings. Advertisers cynically use sex to flog cars, perfumes and even bread because sex sells right? Magazine problem pages and online forums are full of sexual angst. Are we getting enough? Too much? Are we doing it right? How can we improve our performance?

Video: Debate: Is “Evangelical” a Political or Theological Identity?
What is an “evangelical”? Whatever the term meant historically, what does it mean today? To some ears, the term brings to mind MAGA hats more than church pews. To others, the term connotes certain theological commitments and missional postures. Has the term outlived its usefulness by taking on a meaning far from its original usage? How should faithful Christians use or not use “evangelical” as an identifying term?


Video: Church: A Place for Purpose - Ephesians 2 - Skip Heitzig
Some of the biggest questions people ask have to do with purpose: Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? What is my purpose? The Bible of course answers all the big questions about life, these included. Today we consider the journey we take from pointlessness to purpose, especially as we engage in the work God has for us in His church. Since the church has always been central in God’s plan (see Matthew 16:18), our greatest sense of purpose comes by fulfilling our part in it.


Video: A Critique of Feminism w/ Dr Abigail Favale
00:00 Start
4:46 Tattoos
13:06 Background and journey
19:02 Contraception
21:01 Conversion story
31:23 Hate mail
32:51 What is wrong with feminism
36:22 What is feminism (first and second wave)
52:09 Strategic feminist
58:44 Edith Stein on women (three different orders and JP2)
1:04:33 Pornification and Pro abortion
1:09:32 Ephesians 5 (and Homily 20 on Ephesians of St. John Chrysostom)
1:14:23 Sacramental Catholic theology
1:21:48 Three ways in which men and women relate
1:41:03-1:48:50 Break (Lofi Music)
1:52:42 Apologetics (and women apologists)
2:07:18 Cultivating femininity (Start of Q&A)
2:15:02 Desire
2:17:09 How to raise a strong Catholic woman
2:19:40 First wave feminists (Erika Bachiochi)
2:21:31 Call to action
2:30:06 Family decision making
2:40:20 The biggest lie of feminism
2:41:04 Ideologies in higher education
2:46:25 Favourite saints
2:49:38 Best way to get people to question their beliefs
2:51:37 Genesis of gender (book)
3:01:31 Video games


Video: Eastern Christianity, St Thomas Aquinas & The Immaculate Conception w/ Fr. Christiaan Kappes
00:00 Start
0:49 Aquinas translated into Classical Greek (after 1354AD)
2:09 Transition to Eastern Culture
2:48 Ruthenian (and the type of people drawn in)
7:49 Devotions and sacramentals
14:13 Blanket spiritual program is not endorsed
16:55 SSPX (and Vatican 2)
20:27 How the Eastern churches came back into union with Rome
23:03 Speculation on the trajectory of the liturgy wars (and male spiritual leadership)
32:56 Doctoral dissertation on the reform of the Tridentine Mass into a transitional form
42:30 What would Fr. Christiaan Kappes do if he were Pope
56:20 Orthodox (and conditions for giving communion to an Orthodox)
1:11:21 Thomas Aquinas and Infant Communion (and Aquinas on intellect and will)
1:24:15 Thomas Aquinas and Immaculate Conception (and Corpus Thomisticum)
1:29:58 Books of Sentences of Peter Lombard (and purification)
1:38:52 String of quotes on Holy Virgin
1:47:27 Protoevangelium of James (and age of Mary)
1:48:11 Translation of Luke 1:46-47
1:54:15 Tradition
1:56:36 Aquinas‘s angelical salutation
1:59:20 Absolute primary of Christ (and the incarnation)
2:10:15 Duns Scotus (and Bonaventure’s arguments for the existence of God)
2:22:10 Orthodox and Immaculate Conception (and co-mediatrix)
2:30:02-2:24:37 Break music
2:35:37 Why can Eastern priests be married and permanent deacons (Start of Q&A)
21:41:56 What the church teaches on ecumenism
2:45:28 What are some things you can do to build unity
2:49:50 Ethnophilism
2:52:49 Eastern Orthodox interpretations of Matthew 16:18
2:57:56 What can Latin and Eastern Catholics learn from each other
3:01:02 Books by Fr. Christiaan Kappes (and rocks my socks)


Video: India, Europe and the Biblical Revolution | Vishal Mangalwadi & Jordan Peterson
Vishal Mangalwadi and I discuss the history of India and the role the Bible played in shaping it as a country. We explore the influence of missionaries, India's caste system, power, the impact of the British empire on slavery, widow burning and infanticide, the revolutionary nature of the distribution of the Bible, and more. Vishal Mangalwadi is a social reformer, political columnist, Indian Christian philosopher, writer, and lecturer. He is the author of 20 books, including The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization.


Video: Rowan Williams & Paul Kingsnorth: Conversion, Culture, and the Cross
Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury engages with author Paul Kingsnorth on his adult conversion to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Paul and Rowan talk about the spiritual longings that still exist under the surface of secular culture and whether ancient forms of Christianity may provide answers to today’s generation.


Video: Confused, Alone, & Without Purpose: Reaching & Discipling Europe's Secularised Youth - L. Greenwood
The current urban population, connected by consumerism, social media, and the entertainment industry, forms the largest global youth culture ever to exist. It spans the globe, sharing the same values, listening to the same music, watching the same movies, and sharing the same posts. They do not look to the church for answers but believe it to be a dead and empty tradition of the past. But God’s heart is broken for this lost generation and we need to make the message of his love accessible to them. In this talk, we spark a discussion on how to start missional, evangelistic, and discipling movements in secularised cities, sent from the local church.


Video: How the Multiverse Points to God: A Conversation with Stephen Meyer
What is the evidence for the multiverse? If real, what implications would it have for the existence of God? In this conversation, Dr. Stephen Meyer raises significant questions for the existence of the multiverse, but argues that even if it did exist, it would point to design.
 

Pride Month celebrates sexual behavior condemned by the church, but couples that celebration with increasing social pressure to join in the affirmation. Undeniably, this demand arises in part because of past hurt and mistreatment on the part of Christians. Add to this the dynamics of zero sum culture warring and we have a recipe for increasing levels of weariness, confusion, and occasional hostility. How do we as Christians respond to these dynamics? How do we keep before our minds at all times that we inhabit a world filled not with cultural or ideological opponents, but neighbors.

Video: The Alphabet Soup Nazis | Doug Wilson & James White
In this episode of The Sweater Vest Dialogues, Pastor Doug Wilson and Dr James White discuss the rise of the alphabet soup nazis.
 
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Video: Professor Alister McGrath - On The Trinity
"Many Christians, as well as many outside the church, find the doctrine of the trinity baffling. In this lecture, Professor Alister McGrath will open up this area of Christian doctrine, exploring why Christians have found this way of thinking about God to be both helpful and important. Drawing on writers such as C.S Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers, McGrath will develop approaches to the Trinity that are easy to grasp and help us understand exactly why the Christian Church has found the doctrine of the Trinity so rich and rewarding."


Video: Progressive Christianity: A Biblical Response (with Michael Kruger)
What are the ten commandments of progressive Christianity? Based on a list of ten principles put forth by an influential progressive Christian, Dr. Michael Kruger offers a diagnosis and critique of progressive Christianity.


Video: The Dr. Jeff Show Ep. 67 - J. Warner Wallace
Cold case detective J. Warner Wallace encourages faithfulness over popularity, and discusses his new book on the profound positive cultural impact evidencing the historicity of Jesus.


Video: Compassion and Courage in Chaotic Times - Os Guinness with Jason Daye
How can we best invite people to explore the deep questions of life, meaning, and faith? In this week's conversation on FrontStage BackStage, host Jason Daye is joined by scholar, author, and Christ-follower, Os Guinness, as they explore this question, and look at what it takes to share the love, the hope, and the truth of Jesus in today's ever-changing world.


Video: BreakPoint - John Stonestreet and Os Guinness Q&A From Wilberforce Weekend
John and Os Guinness discuss the privatization of faith, if Americans should support revolution or revival in this cultural moment, and what Christians should do with public school. They also answer a host of other questions from the audience at Wilberforce Weekend this year asked by Michael Craven, Vice President of Equipping and Mobilization at the Colson Center.
 

An apocalyptic mood is dominating our cultural landscape. Whether the perceived crisis is spiritual, political, or ecological, many of us find ourselves in an increasingly pessimistic frame of mind. Frequently, said pessimism masquerades as realism--"This is just the way things are. I call 'em as I see 'em." Since the tone of Thinking Out Loud is overwhelmingly hopeful, it's worth asking: Are we simply out of touch? Naive? Hopeless romantics of a sort? Worse, are we guilty of downplaying threats to the church? This episode offers an explanation of why we think the hopeful tone is more responsible, reasonable, and realistic.
 
A lot of trouble likely lay ahead. The rumors are we are nearing peak fossil fuels. Also some say food scarcity may even be a few months away, and global economic collapse is around the corner. At the same time despite some doubting technological progress, impressive progress is still being made behind the scenes. It is likely if we can get through the dark times ahead, which I think we will, a grand future awaits us.
 
Video: Iain McGilchrist & Sharon Dirckx • Brain science, consciousness & God
"What does the science of brain chemistry and consciousness tell us about the nature of our mind and our cosmos? Recorded live at The British Library London, leading psychiatrist and philosopher Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of the influential books ‘The Master and his Emissary’ and 'The Matter With Things' engages in conversation with Christian neuroscientist Dr Sharon Dirckx author of 'Am I Just My Brain?'. They discuss brain science, consciousness and God." (6/15/22)


The strange afterlife of New Atheism
"New Atheism is dead, but the materialism that underwrote it lives on more powerfully and subtly than ever. The curious sort of pugnacious integrity has gone, replaced with a far more pragmatic and amorphous spirit appropriate to the age of liquid modernity. The New Atheists were perversely very concerned with questions of metaphysics and epistemology, whereas a newer generation of materialists of both left and right are concerned only with power, not capital “T” Truth. In many respects the neoconservative and New Atheist moment of the 2000s was, however perversely, the last gasp of idealistic, traditionally religious politics that prioritised truth over power, and imagined that society was united by a shared rationality and sense of the common good. But they also served to destroy the civilisation of which they were the final embodiment — and have left only sophistry and cynicism as their legacy." (Sebastian Milbank, PhD Candidate in the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity, 6/15/22)

Video: A Christian Response to Wokeness (FULL VIDEO) | Noelle Mering | Leadership Institute
Noelle Mering, author of "Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology," shares with the Leadership Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville how Christians should respond to woke ideology in today’s culture.


Video: 20 Questions with Pastor Mike (Episode 75)
Question Time Stamps for Quick Reference:
0:00 - Intro
1. 0:14 {Can Christians ever Sue Christians?} Does 1 Corinthians 6 prohibit believers from ever taking other believers to court? Is there ever an appropriate time to take a brother “before unbelievers”?
2. 20:43 {Working for God Without Selfishness} How can I do work for God to receive a reward but not be seeking to put myself first, such as in Luke 22: 24-30?
3. 25:50 {Are Secret Churches “Denying God Before Men?”} Do secret churches in countries where Christianity is illegal contradict Matthew 10: 32-33?
4. 28:50 {Is Rapture Theology Biblical?} Is it true that rapture theology didn't exist before the 19th century and that it’s a relatively modern interpretation?
5. 33:00 {Anxiety about Hell} I've become anxious about the thought of eternal torment in Hell. If that's the punishment for our sins, wouldn't it have been best for unbelievers never to be born?
6. 39:30 {Understanding Philippians 4} Philippians 4:8 confuses me because so many true things are none of the other things on the list. A lot of truth is just the opposite. I read books about true things that are not the other things.
7. 44:03 {Is Eternal Subordinationism Biblical?} I read recently that the idea that God the Son has been eternally submissive to God the Father is heresy (Arianism). Is that true? Was Jesus only temporarily submissive to God the Father while on Earth?
8. 47:32 {Prayer for a Struggling Marriage} Would you please pray for my wife and I? I know it's a vague request without much detail, but we are struggling in our marriage and prayers are much needed.
9. 48:53 {Balancing Duties as a Young Leader} I am a full time high school/youth pastor whose role involves a lot of leadership and administrative duties. As a young person, I find it challenging and catch myself trying to overcompensate. Advice?
10. 51:28 {Breaking the Sin Cycle of Lust} I’m a 15 year old that has struggled with lust for such a long time, and I honestly don’t know what to do anymore. It feels like I will never get out of this constant sin cycle. Could you please help me?
11. 54:37 {Dealing with Toxic People} What biblical counsel would you give for dealing with toxic people, especially Christian family members you live with, who are oftentimes mentally and emotionally unhealthy to be around?
13. 58:18 {Why Would God Give us our Heart’s Desires?} Why would God give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4) if the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9)?
14. 1:04:56 {About OT Sacrifices} In the Old Testament sacrificial system, there seems to be a lot of required sacrifices. How often were those sacrifices required, and who was required to offer them? Was it just the heads of households?
15. 1:07:24 {Volunteering vs. Getting a Paying Job?} I'm 31, living with my unbelieving parents. They're pushing me to get a real job, but I feel I should continue volunteering to keep a Foundation alive that's barely holding on. Any biblical advice?
16. 1:11:05 {About the Joy of the Lord} What is the “joy of the Lord,” and how is it our strength?
17. 1:13:48 {Can we be Refilled with the Spirit?} Is it unbiblical to ask for a "refilling of the Holy Spirit"? Don't we already have Him living inside us? I hear this a lot at my church, and I don't know what to think of it.
18. 1:16:57 {The Descriptions of Jesus in Scripture} After reading Daniel 10 and Revelation 1, I was wondering what the connection is between the descriptions of the visions. The description of Jesus in Revelation is so similar to the description given in Daniel 10.
19. 1:19:13 {When Israel is Mentioned in Scripture} In the Bible, when Israel is mentioned in the context, is it referring more to the people or to the land (country)? (Ex: Romans 11:26)
20. 1:22:43 {When Science Cannot Answer} As a new Christian who was raised to follow science first, how can we extract the most knowledge out of the parts of the Old Testament that we cannot fathom/science cannot yet answer?

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I have phonetically professed Jesus as my saviour. Does this truly mean I believe what I have said? No. For me it really does take a leap of faith because I've never had this revealing "Ah ha!" moment that some people seem to have. Did Jesus truly raise from the dead? How can I intellectually believe that? It's pretty crazy.

But.

A sperm and an egg joining together and forming a human is pretty crazy. Atoms and stuff joining together to form things is pretty crazy. For every answer we come to from our observations there's always the "But why?" question. At the end of it all I see no other explanation than God. Whether or not I can truly believe Jesus is the only way to God is a question I'll likely wrestle with for the rest of my life.
Nothing wrong with that.

(Nearly) Everybody struggles. Even most people I've met with *Aha* moments. Even if you were witness to something that can be interpreted as a miracle. Be they Saints, Church Leaders or whatever. Wrestling with god and questions related to god, just like with a family member, can be prove in itself that you have a relationship with him.

I'm more sceptical of people that don't.
 
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While the philosopher comments that miracles might not make sense, I do think they do. From what I understand the laws of physics do not prohibit miracles. Quantum laws suggests it is extremely rare for extraordinary events to happen, but it is conceivable either the probabilities are wrong somehow, or that God can perform them regardless. Still some miracles don't necessarily require that rare of an event, spontaneous cancer remissions, cures from autoimmune conditions, these things can happen spontaneously even without prayer, and are documented to have happened many times.

But that said it is true that some things that would make it too obvious that there is divine intervention don't actually appear to happen. There was a known atheist site, that mocked cures by calling itself "why won't god heal amputees". Healing from amputation would indeed be an extraordinary event, it is possible to happen naturally if the person has a few mutations allowing for regeneration to emerge, but otherwise it is basically impossible. Unlike other cures that do happen spontaneously, and it can be debated whether divine intervention happened or not.

People have even been declared dead by modern doctors, with undetectable heart beats, only to later wake up in the morgue when they were about to be cut up. Some have also ended up buried alive, and there are even coffins with means to call out for help in case you're accidentally buried alive.
 
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