Today, the overwhelming majority of American kids receive a Darwinian or neo-Darwinian education. They learn at schools and then colleges that they are just matter, the result of occasional mutations and survival of the fittest. Almost all believed that God created Adam from dust, and Eve from Adam. A big fat zero. The Language of God, by genome pioneer Collins, became a bestseller. Collins himself became director of the National Institutes of Health. Opponents note that it is extraordinarily hard and painful for scientists who are Christian to stand up against the conventional wisdom.
The problem, though, is that many theistic evolutionists should rightly be called deistic evolutionists, since they. Should Christians Embrace Evolution? The evidence points to the appearance of many new animal forms and body plans. When Templeton offers dollars, grant-seekers jump. They say that creationism is out, as is intelligent design. There was no physical resurrection of Jesus. None of the miracles actually happened. This is the Templeton version of religion.
These simplistic solutions and polarizing stereotypes fail to appreciate the interest and potential among people of faith for the cultivation of a more nuanced and integrated understanding of science and religious convictions. A scientific dictionary nowadays is out of date in ten years, and yet theologians keep running after modern science.
Collins, since he is the leader of those who recycle concepts of God as divine watchmaker rather than creator, receives ample criticism from God and. Evolution editor Jay Richards. Maybe He wants a world that exhibits a certain predictable regularity, but is by no means closed to His direct influence. Hard to be definitive on that, but they are both at the center of the biggest current battle both among Christians and between Christian and anti-Christian thought.
If Adam and his sin were mere symbols, then there would be no need for a historical atonement; a mythical atonement would be necessary to undo a mythical fall. With a mythical Adam, then, Christ might as well be—in fact, would do better to be—a symbol of divine forgiveness and new life. Our two books of the year have many fine chapters, but the most important one in Should Christians Embrace Evolution? Paul cites Adam in the same way he refers to Christ. Pundits ridiculed Dan. Because in this case what you think is less relevant to your ability to be effective in the mission field than how you feel.
Despite decades of public-school control, Darwinians have won little of their captive audience to their opinion. We need instead a positive interdisciplinary engagement that recognizes the good will of all involved and that creative thinking takes time. In the long run, it may be the humility of our scholars as much as their technical expertise that will bring us to deeper knowledge of the truth. When you refuse to take a biblical author literally when he clearly wants you to do so, you have moved away from the traditional understanding of biblical authority.
Old earth advocates reply that they are respecting the authority of all of Scripture, but have legitimate exegetical disagreements with their young earth brethren. But Christians who disagree with Paul about the historicity of Adam and Eve have crossed a bridge too far for those who are biblically orthodox in their reading of Genesis. This makes the whole plan of salvation silly because there never was a fall. And one question more: A generation ago Francis Schaeffer logi-. A Christian does not have this problem.
He knows who he is. If anything is a gift from God, this is it—knowing who you are. We donate ALL of our proceeds back to God! Doorhangers, 4. I believe the words on those pages are breathed from the very throne room of heaven, are the love letter penned from the heart of the Lover of our souls; a beacon of light for stumbling feet to find sure footing on a dark path. But in this fallen world, nothing is without controversy. Several bloggers have taken exception to.
I am in Him. He is in me. Anywhere—in the kitchen scrubbing potatoes, in the arching cathedrals, in the spin of laundry and kids and washing toilets—anywhere I can have intimate communion with the Maker of heaven and earth. The intercourse of soul with God is the very climax of joy. Ann uses lots of figurative, metaphorical language. Here it is. Voskamp summarizes her faith on the home page of her website, aholyexperience. I believe in Father of all who knits together life, made in His very own image, in the secret quiet of our beings. I believe in the Cross as our only Hope, our only Claim, and our only Foundation.
I believe that in the pounding surf of life we have only one thing to cling to: the feet of our Lord, hanging on that tree, His lifeblood flowing down, washing us whiter than snow. He races rain. I turn, searching her face. She looks me right in the eye. Why do we accept good from His hand—and not bad?
Maybe the hardest of all. She is young. She has much to come. I have held dying babies.
Eaten with those who live on the town garbage heap. And this never stops being true: Neglecting to give thanks only deepens the wound of the world. Practical atheism? What of faith in a God who wastes nothing? Who makes all into grace? And yet—is thanking God for everything. Rivulets run down glass, blurring my husband and all our seeded prayers. What do I accurately see and know?
Though we ate of that tree we did not become like God, and we have no knowledge of good and evil apart from God; my seeing, it is not omniscient. Can I really see if a death, disaster, dilemma, is actually evil? Mine is only to see His Word faithfully and wholly obey Him in this. Therein is the tree of life. Is this not our chief end? When I only give thanks for some. Giving thanks is only this: making the canyon of pain into a megaphone to proclaim the ultimate goodness of God.
Our thanks to God is our witness to the goodness of God when Satan and all the world would sneer at us to recant. I lay my hand on the rain-filmed windowpane and I see clearer. But this is not easy: That which I refuse to thank Christ for, I refuse to believe Christ can redeem.
His perfect love casts out all fears and leaves only thanks and I listen to her sing it, like a chorus with the rain: Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord. Dewey, this article is for you. The stories are theologically pointed and usefully didactic. Tolkien is more of a challenge—I abridged a few sections when a.
So, my error, but also my education, for the novel raises important questions about whether authors should show gross pre-conversion behavior that shows our desperate need for Christ. Klavan gives us almost a step-by-step guide to repentance. First comes a sense of disgust: After. They sped on Shadowfax and developed the determination to trudge through Mordor. It was the disgust, you know, the moral disgust.
And yet, I had worked so hard at hiding it from myself that it could only reveal itself to me in other forms and symptoms. So I would wake up in the predawn dark or just go still, staring at my desk in daylight. My skin would suddenly turn clammy, my heart suddenly flutter and race. Then other fears came, too, small emberlike worries that had been smoldering in me a long time but now suddenly burst into large flame. What if I got sick? Having sex with so many strangers, careless because of the drugs. I grew sick with fear. I grew small and hunched and sallow, worrying.
There were days when I thought. Sniveling, fearful, sweating in the dark. It was no good denying it, though all my radical friends made haste to: They had been right, those conservatives—they had been right and we had been wrong. This, too, I understood now. We had been wrong. I had been wrong. I had been wrong about everything. What an awful thing to discover. My whole sense of myself was shattered. I felt as if I were falling apart.
I had to do something. Gresham Machen Christianity Liberalism. I buried my face in my hands and started weeping. Forgive me! Forgive me, help me, help me. I was hoping for an enlightening interior blast of some kind. Some hallelujah conversion maybe. But there was nothing. Over time I realized what should have been obvious to me right away: that my prayer in the chapel that afternoon had been answered, after all.
The celestial cavalry had, in fact, charged over the hill at the first sound of my cry for help. It was just real—as real as real. My prayer had been answered almost in the saying of it. Temptations come. The main character occasionally has pre-conversion thoughts of sex and. Currently, Keller, Piper, and Randy Alcorn write romantic realist theology readily readable by non-theologians. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Klavan might reach people who have not opened the Bible, or a theology text. My advice to him would be: Show the steps of revulsion and repentance and leave out passages like the three gross ones in Empire of Lies. And yet, novelists sometimes have to go where their characters lead them. We go to a library or bookstore to find an interesting book to read. We scan the shelves until we find it. Browsers face a problem, though. Too many books fill the shelves. They overwhelm us. So librarians learned to shelve fiction in categories: mysteries or romance, horror or science fiction.
Wodehouse and American Southern Literature. The section concludes with a look at books that make good gifts on some special occasions. Lowenstein, as he does often in insightful books and articles, gives readers a compelling play-by-play, but without a political agenda that destroys his credibility. All the Devils Are Here Portfolio Hardcover by Bethany McLean, a former Fortune magazine writer, exposes the multiple causes of the crisis, rather than citing just one. The Housing Boom and Bust Basic Books by Thomas Sowell is of a very different nature than the others in this list: He argues that there would have been no bust had there never been a boom, and that this boom was a direct result of terrible government policy.
Sowell masterfully analyzes the foolish attempt by several administrations, Democratic and Republican, to implement a social agenda via a national housing policy. Readers may not get the same degree of drama or intrigue that some of the other books offer, but they will get a brilliant treatment of the subject at the very heart of the financial crisis: The government was an accomplice in putting people in homes they did not belong in. It will eschew simplistic policy prescriptions, stretching us to think hard about macro- and micro-economics, history, international relations, cultural and worldview issues, and the appropriate role of government head.
And it will reveal effective, practical action steps that individuals, congregations, businesses, and nonprofits can take that produce genuine, lasting transformation hands. Alas, no such perfect book exists. This book teaches churches how to move from relieforiented and often paternalistic responses to more relational, long-term, development-oriented initiatives conducted not for the poor but with them. Profiles of effective Christian ministries vary in quality, but several offer glimpses of effective, grassroots initiatives making a calculable difference.
Like Love, it Zealous Love covers a range of topics, offering brief analysis, profiles of Christian ministries, and suggestions for actions by individuals and congregations. Both offer clear-minded analysis of the problems of corruption, civil war, and bad governance in the developing world, as well as of the failures of large-scale, top-down foreign aid programs. Other offerings from Christian publishers weigh more heavily on the heart side. Both are theologically serious yet accessible. Both tell moving stories and both critique American consumerism—but they manage to do so in ways that are genuinely helpful and not merely guilt-inducing.
These authors provide guidance to help readers engage in exercises of the imagination that enable us to better comprehend Scripture and to better see and name the poor. Here are six worthwhile books from the past year warning—the first three include some lockerroom profanity : In Born to Run Vintage Christopher McDougall sets out to answer a simple but persistent question: Why does my foot hurt?
This is not despite the development of high-tech running shoes, he argues, but because of it. McDougall then searches for the secrets of the Tarahumara, a reclusive tribe of Mexican Indians who can run and run, gliding like ghosts through desert canyons in blistering heat shod in.
No one is designed for the abuse some teens suffer from greedy and ambitious youth basketball coaches and parents. Demetrius would have been a bad investment. Jane Leavy traces The Mick from his Oklahoma upbringing through his alcohol-soaked glory days as a Yankees outfielder to his inglorious career as a philandering peddler of his. Economist Tobias Moskowitz and journalist L. Jon Wertheim provide fascinating explanations for home field advantage, why football coaches should almost never punt, and why Chicago Cubs fans should blame themselves for the curse.
Scorecasting never mentions faith, but many of its observations illuminate biblical truths about human nature. That person was me. As an inside-television tale Bossypants makes interesting reading, but Fey punctuates it with jolts of crude language and a few intimate personal revelations. But, overall, Mr. Funny Pants could have been helped by a brutal editor cutting the book by half. Clever and unusual, it peaks a few times at eyewateringly funny.
But who could blame him? But again, typical of the times in which we live, a warning about offensive language applies. Then he headed to the hospital. Washington did not chop down a cherry tree when young or wear wooden teeth when old. He did love dancing and musical theater and he liked to leave his carriage on the outskirts of a town and ride in on a white horse.
He struggled with debt and was a demanding perfectionist, issuing orders for the exact height of his personal guard. He depicts Washington as having a simple faith, and quotes numerous contemporaries who saw Washington engaged in regular private prayer and devotions. Theodore Roosevelt also prayed to a great God and played on a large stage. Researchers even into the modern era had hoped cancer originated from a virus—somewhere outside ourselves. Roosevelt and his crew braved cannibals, whitewater rapids, diseases, and dwindling food supplies.
Wilson said no, so Roosevelt sent his four sons to fight in his place. Mukherjee captures the curse behind cancer: How cruel it is for. Over the past decade Christian fiction has matured, with better-written books less likely to be merely vehicles for a heavy-handed message.
The following half-dozen recent novels will give you a sense of the variety of books included in this genre. He goes on to remarry and build a new life, while his wife and their son put their lives back together. Things seem fine, but the son is angry at his father and feels responsible to make his mother happy.
The book deals. Their lives intersect when Dobbs, a strange girl from Chicago whose father is a revival preacher, comes to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle. Meanwhile her own faith is tested. She confides only in her friend. It includes science fiction but can encompass vampires as well. Tolkien, the far future civilizations of Isaac Asimov, the apocalyptic fiction of Cormac McCarthy, the horror of Stephen King, and the fractured fairy tales of Gregory Maguire. Here are six volumes from the past year that are a good starting point for someone new to this vast category of fiction.
Mara, who has father dreams of her own. False Witness by Randy Singer Tyndale House is a complicated crime thriller that pits a bounty hunter and his wife against members of the Chinese Triad crime syndicate who ruthlessly pursue an algorithm that would destroy internet encryption. Five Amish fathers refuse to comply: Police arrest the fathers and take the children from their homes until the fathers promise to obey the law. Using historical events as a base, Cramer has written an engaging story of love and conviction.
When an Illinois senator has to resign in disgrace, the minister is on the short list of possible replacements, and an investigative reporter tries to sniff out a scandal. Strobel shows the subtle ways ambition blurs vision and how sin starts small and grows until it completely ensnares. Echo by Jack McDevitt is set in the far future. While trolling the eBay analogue of that time, Alex Benedict discovers a mysteriously marked stone. The answer might just reveal whether mankind is truly alone in the universe.
For all its galaxy-spanning locale, Echo is about decisions that have far-reaching consequences, and the dogged search for the truth no matter what that truth may reveal. Gavin is the magic-using ruler of Chromeria. Liv is ostracized in the court for her nationality and appearance. In this literary descendent of Tolkien, all three. This epic fantasy has not only clashing swords, magic, and armies on the battlefield—that means violence—but enthralling personal tales and a Cain and Abel metaphor. The world is dying. The Seers of Bel Amica are poisoning the world with their moonworship, addictive potions, and the land-consuming Deathweed.
A firewalking ale boy must lead the remnant of House Abascar upstream through dangers and dark to find a way to deliverance. Christian readers of this Christian author will note many allegorical elements in the tale—like the communion sacrament of the titular feast. Lawhead writes a simple but adventurous tale about parallel universes.
Kit is a modern-day Londoner, living a fruitless life. Wholesome themes of friendship, trust, calling, and faith pervade a novel that is an excellent introduction to alternate world stories. Like his first three books. Pratchett brings to the genre not only scathing wit and screwball humor but an appreciation for real-world values. Tiffany is not important because she possesses amazing abilities but because she serves others, acting as midwife, nurse, and advocate for the sick, old, and poor. Unlike his fellow British atheist Philip Pullman, Pratchett writes to entertain teenage readers, not indoctrinate them.
It stirs and troubles him with the dim sense of something beyond his reach and, far from dulling or emptying the actual world, gives it a new dimension of depth. He does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted. Backbiting, jealousy, and suspicion are common among his companions, and the evil they confront all the more chilling for its realism. That Marchetta invents a polytheistic religion for her world may concern some parents, but teens who are grounded in a Christian worldview will likely find a story that incorporates questions of faith far more satisfying than swordslinging epics that ignore the highest questions of life altogether.
Jacques again focuses on Redwall Abbey monks, warriors, and village folk who show sacrifice, courage, and mercy within this charming medieval world. One form of domination is the annual televised exhibition in which two teens from each district compete for the prize of being allowed to live. Katniss and her fellow competitor Peeta are transported to the capital city, where they will compete to be the last teen standing in a glitzy, media-frantic, widely anticipated, hotly contested, brutal and bloody fight to the death The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. Or this: In the future, the earth has become so inhospitable that humans are colonizing space.
One day, Todd discovers a pocket of silence in the woods and traces it to. Soon, the two are running for their lives, on a journey that will lead to escalating violence and bloody confrontation The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness. Or this: In the future, environmental degradation and war have so devastated the planet that nations have broken down and order is imposed by corporations. In what passes for ethics at the time, he would have been justified in slitting her throat and selling her body for parts. But he decides to let her live, plunging both of them into an odyssey of harrowing escapes and.
During that enormous span he wrote almost entirely in one genre the light comic novel and dealt with one subject the peculiarities, pleasures, and peccadilloes of the British upper class. Wooster does not work and gets into bizarre comic entanglements from which Jeeves disentangles him. Lest anyone think that the disparity.
Clearly, the grim choices and high stakes inherent in the genre resonate at a time of life when every slight can be a gamechanger and self-knowledge is elusive. Young heroes like Katniss Everdeen and Beatrice Prior can no longer rely on parents or peers to tell them who they are: They have to figure it out for themselves.
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Or finally, this: In the future, humanity has devised a solution to perpetual warfare: the designation of Factions, in which every individual chooses to align with a group named for its most prominent virtue. Thus society is divided into Amity, Candor, Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation, all of whom are supposed to balance and contribute to each ot her. Hoping to keep this designation secret, she joins the Dauntless faction while her brother goes with Erudite. But the sides are beginning to take sides and may be headed for what else? Student magicians and vampire lovers have had their day; what rules the young-adult publishing world now is dystopian fantasy.
Since then, knockoffs and fresh imaginings have stampeded out of every major publishing house. As ridiculous as this seems in our casual era, Jeeves as valet does not see clothing as mere ornament or vanity. Because World War I destroyed the Britain of which Wodehouse had been writing, he stopped time within his fictional reality.
But it is a pleasure to slip into a simple age that has gone by or probably never existed. You can have your Middle Earth and speak Elvish. I want to live at Brinkley Court and speak British. Inches within the front door: the light, the aroma, perhaps the gentle hum of hushed voices.
In April the Tivoli Theatre in downtown Chattanooga, a hidden jewel in its own right, served as a small velvety box for a Hope Diamond. The famous. The person sitting next to you might have been on the previous panel or received an award two years ago—or two hours ago. Nonagenarian Elizabeth Spencer of Light in the Piazza fame offered her umbrella as we strolled armin-arm toward the front entrance. Whether an award presentation, panel discussion, tribute, or onstage interview, the focus remains the same, writers reflecting upon and reading from their own works.
This guy wants to know what you think about Jesus. After all, it was the word that became flesh. A —William Boyd is a pastor and writer. For you Jesus Christ came into the world. Bold Modigliani-styled drawings illustrate the text. Some are funny. The book, written from a creationist perspective, is filled with maps, flaps that open, and envelopes with treasures. It tracks down dragon myths, seeks to sort the true from the fanciful, and examines familiar dragon tales, including Beowulf, St. George, Leviathan, and the Loch Ness Monster, as well as obscure ones.
Unprintable currency. Real wealth. The church and its multiple ministries provided the local poor with food, shelter, transportation, and financial assistance. It delivered munificence and missionaries around the world. And the church was most renowned for its unique and charismatic pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, who. Yes, many called him a peddler of the prosperity gospel, a false shepherd seeking only to fleece the flock.
I deal with the White House. I deal with Tony Blair. I deal with presidents around this world. Observers, victims, and church authorities have argued for years whether the Roman Catholic clergy abuse crisis grew out of pervasive homosexuality in the priesthood, the vow of chastity, or an insular and oppressive environment within the Catholic Church.
The correct answer, claims a new report, is none of the above. Priests, like everyone else, are susceptible to temptation and shaped by their surroundings. When the culture around them promoted experimentation and promiscuity, priests found it easier to disregard their internal inhibitions. The study is critical of Catholic leadership, but it also finds that a slow, uneven, but eventually effective response within the Catholic Church itself led to a steep decline in abuse. The settlement stunned many in the congregation.
You have to. The four certain whether Eddie Long young plaintiffs claimed was guilty of these charges. Although the terms of temptation and the settlement were not disscandals, often closed, one term was clear: with initially Neither the young men nor small steps. A their attorney could ever a multimillion-dollar congregation. L-R : Mike Huckabee interviews Rev. CHM is not health insurance. In the past. CHM was recently featured on former Arkansas Gov. Christian Healthcare Ministries Hazelwood Ave. The next destination? Airplane cockpits. Alaska Airlines recently moved to stop using traditional flight manuals, replacing the books with the iPad.
Private airline Executive Jet has already replaced paper navigation charts by putting the same information on the device. But the iPad also allows pilots to carry extra information and manuals they might not typically carry without taking up more space or bringing extra weight on board. It sounds like something from a futuristic spy thriller: Imagine wearing glasses that automatically translate words on signs and in books into English.
The user points his or her camera at the words to translate them, and no internet connection is required. Wondering how far you can travel in a limited amount of time? A new site called Mapnificent mapnificent. Vacationing in a big city this summer? While one of the advantages of urban life is the ability to get around without a car, navigating public transportation can be daunting and sometimes difficult.
Another useful site is Hopstop. Deep Discovery for the first time, scientists have discovered a multicellular creature living at extreme depths—2. Only a few types of E. Data from the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incidentally released during the German outbreak, suggest that foodborne infections in the United States have declined overall in the past 15 years, with the most dangerous type of E. However, some other strains of E. German health officials scurried in early June to contain an Escherichia coli epidemic that sickened more than 3, Europeans in six weeks.
Over 30 people had died from the bacterial infections, often by kidney failure, making it the deadliest E. By June 10 investigators had traced the bacteria to vegetable sprouts from a small organic produce farm in northern Germany, 35 miles southeast of Hamburg, the city at the epicenter of the illnesses. Earlier in the outbreak, German officials mistakenly pinned blame on imported Spanish cucumbers and warned consumers against eating cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, or sprouts. The eU farm chief offered compensation for a fraction of the losses. Most infections occurred in the northern half of Germany, but about people in neighboring countries reported infections marked by cramping and diarrhea, along with at least four people in the United States who had traveled in Germany before becoming ill.
A handful of people in Tennessee and Virginia were found to be infected with E. A woman prays at the only Coptic church in Misrata, Libya. Many Copts have fled the region because of heavy shelling by government forces. Despite featuring a Canadian team, the Stanley Cup finals produced some of the highest fan interest in more than a decade. And that trend continued throughout the series. They have the same personal problems they had today. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.
I would never ever look at myself bigger than anyone who watched our game. James all but sealed his public persona as NBA villain, an image that first garnered widespread traction a year ago with the overhyped pageant-style announcement to leave his hometown team in Cleveland for Miami. Why do so many basketball fans want to see him fail? In fact, the rancor is not so difficult to understand. James helped lay the groundwork for unpopularity long before his departure from Cleveland.
The genesis of his public-relations doldrums dates to his high-school days when an unrelenting media hype machine cast the Akron, Ohio, youngster as the greatest ever before he had played a single professional game. Now, eight seasons into his professional career, James has yet to win an NBA title and has proved far less than great in critical, late-game moments. During the NBA Finals, he failed to score a single point in the last five minutes of close games. James was simply oversold. Call us today to schedule a conference addressing the particular needs at your church.
The jobless rate ticked underemployed workers. Five nations that are large creditors of the United States are also getting tens of millions of dollars in financial assistance from Washington, according to a report issued by the Congressional Research Service at the request of Sen.
Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Coburn said in a statement. Overall, foreign governments that hold U. In addition to groceries, some locations will feature a pharmacy and sell office supplies. More Than Dreams For decades, a phenomenon has been recurring in the Muslim world. Men and women, without any knowledge of the Gospel and without any contact with Christians, have been forever transformed after experiencing dreams and visions of Jesus Christ.
Here are five stories of former Muslims who now know Jesus as their Savior, recreated in docu-drama format and produced in their original languages with English subtitles. Meet Khalil, a radical Egyptian terrorist who was transformed when Jesus appeared to him; Mohammed, a herdsman in Nigeria who found the deep love of Christ; Dini, an Indonesian teenager who became a Christian on a night that Muslims individualize their prayers to Allah; Khosrow, a young Iranian man who was depressed and without hope; and Ali, a Turkish man in bondage to alcohol.
His mission was to rescue orphans from the wretched street life that enslaved so many children in England during the time of Charles Dickens and Oliver Twist. The costs were enormous for such a great work. Yet, amazingly, he never asked anyone for money. Instead he prayed, and his children never missed a meal. This docu-drama presents his life story and shows how God answered prayer and met their needs. It is a story that raises foundational questions regarding faith and finances.
Here is the intimate story of one of the greatest preachers in the history of the church. We follow him from his youth where, as a young preacher, he is surprisingly called to minister in London and soon captures the love and respect of the nation. He goes on to become one of its most influential figures. This powerful, inspirational docu-drama faithfully recreates the times of C. Made by the award-winning Christian Television Association and filmed on location in England, Scotland, France and Germany, this film vividly captures the spirit and message of a man whose eventful — and sometimes controversial — life is highly relevant to the twenty-first century.
This is the amazing biography of the blind hymn writer, Fanny Crosby. As the writer of more than 10, hymns, all penned after the age of 40, she is credited with authoring more verse than any human in history. The tragic mistreatment by a charlatan masquerading as a doctor blinded Fanny shortly after birth.
Nevertheless, she learned to function as a sighted person except for her inability to read. Fulfilling the roles of wife, mother, friend, teacher, nurse to the sick during the cholera epidemic, humanitarian to the poor and disenfranchised, and friend of presidents — Fanny Crosby was an exceptional woman by any standard.
Her legacy lives on through the thousands of hymns that are still sung today. In September , war erupted in Europe as Germany invaded Poland. Eight months later, Hitler publicly broadcasted that he would not invade Holland due to their neutrality during World War I. Within hours, this promise became a treacherous lie that engulfed the small country in World War II. Prejudice and persecution spread. The preservation of human life became a life-and-death mission for a small minority of ordinary Dutch citizens.
The Reckoning: Remembering the Dutch Resistance is the international award-winning documentary that captures the compelling story and eyewitness account of six survivors in wartorn Netherlands during World War II. Use item D for the set. Let this booklet minister to your hurting spirit. Dave Tyler. Howard Eyrich. Are we servants or slaves? Slaves had no rights, but some servants did. Dale Goodrich How do we get to Heaven?
On September 11th, that question unexpectedly ceased to exist for over 3, people. This short book sheds light on the answer! Great for individual or church outreach. Judy Scharfenberg has a heart for women and families. She travels nationally to share what she knows. She is a wife of 40 plus years, mother of 6 and grandmother to 14! Everyday Lessons of How God Satisfies the Heart Muriel Hanson A story collection that serves up wisdom and humor in bite-sized chunks, these stories provide spiritual nourishment.
Readers will discover the key to spotting blessings in the small moments of daily life. Established Christians desiring a more mature walk can also receive a more exciting and vibrant life. Great for Bible studies, home groups, military, prison ministries, and missionaries. Where is humanity headed? Why is there so much pain and trouble? Are these the things spoken of in the book of Revelation?
For use with the accompanying DVD. Ideal for small groups and as an evangelism tool. For your FREE downloadable article on overcoming fear, visit:. Just as every song has a story, so does every songwriter. The intersection between government and serving God is paved out clearly in this clever story. The happy marriage of lively dialog to film-like descriptive imagery has given birth to a new and unique retelling of the old masterpiece. Highly imaginative and yet totally unabridged and strictly faithful to the original masterpiece.
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The idea that God does not need humankind, but that humankind needs God as its creator and sustainer is common enough in Hebrew thought Ps. He is undermining Stoicism with the Christian worldview, which will be confirmed conclusively in a climactic plot twist at the end of his narrative. The Stoic [philosopher] Epictetus devoted a whole essay to the subject.
When he tells plants to bloom, they bloom, when he tells them to bear fruit, they bear it…Is God [Zeus] then, not capable of overseeing everything and being present with everything and maintaining a certain distribution with everything? This idea of humanity blindly groping around for what is, in fact, very near it is also a part of scriptural themes Deut. They believed everything was a part of God and God was a part of everything, something Paul would vehemently deny Rom.
He is still maintaining a surface connection with the Stoics by affirming the immanence of God without explicitly qualifying it. Paul thus far implicitly has followed the Stoic narrative without qualifying the differences between it and his full narrative. He now, however, becomes more explicit in identifying with these pagans. He favorably quotes some of their own poets to affirm even more identity with them. Let us begin with Zeus, Never, O men, let us leave him Unmentioned. The sea is full Of him; so are the harbors. In every way we have all to do with Zeus, For we are truly his offspring emphasis added.
It is the right of mortals to address thee, For we who live and creep upon the earth are all thy children emphasis added. This logos was still not anything like the personal God of the Hebrew Scriptures. What is disturbing about this section is that Paul does not qualify the pagan quotations that originally were directed to Zeus.
He simply quotes these hymns of praise to Zeus as if they are in agreement with the Christian gospel. The question arises, why does he not distinguish his gospel narrative from theirs? The answer is found in the idea of subversion. Paul is subverting their concept of God by using common terms with a different definition that he does not reveal immediately, but that eventually undermines their entire narrative.
He begins with their conventional understanding of God but steers them eventually to his own. In quoting pagan references to Zeus, Paul was not affirming paganism but was referencing pagan imagery, poems, and plays to make a point of connection with them as fellow humans. The imago dei image of God in pagans reflects distorted truth, but a kind of truth nonetheless. It is within yourself that you bear Him. For the Stoics, ignorance was an important doctrine. It represented the loss of knowledge that humanity formerly possessed, knowledge of their pantheistic unity with the logos.
Why then are you ignorant of your own kinship? There is nothing he has said yet that would appear ridiculous to his philosophic audience. Everything is not as it seems. Paul the storyteller gets his pagan audience to nod their heads in agreement, only to be thrown for a loop at the end. Apologetics by means of defense and attack is being done, using Greek thought to make monotheistic points.
The call for repentance at the end shows where the argument has been going all along—it is not an exercise in diplomacy or compromise but ultimately a call for conversion. Note again, however, that even here, Paul never gives the name of Jesus. He alludes to Him and implies His identity, which seems to maintain a sense of mystery about the narrative something many modern evangelists would surely criticize. Did everyone know that he was talking about Jesus? At times, silence can be louder than words, and implication can be more alluring than explication. First, it points out that, as an orthodox Pharisee who stressed the separation of holiness, he did not consider it unholy to expose himself to the godless media and art forms books, plays, and poetry of his day.
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He did not merely familiarize himself with them, he studied them—well enough to be able to quote them and even utilize their narrative. Paul primarily quoted Scripture in his writings, but he also quoted sinners favorably when appropriate. Second, this appropriation of pagan cultural images and thought forms by biblical writers reflects more than a mere quoting of popular sayings or shallow cultural reference. It illustrates a redemptive interaction with those thought forms, a certain amount of involvement in, and affirmation of, the prevailing culture, in service to the gospel.
The list of convergences can be summarized thus:. Lastly, this incident is not the only place where subversion occurs in the Bible. The sheer volume of such biblical reference suggests an interactive intercourse of Scriptural writings with culture rather than absolute separation or shallow manipulation of that culture. Some Christians may react with fear that this kind of redemptive interaction with culture is syncretism, an attempt to fuse two incompatible systems of thought. Subversion, however, is not syncretism.
Subversion is what Paul engaged in. In subversion, the narrative, images, and symbols of one system are discreetly redefined or altered in the new system. Paul quotes a poem to Zeus, but covertly intends a different deity. He agrees with the Stoics that men are ignorant of God and His justice, but then affirms that God proved that He will judge the world through Christ by raising Christ from the dead—two doctrines the Stoics were vehemently against. Paul did not reveal these stark differences between the gospel and the Stoic narrative until the end of his talk.
He was subverting paganism, not syncretizing Christianity with it. By casting his presentation of the gospel in terms that Stoics could identify with and by undermining their narrative with alterations, Paul is strategically subverting through story. Retelling the story, 3. Capturing that retold tale with the gospel metanarrative.
The truth is that each epoch of thought in history, whether Medieval, Enlightenment, or Postmodern, is a contest in storytelling. There is certainly more proclamation in this passage than rational argument. God is Lord, He created all things and created all people from one creation , then determined the seasons and boundaries. Then God raised a man from the dead and will judge the world in the future through that same man.
Through repentance, people can escape their ignorance and separation from God redemption. Creation, fall, redemption; beginning, middle, end; Genesis, Covenant, Eschaton are elements of narrative that communicate worldview. Scholar N. Paul tells the story of mankind in Acts 17, a story that encompasses and includes images and elements of the Stoic story, but solves the problems of that system within a more coherent and meaningful story that conveys Christianity.
He studies and engages in the Stoic story, retells that story, and captures it with the gospel metanarrative. Paul subverts Stoic paganism with the Christian worldview. In the first paragraph of this article, I mentioned the entertainment of Hollywood as a strong analogy of the influence of the Greek poets.
I would like to conclude with an example of a Hollywood movie that uses subversive storytelling in a way similar to Paul on the Areopagus. The Exorcism of Emily Rose , written and directed by Scott Derrickson, uses the power of story to subvert the modernist mindset that believes all spiritual beliefs are superstitious misunderstandings of scientific phenomena. Emily Rose is based on an allegedly true story of a Roman Catholic priest on trial for criminal negligence in the death of a college girl named Emily Rose. Emily comes to the priest because she believes she is demon possessed.
The prosecutor mocks her through the trial, referring to her spiritual arguments as superstition unworthy of legal procedure in a modern scientific world. The movie presents both sides of the argument in court so equally that legal or rational certainty is impossible. Supernatural evil, and by extension, supernatural good God is real. Derrickson uses the story to subvert the stranglehold of modernity on the Western mind, and the inadequacy of rationalism and the scientific method in discovering everything there is to know about truth.
The traditional approach to Christian apologetics is the detailed accumulation of rational arguments and empirical evidence for the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, and the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ. The conventional image of a Christian apologist is one who studies apologetics or philosophy at a university, one who wields logical arguments for the existence of God and manuscript evidence for the reliability of the Bible, or one who engages in debates about evolution or Islam.
These remain valid and important endeavors, but in a postmodern world focused on narrative discourse we need also to take a lesson from the apostle Paul and expand our avenues for evangelism and defending the faith. We need more Christian apologists writing revisionist biographies of godless deities such as Darwin, Marx, and Freud; writing for and subverting pagan television sitcoms; bringing a Christian worldview interpretation to their journalism in secular magazines and news reporting; making horror films that undermine the idol of modernity as did The Exorcism of Emily Rose ; writing, singing, and playing subversive industrial music, rock music, and rap music.
We need to be actively, sacredly subverting the secular stories of the culture, and restoring their fragmented narratives for Christ. Gary Burge onto the broadcast for an interview. Gary is a professor of New Testament at Wheaton. Hank Hanegraaff: Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time with Dr. Gary Burge in the West Bank and I am delighted to have you on the broadcast. I saw this up close and personal once again a couple of weeks ago but the quote from Bethlehem pastor Mitri Raheb. He says,.
I am a Palestinian [Christian] living under Israeli occupation. My captor daily seeks ways to make life harder for me. He encircles my people with barbed wire; he builds walls around us, and his army sets many boundaries around us. He succeeds in keeping thousands of us in camps and prisons. Yet despite all these efforts, he has not succeeded in taking my dreams from me. I have a dream that one day I will wake up and see two equal peoples living next to each other, coexisting in the land of Palestine, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Jordan.
The reason I bring up this quote is I want to start by asking you whether this is simply a vain dream in light of the strong Zionist predilection to completely cleanse the land of everyone but those who can legitimately say they are Jews and that based on a theology, a theology called Christian Zionism. Gary: Yeah, Hank, thanks for that, that is a marvelous quote from Mitri Raheb.
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This idea of building what we call an ethnocracy—rule by a race—is just simply not going to be sustainable. So everyone knows that in 50 or 60 years the population will be majority Palestinian. Minorities cannot rule majorities and have a sustainable future. So I tell my friends who really do love Israel, and I think we all should, you know, love both peoples in this conflict, it seems to me that the only future that Israel has is to become what I call a bi-national state, that is to say, two nations, two peoples, learning how to share this world together.
An important book in that the story of what happen to the Palestinians in the birth of modern Israel in is not well known to most Christian intellectuals in the West. I would say most Christians period. Gary: No. They did a British census in ; there were 1. So, therefore, the Israelis knew as they began their state, they had to do a couple things: they had to move out a huge population—we call it ethnic cleansing—and that they destroyed the villages that these people came from or they gave their homes and properties to incoming Jewish settlers.
But what Noga Kadman has done is she has written the definitive book telling about how this ethnic cleansing worked like, just like machines, it was just incredible. Then what she does is she quantifies exactly what happens in all these villages. This is the dark secret. I think of it as the dark hidden secret which is in Israel and every Israeli knows it but they can barely talk about it. To build the state they had to cleanse the land, they felt, and this led to enormous suffering for three quarter of a million people, about , people were essentially affected by this.
Hank: You are a New Testament theologian, and ideas have consequences, you think about the Christian Zionist notion that the cleansing, the ethnic cleansing of the land is a divine command. Gary: Oh, it does. Hank: A couple of weeks ago I was speaking in the West Bank and talking about the gospel in the face of religious extremism. Now I pointed out that two fault lines run through the Zionist landscape: one is the promises God made to Abraham were not fulfilled in the past, and, therefore, they must be fulfilled in the present or the future, and the second thing is that God has two distinct people; your comments.
Gary: Well, I think the issue here is that—I think in the Old Testament they understand that that promise of land was actually fulfilled in the arrival of Joshua, the establishment of the tribal lands under judges, and the establishment of the monarchy in the Old Testament. What the New Testament has done is it says, look even though Judaism is territorial, we as Christians do not embrace that territorialism.
So you have a kind of universalizing of the message, a universal embrace of all cultures and nations, and of all lands. That is why the church has always had a worldwide mission because we believe that God does love all cultures and places. So there is no hint inside of the New Testament of the construction of you might say an empire, a nation, a kingdom in the Holy Land, there is instead a charge to go out broadly into all lands.
And Jesus deflects the question entirely as, no you are supposed to go to the ends of the earth. One of the things you write in this review is that,. Both sides had witnessed terrible things but nothing can quite compare with the Palestinian losses of life, residence, and culture that we see…it is difficult to imagine the expulsion of ,…people, the demolition of their homes, and the many atrocities they suffered after Gary: Right. I know. I understand that. It is not always defensive and the number of Palestinians who have been killed is so out of proportion to the Israeli deaths.
You know, you and I, Hank, we have hope because we believe that we have a future. We believe that we can, you know, have a safe home to live in, a career, we have a family, we have a lot of freedom here. The Palestinians have lost hope because they live in containment. At what point does this become kind of an apartheid situation?
Hank: Gary Burge, you are a hero of the faith to me and I deeply appreciate your contribution to the Christian Research Journal. Subscriptions to the Christian Research Journal are available. This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal , volume 21, number 1 Incredibly, however, many blindly believe that chance operating through natural processes can account for the masterful precision and design of the universe in which we live.
The eye, the egg, and the earth are but three examples of organized complexity that can not be accounted for apart from the existence of an omniscient designer. As the science of statistical probability demonstrates, forming even a protein molecule by random processes is not only improbable; it is indeed impossible. One of the primary dilemmas of naturalistic evolutionary theory is that it forces scientists to conclude that the cosmos in all of its complexity was created by chance.
The two are mutually exclusive. If God is not sovereign, he is not God. If he is not God, he simply is not. If chance is, God is not. Chance in this sense refers to that which happens without cause. Reflect for a moment on the absurdity of such a notion. Imagine suggesting that Christopher Wren had nothing whatsoever to do with the design of St. Imagine asserting that the majestic Messiah composed itself apart from Handel. Or imagine claiming thatthe Last Supper painted itself without Leonardo da Vinci. Now consider an even more egregious and absurd assertion — that an eye, an egg, and the earth, each in its vast complexity, are merely functions of random chance.
Consider for a moment the incredible complexity of the human eye. It consists of a ball with a lens on one side and a light sensitive retina made up of rods and cones inside the other. The lens itself has a sturdy protective covering called a cornea and sits over an iris designed to protect the eye from excessive light. The eye contains a fantastic watery substance that is replaced every four hours, while tear glands continuously flush the outside clean. In addition, an eyelid sweeps secretions over the cornea to keep it moist, and eyelashes protect it from dust.
It is one thing to stretch credulity by suggesting that the complexities of the eye evolved by chance; it is quite another to surmise that the eye could have evolved in concert with myriad other coordinated functions. As a case in point, extraordinarily tuned muscles surround the eye for precision motility and shape the lens for the function of focus. Linking the visual information from the eyes to motor centers in the brain is crucial in coordinating a vast number of bodily and mental functions that are part and parcel to the very process of daily living.
Without the coordinated development of the eye and the brain in a synergistic fashion the isolated developments themselves become meaningless and counterproductive. Thus, to Darwin, vision was an unopened black box. Behe goes on to demonstrate that one cannot explain the origin of vision without first accounting for the origin of the enormously complex system of molecular mechanisms that make it work.
Now that biochemists have opened the black boxes and seen what is inside, they know the Darwinian theory is just a story, not a scientific explanation. Furthermore, evolution cannot account for the complex synchronization process needed to produce life from a single fertilized human egg. This process not only marks the beginning of a new life but also marks the genetic future of that life.
In time, the fertilized egg divides into the 30 trillion cells that make up the human body, including 12 billion brain cells, which form over trillion connections. Today we know that a fertilized egg is among the most organized, complex structures in the universe. In an age of scientific enlightenment, it is incredible to think that people are willing to maintain that something so vastly complex arose by chance.
As Dr. In an experiment using 10 similar coins numbered one through 10, chance will succeed on the average only once in 10 billion attempts to get the number one followed in order by all the rest. Coppedge explains that if a person could draw and record one coin every five seconds day and night, it would still take over 1, years for chance, on average, to succeed just once in counting to Like an egg or an eye, the earth is a masterpiece of precision and design that could not have come into existence by chance.
First, consider plain old tap water. The solid state of most substances is denser than their liquid state, but the opposite is true for H20, which explains why ice floats rather than sinks. If water were like virtually any other liquid, it would freeze from the bottom up rather than from the top down, killing aquatic life, destroying the oxygen supply, and making earth uninhabitable. If the moon were significantly larger, thereby increasing its gravitational pull, devastating tidal waves would submerge large areas of land.
If the moon were smaller, tidal motion would cease and the oceans would stagnate and die. If we were closer to the sun, we would fry. If we were farther away, we would freeze. From the tap water to the tides and temperatures that we so easily take for granted, the earth is an unparalleled planetary masterpiece. Yet, tragically, in an age of high technology and supposed scientific enlightenment, many are doing just that. Four and a half billion years ago, the young planet Earth was a mass of cosmic dust and particles. It was almost completely engulfed by the shallow primordial seas.
Powerful winds gathered random molecules from the atmosphere. Some were deposited in the seas. Tides and currents swept the molecules together. And somewhere in this ancient ocean the miracle of life began…. Millions of protozoa populated the ancient seas. They moved about their aquatic environment feeding on bacteria and other organisms ….
The real miracle of life is how so many people could stand for such nonsense in the twentieth century. First, how could the protozoa be the first form of primitive life if there were already organisms such as bacteria in existence? Molecular biology has demonstrated empirically that bacteria are incredibly complex.
For a minimum set of the required protein molecules for the smallest theoretical life, the probability is 1 in , It would take , years on the average to get a set of such proteins. That is , times the assumed age of the earth and is a figure with , zeroes. The amoeba is going to move one angstrom unit the width of a hydrogen atom — the smallest known atom every 15 billion years the supposed age of the universe. Obviously the amoeba would have to move zillions of times before the naked eye could detect that it had moved at all.
At this rate the amoeba travels 30 billion light years and puts an atom down one universe over. It then travels back at the same rate of speed and takes another atom from your body and moves it one universe over. Once it has moved you over, it moves over the next person until it has moved over all five billion or so people on planet earth. It then moves over all the houses and cars, the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, and the millions of other galaxies that exist in the known universe. In the time that it took to do all that, we would not get remotely close to forming one protein molecule by random chance.
As you can see, the science of statistical probability demonstrates conclusively that forming a protein molecule by random processes is not merely improbable but impossible. And forming a living cell is beyond illustration. Finally, it should be noted that philosophical naturalism—the world view undergirding evolutionism—can provide only three explanations for the existence of the universe in which we live. One: The universe is merely an illusion.
This notion carries little weight in an age of scientific enlightenment. This proposition flies in the face of both the law of cause and effect and the law of energy conservation. It has been well said, there simply are no free lunches. There is, however, one other possibility. It is found in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In an age of empirical science, as in any age, nothing could be more certain, clear, or correct. He was born in Egypt, grew up in Australia, but was looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. At one point he was a neo-Marxist, at another stage a rock star, founding member of the s Australian rock-n-roll band The Flies , on another level an academic with a PhD from Brown University and a Master of Theology from Princeton Divinity School, but then he had a radical encounter with God.
He had a Damascus road experience, and as a result of that he has given up everything to serve the poor. The following are some highlights of their conversation. Hank Hanegraaff: In studio with Dr. Father Themi. He is an Orthodox priest who has given his life to reaching out to the poor in a tangible way. I think this is an example for all of us. If it does not, we are going to suffer loss. Paul kind of gives us an image of people escaping burning buildings with little more than chard clothes on their backs.
So the here and now is critical. People often talk about salvation; very seldom talk about the fact that there are degrees of reward in heaven. What we do now matters for all eternity. I want you to talk in this regard about what you have done. First of all, the culture shock. It is a different world. Father Themi Adamopulo: You hit it on the head. We are living in two planets. We call it earth, but I call it two dimensional planet. There is the abundance, and the apparent wealth of nations such as yours, the United States, and Canada, Europe to some degree of course, and Australia and so forth.
These are the rich countries. There is another world that is hidden and it seems to be neglected by our consciousness. We only get to know about it in certain times that we allow ourselves to get involved, e. When Ebola hit us in Sierra Leone last year, it was terrible.
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People were dying everywhere. Nobody lifted a finger in the international world. For months we were suffering. Until, a gentleman from Liberia came to the United States, gave Ebola to a nurse in Texas, suddenly, Ebola exists in the consciousness of the Western world. Even the World Health Organization said in the beginning oh this is not a big deal, lets not worry about it.
It was shameful, and disgusting, that such a statement could be made, and it was made. The rest of the world was completely immune to any cries. I repeat, it was only when Ebola hit Europe and the United States that suddenly the armies came, the doctors came, and the convoys came and blah, blah, blah came. Until then, nobody came. The world of suffering that we either consciously or subconsciously want to do away with from our consciousness.
You see? I call that the crucified Christ. I want your women listening, mothers, to tell me what can they do for two dollars a day? We are a small minority on this planet. If we are looking at the reality that is facing us, out of seven or eight billion people that live upon the earth, half of us, half of us are living under two or three dollars a day. You know? But, if you get an African immigrant coming to the United States, they will appreciate everything. They will see everything. They will see the electric lightbulbs that work. They will see the toilet that works. They will see the water tap that runs water.
They will see a button on the door there that switches on and off the light. They will see a beautiful table. They will see it. But, an American coming or a Westerner coming to your office, Hank, would take all this for granted. Now, how many children are dying a day? Twenty-two thousand children die every day in Africa, mostly in Africa.
Twenty-two thousand children die every day. To repent for all my sins as a rock star, as a Marxist. We have beggars coming to us every day and you have to help. What we do, Hank, is this: First of all, we identify with them. The worst attitude is I am the White man who has come here to help you, you poor unfortunates, you the poor of the world. That would be so anti-gospel and yet it exists. You know fly by night missionaries who come I am the great missionary who come two or three days in Africa and then go away. You have to be—you identify in solidarity with the beggar.
You do not talk down to him.
You do not abuse him.