‘Undesigned Coincidences’ Provide Strong Evidence Jesus Really Did Feed 5,000 In The Wilderness

If you’ve been alive and breathing in recent decades, odds are good that you’ve at least heard about the miracle of Jesus in feeding 5,000 people in the wilderness near Bethsaida.

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

Jesus had been speaking to the crowd for a good part of the day and when evening began to approach, he asked Phillip and other disciples how they could feed the large assembly.  The disciples wanted to disperse the crowd to head into town, but Jesus took some fish and bread and multiplied it sufficiently to feed everybody on the spot and still have 12 baskets full of uneaten food for leftovers.

“That’s just a fable meant to make Jesus look good,” claim the skeptics. Well, if you check out those “undesigned coincidences” in the four Gospels’ accounts of the miracle, Erik Manning and J. Warner Wallace tell us, it becomes clear their accounts are anything but fables. Continue reading “‘Undesigned Coincidences’ Provide Strong Evidence Jesus Really Did Feed 5,000 In The Wilderness”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Look Who’s Getting Promoted

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Drew Story is the new legislative assistant for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Story comes from a year-long stint working for Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.). He has a Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering from the University of California at Riverside in 2018.

Arjun Mody is the Senate Republican Conference’s newly hired staff director, under Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.). It’s a return engagement for Mody, as he previously served in the same job under Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) Arjun is a 2004 graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, as well as a 2003 graduate of the Arizona State University College of Law and a 2000 La Salle University graduate in political science. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Look Who’s Getting Promoted”

This Is Why Computers Will Never Be As Smart As Humans (And Why God Must Exist)

If you work on the Hill, then you know Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and 5G are all “next-big-things” in technology, and, when they are combined in the near future, computers will rule our world by functioning in ways that seem almost human. Well, just not quite human.

Gary N. Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics at Pomona College

That little bit of “just not quite” is the critical difference between a strictly material world in which there are only objective measures and processes, and one with time, space and matter, plus  subjective characteristics like will and choice among alternatives. And in an ultimate sense, it points to the existence of God.

The reason is simple: Computers simply can’t be as smart as human beings.

The pointing to God stuff is mine. That computers can’t be as smart as you and I is from Professor Gary N. Smith, an economics professor at Pomona College and the author of “The AI Delusion.” Continue reading “This Is Why Computers Will Never Be As Smart As Humans (And Why God Must Exist)”

HARD FACTS: Persecution Is Every Day for North Korean Christians. This Is Sang-chul’s Story

Americans of all stripes tend to ignore the reality that the world is full of torture, persecution and martyrdom for millions of Christians in other countries. It’s not here, so we only think about it occasionally, if at all.

Sang-chul is a North Korean who faces the prospect of death every day because that is the penalty simply for using the word “god” in conversation with the wrong person.

Same for being found with a Bible or sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. People are “disappeared” by their government, never to be heard from again for doing such things.

And yet Sang-chul’s faith and that of thousands of other members of the North Korean underground church continues to be strong and growing.  Thanks to Voice of the Martyrs, his story is being heard around the world, thanks to the following video. Continue reading “HARD FACTS: Persecution Is Every Day for North Korean Christians. This Is Sang-chul’s Story”

No, The First Christians Did NOT Practice Socialism (No Matter What Your Professor Claimed)

Millennials and, especially, Generation Zers are more open to “socialism” than any previous generation of Americans, according to surveys like this one from Axxios/Survey Monkey. If it’s true, it’s significant because so many congressional staffers are in the Millennial and Gen Z age ranges.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the typical college professor in recent years is certainly far more favorably disposed to socialism and other wealth redistribution ideologies than was the case in the years before the Millennials began showing up on campuses.

One of the most frequently heard nostrums about the early Christians in the period immediately after the resurrection of Jesus was that members of the church practiced what we today would call socialism. But Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University presents two huge reasons why that nostrum simply isn’t true:

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THINK ABOUT THIS: What Is ‘Truth?’

Good morning, it’s Sunday, September 8, 2019. Wrap your mind around this:

“According to dictionary.com, truth is the true or actual state of a matter, or, a proven or verified principle or statement. If truth is proven and verified, it is absolute, not relative.

Author Kim Kurtz

“Think about it: if truth is relative, why should our kids go to school? If they can just decide their own truth, then what is the point of learning math, science, or history? Without objective, absolute, truth, nothing they learn in school is relevant to anyone except the person teaching it.

“Our entire civilization is run by the objective truth of numbers. We count on numbers for finances, temperature, speed, time, grades, taxes, etc. If we didn’t agree on a set of objective truths about numbers, our society could not function.

“Truth, by its very nature is exclusive. If something is true, it means that contradictory statements are necessarily false. Nobody doubts this when it comes to the hard sciences; people believe that the statement ‘gravity exists’ is objectively true, and that the statement “gravity does not exist” is objectively false. But, when it comes to religion and world-views, people have no problem saying ‘Christianity may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.’” — Kim Kurtz, from her book, “Pouring In: Tipping the Scales in Favor of a Personal Passionate and Permanent Faith in the Next Generation.” 

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THINK ABOUT THIS: Would You Give Up Everything For Your Boss?

If your boss called you into his or her office today and told you that, since nothing else matters as much as winning the allegiance of voters, you must sell all of your possessions, say goodbye to your friends and family, and focus your every ounce of strength and waking hour on the campaign until election day,  would you do it?

HillFaith founder and editor, Mark Tapscott

Think about it: If the boss doesn’t win another term, you are out of a job. If you are out of a job, how are you going to pay the rent, buy food and clothes, or take care of your family if you have one?

And will you ever be able to get your career back on track after such a setback? What does it mean for your plan someday to go back home and run for Congress yourself? Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: Would You Give Up Everything For Your Boss?”

Resources For Finding Community While Working On The Hill

By Bret Bernhardt

In my last post, we discussed the importance of community while working on Capitol Hill. The Fall is always a good time to take stock of your community, since it typically comes on the heels of time away from work during the summer and a break in your routine.

Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for senators Don Nickles and Jim DeMint.

Now it’s time to get back into that routine and discover the importance of your community.

Author Chris Crowley says that we are mammals in our physiological make-up. As such, we are designed to run in herds or packs. I believe this natural tendency to congregate was implanted into our being by our loving Creator. Continue reading “Resources For Finding Community While Working On The Hill”

HILL STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Garrett Exner’s newest assignment is as military legislative assistant to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Exner is a 2019 MA graduate of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. This is Exner’s first Capitol Hill job.

Danny Jativa is Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s new communications director. Danny comes to Hartzler from a stint as a reporter at the Washington Examiner. Before that, he worked for Florida Republicans Daniel Webster and John Mica. He just finished an MA in governance at American University and earned his BS at Florida State University in international relations. Continue reading “HILL STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted”

APOLOGETICS: Professor Crushes ‘Early Christians Just Gave Jesus Borrowed Pagan Resurrection’ Myths

There was a time more than a century ago when it was not uncommon to hear religion scholars argue that early Christians borrowed from common Middle Eastern pagan resurrection myths of their day to explain away Jesus’ death on the cross and the fact of His missing body.

Houston Baptist University Assistant Professor of Apologetics Mary Jo Sharp (Screen shot).

But about the only place that claim is made today is on the Internet. That’s why, at least on a popular culture level, the claim is enjoying something of a revival among skeptics looking for reasons to reject Christianity. There are reasons, however, why reputable scholars stopped making the argument a long time ago.

Houston Baptist University’s (HBU) Mary Jo Sharp gives three reasons why none of the pagan myths involved in the debate could have been the source of the disciples’ claim that Jesus was resurrected on the third day after he was crucified dead and buried. Continue reading “APOLOGETICS: Professor Crushes ‘Early Christians Just Gave Jesus Borrowed Pagan Resurrection’ Myths”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Here’s The Sin That Is The Key Factor In Causing Racism, Other ‘Isms’

We don’t hear much on Capitol Hill these days about “sin.” It’s one of those words associated with another time, a different moral culture, the America of yesterday when religious terms were more prominent in public discourse.

J. Warner Wallace (Screen shot).

Today, the talk is about “racism,” “anti-semitism,” “age-ism” “nationalism” and related terms. But what if there is one factor that underlies all of our “isms?” And if there is that one factor, maybe it’s related to what the Bible refers to as “sin?”

In the following video, NBC Dateline cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace identifies that one factor and how it is something shared by every human being. It is the root cause of racism and it’s not unique to caucasians, Asians, Africans or Europeans. Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: Here’s The Sin That Is The Key Factor In Causing Racism, Other ‘Isms’”