INTELLIGENT DESIGN: If There’s A Code, There’s Gotta Be A Code-Maker

Biochemist Fazale Rana’s boyhood hopes to become a major league baseball player ended when he moved up to the Babe Ruth League and discovered he couldn’t read the code.

Photo by Ben Hershey on Unsplash.

The “code” in Rana’s case was the indicator in the third-base coach’s stream of signs to him just before he stepped into the batter’s box. Among much else, the coach’s signs were meant to ensure batter and runner were on the same page when the next pitch was thrown.

Rana’s experience was an early lesson that served him well later in life when he became a biochemist and a researcher for a Fortune 500 corporation: Codes require code-makers, the more complex the code, the more intelligent the code-maker must be. Continue reading “INTELLIGENT DESIGN: If There’s A Code, There’s Gotta Be A Code-Maker”

Why ‘Water Bears’ May Present An Unsolvable Dilemma For Survival Of The Fittest Advocates

No, this post is not about polar bears or Alaskan brown bears, even though they do spend a great deal of time in the water. This post is about the tiny anthropods known as “Tartigrades” that are found in waters around the Earth, including those that are freezing and those that are quite warm.

Yes, this is a bear in the water, but it’s not a tardigrade, AKA “water bear.” (Photo by Brent Jones on Unsplash).

Doesn’t really matter to Tardigrades what kind of environment they are in because they possess an absolutely unique ability to survive in virtually any environment, including, according to scientists at the University of California Sand Diego (UCSD), everything “from dangerously high radiation levels to chillingly low temperatures to exposure to deadly chemicals. They’ve even been launched into space as part of a project to transfer life forms to the moon (and crash-landed there with the Beresheet lander spacecraft earlier this year).” Continue reading “Why ‘Water Bears’ May Present An Unsolvable Dilemma For Survival Of The Fittest Advocates”

Moved By Compassion, Jesus Put Forth His Hand And The Leper Was Healed

Here’s the backstory to the amazing encounter of a hurting Hill aide and a searching Vietnam veteran

By Bret Bernhardt

When was the last time you felt compassion in your work on the Hill?

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

This challenge shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if you’ve ever spent time answering calls as a staff assistant. Or try listening to a constituent’s opinion as a legislative correspondent or a legislative assistant.

And try working with a difficult person for months as a caseworker, not to mention our interactions with our fellow staffers. Continue reading “Moved By Compassion, Jesus Put Forth His Hand And The Leper Was Healed”

‘Goodness Of God’ And Why I’m Counting My Blessings On This Lovely Fall Sunday

A great love song captures a moment of realization about the beloved and why they are. Such a song is Bethel Music’s “Goodness of God,” as sung by Jenn Johnson. Photos like the one below can, too, in a sense.

Fall leaves 2019.

I can hardly ever listen to this beautiful music without being overwhelmed by the realization that God has blessed me so far beyond anything I ever could deserve on my own. And the amazing thing is, He does it simply because that is His love for His children. See Psalm 139:15-16.

Along with “Goodness of God,” I am often reminded of these blessings looking out the window in my home office into the backyard. I’ve always loved Fall leaves, and, as you can see in the accompanying photo, they are here in abundance.

So enjoy the “Goodness of God” on this lovely Fall Sunday afternoon.

Christian Comedian John Crist Admits His ‘Destructive And Sinful’ Behavior, Cancels Tour

Christian comedian John Crist has admitted to “destructive and sinful” inappropriate sexual relationships, excessive drinking, and sex addiction, according to Charisma News.

John Crist (Screen shot from youtube.com).

This is the statement Crist provided the publication when its editors contacted him for comment on the extensive evidence they accumulated for their story (emphasis added in fourth graph):

“Over the past number of years, various women have accused me of behavior that has been hurtful to them. While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this—I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly. Continue reading “Christian Comedian John Crist Admits His ‘Destructive And Sinful’ Behavior, Cancels Tour”

One Very Stark Photo Shows Why Politics Matters Whether Or Not You Are A Christian

Believe it or not, there are actually millions of our fellow Americans who think politics is not something they need or want to think or care about. What Congress, the President and the courts do every day is just not very important to them.

These folks include devout fundamentalist Christians, people who go to church maybe once or twice a year on the traditional holidays, and others who think religion is a joke. In other words, a lot of the people served by congressional aides have little or no concept of the relevance of government to their daily lives.

Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek explains why everybody should pay attention to politics, using a satellite photo that shows in vivid black-and-white the most essential difference between North and South Korea. And he makes some points you might find useful over the holidays when family and friends back home ask about your job on Capitol Hill.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Honestly, Are You Really As ‘Good’ As Your Dog? Seriously?

There is a magnetic thingie on our refrigerator that says “Lord, help me today to be the person my dog thinks I am.” I swear that, once as I gazed at those words, Twister, our black Lab, gave a dog chuckle, the muttered “Fat chance.” I know that’s what he said because we “get” each other.

There is a serious question to be considered here, though, and that is this: Are we humans “special” in any sense that sets us apart from dogs, cats, buffalo, ants or any of the other of the billions of animals on Earth?

J. Warner Wallace, author of “Cold-Case Christianity” and NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective, addresses this question in response to a student’s recent question.

I will tell you now that Wallace gets it completely wrong on the issue of how smart are Labs, but the rest of his analysis ought to make you think seriously about your place in the world.

 

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Album Debuts At No. 1

HITS Daily reports that West’s new album not only debuted in the top spot on the Top 50 Hits sales chart, it did so with more total sales than the all the other top five entries combined.

“Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me,” West said during a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Low.

“I’ve spread a lot of things. There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me. I was letting you know what the Hennessy had done for me. I was letting you know all these things but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me,” he said.

 

New Biopic Reveals Faith That Led This Courageous Freedom Fighter To Liberate Slaves

Can you guess what location this describes?

“These environments were hostile in so many ways for a person who may or may not have had shoes on, or warm clothing, or a place to sleep. They had to really hide themselves in bushes and marshes. It’s incredible what they were able to do to survive.”

“Harriett” opened in theaters across the nation on November 1.

Vietnam? Africa maybe? How about the United States of America, somewhere before the Civil War when Harriet Tubman was running slaves in the Antebellum South on the underground railroad to freedom in the North.

You’ve likely heard about Tubman, but odds are you have no idea how her Christian faith was the key to understanding her passion for liberating slaves and the amazing courage she repeatedly displayed in doing so. Continue reading “New Biopic Reveals Faith That Led This Courageous Freedom Fighter To Liberate Slaves”

Here Are Three Reasons To Reject Christianity

Bet that headline caught you by surprise. After all, why would it appear on HillFaith, which is devoted to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the men and women who work on congressional staffs?

Looking for the truth? (Photo by Emiliano Vittoriosi on Unsplash)

Okay, I admit it, I’ve been a little deceptive. The post on iApologia by Daniel Currier I am about to encourage you to read does deal with three reasons people often give for rejecting or leaving the Christian.

But these aren’t evidential reasons, which, if you are intellectually honest, would be the only kind that could justify such a decision. Jesus existed in history, the evidence for His resurrection is abundant, as is the testimony for His having a far bigger and comprehensively positive impact on, literally, billions of people since His brief 33 years on this earth ended.

I won’t tell you the three reasons Currier addresses, but I will share this from his conclusion: Continue reading “Here Are Three Reasons To Reject Christianity”

SUNDAY THINK ABOUT THIS: This Exo-Planet Avoided Being Engulfed By Its Red Star. Is This A Miracle?

Right at the outset, let me make it clear that, being a journalist by profession, I stake no claim to expertise in physics, astronomy or any related science. So I could be totally off-base here. But let’s give it a shot anyway, okay?

What’s out there? (Felix-Mittermeier on Unsplash).

Material processes function according to either known laws, or laws to be discovered in the course of credible scientific investigation. So how to explain this exo-planet’s apparent avoidance of being consumed by the Red Star into which, according to space.com, it was being drawn?

“Scientists have discovered a ‘survivalist’ planet that shouldn’t exist orbiting a pulsating star,” space.com reported Friday (I just got the publication alert this morning). Continue reading “SUNDAY THINK ABOUT THIS: This Exo-Planet Avoided Being Engulfed By Its Red Star. Is This A Miracle?”

Thousands Respond To Altar Call During Kanye West’s Baton Rouge ‘Sunday Service’

Baton Rouge Sunday Service (Screen shot from Instagram).

Something genuinely significant appears to be occurring in connection with Kanye West and his ‘Sunday Service’ evangelism events, with “thousands” reportedly responding to the altar call in Baton Rouge Friday evening.

“’Tonight, worship was lifted, the name of Christ was exalted, the Word of God was preached, a multitude prayed together, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed, and an opportunity to respond was given,’ Faithwire’s Lindsay Elizabeth reports Saturday, quoting an Instagram post by a local pastor who described it in detail while attending the event. Continue reading “Thousands Respond To Altar Call During Kanye West’s Baton Rouge ‘Sunday Service’”

Here’s The Truth About Why U.S. Evangelicals Back Separation Of Church And State

There is a myth being circulated in American politics these days that evangelical Christians want to do away with the separation of church and state so they can impose their “Christian Nationalist” version of a theocracy on the country.

Those who push the myth thereby betray a fundamental ignorance of what evangelical Christians actually believe about God, the Bible, government, American history, and the U.S. Constitution, but that doesn’t keep them from repeating the myth at every opportunity.

The reality, as explained by Capitol Ministries, is the basic notion of separation of church and state that began 2,000 years ago when Jesus said at Matthew 22:21 that we are to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” Continue reading “Here’s The Truth About Why U.S. Evangelicals Back Separation Of Church And State”

Huge Spike In Google Searches On ‘Jesus,’ ‘Christian Beliefs’ Due To Kanye West’s Conversion

This post is all Kanye, all the time

Kanye West’s latest album — “Jesus Is King” — appears to be generating big cultural waves being felt on the Internet, according to reporting by Faithwire Editor Tre Goins-Phillips.

Kanye West speaks during Sunday Service at Howard University (Screen shot from YouTube).

“The 11-track album is chockfull of Bible references, and according to Bible Gateway, online searches for Scripture passages and faith-based phrases in the songs have spiked since the record was released in late October,” Goins-Phillips said.

There was also a leap in searches for “What do Christians believe?” and “Jesus,” he said.

There was so much Internet activity that the American Bible Society decided to offer a free copy of the most-read book in history to anybody asking here. But wait, there is more on the jump! Continue reading “Huge Spike In Google Searches On ‘Jesus,’ ‘Christian Beliefs’ Due To Kanye West’s Conversion”