If a friend tells you they really do love you and, to prove it, they tell you they deposited $1 million in your bank account, how would you know if you should believe them? You check your bank balance, of course!
If the million bucks aren’t there, you know your “friend” is not to be believed. If you verify that you are now a millionaire, however, well then, you probably should accept that person as a genuine friend.
There is one essential claim upon which all of Christianity stands or falls. Paul the Apostle even says if this claim is false, then he and every other disciple of Jesus is a liar. One way to verify the claim is understanding the credibility of the four Gospels. NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace explains in this video:
If you are hockey fan, you probably recognize the name of Mike Fisher, formerly of the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators. If you are devotee of country music, you may know Fisher as Carrie Underwood’s husband.
Fisher is a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, but, as he explains in this “I Am Second” white chair session, it didn’t come easily for him, despite growing up in a highly churched family. Success will do that to you.
This particular video was created six years ago, but it’s coming around again now because Fisher and Underwood have a new four-part series for the “I Am Second” folks that gets down to it about faith, marriage, babies, success and a whole lot more.
“I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” Jesus, as quoted in the Gospel of John, 8:12.
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
Wow! Jackie Dailey Cottrell has been with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) for 18 years. Jackie has been Roberts’ Chief of Staff since 2003 and before that served as his Deputy Chief of Staff and as his Press Secretary. But Cottrell is now stepping down from the helm of the retiring Republican senator’s staff.
“When I accepted the job with then-Congressman Pat Roberts 25 years ago, I could never have imagined the doors he would have opened for me,” Cottrell told WIBW-13.
“He trusted me to make decisions. He empowered me to aim high and achieve results. He gave me a seat at the table early on when women were still often sitting on the back benches on Capitol Hill. There’s no way to express my gratitude for the public service career I’ve had or the history I have been able to witness,” Cottrell said. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ Up On The Hill This Week”
Science is King on Capitol Hill, and religion is old news, at best. At least that’s a commonly heard view. The following Here’s The Thing post is a logical, thoughtful assessment of why science and faith never should have been put in opposite corners.
There is a common notion that science and faith work against one another. Many people believe that the more science a person understands, the less religion that person will need. The more one reasons their way through life, the less they will need faith to cope with life’s ups and downs.
While many people have found a satisfying balance between their scientific reasoning and their religious faith, Atheist author Sam Harris describes the conflict in more absolute terms.
The truth, however, is that the conflict between religion and science is unavoidable. The success of science often comes at the expense of religious dogma; the maintenance of religious dogma always comes at the expense of science.
In other words, faith has no place for science, and science has no use for faith. The more we have of one, the less we can have–or should have–of the other. Therefore, there is…
Aussie blogger and pastor Kurt Mahlburg is a perceptive observer of politics and culture in America, Great Britain and Down Under. You may not agree with everything he says, but he’s definitely worth reading for those with intellectually honest and open minds.
“It’s been many decades since the term culture wars was dubbed, and the label is now more relevant than ever. What began as a reasoned debate on issues like abortion, multiculturalism and homosexuality has turned into a hearts-and-minds battle for the soul of our civilization.
“The rapid growth of the culture wars vocab is evidence enough of this.
“It’s not easy keeping up with the jargon. Actually, it would be far safer to let others fight the culture wars. This is especially true now that people make a sport of branding others with so many exotic new phobias …
Go here for the rest of “Three Secrets to the Culture Wars.”
There are those who insist Jesus didn’t really die on the cross. If that’s true, then everything else claimed about the life and significance of His life is cast into doubt.
But is it the most reasonable conclusion that Jesus was not dead when His body was taken down from the cross, based upon the available evidence? Former NBC “Dateline” cold-case expert J. Warner Wallace doesn’t think so and he makes a compelling case in the following video.
Before you click on the video, though, ask yourself if you have ever touched a dead body. Odds are most of you reading this will say no. It’s not the common experience for regular folks. But it’s a VIP question, as Wallace explains:
Well, they are often accused of being crazy for believing, among other things, that God became a man, lived a perfect life, was tried and executed for blasphemy, then rose again three days later and now sits on the right hand of God the Father.
But how crazy is it, asks Eric Lyons of Apologetics Press, to believe something can come from nothing, naturally? Or that life can be produced by non-life without a miraculous element?
And maybe just for giggles, let’s ask ourselves how big a stretch is it, really, to believe billions of years ago fish flopped out of the water onto the land and evolved into … donkeys? And how did that original flip provide an evolutionary advantage?
It’s found nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, yet the phrase “a wall of separation between church and state” is the core truism at the heart of most media and official discussions of religion and government.
Ideas do indeed have consequences. As Chapman University Law Professor John Eastman explains in the following video from Prager U, Thomas Jefferson’s phrase in a letter to an association of Northern Baptist churches in 1802 has been producing good and bad consequences since a 1947 Supreme Court decision.
W. Bradford Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies examines the data on marital happiness and related factors since 1950 and finds that the prevailing academic view of how to ensure a happy marriage hasn’t worked.
Think about it: Would you rather have a spouse you know will be by your side no matter what happens in life (all that “till death do us part” stuff) or a spouse who stays with you as long as the soulmate ideal works?
At first glance, I thought this was something straight out of the fever swamp section of the National Enquirer newsroom or maybe even the Midnight News, but, no, the following news report was produced and appeared on a credible Israeli news outlet.
The claim being reported is that by using 3D imaging made possible by advanced infrared technology, a team of scientists and archeologists were able to create a digital history of a storied building in the Jerusalem area where Christian tradition claims the Last Supper was held.
Do I accept that this effort has actually discovered a means of recreating the room where Jesus had the Last Supper? To be honest, I am quite skeptical. The imaging is of a room, but not necessarily the room. Watch the segment and share your thoughts.
Shani Rosenstock joins the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee as a Professional Staff Member, working for the chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). Shani earned her BA in political science and business administration (Magna Cum Laude) from American University in 2017.
Mia Mayberry is now Outreach Director for Sen. Amy Kloubachar (D-MN), after serving on the Kloubachar presidential campaign and before that working for California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris’ bid for the White House. Mia’s law degree is from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2014 and she was awarded a BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University in 2011. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ Up On The Hill This Week”
There is likely nobody outside of President Donald Trump himself in a more pressure-packed job in the public spotlight these days than White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
In the short time she has been in the position, she has displayed an articulate, intelligent, and graciously forceful approach to dealing with what surely is the most hostile crowd of White House correspondents ever.
There are more than a few communications directors and press secretaries on Capitol Hill (I’ve been both) who can relate to the challenges McEnany must deal with on a daily basis.
Her comments in this interview with CBN’s David Brody about what Ravi Zacharias meant to her as a Christian at Oxford University suggest her press briefing inquisitors would do well to consider carefully who and what they are now up against:
In many ways the first of the modern Christian apologists to breakthrough to mass media audiences, Ravi Zacharias passed away earlier today. He was 74. He founded RZIM — Ravi Zacharias International Ministries — in 1984.
His daughter, Sarah Davis, tells us that earlier this year — just before he received the news his cancer was beyond treatment — Zacharias shared this 17th century poem written by Richard Baxter:
“Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.
If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?
Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.
Come Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessed face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will thy glory be!
Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.
My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.”
Today, he is. Rest in peace.
Zacharias delivered this presentation on God’s purposes for each of our lives around the same time as he was thinking about Baxter’s poem:
Read this if you are tired of the partisanship, self-serving ambition, deception and hostility that seem so prevalent in Congress, the news media, the White House and the campaign trail. Bruce Cooper beautifully explains that there is another way.
James 3:1-2NASB “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.”
So here we have James, the half brother of Jesus, writing to Jewish Christians, who are “scattered abroad”. The topic of course, is the words that come out of our mouths and these words are words that originate from within our minds and hearts, and they can also be in the format of the written word, just like I am currently writing in this post.
Most of us know what “stumbling in many ways” means from personal experience. This “stumbling” can and often does happen because of a variety of reasons or causes. A lack of sensitivity, speaking before…