NEWS ALERT: Authorities Execute Man Who Claimed To Be God

In a rare display of political and judicial cooperation between leaders of the occupying Roman Empire and the conquered land of Israel, authorities in Jerusalem today condemned, flogged and crucified a carpenter-turned-itinerant preacher who claimed to be the Messiah.

Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth in Israel’s northern province of Galilee, was pronounced dead Friday following approximately nine hours of in extremis suffering as a result of being whipped and then nailed to a cross in the Golgotha district just outside of Jerusalem’s walls.

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Palm Sunday: There Was A Time When Christians Were Dismissed As Atheists

Believe it or not, early in the decades following Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection, His followers were considered unpatriotic atheists by the most powerful government in the world, Rome.

As Ryan Leasure writes on The Poached Egg on this Palm Sunday, Roman Emperors expected subjects to bow down to the Roman pantheon of gods in an act both of loyalty to Caesar and religious piety.

Christians — in a dramatic act of separation of church and state —refused to worship the Roman gods and were thus viewed officially and by many Romans as atheists. But there was also an economic angle involved, as Leasure explains:

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Are The Only Truths Those That Sense And Science ‘Verify’?

Some famous figure whose name escapes me at the moment once remarked on how many people go through life as slaves of long-dead philosophers, an observation that likely applies to all of us at one time or another.

But if you consider the only truth to be those claims that are detected via the five senses and which can be verified scientifically, you might want to become familiar with an 18th Century philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume.

Dr. Frank Turek, the noted Christian apologist and co-author of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist,” explains why in this brief video that gets right to the point:

 

Have You Heard About The New ‘Consent Condom?’

One thing can be said for sure about capitalism and that is where there is a demand for a consumer product, there will be a producer to satisfy that demand if a profit can be made.  Thus, the new “Consent Condom” from Argentinian firm, Tulipan.

What is the Consent Condom? Glad you asked, particularly if you work on Capitol Hill. Put a bunch of smart young adults in a pressurized, highly competitive workplace and “things” inevitably happen. Now the name of the product makes sense, doesn’t it.

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How’d Your Brackets Do? Bet You Didn’t Know This About The UVA Coach, Tony Bennett!

University of Virginia Cavalier Head Basketball Coach Tony Bennett experienced the depths of disappointment last year when his team lost in the first round of the NCAA March Madness tournament to 16th-seeded UMBC.

Now Bennett is on top of the world, having led his Cavaliers back to the March Madness and come back against Texas Tech to win the school’s first-ever national basketball championship. But that’s not what makes Bennett most special.

Want to know what does? Go here and discover why he tells his teams the keys to winning on the court and in life are the five pillars. Bet you can’t guess where Bennett go those?

Oh, and sorry about those brackets. Maybe next year will be better. Hey, it could be worse. My Oklahoma State Cowboys didn’t go anywhere this year. But watch out for them next year, especially you Hoyas!

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Could Jesus’ Disciples Have Been Fooled By A Con Artist?

Talk to enough colleagues on the Hill about Jesus and sooner or later one of them will tell you they don’t think He was resurrected because somebody came along three days after the crucifixion and conned the disciples by posing as the risen Savior.

In other words, all this died and resurrected on the third day stuff that is the core reality of Christianity is nothing more than the result of a hoax, according to such critics. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows a thing or three about con artists. He begs to differ and here’s why:

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If You Read Nothing Else This Weekend … Why Are Young Americans So Miserable?

It’s rare that an article speaks so directly and precisely to a whole generation but this piece — “Why Are Young Americans So Miserable?” —by Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon does so for the millions of men and women in the Net Generation.

The “Net Generation,” by the way, is how my distant Canadian kinsmen, Don Tapscott, described the first generation in human history to grow up with the Internet in his 2008 book, “Grown-Up Digital.” Written a decade ago, it’s still well worth reading.

Lehman’s analysis points to the extraordinary and growing degree of non-connectedness among the members of the Net Generation, which includes thousands of young men and women working on Capitol Hill.

I understand the “hole of connection” Lehman describes as having been created in millions of young lives by social media, but I would argue that there is such a void in every human heart that only God can fill and that is through His son Jesus Christ.

For a number of reasons Lehman explores, social media makes that hole more intense, more immediate today but people since the dawn of history have at one time or another confronted the feeling that there is something missing, something not quite right, something out of place in themselves.

If you want to know why, I will be happy to send you at no charge a copy of Josh McDowell’s “More Than A Carpenter.” It’s a tremendously persuasive look at the evidence for the literal resurrection of Jesus.

And if He really was resurrected — which means He was speaking the most important words ever spoken when He said “I am the way and the truth and the life — then that changes EVERYTHING for all of us.

Just leave your name, email and snail mail address in the comments and I will ship “More Than A Carpenter” to you.

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