THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die, ever.” — John 11:25-26

Photo by Melanie Sosa on Unsplash.

And C.S. Lewis said:

“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.


 

STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Moving Up On The Hill This Week

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Madison Bau makes the move from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire to Capitol Hill, becoming Field Representative for Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). Madison received her BA in Political Science and Government from Eau Claire in 2020.

Nick Clemens (Screenshot from Facebook)

Nick Clemens is now Communications Director for newly sworn-in Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-OR). Nick was previously a Legislative Correspondent for Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV). He is a 2013 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a BA in Political Science, Business Administration and International Studies.  

Moving into the Deputy Chief of Staff slot is Nicole Renee Rapanos, working for newly sworn-in Rep. Carlos Antonio Giménez (R-FL). Nicole is a 2010 University of Miami graduate with a BA in Political Science, Public Relations and Communications.
Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Moving Up On The Hill This Week”

HillFaith’s First Zoom Class Starts Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:00 PM

Beginning at 7 pm Tuesday, January 19, a dozen men and women from points across America will convene together via Zoom for the first session of an eight-week study called “God’s Crime Scene.”

The course is taught by J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became nationally famous a few years ago with his many appearances on NBC’s “Dateline” news program.

Wallace was a gifted detective with extraordinary investigative skills that enabled him to solve murder cases that had eluded being solved for decades.

J. Warner Wallace.

Go here for a special message from Wallace about the course.

Along the way, he also applied those skills to the evidence for and against Christianity, with the result that he came to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Now he teaches others how to learn and apply the same skills.

Each of the eight sessions will be an hour long, with a 10-15 minute video presentation by Wallace, followed by questions and discussion led by HillFaith founder and editor Mark Tapscott.

This Zoom class is full, but it will be repeated in the near future for congressional employees, and other classes will also be offered, in 2021, including Dr. Frank Turek’s “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.”

If you would like to receive scheduling and content information on future HillFaith class offerings, send your name and email address to: mt.hillfaith@gmail.com


 

Astronomer And Astrophysicist Talk About Why The Bible, Science And Faith Go Together

Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe is the astronomer referenced in the headline of the post, while Jeff Zweerink is the astrophysicist. Both of these men are followers of Jesus Christ.

Ross and Zweerink discuss in the following video why they find the biblical account of the creation of the universe consistent with the best science in their respective fields.

“What was really unusual, because I looked at the other holy books first, and reading Genesis 1 the scientific method leapt off the page and that really impressed me,” Ross explains at one point. The video is 7:19 in length and will introduce you to some fresh perspectives on the Bible, creation, science and faith.


 

Trying To Work Your Way Up To Heaven? Here’s The Greatest News You Will Ever Hear

It’s the natural urge that all of us have, trying to be good enough to earn our way into Heaven to be with God forever. Tragically, it invariably leads either to moral hypocrisy or utter frustration, despair or hopelessness.

But that’s not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The simple truth is this: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”(Ephesians 2:8).

The gift of God’s grace comes only through belief in the resurrected Christ: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

Want to know more? Check out the following video from American Gospel TV. It’s the best news you will ever receive. Yes, it’s lengthy, but well-worth the time:


Want to talk face-to-face? Got more questions? Skeptical but curious? Let’s talk. No judgement. No sermons. Just honest answers to important questions. Email me at mt.hillfaith@gmail.com. Mark Tapscott

THINK ABOUT THIS: What If The Appearance Of Fine-Tuning In The Universe Is Simply A Matter Of Physical Necessity??

There are dozens of measures of the Earth and throughout the universe that are so precisely calibrated that even the tiniest deviation would render life as we know it impossible.

But what if what appears to us as precisely calibrated is in actual fact no more than the way the Earth and indeed the universe came into existence from the beginning?

Here’s how J. Warner Wallace of Cold-Case Christianity puts it: “At both the foundational level, at the regional level and at the local level of our planet, things appear to have been tampered with, set up perfectly, not so that a death would occur, but so that life would occur.”

But what if it “just happened that way?” Is that a reasonable conclusion based on the available evidence. Wallace answers that question in the following video:


 

First Official Prayer Opening The First Continental Congress in 1774

“O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee.

“To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!

“Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.”

Amen.

Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.

Source: Office of the House Chaplin, Prayer Archives of the House of Representatives.

Illustration of the 1774 prayer above also from the Chaplin.


 

A New Year. A New Congress. A New Beginning. Let Us Pray, Together

All but a few of the Members of the 117th Congress were sworn-in to office today, Sunday, and tomorrow, January 4, 2021, marks the first Monday of what could be one of the most dramatic weeks in American history.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Congress meets in Joint Session Wednesday to receive the votes of the Electoral College electors. Dozens of House Republicans and at least 12 Senate Republicans plan to protest various slates of electors. Passions are growing on all sides.

There are questions and controversies about virtually every aspect of the process, even though 2021 is far from the first time the nation has seen such uncertainty about who won a presidential election, or controversy over how to resolve it. Continue reading “A New Year. A New Congress. A New Beginning. Let Us Pray, Together”

A HAPPY NEW YEAR CHALLENGE: What If Genesis 1 Is Right?

Finally! It’s 2021 and 2020 is completely behind us. Today is the first day of a new beginning. And speaking of new beginnings, the original one is described in the first verses of the Book of Genesis in the Bible.

*What if Genesis 1 is an accurate account of Creation? Put aside everything else you’ve been taught or thought about it and let yourself consider this one, simple question: What if Genesis 1 is right? Here are 10 crucially important things we know if it is right:

First, we know that God and Creation are not one and the same thing because He existed before Creation. That means pantheism — Creation and God are identical — is ruled out as a credible explanation. Continue reading “A HAPPY NEW YEAR CHALLENGE: What If Genesis 1 Is Right?”

Can You ID The City And The Year In Which This Photo Was Taken?

If you can identify the city and the year in which this photo was taken, send your answer to: mt.hillfaith@gmail.com. First person with the right answer gets a free lunch, on HillFaith! (No, this offer is not too good to be true!!!)

UPDATE: We Have A Winner! Two Actually.

At precisely 10:16 am this morning, James Hurley emailed that this photo is of the New York City skyline in 1956 at Christmas Eve. Literally only seconds later, Pastor Kelham’s email with the same correct info appeared in the HillFaith inbox.

So, given the impossibility of determining which of these fine gentlemen actually clicked their send button first, I hereby declare them co-winners of lunch on HillFaith. Way to go, guys.

Honorable Mention: Robert Arvantis got the city right but was slightly off on the year. Sorry about that, Robert. How about a cup of coffee on HillFaith?


 

Are You Fine? Yes, I’m Fine. I’m Fine. No, I’m Not. I’m Broken

You may have heard “Truth Be Told,” a revealing, deeply personal song from the Christian recording artist Matthew West. It’s about being authentic, something that is far too rare in politics. Ironic, isn’t it, since nothing in Congress, especially among staffers involved in negotiations, is more important than the trust that comes from being genuine.

In this video, West explains why he wrote and recorded this piece of musical confession and social criticism. If you’ve read how HillFaith came about, it perhaps won’t surprise you that I so highly recommend this song. Been there. Done that.

And if you’ve ever told somebody you were doing “great” the day after losing out on a promotion you thought you had, or suddenly realized somebody you thought was a friend wasn’t, or discovered that something you thought was long past wasn’t, then Matthew West has something to say for you:


 

Think Again If You Think There’s No Evidence For Christianity

Even if you’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ who has attended church regularly since childhood, the odds are very good you have little or no idea of just how massive the evidence from multiple fields is for Christianity. There has been a veritable explosion in Christian apologetics research in recent decades.

Same applies if you are an agnostic or an atheist because you almost certainly approach whatever arguments you’ve ever encountered on behalf of, for example, the Resurrection or the reliability of the Bible, with certain presuppositions that makes it all but impossible for you to see the whole picture.

Now along comes Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, a man who for much of his adult life was an atheist, to demonstrate just how complex and detailed is the case for the most influential faith in all human history. Pay especially close attention when the chalkboard comes on the screen:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Why Is It Good To Be Good, Anyway?

Cross-examined.org’s Frank Turek speaks on college campuses around the country every year, so he is regularly exposed to the latest arguments from critics of Christianity, as reflected in students who ask questions during his appearances.

In the following video from a recent Turek appearance, a very sharp and inquisitive student seeks to refute the Moral Argument for the existence of God. In the process, Turek demonstrates to his questioner that unconscious presuppositions can be logical landmines:


 

He Chose To Go From His Throne In Heaven To Mary’s Womb

What an amazing fact is the incarnation. So amazing that it’s impossible for our finite minds and hearts to comprehend it completely. But Elizabeth Prata does a wonderful job trying:

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7).

Think of Jesus, divesting Himself of His majesty agreeing to become flesh. To incarnate. He lowered himself from His throne as King of all the universe, to be born as helpless babe, in poverty, in obscurity. He didn’t come as a boy, able to run away from danger or to feed and manage for himself. He didn’t come as a man, able to protect himself from dangers all around. He came as a newborn baby. Totally helpless. Total reliance on others.

His willingness to be a babe and completely depend on his earthly parents for sustenance, protection, and life itself, and to rely on His heavenly Father’s plan for Him to be born, live, teach, and die, is amazing.

For the rest of Elizabeth’s wonderful post, go here.


 

GOOD QUESTION: Is Christmas Based On A Crazy Claim?

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1:14)

On the scale of crazy, this claim is tops. There’s no doubt that the Gospels trade in the extraordinary throughout Jesus’s earthly ministry. Walking on water, multiplying fishes and loaves, and even raising folks from the dead are all incredible, amazing and miraculous.

Philosophy Professor Travis Dickinson.

We’d all be mystified and compelled to worship if we witnessed any of these events. However, the original Christmas events, when we stop to reflect on them, are on a whole different level.

Consider this: the transcendent, all-powerful and self-existent one, the creator of all reality, the one who literally holds all things into being was born human in a common manger!!

The idea of the incarnation is so big and seems almost paradoxical that it makes us pause and consider whether or not it is even a coherent thought. Is it even logically possible that God becomes man? Though the notion is difficult and merits some serious reflection, the short answer is yes, or so it seems to me…

Go here for the rest of Philosophy Professor Travis Dickinson’s thought-provoking analysis of the incredible claim underlying the birth of a baby boy to a peasant girl in a backwater of the Roman Empire two millennia ago.