What’s This? Atheist Group Files SCOTUS Brief Backing Christian Student’s Right To Witness

Three cheers for the American Humanist Association (AHA), which has filed a brief in the Supreme Court case of Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, that will be argue soon before the nation’s highest tribunal.

Contrary to the appearance of the case title, it’s about  the right of individual students  — in this case, Chike Uzuegbunam, a now-former Georgia Gwinnett College student — to share their religious faith on campus.

Uzuegbunam, who is represented in the litigation by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), had twice attempted to distribute Christian witnessing materials outside of two tiny “free-speech zones” on the campus.

The ADF is also representing Joseph Bradford, another former student at the Georgia school who “self-censored” after seeing how Uzuegbunam was treated.

“People need to be given every chance to preserve their First Amendment rights. While the AHA and ADF may approach the Constitution from different angles, at the very least we agree that First Amendment litigation and the associated rights are essential to our democracy,” AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt said in a statement announcing the brief’s filing.


 

What Kind Of Syrup Should Go On Your ‘Mantle Bottom Pancakes?’

If the headline above makes no sense at all, that’s almost certainly because most folks have never heard of Mantle Bottom Pancakes since they have nothing to do with breakfast. They have everything  to do, however, with places like the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Credit: Naeblys. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Mantle is what’s below the surface of the Earth on which we live and, as Reasons to Believe’s Hugh Ross points out, it makes up more than 80 percent of the total volume of the Earth. And, he points out, it produces tremendous benefits for us on the surface in at least five ways.

And what does this have to do with working on Capitol Hill, or believing in God? Science is a major issue in countless ways in Congress. The more is known, the better life can be. Or to put it another way, the more we know about science, the more clear it becomes that Creation happened by design, not by chance.

As an astronomer, Ross is usually looking up and away from Earth, but in this fascinating article, he’s looking downward, and the results just may give you a new insight into the world we inhabit and why.


 

You Only Get One Shot To See ‘Against The Tide’

“Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science” is a new documentary from Pensmore Films featuring Oxford Mathematics Professor Emeritus John Lennox and actor Kevin Sorbo, to be aired in more than 600 theaters across the country on November 19.

John Lennox, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science.

Lennox has debated the world’s most well-known atheists around the world — including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, and Michael Shermer — and is the author of God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?Gunning for God, and God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is it Anyway.

Kevin Sorbo is known to millions of Hollywood fans around the world as the lead character in one of the most successful syndicated TV series ever,  “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” as well as “Andromeda” and “Supergirl.”

Actor Kevin Sorbo in “Hercules”

More recently, Sorbo has become known for his faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. “I am frequently berated by Hollywood compatriots for my Christian faith,” Sorbo said. “This seemed a great opportunity to learn how to respond from a master in turning the atheist manifesto on its head. Furthermore, I get to appear as ‘myself!’” Not every successful actor gets to appear on screen as themselves.

For more information on tickets and where the film is being shown, go here.


 

Here’s Why The Case For God Isn’t A ‘God Of The Gaps’ Explanation

There is a a frequently heard claim by prominent atheist advocates like Sam Harris that Christians who argue for the existence of God are merely using God to explain the gaps in human knowledge about how the universe came to be, the origin of life, and other mysteries.

“Hey, we don’t understand how the world was created, or even if it was or has just always been, so that must be explained by a god,” is the alleged process atheists accuse Christians of following.

If you are a congressional aide who works on either of the Senate or House committees that deal with science and technology, odds are good you’ve heard this argument articulated more than once.

But, guess what, the same reasoning can be applied to “science of the gaps,” according to J. Warner Wallace of Cold-Case Christianity and NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective renown. “To deny personhood of the First Cause is science of the gaps,” he argues in the following video:


 

DOJ Warns San Francisco Officials They Can’t Limit Church To One Congregant At A Time

Department of Justice officials have warned San Francisco authorities that their decree limiting church attendance in the “City by the Bay” to one person at a time is unconstitutional and a violation of every San Franciscan’s right to freedom of religious practice.

Photo by Anthony Garand on Unsplash

In a September 25 letter to Mayor London Breed, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Drieband and U.S. Attorney for Northern California David Anderson wrote:

“San Francisco’s treatment of places of worship raises serious concerns about religious freedom. In particular, the limitation of indoor worship to one congregant without regard to the size of the place of worship is draconian, out of step with the treatment afforded other similar indoor activities in San Francisco, wholly at odds with this Nation’s traditional understanding of religious liberty, and may violate the First Amendment to the Constitution. Continue reading “DOJ Warns San Francisco Officials They Can’t Limit Church To One Congregant At A Time”

Here’s Why You Are The Very Best Evidence That God Does Exist

“It’s important to have reasons for what you believe. ‘If only God gave me a sign’ is a common thought people have if they are still unsure if God exists. And fair enough — it doesn’t make sense to ‘just have faith’ and throw reason out the door.

“But what if the best evidence for God’s existence isn’t somewhere up in the sky but is actually staring at you in the mirror? ‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made’ are words that the poet King David wrote thousands of years ago, and they are still true for each of us today.

“There’s something that sets human beings apart from all other living creatures. Our ability to fall in love, to appreciate the beauty that’s around us, and to ponder our own existence are amazing and unique qualities. No animal or plant experiences these things: only people.”

These are the opening graphs of Kurt Mahlburg’s post on his blog, Cross+Culture, on the challenging question posed in the headline above. Go here for the rest of Kurt’s thoughts.

Humans Wrote The Bible, So Can It Be Trusted? How About Darwin’s Origin Of The Species?

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve probably heard it often: The Bible was written by a bunch of fallible human beings, therefore it cannot be taken at face value as true and accurate.

J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Christianity, NBC’s “Dateline” cold-case detective.

Here’s the logic train: Humans are fallible. The Bible was written by humans. Therefore, the Bible is fallible. That logic train, by the way, is the product of a human, too, so, should it be accepted as true? That’s a discussion for another time.

And while we’re on the topic, when was the last time anybody told you humans are fallible, “Origin of the Species” was written by the human Charles Darwin, therefore Origin is fallible?

Anyway, Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace knows a thing or three about determining the credibility of witnesses (something that every legislative director and assistant on Capitol Hill must also know), and he has some even more arresting thoughts about that logic train in the following video:


 

What Roman Eyewitnesses Said About Death By Crucifixion

Just in case you think there is even the remotest of chances that Jesus survived the crucifixion, was revived in the coolness of the tomb, then somehow managed, despite having suffered grievous wounds, extreme shock and loss of blood, to move the huge stone that sealed the tomb, and, finally, overcame a crack unit of Roman soldiers, whereupon He then went and fooled the disciples into thinking He had been resurrected …

Stephen Miller has some facts and logic for you, based on what Romans, who perfected crucifixion as a form of capital punishment, said about the horror of it, beginning with the legal case that launched Cicero’s august career:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I assure you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

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.

China Rewrites Jesus With The Woman Caught In Adultery

Among the best-known passages in the New Testament are those in the Gospel of John describing Jesus’ encounter in the temple in Jerusalem with a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) doesn’t like that version of the incident, according to Christian Headlines, so the order went out to rewrite it in a university textbook used to teach ethics in vocational schools.

In the Gospel of John, the penalty for women caught in adultery under Jewish law at the time was death by stoning, and that’s the horrifying end the poor woman in this particular incident was about to experience when she was dragged before Him by the Scribes and Pharisees. Continue reading “China Rewrites Jesus With The Woman Caught In Adultery”

Sequel Coming! ‘The Passion Of The Christ: Resurrection’

Will this be the most successful film ever made?

Remember the 2004 movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” produced by Mel Gibson and with actor Jim Caveziel in the lead role? It was the most successful R-rated movie ever, grossing $612 million against production costs of $30 million.

Screenshot from the crucifixion scene in “The Passion of the Christ.”

The R-rating was a result of extraordinarily graphic presentation of the crucifixion, one of the cruelest and most painful methods of executions known to man.

“Passion” received three Academy Award nominations, though it did not win in any of the categories in which it was nominated. But making profits and generating cinematic celebrity were not the purpose for which the movie was made.

It was made to put the life of Jesus Christ, the single most influential individual in all human history, on movie screens around the world, and to that end, “Passion” was an amazing success because it succeeded in that respect despite the Hollywood Establishment’s active hostility.

Now, Caveziel is preparing to reprise his role in the sequel to “Passion,” picking up with the incredible resurrection after His crucifixion and death. Is Caveziel excited about it?

“It’s going to be the biggest film in world history,” he recently told Christian Post. This has the makings of what could well turn out to be the most successful sequel ever made.

Go here for more details from The Christian Post.


Capitol Hill Baptist Church Sues D.C. Government; Claims It Has No Alternative To In-Person Services

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. government are depriving Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) of its members’ only means of worshiping together, according to a suit filed on the congregation’s behalf in federal court.

First established in 1878, CHBC is attended by dozens of congressional staff members who live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood surrounding the U.S. Capitol complex.

Senior Pastor Mark Dever is a nationally known evangelical leader and the founder of the 9Marks organization that provides ministry and administrative resources for churches across the nation.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church Senior Pastor Mark Dever (Screenshot from CHBC video).

“For CHBC, a weekly in-person worship gathering of the entire congregation is a religious conviction for which there is no substitute,” the church said in its suit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Continue reading “Capitol Hill Baptist Church Sues D.C. Government; Claims It Has No Alternative To In-Person Services”

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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Rhona Craig, Communications Director for Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD). Screenshot from Facebook.

New Communications Director Rhonda Craig has taken over the thankless tasks of corralling the journalists, PR hacks and other disreputable characters covering Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD).  Rhonda earned her MPPM in public policy analysis this year from Georgetown University and her BA in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.

Tjesis Thatte has a return engagement in the office of Rep. Antonio Cardenas (D-Calif.) as Chief of Staff, following a stint at the Internet & Television Association (NCTA). Before that, Tjesis was Deputy Chief of Staff, Legislative Counsel and other posts for Cardenas, beginning as a legislative intern. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ On Up The Hill This Week”

New Survey Finds Millennials Much More Intolerant Than Boomers

A new survey of 2,000 demographically representative adults who were asked 51 worldview questions found Millennials are the least tolerant Americans and the most likely to seek revenge.

Dr. George Barna, Director of Research, Cultural Research Center, Arizona Christian University (Screenshot from Facebook).

Most congressional staffers are members of the Millennial and Baby Buster generation, with the Millennials tending to be in higher-level positions such as legislative directors.

The younger Busters are most often found in positions such as press assistant and legislative assistant.

Among the survey’s most controversial findings are these: Continue reading “New Survey Finds Millennials Much More Intolerant Than Boomers”

Did Jesus Really Claim To Be The Eternal God Of The Universe?

You’re strolling down a hallway in the Dirksen building when suddenly you are being accosted by a legislative counsel for your home state’s other senator.

You’ve not previously met the guy and, frankly, you’ve heard some whispers among colleagues that he’s, shall we say, a little odd. But you had no idea to expect what the guy proceeds to tell you now:

“Yes, I am the God who created and sustains the entire universe, including you. I know all things from beginning to end and nothing ever happens that surprises me because I see it before it happens. Oh, one more thing — accepting me as your personal savior is the only way you or any other human being can receive eternal life in Heaven.”

That scenario may be an imaginary one, but take yourself back 2,000 years ago in what is now Israel and odds are excellent you would hear about a Jesus character making such claims. You might even meet him on a road. Would you believe His claims about Himself?