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Darlene Zschech reflects on new era of worship music:
Songs used to be uptight, they're fearless now
A pioneer of the modern worship era, Darlene Zschech says worship music has changed considerably compared to what it was just 10 years ago. “In some ways it's just gone ahead in such amazing leaps and bounds. I love some of the lyrical content that is around at the moment,” Zschech..... More
Loud storms surround me, but by heart is tranquil
Hiero-confessor Roman Medved1 was born in the year 1874. From 1907, he served as a priest in Sevastopol2, spiritually caring for the sailors of the Black Sea Fleet. In 1918, Father Roman moved to Moscow, and was soon appointed the rector of the (now destroyed) Church of the Holy Hierarch Alexiy on Glinishchevskiy lane. Since then, for more than 10 years, the main mission of his life was the creation of a church community and the spiritual care of Muscovites. ......More
GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES
I’ve just finished reading “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel – a great read about the scientific evidence that points towards God. For this and the next few posts I’m going to summarise some of the main points made in that book.
The theory that the universe had a beginning, as opposed to just an eternal existence, is now mainstream cosmology. Mathematical models in the 1920s, derived from Einstein’s theories, predicted an expanding universe. Then Edwin Hubble explained that the red shift of light coming to us from other galaxies was caused by those galaxies moving away from us. Then in the 1960s it was discovered that the background temperature of the universe was exactly that which would be explained by a “very early and very dense state of the universe, which was predicted by the Big Bang model.” No less a person than Stephen Hawking says “Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the Big Bang.”
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.
The Big Bang, this immense explosion of energy into matter, included photons – “Let there be light” – Shazam!
The fact that there was a beginning has significant repercussions, because of something called the Kalam Argument. This originated with a Christian philosopher and was then taken up by some Muslim scholars in North Africa at the beginning of the 12th century. The argument has three parts:
1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
2. The universe had a beginning.
3. And therefore, the universe had a cause.
The first part of the argument is not the kind of thing that can be proven one way or the other. However, in our observations of how the world works, the premise is constantly confirmed and never falsified, meaning that we have better reason to believe it is true, than to believe that it is false. As explained in the book, if we hear a loud bang and you ask me what made that noise, and I say “Nothing, it just happened,” you’d think I was a raving loony.
And with The Big Bang accepted by most cosmologists as the theory that best fit the evidence as it is known today, it would seem that a cause for the universe is a very plausible theory.
Of course, a cause by itself does not automatically lead to a personal Creator, although apparently the Kalam Argument does argue for one. In my next post, I’ll cover some stuff that does indicate the likelihood of intelligent design.
None of the above constitutes proof of the existence of God. I don’t believe we will ever receive proof in this life, and I don’t want us to. As noted in a previous post, I believe that certain knowledge of the existence of God would give us the same status as Satan – who knew God, still rebelled, and has no way back. As it is, our own rebellion is forgiven through our faith. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Ephesians 2:8.
DHS Arrests American Priest in Philippines for Allegedly
Sexually Assaulting Alter Boys
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has arrested an American priest living in the Philippines for allegedly sexually assaulting at least seven altar boys. American officials apprehended the 77-year-old Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks on Wednesday in the community...MORE
UK Home office finally admits reason for underrepresentation of Christian refugees
The UK Home Office has finally acknowledged that Christian refugees in the Middle East are “reluctant” to enter the refugee camp system, but refuses to state this is because of persecution.
In response to a Freedom of Information request sent by a Barnabas Fund supporter, the Home Office admitted, “Minority groups may be more reluctant to go to camps. Many Christians live outside the camps and rely on churches and Christian support groups. .....More
Christian Persecution is Ignored Because There's No Word to Adequately Describe It, Says Bishop
While Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, it's generally ignored because, unlike Muslims and Jews, Christians have no good word to describe it, a UK archbishop has said. Anba Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, said because there is no Christian equivalent for words such as "anti-Semitism" and "Islamophobia,"....More
Derby Cathedral banned vicar for not paying diocese "protection money"
A prominent evangelical vicar banned by Derby Cathedral from preaching at the Derby University Christian Union carol service says that cathedral
authorities blocked him from the pulpit because his church stopped paying contributions to the Diocese of York in 2017....More
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Is China's Totalitarian Social Credit System Coming To The US?
Recently, The Organic Prepper reported some shocking news of China's newest rollout: a social credit system. It's a system of surveillance and
governance using a social scoring system based on the state's perceived trustworthiness of the individual. Not only are social media and financial accounts tied into a person's "score" - much like a credit score ....More
Why Did God Create Woman?
This isn’t a popular thing to say in today’s culture, but God created man and woman. Gender was a deliberate thing. It is part of who we are and how we are made. Does that mean that all men act the same? Or all women act the same? No. Does it mean that a little girl that likes playing sports is a boy inside? ....More
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Turkey refuses entry to N. American Christian evangelist
Turkish immigration authorities refused to permit Canadian-American Christian David Byle to enter Turkey when he returned to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport last week. After living and ministering in Turkey for the past 19 years, the 49-year-old evangelist was told by police officials on his arrival on 20 November that a permanent re-entry ban had been filed against him......More
Anne Graham Lotz on finding strength in 1 Samuel 16:7 amid 'humiliating trauma' of losing hair to chemo
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has shared images of her shaved head after losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and expressed her
thankfulness that God values other things above outward appearance. On Monday, Lotz posted an update on her battle against breast cancer..More
Australia: religious freedom in the balance
In Australia, religious freedom is facing its most serious threat to date. Throughout the nation’s short history, the idea that religious freedom is a fundamental human right has simply been taken for granted. Consequently, no legislation has ever been enacted to protect religious freedom.....More