Sunday, February 19, 2017

Carl Sagan and the "Insignificant Planet" Earth

The late American astronomer, author, and television host Carl Sagan once referred to Earth as an "insignificant planet." In a way he was right; Earth certainly isn't very impressive compared to other objects in the universe. But in another, very important way, Sagan was wrong - Earth is extraordinarily significant.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Weaponizing the Masses: A Warning to the Left

Do you love the smell of a burning, inner-city neighborhood in the morning? Do you like seeing stores looted, vehicles damaged, innocent bystanders beaten bloody, and cops shot dead when a trial verdict doesn't go your way or a politician you don't like wins an election? Is someone saying something you don't like sufficient reason to terrorize them? Do you like staging violence to smear public figures?

If so, well, this video is for you. Or if you know someone who needs it, gift-wrap it and send it to them with my compliments

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Is Anyone Out There? The Search for Alien Life and the Question of God's Existence

Not long ago, NASA announced that liquid water had been detected on Mars. This was huge news at the time, as it seemed to bolster the hopes of those who would like to find life outside of Earth. The search for alien life presents us with a fundamental question: if scientists find life on Mars or elsewhere in the universe, will this prove that there is no God?

In my presentation, I examine this question (and a number of related questions) in detail and hope the information and perspective provided will prove helpful to those who are searching for answers on this important topic.

Do Virtual Particles prove the Universe created Itself from Nothing?

Some have suggested recently that 'virtual particles' come into existence out of nothing, thereby proving that the universe itself could have come into existence out of nothing (effectively creating itself).

Is this true? What are virtual particles? Do they really come into existence out of nothing? Do they prove that the universe could have created itself?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Did Jesus Really Say He Was "Coming Soon"?

"Jesus is coming soon!" is a common expression in the evangelical church; but given that it has been 2,000 years since He left, skeptics frequently throw this expression out and ask "What gives?" Even stand-up comics sometimes use this in their routines to make fun of Christians and the Bible.

So what's going on? Is the Bible wrong? Is the Second Coming of Christ just another empty religious prophecy? Or is there another answer?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Prayer for Israel in Troubled Times

Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I come for myself and my family, and affirm the truth of your word that you have not cast off the children of Israel nor disavowed the covenant you made with Abraham to bless him and his descendants forever. Through Abraham, you brought about the Messiah, and he is the one who will inherit the promises; he and all who are in him, the natural branches as well as those who have been grafted in by faith according to your mercy. Of his kingdom there shall be no end, and Jerusalem shall be made a praise throughout the earth.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I speak blessing over the Jewish people. Remember your promises to them, promises to which they cling even now, although in ignorance that Messiah has already come. Multiply your blessings to them for the sake of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and all who have placed their faith in your word and in the name of your blessed Son. Lift the partial blindness that has fallen over them, that the son of righteousness may rise upon them with healing in his wings. Draw Jacob to your embrace, and Israel to your bosom once more.

Now, Father, ambitious men are entering into league with one another and drawing their plans against the Jewish people and the land you have repeatedly said is yours, where you have chosen to establish your name forever. Men have sought to do these things before, but never have they been so near to achieving their aims. For myself and my family, I disavow their actions. The land is yours, and only you have the right to give it to whomever you will. These are evil men, seeking to divide what belongs to another. They hold positions of authority, but they do not speak for all who live under their dominion. Indeed, as a nation we have chosen new leaders who have vowed to oppose their aims, and for this reason they are acting with haste, seeking to implement their schemes before power is taken from them.

Oppose them, Father. Let the fear of the Lord fall upon them and their allies and scatter them before they can do harm. Send your angels to bind the powers behind them, and to loose confusion and futility in their ranks. If it be your will, may they repent and turn from what they seek to do; but if they will not turn, and it is your will - for whatever reason - that they continue in their plans, even if only to stumble into their judgment, remember those of us who spoke against them and turn away your anger from us.

In the name of your blessed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom all authority is given in heaven and earth, we affirm your purposes and declare that we are in your hands, amen.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Should You Answer a Fool or Not?

“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” – Proverbs 26:4-5
Is this a contradiction?
No, this is a comparison/contrast. The ending of each verse tells us what is intended by the first admonition.
In verse four, we are warned against being like the fool, or answering him foolishly, that is, answering in such a manner as there appears to be no difference between us (manipulation, name-calling, wild accusations, sensationalism, "I know you are, but what am I?," etc). In verse five, however, we are counseled to rebuke the fool lest he appear wise, and to do so in a manner that cuts to the heart of the issue. I could point to numerous examples of this in politics and the media, where people routinely say foolish things but come across as intelligent and reputable in the eyes of some because their assertions go unchallenged by critical thinkers who know how to expose such things.
Taken together, these verses are counseling us to combat foolishness by addressing why something is foolish rather than by acting like fools ourselves.


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