Why 20 Atheists Showed Up At Our Bible Study This Week

Why 20 Atheists Showed Up At Our Bible Study This Week

Over the past year of so, I have built a friendship with a local Atheist named Bruce. Every other month or so we meet at Starbucks and discuss our beliefs. An idea came up as we met about how interesting it would be to transfer our coffee house discussions to a public format and invite people from both his Atheist group and my Christian group to sit in and listen to our discussion.

via Orange County Pastor: Why 20 Atheists Showed Up At Our Bible Study This Week.

“Reason and faith therefore function in a complementary fashion. While reason in and of itself— apart from God’s special grace— cannot cause faith, the use of reason is normally a part of a person’s coming to faith and supports faith in innumerable ways. Faith is foundational to reason, and reason can evaluate or confirm faith.”

Samples, Kenneth Richard (2007-09-01). World of Difference, A (Reasons to Believe): Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test (Kindle Locations 1491-1493). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Why wait to pray?

Let’s be honest, we have all said at one point or another I will pray for you, and then just plain forgot. There is no telling how many times I have forgotten. That is why I no longer wait.  I pray as soon as I see a reason.
There are of course times when you can not bow your head and close your eyes, like when driving a car, but God understands that we can’t always pray out loud and prostrated.
We are to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17)  So there is no need to wait to pray until we are about to eat or sleep. If a cultist is knocking on your door, say a quick prayer, see an awesome sunrise, say a prayer, you are seconds from saying a four letter word, say a prayer instead.

The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe

An Evening Prayer

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing thy praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thou art worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified though all the worlds

THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

Did a Concern for the Species Influence Our Moral Development?

Did a Concern for the Species Influence Our Moral Development?

Some people think that morals evolved, but imagine… A time before modern farming practice multiplied  food production, the only transportation method was your feet, if you wanted to eat you either had to hunt wild animals, or gather wild growing plants.
Now imagine your tribe is hungry, not just a little,but hungry enough to fear death. You have a lot of weapons, but just haven’t been able to find food.. You stumble across another tribe that has used up all their weapons, but has food to get them by, but only just enough. If they share both tribes will die of hunger. Under these conditions can you imagine the tribe with the weapons saying oh well, it looks like our whole family will die of hunger so that these other folks can live?  Even today times of great poverty inspire theft and murder, My imagination just isn’t that big.  Yet I think we can agree, at least when we are not the ones sacrificing our lives for the betterment of mankind when it will in no way benefit our family is an extremely moral thing to do. How on earth did that thing become moral if even in this day and age most people do not have the ability to do it?

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