Ten Quotes About Christian ApologeticsGreat Christian Thinkers: Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics:
Great Christian Thinkers: Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics:
• Apologetics is not simply about reaching outside the church and helping people realize why Christianity makes so much sense. There are many people inside church congregations who are wrestling with apologetic questions; who come to faith but haven’t ...had all of their questions answered. I think the pastor, the preacher, needs to realize if they want their people to be good and minister to the faith, apologists and evangelists, they’ve got to be equipped. They’ve got to be reassured about their faith. They’ve got to be helped to be able to explain it and defend it in the secular marketplace. Now maybe many pastors and preachers say, ‘You know, I couldn’t do this.’ In which case, you need to bring somebody in who can. But there’s a real need for the local church to see this kind
10 Quotes of Faith & ReasonTen Quotes on Faith and Reason
It is not only reasonable to question when it comes to matters of faith, but also responsible. If we are not open to questioning certain beliefs, held by ourselves or by others, whether secular or sacred, then we will be tossed about on the waves of popular opinion, or become potential victims of those wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on the ignorance of others. - G.S. West
The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. - Blaise Pascal
I realize anew that, just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must also learn to trust God one circumstance at a time. Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don't feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth.
- Jerry Bridges
Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?
Today tolerance is being redefined to mean that all views are equally valid and all lifestyles equally appropriate. As such, the notion that Jesus is the only way is vilified as the epitome of intolerance. Rather than capitulating to culture, Christians must be equipped to expose the flaws of today's tolerance, while simultaneously exemplifying true tolerance.
First, to say all views are equally valid sounds tolerant but in reality is a contradiction in terms. If indeed all views are equally valid then the Christian view must be valid. The Christian view, however, holds that not all views are equally valid. Thus, the redefinition of tolerance in our culture is a self-refuting proposition. Moreover, we do not tolerate people with whom we agree; we tolerate people with whom we disagree. If all views were equally valid, there would be no need for tolerance.
Furthermore, today's redefinition of tolerance leaves no room for objective moral judgments. A modern
Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?Religious Tolerance: Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- An Introduction
Why can’t Christians just exercise their own faith, and leave alone those people who have other beliefs? After all, isn’t it judgmental and unloving to criticize someone else’s religious beliefs?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- The Age of Tolerance
Because we live in an age of tolerance where almost anything goes, openly questioning or criticizing other people’s belief systems can quickly get you labelled as judgmental, narrow-minded, bigoted, hateful, and even ignorant. And with regard to Christianity, Matthew 7:1 is often quoted (or should I say “misquoted”) to discourage Christians from putting other religious teachings and practices to the test.
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- Do Not Judge?
This assertion, however, is simply false, as the Bible clearly speaks out not against passing judgme
I am more than OKAre you Content?
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11
These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “Ill weeds grow apace.” Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has s
Part 1: Why does God allow bad things to happen?“I had heard about You before, but now I have seen You.”
This is part of a journal series examining the age old question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen?"
Part 2: http://fav.me/d6kwg5t "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
Part 3: http://fav.me/d6lobn0 "My end is my beginning."
Part 4: http://fav.me/d6mk391 "We don't know what good is."
Part 5: http://fav.me/d6nj8xh "Five points of light."
Part 6: http://fav.me/d6v2g6a "Why do bad things happen if God is good?" (audio)
The Father Who Gives You Strength
This excerpt is taken from "The Father Who Gives You Strength" by Max Lucado
It all happened in one day. One day he could choose his tee time at the nicest golf course in the country; the next he couldn’t even be the caddie. One day he could Lear jet across the country to see the heavyweight bout at the Las Vegas Mirage. The next he couldn’t afford a city bus across town.
Talk about calm becoming chaos. . .
The first thing to go is his empire.
Christians are FOOLS!!Christianity is for FOOLS
How many times have you had someone here at dA say that you are a fool? As a matter of fact, if they do... say, yes I am Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not ReallyBALANCE: Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really by Kevin DeYoung
There’s a new You Tube video going viral and it’s about Jesus and religion.
Specifically how Jesus hates religion.
The video—which in a few days has gone from hundreds of views to thousands to millions—shows Jefferson Bethke, who lives in the Seattle area, delivering a well-crafted, sharply produced, spoken word poem. The point, according to Bethke, is “to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion.” In the past few days I’ve seen this video pop up all over Facebook. I’ve had people from my church say they like it. Some has asked me what I think. Others have told me there’s something off about the poem, but they can’t quite articulate what it is. I’ll try to explain what that is in a moment. But first wat
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ARTGERMINATION - My Digital Art Chatroom
Many people has asked me about the rationale behind my nickname - Artgerm in many occasions. To me it is more than just a nick, it is actually my mission statement in my art journey, which I would like to see people get "infected" by my works and inspire them to create art. I've been drawing for the past 20 years, in which 16 years in digital medium. Art has already been part of my life long time ago - it is my passion, my profession and my life. Although majority of my time has been devoted to the commercial projects and my family and leave me very little time to impart my art knowledge to others outside of my studio, my mission statement has never and will never change.
As a result, I've decided to setup a deviantArt chatroom recently called Artgermination for all digital art discussions, which I put in a good amount of my time daily to interact with other dA members, sharing with them my journey in art and con
Introducing the deviantART Twitter NetworkGet daily inspirational artwork delivered straight to your Twitter feed! Even when you're away from deviantART, you can stay inspired while keeping a pulse on the deviantART community. DeviantART's Twitter Network is a series of Twitter profiles that tweet recently popular deviations in specific categories.
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These accounts tweet recently popular deviations in a given categor
The Bible calls Christians to defend the faith?Argue for the faith?
The classic verse promoting apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith) is 1 Peter 3:15; which basically says that believers are to make a defense "for the hope that you have." The only way to do this effectively is to study the reasons for why we believe what we believe. This will prepare us to "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” as Paul said we should (2 Corinthians 10:5). Paul practiced what he preached; in fact, doing apologetics was his regular activity (Philippians 1:7). He refers to apologetics as an aspect of his mission in the same passage (v.16). He also made apologetics a requir
I felt it boiling -collab-
I felt it boiling inside me,
Anger rising through my soul.
I tried so hard to contain it,
But soon it overflowed.
And I let it out upon you,
And you merely shook your head.
The single motion pushed me over the edge,
As I screamed in frustration.
And I left you there, fearing the person I'd become,
The person you would hate.
If only you weren't an angel with no wings
I might've learned to trust you.
Had I not been so jaded by rage
I might have seen you as my friend,
Instead of my enemy.
Tears came streaming down my face,
As I fell to my knees in disgrace.
Horror washed over my face,
What was happening to me?
I could hardly breathe,
My lungs felt on fire.
And a voice from my past whispered,
Reminding me of a thing called forgiveness.
"My child, I forgive you," He whispered,
And those words vibrated through me.
Filling me with hope and love,
Giving me a second chance at life.
Something I shou
He was there.Stolen were the gifts of life.
Taken away was the world's glory and gold.
Faint clouds of gray covered my land,
My riches and wealth fell like the rain.
Cold and wet soaking to my skin,
Like hands gripping me to fall.
But I continued to stand,
With the strength of my Savior holding me.
In the most hopeless of times,
He held me tight.
He rocked me in my pain,
Comforted me through the tears.
And surrounded me with warmth in this cold rain.
Even when I couldn't see Him,
He was there.
Dear Reader, You are enough. Dear Reader,
You are enough.
Commercials, schools, and employers can fool you into thinking that you need improvement-- you need to be thinner, you need more extra-curriculars, you're only valuable when you have 1-2 years of related experience or a 4.0 grade point average. But let me tell you you are not insufficient because someone dumped you. You are not defined by your employment. You are enough, my dearest Reader, and "enough" fits well in the right sorts of places.
I am not telling you to stop trying. No, always try, never give up. Reach for the star you want, but do so standing on the right sort of ground. Plant yourself, darling Reader, where people treat you like you are enough. Find friends who accept you. After all, they see you for the person behind the accomplishments and failures. And they will lift you up so you can catch that star you reach for.
What has the world taught you, that you cannot look at yourself in the mirror and be happy about what you see? Has the world to
The New Sta.sh CommentsToday, we've upgraded Sta.sh comments, allowing you to easily add formatting and media to comments. You can now pull in images to your comments and then draw on those images using deviantART muro! This new feature, powered by Sta.sh Writer, makes collaboration in Sta.sh even better!
Easier Collaboration and Communication
We're happy to announce the new Sta.sh comments. As you're aware, Sta.sh Writer allows rich text editing of literature and journal deviations on deviantART, and we're happy to expand this functionality to more areas of the site.
The new Sta.sh comments allows multiple features and rich text editing to be employed on these comments. Not only does it improve on functionality that already exists in comments, it also pulls in the full power of the Sta.sh Writer application into your comments, completely revolutionizing creative communication on Sta.sh.
Add Formatting and Media to Sta.sh Comments!
Add formatting to com
Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!New! Post to multiple places!
Since the release of Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer, there's been one feature in particular that we've been itching to release, and we're happy to announce that it's ready! Sta.sh Writer now allows for publication to multiple outlets, including your Gallery, Journal, or Group Journals.
How does it work?
1. Head to Sta.sh Writer and begin writing your entry.
2. Choose a skin for your Group from the right hand panel.
3. When you're ready to publish, choose any combination of your Journal, the Journal Portal (browseable by all deviants), and your Groups of which you are in an administrative class.
These options are perfect for those who may want to post the same message to their personal Journal and one or more of their Groups.
Keep in mind!
Submitters, be sure that you have the appropriate privileges to post Journals and/or deviati
My Deeper Involvement with the Art Community.Many new & interesting things have surfaced in my life online to help me connect with the art community better, and some of these may interest you.
Firstly I've finally setup my Livestream Channel and I have regular painting demonstrations for the community. If you curious about how I create my art and my different approaches, you are more than welcome to join me. Please remember to register yourself and put my channel in your watchlist so that you will get notified via emails whenever i broadcast my live sessions.
Secondly I have my dA chatroom called Artgermination, which dedicated to all Digital Art discussions. It has been running for a few months and it has now become a great place for many great artists to hang out and exchange art tips and knowledge. I am really involved with the chat regardless of my crazy working schedules and I am enjoying it. If you have some burning questions about digital art and th
Random Art Health TipsEDIT: Everyone has shared amazing tips. Please read through comments for more! Stay strong everyone!
There's no secret that being an artist is one of the most unhealthiest things in the world Sometimes we just get so lost in doing what we love to do...
Force yourself to take hour breaks. Get up and stretch, all that good stuff. Besides, the short little break might help you not think about your current project for a moment, and make you look at it again from a different light and spot some mistakes to fix
Invest in making your workspace as comfortable as can be. Get fluffy pillows for your chair, get a comfy cushion, make your desk as comfortable as you can. They're worth the money, trust me. @_@
Get one of those squishy toys for your desk. Every now and then when you're not holding your pen/pencil, just squish it a few times to keep your hands from cramping up.
Don't forget to breathe @__@ ... I know this s
Project Educate: 3-Dimensional Art Week 2011
3D Week Day 7 Features Added!
And that's a wrap! Our event list is complete
November 28 to December 4 is Project Educate: 3D Week!
Monday, November 28: 3D Printing!
3D Printing: An Overview and Interview with Professor Olaf Diegel
3D Modeling Contest
Tuesday, November 29: Resources for 3D Artists
Introducing the 3D Library!
Check out the new 3D Library!
Wednesday, November 30: Scavenger Hunt!
Types and Aspects of 3D & Scavenger hunt Contest!
3D Gallery Scavenger Hunt has ended!
Thursday, December 1: Improve your 3D Renders!
Why your Renders Suck and What you can Do About it! (Part 1)
Why your Renders Suck an
Thank you for making Creative Grants a success!Thank you for a successful first round!
On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program -- a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended and we've received over 500 applications! Thank you to each and everyone who submitted their creative project. You can check out the recipients and their projects here!
Get ready for the next cycle!
We'd also like to announce that our next cycle of funding is now open. Apply by describing the artistic endeavor of your dreams through our official application form. If you didn't get a chance to participate in the l
Game on! There's trouble at Holiday HQ!Oh noes! Holiday Trouble!
We're getting closer and closer to the holiday season! Unfortunately, in overwhelming excitement for this time of year, our chaos gerbils ran awry, and llama herds stampeded through our office. In the pandemonium, they left behind a huge mess, with stars and ornaments knocked off our tree, bows from our presents scattered on the floor, and Super Llama Plushies carelessly strewn from their shelves. With such clutter and disorganization, we need your help to clean it up in our newest holiday game!
What is it?
Head to Holiday Headquarters, and you’ll find the Holiday Trouble game listed under the ‘Events’ section.
Tutorial Showcase #6DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!
Theme for this time is:
Photo Manipulation/Photo Effects
This photo manipulation tutorial is one of the best ones I could find just because it is very well explained and has a nice end result. It is always nice to find a good end effect tutorial but often
Tutorial Showcase #1DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. We first started with this series in TutorialsForYou but we decided that you might want to see some tutorials as well. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!
Theme for this time is:
I noticed that we are lacking text effects tutorials and decided that this time we will talk ab
Poem Pays Tribute To Connecticut VictimsWritten by Cameo Smith
This poem has been circling the internet after the recent Connecticut shooting. I hope it encourages you.
Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
Those children all flew into the arms