Robots, aliens and superheroes are among the many topics that will be tackled this weekend at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's 21st Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Somewhere between 1,700 and 2,000 are expected to attend. Speakers will focus on three main topic areas — God and science, Christianity and culture, and historical apologetics. The theme is, "defending a never changing faith in an ever changing world."
The conference begins and ends with talks by Michael Behe on Darwinism. Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, is the author of Darwin's Black Box (1996), which is about the challenges to evolutionary theory presented by "irreducible complexity" in nature. The book was named one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century by both National Review and World magazine. more >>
The brazen intellectual bankruptcy of campus censorship never fails to impress. Yesterday, the Chronicle of Higher Education was the latest prestige publication to cover the California State University system's mass-scale de-recognition of so-called "exclusionary" Christian groups.
And how, pray tell, are these groups exclusionary? They're open to any and all students, but they merely require that the leaders of Christian groups be, well, Christian.
The unspeakable horror. How dare these organizations subject their delicate members to such exclusion and discrimination! The poor, fragile adults at Cal State are obviously completely unequipped to handle contact with private organizations exercising the same religious-liberty rights that are absolutely and unequivocally protected off campus. Doubt me? Try applying to pastor a church of a different faith and then sue when they don't hire you. See how long your case lasts. more >>
A couple in Florida will be allowed to keep statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on their property after initially being told by a homeowners' association that they could not.
Enock and Ines Berluche of Kissimmee will not have to remove the statues, after being told by the Shingle Creek Reserve at the Oaks Homeowners' Association that they had to do so.
The Berluches were given legal help by the Orlando-based conservative law firm the Liberty Counsel, which was founded by Mat Staver. more >>
In what sounded more like a gay activist screed in a high-school publication than a serious editorial in a major newspaper, the Charlotte Observer has officially declared war on people of faith and conservative moral values, mocking those who believe there is the slightest rational reason to resist the radical redefinition of marriage.
Making no attempt to hide its disdain for the conservative, historic position, and gleefully mocking the views of the majority of North Carolinians, the editorial begins with three sentences ending in exclamation points – when is the last time you have seen that in a major editorial? – deriding the idea that there could be any negative consequences to redefining marriage.
In fact, after scorning a circumspect quote from Tony Perkins on Monday's Supreme Court decision not to hear several cases addressing the redefining of marriage, the Observer states, "All that's missing is Bill Murray in the movie 'Ghostbusters' predicting 'a disaster of biblical proportions … human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together … mass hysteria!'" more >>
Efrem Smith, preacher, author and urban ministry advocate, delivered a challenging, uncomfortable and anointed message about evangelism, according to some of the thousands who attended or tuned in via a live webcast to the Exponential West Conference at Saddleback Church on Tuesday.
Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church, preached a message titled "Rethinking Evangelism Through the Suffering," making the case that the atrocities and painful conditions people experience today require a refocused approached to doing outreach.
He began by reading to the thousands in person and likely thousands more watching online, the description of the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual kingdom of God described in Revelation 7, specifically verses 9-17. more >>
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hasn't been seen in public for over a month, sparking questions and a wide-range of rumors around his disappearance.
USA Today noted on Tuesday that rumors include a possible coup; that the 31-year-old leader is facing health problems; or that there is a low-grade civil war in the Pacific nation.
North Korea has given no explanation as for why Kim, who regularly makes public appearances, has not been seen for over four weeks now. The last reports showed him attending a music concert with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, on Sept. 3. more >>