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Philosopher Alvin Plantinga Receives Prestigious Rescher Prize

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The world-renowned philosopher Alvin C. Plantinga has recentlyreceived the prestigious Nicholas Rescher Prize for Contributions to Systematic Philosophy, awarded by the University of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Philosophy, History, and Philosophy of Science, and the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science. Plantinga is widely known for his work in the philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and Christian apologetics, and he has revolutionized scholarly interest in Christian theism, shown naturalism/atheism to be self-refuting and incoherent, and set the new standards for the defense of free will, individual agency, consciousness, rational inference, science, objective truth and morality, and more. As a result, Plantinga has both directly influenced the entire field of philosophy and has mentored and inspired new generations of top scholars who are critiquing the reductionism, relativism, materialism, collectivism, scientism, positivism, determinism, and de-humanization of the modern era. In short, Plantinga has devastated the prevailing view in Western elites that human beings are merely “matter in motion” (i.e., purposeless, accidental, robotic products of a closed, natural world ruled solely by physical laws and that truth, reason, morality, and God are illusions).

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Blessing the Bully

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore founded AweStar Ministries, a missions organization that has put thousands of teens on fields ‘white unto harvest’ around the world.


Lately, bullying has taken a major place in the news. Television reporters act like it’s a new phenomenon, but it’s been going on longer than I’ve been alive. If we could go back to Cain and Abel and hear directly from them, I’m sure one or both would complain about being bullied.

But don’t think I’m in favor of bullying. As a kid, I didn’t like it. As an adult, I like it even less.

It may be hard to believe, but as a child, I was the runt of the litter. I’m the oldest of four boys, but my next younger brother has always been bigger and stronger. He grew up to become a state highway patrolman, carrying a gun and wrestling bad people to the ground. I grew up to become a youth pastor and missionary, carrying the thinnest Bible I could find and calling 911 when the bad guys showed up.

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Valentine’s Day in the Preacher’s House

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by Dr. Bob Rogers

 


I always thought that I was romantic. But having two attractive young daughters has taught me that I have a lot to learn about romance. (Sorry, guys, they’re both married.) According to my daughters, there are three different levels in a boy-girl relationship: 

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Integrity or Hypocrisy: That is the Question!

 

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.

 


Psalm 26:1-12

Introduction

Integrity or hypocrisy: that is the question!  This is a choice we must make.  Someone suggested there are three types of people in the world, believers, unbelievers, and make-believers.  Lord Bacon (1561-1626) stated, “An ill man is always ill; but he is then worst of all when he pretends to be a saint.”[1]

Dr. Elon Foster (1833-1898) shares, “A farmer called on the Earl Fitzwilliam to inform him that his crop of wheat had been destroyed by his hounds.  The gentleman inquired what his loss was.  He thought fifty pounds would not more than repay it.  The earl immediately gave him the money.  As the harvest approached, the farmer found that his trampled wheat was the most luxuriant.  He went again to the earl, and wished to return the money.  ‘Ah!’ exclaimed the earl, ‘that is what I like: this is as it should be between man and man.’  Then, writing a check of one hundred pounds, presented it to the farmer, saying, ‘Take care of this, and, when your eldest son is of age, present it to him, and tell him the occasion that prompted it.”[2]

From Psalm 26:1-12 we read, “Vindicate me, O Lord, / For I have walked in my integrity.  I have also trusted in the Lord; / I shall not slip.  Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; / Try my mind and my heart.  For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, / And I have walked in Your truth.  I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, / Nor will I go in with hypocrites.  I have hated the assembly of evildoers, / And will not sit with the wicked.  I will wash my hands in innocence; / So I will go about Your altar, O Lord, / That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, / And tell of all Your wondrous works.  Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, / And the place where Your glory dwells.  Do not gather my soul with sinners, / Nor my life with bloodthirsty men, / In whose hands is a sinister scheme, / And whose right hand is full of bribes.  But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; / Redeem me and be merciful to me.  My foot stands in an even place; / In the congregations I will bless the Lord.”

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Eternal Memories

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore founded AweStar Ministries, a missions organization that has put thousands of teens on fields ‘white unto harvest’ around the world.


Not long ago, my wife and I were coming home from visiting her sister in Hannibal, Mo. If you’ve ever been to Hannibal, you know every location seems to be named after one of Mark Twain’s fictional characters. There is the Becky Thatcher Café, the Mark Twain Dinette, Indian Joe’s Campground and the list goes on. But it’s great that my wife has such a cool place to call home. On the way back to Tulsa, we cross I-70 and on the south side of the road, a huge sign reads, “Nostalgiaville USA.”

We’d passed the place many times over the years but never stopped. Since we weren’t in a hurry and the next bathroom was miles down the road, we decided to stop and see what kind of nostalgia they were peddling.

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