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May 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Christian, Biblical, and Small Group Coaching Questions from Tim Keller

May 18, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

36 Bible Verses on the Purposes of Suffering

  1. Suffering is used to increase our awareness of the sustaining power of God to whom we owe our sustenance (Ps 68:19).
  2. God uses suffering to refine, perfect, strengthen, and keep us from falling (Ps 66:8-9; Heb 2:10).
  3. Suffering allows the life of Christ to be manifested in our mortal flesh (2 Cor 4:7-11).
  4. Suffering bankrupts us, making us dependent upon God (2 Cor 12:9).
  5. Suffering teaches us humility (2 Cor 12:7).
  6. Suffering imparts the mind of Christ (Phil 2:1-11).
  7. Suffering teaches us that God is more concerned about character than comfort (Rom 5:3-4; Heb 12:10-11).
  8. Suffering teaches us that the greatest good of the Christian life is not absence of pain, but Christlikeness (2 Cor 4:8-10; Rom 8:28-29).
  9. Suffering can be a chastisement from God for sin and rebellion (Ps 107:17).
  10. Obedience and self-control are from suffering (Heb 5:8; Ps 119:67; Rom 5:1-5; James 1:2-8; Phil 3:10).
  11. Voluntary suffering is one way to demonstrate the love of God (2 Cor 8:1-2, 9).
  12. Suffering is part of the struggle against sin (Heb 12:4-13).
  13. Suffering is part of the struggle against evil men (Ps 27:12; 37:14-15).
  14. Suffering is part of the struggle for the kingdom of God (2 Thess 1:5).
  15. Suffering is part of the struggle for the gospel (2 Tim 2:8-9).
  16. Suffering is part of the struggle against injustice (1 Pet 2:19).
  17. Suffering is part of the struggle for the name of Christ (Acts 5:41; 1 Pet 4:14).
  18. Suffering indicates how the righteous become sharers in Christ’s suffering (2 Cor 1:5; 1 Pet 4:12-13).
  19. Endurance of suffering is given as a cause for reward (2 Cor 4:17; 2 Tim 2:12).
  20. Suffering forces community and the administration of the gifts for the common good (Phil 4:12-15).
  21. Suffering binds Christians together into a common or joint purpose (Rev 1:9).
  22. Suffering produces discernment, knowledge, and teaches us God’s statutes (Ps 119:66-67, 71).
  23. Through suffering God is able to obtain our broken and contrite spirit which He desires (Ps 51:16-17).
  24. Suffering causes us to discipline our minds by making us focus our hope on the grace to be revealed at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Pet 1:6, 13).
  25. God uses suffering to humble us so He can exalt us at the proper time (1 Pet 5:6-7).
  26. Suffering teaches us to number our days so we can present to God a heart of wisdom (Ps 90:7-12).
  27. Suffering is sometimes necessary to win the lost (2 Tim 2:8-10; 4:5-6).
  28. Suffering strengthens and allows us to comfort others who are weak (2 Cor 1:3-11).
  29. Suffering is small compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ (Phil 3:8).
  30. God desires truth in our innermost being and one way He does it is through suffering (Ps 51:6; 119:17).
  31. The equity for suffering will be found in the next life (Ps 58:10-11).
  32. Suffering is always coupled with a greater source of grace (2 Tim 1:7-8; 4:16-18).
  33. Suffering teaches us to give thanks in times of sorrow (1 Thess 5:17; 2 Cor 1:11).
  34. Suffering increases faith (Jer 29:11).
  35. Suffering allows God to manifest His care (Ps 56:8).
  36. Suffering stretches our hope (Job 13:14-15).
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May 10, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Best Southern Food Restaurants in Nashville, TN

Best Southern Restaurants in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin Area

1) Loveless Cafe (a little away from Downtown Nashville and the wait is kind of long, but certainly a Nashville classic)

2) Monell’s, Arnold’s, Bishop’s, etc… (I prefer Monell’s Cafe over the Manor, but the manor is certainly an experience).

3) Acme Feed & Seed (restaurant converted from old feed & seed factory)

4) Tupelo Honey (**)

5) Butcher and Bee (**)

6) The Farm House (**)

7) The Row Kitchen and Pub (brunch)

8) Martins BBQ or Edlys BBQ

9) Hot Chicken (Hattie B’s is probably better and more accessible than Pepperfire, but I’ll include the later)

10) Also any number of catfish places (Uncle Bud’s)

Probably the best way to determine “popular southern foods” is to look at what southern restaurants serve.

** I think these are all farm to table and you’re going to pay for that kind of meal. There is also Husk, which is probably ranks among the better of these.

The above is a list that happens to be numbered, its not a ranking. I’ve just divided the list by type a bit.

May 9, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Bible Verses on Christian Virtue, Leadership, and Wisdom

Here is a great list of Bible verses which highlight and speak to Christian virtues.  They would seem to make great memory verses and verses for meditating and reflecting on–and to keep one’s “eyes on the prize.”  Great jumping off points for self-reflection and a re-newal of purpose and focus.

Christian Virtue List–The Fruits of the Spirit:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5: 22-23, NIV Version

Love

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-7, NIV Version

Christian Virtue List

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4: 2-6, NIV Version

Christ-likeness

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 4: 14-16, NIV Version

 

Virtue and Mindset:

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4: 29-32, NIV Version

Focus, Meditate, and Dwell on What Is Right and Good:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4: 8, NIV Version

Seven Christian Virtues:

  • Prudence (Prudentia)
  • Chastity (Castitas)
  • Temperance (Temperantia)
  • Charity (Caritas)
  • Patience (Patientia)
  • Kindness (Benevolentia)
  • Humility (Humilitas)

Four Cardinal Virtues:

  • Prudence, from prudentia meaning “seeing ahead, sagacity”) is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.[4] It is called the Auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues) as it guides the other virtues.[5]
  • Justice is that virtue which regulates man in his dealings with others. Connected to justice are the virtues of religion, piety, and gratitude. [6]
  • Thomas Aquinas ranks fortitude third after prudence and justice and equates it with brave endurance.[3] Patience and perseverance are virtues related to fortitude.
  • Temperance, is that moral virtue which moderates in accordance with reason the desires and pleasures of the sensuous appetite. Related to temperance are the virtues of continence, humility, and meekness.[6]

FYI: These two lists may have more official value than it should, although these are all certainly valuable, helpful, and Christian.  Wisdom and prudence I think may be a little different, if we’re splitting hairs a bit.

Source: Wikipedia

Christian Virtue Resources:

  • The Sermon on the Mount (here)
  • The Beatitudes and Virtue (here)
  • New Testament Christian Virtues Article: (here)
  • Richard Foster author of Celebration of Disciplines
May 7, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Top Christian Philosophers, Apologists, and Public Intellectuals

The Best of the Best–the Top Christian Philosophers, Apologists, and Public Intellectuals

This quote is tounge and cheek–a bit of sarcasm, but its legitimately saying these are smart people across various disciplines including literature, philosophy, science, and art–listing 52 Christians in total.

“Some of the dullards who have believed in God are the musicians Palestrine and Johann Sebastian Back,; artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Caravaggio; writers such as Dante and J.R.R. Tolkien; philosophers such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Rene Descartes, Alfred North Whitehead and Anthony Flew; scientists (I list more of these because antithesis often claim that religion and science are incompatible)  such as Louis Agassiz, Andre-Marie Ampere, Robert Boyle, Tyco Brahe, Nicholaus Copernicus, George Cuvier, John Ambrose Fleming, Galileo, Pierre Gassed, William Harvey, Werner Heisenberg, William Herschel, James Prescott Joule, William Kelvin, Johann Kepler, Carolus Linnaeus, Joseph Lister, Charles Lyell, James Clerk Maxwell, Gregor Mendel, Issac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Max Planck, Bernhard Riemann and Nicolaus Steno.  The antithesis retort that these people are too old and dead to have been aware that science disproves God.  But here are brilliant people who believe in God today: Stephen M. Barr, Francis S. Collins, Simon Conway Morris, William Lane Craig, Owen Gingrich, Stanley Jaki, John C. Lennox, Alister McGrath, Kenneth Miller, Alvin Platinga, John Polkinghorne, John A. people, Marilynne Robinson, Hugh Ross, Allen R. Sandage, A.N.  Wilson, and N.T. Wright.  And that’s just the portion of Christians is to be found in departments of natural science than in departments of humanities or social science.  Among the leaders of the anti-theist movement today, few are actually professional scientists.”

(Jeffrey Burton Russel, Exposing Myths about Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends, p. 131-132)

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Another List of the Best Christian Philosophers, Apologists, and Public Intellectuals

There is a rather dubious misconception that doesn’t fully take into account that Christians have a number of leading writers, intellectuals, and speakers. Simply because these folks don’t make the NYT doesn’t mean they aren’t articulate and incisive in their analysis of social issues.

Here are eight that are positively heavy hitters—and two that are perhaps more debateable—but certainly find themselves on the God side:

  1. Anthony Flew (Oxford, Redding, Calagary,
  2. Mortimer J Adler (University of Chicago)
  3. Alister McGrath (Oxford)
  4. William Lane Craig
  5. CS Lewis (Oxford)
  6. EF Schumacher (Small is Beautiful)
  7. Francis Bacon (founder of science)
  8. John Locke (founder of liberal social contract that became the basis of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence)
  9. Copelston (wrote multi-volume set on philosophy thats a classic. Debated Russell)
  10. Einstein believed in a kind of Deist God, and was certainly anti-atheist. Einstein argued for an integration of thinking in this regard, not the over-simplified and anti-historical conflict thesis.
  11. Even Thomas Jefferson believed in God and the value of religion, he just thought the influence of a given denomination (say a particular brand of Calvinists on government was a bad thing, not Christianity).

You can look at the Veritas Forum.

Here is another list: List of converts to Christianity from nontheism – Wikipedia

Update:

Here are nine more to add:

  1. Ravi Zacharias (spoken at all the great universities in the Western world, but actually pretty globally as well)
  2. Os Guinness
  3. Sean McDowell
  4. David Bentley Hart
  5. Ed Feser
  6. John Lennox (Philosopher & mathematician at Oxford)
  7. Martin Luther King Jr.
  8. Billy Graham
  9. Reinhold Niebuhr (public intellectual)

Finally, here are four more, all Catholic that I accidentally left off:

  1. Alvin Platinga
  2. Alisdair McIntyre
  3. Mary Ann Glendon
  4. Peter Kreeft
  5. Here is a list of all the authors from the Catholic publication First Things: Authors

You could also probably add folks like Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and perhaps Oswald Chambers to the list. And there are a number of Christian writers who fall into this category.

This shouldn’t surprise us because Jesus, Paul, and David were among the key speakers and/or writers of the Bible itself—not to mention the Gospel writers.

April 30, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

The Most Inspiring Online Commercial

 

The “original” song from the Chainsmokers–Don’t Let Me Down

April 20, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Key Christian Apologetics, Philosophy, and Worldview Questions

  1. What does it mean to be a Christian?
  2. What are Christian virtues?
  3. How does the Old Testament differ from the New Testament?
  4. How can we be sure about the credibility of the Bible?
  5. Who was Jesus?
  6. What is the evidence that Jesus was a historical figure?
  7. What evidence suggests that Jesus was divine or that the Bible is divine in source?
  8. What is the Christian worldview?
  9. What is the atheist worldview?
  10. How can Christians answer the New atheist arguments?
  11. How should Christians approach challenges to the faith?
  12. How can I learn more about Christian apologetics?