I am leaving for my next three weeks in Russia on December 1st and will be back right before Christmas. My destination this time is the Russian Far East, which means I will be flying West all the way across the Pacific Ocean. with a change of planes in Japan. I will be crossing only (!) seven time zones vs. seventeen time zones if I were to fly over the Atlantic and then across all Europe and all Asia. I am already getting a little lightheaded even from merely listing all these locations, directions, and destinations! [Read more…]
Archives for November 2018
Atheists, secular humanists, and some others maintain “there is no God.” It is somewhat “faddish” among youth today, even those who grew up in the church, to announce that they are now atheists. Many other people, including Christians, struggle to gain certainty on the matter of God’s existence. Why the doubts?
Atheists deny the truth of the Bible, while doubts arise in others because they are shaken from their confidence in the clear declarations about God in the Bible. Neither seems to have considered that in addition to Scripture, God has provided external evidence to support His existence.[A discussion of one external argument for God is included below. Other arguments will follow in future issues of the Paraclete.]
With the increased use of social media and mobile devices, it is inevitable that it impacts the way we communicate. What about faith and evangelism?
In a new report produced in partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries, the Barna Group asked American adults how they discuss spirituality online. Through posts, comments, and profiles, many Christians believe that technology and digital interactions have made evangelism easier. The survey found that three in ten (28%) share their faith via social media, and almost six in ten (58%) non-Christians say someone has shared their faith with them through Facebook®. [Read more…]
You may remember the sensation created when it was announced that a scientific laboratory had actually used cloning techniques to produce Dolly the sheep in 1996.
For research on brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, more predictive treatment would result if research were conducted on primates because of the similarity of their brains to ours. Besides, cloned primates (which would each have an identical DNA makeup) would remove the uncontrolled variable of genetic differences and reduce the number of animals needed for any given study. [Read more…]
One factor reportedly contributing to choosing abortion is that the prospective mother can’t see the embryo or fetus growing within. Further, the abortion industry has convinced many that it is just a “blob of tissue” and not a real person. That may be about to change. [Read more…]