Yes, the same Ben Carson who recently delivered a message at the National Prayer Breakfast. In this 10-minute interview with David Boze, he explains why he rejects Darwinian evolution.
I think one of the most damning pieces of evidence against evolution is the human genome. You can see that you have very complex, sophisticated coding mechanisms for different amino acids, and various sequences that give you millions of different genetic instructions — very much like computer programming, which uses a series of zeros and ones in different sequences, but gives you very specific information about what that computer is to do.
HT: Wintery Knight
A significant percentage of 18-29 year olds once raised in the church are no longer attending one. The social forces which once brought transitioning adults back to the church (e.g., marriage, child-raising) are being delayed, sometimes indefinitely. Moreover, our culture, as a whole, is less religious. For example, an Oct 2012 Pew survey shows those claiming “no religion” jumped from ~15% to ~20% from 2007-2012. Among 18-29 year olds, it’s one out of three (32%).
Yet somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of such young adults were raised in religious homes. At least temporarily, the church seems to be losing its youth in droves. I’ve recently read two excellent books on this phenomenon, Generation Ex-Christian and You Lost Me. Each is well written and rich in content and analysis.
The other night my wife and I were able to hear Andrew Peterson at the TruthXChange conference. I was so glad that he played You’ll Find Your Way, from his new album Light for the Lost Boy. It’s a song many parents can relate to. Andrew wrote it for his son when he turned 13, basing it on Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’”
In Chapter 3 of Saving Leonardo, Nancy Pearcey anticipates the change in rhetoric on display from pro-abortion advocates: Namely, an acknowledgement that, biologically, life does begin at conception. They’ve had to admit this given the advancement of ultrasound technology which lets us see inside the womb.
How, then, to justify abortion? Either deny that life = personhood (and define personhood as having certain mental capacities), or simply say that some lives are more important than others. The latter strikes me as a more honest representation of those who support abortion rights. John Piper writes:
Here are the first three (of four) videos from a recent interview of John Piper by John Ensor and Scott Klusendorf in recognition of January 22, 2013 being the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
This 18 minute video highlights John Piper’s racist youth, and how the gospel freed him. This is what his book Bloodlines is all about.
Dan’s work has been featured in leading evangelical publications, including Relevant, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, On Course, The Gospel Coalition, and others. He is a contributing writer for many publications including Stand Firm, Enrichment Journal, Crosswalk.com, Believe.com, and G92.com. Dan’s op-eds have appeared in Newsweek/Washington Posts’ On Faith section and other newspapers and opinion sites. Publisher’s Weekly called his writing style “substantive and punchy.”
Dan is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on TV and radio outlets across the country. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
I’m grateful that Dan was willing to answer a few questions for us about his book Real: Owning Your Christian Faith.