Using the link below, you can watch a “Veritas Forum” presentation at Cal Tech University by Dr. Francis Collins.
Dr. Collins is a world-renowned geneticist and physician who was Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He is a supporter of evolution who shares his journey from skepticism to faith as a follower of Christ. “Clip 2″ is his full 60-min presentation, followed by a 30-min Q&A with Cal Tech students. “Clip 1″ is a 5 min excerpt from the talk. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
This is an excerpt from the message “Gratitude from a Prophet” by Rev. Buck Day, Dec 4, 2011:
Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian woman who lived in San Antonio. She was a patient of a doctor by the name of Will Phillips. …On this morning Dr. Phillips went into his office with a heavy heart, and it was because of Edith Burns.
Edith Burns had this habit of introducing herself by saying “Hi. My name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?” Then she would later explain Easter and what it meant; and as a result, many people came to faith out of that. The doctor’s head nurse, Beverly, first met Edith when she went to take her blood pressure and Edith started the way she normally did, “Hi. My name is Edith. Do you believe in Easter?” to which Beverly responded, “Of course I do.” Edith responded, “Well, tell me what you believe about Easter.” She said, “It’s about egg hunts. It’s about dressing up. It’s about going to church.” Over time, Edith continued to press on her the real meaning of Easter to the point where she finally made a commitment to Christ.
Well, on this morning Edith came in and sat down with the doctor. As she looked at her friend, Dr. Will, she said “Dr. Will, why are you so sad? Have you been reading your Bible? Have you been praying?” To which the doctor said, “Edith, I am the doctor. You are the patient.” With a heavy heart he told her, “I’ve gotten your lab report back and it says you have cancer, Edith, and you are not going to live very long.” Edith looked at the doctor and said, “Why Dr. Will Phillips, shame on you! Why are you so sad? You have just told me that I am going to see my precious Jesus, my husband, and my friends. You are telling me that I am going to celebrate Easter every day. And now you are having a hard time giving me my ticket?” To which Dr. Phillips just shook his head in amazement.
So Edith continued regular visits to the doctor, and one of them was the day after Christmas. On that day, Edith didn’t show up. Continue reading →
This excerpt is from “What’s His Is Ours” by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, Christianity Today, September 2012:
Picture this: a bride and groom dashing out of the church, through the showers of birdseed and into the limo, all aglow with the light of love from the vows they’ve just taken. In the backseat of the car, en route to the reception, they embrace and kiss. Then the groom announces that he has something to say.
“Now you realize, my dear,” he begins, “that, as far as I’m concerned, we can’t really say we’re married, because I don’t know yet what kind of wife you’ll turn out to be. I hope for the best, of course. And I’ll help you all I can. But only at the end of our lives will I be able to tell if you’ve lived up to my expectations. If you have—then, and only then, I’ll agree that we truly got married today. But if you don’t, then as far as I’m concerned we were never married at all. After all, how can I call you my wife if you fail to be a wife to me?”…
But it would be just as awful a misunderstanding if the bride were to recite to her new husband the following speech: “I’m glad you married me. I’ve always wanted to be married. But mainly what I wanted was the status; I was tired of being a single girl. I’ll stick by you and never seek a divorce, so I can go on calling myself married, but don’t expect any closeness, friendship, or desire from me. I’ve already gotten everything I want out of you and I’ve already given everything I intend to give to you.”…
Comparing our relationship with God to a marriage is an age-old theological device. Hosea, the Gospels, Ephesians, and Revelation all use bride and bridegroom metaphors to illustrate divine-human relations…. Continue reading →
Question 1: What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
Answer: That I belong—body and soul, in life and in death—not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
This short clip (3 min) shows Martin Bashir interviewing Tim Keller at a forum at Columbia University in 2008. Tim Keller is a Presbyterian pastor and author who had recently written a book titled The Reason for God.