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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

#MIRACLES hit the @NYTimes list again -- at #12!!! My thanks to all of you who bought copies! http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/hardcover-nonfiction/list.html … pic.twitter.com/AQ2Pu9BUFF

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'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian

But it wasn’t increased violence that primarily drove persecution to record levels in 2014, but rather increased “cultural marginalization,” according to Open Doors. In other words, the "more subtle 'squeeze' dimensions of persecution" which make "daily life ... harder and harder" for Christians. A substantial study by the Pew Research Center found that nearly 75 percent of the world’s population now lives in countries with high levels of social hostility involving religion. [CT compared how both groups rank the world's worst persecutors .]

3 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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7 Pop Hits You Didn’t Know Andraé Crouch Helped Create

In reality, he was an ambassador for gospel music at a time when it desperately needed one. CCM was seen as, at best, a tax write-off for most music outlets—a curiosity. But Crouch had a keen ear for pop music that he rooted in the gospel music that was his legacy, and it made for some truly addicting music. He fused unlikely genres and found something that was fresh, unique and deeply inspiring. He brought guitars and drums into worship music back when some churches were uncomfortable with overheard projectors. He was dangerous like that, and people loved him for it.

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Aerial Photos Expose the American Prison System's Staggering Scale | WIRED

Josh Begley ’s project Prison Map  provides a sense of the enormity of it all by giving us a fascinating vantage point from which to view the architecture of incarceration. Begley’s created a vast visual compendium of the nation’s jails and prisons, comprising more than 5,300 aerial images that offer a compelling metaphor for the rapid expansion of the American prison system.

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Innovative Apologetics: Jesus Christ vs. Muhammad: There is No Comparison

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Selma

These marches took place merely four years after the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates, to which many historians point as the moment when our presidential politics became defined by the television optics. King is very aware of this. He knows that while President Johnson can implore him in the privacy of the Oval Office to set aside the “problem” for political expediency's sake—the “problem” is that blacks were being functionally and systematically denied their right to vote by the whites in power—he can't ignore it if it's on the front page of the morning newspaper each morning and on the nightly news each evening.

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Source: Terror cells activated in France - CNN.com

(CNN) French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their social media presence and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated over the last 24 hours in the country, a French police source who attended a briefing Saturday told CNN terror analyst Samuel Laurent.

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Remembering Andrae Crouch, Dead at 72

Crouch was an innovator, a path-finder, a precursor in an industry noted for its conservative, often derivative approach to popular music. He combined gospel and rock, flavored it with jazz and calypso as the mood struck him and the song called for it, and is even one of the founders of what is now called “praise and worship” music. He took risks with his art and was very, very funky when he wanted to be. Tonight he died at age 72 from complications from Saturday's heart attack.

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Why Knowing About Jesus Is Not Enough

Three years ago, CT launched the Global Gospel Project , a multimedia initiative exploring the fundamental truths of Christianity. In the magazine, we framed doctrines in terms of how they arise from thinking about the three persons of the Trinity—year one, doctrines related to Jesus, year two the Father, year three the Holy Spirit. The project continues online, exploring teachings that connect to the Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, we’ve undertaken a new venture in print: “Re-word.” This will allow us to include more biblical exposition in our pages with articles that combine personal narrative and commentary from respected teachers and scholars. The series will not only unpack the riches of Scripture, but also show how biblical truth renews our lives. —The Editors

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Terror Comes and Goes, Again

Terrorist attacks like Charlie Hebdo come and go. Mostly they go. For all the grief, pain and outrage of the past 24 hours—from as always President Barack Obama down to the streets of Paris—does any serious person doubt that by this time next week life in the West will be back to normal? Life, which is to say daily existence defined by staring...

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Innovative Apologetics: Even With all the Time in the World - Monkeys typing aimlessly Results in No Shakespeare

14 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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3 Keys to a Successful, Non-Utopian Ministry | Prince on Preaching

Here’s the stark truth: If you aren’t having gospel conversations with your neighbors now, you aren’t going to do it on the mission field either. If you’re not discipling others in the faith now, you’re not going to in that new ministry location you keep dreaming about. So many of the changes and transitions we make in life are merely the futile attempts to escape the reality of living in a fallen world. We don’t want to deal with the real problems in our lives, so we imagine starting over from scratch in a new context where our current problems will be gone. We long for a fresh start so we begin dreaming up idealistic scenarios where we are freed from the worries that trouble us now. “If only I didn’t have to work multiple jobs…” “If only my church would support the work I’m trying to do…” “If only I had more passionate people around to help…” What we fail to realize, however, is that the problems we are trying to escape are not merely the result of present circumstances.

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20 Tips to help you finish your dissertation

12.  Stay on task.  Completing a dissertation, in large measure, is not so much a feat of the intellect as it is the result of discipline. If you are able to set aside large chunks of time with which to research and write, make sure that you are not using that time for other tasks. This means that you must strive against multi-tasking. In truth, studies have shown that multi-tasking is a cognitive impossibility.  Our brains can only concentrate on one thing at a time.  When we think we are multitasking we are actually “switch-tasking;” rather than doing several things at once, our brains are constantly toggling from one task to the other (listening to a song on the radio to reading a book, back to the song, etc.). You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish if you give an undistracted 60-90 minutes to something. Stay on task.

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God's Not Dead: God Exists: Information, Codes, and Organization

1. Because God is not only real, but necessary, the scientist who strives to analyze and evaluate evolution must utilize universal operating features of reason. This is the case since he is employing selected universal, immutable, and infinite features using his finite mind while he is not on a proper ontic ground to account for such and he lacks a proper epistemic position to discern truth. God is boundless in His knowledge, but humans are limited creatures who can never provide the infinitely-broad operational features necessarily utilized in all scientific research. One needs God as one’s ground for reason to account for all the implicit features of rational analysis. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for the analysis and communication of evolution? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in science; in principle materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground.

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Down Syndrome and the Image of God

As a Christian with a biblical worldview, I would have given this woman a different answer. As a theist, when faced with a moral dilemma, I have a firm anchor-point; God’s unchanging nature that grounds morality. I would challenge her to think about the God question. If God exists and has created human beings in his image then it would be immoral to end the life of this child just because he has Down Syndrome. This answer does not change from person to person nor culture to culture. It is an objective moral value. To terminate the child’s life, is to place oneself in a position reserved only for God. The image of God is a very powerful argument for equal rights for all human beings. There is no physical trait that all human beings share. There are tall people, short people, large people, small people, smart people, dumb people, those who are socially useful and those who are socially useless. Yet, we all feel that every human deserves to be treated equally. I know of no one who thinks attractive people deserve more rights than unattractive people. So, since you cannot put your finger on a physical trait that grounds equal rights then perhaps what grounds them is non-physical .

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Go live with Philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig's Defenders Class as he explores Christian doctrine, history, and the systematic defense of the Christian worldview. Get a chance to ask Dr. Craig live questions by creating an account and clicking on the chat window when Defenders is live.

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The Right Tool for the Job

Trying to convince someone about the Creator but unsure which resource is most effective? There’s one tool you might be overlooking. In fact, it’s essential for all apologetics.

21 Can an Atemporal Being Be Personal? | Reasonable Faith

"A thinking creature has will, reason and make choices based on reasoning. A creature beyond time and space can therefore not make the choice, since he is not bound by time and his reasoning can not work in any particular order. To act as the external cause behind the universe's existence could thus not the creator be a thinking being ("a mind") and therefore has not the same properties as the Christian God or any other gods. Second is "existence beyond time and space" a non-falsifiable concept and therefore have no place within logic. "

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Michael Ruse – has Humanism become a religion?

Kierkegaard explains why Humanism doesn't work. - In The Sickness Unto Death, Kierkegaard personifies an attitude with the average citizen (spissborger). This is an individual who is unconsciously fleeing from the opportunity to live an authentic life. This average citizen often appears as "morally superior" to others, but really this is an unreflected individual. The individual are being swallowed up by social norms and others expectations, without even being aware of this. The result is that the individual becomes alienated, both from himselves and the society. - An individual's values must be the result of an "existential awareness". The important thing is to preserve the independence and responsibility in interacting with other people, and it's precisely this ability the character never did develop. - A synthesis of individual freedom and existential integrity, however, can only be reached when the individual have seen through all the deception of society. Should someone discover their freedom in relation to others, the realization must begin from scratch, as an expanding opportunity that blows away one's definition of self.

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Ligonier.org

Dr. Sproul explains The Jews advantage and Paul’s use of “Chiefly” as being first in order of importance because the oracles of God had been committed to them.   Paul continues by emphasizing God’s veracity.   Paul discusses the question of our unrighteousness demonstrating God’s righteousness - does it make God unjust?

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Talitha Piper on Twitter

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Innovative Apologetics: Seeing the Powerful Patterns of Evidence for the Exodus

26 The dangers of judging others based on physical attractiveness

This is something that struck me very hard when I was a young man, and it was especially annoying when Christians did it. I always believed that the most important thing about a person was their character, and that this would especially be true for Christians. Imagine my surprise when I found that Christians in the church were just as likely to judge on appearances as anyone else. There isn’t much that people can do to improve their appearance, but we can do a lot to have good theology and sounds apologetics. But in the church, it seems to me that theology and apologetics are on no one’s list of priorities. If our job was to preach the gospel, then it seems to me that we should be valuing skills that help us show that the gospel is true.

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Sunday Quote!- An Eclectic Dialogue Between Christianity and Science

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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Author: Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

"The more science knows, the more amazed scientists are at how fragile and finely calibrated everything had to be for the universe to come into existence and then for the Earth to come into existence and have all the elements to support life," Metaxas said.

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The Virtues of Jazz

Any jazz aficionado knows the musical virtues of jazz, whether they are a musician, a jazz writer, or simply a committed jazz listener. In classical Western thought (that is, in the musings of cats like as Aristotle and Plato), a virtue is a kind of excellence in performance that flows from a settled habit. One who plays the flute as it ought to be played—the proper tone, pitch, and timing—displays a virtue or sharp skill in that musical instrument. One may be virtuous with respect to any endeavor worth doing, since anything worth doing is worth doing well. One who masters a worthwhile skill is a virtuoso . On the other hand, those who attempt to play the flute—or lead a jazz band—and fail to master the requisite skills for these endeavors display vice. This term has come to be associated with things like "the vice squad," but historically it applies to any task done so poorly as to merit criticism. For example, a drummer who often plays behind the beat or in the wrong time signature fails to perform properly—to keep the beat. As such, the playing is musically vicious (although not morally so).

30 How much affection, affirmation and approval should come from God vs from a woman

It is an intensely human endeavor. It is the quest we all pursue. We all want to feel good about ourselves. We all want to think that we are okay. It is a fearful and anxious quest from which only grace can free you. Here’s what happens to us all—we seek horizontally for the personal rest that we are to find vertically, and it never works. Looking to others for your inner sense of well-being is pointless. First, you will never be good enough, consistently enough, to get the regular praise of others that you are seeking. You’re going to mess up. You’re bound to disappoint. You will have a bad day. You’ll lose your way. At some point, you’ll say or do things that you shouldn’t. Add to this the fact that the people around you aren’t typically interested in taking on the burden of being your personal messiah. They don’t want to live with the responsibility of having your identity in their hands. Looking to people for your inner self-worth never works. The peace that success gives is unreliable as well. Since you are less than perfect, whatever success you are able to achieve will soon be followed by failure of some kind.

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For the first time ever, a Tiffany’s ad features a gay couple

This time around, the only difference is that said couple is composed of two men, making them the first gay couple ever featured in the luxury jeweler’s engagement campaign,  according to Elle . The future husbands, who can be seen sharing a loving moment on the stoop of a brownstone, are not models, but a real-life New York couple, according to Elle.

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Love at First Sight

In featuring a wide range of topics addressed by writers both diverse in viewpoint and unified in spirit, Books & Culture pulls off a challenging feat. The ability to publish essays that are both specialized and accessible is an enormous gift to the Christian community. For example, Books & Culture featured an essay by the theologian Hans Boersma on the Eucharist . That opened up passageways I didn't know existed, leading me to places I'm very grateful to be. Absent a magazine willing to publish that kind of writing, it would be considerably less likely that a non-theologian like me would encounter such ideas. I can say the same about any number of other disciplines and fields: I came into contact with the powerful writing of the poet Christian Wiman through a Books & Culture interview, a very fruitful discovery.

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Drew Belsky - 2015's Most Pressing Social Justice Issue: The Unborn

But modern social justice did not start when Michael Brown died. America's most important civil rights movement is 42 years old and getting larger. It protects minorities, women, the poor, and children, and brings the nation's largest march to Washington each year.

35 Sunday Quote: Frank Tipler on Cosmology - Apologetics 315

Sergio, It doesn't appear that you understand what is being written by me and others. I will take the blame and say that we are being unclear. Thus, let me attempt to present more clearly the discussion at hand, and hopefully you will be able to follow. I'm also somewhat troubled by your inability to remember what you have already said (or go back and read it). This has caused clear misunderstandings in your response to me, and I hope I will make that clear in what follows. For instance, you say in response to me, "My questions are scientific in nature. Period." If you look at what you actually asked in your original comment, you will see that this is incorrect. You asked how certain things from the Bible comport with the laws of physics. This is a fair question, but the nature of the question is not scientific. Questions about the ability of physical laws to allow/disallow certain events are metaphysical questions, because they transcend the laws themselves. Studying, measuring and analyzing a repeated pattern in nature (i.e. science) cannot tell us whether or not the event will continue to be repeated in the future, or whether or not it has always been this way in the past, etc.

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Human Trafficking

Such repulsive slavery is a consequence of our fallen world, a vile distortion of God’s plan for human relationships. God made life in the Garden of Eden a paradise, but man sinned and that sin infects our culture today. God created a man and a woman to be companions, married to one another in a faithful, lifelong relationship ( Matthew 19:3–5 ; Ephesians 5:22–33 ), but sex trafficking is the furthest thing from that ideal.

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

Q: “Doesn’t it take more faith to believe we just got here by accident than to believe God put us here?” A: “Yes!” pic.twitter.com/5C8W2QY23K

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The Christian Post on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Brits fear criticising Islam, says Lord Carey – Premier Premier

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has said the UK's fear of criticising Islam has led to a 'de facto blasphemy law'.

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Resolute: Discipleship (Louisville, KY)

Conference Summary:  Jesus deploys His disciples on a global mission. In fact, central to the mission is a call to discipleship.The objective is to make disciples of all peoples teaching them to obey all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). The question is…does your life include a passion to for discipleship? Does your life mirror Paul’s when he says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Paul was a man eager to be discipled by Jesus and, in turn, to disciple others and you also are called by God and commissioned by Jesus to this great work of discipleship.

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Bishop to sleep rough to highlight homelessness – Premier Premier

An Anglican bishop is to sleep on the streets to show his support for a campaign trying to raising awareness of homelessness.

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Is the Kalam Cosmological Argument Circular?

Dr. Craig: The claim here is that the kalam cosmological argument is unscientific because it presupposes that there exists such a thing as absolute simultaneity and that that is in contradiction with relativity theory. Now, I think this is a mistake on the student’s part on more than one level. What ever you think about the relativity of simultaneity or not, I think it is just a mistake to think that the cosmological argument relies on the notion of absolute simultaneity. When I look at his justification for this claim, he says, “it is logically impossible for a causal action to be ‘before’ its effect.” So he thinks that causal actions are either simultaneous with their effects or later than their effects. Now, presumably, he doesn’t endorse retro-causation; that would really be unscientific. So presumably he is saying here that it is logically necessary that causal actions be simultaneous with their effects. And that is indeed what I think, at least not with logical necessity, but metaphysical necessity. So I wonder what’s the problem? Well, he says this is problematic because

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Pope rejects Marxist criticism – Premier Premier

Pope Francis has said his care and concern for poor people is a 'touchstone' of his Christian faith and not some communist-inspired ideology.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Bill Nye's Religion is the Fuel for His Wrath

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Sean McDowell on Twitter

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Ligonier.org

What was significant about Christ’s baptism and how is it relevant for our salvation? R.C. Sproul looks closely at the baptism of Jesus.

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"A Crown of Swords" and "The Path of Daggers"- A Christian Reflection on the Wheel of Time

Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, “The Wheel of Time,” has much to reflect upon from a Christian perspective. Here, I’ll be examining books seven and eight, “A Crown of Swords” and “The Path of Daggers.” There are minor  SPOILERS  from both books here. Please do not share spoilers from later books for the sake of readers.

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David Wood on Twitter

Here's a sahih hadith in which Muhammad approves of a man killing the mother of his kids for criticizing Muhammad. pic.twitter.com/cMZufvmeOU

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WORLD | Nigeria attack: Too many bodies to count | Jamie Dean | Jan. 10, 2015

The recent attack began on Jan. 3, as Boko Haram militants stormed the city of Baga in the northeastern state of Borno, near the border of neighboring Chad. In August, Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, declared “an Islamic caliphate” in Borno State, and seized as much as 70 percent of the region through relentless attacks.

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Answering Muslims: Nigeria: Jihadists Use Ten-Year-Old Girl as Suicide Bomber

The prophet of islam assaulted a Nine year old girl: His follower used a ten year old girl as a suicide bomber. They both killed the child.