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Five years after quake Haitians 'in desperate situation' – Premier Premier

More than 85,000 people in Haiti are living in make shift camps five years on from the country's devastating earthquake, a Christian charity has said.

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What Keeps Us From Having Deeper Friendships

As an type A personality I tend to have a few high quality friendships. The reason that I connect with my close group of friends is mainly because we do not lay around and drink coffee for 3 hours nor do we watch any sporting events. Rather, we chose to spend our time in a lively conversation or doing work with our hands which is both enjoyable and efficient.

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WORLD | Judge declares South Dakota marriage law unconstitutional | The Editors | Jan. 12, 2015

Six couples sued for the right to receive marriage licenses in South Dakota. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls, S.D., ruled in their favor, but stayed her ruling pending appeal. Until today, South Dakota was one of the dwindling number of states where laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman still stood. Neighboring North Dakota and Nebraska both have standing marriage amendments, though a suit has been filed challenging the law in Nebraska.

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The Briefing 01-12-15

1) Coverage of Atlanta Fire Chief reveals erotic liberty now more fundamental than religious

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The Christian Post on Twitter

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Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show… Again

‘Welcome to America’ is a special song because I think everyone has a unique perspective on America. I wrote the song from three different perspectives…You’ve got a guy who’s from one community, another guy from a completely different community and then you’ve got a person who’s not from America and [it's] their perspective on what America is. Everyone sees it differently, through different lenses, and it makes us take a step back and look at ourselves.

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Why did the world ignore Boko Haram's Baga attacks?

As media coverage focused on the Paris terror attacks last week, more than 2000 Nigerians were reported to have been killed by Islamist militants. What makes one massacre more newsworthy than another?

9 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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#ExtinguishIntolerance

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion for all Americans, regardless of belief, and you have publicly advocated for making Atlanta “a more welcoming city for all of her citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, and religious beliefs.” In light of this, your decision to terminate Atlanta's distinguished Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran — a public servant with more than three decades of experience who has served President Obama as U.S. Fire Administrator and was unanimously confirmed as Atlanta’s fire chief —constitutes the absolute height of hypocrisy.

11 Grace to You Radio

Jesus said if you want to see the kingdom of God, you must be born again. So what does it mean to be born a second time—to be regenerated? Find out in John MacArthur’s new study, The Second Birth .

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God Is at Work in Your Unremarkable Days

This Book enlightens and confounds, humbles and encourages me. It has more wisdom in it than can possibly be mined in a lifetime. It speaks to me in the things that it explicitly says, and also in what it doesn’t say. This January, Genesis is speaking to me of the work of God in the unremarkable years — all the years spanning between God’s recorded historical in-breakings.

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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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What to Say to Church Members Leaving for Bad Reasons

Bad response: “What can we adjust in our church for you?”  Sometimes people are just not going to like your church. Sometimes they’re going to be annoyed and even angered by petty things. And it’s not the church’s job, or a pastor’s job, to pacify every complaint. That’s not how biblical leadership works. At some level, a pastor needs to understand that it’s okay for people to leave, and to not be afraid of this possibility. If he feels personally threatened whenever someone wants to go elsewhere, he may want to examine his own heart.

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An explanation of Islam’s relation to terrorism and violence

T he world is being subjected to horrific images of religious violence. The Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria records its beheadings. Boko Haram in Nigeria parades hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls. Al-Shabaab in Somalia attacks a shopping mall in Nairobi. These barbaric acts can make us feel helpless, fearful, angry, and even guilty, because there seems to be little we can do to stop them. Meanwhile, commentators traipse from one television channel to the other, presenting their analyses. Some condemn IS and Boko Haram but assure viewers that their acts have nothing to do with true Islam. Others opine that IS and Boko Haram do represent Islam’s true face. Neither perspective is helpful. Both distort the nature of Islam and its relation to terrorism and violence.

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Boko Haram is turning into the next Islamic State

Last week, the group committed its worst massacre yet, killing as many as 2,000 people in Baga. Most of the victims were reportedly children, women and elderly people who “could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents,” The Guardian reported . Civilians gave up on trying to count all the bodies.

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Wife Shares The Most Amazing News to Her Husband in a Photo Booth

This wife, Jessica, came up with a brilliant way to share great news with her husband. She had just got the news that she was pregnant. Instead of just telling her husband outright, she came up with this awesome plan.

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“The Los Angeles Theology Conference is an exciting new venture. It not only provides high-level theological discussion for people on the West Coast. At the same time it also makes a signal contribution to revitalizing interest in the kind of classical theological themes that are essential to the future of the church. Its proceedings promise to be a standard point of reference in the years to come.” —George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

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World Mourns French Victims but Ignores Horrific Boko Haram Massacre of Nigerians, Catholic Archbishop Accuses

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jos has accused the western world of focusing on mourning last week's terror attack in France, while ignoring the ongoing massacre of Nigerians, including many Christians, at the hands of terror group Boko Haram. As many as 2,000 people  are believed to have been killed and several churches were burned in one of the deadliest attacks last week in Baga.

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The Shocking Words of Christ

Second, Jesus’s harsh words to the woman are intended to instruct others in the nature of persevering faith. In the accounts that immediately precede and follow our text, Jesus’s apostles demonstrate their lack of spiritual perception (Matt. 15:18-19, 33), highlighting the contrast between their “little faith” (8:26; 14:31; 16:8; 17:20) and the woman’s great faith. This suggests that Jesus intends his interaction with the woman to teach the apostles—and all who follow him—what it means to have a faith that overcomes all barriers. Such faith perseveres and will not fall away in times of testing (10:22; 13:21). [7]

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Pelosi: Time is now for gas-tax hike

Falling oil prices give Congress a great opportunity to hike the gas tax, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.  But the Democratic leader also cautioned that her party won't trade the store in return for the gas-tax increase being floated by some Republicans. ADVERTISEMENT "I can't respond to their proposal because I don't know what it is," Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. "But I do think that if there's ever going to be an opportunity to raise the gas tax, the time when gas prices are so low — oil prices are so low — is the time to do it." At 18.4 cents per gallon, the current gas tax hasn't changed since 1993, and many environmental and infrastructure advocates are urging an increase to help eliminate annual deficits plaguing the Highway Transportation Fund. That fund is filled primarily by the gas tax, but the combination of rising infrastructure costs and more fuel efficient vehicles has created a shortfall that reached $16 billion last year.  In the upper chamber, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are pushing legislation to increase the levy by 12 cents over the next two years.

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Catalyst Podcast

Catalyst is always on the cutting edge of leadership development. What a great way for leaders, both young and old, to learn valuable leadership ideas as well as be entertained. The podcasts are a great, in-depth preview for what the actual conference is like. I would recommend for anyone who wants to influence the direction of their church and community to check it out.

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God's Not Dead: Science Discovers Truths the Bible Revealed Long Ago: God is the Foundation for Science

Rational pre-commitments assist in directing one’s investigation and analysis of the data (as well as its interpretation and communication). This admission is often difficult to get from some atheistic inquirers to acknowledge. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for science, analysis and research? Christian theism can deliver the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in rational enquiry; in principle, materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is obligatory to account for scientific analysis is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground it, but to account for it and its preconditions—all the universal operational features of knowledge. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the analytical enterprise. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of the intellectual examination of evidence. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, attributes, identity, and the uniformity of the physical world.

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1.6m join 'unprecedented' march against terror

World leaders linked arms in an extraordinary show of solidarity as an estimated 1.6m people marched against terrorism in Paris.

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Church Membership in Theory and Practice with Ligon Duncan

Should the everyday Christian care about something as old-fashioned and outmoded as church membership? Does its practice make sense in contexts without church discipline? Isn’t it just a “Baptist thing”? Mark Dever interviews Ligon Duncan about all this and more in the latest 9Marks Leadership interview: “Church Membership in Theory and Practice.”

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Be Temperate and Prudent

Drinking is only one area in which excess can occur. Overeating has been called the preacher’s sin, and often that’s a just criticism. If a man cannot exercise self-control and discipline over something as basic as his physical appetites, he proves that he is irresponsible, immature, and unfit to lead. A leader who displays uncontrolled excess of any kind weakens his testimony and cripples his usefulness. Paul’s point is clear: Godly spiritual leaders must be moderate and balanced in every area of life. [1] https://www.gty.org/Blog/B130808/personal-priorities-for-godly-leaders

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Jonah Goldberg: Islam reformer being ignored

Jonah Goldberg: Islam reformer being ignored Before Paris attack, Egypt's president called on religious leaders to lead. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1Is6c7j

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Ligonier.org

In the twenty-first century, being alone and withdrawing mean much more than being the only person in the room. They mean being unplugged. In our appreciation for the help that technology can bring, we have perhaps been unaware of its more subtle dangers. And its dangers are not simply located in the content that technology can deliver, harmful as that may be. Its dangers lie also in the behavior that is required by its use. Owning a smartphone creates the peer pressure of immediate communication. How many times a day do you check your email — by phone, computer, laptop, or tablet? How many times do you check it even when you’re in the middle of a conversation? Also, with the reality of our new penchant to be in constant contact comes the reality of others’ constant expectations of us. Owning a cell phone brings expectations that one should never be alone.

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Apologia Podcast

Welcome to Apologia, the premier podcast where the latest scientific discoveries are discussed in context of their apologetic significance to the Christian faith.

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How to Be Captured by God’s Glory

At the beginning of the book of Nehemiah, he asks about the Jews who were returning to Jerusalem. He wanted to know how God’s people were doing. Does the scope of your concern only wrap around you and your family? We exist for God and his kingdom, and that is where we flourish and grow. When we are captured by God’s glory, we want to move deeper into his story.

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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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TGC Spotlight 01.09.15

In 2014, four issues generated enough public concern over enough months for at least 10% of Americans, on average, to identify each of them as the nation’s most important problem. Complaints about government leadership — including President Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress and general political conflict — led the list, at 18%. This was closely followed by mentions of the economy in general (17%), unemployment or jobs (15%) and healthcare (10%).

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Ears Wide Open: My Double, My Brother - Buzzbands.LA

The bright, earnest indie-rock of My Double, My Brother falls into the lineage of bands such as the Little Ones, Local Natives, early Vampire Weekend and the Postelles — the rush of sharp guitars, clattering percussion and winsome vocals. The Long Beach quintet’s new single “I’ll Die” isn’t nearly as fatalistic as its title; the song will appear MDMB’s sophomore album “Shelves,” out Feb. 10. The fan-funded release follows 2011′s “We Found Beneath the Ground,” and it finds the quintet — singer-guitarist Joel Hasemeyer, guitarist Andy Leong, bassist Evan Eliason, keyboardist/horn player Beau Knechtel and drummer Matt Bushyeager — decamping with Orange County producer Jon O’Brien. Here’s a song for your morning rally.

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Would Most American Churchgoers Skip Service to Watch Favorite NFL Team?

In the midst of the NFL playoffs, some churchgoers might find themselves in a quandary over whether to skip a worship service or watch their favorite football team still in the hunt, but a recently released survey shows that most churchgoers would rather attend worship service.

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The Mission Creep of Dignity

Dignity, rightly understood, has less to do with autonomy or independence than with the ability to flourish. And “flourishing personhood,” as sociologist Christian Smith writes, does not fare equally well under every set of social conditions. Rather, “it is fostered by certain social practices, institutions, and structures and hampered and damaged by others.”

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Border Crisis = Church Opportunity

A feeling of hopelessness and insecurity in Central America has fueled the exodus of 43,000 unaccompanied Central American children and teenagers to the US border this year, a ten-fold increase since 2009. The origin of the crisis lies in the growing menace of the violent narco-trafficking underworld in three countries: Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Paradoxically, many of the roots of the crisis lie in the very country to which the children are fleeing—our own society's insatiable demand for narcotics, and the network of gangs originating in Los Angeles which have extended their talons deep into Central America.

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Discretion, Free Speech and 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thanks for a view which finally isn't one-sided, it's hard do see something like that in today's world.. Things nowadays SEEM to be black-and-white, you're either a conservative (with Bible in one hand and shotgun in the other) or liberal (do just the opposite of what the other side would want), either socialist (everything the same for everyone no matter how much you work for it) or capitalist (law of the jungle), either pro-free-speech or a terrorist.. I know it's easier to create these extremes which you can then align with because it needs less thinking.. But the world is much more complex and people should try to put more effort into thinking to understand it, not oversimplify it.. But to the original topic:

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Do viruses make us smarter?

Inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterize the human brain, researchers say. They have found that retroviruses seem to play a central role in the basic functions of the brain, more specifically in the regulation of which genes are to be expressed, and when.

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Attention: Sufjan Stevens Is Releasing a New Album in March

F ive years after the release of the experimental electronic LP The Age of Adz , Sufjan Stevens has announced that he is releasing a new album. Carrie & Lowell —named for his mother and stepfather—drops on March 31. A press release for the album explains that the new record is an exploration of "life and death, love and loss, and the artist's struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love." If this brief album trailer is any indication, it sounds like Carrie & Lowell may be a return to the dreamy, folk sounds of his earlier work ...

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7 Bible Verses That Will Help You When Choosing Career Decisions

When it comes to making a decision for our career it can sometimes be the hardest decision we will ever have to make. It is without a doubt very stressful, and on top of that we never know if we are making the best decision for ourselves.

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Design Should Matter More to Christians

As an architect, and someone interested and involved in various forms of art, I could never understand why Christian book covers, websites and other publications had to have the most disgusting graphic design ever. Great content and a true ministry deserves the best wrapping. I am not saying to judge everything by the first impression of it, but why not make that first encounter visually appealing and radiating a sense of excellence in the way it is presented? Fortunately there has been a great improvement in this field recently. Let us remember that everything God created was GOOD. He himself said so in Genesis. Also, everything God commanded Israel to build was very detailed and required top quality material and craftmanship. I believe our Jesus is a God of excellence and He is pleased in us being aware of every detail of what we do. We are also remembered in the New Testament to do everything "as if unto God himself". Heart is what matters most, and I believe it is not a disadvantage if our intent of doing good is shown outwardly.

43 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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5 Years After Quake: Christian Group Delivers on Promise to Rebuild Haiti; Set to Open 30 New Schools for Over 25,000 Children

Five years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Christian ministry Compassion International reveals it is on track to erect 30 new school buildings by this spring despite setbacks. The schools, built with the $31.2 million sponsors and donors from around the world gave the organization following the tragedy, will restore education and a pathway out of poverty for the more than 25,000 Compassion-assisted children who were affected by the disaster.

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Bishop Heather Cook Spends Weekend in Jail After Failing to Make $2.5 Million Bail for Drunk Driving Manslaughter

Embattled Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Heather Cook, 58, who was formally charged with the drunk driving death of 41-year-old married father of two, Thomas Palermo, last Friday, spent the weekend in jail after failing to clear the hefty $2.5 million bail set by a district court commissioner.

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Mitt Romney 'Seriously' Considering Third Presidential Run

Mitt Romney, who insisted he wouldn't run for president again after his two failed attempts in 2008 and 2012, is now seriously considering a third run for the White House.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Scholars Respond to Newsweek's Misrepresentation of the Bible

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Are there Non-Religious Skeptics of Darwinian Evolution and Proponents of Intelligent Design? - Christian Research Institute

Consider the recent claim that evolutionary psychology can explain why pink is associated with femininity and blue with masculinity. Women in prehistory were the principal gatherers of fruit and would have been sensitive to the colours of ripeness: deepening shades of pink. Men, on the other hand, would have looked for good hunting weather and sources of water, both of which are connected with blue. In fact, in Victorian Britain blue was regarded as the appropriate colour for girls (being associated with the Virgin Mary) and pink for boys (being a watered down version of the “fierce” colour red). Colour preferences are therefore scarcely rooted in the properties of brain shaped in the Pleistocene epoch. They are historically, not biologically, determined; but don’t expect an evolutionary psychologist to spot that. 5

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World Leaders Join 1.6 Million People in France's Unity March Against Terrorism; 2.5M Marchers in Other Cities

World leaders, including presidents and prime ministers, led more than a million people through Paris on Sunday to show their solidarity against terrorism days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. attended the French Interior Ministry's security summit, but not the rally.

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51 When Jesus Says, ‘Don’t Follow Me’
52 The Amazing Truth About God's Grace
53 Tactical Faith Today
54 The Right Tool for the Job
55 Communist or Christian? Pope Francis Defends Vatican Report Titled 'This Economy Kills' in Criticism of Global Financial System
56 Mike Adams - The Cross Examined College Prep Course
57 Defending the Culture of Death
58 South Korea Willing to Talk to North Korea Without Pre-Condition, Says President Park Geun-hye
59 How campaigns are courting 16-year-olds
60 The Unbelievable Gospel
61 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Bill Nye's Religion is the Fuel for His Wrath
62 Charlie Hebdo's Latest Cover Has Mohammed Holding a 'Je Suis Charlie' Sign: 'All Is Forgiven', by Andrew Johnson, National Review
63 Sunday Quote!- An Eclectic Dialogue Between Christianity and Science
64 Very Powerful Medley of 3 Worship Songs by Resound
65 How to Break Up to the Glory of God
66 Did the Earliest Christians Really Believe in Substitutionary Atonement (and Even Imputation)? One Important Example
67 NY Times columnist would end religious freedom as we know it
68 Over 40,000 Sign Petitions Calling on Atlanta's Mayor to Reinstate Christian Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Who Was Fired for His Biblical Beliefs
69 Science and Religion
70 13 Reasons Everyone Should Want To Be A Leader
71 Are all sins equally bad, or are some sins worse than others?
72 The Cast of 'Selma' Speaks About the Importance of Faith in the Movie
73 Study Finds More Reasons to Get and Stay Married
74 8-Year-Old Diagnosed With Cancer Will Inspire You and Make You Smile
75 Liberty from Pastoral Burnout
76 Kathy Tyers' "Firebird Trilogy" - Faith, Humanity, and Conflict in the Far Future
77 ISIS Sympathizers Hacked U.S. Military Twitter and YouTube Accounts
78 Home for the Holidays When Home Isn’t Safe (Part 1)
79 Bart Ehrman Takes Down Jesus Mythicists
80 An Act of Kindness Brings These Strangers at the Supermarket to Tears
81 WORLD | Will base closures in Europe leave the U.S. vulnerable? | Michael Cochrane | Jan. 12, 2015
82 Problem 3: Step-by-Step Random Mutations Cannot Generate the Genetic Information Needed for Irreducible Complexity
83 Europe on High Alert as German Paper Firebombed for Printing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons
84 A Look at the Evidence for the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus
85 WORLD | Obama’s losing record at the Supreme Court | Mary Reichard | Jan. 12, 2015
86 Cohabitation: Why Traditional Marriage Matters
87 Crossway on Twitter
88 JK Rowling and Aziz Ansari Blast Rupert Murdoch for Ignorant Tweet about Muslims
89 WORLD | ISIS sympathizers hack U.S. Central Command Twitter feed | Jamie Dean | Jan. 12, 2015
90 News | Reasonable Faith
91 Triablogue: Gregg Allison on Roman Catholicism: The Heart of the Matter
92 What happens when erotic liberty conflicts with religious liberty?
93 Truthbomb Apologetics: Ockham's Razor
94 Ligonier.org