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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Singer Quits Due to Donald Trump Inauguration Participation

"The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has a great tradition of performing at the inaugurals of U.S. presidents," Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir said. "Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president."

Did Jesus Exist? All Scholars Agree He 'Certainly' Existed

By Steven Bancarz| There are many sensationalist claims that get passed around the internet about Jesus of Nazareth.  Did Jesus even exist? Some claim Jesus was a mystic, or that the person of Jesus was invented by the Romans as a way to enforce control over people.  Some argue Jesus was a metaphor for the sun or was just a knock-off of other ancient gods. An article in particular blew up online called 'Five Reasons To Suspect Jesus Never Existed', and in the article it claims that 'a growing body of scholars 'now believe Jesus never even existed as a human being

Singer Lauren Daigle Honors God on 'Good Morning America' in Time Square (Watch)

Christian singer Lauren Daigle made a special guest appearance in the middle of Time Square on ABC's "Good Morning America" this week to honor God by performing her single, "Trust in You."

4 Ways that Logic Improves Your Quality of Life. | SES

In 2017 Southern Evangelical Seminary, will be using its blog to equip those on social media with training on the logical fallacies. It is no secret that Logic is no longer a required part of our education system. Regardless of affiliation, it seems that a large portion of our academic institutions do not encourage their students to take logic courses (i.e., make it a general education requirement).  In my conversations with college graduates, it is very rare that I find someone who has been exposed to the subject of logic. I myself did not become exposed to the art of formal thinking until starting my education at Southern Evangelical Seminary! Students I have spoken with say that their ethics and critical thinking are “worked into” the curriculum, rather than taking a full class on the subject. This change in our educational philosophy appears to have affected our ability to consume and communicate information effectively. Thus, Dr. Peter Kreeft in his book Socratic Logic writes, “On

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A New Year with New Hope | RZIM

So I ask, how does a thoughtful person describe the present as bereft of hope? There are two possible answers: the first is what I call the reverse of a feared crossing of purposes. The secular critic despairs at the possibility of the politicization of religion. Rightly so. But what has replaced that fear is equally dreaded, if not worse: making a religion out of politics. Yes indeed, politics is the new creed of the faithless, replacing spiritual truths with the hollow hope of political dominance. Power does corrupt when one loses sight of the vertical dimension of life. We endured a blood-letting slugfest of words on the road to the election. Once the electorate spoke, the losers have tried every conceivable trick in the book to malign the victors. Who would have ever thought that the feuding would continue so long after the voting was done? Why is there such bitterness in the loss? I can only conclude that the deepest convictions of the average person are born from their political theory and that this gives them their creed on all choices and values. David Gelernter, Professor of Computer Science at Yale, wrote a powerful article earlier this year with the provocative title “Why the Left Is So Vicious .

2 Consider This a Sign

The ongoing phenomenon of evangelistic atheism—particularly around Christmas and Easter—is bizarre. If these folks really believe we all end up as worm food, what’s the point in trying to spread unbelief? Why should they care enough to put up a billboard?

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Happy New Year, Jihadis! (David Wood)

Support my videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 This video is a "Happy New Year" greeting for jihadis. Lots of new material coming out this year!

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FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it

I started using Commun.it to be more efficient on the way I manage out Twitter communities. My favorite features? The prioritized feed to focus on the relevant members of the community - Orange

5 New Year, Same Issues, Eternal Hope

Everything we seek to do at the Colson Center is to equip you to make sense of the world, and to take your place as a restorer in the sphere of influence wherever God has placed you. On BreakPoint, we’ll do our best to help you and your family make sense of the shifting sands of culture. On our BreakPoint podcast and at our newly designed website, which will be coming later this month, we’ll be introducing new writers and a new set of short courses you can take. In the summer, we’ll be welcoming a new class of Colson Fellows, which you can still join. All of this is to help you “go deeper” into your understanding of Christian worldview, cultural engagement, and ultimately your relationship with Jesus.

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God Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far

New Years finds me employed. I compare it to a hill on the road, from the top of which I endeavor to look back on the way that the Lord has led me thus far through the wilderness (past). I look around to contemplate the difference his goodness has made between my situation, and that of thousands of my fellow creatures (present). I then look forward, and perceive that I am drawing apace to my journey’s end. I shall soon be at home (future).

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7 Tips For Apologetics Judo

Apologetics lends itself to martial arts metaphors. Christian apologetics lends itself to many other metaphors too, besides combat, war and martial arts. Apologetics can be modeled after any number of other helpful analogies, for example (1) Cultivating an Intellectual Garden, (2) Worldview Surgery, (3) Theological Housecleaning, or (4) Ideological Homebuilding, etc. etc. I’m afraid my examples today fall in line more with images of combat, fighting, and warfare. But hey, the best movies in history tend to be love-stories and war movies right? Christianity has both, the epic love-story of all history set within a series of battles. In the end, the apparent tragedies dotting the timeline of history (crucifixion, tribulation, cosmic destruction) give way to a comedic ending, a heroic victory (Christ’s return), with wedded union (Church and Christ), and eternal wedding party (heaven).

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Crossway on Twitter

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Christian charity calls on Church release land for new homes - premier

The Church of England is being urged to release some of its unused land to allow developers and housing associations build new homes.

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Atheist gets her PhD in astronomy and astrophysics and finds evidence for God

I was born in the U.S., but grew up in Canada. My parents were socialists and political activists who thought British Columbia would be a better place for us to live, since it had the only socialist government in North America at the time. My parents were also atheists, though they eschewed that label in favor of “agnostic.” They were kind, loving, and moral, but religion played no part in my life. Instead, my childhood revolved around education, particularly science. I remember how important it was to my parents that my brother and I did well in school.

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Pope offers prayers for those facing terrorism - premier

He then prayed that God will sustain "all men of goodwill who courageously roll up their sleeves to deal with the plague of terrorism and this bloodstain which is gripping the world in a shadow of fear and bewilderment".

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World Council of Churches condemn Turkey terror attack - premier

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has condemned the latest terrorist attack in Istanbul in which 39 people have been killed.

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Pakistani Christians free to visit Scottish church - premier

Two Pakistani Christians, who were originally banned from visiting Scotland, will visit a church there after a government u-turn.

14 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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Nancy Pearcey's mission to reinvigorate the evangelical mind

NP: A conviction that questions must be taken seriously—because I had them myself. About midway through high school, I started asking questions about my Christian upbringing, starting with the basics: “How do we know Christianity is true?” None of the adults in my life—parents, pastors, professors—offered any answers, so I eventually decided Christianity must not have answers. I discarded my church background and started reading books on philosophy, hoping maybe that’s where I would find people who address the big questions: “Is there truth?” and “Is there meaning to life?”

16 Dawkins’ Delusion | Reasonable Faith

Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as:

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Beware the Instagram Bible in 2017

I do not ask the Instagram Bible to be all things. I can value, even enjoy it for what it is. But drawn by the glow of its inviting warmth, I must ask myself—and you—to view it with care, lest we love the part in place of the whole. Lest we live as those in a vision by night, as those ensnared in a dream.

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Seven Steps to Strengthen Prayer

2. Learn to withdraw. Pull away from distractions — the phone, the computer, the TV, the constant noise of modern life — and find a way to separate yourself so you can be and feel “shut in with God.” It can be a challenge when you work away from home for long hours or are sharing your house from dawn-to-dusk with a bunch of loud and energetic children, but make it a priority. Your car on lunch break, a quiet corner in the office, a closet in between meals or feedings or naptimes, or simply the quiet of your heart if that’s all you can muster. But find solitude, and pray (Luke 4:42; 5:16; 22:41).

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Bathroom Wars and Identity

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Advice for Another Year of Bible Reading

It’s a dangerous pattern for Christians to read God’s word consistently without having their hearts stirred by what they have read. As much as it is in your power, strive not to walk away from God’s word without having at least one truth move your affections. If you finish your reading for the day, and nothing has moved you, pray and ask God to show you one little thing from what you’ve read that might have an impact on your affections. Stop and pray over that truth or reality. Slow down enough for it to convict, or encourage, or correct, or strengthen hope, or embolden action. Seek, with the Lord’s help, at least one truth that will engage your affections. Since changed hearts are the key to changed lives, may we prayerfully seek not only knowledge of God’s word, but also love for the beauty, wonder, and glory of that word.

21 The Historical Paul | Reasonable Faith

First, I would like to say God bless you for all that you do with reasonable faith and your many other endeavors. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have ever read that you have written and I enjoy the live stream of your defenders class. Recently I was witnessing to a friend of mine who is an atheist and he had a friend with him who is a religious studies major. As we got into the historicity of Jesus and His resurrection I argued for the origins of the church and the subsequent conversions of James the brother of Jesus and Saul of Tarsus. I was a little thrown off by the response of the religious studies major who stated "Hardly any scholar believes Paul actually existed. It is believed it was a pseudonym for a number of anonymous church members to get their beliefs into church doctrine." I had never encountered this rebuttal before. I was able to move past it but it stuck with me. I have done some armchair research and discovered a whole following of people (including Christians) who take this view in some degree. I have learned there is extrabiblical evidence that Paul existed but it is not as plentiful as would be expected.

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7 Things You Can Do to Make 2017 Better for Yourself and Everyone Else | The Stream

We find ourselves responding and reacting with very little time to step back and reflect and plan and focus, but if we’re going to accomplish our larger goals, that’s exactly what we need to do. So, to the extent that you can disconnect responsibly, take some time daily (or at least weekly) to disconnect and refocus. And ask yourself this question: Will you fulfill your life goals if you continue to live the way you’re living?

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Beware the Instagram Bible in 2017

I do not ask the Instagram Bible to be all things. I can value, even enjoy it for what it is. But drawn by the glow of its inviting warmth, I must ask myself—and you—to view it with care, lest we love the part in place of the whole. Lest we live as those in a vision by night, as those ensnared in a dream.

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The Top 20 Christianity Today Articles of 2016

The bigger story behind Jen Hatmaker, visiting Ken Ham's giant ark, and Andy Stanley's 'stinkin selfish' parents comment.

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Will I Be Single for the Rest of My Life?

Based on the inbox, Pastor John, there are a lot of Christians listening to the podcast who did not expect to be single entering 2017. Ashley, one of our listeners, is among them. She writes in to ask this: “Pastor John, my struggle is singleness. I’m 28, an elementary teacher, and that’s not really a profession to meet single men. I know that with the age of Tinder and hookups, casual sex will leave me empty inside, and it’s not a lifestyle that I’m seeking. At the same time I feel alone as a Christian single. I feel the church only sees me as ‘serving’ material because I have ‘time to serve.’ In addition to the lack of men at church, I am an extrovert. I do have a life outside of my singleness and try to live as if my singleness doesn’t define me. Everyone tells me I’m attractive, outgoing, and have a lot going for me. Well, everyone but a Christian male. Which is hard not to take personally. How do I have hope in something uncertain? I’m not promised a life of marriage. How do I cling to the truth in a world lying to me about the satisfaction of ‘hooking up’? How do I not turn to

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/change-requires-you-to-make-a-choice

Would you like to become all that God intended you to be?  You can, but not on your own power.  If you're like most people - every new year - you've tried to make positive changes and then given up or slidden back into old destructive patterns.  Here's the good news, with God's help you can make and maintain positive changes in every area of your life.  Let Pastor Rick show you how unlocking the promises in God's word and following his instructions will  TRANSFORM  your life in seven key areas...from the inside out.

27 BreakPoint This Week: 2016 Year in Review

In the wake of a historic election, it's easy to forget that some of the biggest stories of 2016 came from overseas. WORLD magazine's Mindy Belz joins us to review this whirlwind of a year.

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Three Ways Not to Approach Spiritual Disciplines

Although Christians should always practice the spiritual disciplines, many choose to jumpstart their efforts at the beginning of a new year. A Bible reading plan, a prayer guide, a strategy for limiting social media, or an intentional effort to share the gospel more—all these are good things. Even if you don't like making New Year’s resolutions, hopefully you’re planning to continue practicing the spiritual disciplines in the coming year. Whatever the case, it helps to pursue them in the right way.

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ZachariasTrust on Twitter

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What Really Matters in 2017

Study first to be whatever (judiciously) you desire to seem. Desire a thousand times more to be godly, than to seem so; and to be liberal, than to be thought so; and to be blameless from every secret or presumptuous sin, than to be esteemed such. And when you feel a desire to be accounted good, let it make you think how much more necessary and desirable it is to be good indeed. To be godly, is to be an heir of heaven: your salvation followeth it. But to be esteemed godly is of little profit to you. ( Christian Directory , Part 1, Chapter 4, part 3)

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I’ve Already Wasted My Life — Now What?

A listener named Bruce writes in: “Dear Pastor John, I haven’t read your book, Don’t Waste Your Life. The title is convicting enough. The fact is that I have already wasted it; or at least it feels that way. For decades I tried a variety of different ‘careers.’ None of them worked. I tried starting my own business for over 20 years while my wife worked. I earned a PhD, moved to a country where I didn’t speak the language (for my wife’s job) and had a breakdown. Several years later, my wife and I separated. I’m now 64, I live in a small mobile home, and I do work that any 18-year-old could do (those are my boss’s words). The company is good to me, my boss is a Christian, and I can earn a living; but each day feels like nothing more than an exercise in waking up in the morning, getting through the day, and going to bed at night. What advice can you give to someone who has already wasted his life?”

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

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RELEVANT on Twitter

In case your forgot, this picture happened. We still think it's a mystery. http://relm.ag/bWTTJEI  pic.twitter.com/4oT7j9GgD8

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Did Meteors Trigger Noah’s Flood?

There are three major types of meteorites—iron, stony-iron, and stony. Chondrite meteorites are a kind of stony meteorite. They derive their name from their texture. Dispersed more or less uniformly throughout the rock are spherical, sub-spherical, and sometimes ellipsoidal structures called chondrules, ranging in size from a fraction of an inch in diameter to about half an inch. Chondrites are primarily made of silicate minerals such as olivine and pyroxene, similar to what is found in earth’s volcanic rocks, along with sulfide and metallic minerals. O. R. Norton, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

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Q+A: Inside Edition's Megan Alexander on 'Faith in the Spotlight'

When she received an offer to cover the NFL in 2014, journalist Megan Alexander had no way of knowing that she would be reporting one of the sports’ world’s biggest stories of the year on her very first day at work. Footage of Baltimore Ravens’ player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancé (now wife) Janay Palmer to the ground in an elevator had been leaked. But Alexander, who by then had several years of reporting for the CBS daily news magazine Inside Edition under her belt, didn’t flinch.

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Here's Why So Many of Your Relationships Are Failing

These moments falsely reassure us that we’re right and the other person is wrong. Satan uses our hurt feelings as a platform for sinning against others causing more rifts in our relationship. Pastor Rick Warren put it best: “He whispers in our ear and gives us little thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. When you’re in the middle of an argument, he starts whispering things in your ear, like ‘You don’t have to take this kind of stuff. Retaliate. Who do they think they are? Get even. Assert yourself. Don’t put up with this kind of stuff. Show ‘em who’s boss.’ He tells you all the things your pride would love to hear.”

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5 Attitude Changes That Will Transform Your Christian Parenting in the New Year

Behavioral resolution: Pick one faith topic each week to have a conversation about with your kids. If you have my book, this will be easy. Read/review a chapter each week yourself (just 4-5 pages), then ask your kids a corresponding question to facilitate conversation. You could have one night per week (e.g., Sunday) where you spend 30 minutes with your Bible reading time and another night per week (e.g., Wednesday) where you do these discussions. Alternatively, you could do your faith discussion over dinner on a given night of the week, or on your commute to school if it’s long enough.

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Feel the Hate, Feel the Love, and Thanks for the Teamwork | The Stream

This, of course, is the tiniest selection of hate-filled posts coming from a wide range of viewers and readers on a daily basis, but they are completely outweighed by comments from those whose lives have been positively impacted, like the two, young Christian men from Syria, recent refugees to Australia, who said to me with tears, “You are our voice”; or the Christian woman who emailed me, eager to share how she had been completely delivered from an intense, long-term lesbian relationship and was now happily engaged to a man; or the 15-year-old high-school student who thanked me for being the grandfather she never had and for helping to preserve her sanity in the midst of the hostile environment.

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Why Those "Lost Books" of the Bible Don't Cut It

What is it that separates those sixty-six ancient texts that we call collectively The Bible from the many other ancient texts which have existed over the centuries? How did the early church decide to follow only certain books and not others? Is there something that unifies all the biblical texts that is missing from, say, the Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Judas?

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Crossway on Twitter

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Contradictions: Can a Thief Go to Heaven?

The thieves crucified with Jesus are a fitting picture of all mankind. They show us the only two possible options for entering eternity: to receive Christ’s free gift of salvation or reject it. So there’s good news! When a thief receives Christ as Lord, he is no longer a thief in the eyes of God; his sin is covered and he is able to enter heaven. Scripture makes that plain and without contradiction.

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Research: 74 Percent of Americans Still Identify as Christians

The remaining percentage (around 21), either don't identify with a religion or just didn't responding to the survey question—which closely matches Pew Research’s widely publicized findings about “nones.” By comparison, the Gallup report shows that since 2008 the "nones" have increased by six percent. Compare that to way back in the late 1940s and 1950s, when more than 90 percent of American adults identified as Christian, either Protestant or Roman Catholic.

43
ISIS Claims New Year's Attack on Istanbul Nightclub

The Islamic State group claims to have cells in the country. Analysts think it was behind suicide bombings last January and March that targeted tourists on Istanbul’s iconic Istiklal Street as well as the attack at Ataturk Airport in June, which killed 45 people. Authorities have said the three suicide bombers in the airport attack were Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and there has been speculation that Akhmed Chatayev, a Chechen extremist known to be a top lieutenant in the IS militant group, may have directed the attack.

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Sinclair Ferguson, Your Trusted Guide on Sanctification

This explains the book’s doctrinal focus. While not denying the use of the law as a guide for sanctification, Ferguson realizes that the power and motivation to obey the imperatives doesn’t come from the imperatives themselves. It comes from the gospel indicatives, in which God gives us his Son and his Spirit, “his two most precious gifts” (151). The facts (indicatives) are what ground the commands (imperatives). This biblical logic forms one of Ferguson’s main emphases (see esp. 32–40). 

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Atheist Activist Group Defines Atheism

Every Christmas season, the Christophobic atheist activists go bonkers anytime some little town puts up a nativity scene to celebrate Christmas.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation uses those Christmas celebrations as an excuse to get their local activists to set up an atheist sign with the hope of generating more controversy and publicity.

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Our 2016 Rewind in 60 Seconds

It's been an incredible year for Fixed Point! It's been a busy year and a ministerially fruitful year. But instead of a lengthy inventory of all that we've done, we instead offer you this: Our 2016 in 60 Seconds.

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Nabeel Qureshi on Twitter

On my way to the hospital for round 8 of chemo. Please pray for me! No side effects, and cancer destroyed once and for all, in Jesus' name!

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Stealing From God: Episode 10

A preview of our upcoming TV show this Wednesday 4 at 9pm ET on the NRB Network. Watch directly on your app live streamed.

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WORLD on Twitter

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51 Does Old Earth Creationism Compromise Scripture?
52 http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/magazine/the-evangelical-scion-who-stopped-believing.html
53 Mary Jo Sharp on Pearls of Wisdom
54 11 Resolutions Everyone Should Consider Making Next Year
55 Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions
56 Does the Bible Say Anything about Astronomy?
57 Condemnation and Discernment by Sinclair Ferguson | January 2, 2017
58 A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Eschatological Role of the Holy Spirit I - Westminster Theological Seminary
59 10 Bible Verses to Start Your 2017
60 WORLD on Twitter
61 Frank Turek on Twitter
62 701. What Is A Four-Point Case For Christianity?
63 Creation Accounts and Ancient Near Eastern Religions
64 Apologetics 101: Having an Argument for the Existence of God
65 Top 10 Stories of 2016 on Evolution News and Views
66 WORLD on Twitter
67 Until the Bull Pukes | Blog & Mablog
68 Is Everything that Happens God’s Will?
69 Don’t You Believe It on Twitter
70 How do I explain abortion to my children?
71 As The Year Turns
72 Confronting Business Ethics Challenges as a Christian (interview w/ Dr. Scott Rae) - Theology of Business
73 Sinclair Ferguson, Your Trusted Guide on Sanctification
74 People Claim to Have Seen a Mysterious Movie That Never Existed
75 Former Atheist Mark Zuckerberg Gets Religion
76 Crossway on Twitter
77 WORLD on Twitter
78 Susan Cox on Twitter
79 Paul David Tripp on Twitter
80 I’m Complementarian and I Read Books By Women - Tim Challies
81 How a Bike Wreck Wrecked One Man's Faith | Larry Alex Taunton
82 God’s Hiddenness Is Intended to Provoke Us | Cold Case Christianity
83 WORLD on Twitter
84 What about Satan and the Origin of Evil?
85 Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter
86 Marcus Jones on Twitter
87 Fazale Rana on Twitter
88 Louie Giglio: It's Time to Wake up to the Power of the Gospel
89 Beware the Instagram Bible in 2017
90 Your Roadmap for Life in the Spirit
91 Carl Frampton talks of avoiding religious conflict in Northern Ireland - premier
92 Christianity Without an Adjective
93 Ministry Update: Moving Forward into 2017
94 Renewing Your Mind | Theology Is Life | Jan 2, 2017
95 Grace to You Radio
96 Jordan Raanan on Twitter