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Sir Patrick Stewart is about to boldly go where no Shakespearean actor has gone before. The former Star Trek captain has officially been cast as ‘Poop’ in The Emoji Movie. You read that right. The formally trained and highly esteemed British actor will be playing a cartoon smiling poop emoji. The announcement was made from the Sony Pictures Twitter account, which really is the only appropriate way to advertise a movie about emojis. James Corden and Maya Rudolph have also been cast as voices in the animated film which will hit theaters on August 4, 2017.

Watch Big Sean Perform His New Faith-Inspired Song ‘Sunday Morning Jetpack’ on 'SNL'

This weekend, rapper Big Sean was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and used the stage for a debut performance of his new, faith-inspired song “Sunday Morning Jetpack.” The song starts off with the lyrics, Thank you God for all my setbacks / 'Cause he the reason I'm able to give back / This feels like my Sunday morning jetpack / Feel like I sent the prayers up and got blessed back. The song references his upbringing, love for his family, church, prayer and faith: "It reminded me of how we used to dress up as a family and go to Sunday service and be at church singing / Ain’t been to church in while, but it ain’t just about how you praise him in the building, it’s about how you praising him while you out.” The song also references collaborating with Kanye West and Kirk Franklin, saying, “You the reason I ever touched my first Franklin / Fast forward, I'm in Kanye crib with Kirk Franklin.” Last year, Kirk Franklin took the stage with Kanye West on Saturday Night Live, and performed their song “Ultralight Beam” which featured a full gospel choir and even a prayer from Franklin.

Eddie Long's Church Declares 'This Is Our House,' Shares Memories Ahead of Funeral

"This is why churches need succession plans," he said, noting that he didn't know if Long had one. "Particularly in churches that are heavily tied to a personality. When a church has that kind of personality, it's hard to know where that person ends and the church begins."

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When Is Abortion Racism?

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The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network is a website founded and edited by Greg West, a passionate defender of Christianity committed to ... by Greg West

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Bahnsen: The Man Atheists Feared the Most

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73-17

“73–17” is a sincere and passionate plea to black and white alike, to men and women alike, to all who would pause to ponder the power of personhood. In particular the film acknowledges the pain and addresses the plight of countless black women who, next to the children, have been the greatest victims of this system. What is a person? A person is you — as human today as you were in the womb.

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Survey: 100% Of People Marching On Washington Were Not Aborted | The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a survey conducted in the nation’s capital Saturday, a full 100% of the people marching on the nation’s capital for abortion rights as part of the “Women’s March on Washington” were found to have not been aborted by their mothers when they were yet to be born.

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'Wayne's World' Is Returning to a Theater Near You

Wayne's World will be returning to theaters again for two nights in February to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Wayne and Garth. Shwing! The re-showing will have a few added bonuses for fans, including an introduction by Peter Travers and a pre-recorded discussion with the cast. We’re not worthy! But, we’re excited.

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Christians Never Outgrow the Gospel - Jonathan Morrow

D o Christians ever outgrow the Gospel? I mean isn’t the Gospel what you heard in Sunday school or vacation Bible school when you were a kid? Surely we are beyond that now right? Nope–not if we really understand how wonderful and radical the Gospel truly is.

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Is Your Conscience Captive to God?

Here is the supreme irony and tragedy of sin: the more we repeat our sins, the greater the guilt we incur, but the less sensitive we become to the pangs of guilt in our consciences. Paul says that people store up wrath for themselves on the day of wrath (Romans 2:5). That’s objective guilt — they are guilty because they have broken God’s law. But some people have so destroyed their consciences that they believe it really doesn’t matter what they do as long as it is consensual and they can see no harm. Their subjective guilt — their feeling or sense of guilt that accompanies wrongdoing — diminishes.

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How Can You Trust Christianity Is True If You Haven’t Examined All the Alternatives? | Cold Case Christianity

The case for Christianity is made in a similar way. While it may be helpful to examine a particular alternative worldview on occasion to show its inadequacies or errors, these deficiencies fail to establish Christianity as factual. How can you trust Christianity is true if you haven’t examined all the alternatives? The case for the Christian worldview must first be made affirmatively even if no other claim is examined negatively . If there’s enough evidence to reasonably infer Christianity is true, we needn’t look any further. The affirmative case will either stand or fall on its own merit, even if we’re unable to examine any other “suspect”.

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Secret Church

Secret Church is our version of "house church" where we meet periodically for an intense time of Bible study—lasting 6+ hours—including a time of prayer for our brothers and sisters across the globe who are facing persecution and for those who still have not heard the gospel.

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Why the Gospel of ‘Authenticity’ Has It Wrong

I think the reason why a lot of us as mellenials pursue authenticity is because we come in contact with people who are not real with themselves, whether we find them in politics, churches, schools, etc. I think it's the fact that we don't like hidden motives or hypocrisy (and yes, all of us are hypocrites). I do believe that God wants authenticity, but it's the kind that Christ showed when he talked with those who were considered troublemakers and that Paul showed when he wrote to the churches. Jesus even told in Matthew 23 about how the religious leaders were not authentic. They look like they were standing for something, but it was all about them. I think authenticity is a motivator to repentance, because how can we expect people to repent, and we're not being real with ourselves when it comes to our sins and weaknesses? It's upsetting when you see people who make tend that they're right all the time. It's not that you want to find any fault, but it's the fact that they are lying about their humanity because as long as we're human, we'll make mistakes. As Christians, when we become authentic with Christ, sooner or later, we will become authentic with those around us.

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John Piper’s Prayer for President Trump

To that end Lord, we ask that you would bring Donald Trump out of darkness and into light. Give him a spirit of brokenness and humility. “Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). I pray that you would break his heart, give him humility, show him what it feels like to be penitent and to admit he’s done wrong — to confess he was wrong, ask forgiveness from you, and ask for forgiveness from the people that he’s wounded or people that he’s set a bad example for. He needs to be given the gift of faith and humility and repentance, and I pray that you would give it to him.

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Why Argue about Evolution?

Instead of hitting each other over the head about evolution, maybe we could work together to solve some of this planet’s pressing problems (climate change, poverty, war, environmental degradation, wealth inequality, lack of health care and educational resources, prejudice, discrimination and so forth).

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Awake, O Sleeper

Christian living is intensely practical. There are no experiences in life that God does not touch and change. Pastors face the enormous challenge of giving people a taste for the greatness of God every week, and yet touching them in the seemingly non-great practicalities of daily life.

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How to Pray for the Poor and Marginalized

Pray? Isn’t that the Christian cop-out? That’s what we say when we don’t know what to say or what to do: “I’ll pray for you” (and then we often don’t). Or it’s our last resort when we feel like we’ve run out of other options. I think that is more a reflection of our weak theology of prayer than it is of prayer’s efficacy. We use prayer as a last resort because, in our heart of hearts, we fear that prayer is no real choice at all.

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Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed the reason so many young Christians take a break from the Church in their college years. What are the factors involved in the flight of young believers? (For more information related to Bobby’s great ministry, visit: http://oneminuteapologist.com/) To see more Cold Case Christianity Training Videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

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The Sanctity of Unwanted Life

We must take action against the sin of abortion in our country and we must do it now. But make no mistake: The battle for life is not only inside clinic walls; it’s inside our hearts. Let’s stop abortion where it starts.

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We Know They Are Killing Children — All of Us Know

One biblical principle of justice is that the more knowledge we have that our action is wrong, the more guilty we are, and the more deserving of punishment (Luke 12:47–48). The point of this article is that, when it comes to abortion, we know what we are doing — all America knows. We are killing children. Pro-choice and Pro-life people both know this.

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Relentlessly Call Abortion What It Really Is

The killing of children can be tolerated and even championed as a social good so long as we don’t call it what it is. Call abortion an individual’s right to privacy and you can write it into the legal code. Call abortion a compassionate choice offered to a frightened girl to save her future or to save a child from an undesirable quality of life and you can swing popular opinion. Call abortion a liberation of women from the social and economic oppression of male dominance and passionate people will march on capitols chanting demands to preserve the human right of abortion on-demand.

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Should Students Be Exposed to Arguments Against Christianity?

In his book You Lost Me , researcher David Kinnaman argues that “protecting” kids from opposing viewpoints is ultimately detrimental to their faith. Like “helicopter parents” who “hover” over their children to keep them from any conceivable danger, many young Christians feel that the church demonizes everything outside the church, fails to expose students to the complexities of the “real” world, and is too overprotective.

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Why You Should Be a Christian Feminist

I live just miles from the plantation where Harriet Tubman lived and worked as a slave. The UGR runs a bike ride from our farm, so I am familiar with Tubman's story and I can tell you that fighting for the rights of women was not the motivation behind her cause. She paved a way for a race to experience freedom. Why is it so necessary to apply a label to a gender? Does the feminist label generate empowerment? A complimentarian role for women fits into the biblical context much more than feminist. I will,continue to reach mybdaughtets to breach deep inside themselves to make their mark in the world, that is true freedom. Assigning a label does not define a gender.

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Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter

If you truly love the people closest to you, do the hard work of healing #RealMarriage Key #3: Overcoming Past Hurts http://bit.ly/2kgHJgt  pic.twitter.com/hkIhcsgXYM

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Indulgences are Worse than Useless: Reformation 500

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of what is hailed by many as the start of the Reformation: Luther’s sharing his 95 Theses. I’ve decided to celebrate my Lutheran Protestant Tradition by highlighting some of the major issues that Luther and the Lutherans raised through the Reformation period. I hope you will join me as we remember the great theological (re)discoveries that were made during this period.

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Is Apologetics Needed Because of a Lack of Faith?

Anyone who has been in the apologetics endeavor  knows that there is always the need to properly define apologetics. Every now and then, one objection I hear from my Christian friends is that those who are overly committed to apologetics must be somewhat weak in their faith. In other words, why should a Christian need all this reason and evidence stuff? After all, faith, not reason, is what God requires (Heb. 11:6).  And if we are growing in our relationship with God, our faith should be more real than before.

26 Political Correctness Is Killing Colleges

But it’s not just colleges. Public schools in Accomack County, Virginia, removed a pair of titles from its libraries and classrooms after one mother complained that they contained racial slurs. The offending books? Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The irony here, of course, is that these books were written to confront and expose racism, not promote it!

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Silence and Suffering

Consider the Biblical example of Job. We’re told Job was the most righteous man on planet Earth. When his children are killed and all of his property is destroyed, he engaged in a classic mindset type reframe, saying, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21). Pretty impressive of Job. Then he get hit a second time, this time with painful boils that covered his body from head to toe. This is too much for Job. It overwhelms his ability to reframe the problem away and he goes on a rampage lasting an entire chapter, saying things like, “Let the day perish on which I was to be born…Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? Why did the knees receive me and the breast give me suck?…Why is light given to him who suffers, and life to the bitter of soul who long for death but there is none?” (Job 3)

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TheBlaze on Twitter

Report: Trump will sign executive order to defund International Planned Parenthood this weekend http://buff.ly/2k9Ig3D  pic.twitter.com/0bIDflkkLn

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Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue—Free eBook

January 22nd marked the 44th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. In light of this, Reformation Trust is making the ebook edition of R.C. Sproul’s Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue free to download. We encourage you to download the ebook and share this offer with your family, friends, and church community.

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Are Moral Truths An Illusion?

In my new book, God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for A Divinely Created Universe , I describe eight pieces of evidence “in the room” of the natural universe and ask a simple question: Can this evidence be explained by staying “inside the room” or is a better explanation “outside the room” of naturalism? One important piece of evidence I consider in this effort is the existence of objective, transcendent moral truths. Some philosophers and scientists deny the existence of moral truth altogether. As Richard Dawkins has famously asserted: “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”

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What Is the Best Argument for the Existence of God?

Though the transcendental argument for God is deductively sound, not all atheists will be convinced upon hearing it. It may take time for them to even understand the argument in the first place. As I write this chapter, I am in the midst of an electronic exchange with an atheist who has not yet fully grasped the argument. Real-life discussions on this issue take time. But even if the atheist fully understands the argument, he may not be convinced. We must remember that there is a difference between proof and persuasion. Proof is objective, but persuasion is subjective. The transcendental argument does indeed objectively prove that God exists. However, that does not mean that the atheists will necessarily cry “uncle.” Atheists are strongly motivated to not believe in the biblical God—a God who is rightly angry at them for their treason against Him.

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Northern Ireland bishop calls for 'goodwill' following abuse inquiry recommendations - Premier

He said: "Let us pray that in response to the HIA (Historical Institutional Abuse) inquiry and report, our local church in this diocese and all involved in the statutory and voluntary sectors will have the grace and strength to respond with honesty, integrity and goodwill to the report's recommendations and their implementation so that the light of justice, truth and peace may shine upon us and facilitate in our society the cultivation of a civilisation of love, courtesy and care for all."

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BreakPoint This Week: Inauguration and Political Panic

"BreakPoint This Week" is hosted by John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, and Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, and Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.

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Nabeel's Vlog 016 - Update: Things are Moving in the Right Direction!

This is just a quick update on Nabeel's January PET scan, discussing the progress of chemotherapy treatment from rounds 4-8.

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"Why Jeff Sessions as our next attorney general should reassure, not alarm, all Americans": My Latest Column on Fox News | Larry Alex Taunton

(NOTE: As is customary in publishing, while I wrote this article, I did not title it.  The title was given by the editors at Fox News.  My title was “Truth Matters … Or Does It?”)

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A march for some—but not all—women: Pro-life women took to the streets of D.C. but were not welcome https://world.wng.org/2017/01/a_march_for_some_but_not_all_women … @laura_e_finch pic.twitter.com/ZEn5is5ITd

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15 Books Every Christian Millennial Has Owned

If you are between the ages of 18 and 37 and grew up in Christian culture, you’ve likely shared a lot of unique experiences with your evangelical friends. Youth group lock-ins, Acquire the Fire road-trips and fall Harvest parties (which despite having costumes, candy and taking place on Oct. 31, obviously, had no association with Halloween) were all a part of your formative years.

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NFL Columnist: Faith Is the 'Biggest Under-Covered Story' in Football

In times of adversity, which come often in the NFL, they turn to their faith for answers, strength and encouragement. That touchdown celebration you see every weekend, where guys point to the sky? That's not the first or only time these men address God, Christ, and heaven, but rather that is the public view of a deep and daily walk and relationship these people have with their Lord. Many of these people see themselves as Christians first and employees of the NFL later. And yet, their stories—their testimonies—go unreported because the media is largely secular and the NFL wants to keep the game largely secular despite the fact a large percentage of its employees are believers.

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3 Biblical Reasons for Every Christian to Do Apologetics

It is often wrongly assumed that apologetics is only for smart people, professionals, and those in the university. Not so! Apologetics is important for every Christian without exception. Let’s look at 3 pieces of Scripture that call every Christian to do apologetics.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/you-can-t-grow-spiritually-in-isolation

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.

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What the Bible Says About Not Being So Stressed Out

Like all lies though, worry doesn’t give us the whole picture. While worry would like us to believe we have something to gain by keeping it around, Jesus said, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? … So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:27-34)

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Today Is an Anniversary

And never mind that the first people against abortion weren’t white conservatives but the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam because they saw abortion as a civil rights issue . And never mind that their fears have been actualized in today’s statistics, which tell us that black babies are five times more likely to be aborted than whites. Or that nearly 40% of abortions today are procured by black women (though they are only 12% of the population), or that two out of every three Planned Parenthood clinics are located in a black community.

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6 Practices We Can All Learn From the Jesuit Tradition

We figured that if some of these Jesuit practices can help Garfield—until recently a self-proclaimed atheist—then they can help us, too. Here are six practices from the Jesuit tradition that we could all learn a little from:

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A Singularity at the Beginning?

A previous post about the Big Bang elicited a few comments and questions about alternative scenarios for the origin of our universe that would not require an actual beginning.  I'd like to respond to those questions, but I think it would be beneficial to first discuss some of the scientific challenges that are faced when we try to understand what happened in the first 10 -35 seconds of the universe. One major challenge is to try to determine what laws of physics are applicable during that time.   This is a problem that you may have already heard about for it has to do with the incompatibility between Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity.  If you do a web search about this subject, you will find multitudes of articles written, from those that are quite basic to those that are quite technical.  The purpose of my blog is to describe things accurately, but simply, so my discussion will necessarily be basic. Quantum Mechanics describes how the universe works at very small scales, about the size of atoms or smaller.  When describing the universe at small scales and at very high energies, we need a particular subset of Quantum Mechanics called a Quantum Field Theory (QFT).

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Who Is Lord: Christ or Caesar?

Someday, we will be like Him. That’s our hope. But it’s not a hope that we put on the shelf, and it’s not a hope that sends us into a cave. It’s a hope that sends us into the world with confidence. We can be confident in God, confident in His Word, confident in Christ, confident in the gospel, and confident in hope. In the AD 90s, Domitian ruled as emperor over Rome. His cruelty rivaled that of Nero. He insisted that he be worshiped as a god. Christians, of course, could not participate in the rituals of this emperor cult. That left them vulnerable, and that vulnerability led to persecution. It is likely that John’s exile to the island of Patmos directly resulted from Domitian’s edicts. John refused to bow.

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14 Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Appreciate Creation

Platforms like Instagram have the power to introduce us to the wonders of the world that exist outside of our normal walls. It’s difficult to be in awe of God’s handiwork in the Northern Lights if you’ve never had the chance to see them, but Instagram offers the chance to explore without leaving your couch. I mean, you should probably leave your couch but in the case that you need some wanderlust in your Thursday evening after work, here are a few accounts that can better connect us to the wonders around us.

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6 Things on Netflix You Need to Watch Now

In his fifth comedy special, comedian Jim Gaffigan runs through a litany of culturally relevant observations and jokes. There have been several comedians who have done Netflix specials lately (Aziz Ansari, Tig Nataro), and he brings his hilarious edge and voice to the table. He talks about the chaotic nature of having a large family (he has five kids), his appearance and his relationship with his wife. His comedy routines have only gotten funnier over time, focusing on what works and his best material, you get the sense that Gaffigan has mastered his craft. This special is just over an hour and can definitely turn around a bad mood or rough day.

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13 Ideas for Your Next Christian Tattoo

I love Relevant and enjoy reading articles of all kinds on here- I even made it my home page, so I would get on social media less, and read Christian-based articles more. I even thought this article was entertaining, and more wholesome than most "tattoo fail" articles. All that to say, something that has been really bothering me lately is the "look" that Christians in their 20-somethings feel they have to fill. There is all this pressure to get cool tattoos/piercings, the latest haircut, hipster clothing, the most smooth espresso, and organic breakfast pastries (OH, and not to mention get the most artsy Instagram frame to capture it all) to fit into the modern church scene. I mean, look at the model for this article- super attractive, cutting edge style, tattoo sleeve- the whole bit. I worry we are getting too caught up in how we look, than how we treat and include others. Am I the only one who is intimidated when I walk into church, and I am surrounded by people with brand new Warby Parker glasses, and $6 lattes from the local roaster? Many people buy their favorite coffee every morning, drop hundreds of dollars on watches, glasses, or shoes, but haven't dropped money in the offering plate for months.

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