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President Trump to offer priority to Christian refugees - Premier

United States president Donald Trump says America will offer priority to Christian refugees in the future.

Lyrics Change Laws: How Music Might End Abortion

Changing laws that allow the killing of unborn babies will require the changing of many hearts first — and that often comes through songwriters and poets.

Watch Colony House Play ‘You Know It’ on Conan

Indie rock outfit Colony House stopped by Conan this week to play “You Know It” from their new album Only the Lonely. It’s just the pick-me-up your Thursday needed.

Ever Wondered What the Dude Who Voices Mario Looks Like? Here's a Sort of Surreal Interview

For the last 26 years, Charles Martinet has been the voice of some of pop-culture’s most famous voices: A bunch of Nintendo characters including Mario himself. Seeing him do the voices—without the animation—is pretty surreal and honestly, a little unsettling. However, Martinet’s career path, and how he almost never got the job, is actually a fascinating story.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book)

Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself.

8 Things Coming to Netflix in February That You Need to Know About

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God's Super Apostles by Doug Geivett and Holly Pivec - Apologetics Guy

A Review of God's Super Apostles - Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement by Doug Geivett and Holly Pivec

'Bringing Up Bates' Star Lawson Bates Begins Solo Career in Country Music

"When I started singing country music I had to set my boundaries and decide what I wanted to sing about," Bates explained. "I won't sing something ... that is contrary to what I think is morally right. [My songs are about] faith, values and standing up for what's right. I feel like a lot of my faith is weaved into my album and that has a place in country music."

What Do You Say to People Who Don’t Understand the Importance of Christian Case Making? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace talks about the need for local churches to embrace and incorporate apologetics in the life of their congregations.

From Genome to Body Plan: A Mystery

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Here’s a Very In-Depth Look at Who the ‘Last Jedi’ Might Be

This week, it was announced that the upcoming installment in the Star Wars franchise—Episode VIII—would be called “The Last Jedi.” Since then, there’s been a lot of speculation about who exactly that “last Jedi” is. Is it Luke? Is it Rey? Is it plural? Is it someone we haven’t even been introduced to yet. “Mr Sunday Movies” has put together an in-depth look at all of the clues and easter eggs we have up to this point in this video, about who the next movie will be about. (Probably Rey, right?

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Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria

To be sure, however, the ban is deeply problematic as applied to legal residents of the U.S. and to interpreters and other allies seeking refuge in the United States after demonstrated (and courageous) service to the United States. Twitter timelines are coming alive with stories of Iraqi interpreters who’ve saved American lives. Few have bled more in alliance with America than Iraq’s Kurds, but the order itself provides for the necessary case-by-case exemptions to the temporary blanket bans. It is vital that General John Kelly, the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, move expeditiously to protect those who’ve laid down their lives in the war against ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. Given his own wartime experience, I believe and hope that he will.

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The Ultimate Essence of Evil: The Majesty of God, the Triumph of Christ, and the Glory of Human Life

[Satan] said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

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William Lane Craig vs Michael Payton | "Does God Exist?" | The Michael Coren Show

William Lane Craig is a guest with Michael Payton on The Michael Coren Show. The Michael Coren Show, Canada -- January 29, 2009 We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums http://www.reasonablefaith.org

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Sing Like Men

Man was created in the image of the triune Godhead, the eternally loving community of Father, Son, and Spirit. To exist in community is part of what it means to be human, and is a necessary component of the masculine fabric. And what makes counterfeit masculinity look so close to the real thing is that it often zooms in on the God-given mandate to “work and keep” (Genesis 2:15), ignoring that God also designed this work to be done best with a helper.

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Examining Jesus by the Historical Method: Enemy Attestation

“Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.” [2]

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The Best Signs Spotted at the March for Life 2017! | ChurchPOP

But the most encouraging sight to see was all of the young people joyfully marching for the pro-life cause, many of whom proudly displayed great pro-life signs.

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Wise Women Build: The March to True Dignity

The damage to our nation, to our children, to our public discourse is no longer subtle. The carnage is real and extremely daunting. But thankfully, we women are capable of more than just destruction. Proverbs 14:1 doesn’t just tell us that we have the ability to pull our houses down on our own heads; it also tells us that we are capable of building our houses. And similarly, a lot of women, building our houses in unison, are fully capable of building our broken nation back up.

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WORLD on Twitter

Federal judge orders trial over Texas fetal burial rule https://world.wng.org/news_highlights  pic.twitter.com/M3s2VNeVpd

9 Evangelicals for Life

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Why Christians Fall Prey to Fake News

Fake news isn’t new—nearly a decade ago, people started sharing reports of Barack Obama’s alleged Muslim faith as fact. Further, Christians have at times been responsible for spreading these false reports. (“I think it’s really important for your readers to know that I have been a member of the same church for almost 20 years, and I have never practiced Islam,” Obama told CT back in 2008.)

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Archbishop of Wales takes parting shot at the government - Premier

The Archbishop of Wales has criticised the Westminster government, days before he retires from his role.

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Islamic State 'planned to use chemical weapons' on Mosul's Christians - Premier

Evidence has been found which suggests Islamic State was planning to use chemical weapons against Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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The TC Apologetics Daily

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History of Tennis on Twitter

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Our Refugee Moment

David Platt is president of the International Mission Board and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He was previously pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of Radical and Counter Culture .

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One, Broken World: What Christians Need to Recapture in "The Other"

I cannot say for sure what Rahab was thinking as the spies entered Jericho, but what I can be sure of is that she did not let her fear of ‘the other’ stop her from helping them (Joshua 2). Similarly, when the Samaritan encountered the man on the road to Jericho, he did not let indifference or fear hinder him from helping (Luke 10). Again, when Paul and Silas were in the jail, they did not let their fear of the prisoners or the guards overcome them; instead, they reached out in love (Acts 16:23-34).

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Faith Alone

What must you do to be right with God? The Reformers broke with the Roman Catholic Church when they insisted people are justified by faith alone . But today many Protestants fail to grasp that keystone of faith. In Faith Alone , a Gold Medallion finalist, Dr. R. C. Sproul explains why Protestantism and Roman Catholicism split over justification in the first place and why that division remains an uncrossed chasm. Protestants must understand the biblical, Reformation view of the doctrine of justification to grasp the power of the gospel and proclaim it far and wide today. This repacked edition of a classic offers a new generation of Christians a clear explanation of the vital doctrine of salvation.

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Seven Resolutions for Aging and Dying Well: A Funeral Message for Verna Erickson

I’ve done some computing, and I think I can say this without exaggeration. In the last 36 years of my life there is no one — not staff or family — with whom I have spent more hours praying than Verna Erickson. This is because for many years we had about five thirty-minute prayer meetings each week: Tuesday and Friday morning, Wednesday evening, Saturday before service, and Sunday before services. I was at all of them. Verna was at most of them. The hours we accumulated in prayer together were untold. As predictable and as awkward as some of those prayers might have been, a peculiar kind of bond develops — the kind of bond that makes a pastor want to serve at the funeral of this very special person.

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Our Refugee Moment

David Platt is president of the International Mission Board and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He was previously pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of Radical and Counter Culture .

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Tracing the path of four terrorists sent to Europe by the Islamic State

European authorities had immediately launched a massive investigation following the Paris attacks and were beginning to retrace the attackers’ steps. After finding a Syrian passport at the Stade de France, investigators ran fingerprints and discovered that two of the dead men had arrived in Greece as Syrian migrants on Oct. 3. With the aid of German and U.S. intelligence, a manifest of the day’s migrant arrivals — including photos — was run through databases and a face-recognition system of known radicals and Islamic State militants, according to a senior European intelligence official.

21 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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Chapter 30, Sec. 1-Chapter 31, Sec. 4 by John Gerstner | January 28, 2017

The Westminster Confession of Faith has, for hundreds of years, served as the doctrinal foundation of the Reformed churches. In this message, Dr. John Gerstner takes a look at church discipline and the place of synods and councils in the life of the church.

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Southern Evangelical Seminary Prays for Family of Victim

“I was informed by the Union County Sheriff’s office this morning that a deceased body of a male was found in the bushes of the island in front of the SES campus. Evidently, this person died or was killed in another location and was left on our campus. The police are investigating and said things should be back to normal this afternoon after their forensic investigation of the scene has concluded. They assured me there was no break-in to the SES building.

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'Trump rage' and the Alt-Left's march of folly

It's been one week since I was in a taxi in Central London when the driver made an ill-advised turn onto Piccadilly. Then again, it wasn’t his fault that thousands of demonstrators clogged this main artery in one of the world’s great capital cities.  At first the protestors kept to the opposite side of the road, but soon they engulfed the whole width of this fashionable boulevard, bringing traffic to stop.

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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. A Humble Beast Film Written by Propaganda | Sho Baraka | Jackie Hill Perry Produced by DesiringGod.org Directed by Ashton Trujillo Executive Producer - Thomas J Terry Sound Engineer - Bryan Winchester Production Designer - Anthony M Benedetto Music by Courtland Urbano

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Frank Turek on Twitter

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Colson Center on Twitter

Brandi Swindell's work is a model for what the whole pro-life movement needs to be doing. #stantonhealthcare http://bit.ly/2kEXbau  pic.twitter.com/wUtWsas4M2

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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

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Vicky Beeching: Bishops' LGBT report 'affects my physical and mental wellbeing' - Premier

Christian songwriter, broadcaster and speaker Vicky Beeching has told Premier the Church of England's report on sexuality affects her physical and mental wellbeing.

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Jason Jones on Twitter

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Break Forth Canada on Twitter

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3 Ways Pastors Fail to Be Jesus-Full

In many churches, not only is sin never mentioned, because it hurts people’s feelings or what-have-you, but the cross is rarely mentioned. And when the cross is mentioned, because we don’t want to talk about sin, it becomes the great affirmation of our specialness rather than the great punishment for our unholiness. The cross becomes not the intersection of God’s justice and mercy but the symbol of God’s positive feelings about our undeniable lovability.

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Obama Admin Paused Iraq Refugee Program In 2011

President Barack Obama has thus far refused bipartisan calls to pause his administration’s Syrian refugee program, which many believe is likely to be exploited by terrorists seeking entry into the United States. The president has not explained how his administration can guarantee that no terrorists will be able to slip into the country by pretending to be refugees, as the Iraqi terrorists captured in Kentucky did in 2009. One of those terrorists, Waad Ramadan Alwan, even came into the United States by way of Syria, where his fingerprints were taken and given to U.S. military intelligence officials.

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The Failures of Naturalism

As I mentioned in my last article, there is no objective morality in naturalism . Good and evil, right and wrong are just personal preferences or social constructs. What’s right for you is right for you and what’s right for me is right for me, otherwise known as moral relativism . But does this really match reality? Do you honestly think that the wrongness of murder and rape are just cultural conventions? That the Holocaust wasn’t really , truly , objectively wrong? Because that’s what the consistent relativist must say. The Nazis believed the Holocaust was good and so it was really a good thing for them. ISIS thinks it is okay to behead their enemies and imprison women as sex slaves. And we have no right to judge them. Do you honestly think this is correct? I doubt it.

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Fox News on Twitter

. @POTUS signs executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. pic.twitter.com/8I7BoknAKx

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Apologetics for Cats: Clever Clickbait or Savvy Strategy?

My first Dead End A year ago, confident and hopeful, I started this blog, excitedly heading down the Internet Highway to find and share useful apologetics content. I reasoned that if I could point busy, overwhelmed Christians to satisfying, field-tested answers, they’d confidently engage their neighbors on tough questions about faith. Conversion stories would begin to trickle in, Christians would grow bolder, hard-working apologists would be appreciated…

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Don’t Let Feeling Awkward Turn Into a Spiritual Problem

Usually because in the rare moments when opportunities come up either to start a conversation that includes Jesus or to add Jesus to the conversation, I freeze. You know how you’re supposed to pick either fight or flight in stressful situations? There is definitely a third, unsung category—freeze—that is my approach. I freeze and think stuff like, “What if I talk about Jesus and they think I’m a big dork?” Or “What if I say something about Jesus that really offends them?” It’s the topic of shame, really. Like, “What if I feel ashamed because they don’t react kindly to what I’m telling them?”

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Take atheism for a test drive!

Contrary to common atheist rhetoric, the Christian Bible encourages people to logically scrutinize everything, rather than to accept things based upon blind faith. As 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (in the Christian Bible) puts it, “Test all things; hold fast to that which is good.“

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Battle over the Nephilim

Objections: “Men” and “daughters” are discussed in a universal sense earlier in Genesis 6:1 (“when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them”), so why would verse 2 refer to only certain men (Sethites) and daughters (Cainites)? Also, the text does not state that all of the Cainites were ungodly. If the Sethite men were godly, why did they continue to marry unbelieving women? While God is always just to punish sin, why did He destroy the whole world with a Flood for something that has happened consistently throughout history (believers marrying unbelievers)?

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Is Traditional Apologetics Useful in Today's Postmodern World?

Although successfully communicating apologetics in our postmodern world may necessitate adding a few subjective weapons to our apologetic arsenal, I disagree that traditional apologetics are ineffective today. In fact, Christian apologists who sidestep the issue of absolute truth, especially in terms of Christian truth-claims, are making a serious tactical error that will greatly diminish their effectiveness in countering postmodernism.

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National Review on Twitter

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God Wants You to Get Some Sleep

The unarguable demands that our bodies make for sleep are a good reminder that we are mere creatures, not the Creator. For it is God and God alone who "neither slumbers nor sleeps." Of course, the Creator has slept, another startling reminder of the radical humility he embraced in becoming incarnate. He took on a body that, like ours, was finite and contingent and needed sleep. To push ourselves to go without sleep is, in some sense, to deny our embodiment, to deny our fragile incarnations—and perhaps to deny the magnanimous poverty and self-emptying that went into his Incarnation.

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Tolerance 101: The Basics for Engaging Culture

Tolerance is grounded in recognizing we are all made in the image of God A biblically-informed tolerance is grounded in creation. Specifically, it is grounded in humanity’s shared creation in the image of God: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Thus, our common identity in the image of God requires that we value the life and dignity of all people. And an expression of that dignity is leaving room for “other people to have different beliefs or practices without an attempt to suppress them.”

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4 Myths Christians Need to Stop Believing About Depression

David the primary reason I called the writer and her piece ''brave'' was because many of us have walked the same walk where Christian circles attempt to dissect the causes for our depression. With myself, I had to weather the most unbelievably insensitive comments, such as ''Well Job suffered more then you and still bowed before God''..or this doozy...''Stop being selfish''...Oh did I mention that that zinger came on the heels of me finding out my mother was near death and losing my job in the same day? But for simply cathartic-ally feeling the full weight of the moment it was misconstrued as sin/selfish/human error. Sorry. I do not subscribe to the dogmatic compartmentalizing that everything has a spiritual cause only full stop. We are spiritual beings but are also organic beings. This has nothing to do with a progressive secularist agenda, but simply a system of checks and balances in how we look at the causes and deciding factors for depression. Organic imbalances exist in the body as in the mind. Is a diabetic at fault for low blood sugar due to sin and lack of faith? Do we really need to split hairs and determine what causes people's sufferings or do we all need to fundamentally admit that the church all too many times conveniently and superficially stigmatizes all mental illness as caused by lack of relationship with God (or sin) without taking any time to look into other factors as well? The author's point in this article is to simply address the lack of balance in how the Church oftentimes looks at depression.

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Is the Bible Enough?

For so many people today, it would appear that the Bible is not enough. This is the case even (or perhaps especially) among people who have not actually read it. Witness the current popularity of those who would add extra books to the canon of Scripture. Or witness the claims that certain ancient documents are supposedly more reliable than the books of the Bible but were kept out of the canon because of petty jealousies.

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How Is Ministry Made More Difficult by Being in the Bible Belt?

“What makes ministry in the Bible Belt most difficult is that people who aren’t Christians think they’re Christians.”

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Wait for Change

The reversal of my orientation is a type of change that is not guaranteed in this life. God never promised me that he would remove my SSA. I am reminded of Paul praying three times to the Lord in 2 Corinthians 12 that the thorn in his flesh would be taken away. And what did God say? “My grace is enough” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God decides which thorns stay and which thorns he will remove, for his glory. Even though SSA is a particularly painful thorn to bear, I have no guarantee one way or the other.

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51 God's Two Books of Revelation
52 When Does Wanderlust Become Selfish?
53 God's Heart for the Refugee
54 Why the Trinity Is So Important in the First Place
55 Did ObamaCare Add 20 Million To The Insurance Rolls? Not Even Close
56 5 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible - Hope's Reason
57 RELEVANT on Twitter
58 GOAT debate over: Serena Williams and everyone else
59 Jonah Sage on Twitter
60 Russell Moore on Twitter
61 Zack Braff Is Returning to TV
62 Imagine There’s a Heaven—It’s Easy If You Try
63 WORLD on Twitter
64 Crossway on Twitter
65 Only 1 in 7 Senior Pastors Is Under 40
66 These Siblings Look Shy, But When Mom Films Them Singing, 16 Million People Fall In Love
67 Imam Mohamed Magid's Quran Reading at Trump's Inaugural Prayer Service (Jay Smith)
68 What Do We Mean When We Speak of the “Sanctity of Human Life”?
69 https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/politics/refugee-muslim-executive-order-trump.html
70 Good News for Losers: Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:7 | Pastor Mark Driscoll
71 The Fascinating Reason Why Almost All Moms Carry Babies On Their Left Side
72 Alexander Montano on Twitter
73 The Best Books to Read for Reformation 2017
74 Test Your Eyewitnesses, Even When the Eyewitness Is You | Cold Case Christianity
75 Texas Gov. Abbott threatens to oust officials who promote sanctuary cities
76 Belief without Evidence is Crucial for Knowledge
77 Here’s Lecrae’s Brand New Song ‘Blessings’ Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
78 Practical Lutheranism: Luther on the 5th Commandment and Refugees
79 ERLC on Twitter
80 Christopher Yuan on Twitter
81 Gavin Stone on Twitter
82 The Surprisingly Positive Legacy of the Kermit Gosnell Case
83 Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?
84 Hillary Clinton received 800,000 votes from noncitizens, bolsters Trump argument, study finds
85 Instagram photo by Mikel Del Rosario • Jan 28, 2017 at 10:38pm UTC
86 “The Sojourner in your Land” – A Christian perspective on immigration and refugees
87 We Call Ourselves "Pro-Life" - Writings - Frederica.com
88 A Church Welcome for the Tired, the Poor
89 3 Ways Pastors Fail to Be Jesus-Full