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

A Muslim Registry Is a Really Bad Idea

Katy Perry is right: Fear has no place in our country.

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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.

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Debunking the supposed "Muslim Ban" and other accusations-gone-wild.

These 9-Foot Hand Pulled Noodles Might Make You Rethink Going Gluten-Free

Forget your New Year’s resolution. Great Big Story has uploaded a video of a family in China who has mastered the art of hand pulling 9-foot noodles. If that doesn’t make you reconsider eating gluten, what will? The Fagan family has been making these noodles for centuries in their village located in the Zhejiang Province of China. The couple running the show hand pulls the traditional suo noodles every day using a scrupulous, 16-hour process to create thin thread-like pasta. Feast your eyes:

Do Christians Have Assurance?

I have been teaching systematic theology this year. One question that often is raised is the issue of assurance. How do I know I am saved? What evidences do I need to have to have …

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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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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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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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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Eric Metaxas at the 2017 March For Life

Eric Metaxas rally speech at the March For Life in Washington, DC 2017.

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Thirty Seconds Alone with God

First, Jesus was clear in warning the first century to guard themselves from the consuming desire for wealth. Love of money is a corrosive idolatry and an attentional misfire away from the heart of the gospel (Matthew 13:22). Our eternal attention has always been flitting to worldly things. So the church has never enjoyed exclusivity in the market of human attention. But Wu’s observation is important to see, especially as he traces the “attention merchant” tycoons who monetized the printing press, radio, television, and eventually the smartphone. They compete with the gospel for the human gaze.

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Christianity Promotes Rational (and Evidential) Exploration | Cold Case Christianity

Anais Nin, the avant-garde author and diarist, once said, “When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.” I couldn’t agree more. As a detective and evidentialist, the last thing I want a jury to do is adopt a position blindly. Many people seem to think that Christians do this very thing, however, when they adopt the view that Christianity is true. This is largely due to the fact that the term, “faith” is largely misunderstood. For some (even for some Christians), faith is best defined as “believing in something that lacks supporting evidence.” But this is not the definition of faith that is presented on the pages of Christian Scripture. Instead, the Biblical notion of faith is more akin to “trusting in the best inference from the evidence” (more on this in my post on Friday).

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The Power to Risk in the Cause of Christ

My experience now, after 32 years in the ministry of the Word, is that very little happens of any significance in an individual life or a church or a family or an organization that does not involve taking risks. And so I want things to happen in your life. I want you to be able to accomplish things that you never dreamed for the cause of Christ. And I promise you: you don’t have to be a big great person in order for God to use you to do extraordinary things for him. But you do need to take risks. So that’s what we’re going to talk about.

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There’s a Difference Between Taking a Stand and ‘Causing Division'

The SPLC is a radical left organization. Putting it on a par with the Washington Post, which has its own liberal leaning, needs some reconsideration, I think. The sources to which we refer need to have some integrity, especially if you are trying to reach both sides of the national divide. The fact that America has many liberal, pro-abortion women willing to march is hardly surprising. The march in Washington DC had a degrading name. Many of the speakers degraded women in their own way. Many of these same women, so offended by the words of Trump, yet excused the actions of Clinton, both of them. The SPLC is highly questionable as a source here, for authentic violence and racism would be all over the news if offered by Trump supporters. It is not. This group has shown fondness for fake news.

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5 Ways the Bible Supports Feminism

I believe a woman was created to be a helper to Man in the context of marriage. Today, the word "Feminism" is more about empowerment, equal rights, and social justice. There has been a long battle for equal rights; especially with employment and equal pay. Every woman deserves to be treated with respect and to have dignity. Radical feminism can be extreme to the point where it creates change; but often time with negative consequences. Feminism has come along way "baby"; but because it's definition has been redefined so much; it is often deemed as rebellious or outlandish or not-woman-like. Feminists are still harshly judged in much of the world. The bottom line is that women were created as precious and beautiful creations by God. They are not to be abused or considered less than man. God, our creator, knew what He was doing when He created Wo-man. For a man to think less of a woman; disrespect or abuse her; is despicable behavior and evil. God can use women (and has done so) in ways that He cannot use a man. God created women with gifts that men do not have. A Woman of God has feminine value that is to be appreciated.

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Frank Turek on Twitter

The church must be careful to walk in purity and integrity, and not fall into sin: http://bit.ly/2k0bm5J  pic.twitter.com/cQ618dFQoU

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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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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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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

16 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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How to Overcome Cotton Candy Christianity - Jonathan Morrow

As Christians our thinking matters to God. Yes our emotions and relationships matter to God as do our acts of kindness and serving others. But none of that replaces this foundational part of Christian discipleship– our minds matter .

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Sunday Quote: Bonhoeffer – Why is the Church Afraid?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, addressing the World Alliance, an ecumenical group, on the situation of the world in 1932, the cusp of the rise of Nazi Germany (a rise which would lead to his own execution) asked “Why is the… Church of Christ, as it appears in the World Alliance, afraid?” In response, he uttered these powerful words to the whole Christian church:

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How Do You Pray in Public, Without Performing?

The second sense of inadequacy was that I knew I would be standing before one thousand real, live people. This was the biggest service we have ever had in my 33 years plus in relation to Bethlehem. I knew that I would be standing in front of one thousand plus real, live bodies, and how does a fallen, sinful pastor pray to God, not to people, to God — really to God — when he knows that one thousand people are listening to see what he says? And, again, I know that the Bible says when we pray publicly, we should care about what other people hear us saying (1 Corinthians 14:16). We should care. A pastor shouldn’t say, “Oh, I don’t care who is listening. I am just praying to an audience of one.” Baloney. We know people are listening, and the Bible says we must care, lest they cannot say “Amen.” The Bible gives explicit instruction to care about whether or not the people who are listening get it.

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What is the best English Bible translation?

In this weekend video, Dr. Plummer answers one of the most common questions he receives: “What is the best English Bible translation?”

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1 Peter 5:2–3: How Not to Lead a Church

The world’s CEOs often are ambitious, stern, and overworked. In this lab, Pastor John instructs us that the God’s leaders need to be happy, holy, and humble.

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March for Life

Tens of thousands of pro-life Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., on January 27 for the annual March for Life. Here’s a look at images from the rally, captured by the photographers at Reuters and by some of those who took part.

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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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Obama’s administration made the “Muslim ban” possible and the media won’t tell you

While I command you for doing more research than just accepting the information you’re being given by the media, you still have the wrong conclusion after reading the correct text. Take it from a former congressional liaison at the Department of States National Visa Center, ban on the seven countries in regards to the VWP never banned Muslims from coming to the United States. It was placed there to ensure extended and proper vetting of refugees and immigrants coming from those countries. So that if someone from Somalia decides to immigrate to Canada first and then come to the United States, they would still be required to be thoroughly vetted by the United States and would not be able to just walk through the border using the visa waiver program . So in another word, they don’t get the same privelages as Canadian citizens, they would still be considered Somalian refugees who are required to go through a different more extreme vetting procedures than a regular Canadian citizen requesting to enter the United States for a field trip. Not understanding immigration law even after reading it is what causes news media and USA citizens to spread ridiculous ideas about how immigration works .

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

ATTN: New Yorkers! This morning at 11AM N.T. Wright is preaching at 64th & Park Avenue. See you there! pic.twitter.com/2P9fLOeAwe

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Colson Center on Twitter

This Week: The recent nationwide Women's March could hardly have been more different from the annual #MarchforLife . http://bit.ly/2jqSV9j  pic.twitter.com/6zZaHn7mHV

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A Church Welcome for the Tired, the Poor

According to a recent LifeWay Research study, 60 percent of us believe our nation should find a way to help undocumented workers gain citizenship or some form of permanent residence. When it comes specifically to the refugee crisis, a subhead on the webpage of World Relief DuPage/Aurora, Illinois, which serves 5,500 immigrants and refugees a year, describes evangelical reality: “We welcome refugees.”

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History of Tennis on Twitter

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

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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.

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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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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

No Christian can support torture, whether it works or doesn't. America has never needed to stoop to such levels. I hope we won't now.

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Instagram photo by @louiegiglio • Jan 28, 2017 at 9:03pm UTC

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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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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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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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William Lane Craig vs Stephen Law | "Does God Exist?"| Westminster Central Hall, London

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org This was the first event of The UK Reasonable Faith Tour and took place at Westminster Central Hall, London on 17 Oct 2011 in front of an audience of 1,700. The debate was hosted by Justin Brierley, presenter of the faith debate show "Unbelievable?" on Premier Christian Radio www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable. The Reasonable Faith Tour was sponsored by UCCF, Damaris Trust and Premier Christian Radio. More resources: www.bethinking.org/reasonablefaithtour. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai... This video was produced with the help of the Christian Evidence Society.

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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.

51 Jake Tapper on Twitter
52 Why Studying Evolution Will Likely Challenge Your Kids' Faith
53 This Infograph Explains Just How Thorough the Refugee Vetting Process Is
54 Sorting through the aftermath of the executive order heard round the world
55 John McCormack on Twitter
56 Do quantum fluctuations show that something can come from nothing?
57 Crossway on Twitter
58 NBC Is Making a Show Called ‘For God and Country’ About Servicemembers
59 Atheism's problem of evil
60 What the Bible Says About How to Treat Refugees
61 Are Bad Words Inherently Evil?
62 The strange case of the missing Jesus
63 6 Practices We Can All Learn From the Jesuit Tradition
64 God Doesn’t Need You to Try So Hard
65 Can Scientists Trust Their Brains If Atheism is True?
66 Instagram photo by Brett Kunkle • Jan 30, 2017 at 4:55am UTC
67 Crossway on Twitter
68 Why Do God’s Children Suffer?
69 Mark Driscoll (@markdriscoll) • Instagram photos and videos
70 4 Things to Remember When Thinking about the Curses in the Psalms
71 Instagram photo by @louiegiglio • Jan 30, 2017 at 4:04am UTC
72 How to Have Intimacy with God
73 How Old is the Earth? by Chris Sherrod
74 Kamryn Adams on Twitter
75 Caring for Refugees: A Declaration of Evangelical Response
76 World Relief: How Does Refugee Resettlement Work?
77 AmericasMilitaryHist on Twitter
78 How Diverse Was Early Christianity? Clearing Up a Few Misconceptions
79 5 Ways to Find Community Outside Your Comfort Zone
80 3 Ways Pastors Fail to Be Jesus-Full
81 AmericasMilitaryHist on Twitter
82 THE ILL MIND OF HOPSIN 7, PART 1: GOD'S EXISTENCE
83 A blunt axe.
84 Are We 99% Chimps? Not so Fast, Bonzo
85 Denny Burk on Twitter
86 Stop Waiting for Your Church to ‘Feed’ You
87 Denny Burk on Twitter
88 3 Ways Pastors Fail to Be Jesus-Full
89 Will Some People in Heaven Have More Joy Than Others?
90 Evangelical Experts Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban
91 Admit It, Some Of The Bible Is Hard to Believe
92 How to Actually Have Influence at Your Job
93 Frank Turek on Twitter
94 Eric Metaxas, If You Can Keep It, and a Grassroots for Convention of States