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FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation

A renewed law enforcement focus follows a promise to Congress late last year from top Trump Justice Department officials that law enforcement would revisit some of the investigations and legal issues closed during the Obama years that conservatives felt were given short shrift. It also follows months of relentless criticism on Twitter from President Trump, who has repeatedly questioned why no criminal charges were ever filed against the “crooked” Clintons and their fund-raising machine.

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Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions

Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.

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Learning to Say Hello Again

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.

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5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training in 2018

1. Apologetics Will Help You Serve the Church. As my friend Tom Gilson wrote in his article for A New Kind of Apologist,  one key feature of apologetics is to be a servant for the church. There is a huge need for some Christians in the church to have formal training on how to best answer some of the toughest questions about God, the Bible, evil and more. I often encourage my Biola M.A. students to offer to serve their pastor by doing research for sermons, being available to counsel young people with difficult questions, and being willing to offer apologetics classes for people in the church. The first reason to get formal apologetics training is to better serve the local church. Just as every church needs a teaching pastor, worship leader, and children’s director, every church needs a trained apologist .

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6 Cracks in a Secular Worldview

“Yes he does,” I said. “I believe that the whole of human history hinges around a first-century Palestinian Jew who died on a cross and was raised from the dead. That’s crazy, right?” My atheist friend agreed. “But the problem is,” I responded, “I think you believe crazy things, too.”

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The 8 People Americans Trust More Than Their Local Pastor

Despite hitting another record low in Gallup assessment, clergy are still seen as more honest and ethical than 13 other professions.

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The Heart of Christian Husbanding

Living in the impoverished and war-torn island-nation south of India also has taught Fernando that a husband doesn’t need money to make his wife happy. What she wants most isn’t something he can buy, but it is something that’s very costly to give: himself. She doesn’t want his shell, but his attention, his energy, his creativity and awareness and engagement — and especially when it’s most difficult.

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Has President Trump Lost His Mind or Has CNN Lost Its Bearings?

Hour after hour, with unrelenting intensity, CNN reporters bring the grim news. It appears that President Trump has lost his mind. This is a serious report about a serious story, without any bias or malice. It's looking really grim.

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Why ‘Falling Out of Love’ Never Justifies Divorce

Happy Friday. Thanks for listening to the podcast! Today, Pastor John joins us over the telephone for a question from a perplexed father who writes in anonymously. “Pastor John, my adult son wants to get a divorce from his wife. They have been married for two years and have a one-year-old son and a newborn baby girl of ten days old. I’m totally perplexed by the timing. I don’t understand why he feels unhappy, but he claims he is ‘no longer in love’ with his wife anymore. What would you say to someone who has ‘fallen out of love’ with their spouse, and why that’s no grounds for divorce?”

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False Humility

Of course, it’s important and right to consistently acknowledge the Lord and not to take credit and glory for the gifts that God has provided or the opportunities you have, but it’s another thing to deflect all encouragement so that we appear humble. And so we must ask: In our efforts to deflect all acknowledgments to God for what we do, are we exercising true humility or are we operating from a disposition of false humility?

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Be True to Yourself

In fact, the relief of finally being honest, even if what we are being honest about is wrong, can feel emancipating. We’ve all experienced or witnessed this. When someone who has been secretly struggling with homosexuality finally comes out and embraces it, it often feels wonderful and freeing. Or when someone who has professed faith in Christ secretly stops believing the reality of Christianity, it can be a great relief to finally admit it and stop pretending. Or when a spouse has secretly been committing adultery, it can feel liberating to bring it out into the open, even if they are not repentant. What each of these people experiences is a sense of being true to themselves, even if what they actually believe isn’t true and right.

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Clay Jones on Twitter

Join @LeeStrobel , @CraigHazen , @gregkoukl and me in Houston this coming Sunday and Monday night for two nights of apologetics teaching! https://www.biola.edu/on-the-road/houston-2018 …

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Seven Ways to Approach the Existence of God

How do we know God exists?  Over the years, when I have been asked this question, I used to just jump to an argument for God. I would sit down and try to explain it in detail to the individual. I have now decided to take a different approach and back up: I ask the person “How should we approach the existence of God?” or, “What method should we use?” Now I know that when  you ask a Christian, Jewish person or Muslim, and Mormon as well how they know what they believe is true, they might just say, “I have faith.” This should cause us to stop and ask if that is an adequate answer. It probably won’t go very far in a skeptical and pluralistic culture. So in this post I want to discuss some of the various ways we can approach the existence of God. I am well aware that there are other methods as well.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Many “pro-choice” advocates accuse those who defend the unborn as forgetting the mother. So in your zeal to protect the unborn child, pray for the mother, who probably faces many pressures and problems. #ProLife #LTIupdate #inspirelifenow http://bit.ly/2CkG6ff  pic.twitter.com/qYTF4JRuZa

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Christian rape campaigner says John Worboys' release is an 'injustice' - Premier

A Christian who campaigns on behalf of rape victims has criticised the Parole Board's decision to release a serial sex offender from prison, calling it an "injustice".

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Our Sense of Moral Obligation Proves Materialism Is False | Cold Case Christianity

My experience as a homicide detective has given me some insight into the nature of moral culpability and the limits of materialism. Over the years, some of my suspects have claimed they were not responsible for their actions because they suffered some physical condition that was beyond their control. If you’re not familiar with the famous 1979 trial of Dan White, you might want to do a little research. White murdered the mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone, and a San Francisco city supervisor named Harvey Milk. When the trial finally took place, White’s attorney claimed that White was not culpable for the murders because he had a physical condition that caused depression, and this condition was aggravated by a recent change in White’s diet. White allegedly modified his diet from healthy food to sugary food, including Hostess brand Twinkies. He claimed these unhealthy foods caused a physical condition that was beyond his control, aggravating his depression and causing him to murder Moscone and Milk. The jury actually accepted this explanation and convicted White of manslaughter rather than murder.

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Vicar fines brides arriving more than 10 minutes late - Premier

Brides arriving more than ten minutes late to their weddings at a church in Kent face being fined £100 if they fail to provide a good reason for the delay.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

#JackPhillips ’ case is more important than ever. In 2008 we were told that gay marriage wouldn’t affect those who objected to it? In 2018 it costs $130K your livelihood, your good name, and several years of your life. #SweetCakesbyMelissa http://bit.ly/2CTXDb8  pic.twitter.com/pfsEyMaNZ6

24 The Total Humanity of The Crown | Think Christian

In this second season of The Crown , I believe we see the very opposite of inhumanity. We see instead an abundance of humanity. The utter, total depravity of humankind in all its forms. We see the righteous indignation of the Queen, the blindness of her cabinet, the infidelity of the rich and powerful, the prejudices of old-world politics, the troubles of a public marriage, and the demons of a dark past returning to cause anger and discord. We see that royals are mortals too. “The problems of the world can be summed up in one three-letter word: sin,” says Billy Graham during one of his rallies, which the Queen watches on television. “God looks deep down inside of you. God sees how you really are down inside.”

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False Humility

Of course, it’s important and right to consistently acknowledge the Lord and not to take credit and glory for the gifts that God has provided or the opportunities you have, but it’s another thing to deflect all encouragement so that we appear humble. And so we must ask: In our efforts to deflect all acknowledgments to God for what we do, are we exercising true humility or are we operating from a disposition of false humility?

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Colson Center on Twitter

The protests in #Iran have enormous implications for U. S. #foreign policy—and for the Church. Iranians are rising up against their oppressive #Shiite government. They shout, “Death to the Dictator!” enduring tear gas, water cannons, arrest—and death. http://bit.ly/2E76t4K  pic.twitter.com/sv47gPe0nb

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Premier Christian on Twitter

A vicar unhappy with brides turning up late to their own weddings has imposed a £100 fine for those arriving "fashionably late". Is this a bit stingy on the most important day of your life OR a sensible decision? Were you late for your own wedding? #yourcall #breakfast pic.twitter.com/wF8jP9ildX

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Donald J. Trump on Twitter

Dow goes from 18,589 on November 9, 2016, to 25,075 today, for a new all-time Record. Jumped 1000 points in last 5 weeks, Record fastest 1000 point move in history. This is all about the Make America Great Again agenda! Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Six trillion dollars in value created!

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Maxine Waters on Twitter

A message to Mueller: Stay strong and stand tall. Continue to investigate them all. You are indeed answering the people's call. The Kremlin Klan is going to fall. Around you the Democrats are building a wall. We look forward to the day, to prison they will all be hauled.

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J Warner Wallace Wants You to Have a 'Forensic Faith' (and so do I)

In my line of work in finding articles to feature here at The Poached Egg , all too often I run across an article written by some well-meaning Christian that is critical of apologetics and attempts to make a case for why we don’t need it or that it is even damaging to the cause of Christianity (i.e. glorifying Christ and making disciples). This is very baffling to me because I returned to the Christian faith by way of apologetics (although I didn’t know what it was at the time) after having abandoned it as a young man who had been raised in a faithful church by faithful Christian parents and I know many others with similar stories—not to mention that these arguments against apologetics are self-defeating because they are using apologetics to explain why we don’t need apologetics. Sheesh! Seriously, no matter how many of these articles (there have been books written on the topic as well) I read, I fail to understand how anyone could object to a Christian knowing why they should believe what they believe… and this is where Forensic Faith shines…

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Recovering the Lost Unity of Heart and Mind

We’ve been sold a story—a cultural narrative—that has hindered both the intellectual and emotional life of the church. This story, like the air we breathe, is invisible, ubiquitous, and has existed long before any of us were born. The story I am speaking of is one of human progress, from religious ignorance to scientific knowledge.

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What Is the Scriptural Understanding of Death?

Those who believe in theistic evolution and that God made Adam from a pre-existing brute have a real issue here in broken theology. They have no reason for Christ to go through the physical death which now follows, and it is important to grasp that physical death does now follows as Christ states, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” ( Luke 23:46 ). In John 19:30 we read, “And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (Greek: “He delivered His spirit”). The tense is active and not passive, so it is important to observe that Christ actively controlled His own physical death. As He stated in John 10:17–18 , “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” The giver of life at creation is now the one who controls both His own death and His own Resurrection. In fact, all of the Trinity are involved since it also says that God raises His Son. “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.

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Testing the Historical Reliability of the New Testament

Welcome to our ninth blog post in this series focusing on the topic of apologetics! If you’d like to catch up from the start, here’s the link to the first blog we posted: Apologetics: Apologizing for Believing in God? .

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How to Explain to Your Kids Why Some People Think Gorillas and Humans Are Equally Valuable

By now, you’ve probably seen all the headlines and controversy surrounding the killing of Harambe the gorilla. In a nutshell, a 4-year-old boy somehow fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo last weekend and authorities ended up killing the gorilla in order to ensure the boy’s life would be saved. Controversy has raged over whether or not the gorilla should have been shot when he was, whether the mom was at fault for the whole thing, and, most notably, whether we really should always choose a human life over an animal life .

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Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You?

These words are the John 3:16 of American cultural Christianity. Watch how often they show up on the Bible verse plaques sold in Bible Belt mall kiosks or posted on Facebook walls, even on tattoos. Whether as home decor or on social media posts, I see this passage claimed fervently by people I know haven’t been in a church service since the first Bush Administration.

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Is the Sun Shrinking?

The 19th century saw the first scientific explanation for the sun’s energy. William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) and Hermann von Helmholtz proposed that the sun derived its energy from the conversion of gravitational potential energy. This process (now called the Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism) would cause the sun slowly to shrink, but the shrinkage would be so gradual as to be virtually undetectable. The Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism is a viable model, and astronomers think that all stars derive at least some of their energy from this mechanism at some stages. However, scientists generally rejected the Kelvin-Helmholtz model toward the end of the 19th century, because it could power the sun for “at most” 30 million years. At that time, many scientists were committed to gradual geological and biological evolution, processes that required much more time than the Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism would allow.

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Desiring God on Twitter

The path you’re on may not be the one you would have ever chosen for yourself, but if you are in Christ, you can trust that God has chosen this path for you for your good.

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U.S. Bank to invest in employees, community and customers as a result of tax reform package

U.S. Bancorp, with 73,000 employees and $459 billion in assets as of September 30, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its branch and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, small business, wealth management, payment, wholesale and securities services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company . In 2016, U.S. Bank contributed $54.2 million to nonprofit organizations across the country through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate contributions. Additionally, employees donated more than 219,000 volunteer hours creating opportunities at work, home and play across the country. Visit U.S. Bank online or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

Leaders of the world's religions said, 'What do you think about what I teach?' Jesus said, 'Who do you say I am?' https://buff.ly/2DRzDog  pic.twitter.com/GyLZNo7Eh9

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Desiring God on Twitter

God is drawing Muslims to himself at an unprecedented rate, but the hard work has only begun. Will you pray with us for more? https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/five-ways-satan-undermines-muslim-conversions …

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How Podcasting Hurts Preaching

By podcasting your sermons, you make it just one more of the billions of entertainment choices a user has, and you send the unintentional message that church exists for the same ontological reason as everything else in the mass culture: to be mediated. And pastors stand little chance of bringing a bored generation back through a medium that will reach them completely out of context, out of sync with the week’s spiritual rhythm, and out of touch with the local community of people that know and care about them.

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Get a Basic Overview of the Bible

Virtually every Christian at some point has resolved to read the entire Bible. If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, it’s natural not to want to miss a word of it. If God delivered a letter to your mailbox, I am sure you would read it. But the Bible is a pretty big letter, and its sheer bulk is somewhat daunting, even to the person with the best of intentions. Therefore, few Christians actually keep a resolution to read through the Bible.

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Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter

We will sometimes be discouraged in our journeys, and we need reminders from our fellow laborers and brothers and sisters in Christ that God is for us and with us and has changed us. http://bit.ly/2qxIc60 

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EPSOCIETY.ORG on Twitter

20% Discount!: Religious Liberty and the Law: Theistic and Non-Theistic Perspectives edited by Angus Menuge, President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society: http://bit.ly/2EZtubd  #religiousliberty #religiousfreedom #politicalphilosophy #legalphilosophy #discountedbooks pic.twitter.com/W32h4GuzNj

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The Daily Signal on Twitter

The @nytimes gave Fidel Castro and Charles Manson more favorable obituaries than the late president of the Mormon church. http://bit.ly/2CLvIwe 

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The Gospel Coalition on Twitter

There is very little doubt in my mind that if current trends continue, you will sooner rather than later find Christians losing their jobs or being fined prodigious amounts simply because they are judged to have already committed the most heinous offense. http://thegspl.co/2CX29Wg 

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Desiring God on Twitter

God will mold you into the person he wants you to be, and trials are his main tools. Download a free Kindle version of ‘The Scars That Have Shaped Me’ this weekend only. https://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-scars-that-have-shaped-me …

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Crossway on Twitter

If we're honest, almost every Christian will admit that sometimes when we read our Bible, we find it a bit boring. For anyone in that situation, I want to say that the same God speaking in Scripture is the God who wants to work in your life today. https://www.crossway.org/articles/what-to-do-if-youre-bored-by-the-bible/ …

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Heather Duncan on Twitter

I am inspired, humbled, and awed by this issue of @CTmagazine . From social justice to physical sciences to agricultural seminary programs, it was a fantastic read. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/january-february/ …

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