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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..”

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Seven Reasons Not to Play the Lottery

Managers don’t gamble with their Master’s money. All you have belongs to God. All of it. Faithful trustees may not gamble with a trust fund. They have no right. The parable of the talents says Jesus will take account of how we handled his money. “They went and worked” (Matthew 25:16). That is how we seek to provide for ourselves (1 Corinthians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; Ephesians 4:28)

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The Importance of Gospel-Centered Teaching in Children's Ministry

Sam Luce (Redeemer Church, Utica, NY): One of the things that I always tell our teachers and remind them of often is that we want to give kids a faith that they can grow into, not a faith that they can grow out of. I think that you either have one of the two options. That’s why I think, for us, a more theologically robust curriculum is important because it’s something that our kids can grow into rather than something they’ll grow out of.

4 Mere Christianity, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

Hank shares his thoughts on the book, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Interestingly, this book came as the result of a series of BBC radio broadcasts given by Lewis during World War II while many were questioning their faith. Lewis’ desire was to distill and defend the essence of the Christian faith, and his words still speak to us with profound relevance today. Mere Christianity is a treasure that believers will want to read again and again.

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10 Convictions About Labor and Birth from a Christian Worldview

As a follower of Jesus, and in my experience as a volunteer  doula  and mother of four, there are times when I’ve been asked to explain the Christian perspective of labor and birth. Where I live in a global city in the East, we see different worldviews collide on every topic under the sun. Labor and birth are no exception. It’s my privilege to talk with ladies from different religions, teaching the gospel as I answer their questions about what the Bible says regarding labor pain and childbirth. In my local church context I’ve also had opportunities to encourage Christian women. We discuss how Scripture renews our minds, addresses our misconceptions, and exposes false gospels. We worship God together as he thrills our hearts with this incredible picture of grace.

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Serpents, Seeds, and a Savior

It reminds me that my hope and the well-being of our marriage do not rest in my husband’s strength or mine, or in our determined efforts to do this well. Our hope is in that holy Seed, wounded for us, who took our shame as his own, gave himself up for us, and clothed our nakedness with garments of his own righteousness, acquired by the shedding of his blood.

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Option c: The Time-Salvation Paradox

There is one aspect about God and our understanding of Him that I felt compelled to write about. This one area has divided Christians for centuries, and that is the subject of God’s sovereignty in relation to man’s free will. Now, I know this is a topic which has been perpetually argued, but it is because of this fact that I had felt so passionate about the subject. I would love to end the debate, although I am not that naive to think that the argument I am about to outline could do so but it is my hope that it might possibly provide Christians who take a strong stance for Calvinism or Arminianism a more common ground and that is Option c.

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Across the Race Divide

It’s no surprise that many in these communities are so adamantly opposed to snitching and so reticent to cooperate with law enforcement officials. They just don’t trust that the police are on their side. “Given the truth of our American history, it is all too easy for angry black communities to believe that this is not just incapacity: that it is malign….It becomes not so hard to understand why conspiracy might seem a live option. Overseer, slave catcher, Ku Klux Klan, cop, DEA–all seamless” (149). Of course, there is no conspiracy. Kennedy doesn’t even think racism in the police force is the problem. “But if we were trying to play to the idea that there is, we could hardly do a better job. To a people that has suffered systematic abuse under color of law, that has not been accorded equal protection under the law, that has been deprived of economic opportunity, that has in cold fact been abused in long and terrible ways, it is no stretch to imagine outcomes today are the result of similar things done and left undone” (150).

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The Gospel According to Taylor Swift

Yes, the Bible says, there is  a grander story of discovery that makes sense of all our trials. But that story is radically God-focused, not self-focused. It’s a story about God finding and saving unworthy sinners, not our own attempts to find and save ourselves. It’s discovering how God expresses Himself in grace to the world through the death of His Son, not how we express the worth we think we have in ourselves.

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Innovative Apologetics: Truth Requires God

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Don’t Waste Your Fathering

It’s also true that a wise father, in disciplining his children, is careful not to be so impossible to please that he drives them up the wall (Eph. 6:4). Moreover, a godly father is rightly graced with dignity and honor, and he can expect long-term impact (Ps. 127:3–5). To lead a family happily united in the Lord is a beautiful experience for a father (Ps. 128). A faithful father isn’t lazy or heedless but conscientiously takes responsibility for his children’s spiritual welfare (Job 1:4–5). He boldly claims his family for the Lord (Josh. 24:14–15). He leads his family through life with unmistakable spiritual commitment (Deut. 6:4–9). He brings his family before the Lord in prayer (John 4:46–53). He provides for his family with good earthly things, according to their legitimate needs (1 Tim. 5:8). He responds to their requests with good gifts (Luke 11:11–13). He looks into the future and plans an inheritance for his family (Prov. 13:22). In it all, in both failure and success, a Christian father is strengthened by his awareness that his own Father in heaven loves him and approves of him for Jesus’s sake (Rom.

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1 Peter 2:13–17, Part 1: Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven

Christians live in and are citizens of some nation on earth, under some government, but their final authority is in heaven. So what did God intend for human governments to do? And how should we respond as believers in Jesus? In this lab, John Piper explains how to live as exiles and refugees.

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Join us for Calvin College’s January Series | Think Christian

Among the talks that look particularly intriguing are Jan. 7’s panel discussion on “The Renaissance of Christian Thought,” featuring George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff; Eboo Patel’s discussion of “Interfaith Leadership” on Jan. 11; and The New York Times’ David Brooks speaking about “The Road to Character” on Jan. 13. A full schedule of lecturers can be found here .

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The Poached Egg 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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Do the Deaths of the Apostles Prove Anything?

The apostles spent between one and a half and three years with Jesus during his public ministry, expecting him to proclaim his kingdom on earth. Although disillusioned at his untimely death, they became the first witnesses of the risen Jesus and they endured persecution; many subsequently experienced martyrdom, signing their testimony, so to speak, in their own blood. The strength of their conviction, marked by their willingness to die, indicates that they did not fabricate these claims; rather, without exception, they actually believed Jesus to have risen from the dead. While in and of themselves these facts prove neither the truth of the resurrection in particular nor Christianity as a whole, they do demonstrate the apostles’ sincerity of belief, lending credibility to their claims about the veracity of resurrection, which is fundamental to the case for Christianity.

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4 Ways to Practice Sabbath This Year

No noise, no phone, no music. Slow down enough to sit and feel your own chest rising and falling. Sit and consider the gift of being alive for another day. Sit and remember that you are loved by a God who made you out of nothing and did all that was necessary to save you forever. Ponder His goodness, His sacrifice, His mercy. Read the Bible in the quiet, and marvel at the Gospel when there are no distractions. Let the Good News call your attention, again, to the great Savior, Jesus Christ.

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How to Combat Domestic Violence in the Church

Awful things are often said about women who remain in abusive relationships. Instead of being one of those voices, let’s try to understand why a woman may find it hard to leave. Fear of more violence, fear for her children, fear of her own future—these often paralyze and produce a fog that distorts reality. Abusers work hard to isolate those they’re abusing through threatening, discrediting, or shaming them into thinking nobody will believe them. A wife may not necessarily hate her abusive husband; she just hates the abuse and wants it to stop. With all of his manipulative apologies, she believes he will change. And sadly, she hopes her suffering will achieve his redemption. It’s heinous to think she stays because she’s responsible for his behavior, or because she deserves the treatment she’s getting. 

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

Greg is back and ready to take your calls today from 4-6pm PT! (855) 243 9975 http://www.str.org/blog/give-greg-a-call-today … pic.twitter.com/ROPD6dYw4l

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Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Peter Boghossian and the New Atheist's Comparisons of Zeus, the Easter Bunny and Jesus

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Woven Lou

A serious documentary about a strange occurrence. Eric Metaxas and Christopher Noel.

21 Why You Should Have Faith In The Bible (VIDEO) | Think Christianly

Jonathan Morrow Posts Twitter Facebook Google+ Jonathan Morrow (D.Min) is a sought after speaker and teacher who has a gift for explaining challenging topics in ways the rest of us can understand. He is the author of several books including Questioning the Bible and Welcome to College and is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. Jonathan has earned master’s degrees in Philosophy of Religion and Theology as well as a Doctorate in Worldview and Culture from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. As the founder of ThinkChristianly.org and Director of Cultural Engagement for Impact 360 Institute, Jonathan speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics, and culture and is passionate about seeing a new generation of Christ-followers understand why they believe, what they believe. Follow on Twitter: @Jonathan_Morrow

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Porn Almost Ruined My Marriage

The audience is supposed to get the impression it’s a real scenario—like you’re getting a sneak peek into schoolboy fantasy. In reality, you’re just watching another cheesy porn clip. You’re drawn in to a false reality. You watch whatever amount of the scene you want to watch, and you move on. Within minutes, sometimes, you’ve almost forgotten you even watched it.

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Following Jesus in an Age of Authenticity

Philosopher Charles Taylor calls our secular age an “age of authenticity.” In an effort to realize our humanity, we search for individual identity apart from social authorities, whether political or religious. It’s not hard to see this attitude at work in advertisements and campaigns. And it’s not hard to see why this mindset would pose a problem for disciples of Jesus.

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Interview with Michael Brown on “Line of Fire” @DrMichaelLBrown

Many thanks to Dr. Michael Brown who recently interviewed me about the new book Transforming Homosexuality . You can download the interview here or listen below. The interview begins at 55:00.

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Yahoo’s Original Programming Service Has Been Shut Down

After losing $42 million, Yahoo has made what is probably the smart move, and closed down “Yahoo Screen,” its home for original content. Aside from the final season of Community , the streaming service never really gained much attention or audience, with shows like the quirky comedy Other Space getting overshadowed by programs from streaming competitors like Netflix and Hulu. The good news for fans of the shows that Yahoo Screen did create during its two-year run is that they will still be made available on other platforms like Yahoo TV.

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Wheaton College Recommends Terminating Tenured Professor over 'Same God' Comments

A spokesperson for Hawkins said the professor will "provide information regarding the notification" at a press conference tomorrow at the Chicago Temple, and said that Hawkins "maintains Christian support for the Muslim community amidst the ongoing anti-Muslim climate."

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Examining Jesus by the Historical Method (Part 2)

“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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Sufjan Stevens, Ellie Goulding, Grimes, Run the Jewels Among Artists Playing This Year’s Coachella

Coachella has announced the full lineup for this year's festival, and along with confirming that both Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem will be reuniting for headlining performances, they’ve also revealed some other pretty incredible artist will be playing. This year’s lineup includes Sufjan Stevens, Ellie Goulding, M83, The Kills, Foals, Purity Ring, A$AP Rocky, Chvrches, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Vince Staples, Calvin Harris, Major Lazer, Cold War Kids, Sia and a ton of other great artists. You can go here to see the full rundown for the festival that takes place this April.

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Conquering Debt (Part 1 of 2)

Cherie: It's so counterintuitive, right, that you would quit a job and be able to pay off debt. But I truly began to see my calling within the home to be the CEO or the co-CEO, basically, the managing operator, to make sure that we were spending as little as possible and that meant being more intentional with everything from reading the fine print on our bills to see if we could reduce what we were spending there, but also you know, planning meals well and making sure that we weren't ending up in the drive-thru and everything from household cleaners to, you know, the things that our children were doing was on the table. And I was looking for ways that I could actively reduce what we were spending. So, I treated it like a job and got up every morning, like it was my job to make sure that we saved as much as possible.

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China’s New Christians

And Christians are also working to improve rule of law; a disproportionate number of Chinese rights lawyers are Christian. Some theorize this is because legal theory drove them to natural law, which in turn directed them to God. Others speculate it’s exactly the opposite. Nearly all these supposed subverters of state power work within the existing legal framework, trying to reform China by forcing it to adhere to the laws established by existing authorities. Of course, the powerful and politically connected are the ones undermining rule of law, but challenging them takes courage, which rights lawyers often derive from their faith.

31 Triablogue: Could It Ever Be Rational To Believe In Miracles?

http://heyevent.com/event/fvpsmsb2kavl6a/2016-bbc-debate-series-dr-tim-mcgrew-and-dr-zachary-moore-could-it-ever-be-rational-to-believe-in-miracles

32 Watch Seth Meyers Parody 'Making a Murderer'

Who knew that a documentary about "Making a Talk Show Host' could be such compelling television. Ya know?

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Belief without Evidence is Crucial for Knowledge | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

Without this principle, there can be no knowledge at all. If you cannot suppose thigs are as they seem to be unless further evidence is brought forward—e.g. that in the past in certain respects things were as they seemed to be, the question will arise as to why you should suppose the latter evidence to be reliable. If ‘it seems to be' is good enough evidence in the latter case, it ought to be good reason to start with. And if ‘it seems to be' is not good enough reason in the latter case, we are embarked on an infinite regress and no claim to believe anything with justification will be correct. 2

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The Poached Egg 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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Wall Street Journal on Twitter

Got a lot to say? Twitter may be planning to extend its 140-character limit, to as many as 10,000 http://on.wsj.com/1JrZhBo  via @WSJdigits

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5 Common Objections to the Moral Argument

The moral argument is not about belief in God. Rather, the argument usually deals with grounding and substantiating objective morality. If God does not exist, then objective morality becomes much more difficult to explain. Sure, atheists can be moral. In fact, I know several atheists who are more moral than some theists! Religious leaders in the New Testament were among the biggest detractors and critics of Jesus. The issue of belief is not pertinent. The argument instead highlights the fact that there must be a sufficient basis for there to be objective morality. God, in light of the distinctive features of morality, can be argued to be their best explanation.

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Michael Brown - Will Twitter Declare War on Religious Conservatives?

With a view towards curbing abusive posts, Twitter has established new, stricter guidelines, stating , “We do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.”

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Ligonier Ministries

“ It is not to be expected that we should love God supremely if we have not known him to be more desirable than all other things.” So wrote the great hymn writer Isaac Watts. And of course, he was quite right, for we always love what seems most attractive to us. Whether it be God, money, sex, or fame, we live for and love what captures our hearts.

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Why God the Father and God the Son? | Reasonable Faith

According to the classical doctrine of the Trinity promulgated at the Council of Nicaea, God the Father eternally begets God the Son. This relation is sometimes called filiation, so that there is an intrinsic filial relationship between the first and second persons of the Trinity. So it is impossible for those persons to be related as mere friends, mates, colleagues, or siblings. The only question would be why the genders are not feminine rather than masculine: why not God the Mother or God the daughter? Given that the persons of the Trinity do not literally have a gender (since they are incorporeal), why are they revealed as masculine? The Bible says that men and women alike are created in the image of God, so any non-physical properties of masculinity and femininity which there might be must be alike comprised by God’s nature. Since God is neither male nor female, why does He reveal Himself as Father and Son?

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‘Racial Indifference Is Not Hate… but It Is Not Love, Either’

Shortly after Michael Brown’s death, “we began looking for churches to host discussion groups…and all of our evangelical partners said, ‘We’re not ready to talk about race and justice,’” Higgins recalled. When evangelicals hesitate to enter this discussion, they unwittingly perpetuate racism and the belief that the status quo is acceptable. “Your indifference is not hate,” she said, “but it is not love.”

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Ten Reasons for the Rapid Spread of Christianity, Part 1: Social Factors

In this series we’ll briefly look at 10 reasons for Christianity’s rapid spread during its first few centuries. As a Christian, I believe that God’s historical providence directed the events that led to Christianity’s development. Nevertheless, understanding the social, cultural, and religious factors that influenced the spread of the faith doesn’t make the ultimate cause of the movement any less supernatural in nature. A natural implication of God’s historical providence is that he specifically prepared the world for the coming of Jesus Christ and that this divine arrangement led to Christianity’s subsequent growth and success.

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Feminism’s Damning Silence On Miscarriage

The more I considered it, the more I became convinced that the silence around miscarriage was connected to feminism’s work around abortion. How could I grieve a thing that didn’t exist? If a fetus is not meaningfully alive, if it is just a collection of cells – the cornerstone claim of the pro-choice movement – what does it mean to miscarry one? Admitting my grief meant seeing myself as a bereft mother, and my fetus as a dead child – which meant adopting exactly the language that the anti-choice movement uses to claim abortion is murder. […] I felt not just invisible to the ideology I’d grown up with, I felt forsaken.

43 When transgenderism hurts children

44 Periodic table's seventh row finally filled as four new elements are added

Discovery of four super-heavy chemical elements by scientists in Russia, America and Japan has been verified by experts and formally added to table

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Why Christians Should Create

Interesting. Yet why do we choose to discuss music, theatre, movies and books repeatedly? They too are expressions of something deep worthy of discussion. The visual arts are no different. My point from earlier is that the visual arts are not really being discussed at all. Why is it that in each issue there are sections devoted to music, movies and books and not the visual arts? Why not a section on the visual arts? Album reviews, book reviews...why not exhibition reviews? If you want Christians to dig into the world and create excellent, meaningful work then show the readers examples of great visual art. Discuss and look at the work of artists that are making an impact in the world. As an artist and an art teacher myself, my students and I discuss art all of the time. We don't just simply look at it and walk away. That is simply selling visual art short if we were to do that. I have to disagree with you Markus I believe the arts need to be talked about, discussed and chewed on more than ever.

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President Obama wants to disarm America | Fox News

The president will purportedly  bypass Congress and crack down on small scale gun sellers. Fox News reports the plan would require gun sellers to order background checks on prospective buyers and tighten laws for gun sales to those who have committed domestic-abuse offenses.

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For thirty-five years, Saddleback Church has been making disciples through a very intentional, purpose driven process. And we’ve helped...

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Media Malpractice On Mass Shootings After Calif. Attack

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Stop Waiting for Your Church to ‘Feed’ You

Along with practicing spiritual disciplines on our own, a well-balanced spiritual diet often includes embracing diversity and staying with a church family even when it doesn’t spoon feed you or meet all your expectations. Sometimes the best thing for us is to get offended, called out and told no. There's not much left in our culture that will remind us that this life isn't about us.

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6 Questions Preachers Should Ask of Every Sermon

The closer 11 a.m. on Sunday draws, the more the sentiments of John Piper’s words grip my heart and mind: “I am standing vigilantly on the precipice of eternity speaking to people who this week could go over the edge whether they are ready to or not. I will be called to account for what I said there.” Indeed. Every Sunday morning is an occasion for trembling and utter dependence upon the Lord, no matter how much I have prepared beforehand. 

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53 Grace to You
54 Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog
55 Half the World’s Population Lives in Just 1% of the Land [Map]
56 Nazis Couldn't Stop These Christians from Saving Jews
57 Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter
58 Christians Must Choose God Over Money, John Piper Says
59 12 Promises for Perseverance in Bible Reading
60 What Actually Sayeth the Lord?
61 Hillary Clinton Says Aliens Could Have Visited Earth, Proposes Area 51 Investigation
62 Is the Antichrist Appearing in 2016?
63 Brit Hume Delivers the Best 1.5 Minute Commentary on Abortion Ever Heard on Network News
64 Kirsten Powers - A tale of two Bills: Cosby, Clinton and predatory men
65 Title IX Exemption and I'm Proud of It - Oklahoma Wesleyan University
66 Private Interpretation by R.C. Sproul | January 5, 2016
67 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Killing Jesus: The Preliminary Hearings of Christ
68 WORLD | Ballot Boxing: Rubio gets new religious advisers | Jamie Dean | Jan. 5, 2016
69 Frank Turek on Twitter
70 The eschatology of ISIS | Think Christian
71 The 8-Point Social-Media Apostasy of Alan Jacobs
72 nατε picκοwicz on Twitter
73 The Christian Post on Twitter
74 Updated Intelligent Design DVD Collection Package - Christian Research Institute
75 NBC News on Twitter
76 How Lee Strobel, NY Times Best-Selling Christian Author, Wrestles With Doubt
77 Why Christians must compromise on gun control | Think Christian
78 What Did Noah’s Ark Look Like?
79 Why Are Muslims Faking Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes?
80 Matthew 4
81 The evangelical idolatry of Donald Trump | Think Christian
82 A lowly donkey.
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84 B. Tyler Ellis on Twitter
85 Duvall talks faith on film—except his own - Religion News Service
86 Nigerian Businessman Has Just Unveiled Africa’s Largest Jesus Statue
87 Should women be pastors and elders?
88 WORLD | Praying at Planned Parenthood | John Piper | Jan. 5, 2016
89 Thomas Sowell: On Gun Control, Obama Is Showman In Chief
90 Why Do Millennials Consider the Church a Negative Influence on Society?
91 What’s the Most Neglected Spiritual Discipline?
92 Collin Hansen's Bookshelf
93 KevinGHarney on Twitter
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95 The TC Apologetics Daily