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UPCOMING LIVE STREAM EVENTS Yale University Open Forum with Ravi Zacharias & Abdu Murray October 10, 2017, 7:00pm EDT PAST EVENTS Memorial Service for Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017) Ravi Zacharias The Challenges Against Christianity: Preparing Students for A Post-Truth Culture L

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'Prophet' Among 3 Pastors Charged for Sex With Minors; Teen Allegedly Aborted Pregnancy

Another time, the minor described having sex with Butler, 37, inside his vehicle in an alley off the Anthony Wayne Trail. "Immediately following the sex, Butler placed money on the center console for her. [She] took the money and later purchased food for her and her siblings. [She] stated while she had sex with him again, he did not pay her on that occasion," the affidavit said.

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Suffering in Cyberspace

Christians should aspire to do all things well, to be virtuous through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and according to the Holy Scriptures. This includes suffering in various settings. Jesus Christ did all things well, and he is our model. He was also “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3, ESV). The Lamb of God suffered much, even before the matchless suffering of the Cross. He endured and lamented his sometimes clueless disciples; he often endured religious leaders whose hearts and words were darkened; he faced and conquered the temptations of the Devil himself. At the tomb of his friend Lazarus, Jesus was outraged at death but then wept with the grieving—before raising the dead man to life. Of course, Jesus suffered the greatest and most egregious evil possible in his crucifixion: forgiving the sins of his enemies, committing his mother to proper care, crying out to God in anguish according to Psalm 22, and announcing, “It is finished.”

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How to Resolve Most Relational Conflict

Pride is the enemy inside us that speaks to us like a friend. Its counsel sounds so much like self-protection, preservation, and promotion that we’re often blinded to the fact that it’s destroying us and others. It rises in great indignation as a prosecuting attorney when others’ pride damages us, but it minimizes, qualifies, excuses, rationalizes, and blame-shifts our behavior when we damage others. We can be easily deceived into believing that our pride wants to save us, when really, it’s our internal Judas betraying us with a kiss.

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Reading through the [Alleged] Best 100 Science Fiction Books – #36-40

Grade: D+ “It is difficult for me to process this as a novel. Like ‘Slaughterhouse Five,’ this book has as bare-bones a plot and characters as are as thin as possible. Unlike that horrendous nightmare, here Vonnegut manages to grab some interest by making up a kind of Gnostic vision of religion. It’s certainly not a good book, by any stretch, but it isn’t as abysmal as that most hated book. The primary difficulty is that, once again, Vonnegut apparently felt the need to couch his political and metaphysical commentary in what some people take to be a novel. But really, this is just a series of barely connected vignettes written in a kind of vomiting of consciousness. It would be like me writing down every thought I had on religion, politics, and the like all day and then inserting those thoughts into the mouths of poorly-constructed characters to push my ideas onto you. It doesn’t qualify for a good read, in my opinion, but at least I see where some pleasure might be derived from his work.”

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Why Transgender Activism Will Not Succeed in Changing America | The Stream

Transgender activism will never succeed in reshaping our society for one simple reason: It’s not natural. Biological differences are too deeply instilled in the human race. Male-female distinctives are too obvious and real. It’s futile to declare war on these differences.

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God Wounds Us Because He Loves Us

He allows us to suffer so that we would turn and receive compassion: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). The pain may feel like God’s fierce anger in the moment, but it actually serves to reveal his warm compassion toward us. Joel writes, “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster” (Joel 2:13).

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What If My Singleness Never Ends?

But he doesn’t. God does not have to bring us someone to marry. He simply is not obligated to do anything for us that is not for his glory and for our joy in him. And since we’re not all-knowing, we cannot claim to know what will give us the most long-term joy. We can make guesses, certainly. But the ultimate decision is up to our God, who has never ceased to provide exactly what his people need — from the garments of skin worn by Adam and Even (Genesis 3:21) to our own daily bread (Matthew 6:11).

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My Least Favorite Atheistic Conservatives

A few Conservatives are atheists - Discover the reasons they are rationally inconsistent.

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The Underground Translator: William Tyndale (c. 1494–1536)

What drove Tyndale to sing one note all his life? It was the rock-solid conviction that all humans were in bondage to sin, blind, dead, damned, and helpless, and that God had acted in Christ to provide salvation by grace through faith. This is what lay hidden in the Latin Scriptures and the church system of penance and merit. This is why the Bible had to be translated, and ultimately this is why Tyndale was martyred. He wrote,

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An Innocent Black Man Forgave the Crooked White Cop Who Framed Him

The book is at its best when we see McGee and Collins probing inward, illustrating for readers why a young white police officer would break the law to boost his career—and how an equally ambitious, hard-working, young black man could get trapped in a criminal justice nightmare. Their insights give us an inside look at policing culture, judicial bias, and poverty’s dysfunctions, helping us see the real people in environments too often set at odds.

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Martin Luther: What You Might Not Know About the Man Who Sparked the Reformation - ChristianWeek

And Luther himself never wanted to bring about a permanent break and start an entirely new church, Metaxas stressed, noting that he considered dedicating the book to Pope Francis as a way to underscore his desire for every one who is a Christian, whether Roman Catholic or Protestant evangelical, to understand their mutual history. He concurred with Kreeft that the two groups now have an ecumenism that was inconceivable a mere 50 years ago.

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At Least 11 Dead as Wildfires Rage Across Northern California

California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. has declared a state of emergency as wildfires rip through the state, leaving at least eleven people dead and 1,500 homes and businesses destroyed so far. An estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and at least 100 are still missing, according to officials on CBS .

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Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Günter Bechly | Evolution News

This is a big deal, and a reminder of a key dynamic in the debate about ID. What the public hears about that debate is often highly misleading. That’s for a number of reasons, including media distortion, dishonest attributions of “creationism” to ID proponents, and a refusal by most professional scientists who oppose ID to respond to the theory on its scientific merits.

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Hear the story of Emmanuel, a Christian living with psychosis #WorldMentalHealthDay #WMHD http://ow.ly/BnU950ewpy4 

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Zachary's Vlog, Days 32-39: Finding Trump (& Krispy Kreme) in Russia

Zachary bundles up to take in Red Square in Moscow, stopping along the way for Lenin's tomb, vodka, donuts, and a Donald Trump matryoshka doll. Zachary's Vlog follows Larry Alex Taunton's son as he joins his Around the World in 80 Days expedition. Follow the journey at http://larryalextaunton.com/go/

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Rapid Response Series by J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace has started a great series of blog posts called "Rapid Response."  He explains: "In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member." Thus far, the objections dealt with are as follows: Who Created God? Did Jesus Think Jesus Was God? Can’t Believe In God Because I Have Too Many Unanswered Questions I Don’t Believe the Gospels Were Written By Eyewitnesses You Can’t Trust the Gospels Because There Are Variations Between the Ancient Manuscripts You Can’t Trust the Gospels Because They Were Written by Christians I Think the Disciples Lied About the Resurrection We Don’t Need God to Explain the Origin of Life God Is Not Needed to Explain the Fine-Tuning of the Universe The Appearance of Design in Biology Does Not Require an Intelligent Designer We Don’t Need God to Explain the Existence of Free Agency We Don’t Need God to Explain the Beginning of the Universe Evil Disproves the Existence of God The Gospels Have Been Altered You Can’t Be Certain About the Claims of Christianity The Gospels are Unreliable This is a great resource to use when talking to unsaved family, friends and co-workers! We will continue to update it as Jim adds responses! For more answers to "Common Objections," see our series here.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 — The Briefing

Delivered daily to your inbox, this is one of the best ways to stay on top of current events from a Christian worldview perspective.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 — The Briefing

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

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Church of England speaks out on students fair controversy - Premier

A college at Oxford University which excluded a Christian Union (CU) from its fresher's fair has been accused by the Church of England of misunderstanding "the nature of debate and dialogue".

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Feelings will not sustain us

We as Christians must know what we believe and we must believe these things with strength and confidence. It is not wrong to feel, but it is not enough. Feelings will not sustain us when the world turns against us. Feelings will not sustain us when enemies rise up to oppose our faith. Feelings will not sustain us in the face of compelling arguments against the Bible, against creation, against the resurrection. Only strong convictions grounded upon well-formed thoughts will be enough in that day. In fact, only strong convictions grounded upon well-formed thoughts are enough for this day.

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Reasons to Believe on Twitter

Sneak peak of the newly refreshed http://Reasons.org  ! Same great content with a great new look and feel. Coming soon to serve you! pic.twitter.com/a9mgcQFtVO

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What Does the Bible Say about Defending the Faith?

In addition to this passage, Jude 3 also calls us to “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” Finally, apologetics plausibly fits in with the general biblical command to love God with our minds. This command is found in Mark 12:29-30: “love the Lord your God…with all your mind.” Romans 12:2, as well, tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Certainly one way to be so transformed is by understanding how what we know about the world supports the Christian worldview, something we will gain through studying apologetics.

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Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True?

A couple of years ago I visited Canada to record television interviews about my book Christian Endgame . Prior to the recording, some of the Christians in the green room told me to be cautious about saying that Christianity is the exclusively true religion. When I inquired why, I was told that it is considered intolerant in Canadian society to claim Christianity is the only way to God. The Christian program executives were concerned about receiving legal reprisals from the Canadian government for broadcasting “intolerant” religious statements.

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Does God Change His Mind?

Nevertheless, people often ask whether prayer can change God’s mind. To ask this question is really to answer it. How could a prayer change God’s mind? Well, the best football coaches have game plans for their encounters with other teams. If things aren’t working in the first half, they make changes in the changing room at halftime where they move from plan A to plan B. God, however, doesn’t have a plan B. Do we really think that if we say to God, “Well, I know you’re planning to do this, but have you considered this . . . ?” that God is going to change His plans based on the wisdom we provide Him? In our prayers, God is not learning things He didn’t already know.

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By all means, reject Christianity because...

By all means, reject Christianity because you have examined the evidence and concluded that it is false. But don’t walk away because you are rebelling at a deeper level and merely hiding behind the fig leaf of bad arguments. For if your self-deceit runs that deep, I suggest you need something more potent than even the most skilled of psychologists can offer you.

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Incoherent Questions

If one assumes determinism is true, then they must also assume that these questions are just as incoherent as those found in the opening paragraph. Determinists cannot ask or answer these questions because they do not believe human agents have free will or the ability to change our own minds. This is because they affirm that things external to humans (nature or God) causally determines all things — including our thoughts and beliefs.

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Tactical Faith Conversations - Christianity, Islam and the Pursuit of Democracy

Rev. John Rankin and Dr. Radwan Masmoudi discuss how Democracy can work within an Islamic country.

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Why Did a “Good” God Create Hell?

Al, you begin with the statement, “Many people today accuse God of unfairness.” Not really, they attack your philosophy of god because it doesn’t make sense. They are questioning your logic and the logic of the bible. Al, a good god did not create hell. Ancient, barbaric, ignorant, fearful men created hell. Men like those which currently populate ISIS. Men, who understood the controlling power of the emotion of fear created the concept of hell. Ask yourself, if god is so beautiful, so attractive, so desirable, why the need for the coercive element of fear? Your article is just a poor rationalization for the fact that you have fallen in love with an imaginary being that you believe will in the future horribly torture most every creature that has ever lived. And, you’re asking us to join you in your neurosis. Becoming a Christian is not a free will choice. It is a choice between obedience and torture. What kind of choice is that? Did your parents ever tell you that you could love and obey them or they would chain you to the wall in the basement and torture you? And if you did decide to “love” them under those conditions would that really be love? That’s a very twisted sort of love.

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Marsha Blackburn on Twitter

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Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability

Our irritability never has its roots in the soils of righteousness. It springs out of the soil of selfishness and springs up fast, like the sin-weed that it is. We get irritated or easily provoked, not when God’s righteousness or justice is scorned, but when something we want is being denied, delayed, or disrupted. It works like this:

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Nabeel Qureshi, Muhammad, and Aisha

Support our videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 I spent years discussing Christianity and Islam with my friend Nabeel Qureshi before he converted. Since I kept his written defenses of Muhammad, I thought it would be nice to share some of them. In this video, I share Nabeel's defense of Muhammad's relationship with Aisha.

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Was Jesus Buried in a Tomb?

Certain skeptics of the resurrection account have doubted that the burial account is historical. 19th century scholar Charles Guignebert claimed, "The truth is we do not know, and in all probability the disciples knew no better, where the body of Jesus had been thrown after it had been removed from the cross, probably by the executioners. It is more likely to have been cast into the pit for the executed than lain in a new tomb."1 Guignebert's conclusion was basically echoed 150 years later by John Dominic Crossan in his book Who Killed Jesus? "In conclusion, what is the historicity of the burial? From Roman expectations, the body of Jesus and many others crucified with him would have been left on the cross as carrion for the crows and for the dogs."2 In pondering whether Jesus's body would've been buried to follow the Jewish commands of Deut. 21:22-23, Crossan remarks, "Even if it was, the soldiers who crucified Jesus probably would have done it, speedily and indifferently, in a necessarily shallow and mounded grave rather than a rock-hewn tomb. That would mean lime, at best, and dogs again, at worst.

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Christians and Suicide Prevention

Though the Bible never explicitly commands, “Thou shalt not commit suicide,” it talks repeatedly about life and how we can best live it. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” ( John 10:10 ). He wanted to offer us the chance not only to live, but to live more fully than we ever could on our own. In fact, Jesus emphasized that He is life ( John 14:6 ). Apart from Christ, we are dead in our sin; in a way, we are choosing suicide if we reject the gift of salvation, choosing rather to march toward eternal death and suffering in hell. We could say that Jesus raised the ultimate suicide awareness by giving His life so that all who receive Him can have eternal life.

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The NFL Could Make a Rule Against Kneeling During the National Anthem

A league spokesman told The Washington Post that owners are going to soon discuss whether they can make a rule that requires players to stand during the anthem. Though he said player input would be considered, he also suggested that approval from the Players Association itself would not be required for its passage, explaining, “I don’t believe that the anthem per se is something that needs to be collectively bargained.”

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The Real Turning Point in the Prodigal Son Story

That’s certainly the way the story gets preached. We are encouraged to put ourselves in the sandals of the wretch and, likewise, to resolve to make good. In this kind of preaching the prodigal is his own savior, and the listener is urged to follow suit: Clean up your act, prepare your sorry spiel, return to the Father’s service. Here is the gospel as pigsty plan.

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Confessions of a Christian Prepper

Existential dread comes easily to me—although I fear disaster more than death. By some standards, I’m a doomsday prepper in waiting. If I had a more fragile, paranoid psyche, there’s a good chance I’d be living “off the grid” in an abandoned brick warehouse with a small herd of cats and a stack of canned food. I’d hunker down with a ham radio while my children scuttle around like Dickensian street urchins.

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"Faith" No More: It's Time We Did Away with the Notion of Religious Wishful Thinking

Some think that having a level of certainty about the truth of Christianity makes faith unnecessary or irrelevant—that this kind of knowledge undermines genuine faith and offends God. The reasoning goes something like this: We all know that God wants us to have faith. In fact, without faith, it's impossible to please him (Hebrews 11:6). However, gathering evidence for God and Christianity leaves little room for faith. After all, how can one have faith in something that he knows is true? Faith, then, is opposed to knowledge. Therefore, apologetics undermines the faith project and displeases the Lord.

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An Anniversary of Grace: Reflections on Pain & Suffering One Year Later

A:   In retrospect, this was, I think, a mistake.  Why did I do it?  I’m not really sure.  It’s all a bit fuzzy as I was on a lot of meds.  Part of it is certainly that I wanted to comfort my family and those friends who came to see me.  I could tell that they were frightened by my appearance and by my condition.  Some grown men burst into tears upon seeing me.  Four different women passed out or nearly did when they saw me.  Others wept.  So I cracked jokes and downplayed the trauma.  I also think that maybe I was fearful people would write me and my ministry off.  They’ll feel sorry for me, yes, I thought, but no longer want to invest in me.  They’ll view me like an athlete who has blown out a knee: “Too bad, next man up.”  So I didn’t let ML, my assistant, cancel anything.  I pushed to prove that I was okay and got back out in public doing interviews and speaking as quickly as possible and much sooner than I should have.  I should have had more faith in the people who support this work and should have allowed others to let them know that I was clinging to life.

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Choose What You’re Impressed With

Jude made clear to his readers that being found in the love of God is the supreme goal of our existence (Jude 21). Be impressed with people captured by this desire. Whether or not they’re impressive in terms of wealth, platform, or ability, your heart ought to be impressed by evidences of God’s character being formed in them. We should be impressed with self-control over self-aggrandizement, gentleness over power, faithfulness over platform. 

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I Feel I Think I Believe

Have you noticed how everyone today seems to tell us what and how they feel? “I feel like we should pray about that before we do it.” “I feel like Hillary Clinton would make a terrible (or wonderful) president.” “I feel like that’s an unfair statement.” I could be wrong here, but aren’t these “I feel” statements more common than they used to be? It may be a matter of mere semantics or a matter of the evolution of the English language. But it may just be more than that. It may just point us to something we ought to consider.

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10 Things Sexual Assault Victims Want You to Know

I was dating a young man who was the drummer in the youth band and spoke of his call to ministry. He… had a pattern of seducing young women in the church. … Once he gained trust, he would create a story that would manipulate the women in his life to allow him into their apartments and homes. In my case, he showed up at my apartment … proceeded to rape me repeatedly throughout the night and held me in my own apartment against my will. The next morning, he told me that I could not tell anyone what had happened, and he threatened to destroy my life. In the next couple of weeks, he went to the youth pastor of the church and told him that we had sex and that he was terribly guilty over it and that he was seeking repentance. By the time I was included in the conversation, he already had people convinced it was consensual. I lost my job at the Christian school associated with the church, and yet it was later revealed that I was woman #4 that this had happened to.

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