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Holt vs. Hobbs: The Impact of Religious Freedom in Prison

The case is brought by Gregory Holt, who is incarcerated in Arkansas and desires to grow a beard in accordance with his Muslim faith. Prison policy in Arkansas prohibits beards for security reasons. Holt is challenging this prohibition under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act , a law that Prison Fellowship ‘s founder, Chuck Colson , worked to pass.

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3 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Audacity: Ray Comfort's First Scripted Short Film

Ray Comfort : For the most part, homosexuality has been embraced as morally acceptable in contemporary culture. Sexual sin was once frowned upon, but in time, it’s become accepted as the norm by our sinful world. As Christians, we’ve come to terms with fornication and adultery but we bristle at the thought of homosexuality gaining a similar foothold, so we put up a battle. We have concern that fornicators will not enter Heaven, but that concern has waned for homosexuals. Instead, we are more disturbed that they are destroying the fabric of our Judeo-Christian society. “Audacity” puts the focus where it should be. Author Joe Dallas rightly said, “Our response should show interest and concern, two qualities the church has rarely shown when dealing with homosexuality. We must admit we have mishandled the issue in many ways: we have veered between ignoring the problem to becoming obsessed with it, we have made hasty and false generalizations at times about homosexuals themselves, and we have shown a tremendous zeal for defeating the political goals of gays while showing less concern for their eternal well-being.

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A Handy Rundown of the Internet’s Fake News Sites

With it’s faux Huffington Post layout, National Report at first appears like a news blog, but its headlines are (mostly) too absurd to be mistaken for real events. Stories like “Marine to Be Promoted For ‘Call of Duty’ Performance” is obviously a joke, but some of the less witty features (“Potential Ebola Outbreak Prompts Martial Law,” “Feds Issue Travel Advisory for Texas Following Ebola Spread,” “White House Strategizing National Marijuana Legalization in Summer of 2015”) are over-the-top, but seem more concerned with stoking paranoia and fringe political rumors than actual punchlines. Some stories, like the one about a teen arrested for “swatting,” is sensational, but plausible enough to fool people—mostly because it’s hard to tell what exactly it’s supposed to be satirizing.

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A Hope Greater Than Healing

The earth we call home has been “subjected to futility.” It is in “bondage to corruption.” It has been “groaning in the pains of childbirth.” There are earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and hurricanes that wreak havoc in our world. And there are smaller, but awful problems like difficulties with crops, water flooding basements, and trees falling on houses. In your neighborhood, across our nation, and around the globe, the world we live in is broken and futile in all kinds of ways.

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The Weight that So Easily Entangles

If running the race of faith leaves you winded, perhaps you are carrying spiritual weight you were never intended to carry. Hebrews 12:1-2 calls believers to lay aside not just the sin, but also the weight that so easily entangles—but the author doesn’t mean the pounds. He is concerned about the worldly weights hindering God’s children—weights like shame, fear of man, hopelessness, and doubt. In order to run the race of faith, we must throw these hindrances off and look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. 

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Innovative Apologetics: The Brain and The Mind Are Not Identical

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5 Ways to Be a Better Atheist

Jimmy, As a Christian, I cannot “change” your mind, as you cannot change mine, so I am not going to even try to prove why I think I am right, and believe you to be wrong. As a “strong” Christian, I strongly believe that…..lol Too much of that going on and it is accomplishing absolutely nothing. I CAN say this, honestly: I question EVERYTHING. My mom was an Atheist, but I always sought for the truth, no matter where it leads. Yes, there where somethings that came up that I initially could not “reason” my way through. People made statements and questions that I had no answer for. There are things that Christians try to gloss over because they can’t explain, or try to redirect the burden of proof, which Atheists reciprocate. What I can say, is after looking for my own answers to who God is (not looking at other people’s explanation of who THEY made God out to be), or if “He” even really exists (It’s useless to even begin to address if Christ is Savior, if he really existed or if He is who He claimed to be, etc unless the question of God is understood), all I did was look at nature, and how the human body works.

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Expositors Summit Pre-Conference

The African-American church has a rich history of faithful preaching from God’s Word. This tradition has seen preachers bring the Word to life in ways that are life-changing for their listeners, in ways that connect God’s story with their story. “Tell Your Story” will focus on that process, the process of getting the text right and getting the text across. How can expositors preach biblically faithful sermons that meaningfully connect within the African-American context? Join pastors Thabiti Anyabwile, H.B. Charles, Jr., Victor Sholar, and Kevin Smith  as they provide instruction and encouragement on this topic.

11 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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The Boomerang Effect

Disillusionment is exactly what Yong Kim felt when he was a young adult attending his home Korean immigrant church outside of Toronto, The Light Presbyterian Church. After more than a decade of service to the church but little power or control over decisions that affected the English-speaking ministry to which he belonged, he and his family left the church. Ten years later, Kim was visiting the church when the senior pastor approached him. “He said to me, ‘It’s been a while since you've been back to this church, and I know you're active at the other church you are at, but this is your home church. We are in need of more leaders to help the English speaking congregation. Could you come back home?’” At the time, this congregation had dwindled down to about 40 people, so after much thought and prayer, Kim and his family decided to “boomerang." Alongside the English ministry pastor Jason Noh, they were able to rebuild the congregation, renamed New Hope Fellowship . The church continued to meet on the campus of its parent Korean immigrant church, then launched a second location in downtown Toronto; today the church serves a total of 400 English-speaking congregants.

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More Than Casseroles and Proverbs 31

“I love it when women want not only to dig deeper into Scripture themselves but to train others to do the same,” adds Nielson, director of women’s initiatives at TGC. And when the circumstances of life in a broken world drive us to despair, it’s thrilling to watch women hold their ground as they hope in God’s immovable Word. “When everything else has fallen away,” Furman says, “we have omething firm to stand on.”

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Andrew Fuller Conference

George Whitefield was not only the most celebrated preacher of the eighteenth century, but he was also a central figure in the creation of modern Evangelicalism. His emphasis on the new birth, his passion for evangelism, his ability to cross denominational boundaries and build networks of Christians based on the gospel and Reformation convictions were central features in what we know today as Evangelicalism. In this conference celebrating the tercentennial (1714) birth of Whitefield, we will explore these key themes of this remarkable Christian’s life and what they meant for his day and mean for ours.

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5 Ways to Give Better Advice

So, do we stop giving advice then? No, the answer is not to withhold all your opinions and advice, because you probably have some valuable things to say. The Bible tells us there is wisdom in seeking advice or counsel from others (Proverbs 11:14). Nor is the answer to be skittish, almost paralyzed from providing any help. I have met people like this and I feel bad for the position they have put themselves in. It’s often because of wrong beliefs or bad experiences like not feeling that they would really able to help, being burned by the reactions of people they gave advice to, by things going wrong when people listened, or unfortunately, just not really caring.

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Do you have confidence in Christ that can handle Ebola?

[…] My heart sank when I heard the news this morning about Thomas Eric Duncan. He was the first Ebola victim discovered in the United States, and he passed away earlier today. I don’t know much about Duncan at all, but I do know this. He travelled to the United States late last month after having contact with Ebola in Liberia. The disease overcame him after he arrived in Dallas, Texas. His condition became so desperate that his family members could no longer have video conferences with him. The sight of him was too unsettling for them. He died alone in an isolation ward this morning. Some people have suggested that Western indifference to the Ebola epidemic in Africa is a racial thing. I wonder if the lack of urgency doesn’t have more to do with the remoteness of Liberia from the everyday lives of average Americans. Mr. Duncan’s arrival in Dallas erased the distance that many Americans may have felt before. Continue reading ? […]

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You Can Now Hold 1,000 Bible Translations in the Palm of Your Hand

"It's unprecedented in history having so many Bible versions in the palm of your hand—something we never imagined was possible even a few years ago," said YouVersion's Bobby Gruenewald in a statement. "This milestone wouldn't be possible if not for the Bible translators and the more than 150 publishers, Bible societies, and organizations that have collaborated with YouVersion."

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Ligonier.org

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Clergy Appreciation | Thriving Pastor

We believe that the concept of clergy appreciation started with the Apostle Paul as he was establishing the first Christian churches. In 1 Timothy, he wrote, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Tim. 5:17). And, in 1 Thessalonians, he said, “Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thess. 5:12-13).   Accordingly, over the centuries, decades and years, pastors have been recognized and honored, either formally or informally, by many denominations and local churches at various times of the year. It has been a long-standing practice.   Focus on the Family named and began emphasizing Clergy Appreciation Month in 1994, reminding congregations that it was biblical and proper to honor their pastoral staffs and pastoral families throughout the year, but suggesting that they set aside the month of October for a special tangible tribute. For those churches that preferred a single weekend, we recommended the second weekend of the month.

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6 Ways You May Be Raising Your Kids with an Oversimplified Faith

Up until my late-twenties I was a young Earth creationist. I kept my Christian faith, but then turned to old earth beliefs around the time I turned 30. I made the switch largely due to the many simplistic reasons YEC give. Today, after much research, I again believe in a young Earth, but I understand how many of the simple arguments given for a young Earth crumble in light of what is presented in college. There are much deeper arguments then can be made, but too many people like to take the easy way out and present weak arguments. I think each one of the 6 ways you presented can be in someway traced back to the parents, Sunday school teaches and church leaders who want to take the easy way out. Many just don’t want to do into the depth or don’t take the time to get the right information.

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Is Faith in God Reasonable? | Open Biola

What hath Jerusalem to do with Athens? Or what hath faith to do with reason? Drs. William Lane Craig and Alex Rosenberg debate this all important and pervasive question concerning the reasonableness of faith in God. The nature of the question in this debate is no mere academic matter. The question of God is the most important question. One’s answer to it will impact nearly all other beliefs one holds from common notions of morality to politics and from our interest and investigation of our world to what we take to be our purpose(s) in life. Is “faith” foolish? By this, should it be understood to be blind? Or is it reasonable and, if so, by what measure and to whom is it foolishness? For many, Mark Twain is right on the mark when he said that “Faith is believing something you know ain’t true.” Yet the great thinkers of Judaism and Christianity like Philo, Moses Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin considered faith to be an extraordinarily important virtue (moral and/or intellectual)! Indeed, it is not only the condition by which salvation is appropriated in these Abrahamic faith traditions (which are taken by insiders to actually be knowledge traditions), but it is the basis for movements from Mother Teresa’s compassion and our concern for the poor to Isaac Newton’s inspiration in science in light of God’s creation of the world and man being made in God’s image.

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14 questions to ask a pastor search committee

If I was your pastor, and wanted to change the small group (Sunday School) curriculum, would that be easy or difficult? What would be the appropriate process to do so, in your opinion? What if I wanted to change the times of the worship services?

23 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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How can I tell if someone has truly repented of grievous sin?

So what do we do? Consider the case of adultery, perhaps the most common grievous sin we face . Suppose I am unfaithful to my wife. Suppose I claim to be repentant. What ought she to do? The Bible says that she is free to divorce me, but is not required to do so. Many times her decision is bound up in this question — is he repentant? But that’s not really the question. If I am repentant, her duty is to forgive me. But her duty is not to remain married to me. If I am feigning repentance, and she decides to stay with me, but later determines my repentance isn’t sincere, even if I so confess, she is not free to divorce me. That’s why my counsel in these circumstances is to encourage thinking through this question — would you, knowing what you now know, marry this person? If not, forgive and divorce. If so, forgive and stay together. But you don’t need to know if the repentance is sincere .

25 Nature Admits Scientists Suppress Criticisms of Neo-Darwinism to Avoid Lending Support to Intelligent Design

If you think that intelligent design isn't making an impact on evolutionary science, think again. The latest issue of Nature has a point-counterpoint on the question " Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? " Answering "Yes, urgently" are Kevin Laland (professor of behavioral and evolutionary biology at the University of St. Andrews), Tobias Uller, Marc Feldman, Kim Sterelny, Gerd B. Müller, Armin Moczek, Eva Jablonka, and John Odling-Smee -- some of whom were members of the infamous "Altenberg 16." In that context, they began to conceive of what they call the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis ("EES"). That is essentially a new evolutionary synthesis that rejects some of the core tenets of neo-Darwinism (like the views that natural selection is the dominant force guiding evolution, or that there is a "tree of life"). Their article contains a stunningly forthright admission: some scientists avoid making criticisms of neo-Darwinian evolution lest they give the appearance of supporting ID: The number of biologists calling for change in how evolution is conceptualized is growing rapidly.

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Lead in dating your wife | A guide for husbands

A tight budget, a new baby, bad weather, or some other kind of challenge shouldn’t keep you from dating your wife. In fact, it’s even more important to keep dating and connecting when a baby is born, when money is tight or something else is posing a challenge in your marriage. Working around these kinds of challenges will just require a little more creativity. Try having a special at - home date after the kids go down — move your table by the fireplace, light some candles and turn on some music and you can rival the romance of lots of expensive restaurants in your wife’s eyes. Or just go take a walk. Walks are not only free, they provide fresh air — something that’s especially valuable if your wife has been indoors most of the day.

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TGC Spotlight 10.10.14

TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

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RELEVANT Podcast: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Worst film? The 1980 musical Xanadu (perhaps Eddie has seen it?). Sonny (played by Michael Beck), a broke artist, walking through the park one day brooding over his unfulfilling life, collides into a woman(Olivia Newton-John) who kisses him and then roller skates away. Mesmerized by this mysterious girl, Sonny falls in love with her, but she is annoyingly cryptic. That's because she is actually a Muse, one of the nine daughters of Zeus which happen to be painted on Sonny's most recent art project, the album cover for a group called the Nine Sisters. The mysterious girl, Kira, convinces Sonny to open a nightclub called Xanadu in an abandoned auditorium (which presumably fulfills the fame and success Sonny was pining after at the beginning). Unfortunately Kira was sent by Zeus only to inspire Sonny and not to fall in love with him which is what, of course, happens. Sonny debates the issue with Zeus who finally concedes to let Kira stay with Sonny for one more night/a moment/ forever. (the immortals are confused by mortal time and you never really know how long she gets to stay). The plot is basically an excuse to sing and dance in roller skates at every chance with the softened lens effect.

29 Do Christians have to do something extraordinary to make a difference?

You may not have an audience of 100 or 1,000 or 3,000. I rarely have that size audience, anyway. But Jesus said, “If you’re faithful in smaller things, you’ll be given greater things.” Jesus wants you to make a difference in small ways. The fields are white with harvest.  There are all kinds of need out there, and you’ve been gifted to meet that need. So it stands to reason, to coin a phrase, that you will be used as you become better at what you do by the One who distributes these gifts, God, through the person of the Holy Spirit.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Bible and Apologetics, Part 4 | October 11, 2014

Jesus himself, makes a claim that no human teacher ought ever to make unless it’s a true claim. He says, “I say nothing on My own authority, but what the Father reveals to Me I declare to You.” Here in Part 4 of “The Bible and Apologetics”, the question “Was Jesus’ teaching on the writer of the Pentateuch, and other historical questions correct?” Dr. Sproul, spends time going through many theologians claims about Jesus and how His two natures come into play with his teachings.

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The Bible Tells Me So

Some of his arguments presuppose rather than prove his conclusions. He notes that the slaughter of Canaanites is delayed because the “sin of the Amorites is not yet full”; it’s Yahweh’s purpose “to give the Canaanites enough rope with which to hang themselves,” with “No heads-up. No chance to turn things around” (35). But according to Genesis, Abraham became a prominent figure in Canaan, a “prince of God” with 318 fighting men; when he left Canaan Jacob had seventy direct descendants and probably several thousand in his retinue. When Joshua arrives in Canaan, Rahab says that the Canaanites know all about the plagues of Egypt and the Exodus, and 1 Samuel indicates that Philistines are still talking about the Exodus a couple of centuries later. Enns would probably see these as fanciful. If we instead take them as factual, they add up to a centuries-long witness to the Canaanites concerning Yahweh. We have to consider the Bible a historical source to consider this a possibility.

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10 unique challenges of ministry

In  an earlier post  I wrote that seminary cannot prepare anyone to be a pastor. Only a church, guided by the Holy Spirit, can truly qualify a man for ministry. By its very nature, the field of pastoral leadership is fraught with such incredible difficulties that we must say with the Apostle Paul, "Who is sufficient for these things?" Leading God’s people is unlike any other task in the world--which is why it requires a calling of the Spirit, and not merely training for a job. While I am sure there are others, I have identified a matrix of ten challenges specific to the church that make pastoring unlike anything else.

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Act Like Men, part 3: Men Treat Women with Respect

In contrast, men are patient. Men control themselves. Men know the difference between real relationships and the perceived pleasure of porn. Again, the Apostle Paul tells us according to God looks like, “that you abstain from sexual immorality, so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5). (And of course, this applies to women and men, though I am making specific application to men .)

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Counsel the Word: The Sufficiency of Scripture for Counseling Those with Brain Trauma

Counsel the Word: The Sufficiency of Scripture for Counseling Those with Brain Trauma

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"The Monuments Men" - An Apologetic of Culture

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L’essor du calvinisme

En 2009, Time magazine a publié un article de fond sur les dix idées les plus influentes dans le monde d’aujourd’hui et a situé le renouveau du calvinisme parmi elles. En mars 2014, La Tribune de Genève a repris ce thème en relatant l’historique de son essor aux États-Unis et en s’interrogeant sur ses retombées en Europe. 

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Hip-Hop Artist Je'kob Sings of Intelligent Design

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.

38 T-shirt company forced to print gay pride t-shirts and attend diversity training

In the statement, Hands On Originals’ co-counsel Bryan Beauman, with the Lexington firm of Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney, said, “No one wants to live in that kind of America — a place where people who identify as homosexual are forced to promote the Westboro Baptists and where printers with sincere religious convictions are forced to promote the message of the GLSO. … In America, we don’t force people to express messages that are contrary to their convictions.”

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Book Review: The Bible Among the Myths - Apologetics 315

It is quite common to hear or see people include the Bible as just another piece of ancient near east mythology that may be rejected as having no applicability to reality. John Oswalt decided to investigate this claim and address it directly in his book The Bible Among The Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?  (promo video). This book comes to me by recommendation of several people, and the introduction alone sparked great excitement to dig in quickly and deeply. This review will be a chapter-by-chapter summary and will include some of my concluding thoughts. Part 1: The Bible and Myth Chapter 1: The Bible In Its World Oswalt begins by providing the historical context. He takes the reader quickly through Greek philosophy, which was based on the idea that something cannot be and not be at the same time (the law of non-contradiction). The Greek philosophers struggled (and lost) for acceptance of this radical idea in their culture. At roughly the same time the Hebrew idea of a single God, who created the universe, (an idea also unique among cultures of the time) was under attack in the mind of the very people who carried the tradition because of the rising military powers, which affirmed contradicting theologies, that eventually overtook the nature of Israel.

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WORLD | The D-word is coming to a campus near you | Josh Good | Oct. 11, 2014

Moreover, Christian students can model their appreciation for true diversity and pluralism by honoring not only other faith groups but also their LGBTQ student peers as true equals in university life—not by agreeing with their lifestyle, but by affirming their right to free speech, free association, and basic rights that any campus group should enjoy. Respecting those from other walks of life means learning from others how differing beliefs play out in university life, and engaging with peers in a manner that has nothing to fear from a robust competition of ideas.

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Emergence Is Real, but It Can't Replace Information

Intelligence can also drive things thermodynamically uphill. Salt would normally diffuse into a salmon's gills by osmosis (natural law), but there are complex pumps in certain cells that spend ATP energy pumping it out against the concentration gradient. Those pumps and the ATP are designed from complex specified information in the fish's DNA. In the same sense, you can raise your arm against gravity because of complex systems (nerves, muscles, and blood), and your intelligent mind that can choose to contradict chance and natural law.

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Ligonier.org

Throughout the book of Acts, Christians are persecuted for their impact on society. Jesus said in His High Priestly Prayer, “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one” (

44 Do Christians have to do something extraordinary to make a difference?

You may not have an audience of 100 or 1,000 or 3,000. I rarely have that size audience, anyway. But Jesus said, “If you’re faithful in smaller things, you’ll be given greater things.” Jesus wants you to make a difference in small ways. The fields are white with harvest.  There are all kinds of need out there, and you’ve been gifted to meet that need. So it stands to reason, to coin a phrase, that you will be used as you become better at what you do by the One who distributes these gifts, God, through the person of the Holy Spirit.

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WORLD | Weekend Reads: Learning through bad examples | Caleb Nelson | Oct. 11, 2014

For example, the account of Solomon’s reign begins with an interesting verse: “Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter” (1 Kings 3:1). This was contrary to God’s commands not to marry foreign women, but it consolidated Solomon’s power. Modern translation: Things are going wrong when “sin seems like a great idea.” Later, Solomon had a great relationship with Hiram, the king of Tyre—but after two decades gave him some territory so bad that Hiram called it “Cabul,” “worthless.” Atteberry’s application: You’re in trouble when your faithful friends question your behavior.

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Are We Getting Better All the Time? — Highlands Ministries

We have not evolved past the wickedness of our fathers. We have instead inherited it. And we in the church have not put to death the old man, but continue to struggle with him, fighting battles we too often lose. There is no wickedness in our past that is not wickedness in our present. Which brings us back to the one needful thing — repentance . We, like our fathers, are a wicked people. We believers, like our fathers, are still in ourselves, wicked people. The world, however slowly, is more and more recognizing the authority of our Lord. But it still has a long way to go. Even as we are growing in grace, but still have a long way to go. We will progress better, however, more further, the more we recognize how far we have to go. We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: How to Refute Islam at Its Base

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Three Pitfalls of Religious Fideism

First, Fideism overestimates the differences believing and non-believing perspectives. If I were an unbeliever, my view of God, my thinking, and my investigations would undoubtedly favour a non-religious perspective; but it would be false to conclude that my perspective is completely foreign to that of a believer. Why? My simple answer is this: believers and unbelievers alike live in the same world – God’s world! We share similar bodies, languages, enterprises, and communities and these points of contact make rational dialogue between us possible, even if religious matters are more hotly contested. I admit that rational arguments are rarely (if ever) sufficient to convert an adherent of another worldview, but they can definitely be used by God as part of His larger plan to draw such a person to Himself.

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Webinar - Five Pressing Mega-Trends in Youth Culture Every Youth Worker and Parent Must Address

What are the pervasive cultural forces shaping the values, attitudes, and behaviors of students living in today’s world? In this 90-minute practical and hope-filled webinar, Walt Mueller will overview and critique five of the most powerful cultural realities that are woven in and through the lives of children and teens. Walt will also discuss strategies for guiding students through these forces in a manner that will help you help them flourish by living life to the glory of God and realizing their created purpose.

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How Not to Argue Against Relativism

At this point, the clever apologist can retort by saying, “‘the statement that knowledge claims can only be assessed by worldview-dependent criteria’ is itself worldview-dependent.” But this is a lame reply. It simply refuses to engage with what the relativist is arguing for: she is not trying to make a universal statement. She is making an inductive inference about the historically conditioned nature of human experience. The apologist actually needs to engage with this claim on the basis of arguments and evidence, instead of placing whatever the relativist says in “quotation marks” and then dismissing the remark on self-referential grounds.

51 Is God Guilty?: The Massacre of the Canaanites
52 Settled in the faith: George Martin publishes letters for new believers
53 WORLD | Soaring rhetoric | Marvin Olasky | Oct. 18, 2014
54 Faith Beyond Belief: How Not to be Corny or Boring When Discussing Apologetics
55 Does archaeological evidence confirm names, dates and places in the Bible?
56 Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering
57 reTHINK Recap | What Does Islam Say about Jihad? - Stand to Reason Blog
58 Faith Beyond Belief: Did Jesus only Condemn Religious People’s Behaviour?
59 Faith Beyond Belief: The Apologetic Parent: Training Children to Live the Faith
60 Innovative Apologetics: "I Only Believe in What I Can See" Nope!
61 Do We Really Need to Teach Our Kids Apologetics When God is in Control Anyway?
62 A La Carte (October 9)
63 Are the apocryphal gospels true?
64 Work Hard
65 WORLD | Supreme Court wraps up eventful first week | Emily Belz | Oct. 10, 2014
66 The Three Things You Need to Read this Week (10/10/14)
67 10 ways to thrive in the face of pastoral challenges
68 Roundup
69 Souljournaler: In Their Own Words XIV: Dark Side of The Moon
70 Really Recommended Posts 10/10/14- Game of Thrones, Abortion, Joshua, and more!
71 Check out | HeadHeartHand Blog
72 Truthbomb Apologetics: Ravi Zacharias on Reaching Others with the Gospel