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Here's the Trailer for the New Reality Show About Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.

The man known as Kanye's pastor is about to be on reality TV. Oxygen recently released the trailer for Rich in Faith, an upcoming reality show that follows Vous Church pastor and author—and the guy who officiated the wedding of Kanye and Kim—Rich Wilkerson Jr. Check it out:

Doctor Who and the wildness of God | Think Christian

Despite his emotional distance, however, the Doctor remains a fundamentally good character. The pre-season trailers often feature a soundbite that captures the essence of the ensuing season. Before Season 8, it was the Doctor asking, “Am I a good man?” In season 9, it is an emphatic declaration: “I’m the Doctor and I save people.” The Doctor is a complex mix of love and judgment. The Doctor is committed to nonviolence and yet he is one of the most destructive forces in the universe. The Doctor is unfailingly committed to the protection and preservation of his friends, yet he’s often willing to see others as disposable, as is the case in “Before the Flood.” The Doctor is both a savior and a distinctly dangerous source of hope.

Jesus, Your Love (Live)

Jesus Culture Music presents Kristene DiMarco performing "Jesus, Your Love" from her album Mighty, out now. Purchase on iTunes Follow Kristene: Facebook Twitter Instagram Music video by Kristene DiMarco performing Jesus, Your Love. (C) 2015 Jesus Culture Music under exclusive license to Sparrow Records

Stasis: Life Goes On but Evolution Does Not Happen

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Darwin and

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Countering Arguments You Don't Like, the Passive-Aggressive Way

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Debate: Michael Licona vs. Shabir Ally- Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

This Video of Apollo Space Mission Photos Is the What Your Afternoon Needs

Recently, more than 12,000 photos from NASA’s various Apollo missions became public domain. Not long after, space enthusiast Kipp Teague gathered the photos in the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account. According to CNN, the collection spans from Apollo 7, the first manned test flight in 1968, through Apollo 17, the program's final lunar mission in 1972. And then, because of the Internet, a videographer took some of the photos and brought them to life in this short video. It’s just the perspective your Monday afternoon needs.

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Don’t Just Stand There – Say Something: The Sin of Silence in a Time of Trouble

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Neil Shenvi lectures on the moral argument and moral relativism

As I said in the first section, the basic premise of moral relativism is that there is no objective standard of moral behavior. All moral behavior is relative to individual persons or cultures; what is “good” or “bad” depends on the person, on the place and time, on the community, and on the culture. No action and no behavior can rightly be termed “bad” or “good” without qualification. Actions are only “good to you” or “bad to you”, “good to this culture” or “bad to this culture.” In the previous section, I tried to show that –based on the evidence– belief in moral relativism is unwarranted. It is theoretically possible to find ways around the evidence presented above, but each of these pieces of evidence seems to clearly point to the existence of objective moral values. In this secion, I will not attempt to show that belief in moral relativism is unwarranted; rather, I will try to show that no one actually believes in moral relativism. To do so, I will ask four questions. Each of them centers around a “thought experiment,” a highly hypothetical situtation which probes our reactions to admittedly unlikely circumstances.

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The E Michelle Lee Daily, by E Michelle Lee: Exceptions News Updates for Small Business, Entertainers, and "Good Causes"

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“..I started using Commun.it to be more efficient on the way I manage out Twitter communities. My favorite features? The prioritized feed to focus on the relevant members of the community..”

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The Christian Post on Twitter

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God Doesn’t Need You to Be ‘Qualified’

It sounds downright prudent and sensible, doesn’t it? Over the years, I’ve seen people with Kingdom success written all over them. I knew it was only a matter of time before God did something extraordinary through them. I watched them over time as they got ready, got ready—then got ready some more. They never seemed to graduate from the school of getting ready.

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ISIS Is Threatening to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians

The famously brutal terrorist group, ISIS, claims it will execute 180 Assyrian Christians who they kidnapped in February. The group demanded the Assyrian community pay $12 million for the release of the captured Christians, but Assyrian leadership says the amount is “unbearable.” The Christian Post cited Osama Edward, director of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, as saying, "The negotiations ... have been suspended due to the unbearable demands of the terror group. ISIS threatened to execute the 180 hostages if we didn't pay the ransom." The kidnapped Assyrians are part of a group of 230 ISIS captured back in February from the Khabur river valley in Syria.

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Obama Spokesman Calls Pro-Lifers “So Fundamentally Dishonest” on Planned Parenthood

President Barack Obama’s top spokesman yesterday called pro-life Republicans who w3ant to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business “fundamentally dishonest.” In fact, Josh Earnest did so twice in two sentences during remarks in his press event.

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Died: Bob Pierce's and Billy Graham's Bible Translator to India

As a young man, he befriended eventual World Vision founder Bob Pierce on a visit to India. Pierce later used his newly formed development organization to sponsor Pudaite’s theological education in Glasglow, Scotland, where the Indian theologian met Billy Graham. The famous evangelist encouraged Pudaite to pursue his graduate work at Wheaton College and "personally saw to it" that he was admitted, BFTW vice president Jeff McLinden told CT.

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Why the Information in Our DNA Points to the Existence of God - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

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‘Justin Bieber of Nepal’ Converts to Christianity

To date the 35-year-old has recorded 11,000 folk songs; his singles top the charts in Nepal, and he sells out stadiums for concerts. The award-winning musician has also toured in South Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. But despite the widespread adulation, Raju faces a difficult path ahead as a Christian performer in a nation that had been a Hindu kingdom up to 2008.

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70,000 Worshipers Dump TV for Church

“We believe the transition to Life.Church creates the opportunity to share and talk about the church in a natural way,” he said in statement. “Plus, it’s a more effective way for people to find and identify us as a church, too.”

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Pastors.com

I’m often asked, “How can a service be both a worship service and place for seekers to experience Jesus?”...

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How to Pray for the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Pray for daily reminders that each individual is a person with hopes and dreams and a future. Pray for guidance to become the servant God has called each and everyone one of us to be. Pray for God’s love to flow through you and to those in need. Pray for the boldness to do what is right even when it’s not easy.

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Sexuality and the Christian Faith: A Google Hangout with Rosaria Butterfield

We were joined by Dr. Rosaria Butterfield to discuss sexuality, our culture’s objection to biblical morality, and what it looks like for Christians to speak the truth in love. Dr. Butterfield is a pastor’s wife, mother, homeschool teacher, and author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Openness Unhindered .

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Hollywood Reboots We’d Actually Like to See

Let's be honest: most of these look like leftovers. But we can help fix the problem. Here are eight more properties we’d like to see brought into 2015 and beyond. Hollywood, your mission is clear.

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Is Mary Co-Redemptress of the World? - Christian Research Institute

A Biblical Response. These examples are all instances of pressing Scripture far beyond the intent of the writer to engage in special pleading in the case of Mary. Special pleading is a form of logical fallacy that applies when someone argues for an exemption of his case from a generally accepted rule or principle without justification for that exemption. Other biblical characters may be found in circumstances similar to Mary’s, and thus we should apply the same hermeneutic we apply in those cases to the case of Mary. The Catholic writers mentioned in the previous section fail to do so, however, and instead interpret Luke1:38 with a special significance. If we apply their hermeneutic to Mary’s choice to accept God’s plan for her to bear His Son, and thus label her Co-Redemptress, then we must apply this same hermeneutic to Paul’s decision to accept God’s charge for him to take the gospel to the Gentiles. Are we to conclude that, had Paul refused, God would have counted His losses and worked only with the Jews? Mary’s “decision to cooperate” is irrelevant in God’s salvific plan. God simply announces that Mary will bear His Son; He does not ask her permission.

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The Purpose of Prosperity

Too many professing Christians live on level two. Almost all the forces of our culture urge them to live on level two. But the Bible pushes us relentlessly to level three. “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

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Evidence for God: Key Arguments for a Reasonable Faith | William Lane Craig

For more resources from Reasonable Faith visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org For more resources from Unbelievable? visit: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... In July of 2014, Dr Craig flew to the United Kingdom to participate in the Unbelievable? Conference. Now in its 4th year, Unbelievable? is the UK's leading apologetics and evangelism conference. The conference host, Justin Brierley, hosts the popular UK discussion show and podcast Unbelievable? on Premier Christian Radio. He is also the Senior Editor of Premier Christianity magazine. Other conference contributors included Os Guinness, Tim McGrew, Craig Hazen, Tanya Walker, Ruth Jackson, Jeff Zweerink, Clay Jones, and David Robertson. For more information on the event visit: https://my.premier.org.uk/unbelievabl... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.

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Ligonier Ministries

The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now

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Pan

To simplify the convoluted plot as much as possible, Peter is nearly executed by walking off a plank into the deep abyss of the mine, but is saved when he flies at the bottom. Blackbeard confides to him a prophecy about a flying boy, the son of a human and a fairy, who would overthrow Blackbeard’s empire and restore Neverland to its rightful inhabitants, the fairies. An escape, chase sequence, bonding moment, and poorly animated Neverbird attack later, Peter and his newfound friends, fellow slaves James Hook (Garret Hedlund) and Sam Smiegel, or Smee (Adeel Akhtar), are captured by the natives. (It should also be mentioned that Hook, in this version, is a cowboy. Not really sure how that happened.)

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We Are Committed to Scripture Alone

Come together to remember the burning truths of the Reformation, apply its spirit of protest to our times, and take courage for life and ministry. Come together for 10 main session talks, 9 breakout sessions, 10 gatherings, and 3 pre-conferences (live Spanish and deaf translations available). T4G 2016: April 12-14, Louisville, KY.

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

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Crossway on Twitter

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25 Watch the 'Leaked' Teaser Trailer for Netflix's 'Daredevil' Season 2

As if the streaming provider doesn't give us enough to binge-watch, now we get to plan for the second season of the widely popular, critically acclaimed and generally awesome show Daredevil . Over the weekend, the teaser trailer "leaked" from the New York Comic Con—and then somehow, a high-quality version leaked , too. The video shows some shots from the first season and then gives a brief glimpse of the upcoming season. From the looks of it, the suspected April release may be too far, but the wait will be worth it.

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The Scientific Evidence for God is Growing, Not Shrinking | The Stream

So the disciples of scientism had a material explanation for the universe that they thought was rock solid. Now that explanation has collapsed, and we have the discovery of fine tuning pointing toward intelligent design strongly enough that it has convinced several Nobel laureates in physics. This is just one of the spectacular counterexamples to scientism’s grand progress narrative. The evidence for intelligent design is growing, not shrinking. Believers need not shrink back from the academy, from the sciences, or from the public square. We’re on the side of history and evidence — not to mention the Alpha and the Omega.

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7 things to pray for missionaries

There are numerous ways a church or even those who are preparing for ministry can pray to bless their missionaries.  Because the church might not always know those immediate, pressing issues in the missionary’s life, praying from God’s Word is always valuable and applicable in every season and place. Here are seven simple ways to pray for missionaries from Paul’s charge to Timothy (see 2 Tim. 2:1-7):

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"Who Was Adam?" Promo Video - Dr. Fazale Rana 2015

"Who Was Adam?" Promo Video - Dr. Fazale Rana 2015

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7 Great Study Bibles (Infographic)

When it comes to great resources to explore and explain the Bible, we of all people and all generations are abundantly blessed. We have available to us a wealth of incredible books, commentaries, atlases, and reference works. And, of course, we have study Bibles which combine all of these elements. In this infographic we explore 7 great study Bibles:

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Win an Autographed Copy of J. Warner Wallace's "Cold Case Christianity"

Speaker, author and cold-case homocide detective J. Warner Wallace has kindly donated an autographed copy of his outstanding book Cold-Case Christianity  for a Truthbomb giveaway! For those unfamiliar with the book, you can see our review here .  As I have written before: "Due to it's unique approach, accessibility and depth, I believe Cold-Case Christianity is the best book I have read to date on the reliability of the gospels and the NT. Wallace effortlessly weaves the evidence for Christianity into exciting narratives from his cold-case investigations and while working through it, the reader not only learns just how reliable the NT is, but they also learn to how to think. Readers who work through this invaluable resource will look at the gospels and the NT through new eyes and have their confidence in the NT strengthened." Here is how you can win: 1. Follow this blog! 2. Comment on this post Please make sure that if you leave a comment, your blogger profile links to an email address where we can contact you if you win. If not, please leave your email address with your comment.

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Making a difference as a Christian: advice on fundraising, ministry, and missions

I do think full-time ministry is OK in two cases: if you don’t go abroad, or if you go abroad with a full-time job or full-ride scholarship. My friend Eric Chabot was able to host Frank Turek at Ohio State University last night (see photo above), for example. He got a great crowd. He is donation-driven, but he runs a lean operation since he lives near the campus where he serves. When it comes to having an impact, the American university is the place to make a difference. We have enough trouble in our own country, especially in the universities, where so many young people lose the faith of their childhood – there’s no need to travel and incur heavy expenses.  I think it also makes sense financially to go abroad for missions, if you get a scholarship that pays your way or if you have a job offer where you can work full-time and do missions part-time. What does not make sense is sending an unskilled missionary to a foreign country at the cost of tens of thousands of dollars that could be used much more efficiently in smaller, effective Eric-Chabot-style operations.

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Americans, Even Nonreligious, See Evidence for Creator

Younger Americans are also more likely than those 45 and older to believe human life may exist without a creator. Eighty-six percent of those 45 and older agree the presence of human beings points to a creator; only 1 in 10 disagrees. Among those 18-44, however, 72 percent believe human life is evidence of a creator and nearly a quarter (22 percent) disagree.

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Colin Smothers on Twitter

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The Gospel Coalition on Twitter

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened" (via @amandageisinger ) See more: http://thegspl.co/1WX0jbi  pic.twitter.com/P3ArURdZ6Q

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

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Crossway on Twitter

J. I. Packer thinks you should read these 50 books. How many have you read? http://cway.to/1Lsu144  pic.twitter.com/30znjAQSja

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Study: remaining a virgin longer leads to more satisfying relationships

OK, so this week I got to be a facilitator between a man and a woman in a relationship. I got to hear a bit about what they thought was appropriate in the area of physical touching. These two had made great decisions, and it protected them both. Anyway, thinking about them caused me to think about the studies I had posted about boundaries in sexual matters a few years back. So I’m going to re-post them to remind everyone not to be in a rush to say yes to premarital sex.

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6 Foundational Convictions for a Healthy Church

These six convictions of mine are behind everything we do at Saddleback and everything I say. It’s all about God’s glory. God gets glory when I love him with all my heart. He gets glory when I love you and other people in the family of God. God gets glory when I love my neighbor and the people I’m least likely to love. He gets glory when I love my enemy and when I treat them with dignity and respect even though they disrespect me. God gets glory when I share the Good News with everybody. God gets glory when I trust him with problems in my life that cannot be solved except through a miracle. And God gets glory when I know and trust that the end is inevitable and, in the end, he wins.

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Exploring Evangelicalism: The Presbyterian Church in America

It’s simple for me: the church is the body of Christ (Col. 1:24). If a group identifying itself as the church does not evidence his presence through humble dependence upon his means of grace (Word, sacraments and prayer) and faithful obedience to his commands, then Jesus isn’t really honored there and that gathering of people is not really a church. But, where Christ is loved and lived, then there really is a church, even if it may be different in expression from my tradition or preference (Eph. 4:4-6, 12, 16). No single church, or denomination, is the full expression of Christ’s body on earth (Eph. 1:22-23), but knowing that these Bible-believing Presbyterians evidenced Christ’s reality among them encouraged my initial associations.

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Fazale Rana on Twitter

Congratulations to Hugh Ross for his Lifetime Achievement award for his work in apologetics #NCCA pic.twitter.com/RiInwaGxOx

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Russell Moore on Twitter

"We have one home, the first, and leave that one. The having and the leaving go on together." - John Updike pic.twitter.com/7KVQCGq357

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Book review of R.C. Sproul's "If there's a God, why are there atheists?"

The book is “If There’s A God, Why Are There Atheists?”, by theologian R.C. Sproul. R.C. Sproul is one of my favorite theologians. The book in question has a very, very special place in my heart, because I think that it is one of the major reasons why I was able to resist pernicious ideas like religious pluralism and postmodernism for so long. Once you put on the glasses of Romans 1 and see for the first time what man is really doing with respect to God, you can never see things the same again. I’ll say more about this at the end, but let’s see what Brian wrote first.

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Two Reviews Claim the Shooting of 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Was ‘Reasonable’

The shooting caused a national outrage when video of the incident surfaced showing officers shooting the boy, who was playing with an Airsoft gun, within seconds of arriving at a park. The officers were sent to the area after a 911 caller reported seeing someone pointing a gun at people, though they reiterated twice that it was probably a fake pistol and the person was "probably a juvenile.” The 911 dispatcher did not relay this information to officers, saying only that there was a black male who possessed a gun. The officers have been criticized for firing on the child so quickly, and driving their car just a few feet from him before opening fire. They say he reached for the fake gun that was in his waistband. One of the reports says, “There can be no doubt that Rice’s death was tragic and, indeed, when one considers his age, heartbreaking. Officer Loehmann’s belief that Rice posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was objectively reasonable as was his response to that perceived threat.”

45 ISIS Suspected of Bombings that Killed Dozens in Turkey

Security officials believe that ISIS may be responsible for two suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capitol over the weekend. The gathering of hundreds of peace activists in the Turkish capitol—protesting on-going fighting between Kurdish militants and Turkish forces—was organized by supporters of Kurdish politicians. According to Reuters ’ senior security forces, Islamic radicals from ISIS are the primary suspects. In a statement on Turkish television, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "It was definitely a suicide bombing. DNA tests are being conducted. It was determined how the suicide bombers got there. We're close to a name, which points to one group.”

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Rise early and be alone with God: wise counsel from an old divine

What is the best time of day to pray and meditate on the Word of God? For me, the best time is the early morning. With four young children in the house, all of whom are usually still sleeping this is the only quiet time in my home. This time also has the advantage of beginning your day by lashing your heart to the mast that is Christ. This was the practice of many of the old divines from Calvin to Edwards and Spurgeon.

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Redwall, Bonhoeffer, and one awesome dream.

I had an awesome dream a few nights ago. Before I’d gone to work, I was paging through a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while* [see end of post for more info on the asterisked portions] and it mentioned another theological topic.** I remembered I once owned the book it cited*** and I wasn’t sure if I still had it (I thought I may have sold it). But then I had to leave for work so I wasn’t able to look for it. I got home very late and fell asleep pretty promptly (I am an expert at sleeping).

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Bridge of Spies

Spielberg's direction is so deft and seemingly effortless that it's easy to take for granted how well-composed everything is. Remarkably, the first twenty minutes of the film lack music, allowing you to read the scene for yourself to determine its feel, rather than having it blared at you. Even when it appears, the music is subtle and appropriate throughout. The costuming is wonderful, feeling authentic instead of caricatured, and the shift in color palettes between the U.S., West Berlin, and East Berlin does more for generating a mood than any speech or soundtrack could.

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Crossway on Twitter

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Really Recommended Posts 10/9/15- Gospels, Domestic Abuse, Dinosaurs, and more!

I am pleased to present this wide range of topics to you, dear readers! I hope you enjoy the reads as much as I did. We have posts on the origins of the Gospels from an atheistic perspective, domestic abuse, the ontological argument, soft tissue in dinosaurs, and Bill Nye on abortion. Let me know what you think, and be sure to thank the authors as well!

51 WORLD | Notorious late-term abortionist arrested in South Carolina | Bob Brown | Oct. 17, 2015
52 Innovative Apologetics: The Human Mind and The Brain Are Not Identical
53 Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views | Hope's Reason
54 17 Ways Your Kids Will Encounter Challenges to Their Faith
55 The Christian Writers Daily
56 Bill Hybels on Twitter
57 Iran Says ‘Washington Post’ Reporter Is Guilty of Spying
58 God’s Crime Scene – Book Endorsement
59 Innovative Apologetics: Science or God? God! Because Science Depends on God
60 Science Doesn't Say Anything- Scientists Do - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
61 Rev Joel Edwards on Sam Sharpe // Inspirational Breakfast
62 Richard Dawkins on Twitter
63 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
64 Beauty as Apologetics [live stream]
65 WORLD News Group on Twitter
66 Sean Kennedy & Catherine Cowell // Discovering your calling // Inspirational Breakfast
67 Religious Polling and Its Discontents
68 James White on Twitter
69 Crossway on Twitter
70 Frank Turek on Periscope: "Same sex marriage discussion. Ryan Anderson, Michael Brown"
71 Simon Jenkins // Is the Bible still relevant today? // Inspirational Breakfast
72 Betsy Childs Howard
73 Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter
74 Renewing Your Mind | The Twelve Apostles, Part 1 | October 17, 2015
75 Southern Evangelical on Twitter
76 Innovative Apologetics: Bill Maher the Bigot
77 Sean McDowell on Twitter
78 Iran test fires "Emad" long range surface-to-surface missile
79 It’s Not Just Entertainment
80 Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat
81 DNA sun protection: Researchers observe one of the world's fastest chemical reactions for the first time
82 Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter
83 Jim Elliot’s Brother, Bert: The Hero You Don’t Know
84 Who did Moses see in Exodus 33:23?