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When dealing with a non-Christian, make evidence - not behavior - the main issue

These are the facts that we share when we discuss spiritual things with people. They are not Christian facts, they are public, testable facts. And yet, almost no one in the culture who is not already a believer is curious to find out these things on their own. But without the evidence, how are they supposed to take the first step towards a relationship with God through Jesus Christ? It’s not possible. This is a propositional faith, and we know it’s true by evidence. To share the evidence with someone so they can decide is as loving as sharing the evidence about retirement planning, or the evidence about nutrition, or the evidence about fitness and exercise, or the evidence about career planning. When you love someone, you tell them the facts, and then they decide. Evangelism is the same thing .

The Briefing 10-02-14

1) Data shows marginalization of marriage to matter of status, not expectation

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

I was raised in a very conservative Christian environment and taught Young-Earth Creationism (anti-evolution, anti-Big Bang, etc.). I bought into it for a long time. In college, I finally began to investigate some of the claims for myself – reading what was really being said by ‘the other side,’ rather than what I was being told was being said. The disparity I discovered can hardly be exaggerated: what I had been taught bore essentially zero resemblance to the real thing. Genuine evolutionary theory was virtually unrecognizable in the creationists’ caricatures of it. I learned that I had been lied to – intentionally, or not, I do not know – and that the quantity, diversity, and quality of evidence in support of evolution was simply crushing.

Wonder Why You’re Here

Oh, you are glorious. You are a glory of such magnitude that if I was not so dulled by my depravity, so blinded by the cataracts of my selfishness, I could be tempted to worship you (Revelation 19:10). You only find that nearly impossible to believe because you have the same sin infected heart-eye disease that I have. What glory you do see at your very best you see through dark lenses (1 Corinthians 13:12). And they filter out so much glory, it’s grievous and makes us groan. And yet, in our fallen state, this is, in part, a mercy. It keeps us from sinfully worshiping the glory we emanate as if it were our own — any more than we already do. That is a great evil. For your glory is like a glorious ray of a more glorious Sun. You are a glory that has its origin in the Glory of glories. You are a spoken glory. You are a word of God. I AM has said, “You are.”

7 Quotes About Holiness That Will Help You Reflect on the Lord

Once we come to know Jesus as our Savior we will spend our lives desiring to follow the Holy Spirit which leads us to be holy. Complete holiness is only complete when we are in heaven. These quotes from famous Christian will help you realize what true holiness is.

The Unseen Pain Behind Gay Marriage

To judge by media coverage, the legalization of same-sex marriage is an unalloyed good. Pictures of happy couples kissing and otherwise celebrating leave the impression that the only people who are unhappy about all of this are bigots and grumps.

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9 The Ratio Christi at UCI Daily

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Grace to You

Although as Christians we experience God’s gracious forgiveness, sin still has serious consequences in our lives. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30), causes God not to answer our prayers (1 Peter 3:7), limits our ability to serve God (2 Tim. 2:20-21), or even disqualifies some from Christian service (1 Cor. 9:27). It also renders our worship hypocritical and unacceptable (Ps. 33:1; Isa. 1:14), causes God to withhold blessing (Jer. 5:25), robs us of joy (Ps. 51:12), subjects us to God’s chastening (Heb. 12:5-11), hinders our spiritual growth (1 Cor. 3:13), and pollutes our fellowship with Him (1 Cor. 10:21). Most significantly, sin causes our lives to dishonor Him (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

You Brought Me Back To Life

T he music video for "You Brought Me Back to Life" is from the forthcoming album "Join the Triumph" from BEC Recordings' Citizens & Saints (formally CITIZENS) releasing November 11th. The new project follows the highly praised self-titled debut CITIZENS, which hit Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart at No. 6. The debut has sold nearly 30,000 albums that were helped by the success of their radio single “Made Alive” that charted for more than 15 weeks in the Top 10 on Air1.


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The Real Danger of Unforgiveness

Having said that, there are relationships that have become so toxic and unhealthy that they cannot be reconciled. There are people who have wounded us to such a degree that it is not healthy for us to be in relationship with them. These are the people with whom we need to establish boundaries that create a safe buffer between our world and theirs. Yet, for the sake of our own spiritual and emotional health, it is critical that we forgive these people—even when relational reconciliation is not our goal.

14 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. 

Today's Podcast | This is the Day | Moody Radio

Born in Mishawaka, Ind., but raised in Niles, Mich., Nancy began her radio career in high school, producing and hosting a program on the local radio station. After graduating from high school, she continued to study broadcasting and through her career has worked at many stations in Michigan and Illinois. Nancy has helped host the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon on WGN-TV, fund-raising efforts on WTTW-TV in Chicago and the  Country Music Today  program on local Chicago television.

You Know It’s a Tough Market When Ben Bernanke Can’t Refinance

Ben S. Bernanke said the mortgage market is so tight that even he is having a hard time refinancing his own home loan.

Grace to You

Similarly, what you program into your mind will eventually influence your behavior. That's why you must expose your mind to things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise (Phil. 4:8). As one preacher put it, "You should be so saturated with God's Word that your blood is 'bibline.' If you cut yourself, you should bleed Bible verses!" His exaggeration reveals his passion for God's truth—a passion every believer should share.

What It Takes to Survive and Thrive in Ministry

In God’s economy, pastoral ministry is not better than other vocations. But it is different. One pastor in our study explained, “Most people in our church have a life that is like a stool with three legs. They’ve got their spiritual life, their professional life, and their family life. If one of these legs wobbles, they have two others they can lean on. For us, those three things can merge into one leg. You’re sitting on a one-legged stool, and it takes a lot more concentration and energy. It’s a lot more exhausting.”

19 The Daily

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When Sinners Preach to Sinners

How are God’s undershepherds to come to grips with this daunting reality? How do we reconcile the all-too obvious truth that we are sinners preaching to sinners? How do we get our congregations over the notion that we are popes, we are monastics who descend from the cloister each week where we’ve been holed up, busy dodging the world, the flesh, and the devil? Sin even dwells in monasteries, because sinners live there. But many of the people to whom we are called to minister don’t really believe this about us, and when we sin, and we will, some of them write us off as phonies or Pharisees. In the early months of pastoral ministry, a man told me I wasn’t qualified to be a pastor because I sinned. He seemed a bit stunned when I admitted that, though I believed his case for ministerial perfectionism unbiblical, I acutely felt the tension of a my standing as a saved-by-grace-sinner calling other sinners to walk God’s inspired line.

21 Defenders 2 Podcast: Last Things | Reasonable Faith

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The Case Against 'Radical' Christianity

Horton argues that the underlying theology behind oft-heard calls to be wild and crazy radical believers—as if Christianity were an extreme sport—is works righteousness in a new, consumerist mode. For some time, radical has been a favorite word of advertisers and ideologues alike. Every website with something to sell now routinely promises ...

God's Not Dead: Without God Ascending Evolution Seems Impossible

1. Because God is not only real, but necessary, the scientist who strives to analyze and evaluate evolution must utilize universal operating features of reason. This is the case since he is employing selected universal, immutable, and infinite features using his finite mind while he is not on a proper ontic ground to account for such and he lacks a proper epistemic position to discern truth. God is boundless in His knowledge, but humans are limited creatures who can never provide the infinitely-broad operational features necessarily utilized in all scientific research. One needs God as one’s ground for reason to account for all the implicit features of rational analysis. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for the analysis and communication of evolution? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in science; in principle materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground.

CDC and Texas Health Department confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.

Grace to You

Unlike human teachers, whose words sometimes agree with divine truth and sometimes do not, Jesus always spoke in complete harmony with the Father. Thus, those who profess to believe in God yet reject Jesus Christ are deceived. Jesus is one with the Father (John 10:30)—“He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him” (5:23)—and the Father said of Him, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matt. 17:5). He is “the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through [Him]” (John 14:6). To reject Jesus, then, is to call God a liar (1 John 5:10).

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

Christianity Today is scared of Peggy, Tony and Bart Campolo (and me) and wants to help evangelicals brainwash their children more effectively

Brian McLaren, Peggy Campolo and I were just speaking at a seminar supporting gay rights (at the Open Door Community Church in Little Rock) last weekend. Brian told me that he thinks I should say that my new book is for people who want to still believe in God– in spite of their evangelical backgrounds. He said it’s also a book to give to family members who have rejected their faiths based on what they encountered from the likes of the people who run outfits like Christianity Today.

The Lost Virtue of Modesty

This is a great article. I would also add that modesty extends beyond our dress (though I think deYoung was also saying that) and into how we share/not share our lives. I am amazed at the lack of “modesty” with regard to people sharing intimate details of their personal lives for all the world to see. The new trend is post every cute video of your baby or husband doing something sweet and chivalrous….but why do these things, though good, need to be broadcast? (Obviously there is a difference between sharing with your friends and family, I’m more talking about all the youtube sensations out there, of dads videoing themselves taking an infant daughter on a date….) I wonder whatever happened to being modest about the precious, intimate moments of our lives. Why must we expose all of those moments and precious memories? Clearly this is not totally on topic, but as I have thought more about the modesty issue in terms of dress, it seems like the two almost go hand in hand. Makes me think of that new song I hear on the radio all the time…”I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are”….

Here’s the New Trailer for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

T his new trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic has it all: The burning bush, plagues, the parting of the Red Sea and at least one massive crocodile. Exodus: Gods and Kings hits theaters in December ...

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What Americans Pray For and Against (Per Max Lucado's LifeWay Survey)

Wealthier Americans are more likely to use two imprecatory prayers: for someone to get fired, and for “bad things to happen to bad people.” One-quarter of respondents with an annual income higher than $150,000 pray for “bad things to happen to bad people,” while only around 8 percent of respondents making less than $50,000 said they would do so. And nearly one in five Americans with incomes over $150,000 have prayed for someone to get fired; in contrast, only 1 in 20 Americans who make between $75,000 and $149,000 and only one in 100 Americans who make less than $30,000 say they have prayed the same.

Innovative Apologetics: The Longest Known List of Self-refuting Statements

Gay marriage, once inconceivable, now appears inevitable

Gay marriage, once inconceivable, now appears inevitable The Supreme Court is on the verge of deciding the future of same-sex marriage -- an institution described as "newer than cellphones or the Internet" when it was debated by the justices last year. Check out this story on

How a Money Manager Helps Parents Send Their Kids to College

Foundationally, I am a worker because God is a worker. We imitate him as workers. Work itself has redemptive value and, therefore, what we do is a form of worship that can be offered as praise to him. For me, I try to work as God does—ordering myself, prioritizing my activities, and pursuing coherence in my life so that, whether I’m acting as an investor, a talking head, a church member, a husband, or a father, I’m offering all of my life to him (Rom. 12:1).

Nicolas Cage Talks 'Left Behind;' Says 'I Am Drawn to Movies That Aren't Afraid to Take on Spiritual Themes'

"I was very taken by the family dynamic that plays out in the script ... that's what drew me to the project, that and the opportunity to work with Vic Armstrong again," the actor said, referring to the film's director. "Captain Steele is a person who is in an extraordinary situation and you realize what his values are. He reaches a catharsis through the experiences of an extraordinary flight he's on, and gets back to the heart, which is his relationship with his family and his daughter. We all make mistakes, but in a moment of crisis, what we want and what we go back to is our families, and that's what pulled me in. Also, how you make such an extraordinary set of circumstances real and make the audience believe the situation. Conveying it to the audience is the challenge. I was always attracted to movies that venture into the unknown, face possibility of extraordinary circumstances."

Wait, what? Pluto a planet again?

Wait, what? Pluto a planet again? Pluto might be making its way back into the solar system fraternity. Check out this story on

37 The Soul’s Consciousness of its own Decision-Making | Reasonable Faith

In your second paragraph, your thinking seems to wander into confusion. You say, “ I have always thought of consciousness as the soul's perspective on reality, rather than the brain or earthly body's perspective. ” That seems to be a more Cartesian view of the soul (after the French philosopher René Descartes). In contrast to dualism-interactionism, it seems to think of the soul as having conscious states quite independently of the body and its brain states. On dualism-interactionism, by contrast, the soul is using the brain to think, and so, while it is embodied, it has no independent consciousness. During the intermediate state of the soul between the body’s death and eventual resurrection, there will be no instrumental use of the brain for thought, and so no delay in awareness of its own states, since it is no longer dependent on finite velocity neural signals. During our embodied condition, the soul’s perspective and the brain’s perspective are unified.

Making Gay Okay

The logic of Rousseau’s vision for humanity is now firmly embedded in the current socio-political debate over the moral legitimacy of same-sex “marriage.” Sadly, as Reilly illustrates in subsequent chapters as he relates the matter to issues of justice, biology, contemporary legislation, education, the military, and foreign policy, such logic is slowly but surely rending the fabric and basis of American society and destroying the people who have embraced the notion that sexuality can, without consequence, be altered to suit individual desires. Men and women may turn with all their might against their God-endowed design for sexuality, but reality will win out in the end.         

The Missionary India Never Forgot

Worst of all, without a doubt, was the treachery of the church. This began in Ziegenbalg’s own heart, where the first real conversion took place. He had implicitly assumed that to become a Christian religiously meant to become a European culturally—a point of view that can still be held today, though it seems at last to be in remission. What changed him was shared life with the Tamil people. He moved into their quarter instead of enjoying the privileges of the Danes; he learned their language; he began to study their religion. Instead of seeing barbarism that needed to be discarded whole cloth, he saw fellow human beings, created equally in the image of God.

Robert Schuller's Grandson Named Lead Pastor of Shepherd's Grove Church, Former Crystal Cathedral Congregation

The grandson of televangelist Robert H. Schuller, Bobby Schuller, has been named lead pastor of Shepherd's Grove Church, the new name for Schuller's original congregation, which moved to a new location after selling the Crystal Cathedral building and campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County.

Implementing the Change Matrix in the church

At my church, we developed this mission statement: “Our mission is to worship God, to globally lead people to faith in Christ, and to grow together to be like Him.” Each Sunday, we remind the church of our mission, and welcome and invite newcomers to join our fellowship based on this statement. The words “worship,” “lead,” and “grow,” serve as the foundation for every ministry, function and program of the church. Coupled with this mission statement is a simple purpose statement that communicates the attitude under which our church operates.

Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis

Keeping health centers sterile requires access to clean water. In Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa, inadequate water systems hamper the fight against Ebola, particularly at the very places where they treat those infected by the disease.The virus keeps spreading because too many of these centers do not have clean water to mix the chemical solutions needed to disinfect and decontaminate (and many also lack basic supplies).

Who Knew Paper Clips Were Made In Such A Mesmerizing Way?

We could (and will) watch this GIF of a paper clip maker all day.

Fourteen Symptoms of Toxic Church Leaders

Most church leaders are godly and healthy. A toxic church leader, one that is figuratively poisonous to the organization, is rare. But it is that church leader who brings great harm to churches and other Christian organizations. And it is that leader that hurts the entire cause of Christ when word travels about such toxicity.

Christ in the Old Testament

The great promise of Genesis 3:15 is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Jesus is the offspring of the woman who crushes Satan under his feet (cf. Rom 16:20). God appeared to Abraham, promising him that the whole world, the very ends of the earth, would be blessed through him and his offspring (Gen 12:3). The New Testament (NT) teaches that Jesus is the offspring of Abraham through whom the curses introduced by Adam would be overcome (Gal 3:16). Moses spoke of a prophet that would come after him to reveal the will of the Lord (Deut 18:15), and Jesus is the final and definitive word of God to us (Heb 1:2). Joshua gave the people earthly rest in the land, but there is a better rest in Jesus, a heavenly rest that will never end (Heb 3:12-4:11). The OT sacrifices were offered for the forgiveness of sins, but Jesus offers a far better sacrifice than animal sacrifices, and He is a far better priest than the Aaronic priests. As the Melchizedekian priest and the Son of God, His sacrifice for sins secures forgiveness once for all (Heb 7:1-10:18).

Joy Overbeck - You May Not Be Into Politics but Politics is Into You

People, especially young people, often say that they don’t care about politics. They’re just not into it; they think politics doesn’t affect their lives. Even if they cared enough to get involved, they’re too busy with school or building careers and families, or trying to find a job after being laid off.


As much as I love thunderstorms, I must admit that they intimidate me. When the entire sky lights up, or when the foundations of my house shake, or when I hear a 100-foot tree fall to the ground, I’m reminded of how small I really am. That holy fear is a good thing; the glory and power of God is meant to drive men and women to their knees (see Genesis 17:3, Numbers 20:6, Ezekiel 1:28).

Rick Warren Praises Twins' Efforts to Create a Bible Video Game That Isn't 'Cheesy'

Bestselling author and Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has given his blessing to two brothers raising money to create a video game series about David of the Old Testament. The California pastor called twin brothers Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg's project "a game-changer for families and gamers alike. The Game Bible is an incredible way to experience the stories of the Bible."

Secret Service Requires Female Agents to Meet Lower Physical Strength Standards Than Male Agents

The Secret Service has been under fire for failing to stop an armed man from jumping the White House fence and running through the president's home, and some critics have begun asking if political correctness is partly to blame for the extent of the security breach.

Liberty, Knowledge & Sin

God confines His spiritual children by conscience. As they grow in knowledge and maturity the limits of conscience are expanded. We should never expand our actions and habits before our conscience permits it. And we should never encourage—either directly or indirectly—anyone else to do that. As Paul wrote, “By sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ” (1 Corinthians 8:12). Causing a brother to stumble is more than an offense against him; it is an offense against our Lord.

51 9 Things You Should Know About Pregnancy Help Organizations
52 Seeking Allah Finding Jesus
53 Youth Pastor Molests Daughter, Lead Pastor Dedicates Children to Satan; Fallen Church Inspires HBO's 'True Detective'
54 Atheist Group Says Hobby Lobby Family Is 'Threat' to US; Sees Bible Museum as Attempt to 'Influence Congress'
55 Believe That Pluto Can Be a Planet Again.
56 ‘Some of My Best Friends Are Black’ and the Baggage of History
57 Every Morning This Woman Prays at the Bus Stop With Kids Before They Get On – What She's Doing is Wonderful!
58 New Website Users Automatically Donate a Dollar to a Different Nonprofit Every Day
59 Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Tony Hale Will Star in the ‘Angry Birds’ Movie
60 Your Life Was Meant To Be Ordinary, Not Radical
61 Feed the Hungry
62 Boko Haram Leader Shekau Appears in Video, Dismisses Claims of His Death
63 'This Is Just Who We Are,' Says Hipster Pastor Who Believes Churches Need to Lean Into Next Generation
64 Suit Against Pennsylvania Wedding Venue That Declined to Host Same-Sex Weddings Unsuccessful
65 Firefighters Go Beyond Their Duties to Help an Elderly Woman Who Injured Herself on the Sidewalk
66 Christine Caine Is Working on a New Program for Women Leaders
67 'Exodus: God and Kings' Trailer Alludes to Moses Changing the World
68 Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Hidden Treasures In The Book of Job
69 Twelve Benefits of Team Leadership
70 ISIS Beheads 7 Men and 3 Women in Syria; US-Led Airstrikes Hit Stronghold
71 The Briefing 10-02-14
72 This Dad Makes a Beautiful Song for His Little Baby to Show Her Off to the World – So Amazing!
73 Dog Saves His Family From a House Fire and Thanks To Bighearted People, He is Being Saved Too!
74 The Promise of a Horse and Buggy and the Fulfillment of an Automobile: G.K. Beale’s Illustration on OT Prophecy
75 Who Is Jesus? He's the Visible Image of the Invisible God
76 Women and Christianity - Stand to Reason Blog
78 Support The Garzona's as they serve Humble Beast Records on Fundly
79 When dealing with a non-Christian, make evidence - not behavior - the main issue
81 What do Americans pray for? Themselves. And maybe a sports team - Religion News Service
82 Blake Giunta and Justin Schieber debate Christian theism vs naturalism
83 Pro-life amendments considered in TN, ND
84 Acute Mental Illness: What Can the Church Do? | HeadHeartHand Blog
85 WORLD | Learning to love through a lost art | Chelsea Kolz Boes | Oct. 2, 2014
86 Mann's Word: David Barash and his Crusade to Destroy Faith
87 Your Grace Finds Me (Live) by Matt Redman
88 Child Carves 'Stupid' in Her Wrist After Common Core Testing; Parents Describe Anxiety, Depression in New Documentary
89 Poll: fewer than 1 in 3 Americans wants to keep Obamacare
90 WORLD | Liberia: Texas Ebola patient lied about exposure on travel forms | Andrew Branch | Oct. 2, 2014
91 Darwin's God: Door Number Two: The Existence of Evil is the Most Powerful Argument
92 Obamacare Architect Wants Us To Die Age 75 | HeadHeartHand Blog
93 You Are What You Think!
94 3 Views on the Nature of Belief
95 The Addict as Modern Prophet