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What You May Have Wrong About the Gospel

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Serious truths in a culture that doesn’t take things very seriously.

The Real Value of Christian Education

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Blood Flow Requires a Complex, Well-Designed System

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An Explanation of the Ontological Argument - Stand to Reason Blog

The advantage with the reduction might be this: to someone like Phillip A we could just point out that we accept the "maximally smelly sock" argument insofar as it indicates that a necessary being exists. But why should we think the necessary being has smelly sock properties? While we await the atheist's answer we could point out that we do have reasons for thinking the necessary being is a person outside of space-time that is the foundation for morality (cf. the other theistic arguments). The more difficult part might be explaining why we should think the "necessary being" and the "personal outside of space-time being" are the same being. And so maybe it's easier just to stick to the MGB formulation?

This Dude Can Create Dubstep Beats Using Only a Fast Food Straw

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Doc Brown: Make Your Future a Good One

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The Irrationality of Indifference to God | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

Before entering into the proofs of the Christian religion, I find it necessary to point out the sinfulness of those men who live in indifference to the search for truth in a matter which is so important to them, and which touches them so nearly. Of all their errors, this doubtless is the one which most convicts them of foolishness and blindness, and in which it is easiest to confound them by the first glimmerings of common sense and by natural feelings. For it is not to be doubted that the duration of this life is but a moment; that the state of death is eternal, whatever may be its nature; and that thus all our actions and thoughts must take such different directions, according to the state of that eternity, that it is impossible to take one step with sense and judgement, unless we regulate our course by the truth of that point which ought to be our ultimate end. There is nothing clearer than this; and thus, according to the principles of reason, the conduct of men is wholly unreasonable, if they do not take another course. On this point, therefore, we condemn those who live without thought of the ultimate end of life, who let themselves be guided by their own inclinations and their own pleasures without reflection and without concern, and, as if they could annihilate eternity by turning away their thought from it, think only of making themselves happy for the moment.

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Why Abortion Is Unjust Discrimination

Here's why the abortion-choice argument is unjust discrimination. (The S.L.E.D. test originally comes from Stephen Schwarz in the first chapter of his book, "The Moral Question of Abortion.")

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Can Evolution Explain the Appearance of Design in Biology? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

The “appearance of design” in biological organisms is rather uncontroversial, even amongst atheists who reject the existence of a Designer. Richard Dawkins would be the first to agree: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” Many other scientists affirm this observation and extend it to include the larger ecosystems in which many symbiotic organisms are dependent on one another for their survival. Smith College professor of biological sciences, Robert Dorit says, “The apparent fit between organisms seems to suggest some higher intelligence at work, some supervisory gardener bringing harmony and color to the garden.” For scientists looking for an explanation within the “garden” to avoid the inference of an external “supervisory gardener,” this appearance of design is difficult to explain .

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The Briefing 10-21-15

1) Trudeau made Prime Minister in election that reveals radical worldview shift in Canada

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An Opportune Setting in Swaziland

AIDS seriously affects the Swazi people, whose life expectancy is around age 50. At least 35 percent of its more than 1.2 million people are under age 15. Many children are orphaned, and households are often led by the oldest sibling. “Because of HIV deaths, there’s an age gap,” Erica said. “The 20- to 40-year olds are missing. It’s mostly orphans and grandparents in Swaziland.”

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Why Evangelicals Should Care About the Immigrants in Our Midst

As my eyes opened to the state of the church in North America, I realized that something incredible might be happening. Could it be that God was sending millions of people to America from all over the world and that many of those coming here were already Christians? Many more had perhaps never been in contact with the gospel or with the church. They were all made in God's image and are objects of His love and concern. What if the church in America could pivot toward the immigrant and have yet another chance to love our neighbor, and welcome the stranger, many of whom came from very difficult situations in their home countries? God was moving my heart toward the immigrant—legal or not—and calling me to love and serve them sacrificially so that they could find a place here, so that their families and children could prosper and be strong, and so they could fulfill God's plan for their lives.

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The Briefing 10-21-15

1) Trudeau made Prime Minister in election that reveals radical worldview shift in Canada

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Huey Lewis and the News - Power of Love (Official Video)

A Music Video of Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News

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Why Muslim Dr. Nabeel Qureshi Converted to Christianity

To all the ignorant comments below: Nabeel has debated many Muslims publicly about Islam and Christianity. So hes not ignorant as many who are commenting below. This is a general talk and testimony, keep that in mind before writing ignorant comments. video by video by https://www.youtube.com/user/Creed26M... Why Muslim Dr. Nabeel Qureshi Converted to Christianity tags converts to islam, christian converts, converts, Islam, muslim converts, christian converts to Islam, christian, muslim, converted, islam, becomes muslim, accepts, reverts, Nabeel Qureshi, Christianity Testimony 2013 2014

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Defunded Planned Parenthood Reassures Supporters It Has Enough Fetus Cash To Keep Going

WASHINGTON—Following the announcement by Texas state officials to cut Medicaid funding for the nonprofit organization, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards assured supporters Tuesday that it has plenty of fetus cash to keep going for a while. “While the decision by Texas to eliminate taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood is unfortunate, I want everyone to know that we have an ample supply of sweet baby-organ cabbage to continue providing our services,” said Richards, adding that the reproductive and maternal health organization had enough fetal-tissue scratch to keep the doors open for the foreseeable future. “Lawmakers remain determined to deny reproductive health care to women in need, and if not for our golden baby-parts goose, they well may have succeeded. But rest assured that with our mad stacks of aborted-fetus bucks, the future of Planned Parenthood is as secure as ever.” Richards added that even as she was speaking, Planned Parenthood employees were busy squeezing some extra green out of whatever embryos they had left in the back.

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McFly All About You Official Video

COPYRIGHT OF UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP Official And Original Video For McFlys All About You (: Enjoy :D Lyrics \/ [Danny:] It's all about you ([Tom:] It's about you) It's all about you, baby ([Tom:] It's all about you) It's all about you ([Tom:] It's about you) It's all about you [Tom:] Yesterday, you asked me something I thought you knew. So I told you with a smile 'It's all about you' Then you whispered in my ear and you told me too, Say 'If you make my life worthwhile, it's all about you' [Danny:] And I would answer all you're wishes, if you asked me to. But if you deny me one of your kisses, don't know what I'd do. So hold me close and say three words, like you used to do. Dancing on the kitchen tiles, it's all about you. Yeah... [Solo] [Danny & Tom:] And I would answer all you're wishes, if you asked me to. But if you deny me one of your kisses, don't know what I'd do. So hold me close and say three words, like you used to do. Dancing on the kitchen tiles, Yes you make my life worthwhile, So I told you with a smile.

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Stealing From God - Episode 2: Causality

EPISODE 2 - Causality: How could no one create something out of nothing? ---------- 10-Part DVD set Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case What if your best reasons to doubt God show that He actually exists? That’s exactly what Dr. Frank Turek, who co-authored the bestselling I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, unpacks in this DVD series named after his book Stealing from God: Why atheists need God to make their case. Dr. Turek uses an acronym to make this teaching memorable. Stealing from God is organized around CRIMES, which highlights the intellectual CRIMES atheists are making when denying God. “CRIMES” stands for Causality, Reason, Information, Morality, Evil and Science. Those are aspects of reality that atheists often say disprove God, when, in fact, none of them would exist unless God did. Learn More: http://ow.ly/TGuOi #Apologetics #CrossExamined

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Christian Apologetics - What Is Christian Apologetics?

Christian apologetics represents the serious and sustained engagement with ‘ultimate questions’ raised by a culture, people group, or individual aiming to show how the Christian faith is able to provide meaningful answers to such questions. Where is God in the suffering of the world? Is faith in God reasonable? Apologetics clears the ground for evangelism, just as John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus of Nazareth. …Evangelism…issues a personal invitation: ‘You are invited to the feast! Please come!’ Apologetics lays the ground for this invitation; evangelism extends it. Both are an essential part of the mission of the church

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When Depression Descends, Do the Next Thing

Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they are talking to you. They bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment [in Psalm 42] was this: Instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says, “Self, listen for a moment. I will speak to you.” ( Spiritual Depression , 20–21)

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Check Out the Most-Googled Halloween Costumes Per State

Think your desire to go as Princess Leia, Miley Cyrus or a Walking Dead zombie is super creative? This just in—it’s probably not. Real Estate blog Estately has compiled a list of the most-googled Halloween costumes per state—and the results are both unsurprising and clickbait worthy hilarious. ("You won’t believe what state wanted to go as a 'slutty pumpkin!'") Check out the full map below to see how your slice of the $6.9 million that Americans spend on Halloween will (likely) be allotted.

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Why Don’t Christians Talk About Sex After Marriage?

We could do a better job and have a sex-talk that is more than the usual "don’t have sex" talk. We seem to think that we’ve done our job if we’re sending our young people into the marriage bed as virgins. But things don't always happen that way, and even if they do, being a virgin doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a good sex life. Either way, the amount of conversations I have had with young couples who have struggled with their sex life is staggering. And often, they feel like they don't have many places to turn to for help. Sex is found in a lot of areas of Scripture. It was designed by God. And we Christians need to speak up about it, in non-judgemental, honest ways.

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Canada's new Prime Minister stops air strikes on Isis - 24 hours after he's elected

Elected Liberal leader in April 2013, Mr Trudeau was a popular choice with the public, but his Conservative and NDP opponents wrote him off as a political lightweight who had coasted to prominence on his father’s name. As Mr Harper announced Canada’s participation in air strikes against Isis last year, Mr Trudeau accused the then-Prime Minister of “trying to whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are”, a comment widely considered a gaffe.

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Ligonier Ministries

It’s sexy among young people — my generation — to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church. Besides being unbiblical, such notions of churchless Christianity are unrealistic. It’s immaturity actually, like the newly engaged couple who think romance preserves the marriage, when the couple celebrating their golden anniversary know it’s the institution of marriage that preserves the romance. Without the God-given habit of corporate worship and the God-given mandate of corporate accountability, we will not prove faithful over the long haul.

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6 Devotionals You Should Read Next

How do I forgive someone who doesn't think she did anything wrong? Or who doesn't care? Why would I forgive someone who doesn't even think she needs to be forgiven? Because I want my neck and my back muscles to stop hurting. Because I want to sleep, instead of having endless  imaginary conversations. Because I want my mind back. Because I want my life back. So I let her off the hook. I let her off once, to start, and felt pretty good about myself, until someone brought up her name at lunch, and then I got mad all over again, which threw me for a loop. I forgave her. Why am I still so mad at her? I felt like I bought expensive wrinkle cream and woke up more wrinkly than ever. I wanted my money back. Forgiveness is both a decision and a process. It's hard enough to choose to forgive in the first place, and then we have to do it again. And again. And again. And again.

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The 7 Biggest Problems With CNN's Planned Parenthood Story

As of right now, the Center for Medical Progress has released 18 hours, 57 minutes and 19 seconds of footage from its undercover journalism investigation of Planned Parenthood’s participation in the human organ trade. Much of this was distilled into 11 shorter videos ranging from two minutes to 15 minutes in length. These videos are intensely graphic, including footage of aborted baby organs being lifted up by technicians inside Planned Parenthood clinics. It includes discussion of high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials talking about how to abort babies using “less crunchy” methods or how to alter a procedure so as to procure valuable organs from the aborted baby. It includes discussion from high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials talking about how to avoid scrutiny of the practice by the media and the government. It includes discussion of officials negotiating prices for the parts, despite claims that they only received reimbursements (which would be, of course, fixed). It includes discussion of officials talking about how to get creative with accounting. It also includes stories of callous abortionists, clinics with STAPH infections, and any number of angles that the country’s reporters should have immediately dug into.

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Hebrews 13:17 declares, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as...

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Hyatt Hotels Will No Longer Offer Pay-Per-View Porn

Following similar recent moves from both Marriott and Hilton, Hyatt has announced that their hotels will no longer offer on-demand, pay-per-view porn for guests. The group the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which has been pressuring those in the hospitality industry to ditch adult content in recent years, released a statement saying it "is grateful to Hyatt for its policy change and commitment to oppose sexual exploitation.” The hotel chain didn’t say why it was making the change, though, as a the Los Angeles Times notes , the Internet and digital devices have changed the way many people consume any type of video content. They cited a study by PKF Hospitality Research that found “annual hotel revenue in the United States from in-room movie rentals—including adult films— dropped from $339 per room in 2000 to $107 in 2014."

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Single You Will Be the Married You

When I was single, I thought marriage might be the magic bullet. I believed that it would miraculously transform me. I assumed I would suddenly possess a new measure of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that I had not yet known or experienced as a single man. I believed that once I said, “I do,” I would see the world through a different lens and become a responsible and loving man — a responsible and loving husband.

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[Free download] The Content Distribution Checklist for Maximizing Reach, Traffic, and Shares to Your Content

If you’ve published an article that you just KNOW is going to be appealing to a few of your friends, it might help to reach out to them specifically. For example, let’s say you’ve published a blog post on why cats are superior to dogs in every way. You have a few friends who really love their kitties—people who would absolutely love an article like this.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Lying vs. Honesty

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Eric Metaxas: If We Don't Fix Obama's Damage to Religious Freedom, 'We Will Cease to Be America'

Metaxas:  One thing I will say about Dr. Carson is that he's so soft-spoken and so humble, that he gives people the impression that he's a softy, and he's not. And I think that recently, as he said some things that the media has attacked him on, you see this steeliness and this anger in him which I think shows that he's not someone who is not passionate. He's very passionate.

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The Weird and Wonderful Church Drawings of John Hendrix

The first thing you will notice about them is that they are—well, not Thomas Kinkade. There are sea monsters and birds dressed in priestly robes and mountains with mouths. The words of Jesus are set upon the bellies of cuddly creatures. Some of the drawings are ominous; in Hendrix’s Nativity scene, rendered in red and black, an underground monster appears to open his jaws to devour the Holy Family. “There’s a Where the Wild Things Are vibe that runs through a lot of my drawings,” says Hendrix. “I’m very drawn to the mysteries of the Scripture.” Rather than providing “inspiration”—in the way that word captures a popular Christian approach to art—Hendrix probes the Bible’s odder passages, such as when God puts the deeps in storehouses (Ps. 33:7), or the beast in the Book of Revelation.

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Six Lessons in Good Listening

In a sense, listening is easy — or hearing is easy. It doesn’t demand the initiative and energy required in speaking. That’s why “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). The point is that hearing is easy, and faith is not an expression of our activity, but our receiving the activity of another. It is “hearing with faith” (Galatians 3:2, 5) that accents the achievements of Christ and thus is the channel of grace that starts and sustains the Christian life.

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If God Is in Control, Why Does Bad Stuff Keep Happening?

We live in a world where you can’t simply look at the evidence and say, “There you are, there is a good God, everything’s OK.” That’s why the good news of Jesus is that in the middle of this confusing world, with so much beauty but also so much sorrow, what God has done in Jesus launches a project, which says “Yes, the sorrow is real, but God has dealt with it and is dealing with it. The beauty and power of creation are real. God is going to do the new thing, for which those are signposts.”

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Half the Republican Field Seeks Advice From This Princeton Professor

His former protégé Cruz is less dogmatic than people think, he says—for one thing, because he’s capable of arguing both sides of an issue. And Cruz wasn’t, in his view, just one more smart guy on a campus full of them: “What I loved about Ted as a student was that he was genuinely interested in ideas…He would come and sit in my office and we would explore all of the possible arguments and counter-arguments, and he was capable of very sympathetically arguing a view he did not hold just to see where it went…In fact, since we tended to agree on matters of constitutional interpretation, if you just happened to be some other professor who didn’t know Ted and you were walking by—I always keep my door open when I’m meeting with students—you would hear what would sound like a terrible argument. We love to see where an argument goes.”

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What Does 'Unwholesome Talk' Really Mean?

What it comes down to is what Paul writes in Romans 14. He says different people, in Christ, have different convictions. In his day, it was about eating meat sacrificed to idols. That’s less of an issue in the modern world. The overall point he makes is we should not quarrel over disputable matters. We have freedom in Christ. That freedom is not an excuse to judge or to try to change the convictions of others. While one person’s faith may allow them to use certain language, another’s will not. It is not our place to judge others. Nor should we behave in a manner that causes them to struggle with their own convictions.

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Innovative Apologetics: Defeating the Fuming Foolishness of New Atheism

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Boston College Prof: "6 Books I Would Assign to Save Western Civilization"

In a 1993 talk , Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, mentioned the following as the 6 books people should read if they want to save Western civilization:

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Why Evangelicals Should Care About the Immigrants in Our Midst

As my eyes opened to the state of the church in North America, I realized that something incredible might be happening. Could it be that God was sending millions of people to America from all over the world and that many of those coming here were already Christians? Many more had perhaps never been in contact with the gospel or with the church. They were all made in God's image and are objects of His love and concern. What if the church in America could pivot toward the immigrant and have yet another chance to love our neighbor, and welcome the stranger, many of whom came from very difficult situations in their home countries? God was moving my heart toward the immigrant—legal or not—and calling me to love and serve them sacrificially so that they could find a place here, so that their families and children could prosper and be strong, and so they could fulfill God's plan for their lives.

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3 Ways to Support a Friend Who's Returning to Church

Tell me more about how to press in to people who have left and you notice them gone? Should someone pursue and inquire, how far to go, etc., or is it better to back off totally? I also sense an undercurrent of community in this article, meaning what it really is meant to be in the church and how hard and fragile a thing it truly is. Thoughts?

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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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5 Keys to Surviving a Breakup

Getting over things is easy, or keeping busy also, but feeling, identifying the emotion and dealing with why you feel that way is difficult and requires maturity and maturity as a Christian. God did say we should make peace with each other, be kind, merciful, compassionate, slow to anger and most of all loving. Revelation Chapter 3 says the church will reject things that would otherwise make them Godly. Your heart and mind needs to be renewed by God, therefore the mature approach is to ask for forgiveness where you've hurt someone. Figure out why you acted like you did. Don't run away from healing and healing your ex, be an example for the world. However if your ex was abusive it's often best to stay away from such people.

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Christians Cannot be Intellectual Slackers | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

C. S. Lewis had a great quote when talking about the followers of Christ. He said, "God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of being a Christian, I warn you: you are embarking on something that is going to take the whole of you, brains and all." I completely agree. Christians today have accepted the secular world's idea that somehow faith and reason inhabit separate spheres. The two are sitting on opposite ends of a spectrum and the more one applies tools such as logic and philosophy to his or her beliefs, the less and less they will be considered faithful or pleasing to God. A bumper sticker that used to be fairly popular summed up this kind of attitude: "God said it, I believe it, that settles it." But nowhere in scripture are we commanded to approach our beliefs blindly. In fact, we are commanded to do just the opposite. When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was he replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength" (Mark 12:30).

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Crossway on Twitter

We are on a quest for life and there are only two places to look: http://cway.to/1LGkFBS  pic.twitter.com/uImyFnTX8M

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The Mystery of Marriage

When God engaged to create man and woman and to ordain the union of marriage, he didn’t roll the dice or draw straws or flip a coin as to how they might be related to each other. He patterned marriage very purposefully after the relationship between his Son and the church, which he had planned from all eternity.

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Donald Trump and the Coming Christian Political Realignment

It is hard to say how badly a Trump nomination would damage the Reagan-era union between evangelicals and the GOP. I know that polls suggest that Trump has strong “evangelical” support, but polls also suggest that “churchgoing” evangelicals (as if there is such a thing as a non-churchgoing evangelical!) don’t support Trump as much. I hope that a Trump nomination would lead to a significant defection of Christian voters from the GOP, at least for the 2016 presidential race. Most defectors would simply not vote for one of the two major parties’ nominees, while others would vote for the Democrat. There was not nearly as much disaffection from John McCain and Mitt Romney as you would see with a Trump nomination.

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He Shall Reign Forevermore (Live)

Chris Tomlin performs "He Shall Reign Forevermore" from his upcoming album Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship (Live), out October 23, 2015. Purchase on iTunes

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Only the Good Die Young

Subscribe to TGC Word of the Week in iTunes or through other devices to receive midweek sermons to encourage your faith. TGC Word of the Week is also available on Stitcher .

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Why every student should read Martyn-Lloyd Jones

Editors’ note: This article begins on occasional series on the SBTS blog, Why Every Student Should Read . . . This series is intended to spotlight and commend for further investigation pastors, teachers, theologians, books, sermons, and figures from church history as well as from the current evangelical scene.

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C.S. Lewis Inst-Chi on Twitter

C.S. Lewis recounts a story about his efforts to forgive someone who'd done him great wrong: http://bit.ly/1jDijt6  pic.twitter.com/YcrnBHZ948

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Half the Republican Field Seeks Advice From This Princeton Professor

His former protégé Cruz is less dogmatic than people think, he says—for one thing, because he’s capable of arguing both sides of an issue. And Cruz wasn’t, in his view, just one more smart guy on a campus full of them: “What I loved about Ted as a student was that he was genuinely interested in ideas…He would come and sit in my office and we would explore all of the possible arguments and counter-arguments, and he was capable of very sympathetically arguing a view he did not hold just to see where it went…In fact, since we tended to agree on matters of constitutional interpretation, if you just happened to be some other professor who didn’t know Ted and you were walking by—I always keep my door open when I’m meeting with students—you would hear what would sound like a terrible argument. We love to see where an argument goes.”

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Christians Never Graduate from the Gospel

In less than three minutes, Conrad Mbewe explains the importance of the gospel in the life of the Christian.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Life & Theology of Paul | October 21, 2015

When I look back over forty years of teaching, I sometimes think I must be the most inarticulate writer and speaker in the history of the world. I wonder about that when I read interpretations of my teaching from the pens of other people, particularly from those who are hostile to what I declare. Frequently the distortions are so great that I cannot recognize my own position in the criticism. It may be helpful in trying to interpret mine or any other teacher’s declarations by looking at their geographical backgrounds. I grew up in the city of Pittsburgh, in a blue-collar environment, yet in a white-collar home, and so one can see that the perspective I have on life will differ from those people who grew up in southern California or Alabama. Nevertheless, to interpret my teachings simply on the basis of my Pittsburgh background would be utter nonsense. My perspective is not identical to every person who ever grew up in Pittsburgh. In like manner, one could examine my educational background and look at the viewpoints of my main mentors. As a student of G.C. Berkouwer in the Netherlands, one can certainly see dimensions of influence on my thought from that theologian.

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Chris Rock Will Host the 2016 Oscars

Chris Rock announced via Twitter today that he will be hosting next year’s Oscars ceremony. It’s the comedian’s second time hosting the awards (he also hosted in 2005), which makes him part of just a handful of standup comics who have hosted multiple times—including Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Martin. You can catch the jokes and all the Oscars madness Feb. 28 on ABC.

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