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Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

2 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 Avengers 2 Trailer Is Here And It's Spectacular

The internet is nothing if not impatient. Even if you tell everyone that what they want is only a week away, that won't stop them from trying to get it early. As a result of this, the first trailer for Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now online. We first learned that the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was coming last night when it was announced at the end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , but somehow the video has made its way online early and is now available to watch in fairly decent quality (via TinyPic ). In response to the leak, the official Marvel Twitter account sent out a pretty funny response: Dammit, Hydra.� Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014 There is obviously a lot to absorb here, but I think the most shocking thing about this trailer is just how incredibly dark the tone is. James Spader's Ultron has already succeeded in sending more than a few chills down my spine (even if that line about strings is weirdly reminiscent of Pinocchio ), and there is a hell of a lot of darkness and destruction on display. Marvel Studios is best known for making comic book movies that aren't afraid of one-liners and funny quips, but there is none of that in this preview.

4 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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Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting.

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God Is in the Grocery Aisle

I need regular reminders that peace does not come from my grocery list, a quota of calories, or the food pyramid. The peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding is an enduring gift of grace. If his peace came through our adherence to rules, systems, or our works (Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8), his grace would no longer be grace, and the news would no longer be good. As Paul cautioned, we must be careful that we are not “led away” by judgments over foods. What we eat cannot satisfy our soul. Hebrews 13:9 reminds us it is good for our hearts to feast on and be strengthened by grace.

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Sin Is Worse Than Hell

The assumption behind Pinnock’s question is that no amount or degree of wickedness could justify conscious torment without end. For this reason, Pinnock proposes a modified view of hell in which the ungodly pass out of existence after a period of suffering. But what if eternal torment is actually a fitting response to our sin? What if, instead of seeing hell as an overreaction to our misdeeds, we looked at it instead as God’s commentary on the gravity of our rebellion? In other words, what if it’s not God’s view of sin that needs adjusting, but our own?

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A Word Can Be Worth a Thousand Pictures

After all, we have learned to be sensitive to cultural context of both the historical possibilities constraining the writers of the biblical texts, who had never seen a movie screen or a television or a tablet computer, and the demands of our own situation. Paul said in the same letter, “I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some” (1 Cor. 9:22). Evangelicals in particular have been quick to adopt new methods, eager to use all suitable means in the hopes of saving some. We can’t deny the power of the visual to move us, to connect with the heart as well as the head. Preachers have long been taught to speak so that people can picture what they are talking about. Images, especially moving images, compel us in ways words alone generally do not. Surely we should take advantage of these gifts.

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Amy Poehler's Next Project: A Church-Themed Comedy

A s Parks & Rec gets ready to bow out of its delightful run, its stars are gearing up for other projects. Long careers seem assured for the likes of Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott, but what of beloved team leader Amy Poehler? Well, it turns out she'll be re-teaming with Parks & Rec executive producer and staff writer Aisha Muharrar to write a new single-cam comedy for NBC, and the premise is one that might interest you. It will center around a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church building and a bevy of wild and wacky congregants. It's being described as "a work-place comedy" so it will probably be tonally similar to Parks & Rec , but word is, Poehler will be writing, not starring in the series. So you might want to get working on that audition tape, dear reader ...

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The Kingdom of Christ as The Theological Center of Scripture - Prince on Preaching

The approaches of Goldsworthy and VanGemeren are correct as far as they go. The theme of the kingdom of God is a good starting point for thinking about the theological center of Scripture. Nevertheless, more can be said for clarity. The concept of the kingdom of Christ provides the eschatological orientation the George Eldon Ladd alluded to in his definition of the kingdom of God but never fully developed. Ladd’s definition of the kingdom demands a Christological focus: “Thus the kingdom is seen to be a single concept, the rule of God, which manifests itself in a progressive way and in more than one realm. It is God’s saving will in action [emphasis original]” (Crucial Questions about the Kingdom of God, 97). What unifies the entire biblical canon is not a static notion of the kingdom as such but an eschatological realization that the kingdom of God was inaugurated in Christ and will be consummated in him. Goldsworthy notes that the kingdom is never abstract and never static (Preaching the Whole Bible, 51-52). Employing the term kingdom of Christ clarifies on both of these fronts.

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http://erlc.com/article/the-life-of-julia-reimagined

As Christians, we have the opportunity to live out the gospel by shepherding these women toward responsible choices, intentional parenting and, ultimately, peace with God through Christ. Many live this out by creating pro-life pregnancy resource centers in their communities. I’ve had the chance to meet with these wonderful, godly heroes, who often work on a volunteer basis or for very little pay. There are untold stories of young women whose lives have been transformed by the compassionate gospel they encountered at a resource center This encounter influenced them to choose to keep the life God had given them.

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Biologist Michael Denton Revisits His Argument that Evolution Is a

Evolutionary novelties pose one obvious challenge to Darwinian theories. The fact that, in most cases, their adaptive status is clearly in doubt poses another. ... The number of segments making up the various parts of the body of different groups of fossil arthropods, including shrimps, lobsters, trilobites, and spiders, is fantastically variable, yet each group almost always has the same number of segments in each body part despite the bizarre and complex variation in its lifestyle and adaptations. On even a cursory consideration of the vast inventory of invertebrate type-defining novelties described in this major work, it would appear that the great majority serve no adaptive purpose. ... If a significant proportion of the taxa-defining patterns serve no specific function, as Owen argued in the case of the tetrapod limb, then cumulative selection cannot provide an explanation for the origin of a significant fraction of the defining homologs, and hence for the natural system itself.

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Fathers Behind Bars: The Problem & Solution for America’s Children

Maintaining Facility Safety and Order.   It has been said, “Idleness is a devil’s workshop”. Facility safety is of utmost importance in the corrections environment and benefits the Prison/Jail warden(s) as well as fellow inmates. Fatherhood Programs in particular can help to engage inmates and encourage good behavior. By connecting inmates to their role as a man, and specifically as a father, they are more engaged in that aspect of their life and in turn, can help to create a peaceful, contented environment as much as possible.In addition, men who participate in fatherhood groups often create a bond among members, which generates good morale. Good morale is important for safety and there are less disciplinary infractions.By connecting with their children, incarcerated fathers are motivated to maintain good behavior to keep visiting rights, which is beneficial for both the facility and correctional officers working with them. In addition, research shows that fathers who connect with their children (and families) prior to release have a higher likelihood of staying out of jail/prison.

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Is Christianity Responsible for the Holocaust? - Apologetics Canada

Now, that is not to deny that some Christ ians have been anti-Semitic in the past (or are anti-Semitic today). But I would argue that those who call themselves Christians and remain in anti-Semitism are not Christians at all. This is simply because a Christian is, by the very definition of the word itself, a follower of Christ. A “Christian” who does not (earnestly desire to) follow the teachings of Christ is no more Christian than an atheist who believes in God is atheistic. If I am a math teacher and teach a student that 2+2=4, yet this student graduates and then insists that 2+2=7, am I to take the blame for teaching him that 2+2=7?

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The gospel and racial reconciliation

For reconciliation to take place, we must create an environment that is worshipful and where God’s Word can clearly be heard. The gospel is only the gospel when the totality of the redemption is heard, when we proclaim the depths of God’s love and the longing of his people for change. That’s when reconciliation can take place. The passage that confirms that for me is in Galatians 2 when Paul confronts Peter for his discrimination against the Gentiles. He told him, he “walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel.” There was an expectation of brotherhood on Peter and Paul — that the gospel would burn through racial barriers. We have a deep need and longing to be reconciled, and the gospel has the power to do that.

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Southern Seminary Alumni & Friends Luncheon at the KBC

Join friends from around the state for the Southern Seminary Alumni & Friends luncheon at the KBC. Don't miss out on Chuy's as they provide a full fajita buffet. The lunch will be conveniently served in the Living Hope student center. Along with good food and friends, this year we will hear from past president of the KBC and the dean of the Billy Graham School for Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry, Dr. Adam Greenway.

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Jim Liske Talks Compassion in Real Simple Magazine

The article, “5 Small Ways to Show Compassion,” features the wise words of five diverse leaders who each share their best tip for expressing compassion. Jim’s advice is “see yourself in them.” He briefly recounts the personal story of his nephew’s incarceration–an encounter that provided him with a new sense of empathy for families struggling with situations like his. Once we recognize that any of us could be facing similar challenges, it becomes easier to extend compassion to others in the same way God has extended grace to us.

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Submission in Practice: 10 Steps | HeadHeartHand Blog

There’s always huge potential for misunderstanding when we try to explain the Bible’s teaching that a wife submit to her husband. No matter how much we try, people hear “submission” and think “oppression.” That’s why I thought it would be helpful to give an example of how the principle of submission works out in practice. I hope that will demonstrate how different (and even beautiful) biblical submission is compared to what people often think about it.