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The Deep Desire Beneath Lana Del Rey’s Shallow Lust for Life | Think Christian

To fulfill our longing for something deeper, we often seek earthly love in shallow places.

Revive Us 2 | In Select Theaters Tuesday, October 24

Join Kirk and his friends—including Dr. Ben Carson, Joni Eareckson Tada, Francis Chan, and Ravi Zacharias, worship artist Zach Williams and Christian Cuevas, and other special guests—for an inspired night of hope, courage, and unity.

Moana and Knowing the Way | Think Christian

The identity Moana discovers parallels the identity God intends for all of us.

Kesha’s Praying and the True Power of Prayer | Think Christian

The pop star reminds us that a prayerful heart is a heart that's ready to be healed.

2017 Conference – Springs Reformed Church (RPCNA)

Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. is a Reformed theologian and Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Gaffin joined the Westminster faculty in 1965, and over the years has made significant contributions to the study of Reformed theology, particularly in the areas of biblical exegesis and systematic theology. Dr. Gaffin has written numerous books and scholarly articles, and has also served as an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Throughout the years, Dr. Gaffin has exhibited scholarly excellence and pastoral wisdom in his interpretation and application of Scripture to the church, its mission, and its people.

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Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name

Apologists often overstate their case . There is a huge temptation to overstate the evidence for the Bible, intelligent design, the resurrection of Jesus or any other apologetic issue. I have succumbed to this myself. In our eagerness to convince non-believers, or our desire to strengthen fellow Christians, we can all fall prey to the temptation to state things more certainly than they may be. In our information age, people have access to counterarguments and perspectives at the tip of their fingers. We also live in a skeptical age where people who say things with dogmatism are often considered suspect. This does not mean the evidence for Christianity is not compelling. It is. But there are smart, thoughtful people that disagree. And we must acknowledge this, or we’ll set up people—especially young people—for failure.

Can Christianity Be Trusted Given All Its “Sins”?

Second, many who claim to be Christians have not placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and therefore do not truly know him. Jesus taught that both believers and non- believers would be part of the institutional church, but that their true identity would not be revealed until the end (Matt. 13:24–30). He also taught that there would be people who thought they were acting in his name—even doing “many wonders,” but they will not enter the kingdom of God (Matt. 7:21–23). Just because someone claims to be a Christian, then, does not mean he or she really is. Could it be that the church is often indicted for the actions of people who are not even Christians? This is why the standard of Scripture is so important. Ultimately, we need to compare the actions of both individuals and the corporate church with the genuine teachings of the Bible.

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Q & A with Dr. Craig: Fine Tuning and Different Laws of Nature

Q: Hi Dr. Craig, I have been watching your excursus on natural theology and am up to the part about teleology. You mention an objection to the argument, that we could have other natural laws and it could be more probable than not, with other sets of laws, that life permitting universes do exist just by chance. You say we just don't know the answer here.

Inside the Museum of the Bible

Deploying the high-tech tour guides required developing an indoor navigation system that can locate any digital guide within four inches of its actual location in the museum—a technology that “didn’t really exist” when MOTB began to develop it and that opens new possibilities for museum accessibility, Schneider says. The digital guides can translate English-language placards on the fly and can reproduce signage text onscreen in large fonts or even read it aloud. Augmented reality also gives children a gamified, Pokémon-GO style experience of their parents’ itinerary that involves robots and a quest to dispel encroaching fog.

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Johnny Cash and the Evangelical Fascination with Celebrities

The temptation of celebrity, however, has routinely caused problems as evangelicals have platformed people who have only a distant grasp of evangelical beliefs, and who show little sign of conversion, or of personal devotion to Christ and the church. Sometimes evangelical leaders have also given their blessing to celebrities who have brought embarrassment to the evangelical movement by issues in their personal lives, or when their faith turns out to be a short-lived “Christian phase.”

Easter Bunny, Thor, Allah, Shiva, FSM vs. Yahweh part 2

There are many false gods, learn the powerful reasons why the God of the Bible alone is God.

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The Final Authority

The reason that we can be sure that our being made spiritually alive, and God’s being 100% for us in Christ, is by God’s grace alone, on the basis of Christ alone, received through faith alone, all to the glory of God, is because God wrote a book. God’s word then, not a pope’s, parent’s, or popular opinion, has final authority.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 — The Briefing

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"Not only do we not fear hell, we don't yearn for heaven." – R. Albert Mohler in #SBTSChapel

Appeals Court Paves Way for Illegal Immigrant Teen to Get Abortion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, on a 6-3 vote, overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the same court last Friday that prevented the girl from having an immediate abortion. The administration still could ask the Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority, to hear the case.

The One Minute Apologist (700+ Videos)

Providing Christian teaching on relevant topics, Bobby Conway helps anyone know more about the Christian faith and how it affects everyday life. Transcriptions of the videos allow you to search over 700 videos to find the right answer to your question. Learn more about your faith or help others grow in theirs with help from the One Minute Apologist!

Harvey Weinstein and the Crisis of Masculinity

David was blinded from his lust from seeing a woman as a God-honoring woman. His failure of masculinity (in fact, his failure as ruler) was in failing to protect her obedience to God. And this is at the heart of our crisis of masculinity today: men whose self-centeredness cannot appreciate the holy beauty of a woman’s act of obedience to God’s call over her life. Whether it is an actress God has called and gifted to act, or a female gifted by God to sing and perform on stage, or a woman working under the authority of a powerful male boss, every woman must be protected for her obedience to God’s design for her life.

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Why John Piper Abominates the Prosperity Gospel

What to expect when pastoring your first church — Southern Equip

It’s good to be an imperfect, gospel-preaching church, a church that is less than our ideal. It’s good for us to have our preferences to rub up against reality. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t lead with vision and purpose and intentionality, but our leadership should not be that of an impersonal CEO, a hard-charging, arrogant ranch hand, but that kind of ministry that gently, but firmly shepherds.

'Revive Us 2': Kirk Cameron, Ravi Zacharias, Ben Carson Lead Nationwide Night of Prayer & Worship

Just like last year, Cameron is teaming up with big names like Ben Carson, Ravi Zacharias, and the filmmakers behind "Fireproof" and "War Room."   Cameron said the whole idea for this came to him in the form of an open door.   "In my walk with God, I've found that whenever I seek to honor God and be a blessing to other people, if that intersects with my acting career or my ability to make a live event or a movie like 'Revive Us,' I want to be all in and I do it with all my heart," he said.   And it's that passion he hopes will spread to audience across the country.   For "Revive Us 2" tickets and show times visit .

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Anti-Intellectualism in the Church - Christian Research Institute

In part because of our focus on feelings, much of the church still focuses excessively on “felt needs” in both outreach and teaching. There is a proper place for this, but often Christians and those we are trying to reach have deep spiritual needs that they don’t feel. Moreover, we can tend to misdiagnose people’s felt needs. Several years ago, I spoke at a large conference for Christian college students on responding to the problem of evil. There were hundreds of students packed into a hotel ballroom, and we had an excellent discussion. The next year, the conference organizers decided not to offer this presentation again. However, there were multiple sessions on love, sex, and dating. Teaching on how Christians ought to approach these areas of life is essential, and certainly it is important for college students. If we are seeking to equip students to minister on a secular college campus, however, knowing some of the main replies that Christians have given to why God allows evil and suffering is also important. When students are challenged in class by a professor or their peers to explain how a good and loving God could allow evil, the need to know some replies will quickly be felt.

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The Christian Mandate to Subvert Tribalism

Lest I get overly theoretical, ideological conflict has manifested itself under my own roof in the past two years. Much of this has existed between my live-in mother-in-law and myself, but it’s also affected my marriage. When I retreated into online forums with more likeminded people after the election, I fell more deeply into a trap of contemptuous tribalism and perpetual agitation. The relationships in my innermost circle suffered. In the interest of prioritizing the people whom God had given me to love, I made some radical changes. I left all my online affinity groups and deleted over 250 cause-driven connections, redirecting my energy toward being present to people in my real life, even when it was hard. Through the discipline of active listening and presence, I rediscovered the healing and transformative power of nuance. Called by Jesus to be peacemakers—meek, righteousness, merciful, and pure in heart (Matt. 5:5–9)—pursuing nuance is both a sacred journey and obedience to Christ.

Keep Looking

One reason we see so little when we read the Bible is that we do not give ourselves long enough to look. John Piper shares the story “Agassiz and the Fish” in his new book Reading the Bible Supernaturally . In the seemingly ordinary act of reading the Bible, something miraculous happens: God gives us new eyes to see more of him — if we are willing to slow down and keep looking.

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Christian dismay at new abortion travel cash - Premier

The announcement of new funding to cover the travel costs of Northern Irish women on lower incomes who go to England for an abortion has been met with dismay by a Christian campaign group.

When I Lost a Daughter, My Children Lost a Sister

At the time, I knew only one other family that had lost a child—friends whose baby had died of SIDS. But I was too encumbered by my own grief to ask how they had handled theirs or to seek help. In the years since, I’ve learned that my experience of isolation is common among grieving parents. Another mom, Kim Findlay, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, told me she felt similarly bewildered about how to go on after her five-year-old daughter, Emma, died in a house fire. Her surviving daughter, then an adolescent, met briefly with a school social worker but is still working through her grief 12 years later and struggles with anxiety and depression.

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35 House Republicans launch new probes into Obama-era Uranium One deal, FBI handling of Clinton case

House Republicans on Tuesday launched new probes into several Obama-era controversies, covering both the Justice Department’s 2016 handling of the Clinton email case and the administration’s 2010 approval for the sale of a mining company that gave the Russians partial control over American uranium reserves.

Donald Trump: King of Deregulation?

In a speech on October 11 promoting his tax-reform plan, Donald Trump spoke rosily of America’s economic revival, crediting himself for having cleared the way for growth. “Since January of this year, we have slashed job-killing red tape all across our economy,” the president said. “We have stopped or eliminated more regulations in the last eight months than any president has done during an entire term. It’s not even close.” It seemed a characteristic bit of Trumpian magniloquence—he’s not only a boffo deregulator, he’s the best ever! Still, it was a remarkable claim. Trump has overseen more deregulation than George W. Bush or Ronald “government is the problem” Reagan? But, measured by at least one significant standard, Trump’s claim is true. Patrick McLaughlin of the Mercatus Center, a free-market-oriented think tank at George Mason University, applies innovative research techniques to the study of regulation and the economy. He recently analyzed the output of regulatory restrictions promulgated in the last several presidencies, going back to Jimmy Carter. McLaughlin found that there have been periods in some presidencies when regulatory output slowed or declined—in several years of the Reagan presidency, for instance, and in 1996, when “reinventing government” was part of Bill Clinton’s election pitch.

How Do We 'Respect' Authority We Disagree With?

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Bold Evidence is Everywhere for God: Yet 'Nothing' is Proof for Atheism

There's a plausible case for understanding precisely how a universe full of stuff, like the universe we live in, could result literally from nothing by natural processes. … In particular, nothing is unstable. Nothing can create something all the time due to the laws of quantum mechanics, and it's - it's fascinatingly interesting. And what I wanted to do was use the hook of this question, which I think as I say has provoked religious people, as well as scientists, to encourage people to try and understand the amazing universe that we actually live in

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Is It Ever OK to Be Angry at God?

What if God could put into words all He knows about pain? What if He knows it better than we do? Would we listen? Could God experience more suffering than we can imagine? What if those He most desires regularly abandon Him? Does He know what it feels like to be misunderstood and cheated on by His bride? To feel the echoing void created when torture and death are not stopped? What if He experiences all of this pain, but doesn’t throw it in our faces to make believers feel reprehensible? What if He truly empathizes with our suffering because He bears the marks of both human agony and of being an abandoned God? If any of this is true, we have been burning against a God who allowed Himself to be murdered for our freedom. And yet, even though we feel alone, He understands our anger and stays close to us.

Wife Of Protestant Asks Him To Please Stop Nailing Grocery List To Front Door

“Seriously, babe, why can’t you just stick it on the fridge with a magnet like a normal person?” she pleaded with Carey as he stood defiantly. “Or hey—you could put it on the cork board with a thumb tack. That’s almost the same as nailing it to the door—would that work for you?”

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This Beautiful Couple’s Heartwarming Engagement Video Will Make Your Day

They both have special needs and their engagement story is both BEAUTIFUL and incredibly heart-warming. It’s because they love each other, yes, but it’s also because they both love Jesus.

What Christian Parents Should Learn from the Normalize Atheism Movement

The overriding message of the Normalize Atheism movement is that atheists are good people, just like everyone else. And if by good they mean they are people who can be nice, love others, be good citizens, and so on, they’re right! As Christians, we should never be teaching our kids that only those who love Jesus can match such a description. If we do, we’re seriously misleading them. Perhaps that sounds obvious, but I think the point has been lost on too many young people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard teens comment that their atheist friends are “just as good of people” as their Christian friends—as if that has some implication for the truth of the Christianity. Here’s an atheist making the same claim herself:

Is God a Megalomaniac?

We have an email here from a mom named Coleen who is writing in on behalf of her son. And for the sake of anonymity of him, as a minor, I am not going to use his name here. Coleen, his mother, writes in to ask this. “Dear Pastor John, I am hoping you can help us with regards to the topic of God being a megalomaniac, which is what our fifteen-year-old son currently believes. We’ve talked about this, and he has said that you may be the only person who can change his thinking. Because of the Westminster Catechism’s answer to the chief end of man, he now believes that God is somehow weak and has an enormous ego, that he created human beings so they will worship him. That God is too ‘needy.’ My son wants to enjoy other things more than God and thinks ‘programming’ people to find their greatest happiness in worshiping him is coercive, mean, manipulative, and wrong.”

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Best Friends Make the Worst Enemies

But the same love that holds and heals us in the wake of betrayal also frees us from having to administer justice. God, in unparalleled love, not only promises never to leave or betray us, but he also promises to punish every sin committed against us — either in the horrors of hell or in the death of his Son. As you wait for him to act, remember that your Judge intimately knows your pain. Jesus was not only betrayed to death by one of the worst of his twelve closest friends, he was also denied three times by one of the best — and then abandoned by the rest.

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