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Formed with the Flick of His Finger

The world around us cries out with the glory of God. We just need to linger long enough to see it.

What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

In this brief interview, Frank Turek explains the difference between two types of faith: "belief  that" and "belief in." God Bless,

What Makes HBU's Master of Arts in Cultural Apologetics Distinctive? - School of Christian Thought

What Makes HBU’s Master of Arts in Cultural Apologetics Distinctive? Dr Holly Ordway talks about the interdisciplinary focus.   Dr Michael Ward explains the “rich mix” of rational and imaginative apologetics.

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Curved Illusion - Tracts

I was standing in line at the grocery store when a man got in line behind me. I said to myself, "This is it, now or never." I whipped out my curved illusion, look at the guy and said, Which is bigger? He instantly pointed at the one that appeared bigger. I then switch them in my hand, while asking him are you sure. When he saw that the bigger one now appeared smaller, he was in such a awe. He was blown away. I told him to keep it and that it's a gospel tract. He asked where do you get these and I pointed to the livingwaters.com website on the back. He said he is going to show his kids and they are going to be amazed. I was really happy that the man was happy. I felt good. (Posted on 10/5/2017)

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Astros Chaplain: Play for God and Pray to Win

Alaniz , pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church’s Spanish campus, leads ministry among the Astros’ Spanish-speaking players. The team includes Venezuelans José Altuve and Marwin González; Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltrán, and Juan Centeno; Cuban Yuli Gurriel; and Dominican Francisco Liriano. Kevin Edelbrock, a development director with Young Life, serves as the English-speaking chaplain, and Alaniz’s wife, Josie Ban-Alaniz, conducts ministry among the players’ wives and girlfriends.

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Shake It Off? Secular Songs on Sunday Morning

But what if we take special precautions to distinguish the secular music from the rest of our songs on Sunday morning? Calling this song “the special” and having the congregation sit and watch solves a lot of these problems, but it introduces another equally troubling dilemma. When we separate the secular song and worship set as distinct elements, we inevitably turn the former into a performance. The congregation becomes only an audience, and the musicians their entertainers; leadership gives way to theatricality and we exchange humility for showmanship.

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20 Great ‘Protestant’ Films

Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2014): DuVernay’s film is not just about the Protestant icon Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and the attack on his peaceful march, but also about how, in God’s kingdom, weak is strong, down is up, and what looks like death is life. One scene really sticks: King is in a morgue to see the family of Jimmie Lee Jackson—a peaceful protester killed by state troopers in 1965. King greets Jackson’s grandfather with several moments of silence. “There are no words,” King says at last. “But I can tell you one thing for certain. God was the first to cry for your boy.” [Watch on iTunes or Amazon ]  — Emily Belz ( World Magazine )

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WORLD on Twitter

An awkward phrase? UK govt takes heat for reportedly objecting to phrase “pregnant women” https://world.wng.org/content/scotland_backs_spanking_ban/#uk … #Relations @KileyCrossland pic.twitter.com/nEsZR6Tojj

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The Self-Evident Nature of Objective Moral Truths

I occasionally encounter someone who rejects the existence of objective, transcendent moral truths . For many people, all moral truth is merely perspectival ; a matter of flexible, cultural convention . Yet there appear to be a number of moral absolutes that transcend culture and history. These objective truths beckon us to seek justification when we attempt to circumvent their prescriptions. “Did you steal the hammer from that man?” “Yes, dad, but he was going to hit me with it!” We intuitively know that it’s never acceptable to steal “for the fun of it”. This action requires proper justification before any of us would find it tolerable or morally appropriate. Still, some folks are unconvinced that such a transcendent Law exists at all.

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

Martin Luther discovers that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Watch as Stephen Nichols leads us through Martin Luther’s story.

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Sharing Your Faith with Atheists Doesn't Have to Be Scary

According to a 2016 Pew Research Center study , the number of Americans who identify as atheists has nearly doubled. As atheism has expanded, we’ve seen a rise of high-profile atheists. Outspoken personalities like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens have proffered popular arguments against religion in general—and Christianity specifically. 

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Renewing Your Mind | Rome's Objections Answered | Oct 27, 2017

The Roman Catholic Church vehemently opposed Martin Luther's view of saving faith. Today, R.C. Sproul concludes his series on Luther and the Reformation by walking through the points of debate.

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Why Do Christians Believe in the Afterlife? - A Clear Lens

Thanks for the comment VP. I’m taking it that you hold to the trichotomy of man, meaning that a person has three “parts” of body, soul and spirit. After rereading my my points it looks like I lean more towards the view of dichotomy, where spirit and soul are the same thing. I hold this partially because passages like Luke 1:46-47 use soul and spirit interchangeably. I take passages like 1 Thessalonians 5:23 to be similar to Jesus saying “love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” In other words, Jesus is not breaking down how many parts a human being consists of, but is just saying to love God with everything. Similarly, I think Paul in 1 Thess. is just praying that God sanctifies our whole person and that he isn’t laying out the parts of man. Either way, it is a secondary issue to me. But I would be interested in more of your thoughts on the matter.

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Prisoner Number 2491: The Inspiring Story of the First Nazi Martyr

Every morning Schneider’s voice was heard ringing out loudly and clearly from the solitary confinement building, almost across the whole square, when tens of thousands had lined up for roll call: “Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save us from our sins. If we have faith in him, we are put right with God. We need not fear what man may do to us because we, through Christ, belong to the kingdom of God. . . . Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, has promised that we, by faith in him, may participate in his resurrection. He said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me shall never die.’ Accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior, and God will receive you as his child.”

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We Need to Take Jesus’ Metaphor of Being Born Again More Seriously

Bergmann explains in Childbirth as a Metaphor for Crisis that “ancient Near Eastern examples show . . . that there was a tradition of comparing women giving birth to warriors in battle.” This happens in the Old Testament too. It may seem strange to us now, but the ancient authors of the Old Testament saw the crisis of birth—where women were close to death as they struggled to bring new life into the world—as parallel to the warrior’s experience of being close to death before victory in battle.

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Grace to You on Twitter

“Christ is the only way to the one true God, and biblical Christianity is the only way to the one true Christ.” — John MacArthur pic.twitter.com/wD8v25vMxg

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Ligonier Ministries

NEW : What Is Reformed Theology? (Paperback) is now available in the Ligonier store. Twelve 23-Minute Messages. Over 4 Hours of Teaching. You’ve heard of Reformed theology, but you’re not certain what it is. Some references to it have been positive, … Learn More

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The First Calvinist: Theodore Beza (1519–1605)

John Calvin was undoubtedly the father of Calvinism , but Beza very well may have been the first Calvinist. He also gave form to what we now call Calvinism by explaining and defending the biblical doctrines Calvin had rediscovered. Through his teaching and writing ministry, Beza defended the imputation of Christ’s righteousness as essential to a sinner’s justification, he explained the justice of double predestination, and he expounded the comfort a believer receives from Christ’s definite atonement.

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How the Reformation recovered the Great Commission — Southern Equip

A frequent theme in Calvin’s writings and sermons is the victorious advance of Christ’s kingdom in the world. God the Father, Calvin says in his prefatory address to Francis I in his theological masterpiece, the Institutes of the Christian Religion, has appointed Christ to “rule from sea to sea, and from the rivers even to the ends of the earth.” The reason for the Spirit’s descent at Pentecost, Calvin notes further in a sermon on Acts 2, was in order for the gospel to “reach all the ends and extremities of the world.” In a sermon on 1 Timothy 2:5–6, one of a series of sermons on 1 Timothy 2, Calvin underlines again the universality of the Christian faith: Jesus came, not simply to save a few, but “to extend his grace over all the world.”

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What Is Reformation Day?

A single event on a single day changed the world. It was October 31, 1517. Brother Martin, a monk and a scholar, had struggled for years with his church, the church in Rome. He had been greatly disturbed by an unprecedented indulgence sale. The story has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. Let’s meet the cast.

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If Only

There are numerous appropriate reasons we might wish things could have been or could now be different. And having a robust belief in the sovereignty of God does not necessarily preclude our feeling regret. Paul even begins Romans 9, the Bible’s most clear defense of God’s sovereignty in election, with an anguished “if only” lament over his fellow Israelites’ rejection of Jesus as the Christ (Romans 9:1–3). It’s just that confidence in God’s providence allows us to faithfully rest in God’s power and wisdom to work all things together for his children’s good, even if, like Paul, on a human level we really wish things were different (Romans 8:28).

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

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Greg Koukl on Twitter

Are Pro-Lifers Being Inconsistent if They Save the Mother’s Life Rather than the Baby’s? @gregkoukl https://www.str.org/blog/are-pro-lifers-being-inconsistent-if-they-save-mothers-life-rather-babys# … . #unborn #life pic.twitter.com/TdwQQd9zCn

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Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

You've never met him in person, and you don't know anyone who has. But there is a way to know who he is. How? Jesus Christ-the divine Person revealed in the Bible-has a unique excellence and a spiritual beauty that speaks directly to our souls and says, "Yes, this is truth." It's like seeing the sun and knowing that it is light, or tasting honey and knowing that it is sweet.

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Gospel opposition to white supremacy

This weekend, white nationalists will descend on Tennessee, in both Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, for a “White Lives Matter” rally. As Christian leaders in Tennessee, we declare ourselves in resolute opposition to this expression of racism and white supremacy. We denounce and repudiate white supremacy as a work of the devil, designed to dehumanize and divide. Ideologies that declare the white race as superior are an assault against the Word of God, which declares that every human being is created in the image of God and worthy of dignity and respect (Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Peter 2:17; James 3:9). These ideologies stand in opposition to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which reconciles, in Christ’s body, people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Ephesians 2:15; Galatians 3:28; Revelation 7:9).

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Exclusive Eric Metaxas book excerpt: Martin Luther and the birth of the modern world

But it is important to see that despite what both his critics and his de- fenders have often said, Luther was never coming near anything of the kind. His concept of the word “conscience” was not our modern view, in which conscience takes its cue from the autonomous self. On the contrary, his concept of truth did not vary one iota from the accepted Roman Catholic view. The only difference between his view and the church’s view was in the idea that one’s conscience must obey God himself. The Catholic church reserved the right to say that it and it alone spoke for God, whereas Luther, in pointing out that the pope had erred and church councils had erred, was saying that the church could not reserve the right to speak for God. Therefore, if the church—via pope and councils—was able to err and to sometimes not speak for God and God’s truth, Luther asserted the idea that only the Scriptures could be that inerrant standard to which everyone—including the church—must repair. Thus, if the Scriptures plainly said something different from what councils and popes said, it must be the councils and the popes who were in error and were obliged to change their views.

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Bible Answer Man on Twitter

Tune into the broadcast at 6PM tonight, Oct. 27 for a conversation with film director Nathan Jacobs about his film @TrulyHumanMovie . pic.twitter.com/RUnuitDh1q

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Church Membership Has Left Me Relationally Jaded

Today’s question comes from a listener named Barb. “Pastor John, hello! I’ve been blessed to be in the same local church for twelve years. It’s a very good church. Nevertheless, over those years, I have seen most of the congregation come and go. People who walked with me through difficult life circumstances have left, and I have started over. I feel more and more lonely as the time passes, mostly because I feel myself becoming more cynical, cautious, and superficial with new people. It is hard work getting to know them, and I know they will likely move on before long. What would you say to a Christian who is growing relationally jaded by membership turnover?”

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

Greg talks abt prepping kids 2 face challenges in public schools, Lord’s Supper, honor/shame cultures, ethics, +. https://www.str.org/podcasts/preparing-christian-kids-public-schools-face-challenges-their-convictions# … . pic.twitter.com/rjkHRwe9TQ

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30 Commemorating 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act

With contributions from Lord Alton of Liverpool, Fiona Bruce MP, Noel Robinson and Blue Apple Theatre amongst others, the evening will be an eclectic mix of information, theatre performances, music and prayer. We believe this will be a moving and significant occasion. A time of reflection and a time of mobilising for the future. We cannot stay silent at this time. We must speak out boldly, but with gentleness and grace. We must never forget that women do not make this choice without experiencing pain and regret. Both lives matter.

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

On today's episode, recorded on location in Germany, @DrSteveNichols examines five points of Martin Luther’s legacy. http://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/legacy-of-luther/ … pic.twitter.com/CNGok6RXxE

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Eric Metaxas Show on Twitter

3pm ET Today: FUN FACTS FRIDAY - Halloween Edition! Go back in time @ericmetaxas to last Halloween & relive the FUN http://www.metaxastalk.com  pic.twitter.com/i7gx89BUWY

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

In this brief clip, Steven Lawson explains the power of the Word for reformation.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Every generation has #trials —events that test character. What kind of people will we be? What kind of #Christians ? http://bit.ly/2zTpEO5  pic.twitter.com/jRdDMziaSZ

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What Happened to the Animals After Noah’s Ark?

Theological objections aside, from a scientific perspective the extinction of mammal kinds was not comprehensive in its scope. While 70% died, roughly 30% of mammal kinds survived. Thus, once the skeptic discovers the shallowness of his theological objections to mammalian extinction, he is faced with another challenge to his view: The passengers on board the Ark were not cute inventions designed to round out a dramatic—but mythical—story. Instead, they were real creatures who boarded the Ark, survived the Flood, disembarked the Ark, avoided extinction, and left an echo of their existence that reverberates to this day.

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The Language of Thorns and Why Christians Should Read Fairy Tales | Think Christian

Once again, the protagonists of Bardugo’s tales offer exemplary models. In “The Too-Clever Fox,” the titular protagonist, Koja, never panics, despite his recurring near-death experiences. In one scene, Koja gets his leg caught in a trap and the story tells us “a lesser creature might have let his fear get the best of him. He might have yelped and whined … or he might have tried gnawing off his own leg. Instead Kolja lay there…” And there he sits until he can make a plan of escape, proving that intellect and calm are some of our greatest allies in the face of insurmountable trouble. When I read Romans 5:3-4 , in which “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope,” I can’t help but see a correlation between the biblical ideal of a perseverant, hope-filled Christian and Koja’s wit and calm.

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“What Do Christians Mean When They Say Jesus is ‘The Son of God?’

It couldn’t be more evident that many Christians assume Jesus is the Son of God. But in many cases, Christians aren’t sure about the biblical background of  the title “Son of God.” What Christians tend to forget is that when Jewish people thought of the Davidic King as the Son of God, it had very little to do with thinking the King was the Second person of the Trinity. Even though divine sonship appears in the Jewish Scriptures with regards to persons or people groups such as angels (Gen 6:2; Job 1:6; Dan 3:25), and Israel (Ex. 4:22-23; Hos 11;1; Mal. 2:10), the category that has special importance to the Son of God issue is the king. When the divine sonship is used in the context of the relationship between Israel and the king (2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 2:7;89:26-27), the sonship theme emphasizes that the king is elected to a specific task. Furthermore, there is also a special intimacy between God and the king.  The Davidic covenant established David as the king over all of Israel. Under David’s rule, there was the defeat of Israel’s enemies, the Philistines. David also captured Jerusalem and established his capital there (2 Sam.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 — The Briefing

Delivered daily to your inbox, this is one of the best ways to stay on top of current events from a Christian worldview perspective.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 — The Briefing

Delivered daily to your inbox, this is one of the best ways to stay on top of current events from a Christian worldview perspective.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 — The Briefing

Delivered daily to your inbox, this is one of the best ways to stay on top of current events from a Christian worldview perspective.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

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Q & A with Dr. Craig: God of the Gaps

Thank you so much for your site. As an opener, I thought I'd share how much you've impacted my life, and the "random" (quotes intended) road that led me to you. If hope you'll answer my question eventually, which is very important to me. You can feel free to share or not share this story as part of the question, but I think the question works just fine as a stand-alone.

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Science Alone Does Not Have All The Answers

Not so with Professor Brian Cox, the renowned BBC presenter and particle physicist at the University of Manchester. Professor Cox recently shared a conference platform with Professor David Wilkinson, astrophysicist, Royal Society fellow and Principal of St John’s College, Durham.

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Tom Fitton on Twitter

Justice Department admits IRS wrongdoing, agrees to $3.5 million settlement with tea party groups. http://go.shr.lc/2gMjElz 

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

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Sean McDowell: God can-and does-use apologetics

While it is true that reasoning alone can’t bring people to faith, God regularly uses reasoning to draw people to Himself…I could share many stories of students I have personally seen come to faith through apologetics. While it is important not to overstate the role of apologetics, we must also avoid the fallacy of completely dismissing its power. God can—and does—use apologetics to draw unbelieving students to Himself.

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Houston Astros on Twitter

What’s even more impressive? You saying this with zero facts. Were you there? I didn’t think so.

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Who Cares What Christianity Teaches if it's Not Actually True?

You heard that right! I said it doesn’t matter unless Christianity is true! While moral questions still matter from a cultural standpoint, they don’t matter when evaluating the truth claims of Christianity. I was recently talking with a young woman on a flight. She is currently in a university theater program and was struggling with her faith. Her main question was in regards to the homosexuality issue. She had such a tender heart and genuinely didn’t know what to do. Coming from a theater background, she had many friends who were professing homosexuals. And though she was raised in a Christian home, she found herself doubting whether or not she could be a Christian based on what Christianity taught about homosexuality.

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History In Pictures on Twitter

Boy receiving a new pair of shoes at an orphanage in Austria, 1946. pic.twitter.com/l7LlkIEXy4

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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

With all those centuries of waiting for the Messiah, you might think the waiting would be done once Jesus had come. But now in the church age, we wait as much as ever, called to live in the shadow of his return. We “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:7); we are a people “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). The church is that community which has “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven” (1 Thessalonians 1:9–10), knowing that when he appears, he comes “to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28).

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53 Luther: The talented, heedless man who changed the direction of history
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55 History Lovers Club on Twitter
56 What Happens When Two Moral Philosophers Deconstruct a Gotcha Pro-Choice Twitter Meme
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59 5 Signs You're Forcing Your Religion (or Atheism) on Your Kids...and 5 Signs You're Not
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61 John Piper: Don't Waste Your Life
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65 Lawyer for FBI Informant: Clintons Engaged in 'On-the-Record Quid Pro Quo'
66 Do I Believe in UFOs? Absolutely!
67 Rapid Response: I Can't Believe In God Because I Have Too Many Unanswered Questions
68 What Should the Christian Parent Do When the Public School Teaches Their Child Yoga?
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71 The Moral Argument For God's Existence
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82 The Death of 'New Atheism' | The Stream
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86 REWIND J. Warner Wallace from Momentum Youth Conference • CE National
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88 6 Lessons from Luther on Congregational Singing
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91 The Growth of Non-Denominationalism Is Making It Harder to Find Mentoring
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