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1 The Briefing 10-28-14

1) New Jersey nurse reveals conflict between personal human rights and public health concerns

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3 Ways to Know Your Ambition is From God

Yes, those ambitions were childish. No, I don't think God placed those dreams in my heart. But I do believe there was a thin line connecting each of those silly professions that spoke to the real dream God had for me. He had put certain drives and dispositions inside me that would ultimately lead to the plans He had for me.

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WORLD | The truth test | Marvin Olasky | Oct. 4, 2014

A long-term study conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and published in 2011 gave us more data. Researchers followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery and learned that about a decade after their operations, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. That study’s overall conclusion: “Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behavior, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population.” 

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The Kingdom of God In The Old Testament | HeadHeartHand Blog

Last Friday/Saturday I was privileged to speak at The Bolton Conference . I gave three addresses on the Kingdom of God in The Old Testament and David Green gave three on the Kingdom of God in The New Testament.

5 The Briefing 10-27-2014

1)Washington high school shooting reminder of tragic unpredictability of evil

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William Dembski on Materialism's "Tang Problem"

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.

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What Makes Christianity Different?

The personal claims of Jesus and the espoused implications of his life, death, and resurrection stand in distinct contrast to other religions. This is what Christians through the years have called the gospel—which literally means “good news.” The gospel of Jesus is the good news that everything has already been done for you. No other religion makes that kind of upfront gospel promise.

8 The Briefing 10-28-14

1) New Jersey nurse reveals conflict between personal human rights and public health concerns

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J. Warner Wallace: practical advice on becoming an effective one-dollar apologist

So I think that Christian men especially need to be thinking about how much the apologetics enterprise of a one-dollar apologist relies on money. We really need to be thinking about that early on, in high school, and choosing to study hard things and to do well in those hard subjects. The higher-paying jobs that are more secure tend to be in fields like science, math, technology and engineering. We need to be thinking of doing these courses in high school – especially the men, but also the women – in order to be able to pay for our apologetics ministry. In addition, my decision to not marry (unless I meet a woman who can support me in my plan) gives me even more freedom to work on my ministry while working full time.

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Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand

Ms. Hill-Perry ’s experience runs counter to pronouncements by gay rights groups that exclaim sexuality as an inherent, immutable characteristic. What’s more, her assertions come amid wide-ranging reports about the psychological dangers of so-called “reparative therapy,” which aims to change the orientation of homosexuals.

12 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality

In the words of Sam Allberry, a British pastor who is still same-sex attracted but is living a celibate, holy life: "Every Christian is called to costly sacrifice. Denying yourself does not mean tweaking your behavior here and there. It is saying 'No' to your deepest sense of who you are, for the sake of Christ. To take up a cross is to declare your life (as you have known it) forfeit. It is laying down your life for the very reason that your life, it turns out, is not yours at all. It belongs to Jesus. He made it. And through His death he has bought it."

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Pope Francis: 'Evolution ... is not inconsistent with the notion of creation' - Religion News Service

The question is not who created but how God created. Evolution and the so called big bang theory described a process on how God created. Pope Francis remarks supports this however he is incorrect when he states that God is not divine. This statement alone is concerning. Once again Francis’s remarks are border line. God created all creatures. There has never been a conflict with the bible in this respect. How he created has been at question. Evolution appears to be the answer. Read Genesis and you will find the creation of Adam and Eve is after the description of the creation process. Therefore Adam and Eve were a special creation at a point in time in human history. They were the first Jews. This therefore explains the existence of Gentiles and Jews.

17 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. 

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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Open the Door to Halloween

There is a chain of inseparable realities in our local churches that shape the way we look at the costumes shuffling down our streets and knocking on our doors this Friday night. The first reality, as Jeff Vanderstelt explains, is the fluency of gospel proclamation in our communities of faith. We want to be churches that proclaim the gospel to one another, believers to believers. And then, building off this reality, it’s inevitable that we begin to share the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus — that is, if we understand sanctification.

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How Culture Shapes Scientists' Thinking About God's Planet

Copernicus was going up against a framework of understanding. The people of his time believed not only in a relatively young earth, but in a God-centered universe, with God not that far away from earth, dwelling in an abode someplace in the heavens. Throw the earth into motion, and this is disconcerting to people who have lived with an understanding that seems to be entirely self-evident, namely that the earth is very solid except for the occasional earthquake. It’s not that having the earth at the center was so essential; it just seemed to people that was how things were.

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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No Big Bang without God, Says Pope Francis

God is not some sort of wizard, said Francis, but rather “the Creator who brought all things into being.” The origin of the world derives directly “from a supreme Principle of creative love,” he added.

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The ‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit on Obama and Ebola That You’ll Want to Watch

“Now some people want to criticize the way the administration has handled this [ebola] crisis. And it’s true we made a few mistakes early on. But I assure you, it was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation.”

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Pastor, Why Not Visit Their Workplace?

If you’re a pastor, every week congregants visit you in your workplace and watch you do your job. Part of your job is to prepare them to take what they learn from you in your workplace and carry it back to their own workplaces. Wherever they do their work—on the job or in the home—they need your support to persevere in honesty, diligence, self-control, and generosity, in the midst of terrible brokenness.

25 The Pastors.com Daily

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Exclusive–Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama's 'Un-American' Amnesty if We Win Senate

“For one thing, at the RNC, just to be very clear on this: We do not spend money in primaries,” Priebus said. “We do not spend money on either an incumbent or a challenger before a winner is chosen. I did an interview on this subject before the election in Mississippi, and I said we are not involved in the primary, but I can promise you whoever wins the primary is going to win the general election. And number two, we’ll do whatever we have to do to make sure that that winner gets over the finish line. I know it’s hard because there’s all these different groups out there and I understand we get lumped in with it—and life isn’t fair, as our parents have always told us—but the idea of getting involved in primaries is so out of the norm for the RNC that it’s a foreign thought. So we get lumped in with it but it isn’t the case."

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What Is It About C.S. Lewis?

What is it about C.S. Lewis that makes such a huge impact on so many of us? It’s not merely his brilliance or his ability to craft such lucid, poetic prose. There are many brilliant, wonderful writers. No, there was something uniquely powerful about this frumpy, balding, boisterous, chain-smoking professor of mediaeval and Renaissance literature.

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Churches Partnering Together

Bruno (director of the Antioch School Hawai‘i and pastor for discipleship and training at Harbor Church in Honolulu) and Dirks (pastor for teaching and leadership at Harbor Church) have set out a thoughtful examination of the New Testament picture of partnership. They suggest that Paul’s collection of the Jerusalem offering was not only an act of partnership but is in fact a model for partnership. The determination with which the apostle worked to collect that offering implies that churches have a duty to partner for the glory of God. The churches in Corinth, Rome, Ephesus, and Philippi were bound to one another as they identified with a common concern for the church in Jerusalem. It was Paul’s concern that these individual congregations recognize that as gospel churches they are a part of something bigger than themselves. Paul pleaded with the churches, then, to consider their less fortunate brothers and sisters, and he commended those who did so as “partners in the gospel.” Even though there was no formal denominational apparatus holding these first churches together, there was certainly a strong sense that the early church understood both the burden and the joys of working in partnership.

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My First American Halloween

After moving to the United States, I found myself 30 years old, eight months pregnant, and planning my first Halloween costume. I was a soccer field, dressed in green with a black and white soccer ball painted on my rotund belly. That was also the first I heard of the Christian debate over Halloween, with a few partygoers muttering that I had no business honoring such wicked and pagan festivities with my outfit.

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3 Ways Technology Enables the Mission of the Church

The technological-ification of the church is a huge issue, and every congregation and every pastor needs to take advantage of technology in order to enable the church’s mission.

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Teach Your Kids to Serve Others with Operation Christmas Child | Jim Daly

If your kids are like most, they’ve already given some thought to what they’d like to see under the tree.

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Christentum: Glaube ist Urvertrauen

Letztlich für das Christentum am Haken gehalten hat mich zweimal Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Das eine Mal während meines Ingenieurstudiums, als ich eine kurze Biografie von Eberhard Bethge über ihn gelesen habe. Bonhoeffers Klarheit im Denken, seine Forderung nach intellektueller Redlichkeit in Kombination mit seinem Glauben und sein offensichtlich daraus resultierender Mut zum Widerstand haben mir imponiert. Zwanzig Jahre später habe ich die neuere Bonhoeffer-Biografie von Eric Metaxas gelesen und daraufhin begonnen, mich noch einmal mit Glaubensfragen auseinanderzusetzen. Durch Zufall und ausgerechnet in der katholischen Ecke, wo ich es nicht erwartet hätte, habe ich dann eine theologische Linie mit einer mich überzeugenden Kooperation von Glaube und Vernunft gefunden. Sie wird beispielsweise von Peter Knauer vertreten.

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Boko Haram kidnaps 30 in northeast Nigeria

Rescue workers help a wounded person from a U.N. building in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 26, 2011. The building was rocked by a bomb that killed at least 23 people, leaving others trapped and causing heavy damage. Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the attack in which a Honda packed with explosives rammed into the U.N. building, shattering windows and setting the place afire.

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How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party tend to rate evangelicals very positively (71 on average). They also express warm feelings toward Jews (67 on average) and Catholics (66). The warmth Republicans feel for evangelicals may reflect the fact that many Republicans and Republican leaners are themselves evangelicals. Among those who are not evangelical Christians, evangelicals receive an average rating of 62. Mormons receive a neutral rating from Republicans and Republican leaners (52 on average), while Buddhists receive a rating of 49 and Hindus a rating of 47. Republicans and Republican leaners view atheists and Muslims much more negatively than they view other religious groups.

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Your Most Ordinary Life Now

Belonging to the body of Christ, being exposed regularly to the means of grace and to the communion of saints, is radically life-changing. But that process can’t usually be measured in days, weeks, and months. We have to simply believe God’s promise. It’s easy to burn out when we expect every public service or daily time with the Lord to be earth-shattering. And just when it becomes ordinary, we back off because we don’t want it to become “routine.” But that’s just the point: it’s good to have routines that we stick to regardless of the fireworks. Again, I think of analogies: “How was your marriage today?” “How was your workout?” Most of the time, it’s “fine.” You can’t have revolutions every day or there wouldn’t be steady growth. Pastors, too, can burn out when every “worship experience” has to be phenomenal. All of this frenetic activity is, ironically, weakening sanctification, keeping our roots shallow, and making us dependent on “super apostles”—the ministers and their gifts instead of Christ’s gift-giving through his ministry.

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America’s Spiritual Founding Father at 300

So I am trying to be honest about who he was, and you can see it in 300 years of retrospect in these huge blind spots. I hope I’m not arrogant about that, wagging my finger at him and saying, “No, you should have known better,” because many, many people of the time didn’t know better, including many of America’s founding fathers. I wonder what people 300 years from now will say about us when they see our blind spots. It is a sober warning for us, I think, about how deeply influenced we are by the surrounding culture in ways we often have a hard time seeing. Whitefield was that way, but I think we are that way too. 

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A Prayer for the Parent’s Soul

He says, I love you. He says, I’ve shown my love for you. I’ve shown my love for you so vividly that while you were still a sinner, my Son died for you (Romans 5:8). For your sake, I even made my sinless Son to be sin so that in him you might become his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). My Son has redeemed you from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for you (Galatians 3:13). I have saved you not because of your works — not because of how great a mom you might be — but I saved you because of my own mercy (Titus 3:5). Remember, dad, you didn’t choose me, but I chose you. I called you here. I have redeemed you. You are mine (John 15:16; Isaiah 43:1). I’ve got my arms around you, mom, dad. I’m never letting you go (John 10:28). Therefore, you don’t have to fear, because I am with you. You don’t have to be dismayed, mom, dad, because I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

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Sex: Women 'just as easily hooked on online porn as men' - Telegraph

Another German study showed heavy use of pornography could make some women “hypersexual” - a personality disorder that involves spending excessive time engaged in sexual fantasies and urges or in planning for and engaging in sexual behaviour.

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The Unexpected Sacrifices of the Mission Field

Great article! I am a MK and have been serving now as a missionary since 1999 and am now raising two MK’s. I can relate to much of what you write! Keep on keeping on and let me tell you March madness has nothing on being able to grow up on the mission field. As a missionary who is also an MK, there is nothing in America that I would trade for the ability to live the the gospel overseas or for the way my parents raised me, absolutely nothing. I want to teach my kids to prize God’s plan for the nations over and against any cultural comforts, like my parents unwittingly taught me. You may not be giving your kids March madness but rest in the wonderful knowledge that you are giving them so much more! A real picture of God’s kingdom growing in this world and their place in it- absolutely the best legacy.

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Colony House is Learning to Love the Hard Times

We have three and a half minutes in a song to inspire someone, to move someone, to make someone feel something more than they would if they were driving down the road in silence. And not to say that silence doesn’t play its part, because if silence didn’t exist than music wouldn’t need anything. I think we try to remind ourselves there’s a weight to the time we have with an audience, and there’s weight to the time we have with listeners, whether we’re in front of them or they’re on the other side of the radio. We want to make the most of that, because you never know if this career is going to last two years or 20 years, and so living in the moment is a very important piece to the equation.

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Dallas Nurse Amber Vinson Credits Faith for Speedy Recovery After Battle With Ebola; 'With God All Things Are Possible' (Video)

"After a rigorous course of treatment and thorough testing, we have determined that Ms. Vinson has recovered from her infection with Ebola virus and that she can return to her family, to the community and to her life without any concerns about transmitting this virus to any other individuals," Ribner said. "Speaking on behalf of everyone at Emory University Hospital, we are pleased with Ms. Vinson's recovery and grateful for our opportunity to apply our training, care and experience in meeting her medical needs. As fellow members of the healthcare community, we deeply admire Ms. Vinson's courage and dedication in caring for patients with serious communicable diseases."

43 The TC Apologetics Daily

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90 Percent of Iraq's Orthodox Christians Are Displaced, Only 30 of 600 Orthodox Families Remain in Baghdad

As Islamic State extremists continue their reign of terror through Iraq and Syria, the chaos, violence and persecution forced upon the thousands of people in the region has caused 90 percent of Orthodox Christians in Iraq to flee the sanctity of their homes, according to the Greek Orthodox Bishop for Baghdad, Ghattas Hazim.

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Pope Francis: Evolution Is Compatible With the Existence of God

P ope Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church today dropped his latest bomb on Christiandom when he said that the scientific theory of evolution was not at odds with the existence of God. Saying that, in fact, the Big Bang requires the existence of God. From The Independent :

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'Miracles Are One Way God Makes Himself Real to Us,' Says Eric Metaxas (CP Video)

He further commented that people who believe there's something beyond the physical world might also believe that something might have a claim on us or something to say about how we live our lives. And this bothers those who are striving for total independence. Metaxas also feels people have a corrupted idea of who God is, which leads them to dismiss ways that He might be trying to intervene in their lives.

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God's Not Dead: God Exists: Information, Codes, and Organization

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.

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Colorado School District Defends Teachers Sued for Participation in Operation Christmas Child, Adventures in Missions

A Colorado public school district defended its teachers and principals who came under fire by a humanist group lawsuit alleging that the school officials used their positions to promote student involvement in missions established by Christian evangelical organizations.

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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: There's Proof Everywhere

Moral arguments for God's existence may be defined as that family of arguments in the history of western philosophical theology having claims about the character of moral thought and experience in their premises and affirmations of the existence of God in their conclusions. Some of these arguments are on all fours with other theistic arguments, such as the design argument. They cite facts that are claimed to be evident to human experience. And they argue that such facts entail or are best explained by the hypothesis that there is a God... Other moral proofs of God's existence take us away from the patterns of argument typical of natural theology. They deal in our ends and motives. These variants on the moral argument for God's existence describe some end that the moral life commits us to (such as the attainment of the perfect good) and contend that this end cannot be attained unless God as traditionally defined exists (

51 Short-Term Missions Application
52 Mike Adams - Good Women Have Abortions
53 Does My Local Church Have Authority to Declare That I Am Not a Christian?
54 Southern Baptists Surprising Tones Toward Sexuality
55 3 Shocking But Little-Known Facts About Martin Luther
56 Christian Bale Calling Moses Mentally Ill, 'Barbaric' Is Ignorant Bigotry, Says Christian Writer Brian Godawa
57 Is Learning Apologetics like Fiddling While Rome Burns? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
58 What to Do About Angry Christianity
59 ISIS Leaders Threaten Fighters Who Want to Leave the Islamic State and Return to Their Homeland
60 Why We Still Go To Church
61 7 Keys for Healing After a Divorce
62 Pope Francis Says Evolution is Not Inconsistent With God, Backs Scientific Advancements
63 Is Jesus A Copycat Savior? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
64 WORLD | Let it be seen in me | Sophia Lee | Nov. 1, 2014
65 '19 Kids & Counting' Airs Jill's Wedding Tonight; Couple Chose Rare Covenant Marriage License
66 Boko Haram Kidnaps 30 Boys and Girls in Village Raid; Nigerian Government Insists Negotiations Can Continue
67 Ray Rice, Wife Janay 'Praying' for Those Mocking Domestic Violence Ordeal With Disturbing Halloween Costumes
68 Poor, Disadvantaged Youth Would Benefit From School Choice Programs That Include Faith-Based Schools, 50 Years of Research Suggests
69 Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten Speaks About His Violent Childhood and What It Takes to Be Tough
70 7 Bible Verses That Remind Us That Babies Are Beautiful Gifts From God
71 Donetsk and Luhansk Regions Set to Hold Separatist Elections in Ukraine; Russia Says It Will Back Results
72 This Woman Does Something Heartwarming for Soldiers Who Love America Just as Much as She Does!
73 3 Reasons You Should Care About Election Day
74 Loving Kids Run Through New York City Asking Everyone to SMILE – Acts of Kindness That Will Touch Your Heart!
75 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
76 OK Go’s New Video Is a Feat of Choreographed Wizardry
77 Is the Universe Hostile to Life? | Reasonable Faith
78 Introducing “The Stories We Tell”
79 Ligonier.org
80 Apologetics and Evangelism
81 Thinking One More Time About "Identity" and "Behavior"
82 Apologetics 315: Book Review: God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga
83 Transcript: The Briefing 10-28-14
84 Did the Serpent in Genesis 3 Have Legs Before it Was Cursed?
85 An Evening with Hank Hanegraaff: How to Mine the Bible for all its Wealth - Part 1 - Christian Research Institute
86 WORLD | ‘We loved Oscar, and he loved us’ | Andrew Branch | Oct. 28, 2014
87 My Morning Jacket Recorded ‘This Land Is Your Land’ to Raise Money for Conservation
88 WORLD | The 7th betrayal | Marvin Olasky | Nov. 1, 2014
89 One Trait that Set Apart the Earliest Christians
90 Star Trek: TNG Season 3 "Hollow Pursuits" and "The Most Toys"
91 Racial reconciliation at ‘pivot place’ for evangelicals, says Perkins in Julius B. Gay Lecture
92 WORLD | City: Hitching Post exempt from anti-bias law | Daniel James Devine | Oct. 28, 2014
93 Man Who Allegedly Smashed Ten Commandments Monument Is a Devout Christian, Says Mom: 'In His Right Mind It Would Break His Heart'
94 Renewing Your Mind | The State of Theology | October 28, 2014
95 Southern Baptists Admit Errors On Homosexuality But Reject Gay-Affirming Churches
96 WORLD | Telling biblical stories in Hollywood | Warren Cole Smith | Oct. 28, 2014