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One evening, while geeking out with my daughters, I decided to share a theory I had with them about Star Wars -- specifically Return of the Jedi. After seeing the previews for the new movie, I think my theory might be correct.

Don't Hide Behind the Hype

John Mark McMillan on the new worship culture and dropping cynicism.

Planned Parenthood Abortionist Admits To Performing Illegal Abortions In New Video

New video catches a Planned Parenthood abortionist admitting that she regularly performs illegal partial-birth abortions in order to get intact organs.

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Planned Parenthood doctor admits to felony

In the most recent Planned Parenthood video, a Planned Parenthood doctor admits to committing a federal felony in her abortion practice. She describes performing partial birth abortions in an effor…

11th Video Catches Planned Parenthood Abortion Doc Selling Aborted Babies’ Heads

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We Cannot Be Silent | SBTS

In his new book Dr. R. Albert Mohler examines how this transformation occurred, revealing the underlying cultural shifts behind this revolution: the acceptance of divorce culture, liberation of sex from reproduction, the prevalence of heterosexual cohabitation, the normalization of homosexuality, and the rise of the transgender movement.

Is Evolution Random? Answering a Common Challenge

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Officer Being Investigated After Video Surfaces of Him Violently Throwing Student

Officials in South Carolina want federal authorities—from the FBI and the Justice Department—to investigate a disturbing incident involving a local officer and a high school student. In a video that surfaced this week, filmed inside a classroom at Richland County’s Spring Valley High, the deputy can be seen violently slamming a young female student out of her chair, and throwing her across the ground. The officer is white and the student is black. The confrontation reportedly started after the teacher asked the student to leave the classroom. When she didn’t comply, the deputy—acting as the resource officer—then enters. On the video, the officer says, “You're either going to come with me, or I'm going to make you.” The student appears calm, and though she doesn’t comply, she doesn’t appear to be physically combative. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

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Time-lapse Video Shows Girl Aging 16 Years in Under Five Minutes

An artist from the Netherlands (who, by the way, is not named Richard Linklater) has been taking short videos of his daughter every week for the last 16 years, starting shortly after she was born. Now, he’s compiled them all into a single, moving clip, which shows her growing up in just under five minutes. Time flies.

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Universal Studios Is Building a Jimmy Fallon Theme Park Ride

Universal Studios in Orlando is finally making that late night comedy theme park ride you’ve always wanted. Jimmy Fallon announced on The Tonight Show this week that in 2017, the amusement park would open “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon,” an interactive ride featuring the cast of the late night show, 3D, 4D and “8D” elements as well as, of course, an overpriced gift shop.

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Can Multiverse Theories Explain the Appearance of Fine Tuning in the Universe? | Cold Case Christianity

For many theorists, the multiverse has the best chance of explaining the appearance of fine-tuning in our universe . Other explanations, such as appealing to chance or physical necessity, offer solutions from “inside the room” of our universe . Multiverse explanations, however, point once again to an external causal agent: a mechanism capable of creating an incredibly large number of universes, each with its own set of physical laws. According to this theory, most of these universes in the multiverse collection are incapable of permitting life. Our universe, however, through “a series of cosmic accidents,” just happens to support our existence. Multiverse theories overcome the incredible odds against life (and explain the appearance of fine-tuning) by increasing the chances of such a life-permitting universe.

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Bible study: Was the resurrection body of Jesus spiritual or physical?

“It is sometimes claimed that the word appeared (ōphthē) means a mystical seeing, as of a vision, and that since this was what Paul “saw” it was what the other apostles “saw.” In other words, after death, Jesus was taken directly to heaven whence he “appeared” to various people, mystically, as it were. This however, is not all the meaning of Paul’s words. First, the word ōphthē, “appeared” is not limited to visionary seeing it is also used for physical seeing. Moreover, the verb raise used in the phrase ‘raised on the third day” is used elsewhere in combination with the words “from the dead” which literally means “from among the corpses.” Thus raised preceding  appeared gives the latter a physical not a mystical meaning. Christ, as “raised from the dead” ….appeared.”  Furthermore, when Paul asks “ Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?”(1 Cor. 9: 1), he is using the ordinary word horan, “to see” for physical sight. If “seeing” the Lord “raised from the dead” qualified others to be apostles, then Paul is, indeed, an apostle. It was no mere subjective vision that arrested Paul en route to Damascus.

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Introduction . It is important to start a message strong and grab attention quickly. It is no secret that young people often have short attention spans and tend to make quick decisions about whether they want to listen or not. Beginning with a story, quote, statistic, or joke (if natural and appropriate) can set the pace for the entire talk. Also, state your thesis so students know the main idea you are aiming to get across. You don’t need to do this formally such as, “My thesis is…” But just let students know the point of your talk.

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J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life

Ryken pinpoints the paradoxes of Packer’s life—that though he’s theologically and temperamentally a Puritan, he has, especially in recent years, affiliated with movements sympathetic to Roman Catholicism; that a naturally gentle and peaceable man has been involved in fierce controversies (over Keswick theology; human sexuality; the authority of the Bible; the role of women in the church; universalism; and so on); and that an Oxford-educated theologian appeals to a wide evangelical audience but is unlikely to appear on the reading list for theology students in British universities.

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Karma Christianity

Be alert, there is one Frankenstein version of Christianity out there that seems to be especially common; and it is especially dangerous. The belief system I refer to here is based on the fallacy of thinking that our everyday production of good versus bad deeds has anything to do with our standing with Christ. A special version of the Hindu and Buddhist concept of Karma has married itself to the worldviews of countless people. This idea of being a “good person” to qualify as a candidate for salvation is rampant in our culture, and I will stress once again that it is DANGEROUS. As often as this perspective is debunked in the scriptures, it is surprising and alarming how many people still ascribe to this brand of Christianity. We must all take on the challenge to dig deeper and consider well the true meanings within scripture before taking hold of a popular belief lacking any firm foundation.

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The apostles spent between one and a half and three years with Jesus during his public ministry, expecting him to proclaim his kingdom on earth. Although disillusioned at his untimely death, they became the first witnesses of the risen Jesus and they endured persecution; many subsequently experienced martyrdom, signing their testimony, so to speak, in their own blood. The strength of their conviction, marked by their willingness to die, indicates that they did not fabricate these claims; rather, without exception, they actually believed Jesus to have risen from the dead. While in and of themselves these facts prove neither the truth of the resurrection in particular nor Christianity as a whole, they do demonstrate the apostles’ sincerity of belief, lending credibility to their claims about the veracity of resurrection, which is fundamental to the case for Christianity. In other words, their willingness to face persecution and martyrdom indicates more than any other conceivable course their sincere conviction that, after rising from the dead, Jesus indeed appeared to them.

7 Book Review: God's Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace - Apologetics 315

God's Crime Scene ( Book , Promo Video ) is the highly anticipated "sequel" to J. Warner Wallace's Cold Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels . In his first investigation Wallace looks at the evidence for the claim that the Gospels were eye-witness accounts of the life of Jesus. In his latest book, he investigates the existence of God. He takes his experience and skill-set as a homicide detective to bring together the evidences and present them in a coherent and convincing manner for the jurors (readers) to decide. God's Crime Scene is 204 pages divided into eight chapters. He has also included nearly 80 additional pages of case files for digging deeper into the cases he investigates in the book. This review will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book but it cannot be substituted for reading the full text. I've included short interviews with J. Warner Wallace and Bobby Conway from The One Minute Apologist at the end of chapter summaries so you can hear a synopsis of the chapter directly from the author. Opening Statement: Has Someone Else Been in This Room? J.

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Modern Liberals Like Christian Fundamentalists, Panelists Russell Moore, Kirsten Powers, Phil Zuckerman Agree

"They think that when they are protesting George Will or they are protesting Ayaan Hirsi Ali [an atheist and prominent critic of Islam], a person that is my hero, they think they are fighting that similar fight of a generation or two earlier and they are mistaken," Zuckerman added. "They are wrong and it's horrible. I totally agree that free speech and rigorous debate is the heart of democracy and a society that I would want to live in. I applaud Kirsten's calling out of this trend."

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Debunking 4 Myths About Religious Freedom

Some suggest that religious freedom protections allow people simply to skirt the law, as though one is issued a card exempting him or her from catering gay weddings or providing abortion drugs in insurance plans. That’s hardly the case. We have long respected the right of religiously motivated conscientious objectors to be exempted from combat duty that violates their consciences. No, this doesn’t mean a laissez-faire policy of draft dodging for anyone who claims a religious objection. It just means the government looks into the religious claims and doesn’t force, by penalty of jail, Mennonites or other pacifists to drop bombs or fire rifles. Nor does the accommodation of Native American religions to use eagle feathers in their worship mean open season on endangered species.

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Diagnosing Dissenters

Secondly, and more importantly, a “phobia” is “an irrational and debilitating fear” of something, and Christians don’t feel this way about those who identify as gay, or they certainly shouldn’t. Ours is a rational stance based on human flourishing and God’s created order, not “irrational animus.” It’s entirely possible to object to sin, refuse to dignify it, and still love those caught up in it. In fact, that’s what Jesus commanded us to do.

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The Most Insidious Sin

Pastors and apologists can fall into the same trap. They are trying to do God's work. They preach, they witness, and they defend the faith which is good and important work. This truly is ministry. However, when one begins to believe the ministry is so important that they don‘t have time to sit and listen to people or their calling has a higher value than another's, they've begun to elevate not God's blessing upon them but their won self-worth.  That's why I believe pride is the most insidious of sins; it is the leaven that corrupts by puffing up an individual from the inside. It replaces one's reliance on God with a reliance on one's own ability.

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Wes Anderson Wants to Make Both a Horror and a Christmas Movie

Speaking with writer Donna Tartt, Anderson discussed the appeal of making the genre films, particularly the craftsmanship of an effective horror movie. He explained, “When you make a horror or a thriller, you say, 'You’re supposed to be scared here. You’re supposed to be relieved here. Here we’re explaining something so you know the next part so you’ll be more scared then.' I like the idea of the requirements and the obligations of working in a genre like that. I’ve done some scenes like that, but I’d like to do a scary movie.” Maybe SNL ’s The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders isn’t that far from reality after all.

14 Paul David Tripp on Periscope: "Book signing at Liberty University after Convocation"

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How Would Jesus Vote?

We need to stop that. But how exactly does the Christian community live in this election season as a signpost of the kingdom rather than a pawn in a political power play? There are at least four ways we can start.

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Grace to You Radio

A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.

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CNBC's John Harwood Has No Business Moderating A GOP Presidential Debate

Harwood said that was different because, well, “Yes. This is different case. Admin has made case for urgent action, which now may not happen.” Come again? President Obama had specifically said , “Our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive.” When Davis asked Harwood “Question: is this potential war more or less ‘urgent’ than 9/11 response? Bush received congr. approval 7 days after attacks,” Harwood said it was much less urgent. So if it’s less urgent than post-9/11, if Bush sought approval for his actions post-9/11, how is this so arc-bending? Harwood said something about how it was a hard case, where Obama’s ability to act unilaterally “mattered most.” When someone pointed out that Bush had far more reason to act unilaterally and had the public support to do so, Harwood said this decision was harder because there was less support. He never did explain why it’s “arc-bending” for a president to acknowledge Congress’ role in approving an unpopular, unnecessary war. By the way, what happened with this courageous, arc-bending move of Obama’s? The spin at the time was that, oh boy, those dumb Republicans demanded a vote, and now they’re going to regret it.

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REI closing on Black Friday for 1st time in push to #OptOutside

REI closing on Black Friday for 1st time in push to #OptOutside Outdoor apparel and sporting goods retailer launching campaign called #OptOutside to encourage employees, customers to spend time outdoors on Black Friday. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1N3jH3C

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Let’s Be Clear About What Real Christian Persecution Looks Like

Let's not belittle the situation in America as 'not real persecution', because the worst thing that can happen is that Americans think what's happening in your own backyards is 'less of a deal', and become complacent, comfortable and ignore it. This situation calls for heightened vigilance, the 'watchmen on the walls' to keep fervently interceding for this nation, and the 'labourers' to do what's necessary to wage war on the ground.

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I Went Away for Just 6 Days...

I went to Europe for just six days, and by the time I returned the Blue Jays had been turfed out of the playoffs and this guy had been elected as our Prime Minister. (I actually noticed that he was front-center on the cover of the German newspapers.) While I felt surprisingly little despair over the demise of my team, I couldn’t hold off some discouragement in seeing Trudeau and his Liberal Party of Canada sweep into power. He becomes Prime Minister at a time when Canadians are eager for change and when they are eager for someone to lead them into a liberal and licentious future—Trudeau, after all, made the legalization of marijuana one of his key campaign promises and told prospective members of parliament they were not welcome in his party if they are pro-life.

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REI Stores Will Close on Black Friday So People Can Spend Time Outdoors

The outdoor gear chain REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) thinks people should spend more time actually enjoying the outdoors, even if that means spending less time shopping. The chain has announced a somewhat unprecedented move: It’s closing all of its 140+ stores on Black Friday—traditionally one of the biggest retail shopping days of the year—asking customers and employees to do something outside instead. The idea is part of a campaign REI has launched to get people to use #OptOutside on social media the day after Thanksgiving, to show them doing actual outdoor activities on their day off, instead of just walking around through stores. They’ve even launched a website showcasing local hiking trails to check out on Black Friday.

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Marriage on the Edge of Eternity

Eternity changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next. Some Christians emphasize marriage so much that it might lead some to believe the goal of Christianity is to have a happy marriage, and God becomes a means to that end. I hear many Christians thank God for their families more than they thank him for the cross. Obviously God wants us to love our families, but let’s be careful.

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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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The Problem with Saying ‘All Lives Matter’

I wish black lives mattered when it came to abortion. That's the problem. The #hashtag only comes up when a black person is affected by someone who is not black. Why doesn't the #hashtag come up when there is a black on black crime? There needs to be consistency. Your example of the house being broken into is so silly. Of course, if a black man is shot, people are going to grieve and be hurt because of the situation. If my friend John gets shot, I won't look at my buddies around me and talk about how much their lives matter to me. No, I'm going to be focused on John and his life and how much it meant. It should be John's life matters. It should be Trayvons life matters. Your example is saying the focus shouldn't be on all lives but the black lives that are affected. Well in that case, the focus shouldn't be on black lives but the life that was affected. If we focus on every life individually wether black, white, asian, then unity will exist, but if we only focus on one race at a time, then division will exist. I listen to Urban Family Talk every single day and they talk about this from a black persons perspective in a biblical view and they would disagree with everything that you have said.

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I Don’t Know What to Do With My Life. Help!

I have been working what I've realized is a dead-end job for the last few years, and I'm ready to move on, but I am trying to figure out what on earth I'm supposed to do for the rest of my life. I have been offered a ministry position at my church, but even though I love my church, I just don't feel like that's what I'm supposed to do. I still have a lot of debt from school, so I feel like I need to be somewhat practical. So my question is, how do I choose where to go next, and how do I know that is where God wants me, without feeling crippled by college debt making me jump at a chance to make money?

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15 Sadly Hilarious Christian Breakup Lines

@RELEVANT These words echoed in the room even though it was a whisper, "It's not you...it's God." (Rather than, "It's not you. It's me.")

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Interruption Is God’s Invitation

Interruption is God’s invitation. God is inviting us to see him all around us, in the lives of others, in our conversations, in our serving those in need. Interruption is not simply a matter of our heart developing patience; it’s about experiencing true life. It is one of God’s ways of waking us up to what’s around us to see there’s more to be done than our self-appointed tasks for the day, as important as they may seem.

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Christmas Starts with Christ ‐ Premier premier

Christmas Starts with Christ  is a campaign aimed at helping churches to make Christ and the amazing story of his birth the focus of the nation’s favourite time of year. Our vision is for the message “Christmas starts with Christ” to be visible amongst the busy-ness of the season, to act as a reminder that although there are many ways that we mark the celebration, Christ is the true meaning.

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Why Aren’t There Miracles Anymore?

I’ve been doing a study on the miracles of Christ with a group from church, and it’s made me think a lot about how God works. It seems like in the Old Testament and during Jesus’ time on earth, there was a lot of very obvious, direct divine intervention. Why don’t we see those kinds of miracles happening today?

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Why Doubt Can Give You Hope

Interesting article. I don't quite get all of it though. Strobel makes doubt and disbelief sound like very different things, but looking up dictionary definitions of "doubt" and "disbelief" it seems the two words are synonymous or at the very least that doubt is a spectrum of which disbelief is a part of. It seems to me that there is not too much of a difference between "strongly doubting" something (e.g. a Christian tenet) and "disbelieving" it. Does Strobel see doubt as a spectrum of how uncertain someone is? It seems like Strobel logically separates the concepts of doubting and disbelieving in a black-and-white manner. This seems inconsistent and contrary to how doubt actually works. He wholeheartedly affirms doubt yet condemns disbelief strongly. At what point does doubt become disbelief and worthy of condemnation? If Strobel affirms that doubting Christian tenets isn't bad or wrong, I assume he would agree that there are legitimate intellectual reasons that people doubt said tenets. At what point do legitimate intellectual reasons that people doubt Christian tenets go too far and become disbelief? It seems that setting a specific point is completely arbitrary.

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Is Your World Too Small?

Rather, we must augment our big picture perspectives and high speed, high volume approaches with patient, slow-paced, careful, prolonged observation, examination, and reflection as well as time-intensive discussion. These are things that reveal glories that we’ll never see merely through our telescopes alone. They can function as microscopes, helping us see far more wonders right around us in things we thought we knew, things we’re used to, things we have become bored with. These microscopes help enlarge our world.

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Ben Carson Wants Almost All Abortion to Be Illegal

I do think Carson leans a little heavily on being the "faith" candidate, and doesn't have as many clearly defined solutions as he does general philosophies. That being said, I've watched all of the debates and many other speeches and he is definitely the most respectful candidate up there. You could argue that his logic is flawed, but I do believe that's one of his major calling cards, saying basically to use your brain versus towing the political line or going with the flow. Finally, I would argue that he does have empathy, having been through circumstances most of us never even dream of. What he doesn't resort to is excuses. It's a very difficult balance to empathize with people and at the same time encourage them to be better, but I do believe Carson is trying to do it. Look, I'm not president of the Carson fan-club, he's not my favorite candidate. But compared to others, I find him refreshing even if ultimately unelectable. Trump is an ignorant bully and Hillary is a lying enabler. I don't want to assume things or judge you, but because faith is such a huge part of Carson's platform/philosophy I feel like people who attack him are likely really just have a problem with his Christian faith.

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Why Aren't Millennials Having Sex Anymore?

This is why sexual revolutions always turn out so boring. This is why the sterile, casual, condom-clad vision of sex in our culture is so dull. This is why pornography is so numbing to the soul. It is because, in the search for sexual excitement, men and women are not really looking for biochemical sensations or the responses of nerve endings. And, in fact, they are not ultimately even looking for each other. They are searching desperately, not for mere sex, but for that to which sex points–something they know exists but they just can’t identify. … They are looking to be part of an all-encompassing cosmic mystery. They are looking for a love that is stronger than death.

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3 Prayers We Need to Stop Saying

GIVE US FAVOUR I guess I disagree with this point the most because this is personally a prayer that I'm praying now. For me, this prayer isn't so straightforward as to say whether we are blessed by God or not. I mean, yes, I agree we are all already blessed by God. We can see it in His creations, in the life He's given us, the parents, the friends, even the fact that we know the Word. But is there not evidence in the bible where heaps of people request God for favour? If you google it, I'm sure you can find heaps of bible verses that say something along the lines of 'If I have found favour in your eyes Lord, grant me...'. I think this is a humbling prayer actually. That you request for something, but you acknowledge that it is still God's decision whether He wants to grant you this request. It's presenting your request, as Ben mentioned philippians, and also in other verses like Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

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Could paganism make a comeback? It's not as crazy as it sounds.

Some modern historians sometimes praise the supposed "tolerance" of paganism, which (see below) was ludicrous. A more accurate description is that paganism was amoral. Paganism, as such, had no explicit moral teachings. It certainly had no teachings against slavery, including sexual slavery, or against adultery, oppression, poverty, or anything else, for that matter. This is not to say that paganism was immoral, or that pagans were more immoral than any other sort of person. It was just that people saw religion and morality as two completely different things.

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Rock the Kasbah

Cinematically, Rock the Kasbah isn’t that bad. Bill Murray plays washed-up music manager Richie Lanz, who thinks the big break his struggling star, Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel), needs is on the USO tour in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ronnie, blubbering from terror from the moment they get on the plane, abandons Richie in Kabul without money or a passport (I’d like to make a quick note to say I was really disappointed that Deschanel didn’t get more screen time. She was playing something way outside her wheelhouse and it was actually pretty cool.)

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Are Evangelicals Losing Faith in Trump?

Even with this kind of dissection, however, the devout are significantly more enamored of the casino magnate than their leaders seem to be. Why? For one, although national leaders may be outspoken against Trump, local church leaders are much less likely to speak up. Pastors and other nonprofit heads risk their tax-exempt status if they explicitly endorse campaigns, and, as Kidd points out, the primaries just aren’t discussed formally in most evangelical churches. This leaves a gap, he adds, that many church-goers are filling with talk radio and Fox News, which are relatively friendly to Trump—or at least happy to give him air time.

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Agenda ‐ Premier digital

We're so excited to introduce to you the agenda for the Premier Digital Conference 2015. Check out the 30 diverse sessions delivered by our amazing group of speakers. To find out more about why you won't want to miss this event  click here !

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Evangelicals to Host First-Ever Pro-Life Conference Ahead of 2016 Elections

Pro-life Evangelical leaders are hoping to build upon the success of the annual March for Life by hosting their first-ever pro-life conference in the nation's capital.

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NY Jets Brandon Marshall Flagged for Praying?

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall almost got penalized for praying after scoring a touchdown during last Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

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Albert Mohler on the App Store

On its own, the podcast is one of a kind. The events of today seen through the lens of a Christian worldview. No one does it better than Dr. Mohler. In respect to the app, wow! One can tell that thought, time, and creativity went into its making. It’s simple, yet elegant. It’s traditional, yet contemporary. The message is not drowned out by the medium; they balance each other. Technology and tools used serve to promote the goal of helping readers/listeners received and digest the material in the most effective and efficient manner. Bravo to the crew who created this app.

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The tone of preaching

Striking the right tone, like all aspects of preaching, requires persistent vigilance, but a few steps of action can promote a more balanced and helpful approach. First, watch others preach and specifically analyze how they speak as much as what they say. Consciously evaluate their tone as well as their content. Then, when you have developed sensitivity to the tone of others, watch a video of yourself. Video never lies. It will present exactly what you projected. Do you seem timid, or arrogant, or angry? Does your audience feel that you identify with their struggles or that you haughtily sit in judgment of them? Does your tone draw them in or turn them off? Try to be honest with yourself about yourself.

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This Town Is Bringing Christmas to a Terminally Ill Child

Because sometimes, the world is awesome. Seven-year-old Evan Wellwood of St. George, Ontario, probably won’t live to see this Christmas, says his doctor . The boy has been battling brain cancer for the past five years. His mom, Shelly Wellwood, decided to make sure Christmas could make it to Evan . She planned a party for October 24, but Wellwood family and friends planned bigger. So this Saturday, little Evan will have a special dinner and—get this—a full-on parade, all with the halls of St. George decked for Christmas. As of today, the “Early Christmas in St George” Facebook page has 3,100 attenders and a Gofundme campaign raised more than $14,000. Merry Christmas, Evan.

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The Poetry Behind the Light

I try to write reality, what I find in both darkness and light. The Italian Renaissance painters used the term “chiaroscuro” to describe the bold contrasts between light and dark. They used shadows to highlight the places of beauty in light; indeed, without shadows the light loses much of its significance. Light and darkness enhance each other. Even in our brokenness, we can find meaning in the contrasts. If every day were beautiful and sunny, we wouldn’t value them. Without the stormy days, the calm sunny ones would have nothing to be contrasted against—and there’d be nothing to celebrate. We need to value the contrasts. In his sovereign goodness, God stands behind every circumstance, whether sunny and stormy.

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Would You Settle for One Million Dollars?

This is so wonderful, it defies description with human words. And so I have prayed for you, and we have prayed for you downstairs, and I have prayed for myself, because there are truths in the Bible that are so stunning, they are so wonderful, that when you read them, you feel like they are so far out there that my little problem here has no connection with that at all. And so we just don’t even connect. You will walk out of this room, some of you, if the Holy Spirit doesn’t work, and you will just whistle through the day with no recollection of what was said here. Be stunned by the fact that you are an heir of the world!

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Radical Recompense

“Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.”

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Were Adam and Eve Real? New Anthropological Evidence in 10-Year Update to Book (Interview)

The good news is that there is scientific evidence that suggests Adam and Eve were real people, and that all of humanity arose from a primordial pair. A growing number of anthropologists embrace the idea of human exceptionalism — an idea that comports with the biblical notion that human beings are uniquely made in God's image. There is an explosive appearance of sophisticated behavior, including artistic and musical expression, that coincides with the appearance of modern humans.

51 Hopeful Strangers
52 What Spiritual Growth Really Looks Like
53 Reaching Postmodern “Leavers” - Christian Research Institute
54 ERLC Honors Civil Rights Activist-Minister John Perkins and Theologian J.I. Packer
55 Problems with the Old Testament | Reasonable Faith
56 Pastoral PTSD:
57 Doctrine of Revelation Part 9: Responding to the Difficulties of Biblical Inerrancy
58 How do you present the gospel properly?
59 Police Department Will Use Nunchucks to ‘More Compassionately Gain Compliance’ from Suspects
60 Truthbomb Apologetics: Book Review: Aborting Aristotle- Examining Fatal Fallacies in the Abortion Debate by Dave Sterrett
61 Planned Parenthood doctor says she will ‘strive’ for intact fetal skull in latest video
62 Youth Ministry and Technology. . . How The Electronic Age Has Mis-Shaped Our Kids. . .
63 James Sherk Explains How Labor Unions Are Like Cartels
64 November
65 The Trump Formula for Success
66 Faithful Thinkers on Twitter
67 A Sitcom About Living Biblically Is in Development
68 Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain
69 Separation and Purity
70 ISIS' Hostage Priest Feels 'Born Again' Witnessing Christians' Strong Faith as Captives
71 5 Tools to Help Equip Your Kids With the Truth - Google+
72 Crossway on Twitter
73 The Return of “Slut-o-ween?”
74 New study: Tennessee pre-K program provides no educational benefit over control group
75 The Atlantic on Twitter
76 The Nature of Conflict | Open Biola
77 Ben Carson: Abortion Like 'Slavery;' Wrong in Cases of Rape and Incest
78 The Dying Thieves
79 Star Trek: TNG Season 5 "The First Duty" and "Cost of Living"
80 Southern Seminary on Twitter
81 ThinkChristian on Twitter
82 T4G Pre-Conference: “Church in Hard Places”