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Reformation 500 Celebration & Resource Giveaway

You’re invited to join us for a live online event with Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, R.C. Sproul, and Derek Thomas as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church.

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Reformation 500 Celebration & Resource Giveaway

You’re invited to join us for a live online event with Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, R.C. Sproul, and Derek Thomas as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church.

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Why did create dinosaurs & elephants. New research explains why. See my latest blog. http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/todays-new-reason-to-believe/2017/10/30/why-did-god-create-dinosaurs-and-elephants … pic.twitter.com/ZsJ0RXuNUF

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Is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation relevant to the mission field?

My work as a translation consultant brought me to a rural village in Vanuatu. The Anglican congregation meets under a structure of bamboo and thatch, with barbed wire strung along the posts to keep pigs and cows out. The priest wears a robe, stole and cross necklace. It is evident that his faith is sincere and that he’s connecting with God. As he lifts up the silver chalice and recites the liturgy, it occurs to me: This pacific island congregation is symbolically linked with Anglican congregations around the world by observing the mass the same way it is done all over the world; but are the people in this simple village church aware of the centuries of debate about the nature of the elements in the Eucharist? They identify with the name ‘Anglican’ but are they partakers of the long-standing tension between Roman Catholicism and the Protestantism? When they sing ‘And Can it Be’ in pidgin English, are they nostalgic about with massive pipe organs in places like Westminster Abbey;  and what else do they know of  Charles Wesley’s legacy? Is Christianity, for them, a legacy of two thousand years’ of pondering paradoxes like predestination and freewill, or salvation by works or faith? What is the value, for them, of Luther’s 95 theses? Of five point Calvinism? Or of the Wesleyan quadrilateral? The village catechist, Norm, had spent the last four years walking twenty miles, (and crossing four language boundaries along the way)  to receive training at a biblically-grounded theological institute.

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The Real Story of the Reformation

This week the world celebrates the 500th anniversary of an event that never happened. Well, something did happen, and it altered the course of history. But what actually took place is astoundingly different from how it is portrayed today. As the story is told, on Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther socked the European church establishment in the kisser by defiantly nailing his “95 Theses” on indulgences to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The thunder of his hammer resounded throughout...

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We honor the Reformers, but our confidence is not in them. Our confidence is in Christ. — @RCSproul #Reformation500 pic.twitter.com/SSxXXN6Xlz

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Why the Reformation Should Make You More catholic

Some of the terms have admittedly become tricksy by our time. Moderns tend to associate the very word “catholic” with the church called Roman Catholic, missing the irony of using a word that means “universal” to pick out a church that is defiantly and distinctively not universal. Moderns also tend to function with a largely bogus etymology of “Protestant” that suggests protesting against something, whereas a few centuries ago, even in love poetry “to protest” meant “to hold forth and confess a truth.” As a result of semantic drift, the sentence “Protestants are catholic” sounds nutty, and the sentence “Protestants ought to be catholic” sounds like a call to conversion. But for evangelicals settling for a sectarian and uncatholic way of being church, the call to be catholic is in fact a call to personal and congregational reformation, precisely because it’s a call to the Reformation.

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BreakPoint Podcast: Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet on Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Birth of the Modern World

To mark the 500 th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, John Stonestreet interviewed his BreakPoint co-host Eric Metaxas about the impact of the Reformation on the modern world and about Eric’s outstanding new book: “Martin Luther: The Man Who re-Discovered God and Changed the World.”

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Martin Luther - Eric Metaxas

500 years ago, on October 31st, a young monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door and changed the world. If someone played their cards right, they could parlay that fact into impressive book sales. But it would have to be someone famous for writing biographies of notable Christians, preferably someone with a large platform. Hmm, who could pull that off? 

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I'm a Pastor, and I Think Pastor Appreciation Month Is a Bad Idea

We embrace a gospel role in which we model what it means not to live for the praise of others; what it looks like to lay down our own agenda and rights; what it means to bear in our bodies the marks of Christ. The real reason I think Pastor Appreciation Month is dumb is because our role and gifting as pastors is a definitively public one. And with that role comes a fair amount of criticism—but also a fair amount of praise. I don’t know many professions that receive more praise than pastors.

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Atheism and Evolution are Opposed: Van Til Meets Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga exposed the weakness of Naturalistic Evolution as he demonstrated they are opposed to one another. See how Van til demolishes the whole of non-directed Darwinism.

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Here He Stood: Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Luther would not be married for another twenty years — to Katharina von Bora on June 13, 1525 — which means he lived with sexual temptations as a single man till he was 42. But “in the monastery,” he said, “I did not think about women, money, or possessions; instead my heart trembled and fidgeted about whether God would bestow his grace on me.” His all-consuming longing was to know the happiness of God’s favor. “If I could believe that God was not angry with me,” he said, “I would stand on my head for joy.”

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Reformation 500: Top 10 Articles

But, of course, Christianity Today hasn’t been waiting to celebrate until now. We’ve been paying tribute to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with coverage and articles all year. In case you missed any, here are our top 10 most shared articles about the Reformation from this year.

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Don’t Waste the Darkness: Three Truths Halloween Teaches Us

Once a year, of course, the pageantry goes public — global even — with millions dressing up in macabre costumes. Halloween is the second-largest festival for retailers. What we spend on Halloween is only bettered by what we spend on Christmas. Each year we feel compelled to embody the forces we fear — some to mock, some to dabble, some for fun, some just because. Whatever the reason, Halloween is a powerful pointer to a truth we are otherwise wary of expressing: the darkness is real .

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Examining Islam: is it a reasonable faith to trust?

In the wake of 9/11, life in the United States, and throughout the world, permanently changed. Not only was American security threatened and freedoms lost (one simply can’t board an airplane without being scanned, analyzed, and profiled into some governmental data system), but a religion most Americans knew little of hit the front pages: “Islam.” What kind of religion would convince some Muslims to fly themselves into the Twin Towers on a suicide/mass-murder mission in the name of Allah? What does this faith teach anyway, and more importantly, is it true?

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Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Rather Than a Cure | Cold Case Christianity

There is a relationship between our categorization of Christian claims and our desire to share them with the world around us. Some of us hesitate to share the Gospel because (whether we care to admit it or not) we’ve come to see religious truth as a matter of subjective opinion rather than objective truth . We treat the Gospel more as a cookie than a cure. That’s why I think it’s important to help young Christians understand how the evidence supports the claims of the New Testament authors. As college students grow in their confidence, their view of Christianity subtly shifts from opinion to objective conviction. When that happens, they are far more likely to share the Gospel with others, courageously defend what they believe and boldly represent Christ in our culture.

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"Christians Are Opposed To Science!" What Do You Mean By That?

Conclusion “Christians are opposed to science!”, “God and Science and mutually exclusive”, “You can believe The Bible or science, but not both.”. To my Christian readers, when you hear these statements, you need to first understand what they mean by the word “science”. Do they mean “Scientism”? Do they mean acceptance of an old earth and evolution? Do they mean it as a synonym for atheism? Or do they use it to mean an investigation into how the universe works? Depending on what they mean by it will determine what kind of response you should give. Not getting a definition out of them will likely result in you and the atheist talking past each other. Does he mean the same thing as you do when he says the word “science”? Find out. Ask the question “What do you mean by science?”

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Here We Stand - AlbertMohler.com

Fourth, we stand on confessional fidelity as our hallmark . The Reformers understood what the church has learned through centuries of preaching and teaching, praying and singing: The faith once delivered to the saints must be expressed and defined and defended in confessional form. The necessity of creeds and confessions is learned anew, often painfully, by every generation of Christians. We must define what we believe and what we teach, and what we expect any professor at Southern Seminary and Boyce College to teach. Every professor must gladly agree to teach “in accordance with and not contrary to” the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith and Message. We have learned over the last three decades just how important this commitment truly is. That is a lesson that must never be lost.

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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 Things Every Christian Should Know About the Reformation

So Luther was concerned with people’s happiness. In fact, he would come to believe, he had found the secret of happiness. And that, at its heart, was what the Reformation was all about. Not moralizing. Not self-improvement. It was a discovery of stunningly happy news, news that would transform millions of lives and change the world.

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One of the best days of my life...so thankful every day to the @Steelers for believing in me pic.twitter.com/3McGbNza3n

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‘I’ll Make Those Bastards Pay,’ Teary-Eyed Mueller Whispers Into Locket Containing Photo Of James Comey https://trib.al/tRNlvJ7  pic.twitter.com/F3lG979X9G

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JuJu Smith-Schuster on Twitter

“Juju Smith-Schuster Draft Scouting Report: Will struggle to separate from NFL CBs, not a deep threat, not a precise route runner” pic.twitter.com/r7p7rQtgJq

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Praying in Jesus' Name

For some people, praying in Jesus' name simply means tacking a phrase on at the end of a prayer: "We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen." Some may even think it is improper to pray without repeating that phrase at the end of a prayer.

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Who Wrote the Gospel According to Luke?

The question, “Who wrote the gospels?” is an important one.  Church history and tradition—and many modern scholars—assert that the four gospels were written by eyewitnesses to Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection (Matthew and John) or by individuals with direct access to eyewitnesses (Mark and Luke).  If they are correct, then the gospels are eyewitness testimony, and the idea that they transmit accurate historical accounts is strengthened.

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Q & A with Dr. Craig: Does God Cause People to Do Evil?

Dr. Craig, thank you for all that you do to help us understand the God of the Bible in face of the difficult issues we all face. As a follower of Christ, I am troubled by some passages in Scripture which seem to indicate that God not only allows evil (the treatment of which you have addressed many times) but even more troubling, that God actually CAUSES evil. I am referring to the accounts both in the OT and NT: from the hardening of Pharaoh's heart in Genesis, to John 13:27b when Jesus tells Judas "What you do, do quickly" (seems to be no choice in the matter for poor Judas), to the account in Revelation 17:15 - 17 - in particular, the first part of vs 16-17: "And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. FOR GOD HAS PUT IT IN THEIR HEARTS (my emphasis) to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled." Does "it" in that verse refer to all the horrific things they do - hating, makin

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Steph Curry Showed Up to a Game in a ‘Saw’ Costume

Steph Curry is apparently a big fan of Halloween, so much so, that he participated in his own dress-up-as-your-favorite-horror-character to work day.

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Jesus wasn't nice

God has not called us to be nice. Rather, he has called us to be good. Here’s the difference: nice people never confront evil. Good people do. Nice people are weak. Good people are strong. Jesus wasn’t nice. He was kind, he was compassionate, he was caring, but he was unbending and unflinching when it came to standing for the truth.

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8 Major Worldviews (Part 1)

My argument against the existence of free will is as follows: To qualify as a free will choice, this choice must satisfy both the “free” and “willed” parts of the proposition, i.e. it has to be deliberate and not determined by any external conditions. To satisfy the “willed” part, the choice must have a reason. If the agent making the choice doesn’t know why he’s making it, it clearly cannot be an expression of his will. Furthermore, to satisfy the “free” part of the proposition, the reason for the decision must be under the control of the agent, otherwise the decision is determined and not free.

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Take Halloween Captive

Christian, you have both a shield and a sword on Halloween. And we’re not talking about a costume here. “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16). All. Every fiery shot from Satan, including his massive Halloween campaign. And you are not only outfitted for defense, but for offense, too. Uncase “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

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5 Reasons Why Science and Faith Are Compatible

When modern people hear talk of science and faith, they don’t know whether to stay silent or prepare for a heated debate. The story we often hear goes something like this: with the rise of science and technology, belief in God is foolish. We assume miracles cannot happen, that science and faith cannot mix. Here are five reasons why science and faith are compatible.

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Report: Volunteering and Giving Back Helps Your Physical Health

The last few months have given people no shortage of opportunities to give back with natural disasters affecting people all over the globe. Ordinary people have stepped up in great ways, donating their time, money and talents toward helping those less fortunate.

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BreakPoint Podcast: Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet on Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Birth of the Modern World

To mark the 500 th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, John Stonestreet interviewed his BreakPoint co-host Eric Metaxas about the impact of the Reformation on the modern world and about Eric’s outstanding new book: “Martin Luther: The Man Who re-Discovered God and Changed the World.”

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95 eBooks Sale: Reformation Theology Deals from Zondervan

Zondervan has discounted 95 of their key eBooks on the Reformation and Reformed theology to recognize the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and Martin Luther's writing of his 95 Theses. See the deals here .

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How Do We Know Matthew Was the Author of the Gospel of Matthew?

“Did you know that we don’t know who wrote the Gospel of Matthew? In fact, this Gospel is anonymous–(i.e., there is no formal claim to authorship within the document itself). The early church for political reasons wanted to exclude certain writings it didn’t like and so used an Apostle’s name (i.e., Matthew) to generate authority so this version of Christianity could win.”

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Uh, Should We Be Worried About Amazon Key?

As more and more devices in the home become connected to the internet, we’re not only trusting that the company using the data for our benefit is trustworthy, we’re trusting that they’re secure. Consider hacks on large companies—like Equifax and Yahoo—if you default to believing that large companies are completely safe. Granted, Amazon is lightyears ahead of most companies in terms of cloud security. But on the off chance they’re vulnerable—because every company is vulnerable somewhere—the data that would be vulnerable isn’t just a credit card number or an email address, it’s voice and video data from inside our homes. As well as access to our front door thanks to Amazon Key.

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The Reformation and Science: No Simple Answers, but Some Clear Foundations | Evolution News

The Reformers’ writings on the “Protestant work ethic” and the priesthood of all believers did not emerge out of nothing. They were grounded in a theistic worldview that took personal responsibility seriously. To Luther and the other reformers who followed, the “inherent value” of the individual under a caring God had been clouded by years of tradition and corrupt leadership, robbing the populace of both knowledge and inquiry. But those pillars of the Reformation were active among medieval scholars before Luther, who exalted logic in their disputations about Aristotle and the Bible. Their reliance on propositional arguments can be traced further back through the Church Fathers’ disputations about the nature of God and Christ, back through the New Testament reasoning by the apostles — indeed, all the way back to the Pentateuch. Consider that the Ten Commandments were given to individuals as if they were capable of thinking and choosing individually. Even more basic is the Judeo-Christian concept of a Creator who is unchanging in truth and morals, a non-capricious Designer operating the universe in a non-capricious way.

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Graphene: Seeing God’s Handiwork and Care in Chemistry

God’s creation is filled with amazing design. Often when we think of design, we immediately picture hummingbirds, butterflies, or the human body. But God’s design can be seen in the obvious and the not so obvious. Have you ever stopped to consider how even chemistry showcases God’s handiwork, creativity, and care for his creation?

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Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s Hypocrisy | The Stream

I won’t list the names of major Hollywood execs who have been accused of abusing underage boys in recent years. These remain allegations at this point. But if Feldman (and others) are to be believed, these abusive practices are still rampant in Hollywood. Yes, the same Hollywood that is now condemning Harvey Weinstein with such righteous indignation. Shame on them for their hypocrisy.

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Maintaining Your Marriage When You Become Parents

For more than two decades, I've been speaking and counseling about the ideas presented in my book The 5 Love Languages , and I frequently encounter couples with whom interactions play out something like this: With tears running down her face, a wife might come up to me and say, “I thought having a baby would pull my husband and me together and we would both be happy. The exact opposite is true for us. My husband doesn’t understand why I am so tired. He complains that I don’t bake cherry pies anymore. I'm up to my ears in diapers and vomit, and he's complaining about cherry pies ! ”

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I Only Believe in What I Can See!: Whattaya Do?

Some people say “seeing is believing”.  In fact, some people take the position that they will only believe what they can see.  “I don’t believe in an invisible man in the sky.  If I can’t see it, it must not exist” they say.

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'House of Cards' Is Ending in Light of Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Kevin Spacey

It’s been an awfully busy news day, so you could be forgiven for forgetting that very serious allegations were leveled against Kevin Spacey less than 24 hours ago. Anthony Rapp went to Buzzfeed News with his story, alleging that Spacey made sexual advances toward him when he was just 14 years old, and Spacey was in his 20s. Spacey responded to the allegations over Twitter, where he said he had no memory of the event, but also seemed to blame the event on drunkenness, and also came out as gay. As apologies go, it wasn’t a great one.

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