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Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on  October 16-17 (the final lecture is on Saturday at 4:30pm) , as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences."  Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know how...to answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by following our Facebook page! 

Christian Apologetics Ministry Crossexamined.org

At CrossExamined.org we focus on Christian Apologetics. We seek to present evidence that the Bible is true. Our organization was founded in 2006 as a Christian Apologetic Ministry

She Ran a Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, But Quit When This Happened

Former Planned Parenthood health center manager Sue Thayer was a sex-ed teacher and came on board with Planned Parenthood thinking that they would help her spre

Netflix Documentaries That Will Challenge the Way You See the World

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Challenge Response: Isn't Selling Organs for Research a Good Thing? - Stand to Reason Blog

You can ask them if they think using the parts of people who are killed on death row for research is “making something good out of a bad situation”.

Introducing The Information Enigma -- Intelligent Design in a Nutshell

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

The Trailer for Keanu Reeves’ ‘A Reasonable Speed’ Will Leave You Safely on the Middle of Your Seat

The California Highway Patrol proudly debuted the trailer for their upcoming action epic, A Reasonable Speed, on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Watch the cautiously thrilling story where the only rules are the rules of the road.

"Prof Talk" - John Umbeck, Professor of Economics, Purdue University | Ratio Christi

Video: Professor of Economics, John Umbeck, speaks on faith and vocation. Part of a series. Watch others at the newly launched "Ratio Christi Prof" website .

Amazon Gets Crafty with New Marketplace

Gather ye crafters, quilters, knitters and artisans and other artsy types (Decoupage? Whittlers?). Etsy's homemade stuff-selling dominance may be over. Amazon has announced it’s starting a new marketplace. Called Handmade at Amazon, the just launched seller (as reported by New York Times) already features 80,000 items from about 5,000 sellers in 60 countries. To participate, sellers must prove that their goods are handmade, unlike Etsy, who recently expanded to allow outsourcing. Currently Amazon features six categories: “home, jewelry, artwork, stationery and party supplies, kitchen and dining, and baby” with more expected to be rolled out later.

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What Do You Want Out Of Life? | Amy Orr-Ewing

'What do you want out of life?' An easy question to answer? Apologist, speaker and author Amy Orr-Ewing explores the love and forgiveness we receive from God.

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The Briefing 10-08-15

1) Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders taking moral responsibility for mistaken hospital strike

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Steve Enns on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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5 Resources for Cultivating a Beautiful Culture of Marriage and Sexuality

This is not a book about gay marriage or homosexuality. It’s about the bigger picture of sexuality, marriage, singleness, and how these fit together according to our culture, in contrast to how the Church is to put these things together in our own community. I say “start here” because Grant offers us the foundational pieces of the puzzle that help us understand our context and how we can be faithful in it. Really, get this book and read it twice.

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5 Things to Look for in a Church

We should be looking for a community that seeks to glorify God in all they do. Ultimately it’s this: when looking for a church, we should be seeking a unified family of believers that teaches the Word of God, that seeks to follow the example of Jesus while focusing all they do on Him, that speaks the truth but does so in love, that cares for those who are far from God, and that constantly seeks new ways to reach people with love of God.

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The Briefing 10-08-15

1) Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders taking moral responsibility for mistaken hospital strike

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Information Enigma

Information drives the development of life. But what is the source of that information? Could it have been produced by an unguided Darwinian process? Or did it require intelligent design? The Information Enigma is a fascinating 21-minute documentary that probes the mystery of biological information, the challenge it poses to orthodox Darwinian theory, and the reason it points to intelligent design. The video features molecular biologist Douglas Axe and Stephen Meyer, author of the books Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt.

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Is God Only Glorified by People Who Love Him?

A really crucial question comes in from podcast listener Amy, who asks: “Dear Pastor John, please don’t read this as accusatory, I’m just wanting to understand. Throughout the Bible, the theme seems to be God can use bad people for his good. So my question is, how can God be most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him when he uses people like Judas Iscariot? He even uses Satan for his purposes. If God is most glorified in us only when we do good, that seems to simplify his majesty. How would you explain this?”

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How to explain the strange parts the Bible to your kids

The Bible is full of interesting things to investigate. For example, the moral rules. You can read studies to find out about things like divorce, homosexuality, fatherlessness, premarital sex, and so on. You can find out what what the cuddle hormone (oxytocin) is, you can find out whether cohabitation raises your risk of divorce, you can read about the demographic crisis in Europe, etc. You can go see the Dead Sea scrolls, you can look at gospel manuscript fragments, you can look at coins and inscriptions. You can look at the science of cosmic fine-tuning, you can look at Cambrian era fossils. Bible reading isn’t meant to be self-contained. The purpose of it is not to feel good and have community with others. You’re not supposed to talk about it in the abstract, you’re supposed to test it, and put it into practice. It’s supposed to change what you value, your beliefs about the way the world really is, and how much you let God into your decision-making.

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The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church

We are inviting media influencers to join us for this hope-filled event. Apply here for an all access media pass and be a part of breaking the silence and stigma.

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The Moral Argument

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/moral View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMCLg0 View the Fine Tuning Argument animation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIiI... Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.

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The Problem With ‘The Flash’: Why Doesn’t Flash Run To Italy For Pasta Every Meal?

It’s glaringly distracting, no matter how exciting the on-screen action gets. With his speed powers, Barry Allen should easily be able to zip across the Atlantic, wolf down a plate of authentic spaghetti alla carbonara, and be back in Central City in a matter of seconds, ready to save the day. For most folks, that would be a dream come true, but bafflingly, there’s just no indication he’s ever skipped over to the peninsula for pasta, or even considered doing so.

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Grace to You Radio

You may never face a life-or-death test of your faith. But your integrity as a Christian is tested every day, in what you think, say, do, and refuse to do. What does it take to live An Uncompromising Life ? John MacArthur shows you in this practical study from Daniel.

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Prof. Anthea Butler Says Ben Carson Deserves 'Coon' Award

Dr. Ben Carson deserves a “‘coon of the year’ award,” says a tweet from Anthea Butler, a University of Pennsylvania religious-studies professor and a frequent MSNBC guest.

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Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Read More

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Men and Porn: An Introduction | The Art of Manliness

In some people’s eyes, this likely renders me incapable of putting out objective material about porn. While that’s true, no one is objective, even professional scientists. And I personally think I am pretty adept at examining a subject apart from my own beliefs, approaching it as a neutral observer would, and trying to see if there are any compelling, non-religious reasons to adopt certain behaviors. To that end, my research has been all over the spectrum, and I intentionally read both pro-, and anti-porn materials with an open mind. In fact, at one point in my research, I came to think that while porn wasn’t for me because of my personal beliefs, it really wasn’t a big deal for other men, and did not have significantly deleterious effects. But then, after reading more materials on the subject, I ultimately came to feel that the argument against using porn was in fact the strongest, regardless of a person’s religious beliefs.

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Life in the 'Islamic State': Spoils for the rulers, terror for the ruled

The Islamic State came to power in the wake of years of fighting in Syria and Iraq that already had shattered many public institutions. But people interviewed said the Islamic State had made the damage worse, in ways that could be felt for decades to come — reversing gains in public education, ruining the medical infrastructure, establishing a justice system based on terror, and exposing a generation of children to gruesome and psychologically devastating violence.

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Bombshell Admission: HHS Tells The Stream: We've Conducted ZERO Oversight of Planned Parenthood Since 2007 | The Stream

HHS released 190 pages of emails to The Stream, but these were heavily redacted. Most of the emails appear to be internal discussions about how to respond to reporters’ questions about Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue and responses to reporters — essentially coordinated talking points for damage control within various divisions of HHS and even within the FDA. Questions where the answers were redacted include, “Does the NIH believe doctors violated federal law by performing procedures in a way that preserved specific body parts?” and “Does the NIH believe the NIH or funded researchers violated federal law by their involvement with Planned Parenthood or StemExpress?”

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112. Proofs of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

The One Minute Apologist gives us proofs for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in this new episode. Recommended book "Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment? A Debate between William Lane Craig & Gerd Ludemann" by Paul Copan: http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Resurrect...

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Thirty-Three on the Three-in-One

How well do you know the doctrine of the Trinity? Together with Rebecca Stark, I have put together a little quiz that will allow you to test yourself. Here are 33 statements related to the Trinity. Simply answer true or false to each one and see your scor

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Pastors.com

I’m often asked, “How can a service be both a worship service and place for seekers to experience Jesus?”...

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Innovative Apologetics: The Proof and Evidence for God is Overwhelming pt 1

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The Definitive Ranking of Insanely Awesome Christian Album Covers

Sure, we still see tiny thumbnail images of singles and LP album covers displayed next to the song streaming on our iPhones, but it's just not the same as regularly examining album covers in all of their visual glory. In the world of Christian music, where many artists used the cover to blend spiritual metaphors with airbrushed supernatural entities, inspired outfits and creative font selections, there is truly something that modern music fans are missing.

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The Real Source of Self-Confidence

It’s really all about knowing your God-appointed sphere, or your God-appointed zone, and being comfortable to be that. I love Ephesians 1, where Paul starts, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God to the Saints who are in Ephesus.” So I think about that: “Paul,” this is who I am; “an apostle,” this is what I do; “of Jesus Christ,” this is who I do it for; “by the will of God,” this is my authority; “to the saints of Ephesus,” this is my sphere, my audience. Paul knew who he was, what he was about, who he was doing it for. What a great way to live our lives.

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Eat Local

I Want To Eat A Wookie...No, Not That Kind: "cookie cooked in the most delectable way possible -in a waffle iron! Top it off with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate syrup like the Iron Press does and you have a dessert that is made of pure magic."

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale joins the show talk about his children’s book, Veep and Arrested Development.

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Guard your hearts at all costs in the war with porn

Engaging in pornography not only erodes the soul, it also physically impacts the way that your brain is wired. John Piper in a recent article explains some research within the medical community that shows pornography has an addiction effect similar to cocaine and heroine. Cocaine and heroine cause a “high” in two distinct ways. Yet, as the article explains, viewing pornography actually taps into both these causes. A drug addict needs more and more drugs to realize the same sensation. Likewise, pornography re-wires the brain in the same way and, thus, needing more and more pornography to feel the same effects. Therefore, pornography is not only addicting in a spiritualized, sin-craving manner, but your body becomes physically addicted to the “high” and *needs* more material to achieve this high. This addiction is both spiritual and physical. It can all be accessed alone—”anonymously”—in the comfort of your personal computer or smartphone.

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Yet Another Reason to Believe Our Finite Universe Points to the Existence of God - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

A few things here, Gary. 1. If Jesus is not the creator but yet you claim that there is a creator then how do you know that and how do you know that there is not more than one. 2. Just because the colleges and universities dont site the resurection as probable doesnt make it less probable that it happened, especially when you take into consideration that secular universities hold to a philosophy the Bible is just myth and superstition. 3. Most scholars believers and unbeliever (bart Ehrman comes to mind) hold the position that the Bible is one of if not the most reliable source that we have from antiquity and that the book of Acts has been proven very reliable. 4. When you look at what the writers of the New Testament were saying and what that meant for them all the theories for the body of Christ being gone get weaker and the resurrection gets stronger.5. When it comes to archaelogical evidence, well abscence of evidence is not evidence of absecense, one little bit of history that we do know is true, Jericho was a real city and it was destroyed the question is how, when and by whom the story in exodus seems to add up you should check out Patterns of Evidence: Exodus its on Netflix right now.

31 Reasons to Believe's VIP Room at NCCA

Reasons to Believe will be hosting a VIP Room at this year's National Conference on Christian Apologetics and we want you to join us! Consider this your "backstage pass" to connect with RTB scholars and staff, enjoy light refreshments, and receive exclusive RTB product. We hope you'll take advantage of this unique opportunity.

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Finding Noah - Tickets

Finding Noah will be in theaters for one night only on October 8 across the country. You can find the closest theater on this page or by using the Zip Code finder.

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Stealing from God – Part 2, with Frank Turek | Bible Answer Man with Hank Hanegraaff

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank welcomes Dr. Frank Turek into the studio for an in-depth look at his book, Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case. Since stealing is a crime, Frank uses the acronym CRIMES to communicate the scope of intellectual crimes atheists are committing by stealing from God to make their case against Him. Hank and Dr. Turek cover the first three letters of the acronym CRIMES as delineated in his book. The letter “C” represents Causality. The “R” stands for Reason, and the “I” stands for Information and Intentionality. The arguments of atheists are not only self-refuting, but end up stealing from a theistic worldview to try to prove their point.

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https://www.crossway.org/books/the-great-christ-comet-case/

“Nicholl breaks important new ground in the quest for the historical Star of Bethlehem. Not only does he develop a formidable case for identifying the Star as a great comet; he also proposes a fresh explanation as to what it may have done to so impress the Magi. Nicholl has a clear understanding of the relevant areas of modern astronomy, and especially of the nature, evolution, and orbital dynamics of comets as currently understood. This work will be of great interest to astronomers, theologians, historians of science, and the general public, and will hopefully stimulate important new lines of scientific enquiry.” Mark Bailey ,  Director, Armagh Observatory; coauthor, The Origin of Comets

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Putting the cookies on the lowest shelf

I recently met with about 80 contractors who will be working on a new building for the church I serve as pastor. I introduced myself and the 200-year history of our church, told them about our mission to glorify God by proclaiming Jesus Christ and serving others, and then I turned it over to our architect. From that point on, I might as well have been in Uzbekistan at a goatherders’ convention because I had no clue what they were saying.

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Many World Religions Fail the Origin of the Universe Test

There are a few reasons why your kids should know at least the basics of the evidence for God outside the Bible.  The first is to give them as many reasons to hold on to their faith as they face challenges in the future.  You have no way of knowing what challenges they will face, nor what questions they will struggle with, why not equip them well?

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The False gods of hinduism Seem to Have Been Working Out

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The Dangers of Church Lingo

There’s no quicker way to alienate someone than to speak in a way they don’t understand. And we might not be speaking Dutch (unless you attend church in the Netherlands, in which case, hallo!). But we have a whole arsenal of words at our disposal that would be unfamiliar to a person who’s unfamiliar with church.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput: Synod document 'engenders a subtle hopelessness' - Sacred and Profane

“Paragraphs 7-10 of the Instrumentum did a good job of describing the condition of today’s families. But overall, the text engenders a subtle hopelessness. This leads to a spirit of compromise with certain sinful patterns of life and the reduction of Christian truths about marriage and sexuality to a set of beautiful ideals — which then leads to surrendering the redemptive mission of the Church. The work of this synod needs to show much more confidence in the Word of God, the transformative power of grace, and the ability of people to actually live what the Church believes. And it should honor the heroism of abandoned spouses who remain faithful to their vows and the teaching of the Church.

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Jeff Myers on Twitter

Thanks @ericmetaxas for the interview on your show yesterday about the importance of worldview. Listen here- http://ow.ly/T93MB  #podcast

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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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Our Good Is God’s Delight

God’s pursuit of praise from us and our pursuit of pleasure in him are one and the same pursuit. God’s quest to be glorified and our quest to be satisfied reach their goal in this one experience: our delight in God, which overflows in praise.

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How Philosophy Relates to the Bible

“Paul did apologetics and preached to the Athenian philosophers, so it is unlikely that he is condemning all philosophy (Acts 17:16-34)”–> I’m not sure why the conclusion of “so it is unlikely that he is condemning all philosophy” could be drawn, as it could simply be the case that Paul preached to “bad guys” (just like what we are taught nowadays) and I think in the chapter, there is no mention about “all” philosophy and Paul also didn’t give any positive comment on philosophy.

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3 Ways 'Mystery Guests' Can Improve Your Church

You are about to see your church through a lens that you’ve never seen it through before: The guest lens. Prepare yourself. You’re going to see what it’s like to visit your own website and try and find worship times or information on children’s ministries. You’ll learn what it’s like to find a place to park, and walk through doors (assuming you can find the right door), and face a crowd of people you’ve never met before. You’ll know if people are friendly, what it’s like to maneuver your way to the restroom using only signs, or how comfortable parents feel checking their kids into your Sunday school or kid’s ministry. You’ll see how easy it is to follow along with the elements of the service, and you’ll know when someone fills out the information card if they were actually contacted.

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Is There Extrabiblical Evidence About Jesus' Life?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2001, John Ankerberg interviewed William Lane Craig on on the subject of, "Jesus of Nazareth." In the interview, Dr Craig was asked a number of questions about the historicity of Jesus, the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus, the reliability of the gospel accounts, and much more. Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-de... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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What to Do When You've Lost Your Faith

This may be difficult for a person who feels they are walking strongly in their faith to understand, but for those who feel they've lost their faith (as in they doubt the existence of God and are essentially agnostic admittedly or not), the last thing they may want to do or even feel capable of doing is dwell in Jesus' presence. As quoted by others above Hebrews 11:6 says "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone that comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Someone who has lost their faith does not believe that He exists; therefore, how can they even come to him when they currently lack the faith to do so. Indeed, though hard to understand, many of those that have walked away find pain in the thought of even trying to come to Him because they themselves feel betrayed by everything they once thought they believed. At the very least, this article gives them something tangible to reach out to, something that they know is real, in hopes that by being thankful for what -is- in front of them, God may speak to their hearts and move them to the path He desires.

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Creflo Dollar on Twitter

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Give Your Weakness to God

It’s a pet peeve of mine — that I’m also guilty of — when those words are used as a greeting rather than as a question. It’s easy to say, “How are you doing?” without actually wanting a substantive answer. Sometimes people will ask me that without even breaking stride as they pass me by. The only appropriate, or even physically possible, answer becomes “Oh, fine” or “Good!” — even if things may not be so. This type of shallow greeting embodies a lot of our everyday interactions. We often hum along the surface in relationships but rarely plunge beneath to the real state of our hearts.

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NPR on Twitter

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Ligonier Ministries

Using a coffeehouse setting, Dr. Sproul encourages students to question popular notions about the ultimate issues of life. Featuring student video interviews, he shows the inadequacy of secularism to provide a basis for finding any meaning in life or for making any value judgements at all. He shows that questions of human dignity must rely on a biblical understanding of the nature of God and of man. He discusses arguments for God’s existence, the Bible’s validity, and Christ as the only way. Powerful, timely teaching for young people.

51 5 Lies That Lead to Burnout
52 Is Apologetics in Vain?
53 God, Science & the Big Questions: Leading Christian Thinkers Respond to the New Atheism | Open Biola
54 Stephon Marbury Says $200 Jordans Are Made for $5; Will Re-Release His Own $15 Shoe
55 Were Early Christian Scribes Untrained Amateurs?
56 Climb the Ladder: Ecclesiastes 6:1-12
57 U.S. hero of French train attack stabbed in Calif.
58 The Savior’s Tears Shed for Yours
59 How the Other Half Reads: What I Learned from a Book on Manhood
60 Don’t Be a Pop-Culture Pharisee
61 7 crucial reasons why a pastor’s spiritual life matters to his church
62 "See to It that No One Fails" - A Chapel Message by Dr. Heshael York from Hebrews 12:12-17
63 Sean McDowell on Twitter
64 Sean McDowell on Twitter
65 From Spanish teacher to deputy: Biola alumna uses education to help others
66 Smells Like Comedy: Andy Kaufman Gets a New Fragrance
67 Steven J. Frisch on Twitter
68 WORLD | McCarthy stuns GOP, abandons speaker bid | J.C. Derrick | Oct. 8, 2015
69 https://www.crossway.org/books/expository-apologetics-tpb/
70 Dr. Michael Brown vs. Prof. Eric Smaw on Same-Sex "Marriage": Should It Be Legal?
71 Ghosts for Atheists
72 Renewable Energy Soccer Balls Provide Electricity for Communities in Need
73 Roger Marsh on Twitter
74 World’s Oldest Woman’s Secret to Longevity: Sleep and Bacon
75 Sean McDowell on Twitter
76 Book Review: "Owen on the Christian Life" by Matthew Barrett and Michael Haykin
77 Crossway on Twitter
78 Renewing Your Mind | The Spirit in Creative Expression | October 8, 2015
79 My own ranking of gloriously awesomer Christian album covers
80 Genome Biology | Full text | Spatial reorganization of telomeres in long-lived quiescent cells
81 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
82 When tragedy strikes, partisan politicking offers cold comfort (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service
83 Enduring Faith
84 Shark Attacks Teen, Teen Attacks Shark