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How Can We Know Heaven Exists?

What is the best evidence for Heaven? How can we know the afterlife is real? Sean briefly answers these questions.

Things Got Surprisingly Heated When an NRA Leader Visited ‘Fox News Sunday’

Yesterday morning, NRA Executive Director Chris Cox visited Fox News Sunday to discuss potential gun regulations in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead. The interview with Chris Wallace got surprisingly heated. Though Fox News is generally associated with more conservative political stances, Wallace continually pushed back on Cox—including Cox’s suggestion that it was too soon to discuss regulations and that pro-regulation people with armed security guards are hypocrites. He even told Cox he was “put off” by his arguments. There were even times when Cox seemed visually frustrated by the pushback.  The

How to Kill a Church

Nothing destroys a church faster than when it loses the gospel. Our churches need leaders who never compromise on the purity of the good news.

There is power in the name of Jesus: X-Factor hopeful wows Wembley - Premier

A sixteen-year-old singer has battled through to the next round of the X-Factor by singing the gospel classic 'Break every chain'.

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Nabeel, Bahnsen & Keith Green 3: Why the Good Die Young

Why do devout people like Greg Bahnsen and others die so young? Why do some profligates die in old age? Why do so many Rock Stars die horible deaths at young ages? These questions and more are answered in this fascinating Podcast.

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Real Evil...Really - Southern by His Grace

I was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, born again at a very young age, married a beautiful and likeminded woman, moved to Tennessee, and raised two children in the Southern traditions of loving God and neighbor, exercising manners, and being stewards of the land and its bounty. After becoming involved in youth ministry in our local church, the need of teaching people "what they believe and why they believe it" became painfully apparent, especially in my immediate context (rural Southern churches). We began an apologetics/theology ministry there but have since moved on. After serving in church leadership and being called to faithfulness and duty to protect our congregation from a rogue pastor under church discipline of his previous church, my experiences in this biblical process shape much of what I believe about how churches in the South have become weak and why nominal Christianity is prevalent. I love the Church and Southern culture so you can expect to read about apologetics and theology as well as church and culture here, written southern style, by the grace of God.

3 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily

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Playground Apologetics: Apologetics Tactics for Busy Moms

Earlier this week I found myself caught in the morning line of cars leaving my neighborhood’s elementary school.  I live with my husband and 3-year-old son in a suburb of San Antonio. We’re in south Texas and our “Mayberry” (as many call it) is incredibly conservative – and not just politically.  We have a lot of churches. When I say “a lot,” I mean that we could put you in a blindfold at most any intersection in the city, give you a stone to throw, and you’d probably hit one. It’s Narnia, for sure.  Or a bubble.  Whatever you’d like to call it. So, you can imagine my surprise on Tuesday as I pulled up behind a big SUV boldly emblazoned with a lightbulb-shaped sticker and the words “skeptic kids.”  There went my bubble.

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

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5 Misconceptions About Feminism in the Church

I once had a conversation with a male acquaintance of mine in which I told him that one of the things that I do via my blog is base my devotionals solely on the women of the Bible. His response was, “Why just the women? That doesn’t seem fair …” Needless to say, I had to school him about a lot of the issues of representation that exist. I find that this tends to be a prevailing attitude towards feminism as well—that it’s not fair because it only seeks to benefit women. But gender roles and patriarchy not only negatively impact women, they negatively impact men as well. Hence phenomena such as: toxic masculinity, a father’s role in their child’s life not being considered as important as a mother’s, men being afraid that asking for help makes them look weak, leading to high rates of suicide and men not being able to express a full range of emotions, including sensitivity.

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Can you be a rich Christian? - Premier Christian Radio

Is it more difficult to be a Christian if you have a large sum in the bank? The former Bishop of Bristol Rev Mike Hill joined Inspirational Breakfast and said he thought that the reason God didn’t allow him to become wealthy long term is that he knew it would be a distraction for him.  He said “money can easily become an idol” however he did point out that the church and society in general has been greatly been greatly blessed by people who have created wealth and given it away generously.

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Matrimony No More: Why the End of Marriage in Eternity Is Good News

Let’s end where we began. If the age to come is not only an improvement over the worst of this world, but over the best , then the end of marriage is spectacularly good news. Do you see this? Marriage in this age, at its best, offers some of life’s most intense pleasures, and sweetest intimacies. If you have ever tasted these, or have ever dreamed of tasting them, then you can feel the astonishing force of the promise that marriage will be no more because it was too weak to carry God’s best eternal pleasures.

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Make sure to read Pastor Mark's new post "Where Did the Bible Come From?" Part 3 on common questions about the Bible http://bit.ly/2xunfqP  pic.twitter.com/9HdEPl4eXr

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Princeton Student Ministry Drops Evangelical Name After 80 Years

More than 80 years ago, the first president of Princeton Evangelical Fellowship aspired for the organization to allow students “to enjoy Christian fellowship one with another, to bear united witness to the faith of its members in the whole Bible as the inspired Word of God, and to encourage other students to take, with them, a definite stand for Christ on the campus.”

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Souls Need Songs: How God Shapes Us Through Singing

God thinks singing is so important that he commissioned groups in Israel to ministries of music. For example, the Korahites’ sole job description was to sing to the Lord. In 2 Chronicles 20:19, they “stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.” The Korahites’ singing wasn’t just for show; their ministry had a purpose. Singing serves to refresh and reorient our souls in ways that other forms of instruction simply don’t. Singing helps us love God not only with our minds, but also with our hearts and souls and strength (Mark 12:30).

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Do You Look Like Your Father?

And therefore, God’s holy children, who take after him, do not minimize the seriousness of sin. They are never to call evil good (Isaiah 5:20). They are never to obscure the truth that God’s righteous judgment will come upon sinners who do not repent and trust Christ — a warning God clearly and repeatedly issues in Scripture. And they continually point others to the cross, the true cleft in the rock foreshadowed in Moses’s experience on Sinai.

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers!

A virus has been spreading across America. Chances are you’ve already been infected without even realizing it. The virus is made up of dangerous ideas—worldviews that don’t reflect Jesus and biblical living. According to a recent Barna study, less than one in five practicing Christians have a biblical worldview. Idea viruses—stemming from secularism, Marxism, postmodernism, new spirituality, and Islam—are rampant in our churches today. But don’t give up—there is hope! The Secret Battle of Ideas about God is a manual for winning the battle of ideas that is raging for our hearts and minds. Join Jeff Myers on a fascinating journey exploring today’s worldviews and what they say about life’s biggest questions. What he discovers will astound you; strengthen your faith; and inspire a newfound sense of love, healing, purpose, peace, and hope in your life.   ORDER YOUR COPY NOW >>>

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Do You Wake Up Discontent?

We are only ever able to find real and lasting contentment in this world if the foundation of this contentment is a deep and abiding trust in the fact that our real home, the one without suffering, is already secured. We own it. We are cosmic relief workers in this pain-filled world, for a moment in time, because God has determined that we can best serve others and glorify him here right now. Our life, and the ways it feels broken are an assignment from God for today.

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The Faith-Work Gap for Professional Women

For a movement as complex as evangelicalism, the reasons for these findings are likewise complex. Unlike other surveyors, Barna identifies evangelicals by adherence to nine theological criteria rather than church attendance or survey participants’ self-identification as evangelical. Among Barna’s criteria is “a strong belief that the Bible is accurate in all the principles it teaches.” Many evangelicals believe that Scripture forbids women from having authority over men in the home (Eph. 5:22–24) and the church (1 Tim. 2:11–12). This certainly informs church leadership; according to Barna, evangelicals were the group least likely to be accepting of a female pastor (39%). But Roxanne Stone, editor in chief at Barna, notes that evangelicals’ “view of leadership within the church is expanded into their view of societal leadership more broadly.” So while the Bible doesn’t forbid women from leadership in society—and might actually encourage it, given the examples of Deborah, Esther, and the Proverbs 31 woman—their beliefs about women leaders in the church color their perception of all women leaders.

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Bible Answer Man on Twitter

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Unbelievable? Why I became a Protestant. Why I converted to Catholicism. Chris Arnzen & James Bogle: Saturday 07 October 2017 2:30:00 pm - Premier Christian Radio

Chris Arnzen and James Bogle explain why they traded places and debate why they each think they stand on the right side of the Reformation's dividing lines concerning grace, works and Catholic doctrines. Read their stories  https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2017/October-2017/Trading-Places

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Five Reasons You Can Trust the Story of Christmas Is True (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity

Reason 5: The Virgin Conception Wasn’t Borrowed from Another Source Skeptics also attempt to discredit the virgin conception of Jesus by claiming it was borrowed from prior pagan mythologies such as those of Mithras or Horus. But any fair examination of pagan mythological birth narratives revels the dramatic differences between the virgin conception of Jesus and stories about the supernatural emergence of mythological gods. While “borrowing” may have occurred between belief systems, the weak resemblances between the Biblical account and pagan mythologies are far more likely the result of the Judeo-Christian influence rather than contamination from a pagan source. It’s irrational to believe the early Jewish readers of the gospels would embrace any part of paganism in the story of Jesus’ conception as continuous with the Jewish narrative from the Old Testament. In addition, early Christian converts were repeatedly called to a new life in Christ, told they were merely travelers passing through this mortal (and pagan) world, called to live a life that was free of worldly influences, and told to reject the foolish philosophies and stories of men.

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What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith?

Since I have been working on this book people have been increasingly asking me, “What do you think is the most powerful evidence for the Christian faith?” While I do think the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, the textual evidence for the reliability of the Bible, and the scientific evidence for a designer are persuasive, these are not the most 

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The Point: Take an Hour

This shouldn’t be news to any of us who grew up knowing about daily quiet times with the Lord. But it should be a challenge to us—to put down the phone and ignore the email. To pause, pray and reflect. To take a Shultz hour.

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Esteem-Driven Engines: Humility and Self-Esteem - Biola University Center for Christian Thought / The Table

In February of 2016, the rapper who is better known for his remarkable ego both on and off of the stage, made a series of remarkably self-aware remarks about self-esteem and humility. It all started with a tweet in the early morning hours of February 18, in which West expresses regret about previous statements in which he claimed to have “retaken the rap throne.” He notes that instead of thinking about rap as a zero-sum game of which he was the ultimate winner, it’s better to recognize that his merits are only relative. “Some rappers got the club,” he tweeted, “some got the radio… and some got the conscience…some got the streets… Everybody has something they do best.” He goes on to register that while this is a change of heart for him, the ability to change one’s mind is a mark of humility—something he is seeking to embody. Finally, he concludes the series of tweets by confessing, “My number one enemy has been my own ego,” and that “there is only one throne and that’s God’s.”

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Bible Answer Man on Twitter

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‘You Can’t Just Tell Us What to Believe’

D uring the 1990s and early 2000s, my grandmother actively supported the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as well as her state’s amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. When I came out to her, she wanted to learn more. Upon first reading the story of someone who had grown up as a gay Christian and was committed to celibacy, she told me, “I’ve never heard an account like this before—from someone who involuntarily has these experiences but doesn’t pursue them.”

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"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." –Genesis 1:27

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CBN.com - The Christian Broadcasting Network

CBN is a global ministry committed to preparing the nations of the world for the coming of Jesus Christ through mass media. Using television and the Internet, CBN is proclaiming the Good News in 149 countries and territories, with programs and content in 67 languages.

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Is Genre Important in Bible Reading?

One of the most outstanding beauties we see in the Bible is that it is not bound to one genre. The Bible is not a collection of aphorisms; it is not merely a legal textbook; it doesn’t only give historical accounts — but in poetry, historical narrative, law, prophecy, theological discourse, personal correspondence, and many other genres, we find the peculiar glory of God’s inspired authors shining forth in every genre of the Bible.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/focus-on-your-future-to-get-through-temporary-troubles

In this series, Pastor Rick teaches from the life of Daniel. God tested Daniel through every stage of his life, from his teenage years all the way into retirement. And the practical lessons from Daniel’s story will help you to stand firm in your beliefs and to develop a greater trust in God.

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J Warner Wallace Wants You to Have a 'Forensic Faith' (and so do I)

In my line of work in finding articles to feature here at The Poached Egg , all too often I run across an article written by some well-meaning Christian that is critical of apologetics and attempts to make a case for why we don’t need it or that it is even damaging to the cause of Christianity (i.e. glorifying Christ and making disciples). This is very baffling to me because I returned to the Christian faith by way of apologetics (although I didn’t know what it was at the time) after having abandoned it as a young man who had been raised in a faithful church by faithful Christian parents and I know many others with similar stories—not to mention that these arguments against apologetics are self-defeating because they are using apologetics to explain why we don’t need apologetics. Sheesh! Seriously, no matter how many of these articles (there have been books written on the topic as well) I read, I fail to understand how anyone could object to a Christian knowing why they should believe what they believe… and this is where Forensic Faith shines…

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Manhood and Womanhood Before Sin

It leaves open this question: Within the equality of personhood and the equality of dignity might there not be some special responsibilities that man has because he is man and that woman has because she is woman? In showing mutual respect and care, might there not be some special ways that a man is to respect a woman and special ways that a woman is to respect a man? Does equality of personhood and mutuality of respect demand sameness of responsibilities or even equal access to all responsibilities? Or did God intend from the beginning that our equality be expressed differently in the way we relate to each other as man and woman?

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Yes, Christianity Is a Religion, Not Just a Relationship

We need some organization, and that’s not a bad thing. Ritual and religious practice can damage relationship, of course, but they can also facilitate it. As Paul argues in I Corinthians 11-12, church gatherings are meant to be orderly so that we can commit to coming together for better and not for worse, to engage in relationships with more spiritual heft and structure than just hanging out.

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The Fearless Pacifist: Menno Simons (1496–1561)

In 1526, he began to question the truthfulness of the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation (the idea that the bread and wine transform into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist). Simons thought this doubt might be the devil deluding him, so he reluctantly began to study the Bible. While he could nowhere find the doctrine of transubstantiation, he discovered the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Christ! He began sharing his discoveries with others from the pulpit, propelling him to a place of regional prominence as an evangelical preacher.

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Fear Not, I Am with You, I Am Your God

And now I am a father with sons. And I rejoice that I can do for them what my father did for me. So last Wednesday evening just before Benjamin left for boot camp in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, we all sat down in the living room and I said, “There is a special verse I want to send with you, because my father sent it with me. It served me well and it will serve you well. ‘Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’”

37 Sen. Cruz: Today’s Announcement is a Significant Victory for Religious Liberty | Ted Cruz | U.S. Senator for Texas

“Today the administration ended a policy that was repugnant to our country’s tradition of religious freedom,” Sen. Cruz said. “For the Little Sisters of the Poor and others facing similar persecution for their religious faith, today’s announcement is a significant victory. Like many of the previous administration's controversial policies, the contraception mandate was an invention of the executive branch. It is therefore both fitting and proper that the executive branch reversed course when the mandate’s faults became too glaring to overlook.”

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The Point: Hey, That’s a Baby!

As the folks at LiveAction.org put it, the thermal image proves yet again that preborn babies are human beings. “The outline of the preborn child can be clearly seen and is evidence that life does indeed begin inside the womb. Preborn children are not just ‘clumps of cells’ or ‘tissue’ that the abortion industry would have everyone believe them to be.”

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Late Night Hosts So Disgusted By Harvey Weinstein Scandal They Refuse To Even Mention His Name

U.S.—Since the shocking revelation last week of Hollywood boss Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long reign of habitual sexual harassment and assault on coworkers and associates, during which he allegedly paid off at least eight women to keep quiet about the abuse, a source close to the nation’s most popular late night hosts revealed that they are all so disgusted by Weinstein’s harmful and deviant actions that they refuse to even mention his name.

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Church 'should lose same-sex marriage exemption' - Premier

There is a fresh call for the Church of England to lose its exemption from conducting same-sex marriages, this time from one of its own bishops.

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The Monday Morning Protestant: Thomas Becon (c. 1512–1567)

Second, Becon instructed Christians to view their lives as a continual stage of worship where godliness was on display, even in the mundane on Monday morning. For Becon, worship was not limited to Sunday gatherings. Nor was it confined to certain spiritual disciplines, such as Bible reading or prayer. Worship, rather, was an incessant activity that was to weave its way through the liturgy of daily life: the eating of meals, laboring at one’s place of employment, spending leisure time, and retiring to bed.

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US Vice President Mike Pence praises Americans' resolve at Vegas prayer service - Premier

US Vice President Mike Pence praised the heroic response by police and the resolve of the American people at a prayer service Saturday in Las Vegas before organisers released 58 white doves in memory of each victim killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Exclusive: Evangelicals urge more action from Trump against alt-right

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How 'Blade Runner 2049' Corrects How We Think About Destiny

of being an overly joyful movie—this is a dark dystopian sci-fi film we’re talking about—but there is joy to be had here, if you know where to look. The joy of embracing the role you were born to play. The role of accepting reality and learning contentment. And the joy of understanding that just because you’re not the Chosen One doesn’t mean you haven’t been chosen.

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Churches urged to reach inmates leaving prison - Premier

There is a call during Prisons Week for more churches to reach out to people who are leaving prison after completing their sentences.

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Monday, October 9, 2017 — The Briefing

So when caught in this situation, another glaring situation of hypocrisy, Harvey Weinstein said he would make atonement. How? By apologizing to women? By changing his behavior? No, by giving even more money to liberal causes as if that should cause liberals to say well then never mind on all the sexual misbehavior. In terms of the Christian worldview what’s most important to understand here is the fact that in a fallen in a sinful world there is no shortage of hypocrisy. Both of these articles make very good points, and both of them reveal genuine hypocrisy. One of the insights you gain from reading these two articles together, however, is that you understand why those who operate from a consistently biblical understanding will affirm that morality isn’t just something that’s relative but actually objective. When it comes to those who hold to a moral relativism, hypocrisy is actually more a form of embarrassment. For those who hold to a more revealed morality from Scripture, it’s absolutely humiliating.

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Monday, October 9, 2017 — The Briefing

So when caught in this situation, another glaring situation of hypocrisy, Harvey Weinstein said he would make atonement. How? By apologizing to women? By changing his behavior? No, by giving even more money to liberal causes as if that should cause liberals to say well then never mind on all the sexual misbehavior. In terms of the Christian worldview what’s most important to understand here is the fact that in a fallen in a sinful world there is no shortage of hypocrisy. Both of these articles make very good points, and both of them reveal genuine hypocrisy. One of the insights you gain from reading these two articles together, however, is that you understand why those who operate from a consistently biblical understanding will affirm that morality isn’t just something that’s relative but actually objective. When it comes to those who hold to a moral relativism, hypocrisy is actually more a form of embarrassment. For those who hold to a more revealed morality from Scripture, it’s absolutely humiliating.

51 Did the Reformation Secularize the West?
52 John Sentamu calls on Christians to give to Myanmar appeal - Premier
53 Greg Koukl on Twitter
54 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
55 Desiring God on Twitter
56 Premier Christian on Twitter
57 Around the World in 80 Days, Day 44: Nigeria, Part 5 - The Fast and the Furious
58 A Hunger for God
59 The Clamor over Columbus
60 Sean McDowell on Twitter
61 God Is Holy and Righteous — Are Those the Same?
62 BreakPoint on Twitter
63 Greg Koukl on Twitter
64 5 simple ways to get young students excited about old hymns — Southern Equip
65 What Alfred Kinsey and Hugh Hefner Had in Common | The Stream
66 Harvey Weinstein Has Been Fired From the Weinstein Co. Following Sexual Assault Allegations.
67 Soli Deo Gloria: Glorifying God in Everything by Stephen Nichols | October 9, 2017
68 Anglican divide: GAFCON accuses Justin Welby of attributing blame to the wrong people - Premier
69 Pornography: The New Narcotic
70 Refusing to Soften the Atonement
71 Stand to Reason on Twitter
72 US Pastor Andrew Brunson Marks 1 Year Imprisonment in Turkey
73 The Women of the Reformation
74 Trump Exempts Religious Employers from Birth Control Coverage
75 Turkey Has Imprisoned an American Pastor for a Year. It’s Time We Take a Stand.
76 The TC Apologetics Daily
77 Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation
78 Stand to Reason on Twitter
79 The Phoenix of Florence: Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562)
80 What Can A Christian Learn From Cold Case Principles? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
81 After Mass Shootings, Americans Turn to Four Bible Verses Most
82 Atheists Again Get Pastors’ Best Benefit Ruled Unconstitutional
83 Hope for Hard Marriages
84 Overcoming Echo Chambers: Can Christians and Muslims get along in America? - The Veritas Forum
85 5MinInChurchHistory on Twitter
86 Self-Control and the Power of Christ
87 What is the Core Reason Kids leave the Faith? #SundayWithSean
88 CRI on Twitter
89 Brute Facts and the Argument from Contingent Beings
90 Denny Burk on Twitter
91 What came before the Big Bang is not a science question | Uncommon Descent
92 Q&A: Ministering to Gang Members Is God’s Work
93 Does Truth Exist? Does God Exist?
94 Should Children Sit Through “Big Church”?
95 Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me
96 Westminster Seminary on Twitter