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1 Privileged Species with Michael Denton, the Antidote to Cosmos, Will Have Its Southern California Premiere on Friday

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

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The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish

Why do people, invited for a dinner party at 7.30, think its cool to arrive at 8.30? It’s rude. It’s inconsiderate. And it’s selfish, as I witnessed in a coffee shop near my home one weekend. Three “ladies who lunch” (a species not confined to, but heavily represented on, the lower North Shore of Sydney) were chatting loudly at the table next to me. One inquired what time the ‘drinks do’ was that night. The reply for all the world to hear was ‘Oh 7.30, but we won’t get there till 9 because by then it will have warmed up and all the interesting people will have arrived’. Nice. Imagine if everyone took that view. Cocktail parties would start at 3 am eventually.

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Out of the classroom: Parents explore home-schooling

Out of the classroom: Parents explore home-schooling Arlene Figueroa knew she had found her "tribe of moms" when she met a network of women who gave birth at home and were now home-schooling their kids. "They all thought a little more holistically, and their Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1udgl4g

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9 Things You Should Know About Military Chaplains

Today is Veterans Day, the official holiday in the United States that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Here are nine things you should know about an oft-overlooked group of veterans—military chaplains.

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Memorize the Mind of God

But maybe the breakthrough could come with some simple change in perspective. What if Scripture memory really was about today? At least for a minute, forget decades from now; throw aside the litany of daily reviews of previously memorized texts; abandon the mentality of building the store and stocking the pile, at least as the driving motivation. Instead, focus on the present. Scripture memory, at its best, is about feeding your soul today and mapping your life and mind onto the very life and mind of God.

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On the Wrong Side of History? Carson, Keller, and Piper Tackle a Common Objection

The wrong-side-of-history objection “presupposes a certain view of history, an inevitability of certain social trends that are going that way no matter what we do,” Don Carson explains in a new roundtable video with Tim Keller and John Piper. “But if we look at history another way—space and time are going to unravel as the Lord of history brings all things to pass—you bet I want to be on the right side of history.” As Keller puts it, “Since Jesus Christ is coming again, the only way to be on the right side of history is to belong to him.”

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Christian Cries for Justice Can Save Women of All Faiths

The Huffington Post UK describes the execution of Jabbari as “the moment that an Iranian mother weeps as she learns her young daughter has been hung for the murder of the man she said was trying to rape her.” Christians worldwide can weep along with Reyhaneh’s mother. Indeed, as followers of Christ, we can weep for the thousands of women like her who are murdered, maimed, or disfigured under religious laws that blame female victims, that treat women as less than human.

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Innovative Apologetics: Relativism and Nihilism Some Applications for Apologetics part 1

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'The Problems Between Our Countries Are Between Politicians, Not Christians'

I went twice to Crimea and talked to the people. Some people are really eager to come back to Russia, because they speak Russian, they have so much relationship. Russia, in my opinion, has no desire to take over more land or something like this. Of course I’m not a politician, I am a Christian leader. However, I can understand. I can feel it what is going on society, because for many many years when Crimea was part of Ukraine, the many, many Russians said some not very nice words to Mr. Khrushchev who just gave it up. This small land has made tension between our political leaders. One of the difficulties between political leaders and we like parts of societies have some misunderstandings. We need one part of our leadership to explain the history that is behind the land. It’s a complex issue. You have to understand why this decision was made. In my opinion, the Russian Federation has no desire to take more land or create another Soviet Union. Of course, we were a Russian empire in the past, but now we have to obey international laws, rules, and regulations. We want to be a country that has normal life and good relations with everyone.

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Jonah Goldberg - 'Women Matter More Than Fetuses'

During both of my pregnancies, I have monitored the weeks available for legal abortion with the same precision that I used to keep track of when to get the nuchal screening, the amnio, the gestational diabetes test. To me, abortion belongs to the same category as the early Cesarean I will need to undergo because of previous surgeries. That is to say, it is a crucial medical option, a cornerstone in women’s reproductive health care. And during pregnancy, should some medical, economic, or emotional circumstance have caused my fate to be weighed against that of my baby, I believe that my rights, my health, my consciousness, and my obligations to others—including to my toddler daughter—outweigh the rights of the unborn human inside me.

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SBTS @ ETS

Reflections on What Is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns

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Mormon polygamy explodes in the news. Why now? - Flunking Sainthood

The church’s manipulation of history has been found out. It is now experiencing what some have referred to as “the Google apostasy”. Elder B.H. Roberts was the true prophet when he said, “Suppose your youth receive their impressions of church history from “pictures and stories” and build their faith upon these alleged miracles [and] shall someday come face to face with the fact that their belief rests on falsehoods, what then will be the result? Will they not say that since these things are myth and our Church has permitted them to be perpetuated …might not the other fundamentals to the actual story of the Church, the things in which it had its origin, might they not all be lies and nothing but lies? … [Some say that] because one repudiates the false he stands in danger of weakening, perhaps losing the truth. I have no fear of such results. I find my own heart strengthened in the truth by getting rid of the untruth, the spectacular, the bizarre, as soon as I learn that it is based upon worthless testimony. (Defender of the Faith: The B. H. Roberts Story, p. 3

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How To Get Things Done: Taming the Email Beast

Today I am continuing this series on Christians and productivity. I have said that productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God, and to this point I have suggested many different ways of doing that (You can see a series round-up at the bottom of this article). Our topic for this article is taming the email beast.

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Russell Moore explains why couples shouldn’t write their own wedding vows

A couple starting out a wedding frankly don’t know the vows that they need to make without the rest of the body of Christ, with those who’ve gone before them. A twenty-five-year-old couple, they are not thinking about Alzheimer’s disease. They are not thinking about what happens when we find out that our small child is dying with cancer. They don’t think about what happens if one of us commits adultery and we have to work through the aftermath of that. The rest of the body of Christ is speaking of the fact that the vows you are making to one another aren’t simply when things are in conditions as they are right now, and it’s not simply when things are in conditions that you can imagine right now, but it’s in sickness and in health; for richer, for poorer; till death do us part. Those are the sorts of vows that ought to be made.

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Theology Ebook Sale from HarperOne!

In honor of the upcoming American Academy of Religion conference, HarperOne is making these important theology ebooks available for $2.99 each!!!

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Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again

4. There is absolutely zero evidence from early Christianity that Jesus was married.  Not a single historical source anywhere tells us such a thing. The closest any source comes to doing so is a fragmented portion of the third-century Gospel of Philip where we are told that Jesus kissed Mary “on the…”, but the text is missing at precisely this point.  But, aside from being a late gospel, the context of this passage does not suggest any sexual/romantic love for Mary.  Even Bart Ehrman agrees that the affection Jesus shows Mary here is not a different kind than shown to his male disciples (Ehrman, Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code , 179).

19 At What Age Should Parents Start Training Kids to Defend Their Faith? - Stand to Reason Blog

At What Age Should Parents Start Training Kids to Defend Their Faith?

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Ligonier.org

I am a recovering self-centered pragmatic pray-er — a believer who spent many of my first years in Christ thinking of God more as a sugar daddy than the sovereign Father. Prayer, for me, had more in common with programming a heavenly computer than surrendering to a loving Master. I worked harder at claiming God’s promises for my ease than being claimed by God’s purposes for His kingdom. Instead of being still and knowing that God is God, my prayer life was that of an antsy man, trying to help God be God.

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Is World Magazine A Muck-Raker? | HeadHeartHand Blog

Thanks Dr. Murray. I fully agree with one slight qualifier. Your third last bullet implies that if a sin has been addressed by the appropriate Christian authority, it should not be reported. I would say “depends.” Christian institutions (including the church proper but thinking here more of other Christian organizations) have an accountability to the public as well as internally to their members. If there is a scandal or impropriety that would involve the leadership of Cardus or PRTS, even one that is dealt with promptly and appropriately by these organizations, I would not consider it muck-raking for a newspaper or World magazine to report on it, expecting of course that they would report on how the institution dealt with it as well as the nature of the impropriety itself. In fact, I would expect that as part of dealing with the matter in a Christian way, the organizations would be public and transparent, not in a sensational manner, but in a way that confesses the shortcomings that led to the challenge, how forgiveness was sought and granted, and how justice and mercy was embodied in the solution that was found.

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My path to the Ph.D.

Now, after seven years (three years for the M.Div., four years for the Ph.D.), I am still convinced that Southern Seminary is the place.  It is nearly impossible to calculate the worth of the education I received there.  I have been challenged, instructed, encouraged, and loved in very specific ways by my professors; I have found what I anticipate to be life-long friendships with dear brothers in Christ; I have grown in my ability to interpret, teach, and apply Scripture; and I have been spiritually and intellectually enriched by a broad study of theology, church history, philosophy, biblical languages, and hermeneutics.  I wouldn’t trade my education at Southern for the world.

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Is World Magazine A Muck-Raker? | HeadHeartHand Blog

Thanks Dr. Murray. I fully agree with one slight qualifier. Your third last bullet implies that if a sin has been addressed by the appropriate Christian authority, it should not be reported. I would say “depends.” Christian institutions (including the church proper but thinking here more of other Christian organizations) have an accountability to the public as well as internally to their members. If there is a scandal or impropriety that would involve the leadership of Cardus or PRTS, even one that is dealt with promptly and appropriately by these organizations, I would not consider it muck-raking for a newspaper or World magazine to report on it, expecting of course that they would report on how the institution dealt with it as well as the nature of the impropriety itself. In fact, I would expect that as part of dealing with the matter in a Christian way, the organizations would be public and transparent, not in a sensational manner, but in a way that confesses the shortcomings that led to the challenge, how forgiveness was sought and granted, and how justice and mercy was embodied in the solution that was found.

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Taking Homosexual Sin to Church

Unless you’re into the Irish bluesy, indie rock scene, chances are it’s only been in recent months that you’ve heard Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” The song, the lead track on Hozier’s self-titled album released in September, is thick with metaphor, as the catchy refrain goes,

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The rise of Christianity in China - FT.com

In mid-October, Zhang Fan, 29, and her father Zhang Lidong, 55, were sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a woman in a McDonald’s outlet in eastern China after their victim refused to join them in worshipping the “Church of Almighty God”. This apocalyptic millenarian group, which also goes by the name “Eastern Lightning”, claims millions of followers who all believe Jesus has already come back to earth as a Chinese woman and lived in central China until recently. The group also considers the Communist party, which it refers to as the “Great Red Dragon”, to be its mortal enemy and tells adherents it is their duty to fight and slay “demons”. The whole country was shocked in May when a cellphone video circulated online showing the Zhangs and four others, including a 12-year-old, beating the woman to death with a chair and a pole while other customers watched or fled. In response, the government launched a nationwide crackdown on the group and paraded Zhang Lidong on state television, where he admitted his crime and pleaded self defence, saying the woman was a “demon” that attacked him with supernatural powers.

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Renewing Your Mind | A Vested Interest | November 12, 2014

Many folks cope with the pain and suffering of life by holding on to the hope of a better place where there is no more pain, suffering, and tears. Who wouldn’t want to go to a place like that? Jesus promised such a place for His people. But is the Christian belief in heaven a result of our own wishful projections of a better life? Beginning this new series entitled “The Psychology of Atheism,” Dr. Sproul first discusses the underlying motivations of those who do not want God to exist.

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Aubrey Plaza's Interview About Grumpy Cat Redeems Grumpy Cat.

A ubrey Plaza went on Jimmy Kimmel to talk about her upcoming Grumpy Cat movie for Lifetime, and the result is an incredible display of high wire deadpan in which Plaza masterfully promotes her movie even as she skewers its very concept, likely leaving Lifetime execs' heads spinning as to what just happened. "It's not just for kids and cat lovers," Plaza explains, showcasing one of the world's great poker faces. "It's a gift to America. I think people are going to be blown away by it and I'm not kidding." Alright, Aubrey Plaza. We're sold ...

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Merging Faith and Policy to Benefit Families

Jim: --somethin's coming there. But we want to talk to somebody very special today and you know, when it comes to this issue of who gets elected and who doesn't, a couple of thoughts come to mind. One is, you know, I think the Scripture's very clear. Some people see truth and others don't. And when we talk about that, we're talkin' about God's heart, His heart for marriage, the institution of marriage, and what it means to Him and His heart for the preborn child and that mom who's struggling. What about that issue?

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Laws of Logic - Naturalistic/Evolutionary Perspective

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Star Trek: TNG Season 3 "Transfigurations" and "The Best of Both Worlds Part I"

Those words still terrify me. When I was younger it was because the Borg felt so real and I would fear they might come after me some day–I am J.W. of Borg! As an adult, the notion that the  untouchable Picard could be corrupted, possibly for good, is a very scary thought. Realistically, we know that he’s not going to be permanently Borg, but it still is a fearsome moment and an awesome cliffhanger ending. What makes the episode more powerful is that one gets the feeling Picard really will be scarred by this even if (when) the crew manages to save him. It simply is not something someone can go through without having deep scarring occur. How might this impact his sense of self going forward? How might we feel in the same situation–manipulated into attacking those we love?

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Defenders 3 Podcast: Doctrine of Revelation | Reasonable Faith

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Tips for Sharing Your Faith: #1 - Slow Down!

I don't think it's too hard to realize that in our secular culture, Christians have faced more and more resistance to their beliefs. Sharing one's faith can be difficult when others seem so antagonistic to it, but there are ways that we as Christians can be more effective in standing up for what we believe and sharing it with others. In Matthew 11:16 Jesus said "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" (ESV). Such a picture shows the adversarial nature that the Christian worldview faces. So, to be wise, we want to make sure we are planning on how to be more effective in having intelligent conversations. It's with that in mind that I want to offer eight tips for sharing and defending your faith to others. These techniques are ones I use all the time and they have been proven to be effective in real-world encounters with others. I'll spend the next couple of weeks going through each, so be sure to come back every day and follow the entire thread. Many times Christians want to get to the "punch line" too soon! The first tip is a crucial one because it's a mistake I see Christians make all the time: they go too fast.

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Trillions of reasons to believe in a Creator.

There are trillions of reasons to believe in a supernatural, intelligent Creator. From DNA, to the basic atom, to the amazingly designed tiny fleas, to massive elephants, to the sun and its circuit, to the millions of stars and the entire universe, there is incredible complexity and order throughout creation. Let’s say you were walking along a beach and saw a message written in the sand: “Johnny, Make sure you come home at 5:00 p.m. for dinner. See you then. I love you. Mom.” Could you ever believe that the order of the words happened by a random process—by sheer accident? Could you conclude that perhaps the incoming waves left the words written in the sand? I seriously doubt it. Their very order and their constructed logical coherency tell you that the message was written by an intelligent mind. However, atheistic evolution takes an even greater leap away from common sense than just believing that a wave created a logical message. It says that there was absolutely nothing—no sand, no beach, or wave. It maintains that nothing created the sand and the waves. Such thoughts are totally illogical and are a departure from the laws of science.

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Sibling Theories, Fraternal Twins: What Darwinian Evolution and the Multiverse Have in Common

Jennifer Ouellette doesn't point out, but she might, that Darwinian evolution and the multiverse are key elements in the scaffolding of a materialist, reductionist picture of reality, where destiny and providence are anathema. Sibling theories, fraternal twins, Darwinism and the multiverse both seek to dissolve the common-sense intuition that there is something very special about our species, about life itself, and about our planet.

35 European Space Probe Lands on Comet, Greeted by Overheated Promises of Solving the Enigma of Life

Today, the European Space Agency successfully landed its probe Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko following a ten-year journey through space. Excellent. Now with that accomplished, let the overheated promises pour forth that the landing will solve the enigma of life's origins on Earth, or help reveal the existence of life elsewhere. Countdown: ...3, 2, 1. Go!

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