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Why an NFL Star Left the Turf Where He Made Millions for an Entirely Different Kind of Field

Who in their right mind would walk away from a career that paid $37 million over the course of five years? A career that they were good at and in which received accolades?

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Muschamp will coach the team's final two games this season, and then step down. Muschamp's buyout will work out to about $6.3 million, a source with knowledge of the terms confirmed to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell.

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Death With Dignity Is a Gift to Loved Ones

I occasionally flip my car radio to the right-wing AM station to get my blood pumping and to keep up on what people with a different worldview are thinking. When I did this last week, I wasn’t too surprised to hear the topic of the afternoon call-in program was Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill California woman who moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s death with dignity law and end her own life.

4 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord

Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”

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One chart that proves mass incarceration doesn’t reduce crime

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6 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches

However, planting can benefit a plateaued church. When a church is planted and your people start hearing the amazing stories where three or eight people were baptized on Sunday, it causes them to realize that what God does in church plants He also can do in established churches. It develops a missional passion and a holy desire to trust the Lord and work toward the same end. They get to ride the tide the church plant rides.

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Lance Slaps Himself, Draws Foul

In the first quarter of the Charlotte Hornets' matchup against the Golden State Warriors, Lance Stephenson tried to work his way around a group of bodies that resulted in his own hand slapping his face.

9 The Pastors.com Daily

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Healthy Leader, Healthy Church

Ouch! As you read these descriptions of emotionally unhealthy spirituality, do you recognize yourself in any of them? If so, ask Jesus to do a work in you to heal the hurt places, shine light where darkness reigns, and give you courage to embrace needed change.

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Short-Term Missions Application

Bring your $30 application fee to the Bevin Center after your application has been submitted. For any questions, please contact the Bevin Center at 502-897-4594 or missions@sbts.edu.

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In Defense of Marriage and the Rule of Law — The Importance of Making the Right Argument

Some arguments just have to be made, and made well. In the case of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the moment for such an argument arrived last week when that court had to rule on appeals over the question of same-sex marriage coming from the four states in its federal jurisdiction, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In each case, Federal District Courts had struck down measures banning same-sex marriage. Now, the question loomed before the three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit.

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5 Things That Keep Us From Loving Others

Great article. It is very true that in most cases we sabotage our own ability to be a loving an vulnerable person. I believe love is costly on all fronts; time, energy, emotion and money. The outcome of loving others, in my experiences, far outweighs the cost. I think the only thing that this article was weak to point out is the dependency we should have on God in exercising love. Naturally we are born selfish, self-centered and greedy. We do not have to be taught these character traits. To set those things aside and love selflessly is in of itself a divine act. We can only truly love others by drawing from the well of God's love. The deeper our connection is with God, the more we will be able love. God, through His Son, has taught us how to forgive, how to extend help to the one who would bite your hand, how to give to those who will never reciprocate in kind. Jesus' example is profound (to say the least), relying on Him when when we don't want to love and looking to the love He showed us as a pattern to follow after will give us the motivation necessary to do as He did.

14 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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'Interstellar' Isn't About Religion (and Also It Is Totally About Religion)

Interstellar 's plot hinges, both intermittently and overall, on self-sacrifice, on characters willingly enduring death so that humanity as a whole might live. It hinges, even more explicitly, on the tentative promise of Cooper's return to Earth—what you might also refer to as a second coming. It features a chosen one (Cooper's daughter, Murph) and a chosen people: humanity as a species. There's a ponderous shot of Cooper, about to pilot his space-colonists into a wormhole, with his eyes closed and his hands folded in what is hard not to see as prayer. There is Hans Zimmer's booming soundtrack, the most prominent instrument of which is the organ of London's Temple Church . If you wanted to be Miltonian about it — Paradise Lost did take place in an interplanetary setting quite similar to Interstellar 's—there's also a fallen angel in the person of Dr. Mann (yep, Dr. Mann ), the brilliant scientist who, it is repeated several times, represented "the best of us" before he came to represent the worst.

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Bacteria become 'genomic tape recorders', recording chemical exposures in their DNA

MIT engineers have transformed the genome of the bacterium E. coli into a long-term storage device for memory. They envision that this stable, erasable, and easy-to-retrieve memory will be well suited for applications such as sensors for environmental and medical monitoring.

17 What is the Relation between Science and Religion | Reasonable Faith

What has happened, however, in the second half of this century is that historians and philosophers of science have come to realize that this supposed history of warfare is a myth. As Thaxton and Pearcey point out in their recent book The Soul of Science, for over 300 years between the rise of modern science in the 1500’s and the late 1800s the relationship between science and religion can best be described as an alliance. Up until the late 19th century, scientists were typically Christian believers who saw no conflict between their science and their faith—people like Kepler, Boyle, Maxwell, Faraday, Kelvin, and others. The idea of a warfare between science and religion is a relatively recent invention of the late 19th century, carefully nurtured by secular thinkers who had as their aim the undermining of the cultural dominance of Christianity in the West and its replacement by naturalism—the view that nothing outside nature is real and the only way to discover truth is through science. They were remarkably successful in pushing through their agenda. But philosophers of science during the second half of the 20th century have come to realize that the idea of a warfare between science and theology is a gross oversimplification.

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Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Bill Nye and Atheistic Evolutionists

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God, Time, and Relativity - St Andrews

Dr. Craig: "I presented a paper in which I argue that the Einstein's special theory of relativity did not, in fact, disprove Newton's concept of absolute time, which was rooted in Newton's theism, and that if we agree with Newton that God is in time, then we should interpret special relativity in a quite different way than Einstein did."

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

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Sunday Quote!- The Failure of Scientism

WP: Scientism : Scientism is belief in the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or most valuable part of human learning to the exclusion of other viewpoints.[1] It has been defined as “the view that the characteristic inductive methods of the natural sciences are the only source of genuine factual knowledge and, in particular, that they alone can yield true knowledge about man and society.”[2] The term scientism frequently implies a critique of the more extreme expressions of logical positivism[3][4] and has been used by social scientists such as Friedrich Hayek,[5] philosophers of science such as Karl Popper,[6] and philosophers such as Hilary Putnam[7] and Tzvetan Todorov[8] to describe the dogmatic endorsement of scientific methodology and the reduction of all knowledge to only that which is measurable.[9] “Scientism” has also been taken over as a name for the view that science is the only reliable source of knowledge by philosophers such as Alexander Rosenberg.

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Jim Liske on Serving Prisoners

LISKE: When you read the Bible through the lens of ministering to prisoners and their families, stories start to jump off the page. Joseph was wrongly imprisoned for an alleged sexual offense. Moses was a murderer. Paul started out as a notorious persecutor of the Early Church. This is the very heart of the Gospel, God taking men and women from the depths of sin and redeeming and restoring them to their full potential. In Matthew 25:36, Jesus says that when we visit the prisoner, we are visiting Him.

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

Our job is to be friends who are as true and real as we know how to be. | John 8:11 http://ow.ly/BFAl8  pic.twitter.com/4cHmTTL3y6

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Will pro-life women vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 just because she is a woman?

I support Hillary Clinton’s presidency and am hoping she runs and succeeds. I would not vote for her because shes a woman, neither should pro-life or any woman. Leadership has nothing to do with gender, race, religion, etc. Hillary would get my vote because she is qualified for the job. She is highly educated and has a long history in out government. When she was First Lady she helped Bill with a lot of his ideas and you can be as conservative as ever but you cannot deny the successes of the Clinton presidency. The economy was better than ever during his years and he worked well with both parties. Hillary was also a senator of New York and Secretary of State. Both of these jobs have trained her for the job as president. On the contrary, it doesn’t matter who pro-life women vote for because abortion is and always will be legal. No president, or any politician, has the power to overturn a Supreme Court case from the 70s. I’m not saying I like abortion, I think it is a terrible thing but ultimately it is not my choice. First off, I’m a male so I don’t have to worry about getting pregnant.

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Tips for Sharing Your Faith: #2 – Listen to People

One of the things that irritates me more and more these days is the push for "suggestive selling" at fast food restaurants. Whenever I pull up to a drive-thru, I've usually looked at the menu and I know what I want to order. But when the attendant comes on the speaker she or she first pummels me with asking if I'd enjoy whatever their new special item is. This causes me to regroup for a second and recall my original order. Sometimes even as I'm ordering, they ask "what size would you like" or "would you like to ass a XXX for only $1.49?" They will talk right over me when I'm in the middle of an order! I've even had attendants miss my drink order because they were too busy following their script. I understand that fast food chains want to introduce new options that I may not be aware of, and I understand that some cash registers require the options to be noted in a certain order, but talking over customers while they are trying to order is still terrible customer service. Customers can choose many different restaurants; they're the ones with the money and they should feel like the cashier cares enough to get their order right before offering any add-ons.

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On the Feminization of Christianity

Look, I get the point some of you are making, and on a certain level I concede some of your points. What I know though is that culturally speaking for a certain segment of the male population, certain styles of worship are a turn off. This is so trite and obvious as to be banal. All I’m trying to say is that it is biblical and helpful to recognize that just as some of you want to get rid of certain stereotypes about male/female personality traits and tendencies, others embrace those traits and tendencies and maybe trying to avoid putting stumbling blocks in their way is a good idea. Are those attitudes about gender wrong headed? Maybe, maybe not. So chalk it up as a weaker brother thing. The weaker brother shouldn’t be quick to slap the “feminine” label on certain worship styles, and those who like those styles shouldn’t be telling the weaker brother, “You need to get over your chauvinism and just start singing.”. If a guy who loves AC/DC, Korn, or just grew up associating congregational music with a Southern Baptist, countrified style comes in and wrinkles his nose at what he takes to be “touchy feely” music, instead of banging him over the head with “You’re just a dinosaur who needs to get over it”, accomodate him a bit.

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Myles Munroe, evangelist, author and lecturer, remembered as font of wisdom

Munroe, 60, and his wife, Ruth, died Sunday in a plane crash in the Bahamas, leaving his tens of thousands of followers in mourning. Munroe was on his way to chair the 2014 Global Leadership Forum, an annual three-day event that brings together experienced and emerging leaders from many fields.

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Ligonier.org

After the breakfast, Jesus confronts Peter and asks him if he loves Jesus more than these. Dr Sproul considers three possible meanings and discusses the various Greek words translated "love". Further investigation is done when Jesus responds to Peter's positive statement of love by asking Peter to feed His lambs and then asking twice to feed His sheep. As John's gospel comes to an end, Jesus gives Peter a glimpse into the future and also a statement about John.

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"George Whitefield: Preacher, Celebrity, Saint" Lecture by Carl Trueman

On November 12, 2014, Westminster celebrated the 300th anniversary of George Whitefield's birth (born Dec. 27, 1714). In honor of this great pastor, Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman delivered a lecture entitled " George Whitefield: Preacher, Celebrity, Saint."

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Mike Licona on Twitter

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Mike Licona on Twitter

Bullet hole left by terrorist shooter in Parliament before he was killed. pic.twitter.com/JBYG8oaWAp

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Mike Licona on Twitter

Wonderful time this weekend at Dig-n-Delve conference in Ottawa! Had opportunity to visit Parliament. pic.twitter.com/XWADvrZ1fw

33 Supply-side economist Larry Kudlow: marriage is pro-economic-growth

A recent report from the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies, authored by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robert Lerman, reveals that married men have higher average incomes, seem to be more productive at work and work more and earn more. Wilcox and Lerman write that 51 percent of the 1980-2000 decline in male employment is due to the drop in marriage rates, and is highest among unmarried men. They find that “differing employment rates among married and unmarried men aren’t simply due to education levels or race, either.”

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James White on Twitter

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Leaders Don't Panic

You’ve got to understand that you live in a Genesis 3 world. You can’t be surprised when things break. You’ve also got to understand that you’re not sovereign. God is. Why panic when the Lord of the universe is running the show? Don’t respond to crisis with chaos. Respond with control.

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Newcastle urged to pray by Bishop – Premier Premier

Everybody across 171 worshiping communities in the Newcastle and Hexham Catholic Diocese heard a special message from Bishop Seamus today.

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Stop indefinite detention of asylum seekers, says Church – Premier Premier

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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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"Edge of Tomorrow" - Sacrifice, Brutality, and Choice

I have not read the manga that “Edge of Tomorrow” was based on, “ All You Need is Kill ,” but I have heard that there is some juxtaposition over the primacy of the community vs. individual in either. “Edge of Tomorrow” shows this kind of valuation in many ways throughout the film. First, there is Cage’s continued efforts to save Rita, despite what it might cost–including going on one part of the mission alone in order to prevent her death. Second, there is the concept of both Cage and Rita valuing the community of humanity over the self by willingly spending all the time they have left trying to defend humanity rather than find a way to survive themselves. Finally, both Cage and Rita choose to place the community over the self when rather than trying to save one or the other, they both do what needs to be done and give themselves to save humanity.

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Nigerian Christian town back in military control – Premier Premier

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Pope: euthanasia gives 'false sense of compassion' – Premier Premier

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Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter

@ProfJohnLennox speaking on Daniel "Going against the Flow" at our @ZachariasTrust @TheOCCA Vision Weekend pic.twitter.com/D72AF2xg8W

44 The importance of having a narrative when confronting the assumption of naturalism

When you talk about these evidences as a Christian theist to non-Christians, you have to have cultivated a genuine interest in reconciling your beliefs with science. You have to accept that there are two books that reveal God’s character and attributes. The book of nature, and the book of Scripture. And you need to be flexible about getting these two books to fit together. The book of nature gives us natural theology (see Romans 1). It tells us that God is Creator and Designer. The book of Scripture tells us that God stepped into history as a man to save us by taking the punishment for our headlong rush away from God, which the Bible calls sin. Science is one way that humans can recover some of basic knowledge about God. Knowledge that is only possible because God created and designed the universe (and us) in such a way that we are capable of making discoveries, and that the universe is capable of being explored and understood.

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US Customs find cannabis in Jesus statue – Premier Premier

Officials in the American state of Kentucky have discovered 26 pounds of cannabis hidden inside a statue of Jesus Christ.

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Prayers for persecuted Christians – Premier Premier

Churches across the UK will pause to think about people who face violence because of their beliefs on International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

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Ligonier.org

We marvel at the stories of the great martyrs of the past and ask, “How did they endure?” It was through the power of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit who is alive and well today.

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Sunday Quote!- The Gospels and Contemporary Biography

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Michael Brown - Did Gay Men Liberate Benham Brothers?

Are you a heterosexual man who enjoys dressing stylishly, who likes staying in shape and sometimes wearing tight T-shirts while working out, who has no problem showing brotherly affection to other men? If we are to believe what a leading gay journalist says, it’s all because you have been liberated by gay men.

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Answering Muslims: United Arab Emirates Designates CAIR a Terrorist Group

CAIR's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are too much for the United Arab Emirates to ignore. Thus, UAE has designated CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) a terrorist group. Meanwhile, politicians and the media in the U.S. continue to grovel before CAIR, going so far as to help CAIR and its Muslim Brotherhood-linked associates hold a prayer service at the National Cathedral . Associated Press—The United Arab Emirates designated the Muslim Brotherhood and dozens of other Islamist groups as terrorist organizations on Saturday, ratcheting up the pressure on the group by lumping it together with extremists such as the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria. The federation's Cabinet adopted the designations against the 83 groups, the official state news agency WAM said. They include Al-Islah, an Emirati group suspected of ties to the Brotherhood whose members have faced prosecution in the seven-state federation, which includes the cosmopolitan business hub of Dubai and the capital of Abu Dhabi. The move follows a decision by Saudi Arabia in March to designate the Brotherhood a terrorist group along with al-Qaida and others.