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The Space Between

In Jacobsen's account, the chief emblem of disordered place is the automobile. Not only are we "more likely to find places of shalom in environments built before the proliferation of automobile culture" (275), but we tend to make our cars into idols of individualistic self-determination. Jacobsen defines idolatry as "placing something in the center of our existence that has no business being there" (53). It's hard to imagine a better description of almost any environment built in the last 60 years. Factors as mundane as curb radii and street width have made our places hospitable for fast-moving cars and hazardous for slow-moving pedestrians. Yet in general, "environments designed for slower navigation may be better suited for the faithful living of an embodied human" (40). Rather than consumeristically asking, What would Jesus drive? Jacobsen encourages us to consider "why in the United States we have built a world in which Jesus would have to drive an automobile to participate in daily life at all" (207).

2 No Church, No Freedoms

It’s up to us to sound the warning—a state that can trample religious freedom is one that puts all of our freedoms at risk. That was the gist of my remarks at the Religious Freedom Summit at Cedarville University last month, and I’d like you to listen to that talk. I lay out what’s at stake in the battle over religious freedom, and how defending that freedom helps secure our other freedoms.

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http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2014/08/what-science-tells-us-about-the-unborn-4/#.VGoX9MwYSJU.twitter

Third, the unborn is genetically and functionally distinct from (though dependent on and resting inside of) the pregnant woman. Her growth and maturation is internally directed, and her DNA is unique and different from that of any other cell in the woman’s body. She develops her own arms, legs, brain, central nervous system, etc. To say that a fetus is a part of the pregnant woman’s body is to say that the woman has four arms and four legs, and that about half of pregnant women have penises.

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The Briefing 11-17-14

1) Obama’s promise to unilaterally move on immigration a danger to separation of powers

5 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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Grace to You

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Wisdom, as defined in the Book of Proverbs, is living by divine standards, which implies accepting divine truth. But a fool rejects that. First Corinthians 2:14 says that “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him.” To a fool, foolishness is wisdom and wisdom is foolishness.   That a fool rejects God’s wisdom is evident by the way he speaks. Proverbs 15:2 says, “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.” In other words, a fool is quick to air his opinions. Just as a bitter fountain produces bitter water, and a rotten tree produces rotten fruit, so also a fool produces foolishness—speaking on his own authority and generating his own opinions. The world is full of the opinions of fools—fools who have denied God in their living, who have become their own gods, and who mock the reality and consequences of sin.

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5-Year-Old With Terminal Brain Tumor Surprised by Acrobatic Spiderman at His Birthday Party, but Even More Touching Is the Man Behind the Mask

If you saw 5-year-old Jayden Wilson’s bedroom, you would think he’s among the biggest of Spiderman fans. What you won’t see by looking at him or around his room though is that he has a grade 4 brainstem tumor.

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9Marks at Southern

The gospel tells the story of God, man, Christ, and a requisite response. It heralds the news about creation, fall, redemption, and a glorious consummation. And it is the only thing that will build a church. All that other stuff only builds a crowd.

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Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, will meet Pope Francis and offer an “evangelical Protestant” perspective as part of a Vatican colloquium on marriage and family held this November 17-19.

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Ray Comfort | Christian Testimony Video

This is Ray Comfort’s testimony like you’ve never heard it before. Born and raised in New Zealand, Ray enjoyed all the pleasures of life. He had his own surf shop, a house, a wife, and freedom to do what he wanted. All seemed wonderful until the reality of death began to plague him. Knowing that 10/10 people die, Ray set out to extend life as far as possible. That is when he found the glorious hope of everlasting life through faith in Christ Jesus…

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Pro-Life Video of the Day: Twins Saved From Abortion at Planned Parenthood

As the pregnancy went on, Sherry continued in her support, even offering to take in the baby herself. But then Rebecca learned she was carrying twins and decided to raise them herself. Last month Olivia Grace and Kara Shea were born. Asked what her advice would be to others in her situation she answered: “I would say to seek help…. I didn’t realize how many resources there were to women in my position. There’s so many options and resources.”

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Grace to You

God had promised Abraham that he would become the father of a great nation (Gen. 12:2). But Sarah, Abraham's wife, had always been barren, and both of them were advanced in years. At one point Sarah became impatient and decided to take things into her own hands. She persuaded Abraham to have a son by her maid, Hagar (16:1-4). That act of disobedience proved to be costly because Ishmael, the child of that union, became the progenitor of the Arab people, who have been constant antagonists of the Jewish nation.

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http://eagnews.org/report-chicago-schools-teaching-safe-anal-sex-to-5th-graders/

Some of the praise lavished on the FC is that it can be inserted “hours before vaginal sex, so you don’t have to interrupt foreplay to be safe!” The FC, according to the presentation, is great for “Women, men, transgender folk,” and you can use if you are “gay” or “straight.”

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4 Dangers for Complementarians

Of course, many people will disagree with complementarianism—often quite vehemently—no matter what we say or do. But the truth is offensive enough without our help. We don’t need to add to its offense with our own faults and foibles. I therefore list four dangers to which we should be particularly sensitive, even while we stand firm in the face of pressure from our more aggressive critics.

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Forgetfulness

When you forget God’s generosity and think you’re deserving, you find it very easy to withhold generosity from others. Proudly, you think that you’re getting what you deserve and that they are, too. Your proud heart is not tender, so it’s not easily moved by the sorry plight of others. You forget that you are more like than unlike your needy brother or sister, failing to acknowledge that neither of you stands before God as deserving.

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Same-Self Marriage

Marriage is more than your love for each other. It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God’s holy ordinance, through which He wills to perpetuate the human race till the end of time. In your love you see only your two selves in the world, but in marriage you are a link in the chain of the generations, which God causes to come and to pass away to His glory, and calls into His kingdom. In your love, you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind. Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more than something personal—it is a status, an office. Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man.

17 The Pastors.com Daily

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Jesus Changes Everything

Podcasts like “The Briefing” by Al Mohler and “Let My People Think” by Ravi Zacharias play important roles in the life of the believer— instructing us on how we should think about this world and current events with a distinctly Christian worldview. Jesus Changes Everything is a welcome addition to this genre. Dr. Sproul Jr. has a masterful way of helping people think through theological concepts and the implications of our actions and the actions of others on the commands we have been given on how we should live as children of the King in this fallen age. I highly recommend this podcast as a daily primer which is able to help us put on the lenses of a Christian, enabling us to walk and talk in accord with the commands of our Lord.

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The Scientific Romanticism of ‘Interstellar’

We find, however, that some of these anomalies, Murph’s ghost for instance, are actually the work of Cooper himself operating in a fifth-dimension-for-dummies control center located within a black hole. Mystery solved. The mystery is you. There is also a strong hint here that the agents behind all of this are a higher, future form of humans, manipulating gravitational anomalies like trails of bread crumbs. This “you of the gaps” theory is basically the notional twin of the “God of the gaps” theory so derided by critics of certain forms of creationism. If you encounter mystery, you can chalk it up to you, just a better future you. How’s that for special pleading?

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Following God Can End Badly

Following God can end badly… from our perspective, at least. I appreciate Matt Chandler’s words here on ministry and suffering, and how God is the hero of the story – not us. This is powerful.

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Premier – Premier Premier

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Up to 80 million bacteria sealed with a kiss

As many as 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10 second kiss, according to new research. The study also found that partners who kiss each other at least nine times a day share similar communities of oral bacteria.

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When Your Calling Isn’t Something You Want to Do

God has a pattern of choosing the “weak things of the world to shame the strong.” Just look at Moses’ insecurities, or Gideon’s insufficient army, or Peter’s foot-in-mouth disease. God’s promises are always enough—no matter who we are or how ridiculous we think the calling.

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Fresh Mammoth Carcass from Siberia Holds Many Secrets

The mammoth specimen, which was discovered in 2013 in a remote part of Siberia, oozed a deep red liquid when it was first discovered. Scientists have now analyzed the mammoth to understand how it lived and died — and whether it will yield enough undamaged DNA to make  cloning the extinct creature  a reality.

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What “Rosewater” Says About Principled Pluralism

That form is most clearly shown in the way that religious practice and belief is used to oppress citizens and suppress dissent. The violence stems from a regime so drunk on its own power that it refuses to relinquish it, even in an ostensibly democratic election—and yet, it becomes clear that the various forms related to the religion are being used by the powerful to keep the powerless quiet and submissive, rather than to promote a sort of morality or peace. And when the powerless threaten to take charge, violence erupts.

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"These Christians are Weird... But they Love"

At the time, I happened to be doing an article that involved a lot of new atheists. I’d just been reading Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. They have a consistently bleak picture of the universe as a random pitiless place of indifference. We are an accident never to be repeated. We’re like a match that flares out never to flare again. I noticed the New York Times was calling on pastors and priests and rabbis. The atheists were strangely silent. I’m not trying to set up a polarity. But if I were they, and I were called upon with their world-view, what could I say to the people in Newtown? It just doesn’t help to say, "we live in a universe of random, pitiless indifference." Nobody was indifferent. We were passionate. We were touched.

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Consuming Only Modern Stories Will Cement Your Brain Into A Rut

Even more dramatic is the gender situation. In Ged’s world, only males are wizards. The entire school of wizardry is male and males dominate magic. Most of the females who possess some magical arts are ignorant village witches. The only truly gifted witch-woman with whom Ged interacts fits right into old tropes by attempting to use her beauty to entrap him into slavery (meanwhile, she is also trying to trick and betray her cruel husband). Her Machiavellian efforts are her own undoing, and her end is bloody and brief. She is an interestingly vivid character (after all, she comes from the pen of Ursula Le Guin) and she adds to the story overall, but the message that seems to be provided by her life (“watch out for females who do magic”) clashes with modern desire for gender equality. Thus far in my reading of the newer “Tales from Earthsea,” it is men who make all the trouble with their arrogance, their desire to dominate, and their foolish distrust of the earthy, old-power-magic of women. It is men who fear female power and female sexuality, and women who can be counted on to maintain a proper perspective.

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America’s Pastor

Long lauded for humility, Graham has confessed to many mistakes in his remarkable career. Yet as we’ll likely see with official tributes upon his death, nothing has tarnished his uniquely broad appeal. I would welcome additional clarification for his infamous interview with Robert Schuller, but his example of evangelism counters one strange interview about the uniqueness of Christ. He confused and even angered conservatives when he returned from his 1982 trip to the Soviet Union and noted the surprising religious freedom in the Communist country. But no one could object to his efforts to foster world peace and preach the gospel behind the Iron Curtain. Given the reputation of the late President Richard Nixon, Graham rightly regrets that he did not discern the depth of his close friend’s conspiratorial and paranoid tendencies, illustrated by lengthy Oval Office recordings of private meetings. Those recordings incited one of Graham’s most recent apologies, for disparaging remarks about Jews in the media. Because of his track record, many Jewish leaders forgave Graham for these remarks he does not remember offering.

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Mike Adams - Abortion and Human Trafficking

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What an intact family has to do with the American dream, in six charts - AEI

Boys and girls raised in intact families are more likely to flourish in the labor force later in life. One reason? They are less likely to fall afoul of the detours on the road to the American Dream that can put teens and young adults on the wrong track. A nonmarital birth, for instance, puts a real economic strain on both women and men. That’s partly because such births can derail schooling and decrease adults’ future chances of getting and staying married. And a stable family protects them against these kinds of detours. The chart below shows that young men and young women from intact families are, respectively, 5 and 12 percent less likely to have a child before marriage, compared with their peers from single-parent families.

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Pokes Serious Holes Through Our Reasons to Wait

In the CW show, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is a virgin for many reasons: She’s Catholic. She wants the “fairy tale.” Her grandmother (Ivonne Coll), who helped her mother raise her, scared her as a child with the “losing your virginity is like destroying a beautiful flower” trope. She is trying to be different from her loving but somewhat sexually promiscuous unmarried mother (Andrea Navedo).

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How a French Atheist Becomes a Theologian

I grew up in a wonderfully loving family in France, near Paris. We were Catholic, a religious expression that seemed to arise more out of tradition and perhaps superstition than conviction. As soon as I was old enough to tell my parents I didn’t believe any of it, I stopped going to Mass. I pursued my own happiness on all fronts, benefiting from my parents’ loving dedication. It allowed me to do well at school, learn to play the piano, and get involved in many sports. I studied math, physics, and engineering in college, graduated from a respected engineering school, and landed a job as a computer scientist in finance. On the sports front, after I grew to be 6 feet 4 inches and discovered I could jump 3 feet high, I ended up playing volleyball in a national league, traveling the country every weekend for the games.

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Was the message of the New Testament corrupted?

During a special event called “Jesus in Primetime,” Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Ben Witherington, and Dr. Dan Wallace discussed a variety of topics surrounding Jesus and the Bible in the public square. One of the topics they discussed was the issue of variant readings in the New Testament. Are there really hundreds of thousands of textual differences in our New Testament manuscripts? What does it all mean?

34 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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WORLD | Interpretive dance | Daniel James Devine | Nov. 29, 2014

The BioLogos website gives three options regarding the existence of Adam and Eve: “One option is to view Adam and Eve as a historical pair living among many 10,000 years ago, chosen to represent the rest of humanity before God.  Another option is to view Genesis 2-4 as an allegory in which Adam and Eve symbolize the large group of ancestors who lived 150,000 years ago. Yet another option is to view Genesis 2-4 as an ‘everyman’ story, a parable of each person’s individual rejection of God.”

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The Holy Land's Hold on the Christian Imagination

To answer the questions, Kaell spent several years following travelers from across the United States—Catholics, mainline Protestants, and evangelicals—in order to understand how the trips are framed before, during, and after the experience. This perspective allowed her to see these trips in terms of a narrative process by which people sort out the complexities, contradictions, and surprises inherent in these travels. From interviews and observations taking place in kitchens in South Carolina, coffee shops in Boston, busses outside Haifa, and boats on the Sea of Galilee, Kaell provides an outstanding contribution to the understanding of American Christianity, pilgrimage, and religious travel.

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15 Right Responses to Our Christian Celebrities

Read the history of American celebrities backwards, and it will look something like this: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Bono, Oprah, Prince, Cher, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Mickey Mantle, and so on. And if you keep stepping back in history like this, you will eventually bump into America’s first celebrity — George Whitefield, who soon celebrates his 300th birthday.

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Cortney O'Brien - Pro-life Women Will Make History in 114th Congress

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

@SBTS "First snow of the 2014/15 academic year." Thanks!

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The Word is Out – Premier Radio

1. The following rules ("Rules") together with Premier Christian Radio’s ("Premier") general and competition terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) apply to The Word is Out on Premier Christian Radio competition ("the Competition") which will run from 3rd November 2014 and will conclude on 21st November 2014. The "Radio Station" is Premier Christian Radio.

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Evangelicals meet to discuss sexual orientation in San Diego this week

That began to change in the late 1800s. As medicine emerged as a more rigorous science, researchers sought to construct a clinical view of human sexuality. With that, he notion of “heterosexuality” was born and was held up as the model of sexual health. Any departure from “heterosexuality” was deemed to be a medical ailment susceptible to clinical diagnosis. Influenced by Freud, researchers stumbled upon sexual orientation as an indicator of whether one was sexually healthy (i.e., conformed to heterosexuality) or whether one was defective in some way. Sexual orientation suddenly became significant because it was often used as the indicator of sexual health. The “heterosexual” identity was born. And, with that, sexual orientation became the indicator by which “heterosexuals” could be confident that they indeed were normal. Sexual orientation became an important marker of identity and of privileged status.

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Mothering in the Internet Age

The internet gives us access to a wide variety of knowledge, and that can be a gift from God. We should give thanks for the web’s wealth of information without making it a substitute for the relationships God has ordained to teach us to love. You need an older woman in your life to tell you that, contrary to what online voices communicate, you’re not really in control of your child’s life—God is. And that is good news.

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Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself

Drawing deeply from Scripture and narrating their own experiences, Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel wrote this book to be a companion for your journey with Jesus in the truth of yourself – as his beloved dust. This is not weighing tasks and rewards, but is a process of patience, prayer, and openheartedness.

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WORLD | Nigerian military retakes Chibok village | Jamie Dean | Nov. 17, 2014

The invasion of Chibok was particularly galling: For months, residents pleaded with the Nigerian military for more protection against Boko Haram threats. Villagers feared the militants would return to take the town as a symbolic prize, as world attention remained on the schoolgirls kidnapped from the village in April.

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10 reasons you cannot be a missionary

As President of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries, I am very concerned about the health and well-being of our missionary kids. I know that their parents are as well. MKs are sometimes overlooked in their parents’ excitement when answering God’s call. A baby in good health is no reason to delay following God’s call to the field; in fact, young children are often effective door openers. Your new neighbors see your family as an equalizer that removes a sense of suspicion or even threat that may otherwise exist. Additionally, almost everyone loves babies. They won’t hesitate to give cultural parenting advice that develops relationships faster than anything else. Older children may be legitimate cause for pause and waiting a few years until they are in college, but a teenaged child does not have to be a deal breaker for missions service. Some teenagers have their own sense of calling and are as eager as the parents. Yet, teenage years are often difficult ones. Teens are going through enough changes without having to deal with moving to another culture, learning a new language, leaving friends, girlfriends or boyfriends, and being the new kid on an uneven playing field.

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CONFIDENT FAITH, BY MARK MITTELBERG (A BOOK REVIEW)

Before I read a book, I want to know that I can trust the author. I can personally attest that Tyler is a gifted Bible teacher, he has a deep love for those he is mentoring, and I’ve seen him serve those who are living in poverty. Tyler humbly lives out his faith in a real and genuine way. He is an author you can trust. This resource that he has developed is creative and yet simple. By simply asking questions, it will walk with you through the trustworthy ancient paths of God’s Word, aid…

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More on Chimps Searching for Treats Under Cups

Anyway, Wade recounts, an earlier test was performed with chimps, cups, and treats. Chimps didn't respond to very "broad hints" from researchers as to which cup concealed the treat. You could tap it, stare at it -- they didn't catch on. (Must not have been motivated.) But you know what creature did pick up on body language, and responded immediately to the hints from the scientists?

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Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska: Officials - NBC News

In this April 2014 photo provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia poses for a photo at the United Methodist Church's Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. Salia has tested positive for Ebola and will be flown, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, to the Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, Neb., for treatment. (AP Photo/United Methodist News Service, Mike DuBose) MANDATORY CREDIT

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Gay rights campaign targets Christians in Mississippi: 'It is only for God to judge, not us.'

"There is an inherent rejection of the Gospel when we do not affirm [the] biblical [vision of] human sexuality, especially as it's portrayed in marriage because marriage is the greatest illustration that God has given us of Himself and how He loves the church," Chas Rowland, pastor of Bovina Baptist Church in Vicksburg, told the Baptist Press .

51 Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Tips for Sharing Your Faith: #2 – Listen to People
52 Ligonier.org
53 Star Trek: TNG Season 3 "Transfigurations" and "The Best of Both Worlds Part I"
54 Does the Bible promote polygamy? - Christian Research Institute
55 Arrival of the Fittest: Natural Selection as an Incantation
56 Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God (Theologians on the Christian Life) |
57 Truthbomb Apologetics: Wayne Grudem on The Inerrancy of Scripture
58 Pope Francis Is Having Showers for the Homeless Installed at the Vatican
59 Truthbomb Apologetics: Changing the Body to Match the Mind
60 http://erlc.com/article/pope-francis-stands-firm-on-marriage-at-humanum-colloquium
61 Ligonier.org
62 Tactical Faith Today
63 Book Review: "Pascal's Wager" by Jeff Jordan
64 Church approves women bishops – Premier Premier
65 Report: One in Every 30 American Children Is Homeless
66 Is asking "Am I going to Hell?" a good response to scientific arguments for theism?
67 Recommended Resource: Kingdom Calling
68 Bill Cosby Refuses to Answer Questions about Rape Allegations During Awkward Interview
69 Innovative Apologetics: How to Be An Effective Witness for Christ: Evangelism 101
70 Decorated pilot faces discharge for telling lesbians to stop breaking Army rules
71 Governor Declares State of Emergency in Ferguson
72 The Pope affirms the “Complementarity” of Marriage
73 WORLD | Tax-happy Maryland faces the Supreme Court | Mary Reichard | Nov. 17, 2014
74 WORLD | Let’s make a deal Obama-style | D.C. Innes | Nov. 17, 2014
75 WORLD | Dumb and dumber | Janie B. Cheaney | Nov. 17, 2014
76 WORLD | Unscientific method | Warren Cole Smith | Nov. 29, 2014
77 On Fermi's Paradox: Challenging the Principle of Mediocrity
78 Obamacare bronze plans up 15% on average, but there's more wrong than just that
79 Greater Works Than Jesus?
80 Ending the Pursuit of the Perfect Life (Part 1 of 2)
81 WORLD | Pope: Experimenting with life is a sin | Courtney Crandell | Nov. 17, 2014
82 WORLD | Religious minorities find a voice in Indonesia, Nepal | Julia A. Seymour | Nov. 17, 2014
83 Need a Little Bravery Today
84 Does Evolution Explain Religious Belief? (Part 2)
85 Living Faithfully in a Pluralistic Culture
86 WORLD | The harder decisions | Andrée Seu Peterson | Nov. 17, 2014
87 American Aid Worker Beheaded By ISIS
88 R.C. Sproul Jr. on Twitter
89 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: How to Refute Islam at Its Base
90 Ligonier.org
91 Transcript: The Briefing 11-17-14
92 10 reasons you cannot be a missionary