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Neil Shenvi lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus

As it says on the main page, my name is Neil Shenvi; I am currently a research scientist with Prof. Weitao Yang at Duke University in the Department of Chemistry. I was born in Santa Cruz, California, but grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. I attended Princeton University as an undergraduate where I worked on high-dimensional function approximation with Professor Herschel Rabitz. I became a Christian in Berkeley, CA where I did my PhD in Theoretical Chemistry at UC – Berkeley with Professor Birgitta Whaley. The subject of my PhD dissertation was quantum computation, including topics in quantum random walks, cavity quantum electrodynamics, spin physics, and the N-representability problem. From 2005-2010, I worked as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. John Tully at Yale where I did research into nonadiabatic dynamics, electron transfer, and surface science.

2 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

It’s difficult to know what the Pharisees were doing in the fields this day, other than to be watchdogs over the human traditions of the Sabbath. Their accusation that Jesus’ disciples had broken the Sabbath law was simply wrong because it elevated human tradition to the level of God’s Word. Centuries of observing rabbinic ritual had given it the status of legitimate law in the legalistic minds of the Pharisees. They gave only lip service to Scripture and merely used it to justify their traditions, many of which “invalidated the word of God” (Matt. 15:6).

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http://utmost.org/the-forgiveness-of-god/

Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us to His favor is through the Cross of Christ. There is no other way! Forgiveness, which is so easy for us to accept, cost the agony at Calvary. We should never take the forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and our sanctification in simple faith, and then forget the enormous cost to God that made all of this ours.

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110 Free Philosophy eBooks

This page features a growing list of Free Philosophy eBooks, presenting essential works by Aristotle, Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and many other philosophers. You can generally read these texts on your Kindle, iPad & iPhone, or web browser. For those interested in philosophy, you won’t want to miss our collection of Free Online Philosophy Courses .

6 What Does God Sound Like?

Sometimes people do get to hear an ‘outside’ voice, but I’ve never heard it. We know God can speak with an audible voice if He wants to. It seems to happen rarely; on those enormously monumental occasions, like when the Father spoke about Jesus at his baptism or when God called Saul in the middle of the Damascus Road. But even in those times, not everyone in earshot seemed to hear it (Matthew 3:17 cf. Mark 1:11, and Acts 9:7 cf. 22:9).

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A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 1)

We’d like for these to be “our” songs—songs that we love, that resonate with who we are, and that we enthusiastically engage as a church body. Worship leaders almost always know far more songs than the churches they serve and are tempted to constantly introduce new ones. We need to throttle that down. We currently have an active list of 100 songs that we’d like to keep in rotation. You are welcome to add new songs at the pace of about one a month and rotate songs off the list, if needed.

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What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status

Questioning a teacher or school administrator about a child’s immigration status is a violation of the child’s privacy and could jeopardize that teacher’s job. One teacher told me, “I have to be very careful. I’d like to ask some of the families in our school to help a child who is struggling with their home situation but that could get me into trouble. I have to hope a parent notices and takes the initiative to help.”

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CrossExamined.org - Your source for Christian Apologetics | We are a Christian Apologetic Ministry founded in 2006

CrossExamined.org is a Christian Apologetics non-profit ministry started in 2006. Our team conducts dynamic I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist seminars on college campuses, churches, and high schools. Led by Frank Turek and other Christian apologists, CrossExamined.org exists to address the problem that 3-out-of-4 Christian youth leave the church while in college, many because they are intellectually skeptical. In addition to I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist, CrossExamined.org presenters address other topics faced by young people today.

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Southern Seminary Christmas Concert

For the first time ever, Southern Seminary’s Department of Biblical Worship will collaborate with three local worship ministries: Sojourn Music, Sovereign Grace Music, and Highview Baptist Worship Ministry. The evening will also include music by international operatic tenor Philip Webb. With a wonderfully varied musical prism of expression and style, this concert is designed to exalt the incarnate Christ in the contour of the gospel through the Word and song.

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Trip Lee Brags on the King

What about those who question the legitimacy of hip-hop as a vehicle to communicate majestic doctrines? Anything humans employ is a “weak, handicapped vehicle” to communicate the majesty of God, Lee observes. “The problem is not the medium or culture itself; it’s the sin inside our hearts.” Moreover, he adds, “We should be very careful about implying that entire cultures—musical forms included—cannot glorify God. I think that says something we don’t mean to say about the gospel.”

12 The Ratio Christi at UCI Daily

The Ratio Christi at UCI Daily, by Ratio Christi at UCI: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Belligerent Atheist Peter Boghossian and Combative New Atheists: 'A Manual for Converting Atheists'

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33 Logical Fallacies Everyone Should Know

As for the comment by A Friendly Atheist, the claim that an atheist merely lacks a belief in God and therefore has no burden of proof assumes that a person can be neutral about the existence of God. A person can be neutral about something like the existence of blue watermelons. He can simply lack a belief in blue watermelons because he hasn’t seen any evidence for them. That lack of belief doesn’t do much to impact his life. (Although we can imagine scenarios where it would force a choice, like if he were a watermelon seller and a customer demands that he order blue watermelons for her to purchase.) But things are different when you are dealing with ultimate commitments rather than watermelons. Specifically, the Christian idea of God is different because this kind of God (unlike deities of Greek mythology, I should point out) rules over every area of life, and thus makes demands in every area of life. There is no area of neutrality any place in the universe. All facts are God-created facts and God-interpreted facts. A person who lacks a belief in God has chosen to reject God’s interpretation of facts with every fact that he confronts.

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Richard Dawkins has had his day, says Ravi Zacharias

He said that four or five years ago there would be many disciples of Richard Dawkins in OCCA audiences. "Now, though, they want to raise personal questions of meaning," he said. "You see them here and there, but there is nowhere near the volume that there was."

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Our paper pregnancy: God, the gospel, and the global cause of Christ

Finally, a word about adoption and the global cause of Christ. Missions means spreading the name of Jesus Christ to every nook and cranny of every people group on the planet by crossing cultures and languages and geographical boundaries to reach them – whether they be urban socialites or desert nomads or tribal villagers. International adoption means spreading the name of Jesus Christ into the hearts and lives of every people group on the planet by crossing cultures and languages and ethnic barriers to bring the smallest and neediest of the world’s population into our homes, making them part of our families and investing the gospel into their lives from the backyard to the dinner table to the bedside. Adoption and the global Christian mission are inseparable.

17 Reasonable Faith $200,000 Matching Grant Challenge | Reasonable Faith

“I recently became a Christian a few weeks ago. I was a hard-core atheist. However, I read your book "Reasonable Faith" and Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ.” After reading these books, I put some more thought into the arguments, which you and Strobel presented. I came to the conclusion that Christianity is the truth. I am having a hard time telling my friends that I am a Christian, because I was a hard-core atheist and anti-religious. How would you recommend me coming out as a believer?”

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Confessions of an Ivory Consumer

I’ve been covering Africa for nearly four decades, but I am a latecomer to the wildlife scene, having always focused instead on the political, social, and economic life of the continent. This began to change earlier this year when I lived in Kenya for the summer and embarked on a series of safaris. During the great wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, I witnessed numerous lion and cheetah kills, along with reclusive leopards lounging in trees, prompting my Kenyan guide to note how fortunate I had been to spot so many big predators. I asked him about the history of the park’s lions, and was shocked by his answer.

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20 Gay or Straight, We All Must Decide if We Love Jesus above All Else - Stand to Reason Blog

The second reason the distance argument fails is because it is an argument against the evidence. The line of reasoning traced above would be more compelling if it could be demonstrated that the only kinds of homosexuality known in the ancient world were based on pederasty, victimization, and exploitation. On the face of it, it’s strange that progressive voices would want us to reach this conclusion. For it would mean that committed, consensual, lifelong partnerships were completely unknown and untried in the ancient world. It seems demeaning to suggest that until very recently in the history of the world there were no examples of warm, loving, committed homosexual relationships. This is probably why Matthew Vines in using the cultural distance argument to make a biblical case for same-sex relationships admits, “This isn’t to say no one [in the Greco-Roman world] pursued only same-sex relationships, or that no same-sex unions were marked by long-term commitment and love.” [2] But of course, once we recognize that the type of same-sex unions progressives want to bless today were in fact present in the ancient world, it’s only special pleading which makes us think the biblical prohibitions couldn’t be talking about those kinds of relationships.

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TGC Spotlight 11.21.14

What is President Obama’s immigration plan? Last night, in a national televised address, the President provided details about his plan to take unilateral executive action on immigration Obama’s decision is an expansion of his 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, created by executive action after Congress failed in its attempt to pass the similar-themed DREAM Act, allowed 600,000 qualified immigrants ages 5 to 31 to remain and work in this country without fear of deportation. What will the new plan do? This new executive action will give temporary visas to undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the U.S. It is expected to protect an additional 4 million and 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation for at least the remainder of Obama’s presidency. Obama will also expand a program that gives work permits for up to 29 months to foreign graduates of U.S. universities with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. The president is also expanding the pool of young undocumented immigrants eligible for DACA.

23 RELEVANT Podcast: Neon Trees

This week we spotlight the pop/rock band, Neon Trees. Plus, we talk to author Eric Metaxas, share with you our Christmas list, recap the week’s news and entertainment and more. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com.

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Know Your Southern Baptists: Jen Wilkin

Jen’s passion is to see women become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. She sees women as most frequently appealed to through their emotions. Because of that, she advocates for Bible literacy among women, their loving God with their minds, and for the voices and gifting of women to be fully leveraged in the church.

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

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Living in light of the good Samaritan: Giving value to the devalued

Recently, after preaching the  parable of the Good Samaritan at the Gallery Church , I was headed to Harlem for dinner with my girlfriend, Liz. As we were walking up the stairs to exit the subway, I saw him: a nameless elderly man dressed in dirty clothes, begging for change. This isn't out of the norm to see at a subway stop. But for me, this time was different. I watched as people walked by and refused to acknowledge his existence. Yet, he persisted, "Can I have a dollar for a sandwich?" I watched as each person actively chose to look down rather than to look up at the face of the man. Honestly, I have to confess that I also walked by. However, with each step, my feet felt heavier to the point that I could no longer continue. I now heard two voices. One was the faint, defeated voice of the man asking for change. The other voice was my own, reciting the remnants of that morning's sermon I had just preached: "Don't be the Levite, don't be the priest, who walked by and refused to love the man who was vulnerable."

27 Is Life Absurd without God? | Reasonable Faith

Now in your question you tend to run my arguments together and omit others. With respect to (a) what I claim is that without personal immortality our lives ultimately have no meaning or purpose. (I also argue that the same would be the case without God, even given immortality.) I find Nagel’s response to this point to be confused. He seems to be using the phrase “does not matter” equivocally, to mean either “is ultimately insignificant” or “makes no difference.” When we clarify the meanings, then his argument makes no sense: “If what we do now is ultimately insignificant because it will make no difference in a million years, then what happens in a million years is also ultimately insignificant because it makes no difference to what we do now.” That doesn’t make sense because the arrow of time is from past to future. To see if what happens in a million years makes any difference, you don’t look to its impact on today but to its impact on the future, and there isn’t any in the end. So, of course, in the absence of backward causation, it makes no difference now what will happen in a million years.

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11-inch baby born at 23 weeks survives

They call her "chopstick girl," which provides a sense of her size: all of 11 inches long and weighing just 23 ounces. The Independent reports that a girl in southwest China has survived after being born last week at just 23 weeks.

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Really Recommended Posts 11/21/14- St. Francis, Science, gender, and more!

    What this brings to light is the essential link between identity and a kind of orientation. To know who you are is to be oriented in moral space, a space in which questions arise about what is good or bad, what is worth doing and what not, what has meaning and importance for you and what is trivial and secondary. I feel myself drawn here to use a spatial metaphor; but I believe this to be more than personal predilection. There are signs that the link with spatial orientation lies very deep in the human psyche. In some very extreme cases of what are described as “narcissistic personality disorders”, which take the form of a radical uncertainty about oneself and about what is of value to one, patients show signs of spatial disorientation as well at moments of acute crisis. The disorientation and uncertainty about where one stands as a person seems to spill over into a loss of grip on one’s stance in physical space.[1] ( Sources of the Self , 28)

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WORLD | ‘Normal Barbie’ keeps it real with cellulite, stretch marks, and acne | Caroline Leal | Nov. 22, 2014

Lamm’s creation began as an art project in 2013—supported by crowd funding that exceeded his $95,000 target goal by more than $400,000—and became available for purchase and delivery Wednesday. An alternative to the idealistic blonde Mattel doll, Lammily is a shorter, broader brunette with natural-looking make-up and a casual, sporty wardrobe. If Barbie is the picture of air-brushed fantasy, then Lammily is the picture of scarred realism, complete with an add-on sticker pack featuring pimples, moles, cellulite and scars.

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

You don't have to be rich to be an open-handed giver. | Mark 12:44 http://ow.ly/BFBp3  pic.twitter.com/4EsaTGkYB3

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WORLD | Darwin made me do it | Denyse O’Leary | Nov. 22, 2014

“From its inception, evolutionary psychology had warned that behaviors that were evolutionarily advantageous 100,000 years ago (a sweet tooth, say) might be bad for survival today (causing obesity and thence infertility), so there was no point in measuring whether that trait makes people more evolutionarily fit today. Even if it doesn’t, evolutionary psychologists argue, the trait might have been adaptive long ago and therefore still be our genetic legacy. An unfortunate one, perhaps, but still our legacy. Short of a time machine, the hypothesis was impossible to disprove.”

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Anthem/Sonoran Desert/CaveCreek/Sharon Loop - James White's 113.7 kilometers bike ride

Track your rides and runs via your iPhone, Android or GPS device, analyze your performance, and compare with friends.

34 Tim McGrew debates Peter "Bogo the Clown" Boghossian on the definition of faith

Peter Boghossian teaches philosophy and is the author of ‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’. He believes that faith is a ‘false epistemology’ (way of knowing things) and even describes it as a ‘virus of the mind’. Tim McGrew is a Christian philosophy professor specialising in epistemology. He contests Boghossian’s definition of faith and debates the merits of his recent book. To cast your vote on the definition of faith visit  www.facebook.com/unbelievablejb .

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Crossway on Twitter

"When we speak with the Spirit in mind, our words give encouragement, hope, thanks, appreciation, and praise." pic.twitter.com/8qO5DVcrmn

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More than Christmas

If you haven’t looked at a calendar recently (or, in the case of much of the country, looked out the window or walked to your car in sub-freezing temperatures), winter is fast approaching, and Christmas is just around the corner.  And here at Prison Fellowship, that means the Angel Tree Christmas program is well underway, helping to provide gifts—and hope—to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents.

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WORLD | Weekend Reads: A good combination in making converts | Caleb Nelson | Nov. 22, 2014

The Bible is an obvious choice, but what else do you give someone who is interested in Christianity but hardly knows where to begin? Two new books aim to fill that gap:  Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus  (Christian Focus, 2014) and  Start Here: Beginning a Relationship with Jesus  (David C Cook, 2014). Both books share a goal (making converts), are written by pastors, assume the reader has virtually no familiarity with Christianity, and aim to give the reader enough basic information to make a clear decision.

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Interview: John Lennox – Premier Radio

Professor John Lennox is a top Oxford Mathematician. He is also a committed Christian. He chats to Justin Brierley about his debates with Richard Dawkins, his own journey of faith and why Christianity makes sense of science, life and the Universe.

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Colson Center on Twitter

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David Murray on Twitter

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The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now

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Pro-life family wins case to avoid paying Obamacare surcharge on health insurance

A pro-life leader and his family who lost their health plan due to Obamacare filed suit in federal court this year. The family was suing because they were being forced on to the state’s health insurance exchange, which only offers plans that require them to pay for other people’s abortions.

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Mike Licona on Twitter

Having breakfast with David Instone-Brewer (Cambridge) & Randy Richards (Palm Beach Atlantic) pic.twitter.com/7XSLNWjL4k

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Sean McDowell on Twitter

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WORLD | A musical experiment filled with sound but lacking passion | Jeff Koch | Nov. 22, 2014

Perhaps the album’s Phish-iest moment is the opening track, a punchy old work song entitled “Walkin’ Boss.” After a blazing banjo intro, the drums begin to click, rattle, and groove while Frisell emits cleansing blasts of potent, warbling guitar. The rhythm section’s funky underpinnings threaten to break into a raucous rock jam, but Frisell is too much the gentleman and master to let chaos erupt. He keeps his power tethered and allows just enough out to shock and transform this folk song but not destroy it.

46 American Atheists PR Director announces he wants to be a woman

After all, we live in a created universe that is fine-tuned for complex embodied life. Those are the facts. We have evidence for intelligent causes at the origin of life and in the Cambrian explosion. More facts. Our galaxy, solar system and planet support intelligent life, even though most possible galaxies, solar systems and planets do not have what it takes to support life – and that’s an understatement. Facts again. So when a person claims to be an atheist after being presented with these facts, it’s not reason that is causing them to stay an atheist. It’s something else. And it’s not reason that causes them to spend so much time and effort trying to get rid of God, and objective moral values and duties. It’s something else.

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WORLD | Ouija is an exercise in foolishness | Bob Brown | Nov. 22, 2014

Ouija (rated PG-13 for terror and some language) is like a mashup of a horror movie and the classic Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo —except the ghosts are not animated, masked henchmen, and Shaggy, Scooby, and Velma each meet a gruesome demise.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Charles Spurgeon on Desiring for Others to be Saved

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Service to welcome new bishop – Premier Premier

Premier consists of Premier Christian Media Trust registered as a charity (no. 287610) and as a company limited by guarantee (no. 01743091) with two fully-owned trading subsidiaries: Premier Christian Communications Ltd (no. 02816074) and Christian Communication Partnership Ltd (no. 03422292). All three companies are registered in England & Wales with a registered office address of 22 Chapter Street, London, SW1P 4NP.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Selling of Indulgences | November 22, 2014

What if the coins in your pocket could free your loved ones from suffering under God’s wrath and send them straight to heaven? Dr. Sproul brings us back to the sixteenth century when people fell victim to the common practice of selling indulgences, as he continues to look at some of the key issues that led Luther on the road to Reformation.

51 WORLD | Wanted: Role model | Andrew Branch | Nov. 29, 2014
52 WORLD | Big Hero 6 | Sophia Lee | Nov. 29, 2014
53 Christians in new Scottish cabinet – Premier Premier
54 Guillaume Bignon on Twitter
55 Pakistan protest at Downing Street – Premier Premier
56 Christians among Kenya attack dead – Premier Premier
57 Mike Licona on Twitter