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Has the Church "poisoned everything"? Has it been a source of good or evil? Sean briefly answers these questions and more.

Two Mechanisms Proofread DNA Translation. Make That Three.

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Umm, Did These Russian Motorists Just Catch a Glimpse of a Yeti? (Probably, Right?)

A dashcam video filmed in the Republic of Bashkortostan is making the rounds today, after the drivers appear to spot a mythical creature crossing the street. Sure, there could be a “logical” “explanation” like “a person” in “winter clothing,” or that the whole thing is “staged” as part of a YouTube “hoax.” All of those things are possible, we guess. But, if you ask us, there’s no reason to dispute the assumption that the mythical yeti—a snow beast which no one has ever provided documented proof as to its actual existence—is roaming the backwoods of Bashkortostan You be the judge. (The yeti makes an appearance at about the :45 second mark.)

Worshipers Give Donald Trump, Mike Pence Standing Ovation at NJ Presbyterian Church

There were many controversies surrounding Trump's reported Christian faith during the election. While Trump claims to be a believer, he also said he has never repented or asked for forgiveness for his sins. He says he is a Presbyterian and a member of Marble Collegiate Church, but Marble Collegiate Church is not Presbyterian and has no record of Trump ever being a member. He claimed the Bible was his favorite book, but when asked to name a favorite verse, declined to do so. When he later named a verse, he mentioned a passage that is not in the Bible. At one worship service he put his offering in the communion plate. And in a speech at Liberty University, he said "two Corinthians" instead of "second Corinthians" then blamed Family Research Council President Tony Perkins for the mistake because Perkins wrote it down for him as "2 Corinthians." 

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Post-Truth, the Word of the Year

The post-truth culture can also lead us to ignore reality altogether. I’ve made it clear on BreakPoint that I find some of our next president’s past words, especially about racial minorities and women, troubling, to say the least. But in this post-truth, post-fact, post-reality environment, many have hijacked legitimate concerns in order to play the victim. Just look at the panicked reaction from gay and lesbian activists, who are behaving as if Donald Trump plans to persecute their community.

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How a Heavy Heart Gives Thanks

And oh, what grief and sorrow he bore (Isaiah 53:3)! Jesus fully knew the price he must pay to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). He knew the nature, scope, and weight of his Father’s righteous wrath. “Crushed” was not a metaphor; it was a spiritual reality. The Son of Man (John 3:14), God the Son (Hebrews 1:1–3), the Word made flesh (John 1:14), the great I Am (John 8:58), the Lord himself (Philippians 2:11), who came into the world for this very moment, would plead in bloody terror for the Father’s deliverance before the end (John 12:27; Matthew 26:39).

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Discontent and Thankfulness

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” I so often pass by this passage without seriously applying it to my thought life. What God made was good (me), and intended for the beauty of relationship with Himself; a true contentedness, a love like no other. As I have walked away and filled my mind and my life with rebellion, He has taken the consequence of my corruption: death. He has changed my destination and defeated my ruin by overturning my death sentence with new life. There is nothing I can imagine that compares to the glory of this, His salvation. God has intentionally made me and offers me daily renewal even in the midst of running away.

6 Burst Your Bubble!

Virtual bubbles that only reinforce and never challenge our own views need to burst. To understand people on the other side, much less try to persuade them, we’ve got to do more than just scroll through newsfeeds that show us only what we want to see.

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Is our culture losing touch with reality? The folks who pick the official “word of the year” think so. https://goo.gl/sy627K  pic.twitter.com/I4ua3GQ2W6

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Is Apologetics Biblical?

Is apologetics Biblical? It might surprise you, but I hear this question a lot. When I founded Apologetics Canada in 2010, I quickly found myself giving an apologetic for apologetics. In fact, this is also what Ravi Zacharias found when he started RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries: www.rzim.org ). He said, “What I did not anticipate was having to give a defense of why I was defending the faith.” Here’s what I have learned over the last five years of leading Apologetics Canada.

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What My Anxiety Taught Me About God

Thank you Relevant, for publishing this article. I hope that it is just the beginning of a deeper dialogue on this topic. I sometimes struggle with the 'hamster wheel' of anxiety, where seemingly innocuous topics and issues can consume my daily and nightly thoughts. No single effort of the amount of scripture memory and quotation, singing praise songs to myself, preaching to my soul that God is in control, will completely eliminate and fully numb the anxiety, but it does reduce the size of it; making the anxiety category smaller, if I allow myself to lean into God's arms. This summer has brought two of the most stressful situations an American can encounter into our family's lives. Fortunately, our hearts were somewhat prepared by participation in a small group where we have generally just accepted each others' warts and worries and plowed through The Gospel Primer by Cesar Kalinowski. The principles revealed in that study can be an uncomfortable mirror on ourselves. One of the lies we have come to believe is that God doesn't really love us deeply and unconditionally; that His grace is earned, not bestowed.

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Why the Historicity of Jesus Matters

All of us need a little help at one time or another. When times get tough and we need some wise advice, we can turn to our friends, our parents, our mentors or the wise philosophers and thinkers of the past. I’ve known people who have gleaned comfort and wisdom from historic thinkers or writers like Mahatma Ghandi , Ralph Waldo Emerson , or even John Lennon . Wise sources from the past seem every bit as reasonable as more current ones, especially when the wisdom of these thinkers has been vetted and embraced by individuals and cultures across the ages. By contrast, few people would consider Barney the Dinosaur or Yoda to be reasonable sources for such wisdom. Why not? After all, Barney and Yoda have actually offered many wise statements, and some of these statements may even apply

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Trump offers Ben Carson HUD secretary job

President-elect Donald Trump has formally offered retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson the position of secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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A Compelling Reason for Rigorous Training of the Mind

The reason Christians have always planted schools where they have planted churches is because we are a people of THE BOOK. It is true that THE BOOK will never have its proper effect without prayer and the Holy Spirit. It is not a textbook to be debated; it is a fountain for spiritual thirst, and food for the soul, and a revelation of God, and a living power, and a two-edged sword. But none of this changes the fact: apart from the discipline of reading, the Bible is as powerless as paper. Someone might have to read it for you; but without reading, the meaning and the power of it are locked up.

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Did God Create the Earth to Look “Old”?

The ideas that God created the earth with appearance of age or that the earth actually is old are both easy to refute. “Appearance of age” is refuted because it is an oxymoron; age cannot be seen. Therefore, something cannot really “appear” old or young. Age is a question of history, not a matter of present observation. We sometimes use the phrase loosely (and technically incorrectly) when we say that a person “looks” a particular age. But what we really mean is that the person resembles (in some ways) other people who are known to have a particular age. Formally speaking, there is no such thing as an “appearance of age.” The universe was created mature, in the sense that it was complete and functional by the end of the sixth day; but this is not the same as “age.”

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A Tribute to My Mom

Dr. Brown speaks about his mother, Rose Brown, who left this world last Friday, also speaking about the real values in life.

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Tips for Sharing Your Faith: 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 add 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.

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Three Evidences That Point to Intelligent Interaction - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

I think what Wallace is trying to say here about irreducibly complex organisms can be summed up by Stephen Meyer, “”You see, these biological machines need all of their various parts in order to function. But how could you ever build such a system by a Darwinian process of natural selection acting on random variations? Natural selection only preserves things that perform a function-in other words, which help the organism survive to the next generation. That’s survival of the fittest. The problem with irreducibly complex systems is that they perform no function until all the parts are present and working together in close coordination with one another. So natural selection cannot help you build such systems; it can only preserve them once they’ve been built.”

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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: Quality Christian Movie That Entertains and Inspires - Godawa

But I do know that watching The Resurrection of Gavin Stone challenged me to reconsider my bias. It is a story about church culture that I truly enjoyed. It rang true, while having a sense of humor about itself. It made church life seem a part of real life experience, imperfect, yet forgiven. And it ultimately accomplished its goal of making that world of spiritual interest more desirable than the world of temptation around us.

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An Alternative Script for Same-Sex Attraction

If we are going to ask those who struggle with SSA to reject their longings for as long as the Lord wills, then we must have a strong theology of singleness that does not present it as simply a transitional stage on the way to marriage. It seems that in many churches, marriage is assumed for everyone, and when it doesn’t happen for certain people, they are left wondering if the church is a place where they can truly belong.

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The Danger of Jesus as a Wise Guy

I’ve met my share of “wise guys”. If you’re also a detective or police officer, I bet you’ve met a few as well. From a law enforcement perspective, nobody wants to be called a “wise guy”; it’s a title we typically think of in a negative way (especially when considered in the context of organized crime). “Wise guys” are usually up to no good, and police officers often have to put these kinds of folks in jail for one reason or another. But it’s one thing to be a “wise guy” and another to be a wise guy. As an atheist, I was a fan of wisdom, and I often read the writings of wise teachers to gain their insight and knowledge. I was also happy to learn from ancient wise teachers. Few of us would deny the wisdom of Buddha, Confucius or Aristotle for example. At the age of thirty-five, I attended a church with my wife. I attended as an atheist, and was more than happy to do this once in a while, even though I had no interest in Christians or Christianity.

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Give Truth with Your Year-End #GivingTuesday Gift

This year-end, join with us for #GivingTuesday —or #GivingTruthDay as we’re calling it — on Tuesday, November 29th and share the greatest of all gifts — the Truth of Jesus — with people worldwide who need to hear the good news.

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Is Feeling Ungrateful Actually That Bad?

It's not an official fruit of the spirit, but it might as well be. There's something special about gratitude. It helps you to acknowledge all of the things you would normally take for granted. And that's important. But sometimes gratitude is in short supply and it can make you feel like a bad Christian. All someone has to do is bring up a real tragedy like the war going on in Mosul and suddenly, you feel guilty for not appreciating everything you have.

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Is Stewardship the Same as Going Green?

While these criticisms may accurately describe individual Christians who struggle with sin and imperfectly follow God’s commandments, are they really a proper understanding of what Scripture teaches Christians to do in regard to the world in which we live? In some cases, the belief by Christians that in part nature is resilient and self-correcting because the Creator designed the earth’s ecosystems to be adaptable, has been misconstrued by some as indifference or even hostility to the environment. That is a false characterization, and it is not (and should not be) used as an excuse for wanton destruction of natural resources. Scripture has ample examples of principles of good stewardship ( Deuteronomy 25:4; Proverbs 6:6–9, 12:10, 27:23–27; Luke 13:6–9; 1 Timothy 6:6–9; Hebrews 13:5 ). In point of fact, Christians should have a mindset of doing the best we can to use the environment for man’s good and God’s glory, as good stewards of what God has entrusted to us.

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Fox News on Twitter

. @RealBenCarson : “Our inner cities are in terrible shape and they definitely need some real attention.” pic.twitter.com/Px7nfbnXSZ

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Christians: you can't just keep complaining about media, entertainment and education. Become professors, directors, actors, reporters, etc.

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9 Things You Should Know About C. S. Lewis

Today is the 53th anniversary of the death of Clive Staples Lewis, one of the most well known, widely read, and often-quoted Christian authors of modern times. Here are nine things you should know about the author and apologist who has been called “The Apostle to the Skeptics.”

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We Need to Talk About Submission

When we marginalize submission in marriage, we dull the reflection. If we don’t talk about it — let alone, live it — the whole notion of submission becomes foreign. The world needs to know that there is divine order and authority. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is seated at the right hand of the Father, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, with everything in subjection under his feet (Ephesians 1:20–22).

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1- “Emissary”

I’ve completed my re-watch of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Now it’s time to start Deep Space Nine! I am much less familiar with this show, though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen about 80-90% of the episodes. It’s been so long that I’m sure it will all feel brand new. My wife has never seen the show. She and I will go through, review every episode, and give commentary and a grade from A-F. There are  SPOILERS  for each episode below. Without further adieu, here’s:

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The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts

You are likely familiar with some of the hundreds of resources you can go to for an in-depth look at how Scripture has been preserved. In a conversational setting, however, it is not always practical to bring these resources into the discussion and it is difficult to recite from memory the relevant information that you’ve studied. As a part of a focus on ‘ conversational apologetics ’ this article seeks to provide a way to confidently outline some important aspects of defending the Bible.

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Book Review: Peril In Paradise

Introduction The problem of suffering and evil is one of the most persuasive challenges against the Christian worldview. As defenders of the true worldview, Christians need to be prepared to address this challenge. Interestingly enough, this challenge does not only come from unbelievers but also from those within the Church. The idea that animals died before humans arrived on the scene (and fell into sin) is a stumbling block for many to coming to Christ, yet the natural world tells of a history of animal suffering and death prior to humanity. It seems as though the scientific evidence and the claims of Christianity are at odds with one another. In his book "Peril In Paradise" ( paperback ,  Kindle , and Quotes ), Mark S. Whorton addresses this supposed incompatibility directly. His confrontation of the issue is in the context of a long discussion with Christians who support such an incompatibility (which appears to give the unbelievers' concern credibility). The book is 233 pages divided into four parts and sixteen chapters. This review will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book's content, but it is not meant to replace reading the book to dig more deeply into the details of the arguments presented by the author for his conclusions.

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America Desperately Needs Real Tolerance: A Lesson from Mike Pence

Our country will be deeply divided for some time. How do we move forward as a nation? Pence gave us many lessons, but one stands out as critical for our nation at this point: choose to be gracious and kind towards others and genuinely listen to their concerns . Pence could have been critical, harsh, or defensive. But he took the high road. He chose to be civil and kind towards those who see the world differently. And it was noticed. Although it was small, he advanced the ball on bringing back civil discourse. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come from people on all sides of the political spectrum.

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Nabeel's Vlog 009 - Thanksgiving

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I just caught my kid looking at pornography

1. Don’t freak out. Often, it is the kneejerk reaction of parents to be overly severe, surprised, astounded and just loud when they discover that their child has looked at pornography. I would encourage you to try to remain calm when talking with them. If you have caught them in the act, this may be especially difficult. If you’ve discovered this when they aren’t around, wait until you’re calm to talk with them.

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Science and Blind Faith

We Christians have been guilty of not thinking very hard. We have shied away from putting deep thought into many matters that are (or should be) central to our Christian faith. Questions as important as "why are we all here," or "what does God want of us while we are on the earth," are all questions whose answers all Christians should have in their back pocket. However, if asked, many who claim Christ have struggled to answer these basic questions of the faith. This is troubling.

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Grant Morrison's Newest Comic Combines Jesus With Conan the Barbarian

The Nazis didn’t go as far as the barbarian Christ—that was my innovation. ... Oddly enough, that exact same story is told in Conan the Barbarian, who was also depicted as having been crucified in a story . It just seemed too much of a gift, especially in light of Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal imagery, to combine this notion of Conan and Jesus Christ.

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C. C. Pecknold on Twitter

If you want to participate via Twitter in 15-week course of reading Augustine's City of God quote or retweet this tweet. Otherwise fav!

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Kelly Lamor Wilson on Twitter

@LeeStrobel it was an honor to play Teen Leslie! I can't wait for the world to see your story on April 7th.

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How to Redeem Thanksgiving

Woodley joined Morgan and guest-host Richard Clark to discuss why he himself chooses to celebrate Thanksgiving, how he learned to love Jesus despite the religion’s ugly impact on his ancestors, and the uncomfortable conditions it took for settlers to share their faith with Native Americans.

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Look Through the Lens of Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims and Israelites chose to be grateful for what they had, rather than to focus on all they had lost. They had to look for blessings. Actively and deliberately. Their thanksgiving was not based on pleasant circumstances, but rather on the understanding that God was to be thanked in both prosperity and adversity. Their gratitude was not a “positive thinking” façade, but a deep and steadfast trust that God was guiding all their circumstances, even when life was difficult. Viewing their lives through a lens of gratitude changed their perspective.

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Where are the transitional forms?

A Berkeley website for teachers claims that “there are numerous examples of transitional forms in the fossil record, providing an abundance of evidence for change over time.” The only example they cite as proof is Pakicetus , described as an early ancestor to modern whales. How can scientists tell this? According to the website, “Although pakicetids were land mammals, it is clear that they are related to whales and dolphins based on a number of specializations of the ear, relating to hearing.”

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Arrival: Your Life Matters – A Christian Perspective

Well, in the film it was used largely as a way to tie the whole plot back together and show that one’s ideas about reality can be shaped by the way one conceptualizes of very basic ideas. But more importantly, one’s view of time impacts how one views reality itself. I have read time and again how a linear view of time helped to spur scientific discovery, among other things. A linear view of time allows for a logical A => B sequence of events in which causation is linked through time. A cyclical, or non-linear view of time would change that. In “Arrival,” it is unclear as to whether the ultimate non-linearity of time is viewed as cyclical (though the emphasis on circular imagery for the language might point in that direction). One wonders whether a non-linear view of time, taken to its conclusions, could actually ground such things as cause and effect. The movie provided a framework to think through such questions, and as someone who’s very interested in philosophy of time, I found that utterly engaging.

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C.S. Lewis's Achy Breaky Soul

One of the classical demonstrations of God's existence is the so-called argument from desire: Every innate or natural desire corresponds to some objective state of affairs that fulfills it. Now we all have an innate or natural desire for ultimate fulfillment, ultimate joy, which nothing in this world can possibly satisfy. Therefore, there must exist objectively a supernatural condition that grounds perfect fulfillment and happiness, which people generally refer to as "God."

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Yes to Hating Sin, No to Hating Self

2) Jesus bases his whole argument for self denial on the preciousness of the human soul, the value of everlasting existence. Listen to how he says it. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Here is his argument: “For whoever would save his life will lose it.” Well, you don’t want to lose it. “But whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” And you do want to save it. And then he adds, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit [or lose] his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?” (Mark 8:34–37). The whole argument, the basis of Jesus’s argument, is: You should love your soul — that is, love it in the sense of doing whatever it takes to save it.

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Why Christian Kids Leave the Faith

Few things are sadder to witness than people who once professed faith leaving it all behind. This is especially true when those people were raised in Christian homes by God-fearing parents. These children were given every opportunity to put their faith in Jesus but determined instead to turn their backs on him. Why would they make such a tragic choice?

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