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The Priest and Imam From that Amazon Ad Are Now Actual Friends

You’ve probably seen the latest ad from Amazon featuring the friendship between priest and an imam. In the spot, they both buy each other knees pads from Amazon, so that they can both pray without knee pain. Al Jazeera tracked down the actual priest and imam from the commercial, and found out that even though they met for the first time on the set of the commercial, they have since become close friends. As the priest explains, “Really big change in the world starts from small changes. And we have made friends and that’s a friendship that will never die.” You can see the full interview below.

Wes Anderson's New H&M Christmas Ad Is the Gift We Didn't Know We Wanted

WES THE HALLS! Wes Anderson must have seen our Christmas wish list, because just yesterday he released a festive short of good tidings and great joy. Though it’s not a full-length film, it’s enough to get us through the holiday season. The award-winning director teamed up with clothing store H&M to debut the new Holiday collection. The short film, Come Together, stars Adrien Brody (of course) who plays a train conductor who is working to surprise his passengers with a Christmas celebration despite the unfortunate weather conditions. It’s everything you’d expect from Anderson plus a little message about looking out for your neighbors. You can watch the holiday short here:

The Sweetest Promise in the Bible

Whether you laugh or cry, rejoice or grieve, Jesus is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

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Reasons To Believe : Adam and Eve: A Primordial Pair or a Population?

Because of the central importance of Adam and Eve’s historicity to the Christian faith, I am reluctant to embrace the idea that humanity began as a population, not a pair. But I’m as equally reluctant to accept this scientific claim—mainstream or not—knowing that the population size measurements are based on simplified, idealized methods that struggle to take into account population dynamics that can influence population size estimates and haven’t been validated. Questions about the validity of the mathematical relationships that form the basis of these methods compound these problems. To put it another way, even if I accepted the notion of common descent, I still wouldn't be convinced that humans arose as a population because of the scientific questions that surround the population size estimates.

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Copts under the Gun in Egypt

But in the end, we can’t count on this happening. If the story of what’s going on in places like Minya and in the rest of Egypt is going to be told, it’s going to be up to us. As I said three years ago, if the media aren’t “urging our leaders to protect Egyptian Christians . . . we have to. We cannot stand by in silence while yet another ancient Christian community is threatened with extinction.”

Isn’t Christianity a myth?

“It is remarkable that such ideas should arise from a study of the behavior or the most elementary systems. That such systems point to a world beyond themselves is a fact that will be loved by all who believe that there are truths of which we know little, that there are mysteries seen only by mystics, and that there are phenomena inexplicable within our normal view of what is possible. There is no harm in this—physics indeed points to the unknown. The emphasis, however, must be on the unknown, on the mystery, on the truths dimly glimpsed, on the things inexpressible except in the language of poetry, or religion, or metaphor.”

Freedom of Conscience on Hacksaw Ridge

Doss went with his platoon to Okinawa and scaled a cliff known as “the escarpment,” which in the film is called “Hacksaw Ridge.” And that is where the floodgates of hell opened. Hundreds of GI’s perished in the fight that day. At night, as the wounded lay in agony, Doss went from man to man, dragged them to the edge of the escarpment and lowered them down on a rope one by one. In all, he saved some 75 wounded GIs from certain death.

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9 Christmas in Cuba

But with Aslan on the move, her false claim to power began to melt. And down in sunny Cuba, Castro’s death marks the end of a dark chapter. But Cuba needs our prayers--to escape the utopian fantasy of communism, and for a merry Christmas.

10 Researchers Have Found the Oldest Known Manuscript of Leviticus - Jonathan Morrow

H ow do we know that the Bible we read today is what was originally written? Has the text been corrupted? A recent discovery along with significant advances in imaging technology reveal the earliest known fragment of Leviticus (1:3). Here’s a short video explaining how this works. But the bottom line is that this should increase your confidence in the Bible.

What’s the Relationship Between Evangelism and Apologetics?

“People mistake apologetics for evangelism. Like the activities we’ve considered above, apologetics itself is a good thing. We are instructed by Peter to be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have (1 Pet. 3:15). And apologetics is doing exactly that. Apologetics is answering questions and objections people may have about God or Christ, or about the Bible or the message of the gospel. Apologists for Christianity argue for its truth. They maintain that Christianity better explains that sense of longing that all people seem to have. Christianity better explains human rationality. It fits better with order. They may argue (as C. S. Lewis does in Mere Christianity) that it better fits with the moral sense that people

What Do I Have to Do Before I Can Call Myself a Christian “Apologist”? | Cold Case Christianity

When I was a pastor, I embraced the difficult mission of equipping my congregants to do the work of ministry and to become good Christian Case Makers. Many of us think of pastors and church leaders as the people who are supposed to have all the answers and we sometimes defer our Christian responsibilities to those we see in positions of leadership or notoriety. We can also do this with well-known apologists and Christians thinkers; it’s easy to concede our Case Making responsibility to others. But, if you’re a Christian, you’re already a Christian Case Maker. You’re either a good one or a poor one; a well-equipped ambassador or an unprepared citizen of the Kingdom. It’s time to identify yourself as an apologist, train yourself to make the case and begin to reach the world for Christ from wherever you may be.

Diversity in the Church Matters More Than Ever

With a recent election that left our country divided and with race relations that seem to be crumbling nationally, the church is an obvious solution as a place to unite others. However, if churches want to show a true commitment to diversity, we will need to do more than just welcome a range of people; we must welcome a range of church traditions that reflect those people.

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Well, the King has come. And for Christians, Advent is about preparing to greet Him when He comes again, through repentance, prayer, and worship. It takes a little effort—to set aside the time, to set aside a place, to study and pray—to even light a violet candle as a remembrance.

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Don’t Believe in Yourself

If we allow pride to live freely in us, it can only kill us. Its prime objective is not to make us feel better about ourselves, but to send us to everlasting pain and punishment away from God. Solomon warns us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Isaiah brings that terrifying warning into higher definition: “The Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up — and it shall be brought low” (Isaiah 2:12).

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A Christian MP and former Foreign Office Minister has called on the Prime Minister to look into the idea of dropping aid in to war-torn areas of Syria.

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Hugh Ross: Purposeful Cambrian Explosion Argues for God's Existence

Introduction I love watching illusionists. They perform feats that seem to defy the very laws of physics- cutting people in half (who live to tell about it), disappearing and reappearing, escapes, and many, many others. It is interesting that we see all these things "magically" happen, but we know that they could not happen unless the illusionist was involved. The illusionist has a purpose for making something "appear" or "disappear." They wish to impress and entertain their audience. They usually pick an object with a certain level of complexity that is easily recognizable- a ball, a playing card, or dove or rabbit for instance. They carefully prepare the environment for the illusion; often the audience is a witness to this setup. Now, if any of those objects just appeared on stage (or in the street for that matter), we would not think for a moment that it "just happened" with no explanation. We would immediately look for a cause, a purposeful agent who designed and orchestrated the stunt. Appearing Acts in Nature The Cambrian and Avalon explosions are quite analogous to the appearance of an object by an illusionist.

Your 9-to-5 Is Not in Vain

We might not understand why our diligent efforts fail, and be tempted toward exasperation. But we must remember that as Christians we aren’t guaranteed success in our work. In his wisdom, God “makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). Seasons of fruitlessness are simply part and parcel of living in a world cursed by the effects of the fall. Our work in this present world is subject to “thorns and thistles” that impede progress and hinder fruitful outcomes (Genesis 3:18).

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Why 'Losing' at Dating Might Not be the Worst Thing

My relationship with Jesus has radically rewritten the way I see love. But dating has always been the truest test of my theology–because how do you show sacrificial, Christ-like love in a system that the world says is often designed to end in disappointment with a win or a lose, where the person who cares the least or gives the least stays a step ahead?

God of Love?

Increasingly today, “love” for many involves control and manipulation, seeking maximum self-gratification in return for minimum commitment. It could be argued that this is due, at least in part, to the widespread influence of atheism and naturalistic evolution in public life, particularly in schools. If children are told that there is no God, no ultimate purpose, no universal standard for moral behavior; that they are utterly insignificant, the result of chance chemical interactions on a cosmic stage; that survival of the fittest is the most important factor in the evolution and furtherance of the human race—is it really any wonder that much of society is obsessed with hedonism and violence? This approach to life is the complete opposite of what the Bible teaches about love and its associated humility, mercy, kindness, and faithfulness.

The Cell's Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator's Artistry: Fazale ''Fuz'' Rana

 Cutting-edge techniques have revealed startling features inside the cell that force only one reasonable conclusion—a supernatural Agent must be responsible for life. In The Cell’s Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator’s Artistry , biochemist Fazale Rana, PhD, uses a common scientific method based on pattern recognition to identify the God of the Bible as the Creator. Dr. Rana says "this approach inherently depends on what science currently knows about life's chemistry and how the organization of biochemical systems relates to the characteristics of humanly designed systems—not on what science doesn't know." Going far beyond irreducible complexity, Rana shows how the molecular features of the cell—some of the smallest structures in nature—manifest the same characteristics displayed in human designs. This similarity points to a resonance between the mind of man and the mind of God. Molecular motors, information properties, chicken-and-egg systems, and quality-control checkpoints are only a few of more than a dozen remarkable indicators for design explained in The Cell's Design .

Extraordinary claims do not require extraordinary evidence

So how good is the evidence? Pretty shoddy if you ask me. One very short report on the BBC website. Well, there are some other links, but I’m pretty sure if you follow them up you’ll find that they’re all based on the same single source. So it all depends on the testimony of one person, the chief veterinary officer of Welimada. Where? If he was a leading veterinary scientist at Cambridge University and the birth had been observed in lab conditions, we might have to take it seriously. And he didn’t actually observe the birth at all it seems, never mind under lab conditions. Furthermore, he’s a government veterinary officer so who knows what his motives are. There are plenty of possible explanations that don’t require believing the story.

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A Christian teaching assistant has received an apology from the school which disciplined her after she shared her views on gay marriage with a pupil.

Christian Women Don’t Always Submit

Does any of this sound familiar? We compel ourselves to wear certain styles, even painful shoes, to keep up with what the stores have told us is fashionable. We clean our homes in a particular way with only particular products. We follow every rule and suggestion given to us by the ubiquitous “they” on how to parent our children and keep them safe from every wisp of risk. We stress and strain our muscles, three times a week minimum, because we believe it’s the “right” thing to do and maybe, just maybe, we’ll keep death at bay (or at least have a flat stomach until it comes for us). We’re religious about the kind of candle that can burn in our houses, and the smell of essential oils floats through the air whenever we’re around because we’re convinced they’re the “right” remedy to use.

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Liberty Just Hired the Former Baylor AD Who Presided Over Athletics During Rape Scandal

In April 2013, a female student-athlete reported to her head coach that she had been sexually assaulted by five Baylor football players approximately one year earlier. The student-athlete provided her head coach with the names of the involved football players. The head coach immediately reported the assault, including the names of the reported players, to the then-Athletic Director, to the head football coach, and to the sports administrator for the female student-athlete's team. According to Baylor's investigation, neither the head coach, the Athletic Director, the sports administrator or the football coach disclosed the reported sexual assault to Baylor's Judicial Affairs or to anyone else outside of the Athletics Department …

Is Jesus the Creator God?

That is, God the Father, whose voice was never heard, nor his shape seen by angels or men; for though Jacob, Moses, the elders of Israel, Manoah, and his wife, are said to see God, and Job expected to see him with his bodily eyes, and the saints will see him as he is, in which will lie their great happiness; yet all seems to be understood of the second person, who frequently appeared to the Old Testament saints, in an human form, and will be seen by the saints in heaven, in his real human nature; or of God in and by him: for the essence of God is invisible, and not to be seen with the eyes of the body; nor indeed with the eyes of the understanding, so as to comprehend it; nor immediately, but through, and by certain means: God is seen in the works of creation and providence, in the promises, and in his ordinances; but above all, in Christ the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person: this may chiefly intend here, man’s not knowing any thing of God in a spiritual and saving way, but in and by Christ 11

Renewing Your Mind | Two Models of Prayer | Nov 30, 2016

Not only did Jesus teach us how to pray, He taught us how not to pray. In this lesson, Dr. Mohler uses the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector and common misconceptions about prayer to further introduce the Lord's Prayer.

Which Old-Testament Promises Apply to Me?

Now here is the second step. The coming of Jesus, the Messiah, into the world and his atoning work on the cross and his resurrection and his reign in heaven and his authoritative teaching — like in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7 — all of that together alter the way some of the promises and the teachings of the Old Testament are to be inherited and applied. In other words, when step one says that we are heirs of all the promises, we have to take into account that those promises may be fulfilled differently today because of the changes that have come into history through the words and the work of Jesus.

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Rapid Response: “Evil Disproves the Existence of God” | Cold Case Christianity

There’s a problem with this question, however. We would have to know as much as God to understand why God would allow any evil. How would we ever know all the reasons why God might allow evil to exist? In any horrific crime I’ve worked as a detective, if someone were to ask, ‘Why did that happen?’ the answer is always going to involve a variety of hidden factors working together. It’s always a combination of unique (and often unlikely) relationships between events, opportunities, and conditions. In a similar way, there are always a variety of factors we must consider when asking why God would allow any act of evil in the world. At the very least, we must try to understand the role eternity plays, the importance of free agency, the definition of love, the impact evil has in developing our character or drawing us to God, the role justice plays, and the difficulty we should expect in trying to understand how these factors interact. These complex factors must be considered before we render a verdict about God’s existence and involvement. It’s a difficult task, to be sure.

Recovering from a dud: 3 responses when you preach a bad sermon - Southern Blog

A lady recently approached me at church on Sunday and said sympathetically, “I thought last week’s sermon was really good.” She was trying to comfort me about the previous week’s message. Apparently someone on my staff had told her how unhappy I had been with it and for days she had waited to assuage my doubts and comfort my disappointment. “I heard you thought you were terrible last week and I wanted you to know that God really used it in my life. In fact, I have been meditating on it and studying my notes all week. It was truly a significant spiritual marker for me, exactly what I needed to hear and to learn.”

Are Chip and Joanna Gaines “Cultural Heretics?”

Now, not all Christians will agree with some of the statistics cited by the Gaines’ pastor, his linking homosexuality in most cases to abuse, or his portrayal of the “gay lifestyle.” But there is nothing newsworthy about a Christian church teaching that male-female marriage is God’s original design and that newly invented definitions fall short of God’s intention for human flourishing.

Even Unbelievers Are True Believers

At the numerous criminal trials where I have played a role, I’ve encountered many professional unbelievers. They’re known as defense attorneys. While the detectives and prosecutors believe the defendant is a murderer, the defense team works diligently as though he is not. From the perspective of the jury, it may appear the defense is filled with unbelievers (people who reject the guilt of the defendant), but I’ve discovered this isn’t always the case. As it turns out, even unbelievers believe in something, and in this case it isn’t always the innocence of their client. In my experience as a homicide detective, I’ve discovered three kinds of defense attorneys and all of them are “true believers”:

Charred manuscript is one of oldest known copies of Torah ever found

Charred manuscript is one of oldest known copies of Torah ever found For decades, an object much like a burnt stick sat in storage in Israel, awaiting the day when its secrets could be divined. Check out this story on

Case-Making 101: How were the books of the Bible decided?

Last week we looked at evidence for transmission of ancient documents and historical information, in particular the transmission of the Bible as the Word of God. Coming at this investigation as a skeptic I found that there is enough evidence to believe that transmission of God’s Word from ancient times is reasonably possible. The next question I had was “how do we know that the sixty-six books in the Bible today are the right books?” This seemed to be an impossible questions to answer, but with some careful investigation I found that the answer was easier than I thought!

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Walter Martin

Walter Martin was one of the most distinctive Christian apologists of the twentieth century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to the apologetics enterprise? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Walter Martin—and why he still matters today.

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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids – A Review A couple of days before I met Jim Wallace for the first time, I received an unexpected package in the mail. It was a copy of Cold-Case Christianity For Kids by Jim and Susie Wallace. I’d heard about this book and was looking forward to getting my hands […]

The Untapped Tool for Christian Apologetics

A few years ago I was flying to San Francisco from my home in Honolulu. As I waited to board, I noticed many larger-than-average men getting on the plane. When I looked a little closer, I recognized a few familiar faces. On my left was Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers. Behind me, I saw Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens. I saw Alex Smith, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. There were other faces I couldn’t place, but I was confident they were NFL players. The odds of that many NFL stars ending up on the same flight from Honolulu to San Francisco would be incredibly low.

“Zeroboxer” by Fonda Lee- Book Review

Zeroboxer  by Fonda Lee was intriguing to me. It’s science fiction, and its central focus is a sport. I love science fiction, and I also love sports. I picked it up from the library immediately purely based on the brief description of it being sci-fi with a sports arena. Well, I didn’t even think about it, but the title has “boxer” in it and so I should have expected boxing. I don’t like boxing–I just don’t see the appeal of watching people beat each other up–so my expectations went down. Lee would have to really write a great book to keep me hooked. In short, she did. There are  SPOILERS  in what follows.

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Physical Fitness Is Spiritual Too

God wants us to keep our eyes on the prize in this world, too. He wants us to be reassured that this race, this life, is a stopping point into eternity. And in this world we will have trouble (and it will be tough, and hard to breath, and physically draining), but to take heart because he has overcome the course (John 16:33).

Deep in the Weeds on MONOGENES and Eternal Generation

Last summer, I did something that I had never taken the time to do before. I read the Nicene Creed in Greek. Of course I was very familiar with the English version of the Creed before then, but not so much the Greek. One thing that is clear in the Greek is that the Nicene fathers were interpreting scriptural terms in saying that Jesus is the “only begotten” ( MONOGENES ) and “begotten not made” ( GENNAO ). These terms derive from John’s writings, and the Creed clearly interprets MONOGENES to denote “generation” or “begottenness.”

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