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Shooting at Texas Southern Baptist Church Kills 20 Worshipers

Local and national media outlets report at least 20 people dead at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Weekly YouTube videos of the church’s Sunday service don’t show many more people than that.

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Hungry and Hungover: How Our Emptiness Tells the Truth

And once you start down that way, once you really start investigating, the most probable explanation is that you were made for another world — a world won for you by a God who came down from heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, who was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, who suffered and was buried, who rose again in accordance with the Scriptures, who ascended to heaven and is coming again to judge the living and the dead, and whose kingdom will never end.

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At least 20 feared dead in mass shooting at Texas church

At least 20 people are feared dead in Texas after a gunman opened fire at a church outside San Antonio on Sunday, Fox News has learned.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Mob Attacks St. George’s Church, Damages Other Christian-Owned Buildings

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Do Men Owe Women a Special Kind of Care?

Under pressure to shun the question about deeper and differing inclinations that may define the God-given natures of manhood and womanhood, mainstream Western culture has suppressed one of the realities that God put in place for the flourishing of both sexes. While affirming the importance of mutual love, respect, honor, and encouragement between men and women, there is in our day a resistance against the biblical summons for men to show a peculiar care for women that’s different than they would for men — and a strong disincentive to women to feel glad about this.

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Are You Thinking Like an Atheist? | SES

I want to challenge my brothers and sisters in Christ to not think like an atheist. Do not be content with what is often incomplete and unreflective thought. Our faith (and our knowledge of God’s existence) must be built upon deeper foundations that are not so easily disturbed by the tired old fallacious comments made by someone like Mr. Barker. We can’t believe something about God simply because it makes us feel good or it’s easier to think about than reality. The fact is, as was mentioned above, answering Mr. Barker with simple or pithy slogans from pop-Christianity or pop-apologetics will not get to the heart of the matter. In fact, it may even make the situation worse by not first properly defining and understanding terms and concepts relevant to the discussion. Such a failure in thinking can often lead to misunderstanding, a false sense of security, or even out-right heresy. We must be careful to build our understanding of God upon reality rather than with our emotions and oft-times misdirected thinking.

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At least 20 feared dead in mass shooting at Texas church

At least 20 people are feared dead in Texas after a gunman opened fire at a church outside San Antonio on Sunday, Fox News has learned.

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Reasons Behind the Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

The Horrible Reasons behind the Church Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas is just one shooting among the doznes in the USA in recent years - hear the long shcking list of all the church shootings and the reasons why 25 or more are Dead and 20 wounded.

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Christianity is a crutch...you may need it someday

In a recent USA Today OpEd , Harvard epidemiologist, Tyler VanderWeele, presented the growing body of evidence that religious participation is – quite literally – good for you.  Multiple studies have shown that regular church attendance is beneficial for one’s mental and physical health.  In the colorful language of the article, religion is a “miracle drug.” 

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‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

“The Open Doors World Watch List is the most accurate, thorough and intensive research available on the persecution of Christians,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA. “It calculates not only deaths reported in the news, but also persecution at a grassroots level, where family-to-family persecution is tracked. The 25-year research shows where the most unstable areas for Christians have historically been and, in many countries, remain.”

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Rapid Response: 'The Gospels Are Unreliable'

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone made the following claim: “Even if the events recorded in the Gospels came from eyewitness accounts, why should we trust what eyewitnesses tell us? Even modern-day witnesses are notoriously unreliable and are often wrong about what they claim to have seen. Why should we trust ancient eyewitness accounts?” How would you respond to such an objection? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

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Case-Making 101: Is the Bible written by eyewitnesses of the events?

Eyewitness Accounts: Many people think the Bible is just like other “holy books” telling mythological stories or giving philosophical advice. Not true! Upon close examination one will find that the Bible with its 66 different books is written by at least 40 authors who were either eyewitnesses of the accounts or who record eyewitness testimony. These authors came and went over a period of about 1500 years yet they are so cohesive in their subject matter and theme to the point that the 66 books flow as one. In addition the Bible’s content and preservation is unmatched in ancient literature.

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Science Requires God part 1

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Seek Out Strangers This Sunday

When Christ’s body extends Christ’s love to strangers, it is a gospel miracle, a small but real reflection of Jesus’s own welcome to us: “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7). Our hearts can rejoice to follow such commands when we view our gatherings as an opportunity to serve others rather than be served. This Sunday, be the hands of Jesus by reaching out and welcoming others. Pray and ask God for eyes to see whom you might welcome at church, whom you might linger with in conversation, and whom you might invite over to your home for a meal.

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Martin Luther King's Link to Martin Luther's 95 Theses

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Luther’s story is that it need never have happened. Martin Luther was not a man born — or later inclined — to tilt at papal windmills. In fact, until about 1520 he was as vigorous a champion of the church as anyone who had ever lived. He desired desperately to help Rome elude the fate it ended up experiencing. In fact, in a case of extreme irony — so much so that one might think of Oedipus — he became the very man who brought about everything he had hoped to avoid. As his story illustrates, it was a sublime and ridiculous decoction of forces that created the perfect storm that burst over the European continent, creating what we now call the Reformation and the future. We can only wonder what might have been avoided had the distracted Pope Leo been sensitive to his role in history and taken the German monk’s earnest suggestions to heart. It was Rome’s mystifying inflexibility that drove Luther to bolder and bolder public positions, eventually putting him beyond rapprochement and setting him along a path that will forever be debated either as heretical and ignominious or as orthodox and glorious.

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Netflix and Kevin Spacey | The Stream

A 2013 Amazon reviewer states, “matt taibbi is a god among writers and this book shows his burst from the eggshell.” A reviewer from 2002, “As the subtitle might indicate, this is not a book for the faint of heart, nor is it a straight-up history, though the portrait it paints of post-Soviet Russia from the early ’90s to 1998 is pretty vivid in all its pornographic, bloody, vomitous, sexist glory, making it a pretty d—-d good history anyway.” The reviewer gave the book five stars.

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How to Engage Culture and Swim Against It

And what I mean by contra fashion is that a person can be driven by what is so popular or can be driven by what is not popular that there is a whole culture luring people to conform to nonconformity. How else can you explain the manufacture of jeans with holes in them, right? I mean, the manufacture of jeans that are tattered with holes. What is that? This is the mainstreaming of contra fashion, which, of course, will lead to a contra contra fashion and so on. And the point that I was trying to get at was, you can be a jellyfish by craving to look preppy or you can be a jellyfish by craving to look anti-preppy — either way. You are not free when you conform to all your grunge friends. That is not freedom. That is just rebellion in a new conformity.

21 Woman who lived as a transgender male for nearly a decade shares conversion to Christ

The Baptist Messenger has posted an interview with Laura Perry, a woman who spent nearly a decade living as a transgender male. She describes years of male hormones and a sex change surgery and how she came to faith in Christ. You can watch above, listen below, or download the audio here .

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ANTHEM: Strategies for Fighting Lust

These are six tested and proven strategies for fighting lust. I have in mind men and women. For men it’s obvious. The need for warfare against the bombardment of visual temptation to fixate on sexual images is urgent. For women it is less obvious, but just as great if we broaden the scope of temptation to food or figure or relational fantasies. When I say “lust” I mean the realm of thought, imagination, and desire that leads to sexual misconduct. So here is one set of strategies in the war against wrong desires. I put it in the form of an acronym, A N T H E M.

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6 Ways Martin Luther Led Me to My Own Personal Reformation

I also feel God’s transforming power in my own life. For me, learning about his gift of grace was just the first step, and now living into that gift is part of my lifelong journey. As I learn to trust in Jesus and invite him into every corner of my being, my daily prayer is a reformation prayer: “Alter me more and more.” As Paul writes in Ephesians, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Eph. 3: 16–17).

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Understanding Pantheism

Dr. Balajied Nongrum holds a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University in Hyderabad, India. Having completed his MA in philosophy and religion, he went on to pursue a master’s degree in science and religion from Biola University. Follow RTB_Official for updates! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RTBofficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/RTB_official Instagram: http://instagram.com/rtb_official Website: http://www.reasons.org

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/your-courage-will-motivate-other-believers

In this series, Pastor Rick teaches from the life of Daniel. God tested Daniel through every stage of his life, from his teenage years all the way into retirement. And the practical lessons from Daniel’s story will help you to stand firm in your beliefs and to develop a greater trust in God.

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MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop

Racial unity is a gospel issue and all the more urgent 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Join the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition at a special event, “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” taking place April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. http://mlk50conference.com

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The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage

Just 70 years ago, social mobility and protection from poverty were largely a factor of employment. Those who had full-time work of any kind were seldom poor. Fifty years ago, education marked the gulf separating the haves from the have-nots . For the last 20 years or more, though, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors and their children rise above, remain, or descend into poverty. The research is astounding.

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Spiritual Warfare and Pastoral Ministry: ‘We’re going into battle’

We’ve been raised in a system of scientific approach to life: If you can’t see it, taste it, and test it it doesn’t exist. So naturalism, I think, hinders us, and it also aids demonic activity because I don’t think it’s any less real. It’s just under the cover of darkness in a way that’s less evident in third world countries that are more animistic. They’re more open to the reality of demons. They see demonic manifestations on a regular basis in many places. They’re much more involved in witchcraft, the occult, astrology. And we reject those things.

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An Open Letter to Dan Brown

Before getting into the heart of this letter, as a non-fiction author myself, I am amazed at your gift for writing fiction. It's incredible to see how you get the reader involved, how you hold the reader's interest, how you paint such detailed word pictures, how you build to such intense, page-turning climaxes. And, as one who appreciates careful research, I love the work you put into your books. As you once explained, your publisher wants good books, not fast books.

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Can A Witness Be Trusted If He Can't Be Cross-Examined? | Cold Case Christianity

If, in the year 2070, Bugliosi applied the same high standard he requires of the gospel accounts to the records of his own famous trial, he would be hard-pressed to trust the truth of his own personal history. If we are prepared to reject any claim about the past for which we don’t have a living “cross-examinable” eyewitness, we had better be ready to jettison all of history, including all the history surrounding the Manson case. The criminal standard here is excessively high. While it might aggressively protect the rights of a defendant, it would unnecessarily disqualify accurate accounts from the past. We simply must do our best to establish the reliability of historical eyewitness accounts, without rejecting them out of hand once the original eyewitnesses are no longer available to us. There is much we can learn about eyewitness reliability from the courtroom (I’ve tried to discuss this process in my book ). If we can establish the reliability of the gospel writers, we can trust what they have to say about Jesus, even though they are no longer available for cross-examination.

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What If Tomorrow Is Even Harder Than Today?

These promises are ours because we have a Savior who conquered sin and death and evil. When Jesus, the True Israelite, felt the duress of forty days in the wilderness — alone, with no food, and assaulted by the tempter — his faith in his Father’s provision never wavered. Satan mocked him, targeting what he thought could be Jesus’s breaking point, saying, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). But in that moment, Jesus told the devil, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). Where Adam failed, the Second Adam did not.

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Why Sexual Metaphors of Jesus and His Bride Embarrass Us

A podcast listener named Hannah writes in to ask this: “Pastor John, I often hear people and pastors say that sex between husband and wife is a picture of the love between Christ and his church. When this comparison is given, I almost always see people or the pastor speaking blush as well as the audience as if it is an awkward and unexpected comparison. I believe this picture of sex and Christ with his church to be true, but I am one of many who has a hard time wrapping my mind around it and would have a hard time describing it to someone else. I have two questions regarding this. (1) How is sex between a husband and wife a practical example of Christ and his church? (2) Why is this truth something many are so uncomfortable with?”

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Christian-atheist dialogue (Dan and Mark) during the Dig & Delve Apologetics Conference In Ottawa @diganddelveott pic.twitter.com/NqZYJeAkBE

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Battling the Unbelief of Misplaced Shame

Paul makes very clear here that the battle against misplaced shame is a battle against unbelief. “I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed and I am sure of his keeping power.” We fight against feelings of shame in Christ and the gospel and the Christian ethic by battling unbelief in the promises of God. Do we believe that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation? Do we believe that Christ’s power is made perfect in our weakness? The battle against misplaced shame is the battle against unbelief in the promises of God.

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Why Is the World Broken?

People are generally quick to make God a scapegoat. He gets the blame for everything from cancer to murder to tsunamis. If the suffering we see is evidence that God is cruel or unfair, then why isn’t the good we see equally evidence that God is loving and just? After all, we see lots of good in the world. Children are rescued from burning buildings, people donate organs to strangers, food banks feed the homeless, volunteers work in nursing homes, and the list goes on.

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Never Fear an Honest Question

I love questions. I enjoy learning from insightful responses (either spoken or read) and delight in providing a helpful answer to questions others have. Even questions for which I have no answer provide pleasure through pondering how I might find a good response. Questions can indicate a desire to learn, a willingness to challenge authority, and even a lack of confidence in a particular explanation or belief. Many believe that Christianity is threatened by questions. The example below illustrates this idea that questions dishonor God and that faith suppresses questions (just search for “faith vs. science quotes” for more examples).

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Profound Sadness and Prayers for Sutherland Springs

How does one respond to the cold-blooded murder of people gathered on a Sunday morning to worship our Lord? The killing took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas during the morning worship service. It is hard to know how we can even process one tragedy after another that destroys lives, brings heartache to families, and brutally slaughters so many. It is beyond understanding. We know so little at this point, but I can imagine the homes tonight of many whose families have been shattered in such a senseless fashion. This is not just a tragedy. This is an atrocity.

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April on Twitter

Folks saying this mean that white people aren’t safe anymore in churches. Black folks haven’t been safe for... ever. Remember Birmingham. https://twitter.com/seankent/status/927287542906605573 …

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Starting God Conversations: State it Back to Them

Certainly we've all heard the bromide that one should never discuss politics or religion in polite conversation. It's been around for quite some time. In Thomas E. Hill's 1884 book on how to communicate properly in social and business settings, under the section entitled "Etiquette of Conversation" he warns his readers against such exchanges because "to discuss those topics is to arouse feeling without any good result."1

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Dear atheists, believing in God is nothing like believing in Santa

I wonder if you’ve ever seen someone write - perhaps in a comment box on Facebook - something like "I don't believe in the tooth fairy, I don't believe in Father Christmas, I don't believe in God."

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James Rhodes on Twitter

Despite this experience, she was never a victim. A strong, beautiful and talented woman. I miss her.

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Why Would an Infinite Creator Employ the Same Designs?

Because I am a Christian, I see evidence for design in the biological realm. But for me, the converse is also true. Because I see design in the biological realm, I am a Christian. In fact, the elegant designs of biochemical systems convinced me as a graduate student that a Creator must exist and be responsible for life’s origin, paving the way for my conversion to Christianity.

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Nabeel at Summit Ministries: Speaking Truth About Jesus in Love

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Five Truths About Christian Suffering

But just because we experience suffering as we await the redemption of our bodies, it doesn’t mean that our suffering is random or without purpose. And neither does it mean that Scripture doesn’t tell us how to think about our suffering now.

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Surprising Similarities Between Creation & Evolution

So, yes, the similarities are interesting—but so are the differences. Really, chimps, gorillas, et al. show the handiwork of a handy Maker. But that creativity comes through precisely because of how different they are from us. They weren’t made to walk on two legs—but they can knuckle-walk and swing through trees with beautiful grace. Their five fingers would look silly attached to our hands, but they’re exactly what you’d want for hanging around on limbs. Those brains wouldn’t get them into Yale, but they do a bang-up job computing how to dig up termites. And that DNA gives them the characteristics they need to thrive in their special environments, but it doesn’t come close to what God has enabled humans to do, the only creatures made in His image.

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Books - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .

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