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Happy 96th Birthday to Billy Graham! | RZIM

This web of connection that Billy Graham has created had an impact on me very early in my life. I came to know Christ after I attempted suicide at the age of seventeen in Delhi, India. It was through the work of the Youth for Christ movement that I was reached. When I gave my life to Christ, he changed everything for me. Since then evangelism has been in my blood and bones. And who was the man who played a vital part in the forming of Youth for Christ in its earliest days? It was, of course, Dr. Billy Graham. He was, indeed, the first full-time evangelist employed by Youth for Christ International in the mid-1940s.

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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14 Bob Dylan Covers You Need to Hear

Another sign of how good he is are his frequent covers. Perhaps no artist has served as inspiration for so many other artists, and few artists have as many songs for the inspired to pull from. It would be foolish to consider any list of Dylan covers to be The definitive list of the best covers, but you could do a lot worse than this list.

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For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court

The decision deems it “dangerous and demeaning to the citizenry” if judges feel they are the only ones capably of fairly understanding same-sex marriage. Sutton goes on to say his “hands are tied” by a 1972 one-sentence Supreme Court ruling which “upheld the right of the people of a state to define marriage as they see it.”

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So Here's Barack Obama And Willie Nelson Singing "On The Road Again"

So Here's Barack Obama And Willie Nelson Singing "On The Road Again"

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The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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Princeton Theoretical Physicist Paul Steinhardt on the "Multiverse"

Paul Steinhardt, a theoretical physicist at Princeton University and one of the early contributors to the theory of eternal inflation, saw the multiverse as a "fatal flaw" in the reasoning he had helped advance, and he remains stridently anti-multiverse today. "Our universe has a simple, natural structure," he said in September. "The multiverse idea is baroque, unnatural, untestable and, in the end, dangerous to science and society."

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WORLD | Why homeschool your high schooler | Sarita Holzmann | Nov. 8, 2014

As schools wrestle with tighter budgets, AP courses and higher-level programs may become less available. We can expect our children to do more—read more, take higher-level classes, achieve. You don’t have to “teach to the middle” or spend the majority of your day dealing with discipline problems. Talented students can push forward out of their comfort zones and focus on all that’s still out there to learn. Students who struggle academically often amaze their parents by what they can achieve when given a few good resources to help them learn. You and your students set the expectations. At home, you’ll find no boundaries to what your children can study and learn.

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Telling the Truth through Rational Argument: C. S. Lewis on the Reasonableness of Christian Faith

A Lecture given by Professor Alister E. McGrath at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London, on 21 November 2013, as part of the Westminster Abbey celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the noted Christian apologist and literary theorist C. S. Lewis. This video was produced by Christian Evidence, and is reproduced here with their permission. The video includes both introductions by Westminster Abbey staff, and the questions afterwards. .

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The 10 most dangerous selfies ever taken

Alexander Remnev is now well-known for his hair-raising stunt photography atop multiple high-rises. But one of his most shared photos features him with a brave friend on top of Dubai’s Princess Tower, the world’s tallest residential building, which rises 1,350 feet. It appears Remnev does not use safety gear and has claimed that Dubai has a lot of “open” towers to climb.

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English Archbishop given senior Vatican role – Premier Premier

An English born Archbishop's been appointed by Pope Francis as Secretary for Relations with States, the third highest position in the Vatican.

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Is This Country Star the New Wendy Davis?

Moral relativism might sound fresh and courageous to young ears but, as a culture, it’s probably one of the most gutless cop-outs we can make. If following your arrow means being true to yourself and following your core values no matter what the crowd thinks, well that’s a good message. But this is the most generous interpretation, and, I suspect, the one least likely to be internalized by young fans.

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Eric Metaxas on miracles: 'It's God speaking to us through a sign to point us back to himself'

His new book, "Miracles", which has just hit the Top 20 on the New York Times bestselling list, is a personal exploration of the miracles he has seen in his own life and those of the people he knows, but his hope is that it will be picked up by those who are questioning whether miracles are real and or are unsure of what it all means.  

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Article: 14 Ways I Teach Apologetics to my 5-Year-Olds by Natasha Crain

Article: 14 Ways I Teach Apologetics to my 5-Year-Olds by Natasha Crain

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WORLD | 23 Blast | Samuel James | Nov. 15, 2014

There are the classic high-school movie fixtures, like Freeman’s perennially anxious parents (director Dylan Baker portrays Mr. Freeman); an alcohol-entrapped best friend; and a not-quite-girlfriend-or-is-she. In his deepest disappointment and frustration, Freeman is surrounded by those who love and support him. Even viewers disenchanted with football and its culture will be reminded how significant the relational identities that develop around athletics can become. 

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Way Past Nickel-and-diming: How Prisons Are Unnecessarily Burdening Families

A mom finds out that her son hasn’t been brushing his teeth at camp because he can’t find the toothpaste he packed. The mom runs to the store, buys the toothpaste, and tosses it in the mail. Problem solved. The cost of making sure her son keeps his pearly-whites clean? About $8—around $3 for the toothpaste and maybe $5 for the postage.

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WORLD | A grown-up Martin Smith still can groove on latest album | Jeff Koch | Nov. 8, 2014

Martin Smith, former lead singer for the Christian rock band Delirious?, stood entranced by a massive forest fire in the mountains of Greece. He was there on a family vacation, according to an interview with NewMusicTuesday.com. Seeing the fire, he told his kids, “When we wake up, that fire will still be going—just keep burning through the night … it’s amazing to think that fire never sleeps.” Smith saw the raging fire as a powerful image of the Holy Spirit’s work in the believer’s life.

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Who is the Greatest Preacher? The Life and Legacy of George Whitefield

If asked who is or was the greatest preacher since the time of the apostles it is likely that most people would choose someone from the last hundred years, perhaps Billy Graham or Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Those with a greater sense of history might choose Charles Haddon Spurgeon, widely known as “the prince of preachers.” It is possible that some would choose George Whitefield (though such an exercise would be futile, as there are many preachers in different times and countries that most will never hear of—sound recording is a relatively recent invention in the history of the church, and it is only really possible to compare recorded preachers). If we go on the basis of reports or the power and effects of preaching, Whitefield would certainly have to be considered in a list of “greats” (though such an exercise would be futile, as there are many preachers in different times and countries that most will never hear of—sound recording is a relatively recent invention in the history of the church, and it is only really possible to compare recorded preachers).

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WORLD | Weekend Reads: Parental and spiritual growth | Caleb Nelson | Nov. 8, 2014

Don’t go to Sala for deep biblical exegesis, hidden parenting secrets, or highly academic information. You won’t find these things. What you will find is straightforward, practical, accessible principles of parenting. Sala patiently explodes the idea that children are stupid. If they see their parents lying, they will lie. If they see their parents drinking too much, they will drink too much. And so on. Children imitate. If you are undisciplined, you cannot possibly discipline your children. Just as a loving relationship is the context of God’s law in Deuteronomy 6, so it must be the context of your house rules. So listen to your kids, even when you don’t want to. Parent with the purpose of communicating to your children a passion for the kingdom of God. Embrace your influence, rather than throwing it away!

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Renewing Your Mind | After Darkness Light | November 8, 2014

The first benefit of justification is that God pardons all of our sins, past, present, and future. The divines cite Paul's quotation of Psalm 32: "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered" (Rom. 4:7; see Ps. 32:1). The second benefit of justification is the acceptance of the sinner as righteous in God's sight "only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us." To have the status of "righteous" conferred upon oneself is quite amazing. When a judge declares a person innocent, it simply means he is not guilty of breaking the law. But if a judge declares a person righteous, it means that not only is he innocent of breaking the law but that he has also fulfilled the requirement of the law. Let us take theft as an example. For a person to be righteous in this case, he must refrain from stealing. But in addition to this, he must also protect the property of others. He must fulfill both the negative and positive demands of the law against theft. By justification, a sinner is accepted as righteous, not just for one part of the law, but for the whole law—every single commandment, every single jot and tittle.

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Christian charity: Philippines still struggling to recover – Premier Premier

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William Lane Craig debates Alex Rosenberg: Does God Exist? Video, audio and summary

Deductive problem of evil: there is no response to this argument, certainly not Alvin Plantinga’s free will defense. The deductive argument from evil has not been entirely abandoned at all! It’s not like arch-atheist J.L. Mackie himself admits that the deductive problem of evil doesn’t lead to a logical inconsistency between evil and God.

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Pakistan Christian killings: "worst hate crime in the country's history" – Premier Premier

A senior Dominican in Pakistan has called for a United Nations investigation into the deaths of two Christians who were beaten by a mob of Muslims.

27 The Right to Die May Become a Duty to Die - Stand to Reason Blog

If physician-assisted suicide is legally available, the right to die may become a duty to die. The hopelessly ill may be subtly pressured to get their dying over with — not only by cost-counting providers but by family members concerned about burdensome bills, impatient for an inheritance, exhausted by care-giving or just anxious to spare a loved one further suffering.

28 The Right to Die May Become a Duty to Die - Stand to Reason Blog

If physician-assisted suicide is legally available, the right to die may become a duty to die. The hopelessly ill may be subtly pressured to get their dying over with — not only by cost-counting providers but by family members concerned about burdensome bills, impatient for an inheritance, exhausted by care-giving or just anxious to spare a loved one further suffering.

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Apologetics Training - Advice to Christian Apologists | Reasonable Faith

Have you ever wondered what type of training would be the most beneficial for those who aspire to become Christian apologists? Dr. Craig, when asked to present for the Stobb Lectures, recently addressed students interested in apologetics as ministry, offering them three key pieces of advice to help in that pursuit. Here, in the first of two parts, he explains why budding apologists should select an area of specialization in their studies and then demonstrates why a background in analytic philosophy provides a crucial foundation, even as a part of historical and scientific apologetics training.

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Brawl outside church after priest raised safety concerns – Premier Premier

Police were called to fighting between up to 20 people outside a church in Manchester that was slammed for changing its mass time after safety concerns.

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Priest sentenced to death over bishop killing – Premier Premier

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Extra troops to tackle Islamic State – Premier Premier

President Obama's approved the deployment of a further 15-hundred American military personnel to Iraq in a non-combat role.

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Cherishing the Differences in Your Spouse

Greg: You know, for me, when I think about differences, I would say it this way. Marriage is like being in a canoe. (Laughter) With all my degrees, everything I've learned, that's how I would say it. Marriage is like being in a canoe and this is what's important. Okay, think about before we were married, Erin and I were in separate canoes and we'd go on dates and we'd kind of row up next to each other. And in life, you know, we're always rowing up to someone we can relate [to]. But when we get married, when we become one, we're now in the same canoe.

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Chad Meister: can atheists rationally ground morality?

Atheists often argue that they can make moral claims and live good moral lives without believing in God. Many theists agree, but the real issue is whether atheism can provide a justification for morality. A number of leading atheists currently writing on this issue are opposed to moral relativism, given its obvious and horrific ramifications, and have attempted to provide a justification for a nonrelative morality. Three such attempts are discussed in this article: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong’s position that objective morality simply “is”; Richard Dawkins’s position that morality is based on the selfish gene; and Michael Ruse and Edward Wilson’s position that morality is an evolutionary illusion. Each of these positions, it turns out, is problematic. Sinnott-Armstrong affirms an objective morality, but affirming something and justifying it are two very different matters. Dawkins spells out his selfish gene approach by including four fundamental criteria, but his approach has virtually nothing to do with morality—with real right and wrong, good and evil. Finally, Ruse and Wilson disagree with Dawkins and maintain that belief in morality is just an adaptation put in place by evolution to further our reproductive ends.

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Taking the Hill

Sometimes it becomes crystal clear why we do what de do. I had one of those moments of extraordinary clarity on Sunday as I forced my aching feet up Heartbreak Hill at the finish line of the Marine Corps Marathon.

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Interstellar: Is the Earth Rare, or Common?

, dealing with the prospect of colonizing worlds beyond our planet, we are pleased to inaugurate a new series at ENV, and welcome a new contributor. Daniel Bakken is an engineer who teaches astronomy at the college level, and an entrepreneur in compound semiconductor crystal growth. In a series of articles he will critically examine recent claims about exoplanets beyond our solar system, asking whether our own planet Earth is a rarity in the cosmos. Or as Carl Sagan and others have insisted, is the Earth common, raising expectations that intelligent life and alien civilizations may be widespread in the Milky Way and beyond?

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The Prophesied Incarnation, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

Hank shares his thoughts on the prophecies of the incarnation like Daniel who prophesied the birth of Christ six centuries beforehand. Only the hand of God could ordain such prophetic precision, and only Jesus could walk through the doorway of Old Testament prophesy.