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Why Christians Need to Talk About Guns

A conversation with the makers of the new documentary ‘The Armor of Light.'

Animal Breeding as Evolution

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Exchange Students in Germany Meet Themselves, Kind Of

Cloning. Seriously, how else would you explain two women with the same face? When Cordelia Roberts moved to Bremen, Germany, for her year abroad, she was met with classmates who felt like they had met her before. “When I was going on nights out, people were starting to ask me did I come here with a sister or a twin, and I didn't know what they were talking about,” she told Twin Strangers, a website dedicated to matching strangers world-wide with their look-alikes. Who they had met was Ciara, an Irish exchange student in Bremen who looks exactly like Cordelia. Like EXACTLY. The two are now BFFs, because of the Internet. Check out the video below, where they explain just how it all went down.

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When Did Christians Get So Mean?

I don't believe that Christians project meanness. I believe they project trivia and irrelevancy. For example there is a movie out where a teacher tells the students they must write "God is dead" on their papers. Of course, our hero has to "Stand up for Gee-sus!" and looks like a ignorant, out of touch hayseed that can be easily rebuffed which encourages more of the same. If the student insisted that the college respect his freedom of religion; and that they discipline the professor he would have won just as easily as any other group challenging what happens at the school. There is another story where a professor says "If God exists he will knock this chalk out of my hand." Of course there a former Marine in the classroom who knocks the chalk holding professor off the lecturn. Committing violent acts to stand up for Gee-Sus! appear to be a contradiction in terms. Finally people send me films of their numerous dogs praying before they eat. Do we really want people to think that Christians spend their time forcing ignorant beasts to imitate them?


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4 Taylor Swift Loves For King and Country's ‘Out of the Woods’ Cover

The duo For King & Country, known for their often-worshipful folk-inspired music, got a serious shoutout on Twitter this week. Pop superstar Taylor Swift called the band’s version of her single “Out of the Woods" “one of my favorite covers I've heard.” Considering Ryan Adams recently released his own version, that is a serious compliment. You can listen below.

Watch ESPN's incredible tribute to LSU superfan Sid Ortis

Sid Ortis grew up in the state of Alabama, but was a lifelong LSU Tigers fan. Ortis was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer in August of 2014, and LSU coach Les Miles reached out to Ortis’ after he heard of his story.

Comforting Those Caught in the Crossfire of the Abortion Debate

There should be no safer place for wounded persons than the church. Tragically, I’ve ministered to women who’ve sat silently in church for years, fearing someone would discover their “secret.” Fear of rejection and judgment can feel overwhelming. Most of these women look as if they have it all together, but underneath they’re suffering and in desperate need for truth and mercy—truth that leads to repentance and mercy that leads to healing.


We invite you to the conference for women, but not all about women. It's a gathering of women around the Word of God. To this third TGC Women's Conference, we come joyfully but soberly, knowing that suffering meets us at every hand, right at home and all across the globe. What better book for us in 2016 than 1 Peter—packed with gospel perspective on our short lives. It's a little epistle, but it gives us a big view of who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners in this world. How do we stand firm in God's true grace? How do we offer a strong shining witness to Jesus Christ even in the midst of fiery trials? Peter points us insistently to the Lord Jesus, to his suffering on our behalf, and to the resurrection life he makes possible for those who believe in him. At TGCW16 we won't be getting away from real life; we will be seeing it clearly, in light of gospel help and hope. By God's grace, we will go away better prepared to live and share resurrection life, in a world of suffering.

Fashioning Justice

“We’ve seen a massive cultural shift,” she says. “It’s been amazing, because I think people are starting to look at business in a new way, which is so exciting and inspiring to us, and it’s one of the main reasons we do what we do.”

Beyond Asia Bibi: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2015

Update (Nov. 6): As Christians around the world recognize the second Sunday of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), the Religious Liberty Commission (RLC)—a project sponsored by several British evangelical groups—has offered additional resources. A collaboration of the UK Evangelical Alliance, Release International, Open Doors, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the RLC has organized events around the country and released a video with testimonies of persecuted Christians. A video by the World Evangelical Alliance raising awareness of IDOP is below.

The Definitive Ranking of Oddly Specific Bibles

The niche marketing of Bibles really does seem to get out of hand some times. However, I am able to provide what I think is a cogent defense of the "Play to Win - Hockey New Testament". I serve as a chaplain for a local Jr A hockey team (the league just below the WHL/OHL/QMJ etc). It's fairly competitive hockey, with lots of scholarships handed out and some players going on to the draft and the NHL. The organization I serve as chaplain through, Hockey Ministries International, along with Athletes in Action and others, work hard to put chaplains with teams at every level of the game - from local clubs to pro clubs. One of their tools is Bibles like these that challenge players to develop themselves beyond the game into men of faith. So they serve an evangelistic role as well as a character development role for guys in a very narrowly focused field who face many pressures and struggles. The players mentioned on the front are believers who have lived the life and offer write ups dealing with situations that players face. They're actually well put together Bibles by pastors and chaplains who wanted to make the word accessible to a traditionally difficult market.

The End of History

This is the consummation of God’s goal in all of history — to display his glory for all to see and praise. The prayer of the Son confirms the final purpose of the Father: “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24).

What You Need to Know About the Recent Violence Between Israel and Palestine

The right Christian framework on this is really to go deeper in a serious way. Peacemaking can’t be disconnected from how messed up the world is, and from the hard issues that create conflict and violence and hatred. It’s serious, gritty stuff if you try to engage it at that level. I’m not suggesting we need to be on the ground trying to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians as American Christians. There are people there, Israelis and Palestinians, who do understand the things that make for peace and are trying to do those things—and those are the folks we need to listen to, learn about their work and give voice to them. They’re the ones who ultimately can show us the way out of the cycles of revenge that we’re in right now.

Pastors and Their Bucket Lists

There is a way of desiring to go all out for the ministry that will split you in two, cause pain to those you serve, and reveal how far off from Jesus’s definition of greatness you’ve drifted. I know this firsthand. But I’m learning something else too. There is more grace and more hope here than you may yet know—a vocation of pastoral work among the greatness of slow, overlooked people and places can become, in God’s hands, all gift, true joy, abiding contentment, and good life. Why? Because this is Jesus’s way. Where Jesus is our portion and desire, we lack no true treasure.

That Vital Moment in Every Preacher’s Week

As a pastor I feel this pinch of impatience in a pronounced way. Pastors work all week-long putting their heart, mind and souls into their teachings for the week. Every time we open the Bible to preach God’s Word we feel as though it is the most important thing that we have ever said and will ever say. Preaching and teaching the Bible is an urgent and important matter. Like the Old Testament prophets we have a tremendous burden from the Lord that needs to be preached, heard, received and applied.

Why every seminary student should read J. C. Ryle

In the autumn of 1837, while a student at Oxford, Ryle attended a Sunday morning worship service at a nearby parish church. The second lesson of the morning was taken from Ephesians 2. When the lector reached verse 8, he slowed down and made some unusual and emphatic pauses. He read: “For by grace – are ye saved – through faith – and that, not of yourselves – it is the gift of God.” The Word went home to his heart. Later in life Ryle could remember neither the name of the church nor the name of the reader, nor anything about the sermon preached that morning, but he never forgot that morning’s reading of Ephesians 2:8. It converted him. It became the theme of his ministry. It was so central to his life and work that he had it inscribed on his gravestone. You can see it today in the churchyard of All Saints, Childwall, in Liverpool.

Dinosaurs—Alive After Babel?

Did any of these ancient storytellers see live dinosaurs? It is fun to imagine that some did, but we cannot be sure which stories are based on real encounters, and which are merely stories passed down over many generations. One thing seems certain, however. It is highly unlikely that so many different people groups all over the world could dream up similar stories of beasts that closely match the animals now known as dinosaurs.

Would A “Loving” God Allow Anything Bad to Happen to His Creation?

Love, in its truest sense, however, is concerned with more than our immediate happiness and pleasure. Love aims for something more lasting. The love of an eternal Creator would seek something beyond our temporal happiness, even though we may fail to see our circumstances as an expression of this love. C.S. Lewis puts it this way: “The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word ‘love’, and look on things as if man were the center of them. Man is no not the center. God does not exist for the sake of man. Man does not exist for his own sake.”

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The Precious Steven Pinker

Even so, the numbers do not add up. Pinker’s method for assessing the relative ferocity of different centuries is to calculate the total of violent deaths not as an absolute quantity, but as a percentage of global population. But statistical comparisons like that are notoriously vacuous. Population sample sizes can vary by billions, but a single life remains a static sum, so the smaller the sample the larger the percentage each life represents. Obviously, though, a remote Inuit village of one hundred souls where someone gets killed in a fistfight is not twice as violent as a nation of 200 million that exterminates one million of its citizens. And even where the orders of magnitude are not quite so divergent, comparison on a global scale is useless, especially since over the past century modern medicine has reduced infant mortality and radically extended life spans nearly everywhere (meaning, for one thing, there are now far more persons too young or too old to fight). So Pinker’s assertion that a person would be thirty-five times more likely to be murdered in the Middle Ages than now is empirically meaningless.

The Death of Football?

They're No. 2 I think. Some years ago, when Baylor said that they aspired to be a top 50-university and wanted to have top-ranked sports teams, a lot of people were very skeptical about those goals. They felt they were overreaching and unrealistic. Now that they've reached those goals, people are saying, how did they get there? Honestly as you know very well, there are people who feel that college sports are the work of the devil. I don't think anyone who looks at the reality denies that there is a lot of corruption in the NCAA. The question is, is that whole big picture? Or is that something that is regrettable and corrected whenever possible, however persistent? As an overall description of the institution, is it adequate? I don't think it is, but others strongly disagree.


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Q&A with Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas talked about his writing career and his bestselling biography of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He also discussed his more recent books and the use of religion in politics.

23 China Lifts Its 'One Child' Policy

The Chinese government announced today that it will lift the 35-year-old one child per family policy, now allowing two children per family. The historic policy reversal was made in hopes that it would counteract the effects of the country’s aging population. Thirty percent of the country is over 50, with one-tenth over 65.

Inerrancy and the Resurrection | Reasonable Faith

“What day did Jesus die on and what time of day? Did he die on the day before the Passover meal was eaten, as John explicitly says, or did he die after it was eaten, as Mark explicitly says? Did he die at noon, as in John, or at 9 a.m., as in Mark? Did Jesus carry his cross the entire way himself or did Simon of Cyrene carry his cross? It depends which Gospel you read. Did both robbers mock Jesus on the cross or did only one of them mock him and the other come to his defense? It depends which Gospel you read. Did the curtain in the temple rip in half before Jesus died or after he died? It depends which Gospel you read. Or take the accounts of the resurrection. Who went to the tomb on the third day? Was it Mary alone or was it Mary with other women? If it was Mary with other women, how many other women were there, which ones were they, and what were their names? Was the stone rolled away before they got there or not? What did they see in the tomb? Did they see a man, did they see two men, or did they see an angel? It depends which account you read. What were they told to tell the disciples? Were the disciples supposed to stay in Jerusalem and see Jesus there or were they to go to Galilee and see Jesus there? Did the women tell anyone or not? It depends which Gospel you read.

Worship God!

I begin with Revelation 22:9 not because I intend to do an exposition of it today, but because I want us to hear the simple command, "Worship God!" The angel said to John, when he fell down at the angel's feet, "Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God." In other words, don't worship angels, worship God! Don't worship nothing, worship God! Don't neglect God or despise God, worship God! This is the last chapter of the Bible, and this is the last duty of man: worship God!

Six Ways Parents of Rebellious Children Fight for Faith

What our children need from us most is to see joyful, hopeful, peaceful, obedient, trusting God, resting in God. And the biblical answer to the question — How do we keep trusting God in this and every situation? — is surely given probably most clearly in Romans 10:17: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” And I think that means not just that you get converted and get faith the first time by hearing Christ, but that you also get faith, strengthened every day by hearing. Faith comes daily by hearing. Right now in this podcast faith doesn’t come from John Piper. Faith comes from John Piper’s reading the Bible and applying the Bible. Or it doesn’t come at all.

What is the relationship between Christianity and science? - An Overview of 4 Views

The independence model provides the easiest solution to conflicts perceived between science and Christianity. It simply states that there  can be no conflict because the two aren’t even discussing the same realms of truth. What it gains in simplicity, it loses in clarity, however. We are left wondering how we are to take it that matters of faith simply have nothing to say about, for example, the bare existence of the universe. If it is true that science and Christianity do not overlap and speak of entirely different realms of knowledge, what do we do with the Christian claim that the universe was created? Is it not actually about the material universe but rather some kind of spiritual truth that we don’t yet know? Moreover, the independence model seems to assume a view of the world in which there are two buckets: spiritual and material, and those buckets are entirely independent of each other. That is, if I am considering something, it is either spiritual or material, but it cannot be both. This seems to be an overly simplistic view of the universe and one which is difficult to square with the apparent unity between the spiritual and physical within much of the Judeo-Christian worldview.

28 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, Hates Candy Crush Invites as Much as You Do

Ever have a friend that just won’t stop inviting you to play Candy Crush, even though all you use Facebook for is to look at pictures of cute animals and/or low-level stalking? Yeah, you’re not alone. Turns out Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, hates those annoying invitations as much as you do. At an event this week in India, he promised they’re working on streamlining the games section of the social media platform.

Josh McDowell on Twitter

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Science Matters: Biology as Literature: Learning to Read the Molecular Book of Life

The blueprint for living systems is built on a molecular language contained within cells. From an alphabet of only 4 letters comes a mute but eloquent 'literature' whose highest expression is human existence. Join Dr. Daniel Masys as he explores the opportunities and challenges as we learn to read the molecular book of life. (#5403)


You may have been trying to get the approval of a certain person for many years. I hate to tell you, but if you haven’t got it by now, you’re not going to get it. The good news is you don’t need it! You don’t need anybody’s approval in order to be happy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Newton (Part 2)

God is absent from this discussion [of astronomy]. Celestial Worlds also brims with speculations about life in the solar system, and that’s where Huygens raises questions to which he has no answer. That’s where he mentions the biological conundrums Of the day, such as the origin of life’s complexity. And sure enough, because seventeenth-century physics was more advanced than seventeenth-century biology, Huygens invokes the hand of God only when he talks about biology:

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Can we judge? @backwardwriting author of 'One Yellow Door' talks extramarital relationship & caring for her husband.

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@DrMichaelLBrown @ErwinLutzer that debate was very good but way too short. I hope there is another one.

Michael Brown - We Can Absolutely Turn the Tide

For some time now I’ve been saying that gay activists will overplay their hand and that the bullying will backfire. I’ve also said that we can outlast the gay revolution and ultimately, by God’s grace, turn the moral tide in America.

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Triablogue: Through the wardrobe

There's photographic evidence that Geerhardus Vos was actually Mr. Tumnus. Evidently, he entered our world through the wardrobe, taking "Geerhardus Vos" as an alias. 

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Sunday Quote!- Future Kings and Queens of the Universe

When the church honors and cares for the vulnerable among us, we are not showing charity. We are simply recognizing the way the world really works, at least in the long run. The child with Down syndrome on the fifth row from the back in your church, he’s not a “ministry project.” He’s a future king of the universe. The immigrant woman who scrubs toilets every day on hands and knees, and can barely speak enough English to sing along with your praise choruses, she’s not a problem to be solved. She’s a future queen of the cosmos, a joint-heir with Christ. (81-82, cited below)

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“If we tell people to trust in Jesus to avoid hell, won’t that motive create false converts?”

However, we need never feel any sense of guilt because someone responded to the gospel with a desire to live. It was self-preservation that motivated the prodigal to get up out of that pigsty (“I perish with hunger!”; Luke 15:17), and every sane human being likewise has been given an instinct for self-preservation. We have been endowed by our Creator with the good sense to know that life is better than death, and that heaven is better than hell. We came to Christ because of a hunger and a thirst for righteousness, and the ultimate end of righteousness will be “pleasures forevermore,” to the glory of God.

Hebrews: Jesus is greater, so hold fast to Him | The Overview Bible Project

Both points of interest (the mystery of authorship and the compelling presentation of content) may stem from Hebrew’s original nature. Many scholars believe Hebrews was first written as a sermon (or series of sermons) to a congregation. When the sermon was distributed to other churches, an epistle-sounding conclusion may have been added to the end. This could explain why there is no formal introduction to this letter like the ones we see in every other NT epistle.

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