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Reasons To Believe : The Logic of DNA Replication Makes a Case for Intelligent Design

DNA replication can’t proceed along the strand with the top-to-bottom orientation until the replication bubble has expanded enough to expose a sizable stretch of DNA. When this happens, DNA replication moves away from the advancing replication fork. DNA replication can only proceed a short distance for the top-to-bottom-oriented strand before the replication process has to stop and wait for more of the parent DNA strand to be exposed. When a sufficient length of the parent DNA template is exposed for a second time, DNA replication can proceed again, but only briefly before it has to stop again and wait for more DNA to be exposed. The process of discontinuous DNA replication takes place repeatedly until the entire strand is replicated. Each time DNA replication starts and stops, a small fragment of DNA is produced. Biochemists refer to these pieces of DNA (that will eventually compose the daughter strand) as “Okazaki fragments,” named after the biochemist who discovered them. Biochemists call the strand produced discontinuously the “lagging strand”   because DNA replication for this strand lags behind the more rapidly produced leading strand.

Why Should We Believe the Gospels Are Reliable? | Cold Case Christianity

Bobby Schuller interviewed J. Warner Wallace and discussed the reliability of the New Testament Gospels from the perspective of a cold-case detective.

Behe: Nobel Prize for Chemistry Begs the Question of Intelligent Design

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

Naval Academy Philosopher: Laypeople Are Entitled to an Opinion on Science Questions

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

Watch Pharrell and Kim Burrell Perform the Gospel-Anthem ‘I See a Victory’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

Last night on The Tonight Show, Pharrell joined pastor and Gospel singer Kim Burrell for a rendition of their song “I See a Victory,” written for the film “Hidden Figure.” A full gospel choir joined them for the worshipful performance. In the past, Pharrell has been open about his upbringing in the church, and the role it’s played on his life and music. He told Kirk Franklin: I know that there's power in that word [God]. I've experienced it. I've seen it. But everyone has their journey, and not everyone is going to believe I just remember, like, the fire that you’d see in church. But because I was around it, i just thought everyone had experience that … Everyone’s seen people catch the spirit. Everybody’s seen, you know, when the spirit runs through the church.

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Here Are the First Trailers for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

We finally have a full trailer for the new Spider-Man movie, and it looks very, very promising. The clip has everything you’d want in a collaboration between Sony and Marvel: Cool villains, lots of action and, of course, a wise-cracking Tony Stark. Spider-Man: Homecoming drops in July.

Best of Behe: An Open Letter to Professors Kenneth Miller and PZ Myers

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

Ryan Adams Has Released a New Song (and It’s Not a Taylor Swift Cover)

Ryan Adams has just released the first single off his upcoming album Prisoner, which will be his first studio album of new music in nearly two and a half years when it drops in February—and the first release of any music since his cover album of Taylor Swift songs. You can check out “Do You Still Love Me” below.

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Hand out two pieces of paper to each person in the group. Say the Lord’s Prayer together. When it comes to the line ‘forgive us our sins’, take a moment of quiet to each write on one of the pieces of paper the things for which you are asking God’s forgiveness. Then gather the papers in a large saucepan, light a match and let the papers burn. If you have an open fireplace, burn that the papers there. As you say the line ‘as we forgive those who sin against us’, take Your second piece of paper and write down the names of those you need to forgive. Ask for God’s help to forgive these people, and again gather the papers and burn them. Then continue saying the rest of the Lord’s Prayer together.

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The Humility of a King | Stand to Reason

The divergence of Jesus’ rule from Pharisaic rule is stark. Throughout his gospel, Matthew addresses the emerging power of the Pharisaic rabbis. His gospel was likely written in the Syria-Palestine area, where the rabbis exercised serious influence in Jesus’ day. Matthew records the growing conflict between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders. Things start “heating up” in chapter 12, as we see the religious leaders’ initial rejection of Jesus and his authority. In chapter 14, Jesus withdraws with his disciples, but in chapters 15 and 16, He encounters more resistance from the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. The confrontations continue in chapters 19, 21, and 22. After Jesus silences the Sadducees in 22:23-46, the religious leaders do not “dare from that day on to ask Him another question.”

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Serving Others Gets Noticed

And she has no regrets. At TOPPS, she and volunteer mentors are keeping young people in school, preparing them for college, steering them away from drugs and crime. During the summer, TOPPS feeds 600 people a day. Young men are learning things like “how to tie a necktie,” and “how to look a job interviewer in the eye.” At TOPPS meetings, they talk about politics and what’s going on in the world. And they talk about personal responsibility: finances, how to make a budget, how to treat girls with respect.

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7 Advent Practices That Will Make Your December Better

Serving others is an important aspect of this seasons, but if you’re already stretched too thin, it doesn’t have to consume your schedule. If you have more money than time, consider buying a gift for a local gift drive. More time than money? Volunteer one afternoon at a local Christmas event, or stop by the neighbor’s house to say Merry Christmas. No time or money? Remember that all this work you’re doing for friends and family is a service to them. Pray for each person you’ll see this year before the holiday reunions. Serve them when they’re in the same living room as you, knowing it will likely be another calendar year before you see them again.

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Day 11: The Incarnation

While questioning the divinity of Jesus Christ is often proposed by atheists, questioning Jesus' divinity is a major objection to Jews and Muslims investigating the claims of Christianity. In this video, Dr. Doug Potter explains the Doctrine of the Incarnation and its significance?

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Am I a Christian Simply Because I Was Raised in a Christian Culture? | Cold Case Christianity

People who are unfamiliar with my journey of faith sometimes seek to explain my conversion from atheism on the basis of geography. The objection sounds something like this: “Christians believe Christianity is true simply because they were raised in a Christian culture. If they were raised in a Muslim culture, for example, they would believe Islam is true with the same passion and certainty.” While it is true that cultural and geographic influences often favor a particular point of view or behavior, our personal experience demonstrates that individuals often make private, independent choices in spite of the accepted beliefs of our culture. As an example, many of us are vegetarians in spite of the fact the culture is predominantly carnivorous. The history of Christianity also confirms the vast majority of Christian converts concluded that Christianity was true in spite of their geographic location or cultural background:

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Chris Pratt Says He’d Like to See ‘Parks and Rec’ Back (Possibly as a Movie)

There’s jobs that I’ve done in the past where I could safely say I would never do that again, but Parks and Rec is not one of them. We did do seven seasons, you know, somewhere along the lines of 150 episodes, so eventually you start running out of stories to tell, but because of the nature of that show kind of mimicking time, I definitely wouldn’t rule out seeing it again, seeing us get back together for a movie, or for another season down the line, a possible spinoff, or whatever.

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We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra. pic.twitter.com/89idi9r1NB

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Dear Teens, Virginity Is Good for You

Um, where's the copy editor? "a whopping 2,333 percent of the “same-sex/bisexual-active” teens are more likely than the virgins to have done so" is a nonsensical statement. There can't be more than 100% of a group; that's everyone. What you meant to say was, "the “same-sex/bisexual-active” teens are a whopping 2,333 percent more likely than the virgins to have done so." If we recognize teen sexual activity, and especially same-sex activity, as a sign of rebellion, it's not at all surprising that a rebellious attitude shows up in multiple ways. That's the reason that a police officer always runs a license check when he stops someone for speeding; people who disobey the law in other ways are likely to speed, too. (You may remember that's how Timothy McVeigh was caught.) But most forms of rebellion are self-destructive, as this study shows.

14 Apologetic of Absence « Erik L. Strandness, MD, MATh

God Will have his people. He came to set up his loving kingdom and amazingly he uses the weakest things to show his enduring power. Seems that those who struggle the hardest become hid greatest advocates. This article gives us hope that in the battle, the silence, God is still searching out the hearts that are seeking hearts at the core. He will have His Kingdom. Let’s seed those minds of searchers with pictures stories and great characters. To ease their way to the God who is there.

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16 Seven Reasons You Should Not Indulge in Pornography

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food—and God will destroy both one and the other.” The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. “Every sin a person commits is outside the body,” but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6:12–20) 8

17 The Briefing 12-08-16 - AlbertMohler.com

Well let’s take a step back from this for just a moment. The push for the taxation on sugary drinks began under the auspices of a campaign for public health. At the very head of that was former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who famously established a policy that was later reversed by the courts. The argument here is that taxes can be used as a disincentive to what will be classified as unhealthy behavior, in this case, drinking too many calories in the form of sugary drinks. Those sugary drinks, by the way, have been extremely popular with the American people, but those sugary drinks have also been more popular with certain segments of the American public than with others.

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Thinking Biblically About the World's Religions

Current cultural perspectives of pluralism, multiculturalism, and relativism make this perennial question all the more perplexing. However, sound biblical principles can build a foundation for a Christian perspective on, and response to, the world’s religions.

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20 Disappointing Worship Services

If you often feel Sunday-morning letdown, consider the expectations you have for your church. What do you expect from the environment? Do you expect it to be well-furnished and ornate with well-executed and culturally relevant music? Beware of ways that our consumer mindset pollutes our attitudes at church. The church is more like a dinner in, at home with family, than one out at an expensive restaurant.

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There’s only one problem: On this planet, nothing lasts. There’s only one thing you can count on that is not ever going to change: the consistent, caring love of your heavenly Father.

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How to Talk to Your Coworkers About Christ Without Being a Jerk

God calls you to minister, not become BFFs with weird Dave who eats pickles at his desk or Sharon who can’t seem to cover her mouth when she sneezes no matter how many times you’ve brought a box of Kleenex to her desk from the back room. At the same time, being callous, rude or downright apathetic toward the people you work with isn’t cool. Even if you just consider your job a pit-stop to your ultimate career goal. You’d be surprised what purpose the Lord may have in store by putting someone in your proximity for a season in your life.

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Divorce Isn't the Only Way to Quit a Marriage

Speak openly to your partner about your needs. If it’s a conversation surrounding intimacy or sex, be open about that too. There’s nothing wrong with needing a schedule or speaking to a counselor that might help you reconnect. Life is crazy and we fall into default mode rather easily. Neglecting your connection ultimately pushes you further apart. I have friends who have an “every Tuesday” rule because it's perfect timing for their schedules. Work at your connection. It's important to protect that, no matter what. Even when you’re mad, irritated or tired. Chances are that if you prioritize your “schedule,” you will forget why you were mad or irritated in the first place.

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The Ultimate Goal of Reading the Bible

The reason that’s relevant for what we’re going to do together in the three sessions that we have this weekend is that, if it’s true, then it carries huge implications about the way we read the Bible. If the spiritual sight of the glory of God — the spiritual sense of a divine and supernatural light — is the means by which God planned for the truthfulness of his Word to be known, and if that sight is a supernatural experience enabled by the Holy Spirit opening the eyes of our heart (Ephesians 1:18), then the implication is that we should read our Bibles with the desire and the prayer and the expectation that this supernatural encounter — this miracle — will happen. And so we should be on the lookout for the supernatural reality of the glory of God and take whatever steps we can to see it.

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South Korea Votes to Impeach First Woman President

Park was accused of allowing a non-governmental friend to weigh in and influence topics from her wardrobe to who would be placed in official positions; she is also accused of extorting millions from South Korean companies with the help of this friend.

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Giraffes Lose 40 Percent of Population in 30 Years, Moved to Extinction Watch List

The decline is so steep it’s a little alarming that there hasn’t been greater notice taken in giraffe extinction before now but apparently, the African mammal has historically been overrepresented in zoos worldwide and has now caused what scientists are dubbing a “silent extinction.”

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Atheists Steal Rights From God

Atheist Richard Dawkins has declared, “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. . . . DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music.”

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City's refugee welcome is inspiring, says Archbishop Justin Welby - premier

The Archbishop of Canterbury said it has been "inspiring" to see first-hand work in his former-home city to welcome refugees.

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Holiday Parties and the Forgotten Vice of Gluttony

Historically the concept of capital vices, what we unfortunately and incorrectly call the “seven deadly sins,” were first put into writing around the fourth century. The list includes: envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony and lust. They are part of a long moral tradition, and meant to stand opposite a list of capital virtues (faith, hope, love, wisdom, justice, courage and temperance). This list can be traced back to the third century B.C. and expounded upon by Paul.

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Jury shown moment church shooting suspect calmly leaves building - premier

The jury at the trial of a man accused of shooting dead nine black Christians has been shown CCTV footage of a man leaving a South Carolina church holding a machine gun.

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A Closer Look at the Virgin Birth

Let’s go a little deeper at the Sign to the House of David in Isa. 7:13-14. In Hebrew, there is a clear change between the singular “you” of vs 9, 11, 16, 17, and the plural “you” of verses 13-14. The sign is not just for Ahaz, but for the whole house of David. [2] In vs  14, we see the word  “Behold,” This Hebrew word draws attention to an event which is past, present, or future. However, grammatically, whenever “behold” is used with the Hebrew present participle; it always refers to a future event. That is the case here. Not only is the birth future, but the very conception is future. This is not referring to a pregnant woman about to give birth. The NASB translates it as “a virgin” which is wrong. The NIV and NKJV translate it as “the virgin”- according to the rules of Hebrew grammar, when finding the use of a definite article “the”- the reader should look for a reference in the immediate previous context. Having followed the passage from 7:1, there has been no mention of any woman. Having failed the immediate context, the next rule is called “ the principle of previous reference”- something that which has been dealt with earlier and is common knowledge among the people.

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‘Fake News’ Is Far More Pervasive Than We Realize | The Stream

Most of all, it means that in this era of sound bites and memes, we need to learn to think again — that’s right, we need to learn how to engage our brains in focused thinking and reasoning — rather than merely repeating what our favorite website or commentator or reporter has to say.

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Youth leaders urged to get training in supporting self-harmers - premier

There's a call to train all youth leaders in offering support for self-harmers as the number of young people ending up in A and E with injuries inflicted on themselves increase.

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Stem Cell Research—Lifesaving Alternatives

Given these advances, it’s no wonder Ian Wilmut, who cloned Dolly the sheep in 1996, has abandoned using embryonic stem cells in his research. Likewise, Bernadine Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health (USA), pronounced embryonic stem cell research “obsolete” and pointed out its dangers, such as an embryonic stem cell experiment that caused tumors in a patient. Even President Obama has cautioned, “The full promise of [embryonic] stem cell research remains unknown.”

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Holy cow: cattle blessed at St Paul's Cathedral - premier

Two Oxfordshire cows received a blessing outside St Paul's Cathedral yesterday as part of an annual celebration of British livestock.

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Swim in the Deep End of the Bible

Too many of us settle for too little from our Bible reading. Often, we are content simply to check off the box of our Bible reading, and if we come across something we don’t understand, we’ll run to a commentary or give up without a fight.

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Witnessing to Theological Liberals - Christian Research Institute

When witnessing to liberal people, there are times that we must function as evangelical Christianity’s complaint department. Liberals have often perceived actions of conservative evangelical Christians as harmful to vulnerable groups of people. Because of the strife, division, and misunderstanding that have plagued relations between conservatives and liberals over decades, effective evangelism to liberals often begins on an emotional level rather than on an intellectual one. Let’s take the above scenario and place it in the context of a liberal person complaining to a Christian about a gang of angry, shouting Christians picketing a gay man’s funeral that he or she has just attended. I hope most of us agree that this sort of behavior is outside the bounds of good taste, let alone the bounds of Christian concern and charity. You could respond:

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The Wisdom in What God Doesn’t Say

Why didn’t God say more? One reason is because God’s will for us is our sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3), which means God wants hearts, not just behavior. And what our hearts really want can be revealed as much in how we respond to moral ambiguity as to how we respond to moral clarity. God wants us to wrestle with the grey areas in light of knowing there’s a “holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). How will we seek to love Christ by obeying his commandment to love each other (John 13:34; 14:15), and help one another pursue a “pure heart and good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:5), when we must discern what purity means for us in our place in the world and in history?

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Toddler With Down Syndrome Stars in OshKosh Holiday Campaign

In October, Asher’s pictures were uploaded to a group called, “Kids with Down Syndrome” and shared over 126,000 times. The photos made their way around the web and quickly caught the attention of OshKosh, who in just two months made Asher Nash the face of the clothing company’s holiday line.

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6 Signs Your Relationship Shouldn't Last

The ability to communicate well is vital to the success of any relationship. Some people don’t know how to talk about hard things. Maybe they feel uncomfortable being vulnerable. This puts their partner in a tough spot because they’ll have trouble connecting deeply with someone who won’t open up. Or maybe the person you’re with doesn’t take responsibility for things he or she does. You may feel nervous to speak up when they’ve upset you because they’ll get defensive. They could yell, shut down or make you feel like it’s all your fault. Knowing this, you may feel nervous to share your thoughts.

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Oh Boy, This 'Santa vs Jesus' Board Game Is Causing a Stir

The game came out of a Kickstarter campaign that billed the game as one of the "most complained about game in history"—it reached its goal of more than five thousand dollars in just two days, finishing the campaign with 2,500 dollars more than they needed.

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The Twist Ending to This ‘Star Wars’ Ad Might Make You Cry

The Twist Ending to This ‘Star Wars’ Ad Might Make You Cry

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Charleston church shooting trial hears from survivor - premier

The trial of a man accused of killing nine black Christians at a church in South Carolina has heard how a survivor hid under a table.

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Fresh call for release of Christians facing death penalty in Sudan - premier

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has raised concerns over the prolonged detention of four Christians in Sudan on the anniversary of their arrest.

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Police find baby Jesus in Perth - premier

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Euthanasia patients to be denied the last rites - premier

In a pastoral message to the country's priests, the Bishop said: "The readiness of a suffering patient to commit suicide with help from a bystander places any priest in an impossible situation if called to administer sacraments.

51 You Are Not Alone: For Women Fighting Every Man’s Battle
52 Fairness for All: Evangelicals Explore Truce on LGBT and Religious Rights
53 Christian charity claims 1 in 3 children bored of presents by end of Christmas Day - premier
54 1 Peter 4:17: God Is Working in Your Suffering
55 CLA on Twitter
56 BreakPoint This Week: The Revolution
57 Modesty Lets Our Light Shine
58 Reasonable Faith on Twitter
59 How a Small Baptist Church Grew One of America’s Largest Student Ministries
60 GAFCON on Twitter
61 Premier Christian on Twitter
62 Hispanic Evangelicals & Politics Today: My Interview with Gabriel Salguero
63 Why ‘The Secret of Kells’ is a Perfect Christmastime Movie
64 Hail Mary
65 Does Jesus Want Every Church to Be a Big Church?
66 SportsCenter on Twitter
67 Defending the Faith We Live with Ravi Zacharias
68 https://gift.ligonier.org/130/year-end-2016
69 Can Christian Men and Women Be Friends?
70 Cold Case Christianity
71 Chapter 21, Sec. 1-6 by John Gerstner | December 10, 2016
72 A Short History of Bible Clutter
73 ‘Fake News’ Is Far More Pervasive Than We Realize | The Stream
74 Jo Saxton Q+A: What's Holding Women Back?
75 A Journey as Old as Humanity Itself
76 Mark Goodnight on Twitter
77 Advent: Close Encounters of a Liturgical Kind
78 In space, John Glenn saw the face of God: ‘It just strengthens my faith’
79 It Is Not "Special Pleading" to Say God Is Without A Cause
80 When “fake news” comes from both right and left
81 Five Reasons Calvinists Love Election
82 The Remaking of a Modern Mind: A Conversation with Thomas Oden - AlbertMohler.com
83 The Briefing 12-09-16 - AlbertMohler.com
84 The Briefing 12-09-16 - AlbertMohler.com
85 The Briefing 12-09-16 - AlbertMohler.com
86 Slavery By Another Name: A Review of ‘13th’
87 DRY BONES BOOGIE
88 Good Ol’ Scripture
89 Dave Brubeck, Liberty’s New Hire, Hotel Bibles, and the Obama Administration by the Numbers
90 Renewing Your Mind | The Offices of Christ | Dec 9, 2016