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Do Evil Acts In Church History Reflect Christ and His Teaching?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 1998, Dr William Lane Craig debated Professor Keith M. Parsons at Prestonwood Baptist Church in P...

The Time is Now: December 13

The Time is Now: Daily Reflections for Advent December 13 http://www.rzim.eu/advent-reflection-december-13

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

I wanted my MIRACLES book to look as much like a Wes Anderson movie as possible. http://www.ericmetaxas.com  @QuotingWes pic.twitter.com/vw6wvsBS8c

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11 Resolutions Everyone Should Consider Making Next Year

That’s why we’ve created this list of 11 New Year's resolutions that everyone should consider making in 2015, that aren’t just based on do’s and don’ts, but small habits that can make a difference in our lives—even if we don’t do the best job of always sticking with them (see No. 7).

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Premier Christian Radio – Premier Radio

Premier consists of Premier Christian Media Trust registered as a charity (no. 287610) and as a company limited by guarantee (no. 01743091) with two fully-owned trading subsidiaries: Premier Christian Communications Ltd (no. 02816074) and Christian Communication Partnership Ltd (no. 03422292). All three companies are registered in England & Wales with a registered office address of 22 Chapter Street, London, SW1P 4NP.

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A Fresh Look at Calvinism

One year ago the team at Desiring God released “ The Calvinist ” as a visual companion to a poem written by John Piper that bears the same name. The prayer for this resource has been, both then and now, that the greatness and tenderness of a sovereign God would be deeply felt in all aspects of our lives.

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If John Piper Rapped

This year has been full of new experiences, to say the least! Being a wife and preparing to be a mother gave me a different outlook on the goal of what may or may not happen as a result of this album. As a single person, I was pretty free to take any and all ministry opportunities thrown my way. Then when marriage came, my husband became my priority and also the person I had to consult before making huge ministry decisions. Adding a child to that equation continued to redefine my identity. It wasn’t “I am Christian who happens to be an artist” anymore. Now it was “I am a Christian who’s called to serve her family before she’s called to be an artist.” So I went into the project knowing that it is a means to glorify God but not something that should take precedence over my first ministry.

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How Education Can Serve a Divine Purpose for Human Culture

Instead, given this state of affairs, it is imperative—and this will give you a clue as to why the Free University was founded—that a warmer, bolder interest in learning should awaken among God’s people, in order to get science back on its God-given track and to refute the lie that faith hates science.

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Why Personal Devotions Aren’t Enough

Why did my perspective change? Mainly because of what I came to understand Scripture to be. Contrary to what you might think if you only engage Scripture in bite-sized “thought for the day” morsels, the Bible isn’t a random collection of profound nuggets of truth designed for silent meditation. Rather, what we know today as “the Bible” is actually a collection of books approved to be read publicly in the Christian assembly. The “canon” of Scripture is, literally, the rule of which books are trusted to deliver the words of the prophets and apostles to the people of God.

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Reasons for God

Lunch is NOT included. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat this in the church during the lunch break, or alternatively there are plenty of cafes and sandwich shops within a 5-10 minute walk of St Mary’s if you would prefer to go out and buy something. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided throughout the day and are included in the cost of your ticket.

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Welcome to the World of Uncle Mugsy!

nyone who knows me knows I try to live by that motto. As a writer and creative artist I think there is nothing more important than creating things that are good, beautiful, and true. As a father I see that most of what is peddled toward kids is none of those things — and like any parent I know whatever my daughter or any child is exposed to should be something that is worthy of them. It should be something good and beautiful and true, something that they will want to pass on to their own children someday. So these three Mugsy books — illustrated by my dearest friend and creative partner Tim Raglin — are my most ambitious effort toward that end, toward lighting a candle in the proverbial darkness. I hope parents and grandparents everywhere will want to grab a candle and join us! —Eric Metaxas

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One Carol, Three Marriages (O Come All Ye Faithful)

You can’t do this in poetry very often — quote creeds. It will sound clumsy and heavy handed. But this works — metrically and emotionally. Just in the split second when you start to feel, “That’s a bit much, the whole profundity of the eternal generation of the divine Son from the Father” — just at that moment, you are catapulted from rumination to adoration. “O come let us adore him!” Again: “O come let us adore him!” Again: “O come let us adore him!” In other words, just when you might sink in the ocean of mystery, you soar.

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Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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Innovative Apologetics: Bill Nye in His Book "Undeniable" Says The Truth of Divine Creation Harms Kids

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Erotic liberty v. religious liberty: How the sexual revolution is eclipsing the First Freedom

Employees and executives in many corporations and American institutions already face this threat. They must either endorse the new moral regime or get out of the way. Christian humanitarian organizations face being cut off from access to ministry, unless they endorse the new sexual morality and operate by its precepts. Students in public schools face the denial of religious liberty rights, free association rights, and religious liberty rights as speech, thought, and conduct are increasingly defined in accordance with the new sexual morality. Christian couples may well face severe headwinds as they attempt to adopt children. As the revolution continues, they may find a host of secular family experts threatening to invade the sanctity of family life by asserting a moral authority contrary to that of the parents.

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Cam Newton Glorifies Jesus After Crash, Says 'God Works in Mysterious Ways'

"Life is too short for you not to appreciate it to the fullest; through the good and the bad! I thank you to the people who have been keeping me in their prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery," he wrote. "I am appreciative for the many great things GOD has given me to be thankful for. It's an old cliché statement but it says "'GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!'"

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Have a Wonder-full Christmas Season

I grew up with a simple countdown to Christmas peppermint rope that my mother grabbed at a church bazaar. My brother and I read a little poem as we took turns untying the peppermint candy from its red yarn bow. Like an Advent calendar, this colorful tool made bedtime tasty, but the waiting was endless. Our three-year old daughter learned about the pain of waiting while watching the Nutcracker ballet for the first time. She reveled in the opening battle scene and Clara’s escape to the Kingdom of Sweets. As the second act journey took us to tea parties in Arabia, she grew fidgety and bored. For her, it was all about seeing the Sugar Plum Fairy dance to her celestial music. In a whining whisper she leaned into me, “WHEN is the plum sugar going to come out?” Impatience, almost tears, consumed her.

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Metaxas On Miracles

Q: What are your next projects? A: I'm developing a TV talk show, because there are many topics like miracles that we don't seem to be having an honest and civil conversation about. I'd like to change that, as you might guess. It would be like an updated version of the Dick Cavett Show. Dick's a friend and he would be a frequent guest, of course, because he's more fun to talk to than anyone on the planet. But getting a talk show on the air these days would take a miracle. Fortunately I know that they still happen. So I'm counting on it.

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Ligonier.org

Dr. Sproul moves back to verse 22 and covers the section in more detail. Paul provides a grim look at what we are like and such a stark change from the opening verses. Paul provides one of the major sin lists found in the New Testament. What does it take for God to give someone over to their lusts? Dr. Sproul discusses the withdrawal of God’s protection and restraints on people.

19 Christian Reflection on The Hunger Games Trilogy

Wow i don’t see how anyone who read the books and understood the characters at all could feel this way. Was Katniss broken… almost. There is way more Christian allegory in this book than you took notice of and it actually all points to this event being a ploy to kill Snow. If you don’t trust Katniss at this point than you should trust Haymitch. Haymitch who was a rebel and with the revolution before anyone new about it. Haymitch who lost everything because of the hunger games. Haymitch who was thrown deeper and deeper into his drunken depresion every year because of the hunger games. Haymitch who would never vote for another games and doesn’t. He says he is with the Mockingjay not yes for a Hunger Games. He realises just how a like him and Katniss are at that point. Also look to Peeta who by the way in the book is a symbol for christ. All ways compasionate all ways willing to sacrifice himself for not only Katniss but to bring down the Capitol. He is beaten and broken and punished for humanities crimes by the true enemy. Peeta is blameless and yet takes the punishment and in a way he is killed.

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Does Atheism Solve the Problem of Evil?

If Jesus was who he claimed to be, which I contend that he is , we can be sure that the existence of suffering and evil is not incompatible with the existence of God. Jesus himself lived through evil and conquered it by rising on the third day. In the end, those that resort to atheism to solve this problem are left empty handed. Not only is the moral evidence for atheism deficient but other areas of study have provided strong compelling arguments for the existence of God that further corroborate the conclusion that suffering and evil should not be the roadblock that keeps one from accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Jesus has provided us the hope that we need to get through times of suffering and can give us the strength to fight the evil that may attempt to engulf our lives.

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Reasons Youth Are Leaving Church

Dr. Craig: This is a wonderful class, Kevin. I wanted to teach a class that would be a survey of Christian doctrine, but that would also periodically raise apologetic questions along the way. I think it would be very unwise spiritually to have a class that is devoted to nothing but apologetics over a long period of time. I think a person’s spiritual life would just dry up in that kind of situation. You need to be feeding people from the Scriptures and with Christian doctrine and not just exclusively apologetics. But what I discovered from my doctoral studies in Germany is that when you explore Christian doctrine there just very naturally arise along the way questions of apologetic significance which you can then take as an aside and address them. For example, one of the areas of Christian theology is the Doctrine of Man. And in discussing the Doctrine of Man you are going to confront the question of the historical Adam and Eve and the challenge to this that is raised by modern population genetics and the theory of evolution. So that will be then an apologetics issue that can be addressed in the context of teaching the Christian Doctrine of Man.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Evidence for the Exodus Provides a Problem for Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings"

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SPECIAL OFFER: Order ‘The Special Guest’ and Support Angel Tree

Lee Allen, author of the popular book  The Special Guest: A Christmas Story , and his wife Donna Campbell Allen (the illustrator for The Special Guest ) are sponsoring Angel Tree this Christmas season. The Allens‘ goal is to raise $100,000 through a promotion called the “12 Days Before Christmas: $100K Challenge.”

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Book Review: "Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment" by Gregg R. Allison

One issue that some may see rising from Allison’s approach is the notion of “evangelical thought” or perspective. Allison himself notes how difficult it would be to pin down one specific approach. He does, however, do a good job of approaching the various aspects of Roman Catholic theology in a way that allows for different evangelical voices to get a say. For example, in his discussion of the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist/etc., he critiques Roman Catholic teaching from a number of different evangelical positions. That said, Allison is Reformed and focuses much of the space for critique on offering a specifically Reformed criticism. This means that at some points those outside of the Reformed tradition may feel they have differing criticisms to offer that are not fully covered.

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Filling Up the Train to Heaven

You might not realize that you’re God’s gift to the world. But you didn’t really think God just put us here to take up space, did you? He could have zoomed us straight to heaven the moment we trusted Christ. The fact that he chooses to have us hang around on earth even after we belong to him proves that we have a real reason for being here.

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Did Dinosaurs Turn Into Birds?

Most terrestrial vertebrates have an embryological development based on the five-fingered hand. In the case of birds and theropod dinosaurs, two of the five fingers are lost (or greatly reduced) and three are retained during development of the embryo. If birds evolved from theropods, one would expect the same three fingers to be retained in both birds and theropod dinosaurs, but such is not the case. Evidence shows that the fingers retained in theropod dinosaurs are fingers 1, 2, and 3 (the “thumb” is finger 1) while the fingers retained in birds are 2, 3, and 4. 5

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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http://www.onenewsnow.com/missions/2014/12/14/comfort-cash-$1m-bill-tract-comeback-after-controversy#.VI38PU0tCM8

“I had already created the popular wallet tract (which looks like a wallet with money sticking out of the top), and one day back in 2002, I decided to produce a million-dollar bill with a Gospel message on it,” explained Comfort.  “I used a caricature of Bill Gates (which looked a little cheesy), but it was well-received.”

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

That’s Zuzu Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life” holding MIRACLES! “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!” pic.twitter.com/QsbqCaQKSY

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In Explaining Proteins (and Life), Here's What Matters Most

These things are present in the entire complement of modern E. coli 's annotated genes, however; the cell has 1400 enzymes now, and 606 unique protein domains. That means there are almost 400 new domains in the modern cell that were absent in the ancient cell. They couldn't have come from promiscuous enzymes, because promiscuous enzymes when they diverge functionally do not diverge structurally. They still keep the same domain structure. In fact, you can't get a new stable domain by tweaking something already existing. So where did these new domains come from? It wasn't by horizontal gene transfer. New domains are new topological structures. The first cells likely would have shared most of their genes in common, having to solve the same basic problems, and coming from the same common pool of resources. Even among modern proteins, there are unique domains found only in one organism, or one family of organisms. There will always be novelty to explain.

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Lots of candidates for Boeher replacement in list of Cromnibus NO-votes

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that conservatives in the House heard “not one word” from House GOP leadership on compromises to make changes to the cromnibus in order to get conservatives to vote for it even though “we were willing to work with them to compromise” on Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. “There was no encouragement to conservatives. The Speaker and Majority Leader, these folks knew there’s money for abortion, money for the EPA to hurt states like Texas, Arizona. There’s just all kinds of money in there for things we don’t support. and, Sean, you and I know some of us had gone to our leadership and said, ‘look, we can do this very easily. Let’s do it together with conservatives. That’s the bulk of our conference, don’t make them take a wrong vote. Let’s fund everything for two months. Let us have a vote on defunding Obama’s amnesty, and we’ll even agree that the Senate can take it out if they take the hard vote to do that and let it go from there to the president.

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Good news: Venezuelan President complains that fracking is "flooding" oil markets

Fracking has been one cause of increased oil production in the U.S. That increased production helped lower oil prices by more than 30 percent since September 29. The decline in oil prices since June has severely impacted Venezuela, since oil exports were a major source of government income. “Some estimates put the break-even price for Venezuela to balance its budget at around $121 a barrel,” CNBC reported on December 7. That’s more than double current oil prices. Oil closed at $59.15-per-barrel on December 11.

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Book Review: "Theology's Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response" by Kevin Diller

Diller first goes deeper into the epistemological problem, then analyzes Barth’s view of revelation and his theological epistemology, and wraps up the first part of the book with a deep look at Plantinga’s concept of warrant and how it may impact the question of theological epistemology. He puts forward a consistent interpretation that allows for a unified perspective of Barth’s and Plantinga’s thought. The second part focuses on this unified perspective and puts it forward in analysis of natural theology, human knowledge of God, and Scripture.

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Crossway on Twitter

RT @crossway : The child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. pic.twitter.com/Sa83RaCjlZ

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Vatican: Pope did not say animals go to heaven – Premier Premier

The Vatican has said claims from some media organisations that the Pope said animals go to heaven, are not true.

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Law change to fast track woman bishops into Lords – Premier Premier

New laws due to be unveiled this week will mean woman bishops will be fast tracked into the House of Lords.

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Sunday Quote!- My Position is the Gospel; Yours is Not!

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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Bacteria’s Unique Design

Although nearly 40,000 bacterial genomes have been sequenced to date, this represents only a very small fraction of the actual number of bacterial species thought to exist (in the hundreds of thousands to millions). Many species cannot be cultured (grown) in the lab, making study difficult. In addition, only a handful of the trillions of bacteriophages thought to exist have been sequenced. To put it plainly, a lot of information is floating out there in the “genetic ocean” that we know nothing about! As better sequencing and culturing technologies are developed, it will be exciting to see in even greater depth God’s grand design for bacteria, His master adapters.

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Christmas events banned in Sierra Leone – Premier Premier

Christians in Sierra Leone have been told they cannot celebrate Christmas in public in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.