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Here’s How You Can Help Aleppo Right Now

The battle for Aleppo is over, and it left the Syrian city completely devastated. As of this morning, artillery “shelling” continued which is delaying the evacuation of millions. More details about the state of the city are rolling in every hour, but what we do know is that people there are facing what experts are calling one of the greatest humanitarian crisis of this generation. And people, especially Christians, can’t ignore it. Here are 4 organizations doing work in Aleppo worth supporting. ###Preemptive Love The Iraq-based organization is focusing their work on helping families fleeing violence in Aleppo. Check out this update from Preemptive Love’s founder, Jeremy Courtney: Click here to give. ###World Vision World Vision, the largest faith-based charity in the world has been helping refugees from Syria for a long time, with a special emphasis on children and food. On their site, they posted this chilling statement: “the situation in Aleppo city is the most dire they have ever seen it. World Food Program food aid has completely run out for about 250,000 people trapped in besieged eastern Aleppo.” Click here to give. ###World Relief World Relief is another organization doing impressive work in and around Aleppo. Their work centers around “providing non-temporary shelters, hygiene items, and trauma therapy to displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugee families, as well as sponsoring child-friendly spaces for mothers and children,” according to their website. Click here to give. ###White Helmets If you haven’t heard about them yet, the White Helmets represent one of the most inspiring developments of the year. The chilling Netflix documentary, White Helmets, tells their story. Check out the trailer: The White Helmets are a volunteer group that runs into harrowing crisis areas in Syria to help victims of the violence. Click here to give to the group.

Bob Dylan Finally Reacts to Winning the Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan finally responded to winning the Nobel Prize for literature. He accepted the award in a speech given on his behalf by the U.S. ambassador in Sweden, Azita Raji. Though Dylan wasn’t able to attend the event in person, the 13-time Grammy award-winner wrote in his speech that he was still there “in spirit.” Dylan went on to express his gratitude in joining the "rare company" of Nobel-winning writers, and prepared to accept his award by reading the works of past winners such as Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck and Ernest Hemingway. Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in Literature came as a shock to most of us, but none seemed as surprised as Dylan himself. In his speech Dylan wrote, "If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would have to think that I'd have about the same odds as standing on the moon." The folk-singer paralleled his literary win to the writings of William Shakespeare saying, “I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist. The thought that he was writing literature couldn’t have entered his head. His words were written for the stage. Meant to be spoken, not read.” Patti Smith followed Dylan’s speech with a cover of his song "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." The rock legend seemed a little nervous and even paused halfway through her performance to apologize for forgetting some of the words. Smith’s rendition was heartwarming nevertheless. You can watch her touching tribute here:

This ‘Star Wars’/‘Batman V Superman’ Mash-up Movie Totally Works

The YouTubers at Cosmic Book News created a trailer that mashed up Batman V Superman and Star Wars, and it offers a vast improvement of Zach Snyder’s DC Comics movie. Somewhere Patton Oswalt is smiling.

Royal Society Meeting: What Evolutionists Say When They Think Nobody's Listening

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

Dean Kenyon and Academic Freedom -- A Case in Point

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

Robert Marks: What Computers Will Never Do

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

Why all the excitement about the movie “Dunkirk”?

Today, Warner Brothers released the first full-length trailer for the forthcoming movie Dunkirk (see above). I assume that most of you reading this know why this film is so highly anticipated. But …

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2016 TGC Book Awards

This year we unveil our inaugural TGC Book Awards. Working with  Council members  and key contributors, our editors have each identified one winner and one runner-up book in an area they regularly cover for TGC. We solicited nominations from various publishers, considered them alongside other noteworthy titles, narrowed the finalists to four for each category, sent those titles to the judges, and awaited their decisions. 

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Why Kids Need a Biblical Worldview and Where to Start - Jonathan Morrow

I know life is crazy busy and some days its all about survival mode. And we need to apologize quickly when we blow it. But every little conversation or bedtime story in the context of a loving secure relationship with Mom and Dad makes an eternal impact. Here’s a place to start. I’ve created a pdf that has my top 5 biblical worldview resources for kids. Order one of these resources today, and start reading it together. You can do this!

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Religious Freedom and SOGI Laws

Today, I’ve joined with Alan Sears of the Alliance Defending Freedom and an amazing list of about 80 other Christian leaders to sign a statement clarifying where we stand on these troubling SOGI laws. The statement is very clear: SOGI laws threaten the freedoms of Americans to speak, teach, and live out their deeply held convictions in public life without fear of lawsuits or government coercion.

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Christian chef hailed over Christmas music stance - premier

A Christian chef in the US has been hailed for his refusal to stop playing Christmas music in his restaurant, just because a customer was offended.

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5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training

1. Apologetics Will Help You Serve the Church. As my friend Tom Gilson wrote in his article for A New Kind of Apologist, one key feature of apologetics is to be a servant for the church. There is a huge need for some Christians in the church to have formal training on how to best answer some of the toughest questions about God, the Bible, evil and more. I often encourage my Biola M.A. students to offer to serve their pastor by doing research for sermons, being available to counsel young people with difficult questions, and being willing to offer apologetics classes for people in the church. The first reason to get formal apologetics training is to better serve the local church. Just as every church needs a teaching pastor, worship leader, and children’s director, every church needs a trained apologist .

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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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Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Awards

“Rota, a skilled analytic philosopher, provides an engaging and compelling case for taking Pascal’s wager. The precision of the points is manifest on every page. But what makes the book even more profitable is its accessible prose. Inviting, charitable, and provocative—this is the sort of book that one could heartily give to a believer, agnostic, or even an ardent atheist. A home-run for Christian apologetics.” — Chad Meister, professor of philosophy and theology, Bethel College (Indiana)

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Rapid Response: “The Gospels Are Unreliable” | Cold Case Christianity

Jurors are encouraged to test witnesses in these four ways, and if the witnesses “measure up,” jurors are instructed to accept their testimony as reliable. If a juror has a misgiving about a witness based on his or her appearance, age, race or apparent social status, they are instructed to resist their biases and remain focused on the areas I’ve described. Even if a juror doesn’t like a particular witness, they’re told to disregard their personal feelings if the witness passes the aforementioned test.

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5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training

1. Apologetics Will Help You Serve the Church. As my friend Tom Gilson wrote in his article for A New Kind of Apologist, one key feature of apologetics is to be a servant for the church. There is a huge need for some Christians in the church to have formal training on how to best answer some of the toughest questions about God, the Bible, evil and more. I often encourage my Biola M.A. students to offer to serve their pastor by doing research for sermons, being available to counsel young people with difficult questions, and being willing to offer apologetics classes for people in the church. The first reason to get formal apologetics training is to better serve the local church. Just as every church needs a teaching pastor, worship leader, and children’s director, every church needs a trained apologist .

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13 The Briefing 12-14-16 - AlbertMohler.com

Delivered daily to your inbox, this is one of the best ways to stay on top of current events from a Christian worldview perspective.

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Cold-Case Christianity on the NRB Network | Cold Case Christianity

With the rules of evidence clearly in mind, he examines the case for the existence of God, the reality of dualism, the reliability of the Biblical text, and the deity of Jesus. Along the way we also take a critical look at the nature of the Christian Church in America today. Why are so many young people leaving the church? Why are so many older Christians apathetic and unengaged? Why do so few Christians understand what they believe, and why do even fewer understand why they believe it? Join J. Warner each week as he sorts through the evidence for the Christian Worldview and examines the life of the Church.

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21 Days of Prayer, prayer guide for life on the App Store

An Invitation to Pray and Engage Download the 21 Days of Prayer guide to join us as we pray. Many people wish the abortion debate would just go away. They’re tired of the controversy and name-calling played out almost daily on social media. They’re turned-off by harsh rhetoric and careless labels, not to mention constant political bickering. Perhaps you feel this way. You have a heart for the unborn, but have yet to act on your pro-life sentiments. You want to do something, but see only two options—pick a fight or avoid the issue in polite company! But there’s a third option—pray and engage. Line Up - See a full list of the 21 days of prayer. - Add each day to your schedule to receive a reminder to pray that day. - Stories, prayers, and more for each day. Resources - Curated resources for equipping yourself and others.

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How to Respond to the "That's Just Your Interpretation" Objection

You’ve seen this happen before right? Once someone throws out the “that’s just your interpretation” line, the conversation comes to a screeching halt. Again, this usually happens when a moral or religious topic is brought up like “abortion is wrong” or “Jesus is the only way of salvation.” Perhaps you have found yourself in a conversation like that and thought you were making progress only to be dismissed with a slogan. What do you do?

18 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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Your Wounds Do Not Define You

Each time we choose to see ourselves through the lens of our wounds, we refuse the opportunity to look at ourselves through God’s eyes. No one else has the authority to define who you are. He created you. He says that you are made in his image (Genesis 1:27), redeemed and restored because of Christ (Galatians 4:4–5), co-heirs along with Christ (Romans 8:17), dearly loved (Romans 5:8), and valued beyond measure (Matthew 10:29–31). Whatever your story, the Lord of heaven and earth longs for you to see yourself in that light.

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Should we expect to know what God’s reason is for allowing evil and suffering?

[…]Rowe applies this kind of noseeum reasoning to God and evil. Rowe suggests that if we cannot see a reason for a particular instance of evil, then there is probably not a reason. Suppose we hear about a very young child who is tortured to death to amuse some psychotic person. We think about this event and we examine all the circumstances surrounding it. No matter how hard we try, we cannot see any good reason why this child had to suffer the way she did. Since we cannot see a reason why God would allow this child to suffer, there probably is not a good reason—the child’s suffering was pointless. Of course, Rowe would be quick to point out that he is not speaking merely hypothetically. There are cases like this in the news every day—real-life cases in which we shake our heads in frustration, wondering why God would allow such a thing.

21 Ask Anything with Albert Mohler — Wednesday, December 14 at 3pm ET

Ask Anything is an opportunity for you to ask Dr. Mohler questions related to ministry, theology, Christian worldview, and more.

22 Where’s the Liberal Mind?

But Molly Worthen recently admitted in The New York Times liberals aren’t doing the same hard work of teaching young people where core principles come from. “Great books clubs” for liberals have had very little success, she laments. Liberal students and donors are far more interested in activism.

23 Be a Bookworm, not a Goldfish

In the developed world literacy is higher than it’s been at almost any time in history. And that is something to celebrate. But is it possible that even in our high-tech society where so much communication depends on the written word, we may be slipping back into a kind of pre-literacy?

24 Vocation in a Suitcase

So, Doyle opened “Unclaimed Baggage” in Scottsboro, Alabama, selling the contents of suitcases without homes. The business exploded and eventually earned national attention from the New York Times and Oprah Winfrey.  But for Doyle, who made charity a central part of his work, it was all about his customers, his community, and his faith.

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Love Might Win the Wayward in Your Life

By doing positive good — responding with godly, rugged love — we overcome the evil that has been done. But if things deteriorate, we need to be ready for the painful reality that love may require letting a prodigal go. In the heart-breaking act of letting go, our intent is not to punish the person or to retaliate for what they have done to us. We must not meet evil with evil. When we do, everyone loses, and no one gets loved.

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God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You

“He does all that he pleases,” “no purpose of [his] can be thwarted,” and “none can stay his hand” (Psalm 115:3; Job 42:2; Daniel 4:35) — these words about God are assurances that he will complete what he began in us (Philippians 1:6). Nothing can separate us from his love for us in Christ (Romans 8:39), and nothing can distract the simplest of circumstances from hitting the target of our transformation. There’s no stalling with God. He doesn’t procrastinate. Even if we are innocently obtuse to his designs right now, God’s providence is blaring full-throttle toward our Christlikeness, and his glory.

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The Church Must Pay Attention to Global Populist Movements

I pray for our President-elect because I know God can use him for good. But the Church needs to stop finding its identity in politics and people. We need to trust in God. We need to invest our time and resources in growing relationships, not growing political standing and influence. We need to seek to influence the hearts of those around us, not the politics around them. We need Jesus to change us; we don't need to change laws. We need to look at ourselves hard, and ask what we should be doing for others; not what can others do for us. How can we love God more? How can we love others more?

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Tim Keller on the 3 Dangers for Anyone in Ministry

“Ministry will lead to conceit unless God intervenes.” — Tim Keller

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Is the "Virgin Conception" True (and Can It Be Defended)? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this blast from the past, J. Warner takes a thorough look at objections to the essential Christian claim that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the Virgin Mary. Is the “virgin conception” a ridiculous claim that defies reason and is unsupported by the history recorded in the New Testament and elsewhere?

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Brits out of touch with reality, Christians urged to buck trend - premier

With new figures showing Brits have several incorrect perceptions of reality, Christians are being urged to get clued up and do their homework on the facts.

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New Data Reveals 2016's 'Most Sinful Cities in America'

Wallethub data crunchers compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 27 key indicators of "evil deeds" including anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses & vices, avarice, lust, vanity and laziness.

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Jesus Is Fully Human

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus clearly displays human emotions. Here it begins to get a little more difficult for us. When Jesus heard the centurion’s words of faith, “he marveled” (Matthew 8:10). He says in Matthew 26:38 that his “soul is very sorrowful, even to death.” In John 11:33–35, Jesus is “deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled,” and even weeps. John 12:27 says, “Now is my soul troubled,” and in John 13:21, he is “troubled in his spirit.” The author to the Hebrews writes that “Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears” (Hebrews 5:7).

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Even if you read about Jesus’ birth every December, you may feel as though you’re hearing the Christmas story for the first time as John MacArthur looks at details often missed about The Birth of the King .

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Creation: From, Through, and By the Triune God

He asked: “Which specific person in the Godhead created the world?” I have been asked thousands of questions over the last 20 years of teaching and lecturing in both churches and colleges, but that was the first time anyone ever asked me that particular question. I appreciated the specificity of the query and how it related to the unique Triune nature of God.

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What to Do When Your Friend Asks for Money

Should you lend money to a friend? This is not a question I can answer for you. But we do know the One who can. When we take these situations before the Lord and ask, “What is best?” the Lord will guide and direct us. We can prayerfully think about an outright gift, a loan or maybe what is best is prayer and encouragement. We can be sensitive to the spirit’s leading and also weigh our sense of judgment with the need being presented.

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‘La La Land’ Dances Between Love and Calling

In the movie, Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) sing and dance their way into a charming romance. They trade banter, dance through a flirty scene worthy of its classic Fred and Ginger lineage, and—thanks to the movie’s heightened reality—literally float among the stars. Rolling Stone ’s Peter Travers calls it “the movie of the year,” Rotten Tomatoes has the critics’ consensus at 95 percent, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this movie since I saw it.

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Reasons To Believe : An Inordinate Fondness

If not for the fossil record, people alive today would have no idea of the vast history of life on Earth. The fossil record gives an incomplete and often imperfect view of life's distant past, much of which is lost forever. Still, this record provides enough of a window to reveal a menagerie of unusual and interesting animals. Why did the Creator make such a diverse array of creatures at differing points in Earth's history? Could it be that one of the reasons God created so many remarkable animals-like the dinosaurs, creatures that fascinate children and paleontologists alike-was for His amusement?

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Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Awards

“Rota, a skilled analytic philosopher, provides an engaging and compelling case for taking Pascal’s wager. The precision of the points is manifest on every page. But what makes the book even more profitable is its accessible prose. Inviting, charitable, and provocative—this is the sort of book that one could heartily give to a believer, agnostic, or even an ardent atheist. A home-run for Christian apologetics.” — Chad Meister, professor of philosophy and theology, Bethel College (Indiana)

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Case-Making 101: How does the Bible compare to other ancient documents?

Last week we looked at the evidence for the reliability of the Bible with the early Church’s canonization process that demonstrates we can be certain that we have the right books, contrary to cultural spin. We also looked at many reasons Christians reject the Apocrypha and Gnostic books with an emphasis on the dating of those writings. With that in mind it is also important to look at other variables scholars consider when reviewing ancient documents like the Bible, one of the most important is called “textual criticism:”

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Corporate Worship Saved My Marriage

But every Sunday morning is an opportunity for God to revive you from the week’s stupor. As you proclaim his goodness and mercy with dear brothers and sisters, God will melt your heart again. He will strike down your pride with the gospel, but he won’t leave you down. In his mercy, he’ll pick you up and give you strength for the week ahead.

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The Breath of Life: Should Christians Agree to Ventilator Support?

When faced with the heart-wrenching challenges of modern medicine, we take refuge in the God who knows us (Psalm 139:1–4). We revel in the gift of his word, which itself is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). While our days in this world vanish on the wind (Psalm 39:5), his breath unseats mountains and weaves galaxies (Psalm 18:15; 33:6). Even if we struggle for air, he is with us. He loves us, and he sent his Son to die for us so that “whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).

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57 Christianity Is Not a Popularity Contest
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59 Be a Bookworm, not a Goldfish
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70 1 Peter 4:17–18: Saved Through the Fire of Suffering
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73 Pro-Life Group Compiles Devastating List Of Abortion Clinic Violations Across the Country | The Stream
74 How to Serve “The Singles”
75 Should Christians be good stewards to the environment? | Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater
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78 The Briefing 12-15-16 - AlbertMohler.com
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82 If I Only Knew Why
83 Three Quran Verses Every Jew Should Know (David Wood)
84 Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? The Craig-Bradley Debate | Reasonable Faith
85 The Chief End of Preaching
86 Renewing Your Mind | The Extent of the Atonement | Dec 14, 2016
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88 When a Leader Procrastinates | Catalyst One Day
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