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Working with our 2016 partner Community Christmas, this Christmas we’re aiming to make sure that more people (than ever this year) will have somewhere warm and friendly to spend time on one of the biggest days of the year.

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.

NASA on Trial: Persecution of David Coppedge Was a Preview of Creeping Totalitarianism

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

RELEVANT’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

Bon Iver, A Tribe Called Quest, Beyonce and others made it a huge year for music.

Cultural Engagement Chapel: Experiencing the Christmas Story - Terri Moore, Darrell L. Bock, Mikel Del Rosario, and David Lowry

Mikel Del Rosario leads a conversation about the Christmas story with Drs. Terri Moore, David Lowry, and Darrell Bock, all professors of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary.

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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)

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.


Merry Christmas Building and Loan!

My friend and long-time BreakPoint colleague, Anne Morse, recently did just that: well, almost. She visited Seneca Falls, New York, which, legend has it, is the town on which Frank Capra based his fictional Bedford Falls. It really does look amazingly like Bedford Falls, and every December the town holds an “It’s a Wonderful Life” festival. Festival-goers can’t resist running down the street yelling “Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”—just like Jimmy Stewart did. They can also chat with “Uncle Billy,” “Old Man Potter,” and other characters.

Keep “Christmas in Christ”

We must ask ourselves, amidst the joyous colors and shapes that enter our eyes, among the redundant but renewing choruses that yearly find their way back to the radio waves and out to our ears, and even within every feeling and thought, have we kept the Christ in Christmas? It is so easy for us to do things in the name of Christ without considering His Word or will. Notwithstanding, even if we have, may we please be open to consider that if we do, we could be wrong ? Any time we keep Christ in anything, we are submitting to an idolatrous religion, that’s it. Please consider what is being said before cutting out any such thought. Our rebuttal just may be only for childhood sentimentalism without even knowing it. If you work to keep Christ in a song, your song has become an idol because the song is the end, not Christ. If you keep Christ in your home, you are working too hard and for the wrong cause. Please, allow me to explain.

Why Kids Need a Biblical Worldview and Where to Start: 3 Reasons Every Parent Needs to Know

If you’re a parent, then you want your kids to live well. You want them to flourish. You want them to follow Jesus all the days of their lives. This is a prayer I regularly pray for my kids. But how does this happen? What does this look like? What’s at stake? It starts with building a biblical worldview.

Dylann Roof Found Guilty on All Charges in Charleston Massacre

Roof went into the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and sat in Bible study for about an hour with the parishioners before he attacked, killing nine and injuring three. He was charged with nine counts of hate crimes that resulted in death, three counts of hate crimes with an intent to kill, nine counts of obstructing the exercise of religion that resulted in death, three charges of obstructing religion with the attempt to kill and nine counts of using a firearm to commit murder during a violent crime.

When Darkness Falls at Christmas

We too are caught in the cosmic crossfire of Christmas. We experience both “joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8), as well as burdens so great we despair of life itself (2 Corinthians 1:8). Both are beyond our powers to comprehend because there is so much more going on in reality than we can yet understand.

Street pastors will save NHS £13million during festive period - premier

Street pastors are set to save the NHS millions of pounds as they divert drunks away from A&E during the festive period.

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More than 75 prominent religious and thought leaders have come together as charter signatories of "Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion," a statement that affirms every American’s freedom to peacefully live their lives according to their beliefs and opposes government coercion or censorship of fellow citizens who have different views. These leaders are united by the idea that all laws must respect freedom and promote justice for every citizen, no matter who they are.

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Why Is God to Be Praised? | Reasonable Faith

The logic of this is valid, and it seems to me that if we say God's goodness flows from his essential nature, then it's hard to deny the deterministic elements of it. I've been a Christian for over 20 years, and a student of your work for the last 5 years. It's my understanding that God's goodness is the primary reason for which He is worthy of praise. So what am I missing here? Is premise one false because God's goodness is demonstrated by His miraculous directing and working in human history to bring about a plan of redemption for such a stiff-necked people such as us, which can only be explained by acts of His will?

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

The problem of evil is no doubt the most serious challenge to belief in God. Even religious believers find it troubling that evil exists in the world—and so much evil! It is puzzling, to say the least, that an all-powerful, absolutely good being would allow evil to exist in his creation. And yet it does. Evil and suffering exist and they are often overwhelming in their magnitude.

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.

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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The Wrath the World Needs

It makes many people queasy nowadays to talk about the wrath of God, but there can be no turning away from this prominent biblical theme. Oppressed peoples from around the world have been empowered by the scriptural picture of a God who is angered by injustice and unrighteousness. If we are resistant to the idea of the wrath of God, we might pause to reflect the next time we are outraged about something—about our property values being threatened, or our children’s educational opportunities being limited, or our tax breaks being eliminated. All of us are capable of anger about something. God’s anger, however, is pure. It does not have the maintenance of privilege as its object but goes out on behalf of those who have no privileges. The wrath of God is not an emotion that flares up from time to time, as though God has temper tantrums. It is a way of describing his absolute enmity against all wrong and his coming to set matters right.

21 Fake Faith Doesn’t Sell

Churches with what the authors called “theologically conservative beliefs” grew the fastest. By “conservative beliefs,” it’s clear they mean “churches that actually believe in the Christian faith.”

The Fine-Tuning of the Universe

For more resources visit: View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: View the Moral Argument animation video: View Leibniz’ Contingency Argument animation video: Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism Read more: We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.


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.

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.

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).

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.

Addict guilty of murdering Christian pensioner, 82 - premier

A drug addict who battered her elderly Christian neighbour to death has been found guilty of her murder.

Jesus Is Evidence That God Exists

The Gospels Make A Case For God’s Existence But that isn’t how I came to faith. I first became interested in the existence of God after reading the gospels. I read them as a curious atheist. A local pastor aroused my curiosity by providing a few choice samples of Jesus’ teaching, and I was simply curious to see if the gospels contained any additional wisdom. I was no more committed to Jesus as an ancient teacher than I might be to Buddha, Socrates or any other ancient sage.

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German bishops condemn country's arms trade with Qatar and Saudi Arabia - premier

German church leaders have spoken out against their country's growing arms sales to Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

China: Christian prisoner has organs harvested - premier

"The family's three requests - for viewing rights of his body for family members, for an independent autopsy, and for all Peng's personal possessions to be returned to his family - have not been met, and the dissection of his body, without the family's consent, can only have made their suffering more acute.

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Christian girls imprisoned for sharing faith released - premier

"These four girls' lives have already been disrupted and are now in imminent danger simply for sharing their faith. We hope that the girls and their families will be able to find safety and that similar incidents will be prevented in the future."

Update: Ohio Gov. John Kasich Just Vetoed the Anti-Abortion ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Amendment

However, he did sign a bill that makes abortions after 20 weeks illegal in the state. As CNN notes , in a statement, the governor said that vetoing the amendment would save state taxpayers in legal fees, because it would likely be challenged in court. He explained, “Similar legislation enacted in two other states has twice been declared unconstitutional by federal judges, and the Supreme Court declined to review those decisions.”

Three Tips for Parents Raising the Next Generation of Case Makers

If you’re a Christian Case Maker (a Christian interested in making the case for what you believe) and you’re also a parent, you’re probably interested in raising your son or daughter to become a Case Maker as well. I have four kids of my own, so I definitely understand this desire. I want my kids to have the tools and truths they’ll need to be good Christian ambassadors. I want them to understand their worldview and defend it against competing ideas. Parents often contact me to ask what they can do to raise up a generation of competent Christian Case Makers. Here are three quick tips to get you started:

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5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer: Christmas Edition

In a  previous post , I offered quick answers to 5 apologetics questions that I think every Christian should be familiar with. With many misconceptions and misunderstandings about Christmas, here are 5  Christmas-themed  questions with “barebones” quick answers that can easily be committed to memory.

Pope Francis brings together Colombia's president and political opponent to talk peace - premier

Pope Francis has met with the Colombian president and his main political opponent to discuss the country's peace deal.

What Is Your Capacity for Mystery?

In twelve minutes, John Piper pulls apart some of the tensions between Calvinism and Arminianism. Believing the whole Bible, with all of its varied pieces, is not a small or simple thing. A theology that lives “by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4), will require a great deal of mystery. Those of us who accept the both truths of our full human responsibility and God’s absolute sovereignty can, as G.K. Chesterton wrote, “see two different pictures at once and yet see all the better for that.” The question is whether you are able to admit that the Bible can say two things that seem to our minds to be contradictory and, in the end, not contradict each other after all.

The Gospel of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

At one point, an explosion erupts from the populated city. As flames engulf the sky, the camera cuts above the moon’s atmosphere, slowly panning toward the hovering Death Star. It’s one of the more poetic images of the franchise, and simultaneously communicates both awe and terror. In a world that is no stranger to nuclear weapons, it reminds us of the devastating power we possess to level entire cities with the click of a few buttons. We saw planets explode in previous Star Wars films, but somehow this feels different.

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Nigeria's engineering regulatory body has said the church that collapsed on Sunday had many structural faults.

#1: Are We Raising a Generation of Almost Christians? [Podcast] - Jonathan Morrow

Are we raising a generation of almost Christians? Why are students walking away from the faith? As moms and dads, how do we help our children build a lasting faith? How do we overcome a culture dominated by feelings? How do we make a difference in the lives of our children? These are just few of the questions I talk about in this episode of Your Worldview Podcast.

Rapid Response: 'The Gospels Are Unreliable'

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone made the following claim: “Even if the events recorded in the Gospels came from eyewitness accounts, why should we trust what eyewitnesses tell us? Even modern-day witnesses are notoriously unreliable and are often wrong about what they claim to have seen. Why should we trust ancient eyewitness accounts?” How would you respond to such an objection? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

Churches joins urgent appeal for Yemen - premier

Rev Virginia Luckett, Director of UK Churches at Tearfund, said: "Yemen is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, and we're encouraging Christians and their churches across the UK to come together to support the appeal, both by prayer and giving.   "We heard just today that St Mary's Church in Welwyn held their 'Big Carol Sing' for the Yemen Crisis Appeal, collecting more than £250. This is typical of our generous supporters, who are digging deep at this busy time of year. We welcome any support that people can offer."   Tearfund is working through a local partner to provide hygiene and sanitation packs to prevent the spread of cholera plans to train first aid responders in areas where medical facilities have been destroyed.   Catholic parishes will also be holding collections for the DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal as part of their Christmas services this weekend.   Jo Kitterick, Head of Parish and Volunteer Engagement at CAFOD, said: "Advent is a time of prayer and reflection, and we ask that the people of Yemen are kept in thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks.

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 .

What is the Best Evidence for Intelligent Design? Interview with Brian Johnson.

The second is a process called DNA error correction (aka, DNA repair). This process is mind-boggling and is currently at work in your body as you read this. Your body is creating new DNA at this moment in a process known as DNA Replication. During this process the DNA double helix is split in two, kind of like a zipper on a coat. As you unzip your coat you then have two sides of that zipper. Now pretend that the 'teeth' of the zipper on one side of the coat are each represented by a nucleotide letter of either a, c, t, or g. During the replication process a brand new set of 'teeth' are joined to the existing set of 'teeth' much the same way as when you zip the coat up and the two set of 'teeth' are joined together to seal the coat. If during this process an incorrect nucleotide is put down an error correcting process catches the error, stops the process, plucks out the wrong nucleotide, inserts the correct nucleotide, and then allows the replication process to continue. Describing this process as mind-blowing is actually an understatement.

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48 Renewing Your Mind | The Return of Christ | Dec 16, 2016

The return of Jesus has been one of the most controversial theological discussions in the last few hundred years. To this day, there are dozens of schools of thought as to when and how Jesus will return to this world. Is there anything we can know for sure about that great day? Addressing these sorts of issues, Dr. Sproul teaches us three things that can be known for sure about the Second Coming of Jesus.

Will We Fear God in Heaven?

So, my conclusion would be that we have little reason to think or desire that trembling before God in our glorified, resurrection bodies would be excluded — little, little reason to think they should be, little desire. Why should we desire that trembling would be excluded? Perhaps the safest thing to say is if God knows that the physical experience of trembling in the glorified body will increase and intensify our enjoyment of him and all that he does and all he makes, he will see to it that we are capable of such a wonderful trembling.

Longtime NBA Broadcaster Craig Sager Dies at 65

"I—along with the entire NBA family—am deeply saddened by the passing of Craig Sager. Craig was as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches. A true original and an essential voice on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage for 26 seasons, Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality. Craig earned widespread respect for his insightful reporting and inspired so many most recently with his courage. Our hearts go out to his wife, Stacy; his children, Kacy, Craig Jr., Krista, Riley and Ryan; and his friends and colleagues.”

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60 Leadership Isn't About a Job Title
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62 Church’s Viral Yard Signs Let Neighbors Know They Are Welcome No Matter Where They Are From
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67 Planned Parenthood Has Been Referred for Federal Investigation
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