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1 The Briefing 12-19-14

1) Responses to thawing Cuban relationship example of how experience shapes worldview

2 YouTube, Did You Know?

Now Mary’s own song in Luke 1 shows that she did know a lot of this stuff. So Pentatonix’s question, “did you know?” is more important for us than for her. And their goosebump-inducing performance means that millions have heard not only the question, but the answer in the song: “That sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great I Am.” I’ll link you to this wonderful song at thepointradio.org.

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Leading Evolutionary Scientists Admit We Have No Evolutionary Explanation of Human Language

FOXP2 is a transcription factor that up- or down-regulates DNA in many different tissue types (brain, lung, gut lining) at different times during development as well as throughout life. This broad functional effect makes evolutionary analysis difficult. In particular, the exact mechanisms by which FOXP2 mutations disrupt speech remain uncertain, variously posited as disruptions in motor articulation/serialization in speech, vocal learning generally, or broader difficulties with procedural serialization. This is critical because FOXP2 mutations may disrupt only the input/output systems of language, sparing the more internal computations of human language syntax or semantics; or it may be that FOXP2 affects general cognitive processing, such as general serial ordering of procedures. Second, it is not clear whether the amino acid changes distinguishing FOXP2 in humans and nonhumans represent adaptations "for" language, since their functional effects remain unclear. One of the two protein-coding changes along the lineage to modern humans is also associated with the order Carnivora. Since FOXP2 also targets the gut lining, this evolutionary step may have had little to do directly with language but instead with digestion modifications driven by forest-to-savannah habit and so dietary change.

4 How Science and Religion Converge Rather Than Conflict – Part 3 of 5 - Stand to Reason Blog

@Sam I'm using the distinction to disambiguate between how Nature actually behaves (God's physics), and our descriptions and mathematical models of that behaviour (humankind's physics). I think that there can be a real correspondence between the two, and that we really can see what principles God used to design Nature - my current favourite is the universal applicability of the Principle of Least Action (or Stationary Action) - the fact that the dynamics of a system can be described by the time integral of a Lagrangian function, and requiring that this integral be stationary (first derivative = 0) to extract the dynamical equations (see the Euler-Lagrange equations) for the system. This carries with it a whole lot of implications: (see Noether's Theorems) related to symmetry and conservation laws; originally developed as a deeper understanding of Newton's 3 laws, it can be extended to electromagnetism, quantum theory, special and general relativity very naturally. This principle has to be postulated as axiomatic - there is as yet no more fundamental theory as to why this applies to Nature.

5 Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (12/12 - 12/19) - Apologetics 315

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77 Taliban Members Killed Following Attack on School

J ust days after members of the Taliban massacred 148 individuals—mostly children—at a school in Pakistan, the country’s military launched a campaign in the tribal region of the country, killing at least 77 militants . In the aftermath of the violence at the school, officials have also said that they plan on canceling a recent bail agreement for one of the individuals behind the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008. Justice officials in the country also announced that six convicted terrorists, will now receive the death penalty ...

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It’s not about you: leading worship and loving others

This is dangerous thinking for worship leaders and worship pastors. If you serve in that sort of role, you’re familiar with the temptation to evaluate and interpret a Sunday morning gathering in light of how it reflects on you. You must crucify that temptation. You don’t want to be the sort of person who, as Jim Hamilton said in a recent sermon, makes yourself the central reference point in every situation, considering “how this reflects on us, and how this makes us look, and how this makes us feel, and what this means about us. … We want to be people who, in every situation we find ourselves in, our central reference point is Jesus and other people.”

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Grace to You

If you were standing at a pulpit before one thousand Christian young people—all seated, Bibles in hand, and ready to listen—what message would you feel most compelled to bring them? As president of The Master’s College here in Southern California, I face that...

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SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty president talks about equipping the church to share the gospel…

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Marriage in Light of Forever

Our biggest piece of advice would be to view your kids as assets rather than burdens. It used to be that people envied couples with many kids. It meant they had more help on the farm, with the business, around the home, and so on. When people hear we have seven kids now, though, they feel sorry for us! Why is it that for thousands of years children were a blessing, yet in the past few decades we’ve come to view them as burdens? Poor parenting. We raise them to either be burdens or assets. Good parenting involves teaching them to love and serve others rather than expecting to be constantly served. While we will always serve our kids to some degree, we also expect them to serve each other and those around us. Our children have been our biggest assets in ministry. Rather than distracting from kingdom work, they multiply it. Nine servants are better than two.

11 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.

12 The Ratio Christi at UCI Daily

The Ratio Christi at UCI Daily, by Ratio Christi at UCI: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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How to Actually Fight for Racial Reconciliation

When I started reading this article and my initial thoughts were… wow this is good, it’s clear, it’s concise, it’s encouraging, and it’s engaging the issue from a biblical perspective – then seemingly out of nowhere the article took an unfortunate turn by encouraging the acceptance of a presupposed privilege/oppression inherent in white culture. While no one can deny that there are serious issues to be faced when dealing with race relations in America, white privilege isn’t one of them. In fact the insertion of such an argument into the discussion only serves to deepen the racial divide. There are several ways in which the argument is counterproductive, but for the sake of brevity I’ll only mention two. First, it encourages the idea that white Americans should feel guilty for being white (which stands in opposition to her 2nd point) and second, it encourages resentment of one race for another based on a collectively perceived inequality. While I found that section of the article concerning, the next section quickly got the article back on right track and it finished extremely strong.

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http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/

• Perry Stone & the Genesis Apocalypse Code • Vince Antonucci Exegetes Pac Man • Perry Noble's Practical Advice to Vision Casting Leaders for Christmas • Sermon Review: Joseph - the Heart of a Man by Miles Welch of 12 Stone Church

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2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. 

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Fostering Filled with Difficult but God-Glorifying Days

Being the oldest child in a foster family is not always easy. Actually, it can sometimes be extremely difficult. But then you remember that God did not call you to an easy life, but to a life that would bring glory to him. You remember that what your family does is not just your parents’ responsibility, but yours as well. It is something that an entire family must feel called by the Lord to do, because without his strength, some days seem impossible.  

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Jesus Changes Everything

Dr. Sproul Jr. calls us to remember the potent reality that we are not respectable and decent in ourselves, but that we were rebels from our Maker who were bought out of the slave market to be called His own.Related Posts:Ask RC: Should Christians pledge allegiance to the United…Ask RC: What’s your new podcast all about?Compassion on the CheapAsk RC: Is America a city shining on a hill?Ask RC: How well should pastors be paid?

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Friends of TGC: Join a Global Gospel Vision

The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures.  We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing our confession and theological vision for ministry, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.

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A Lot of Very Famous People Helped Stephen Colbert Close Out His Final Show

I n case you missed last night’s final episode of The Colbert Report , here’s the last, epic ten minutes featuring dozens of the most famous people in the world taking part in a musical send-off befitting a legend. After 1,446 episodes, its been a wild ride, but now Colbert is off to bigger and better things: CBS’s Late Show ...

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An Amazing Genealogy of Jesus Infographic (and What It Means for XMas)

The infographic represents both Matthew and Luke’s genealogies, showing the legal emphasis (in Matthew) meant to prove Jesus’s royal Israelite bloodline, and the biological emphasis (in Luke) traditionally linked to the family genealogy in Mary’s home. The “big names” are given larger placement, with often humorous bits of info. Just a quick scan reveals how diverse, even scandalous, this genealogy really is – including kings and killers, prophets and prostitutes.

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Defenders 3 Podcast: Doctrine of Revelation | Reasonable Faith

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Andy Naselli – Bethlehem College & Seminary

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Bilbo’s Last Goodbye

One of the great effects, both of Tolkien’s stories and Jackson’s retellings, is the expansion of the human soul. We have such a proclivity to settle into such small things over time. We were made for more than vicarious living through social media and ESPN. There is real adventure to be had in God’s fantastic world, real evil to fight, real moral complexities to navigate, real sorrows to bear, real redemption to celebrate. Tolkien created Middle-earth not as an escape from the real world, but as a retreat to see our reality all the clearer and come back more wide awake to our world.

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Innovative Apologetics: Defeating Relativism and Exposing Self-referential Sentences

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150 Million Bible Readers Were Searching for Love Most in 2014

Bible Gateway's Year in Review report , which also covers top searches in Spanish and in four countries, confirms the New Testament is "read much more than" the Old Testament, even though the older testament is three times longer. It also concludes that "people really do read the Bible throughout the year," and "major world events do affect what people look for in the Bible."

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Preempt the Next Newsflash: Overflow from #ATimeToSpeak

On December 16, 2014, I was part of a conversation on racial harmony gathered by Bryan Loritts at the former Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, in Memphis, Tennessee. In preparing for this event, I jotted down notes on an array of related issues. As I looked over these notes on the way home, and reflected on some takeaways from the gathering, it occurred to me that some of them might be useful as talking points for those who are leading discussions or perhaps preaching or teaching on related matters.

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Can Our Art Deal With Our World?

“We are in the midst of hard times now,” Scott says, “and it feels as if art is failing us.” He is unsatisfied (as am I) with the ability of our art—even the best of it—to provide moral clarity for the problems we face, problems that keep him up at night. This is in stark contrast to, say, The Grapes of Wrath , or Death of a Salesman , or (I'd add) even Uncle Tom's Cabin— art that was able to radically alter its audience's view of social issues in ways that resulted in social action, while preserving their status as art, not propaganda. If true, this is troubling. In a statement I heartily endorse, Scott says, “Much as I respect the efforts of economists and social scientists to explain the world and the intermittent efforts of politicians to change it, I trust artists and writers more. Not necessarily to be righteous or infallible, or even consistent or coherent; not to instruct or advocate, but rather, through the integrity and discipline they bring to making something new, to tell the truth.” Scott's argument is essentially that art—which tries to explore the problems of existence—is failing us today, when our challenges are just as big as they ever have been.

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Parents Television Council Awards UP Network, Home of New TV Show 'Bringing Up Bates,' With 'Seal of Approval' for Family-Friendly Programming

"It is of strategic importance for those who want more family-friendly programming to support high-quality family-friendly programming that's currently in the marketplace," Winter explained. "When positive, family-friendly programming is produced with high-quality production values (good writing, acting, directing, etc.), it tends to be commercially successful. This is true not just for TV, but also for motion pictures."

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Atheist Sam Harris Attacks Accomplished NIH Scientist Dr. Francis Collins for Being Christian

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, (L), NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci (2nd L) and NIH Clinical Center Director Dr. John Gallin (3rd L, rear) exit the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, with recently discharged Ebola patient Nina Pham in this October 24, 2014, handout photo. Pham, who contracted the disease while treating a man who later died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital, had been undergoing treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, since October 16.

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Female Apologist Takes on Modern Feminism, Question of Whether Christianity Oppresses Women

Newman:  "The greatest issue I think is not much different from what we've been talking about through all of human history. The question is what does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be male and female? That's the greatest question because we can talk about the issues, the cultural issues, social issues, etcetera. But it if we don't first establish what it means to be female, what it means to be a male, then our answer in some sort of way is going to be skewed. The culture assumes without giving any justification or demonstration sometimes about what it means to be a female, but we have to be willing to do that at the top."

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Innovative Apologetics: Answering Attacks on the Trinity

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

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Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

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37
Ambition: Why It Isn’t Just for Men (or Business)

W hen my (Nora’s) husband, Travis, would sit up in bed late at night and talk to me about his ambitions, I would snuggle down in the bed and try to listen sincerely. For two years in Arizona, we had been trying to recover from unemployment; more so, we were trying to get off a track that seemed to lead us around in circles. When he would talk about angel investors or futures trading and pester me for startup Internet business ideas, I couldn’t understand how he could still aim so high. While Travis was ambitious, I felt very disappointed. I felt like I couldn’t be ambitious anymore because we had been disappointed over and over again. The biggest ambition I could muster was for a new piece of furniture.

38 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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American Airstrikes Kill Three Top ISIS Leaders in Iraq; Officials Claim Operations Having 'Significant Impact'

The Pentagon revealed on Thursday that three top ISIS leaders in Iraq have been killed in recent weeks, and argued that the American-led operation against the terror group is having a "significant impact."

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Catholic university Marquette suspends professor over anti-gay marriage controversy

Marquette University seems to be sending a message to students and faculty who support Catholic doctrine regarding marriage: if you oppose gay marriage keep your mouth shut.

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Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

The Independent Library Report for England argues that, with help from the U.K. central government, public libraries must expand digital services, such as e-lending and free Wi-Fi, if they are to continue to be viable. Commissioned in February by the U.K. government and headed by publisher William Sieghart, the report also calls for the creation of a task force to come up with a unified strategy for implementing the changes.

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Jackie Evancho and Peter Hollens Sing a Breathtaking A Cappella Duet of 'Hallelujah' – MUST-SEE!

A must-see video that will touch your heart in more ways than one. Many have done covers of this song, but it is very hard to sing this one a cappella. Peter and Jackie go to the next level with his harmonious voice and her angelic voice. Be sure to SHARE this with all your friends and family for Christmas!

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Did Luke Mess Up on the Timing of the Christmas Story? - Apologetics Guy

So it’s not true that Luke must have messed up on the timing of Jesus’ birth. By setting Jesus’ birth in the context of world history, Luke shows that he’s concerned about writing down what really happened. His mention of Quirinius’ census in the Christmas story doesn’t automatically mean that he made a mistake. Maybe Luke knew something we don’t.

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Game of Thrones Author, George R.R. Martin, Offers to Show 'The Interview' in His Theater; Calls Sony Move 'Corporate Cowardice'

Fantasy writer George R.R. Martin whose popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" was adapted to create the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones," called Sony Pictures and major movie theaters corporate cowards Wednesday for cancelling the release of the controversial movie, "The Interview", and offered to show it in his own theater instead.

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Nonfiction Book Review: The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel. Zondervan, $22.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-25917-6

The Case for Grace Lee Strobel, Author DETAILS Lee Strobel. Zondervan, $22.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-25917-6 Reviewed on: 12/08/2014 Release date: 02/01/2015 MP3 CD - 978-1-5012-2320-4Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-310-25923-7MP3 CD - 978-1-4915-0128-3Compact Disc - 978-1-4915-0092-7Compact Disc - 978-0-310-33432-3Compact Disc - 978-1-4915-0110-8Compact Disc - 978-1-5012-2410-2Compact Disc - 978-1-5012-2271-9 Show other formats FORMATS Buy this book Amazon Barnes & Noble Google iBooks IndieBound Powell's Everyone has a story, and bestselling author Strobel ( The Case for Christ ) uses his skills as a journalist to describe individual quests for grace—as well as his own personal journey.

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RELEVANT’s 10 Biggest Slices of 2014

The Islamic militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has forced millions of Iraqis to flee their homes, publicly executed Western journalists and generally caused a lot of terror in the Middle East and abroad. Of all the organizations banding together to fight the group, perhaps the most unlikely is a group of dutch bikers known as No Surrender. Several members of the group have gone to Iraq to help back up those fighting ISIS on the ground. It’s no wonder our slice about the group was our biggest of the year.

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The Unbelievable Plight of Syrian Refugees Is Being Ignored

These words from one of Middle East Bible Fellowship's newsletters perfectly express why I wrote this blog, and why I don’t hesitate to ask for help on behalf of refugees: “At Christmas we celebrate that our redeemer has come! Jesus—the light of the world—promises that a day is coming when there will be no more war, no more suffering, and no more death. Until that day, as the body of Christ, we are called to bring wholeness, support, and hope to those who are suffering.”

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Christmas 'Undoubtedly' Has Pagan Roots 'But Having a Tree Isn't Worshipping a Pagan Idol,' Proclaims Christmas Enthusiast

One month after "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" hit theaters across the U.S., two experts added their own viewpoints on how the yuletide season's traditions came to be what they are today.

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'Family Isn't Always Biological, It's Important to Find Family Where You Can,' Says 'Annie' Creative Executive DeVon Franklin

"I think that whenever you can take your family to a movie and enjoy a shared experience that can uplift you, can bring you hope, can bring you closer, especially during the holiday season, that's important. And this film can and will do that," he added. "Family isn't always biological; a lot of times you can find family where family is. Family can be those people who love you, who care for you whether they're biological or not. It's important to find family where you can. Movies like 'Annie' bring that idea to the front."

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Latina, Pentecostal, and College-Bound

Time and time again, updates on my studies ended with updates on my personal life and the inevitable question of when I would get married. Although I value marriage and see it as a potential part of my life, it is not the core of my identity as a daughter of God. As I reflect back on my experience, I think about the growing number of Latinas in Pentecostal churches graduating from high school and pursuing a college education. Are they receiving the same type of pushback from their church family? With fixed gender expectations often placed on Latinas as submissive underachievers and caretakers , do they feel less worthy of pursuing a degree versus pursuing marriage?

51 Miliband: 'I'm sorry Christians feel marginalised' – Premier Premier
52 Pastor Says God Told Him He Had Cancer, Helped Him Beat It With Prayer and Skillful Doctors
53 Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Pens Heartbreaking Christmas Letter
54 Secret Santa Performs Secret Acts of Kindness to Surprise Those Most in Need
55 Dog is Able to Run for the First Time Ever – Thanks to His 3-D Printed Leg
56 ‘Serial,’ ‘The Wire,’ and The Darkness Inside Us All
57 Honeymoon Marriage…Impossible? A guest post by Francie Winslow
58 Pro Golfer Bubba Watson Raps About God's Blessing in 'Bubbaclaus' Video
59 WORLD | Open borders, closed church? | J.C. Derrick | Dec. 18, 2014
60 Always Advent and Never Christmas?
61 NJ Megachurch Plans 'Spiritual Flash Mob' on Christmas Eve; Thousands of Churchgoers May Participate
62 Pakistani Christian Family With Daughters Gang Raped by Muslim Men: Powerful People Threatened Us; Police Obstructed Medical Evidence
63 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: How to Refute Islam at Its Base
64 A Video Reminding Us That You Can't Spell Christmas Without CHRIST
65 Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Awards
66 Bobby Schuller's 'Hour of Power' Undergoes 'Significant Changes' to Lead Non-Religious People; Added to NRB Network Lineup
67 Loving God’s Temple
68 Grad Commencement - Fall 2014
69 The Christian Post on Twitter
70 Transcript: The Briefing 12-19-14
71 Paul Helm debates William Lane Craig on Calvinism and Molinism on Unbelievable
72 TGC Spotlight 12.19.14
73 Weeping with the Mothers of Bethlehem
74 http://www.sbts.edu/alumni-and-friends/710/
75 Biola University on Twitter
76 10-Year-Old Kaitlyn Maher Sings a Powerful Cover of 'Find You On My Knees'
77 Young Boy Does Something Completely Selfless to Show Us the True Meaning of Christmas!
78 WORLD | A better way than enjoying failure | Barnabas Piper | Dec. 19, 2014
79 Our Time to Speak
80 'School of Rock' Is Coming to Broadway
81 Book Review: Grand Central Question | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
82 The Briefing 12-18-14
83 WORLD | All’s well in Warren | Andrée Seu Peterson | Dec. 19, 2014
84 Ligonier.org
85 How to Break Free From a Troubled Past
86 Innovative Apologetics: An ‘Exodus’ Not Found in the Bible - WSJ
87 WORLD | Campus consequences of the sexual revolution | Nick Eicher | Dec. 19, 2014
88 Sean McDowell on Twitter