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The Briefing 12-02-14

1) Mixed messages on predicted climate catastrophe reveal intellectual dishonesty of movement

2 Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday. Take a... - Prison Fellowship | Facebook

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LIVE Event: Christmas Tree Lighting at Biola University

We're excited to usher in the Christmas season in a brand new way! This year, the ceremony will take place on Metzger Lawn, with a brand new tree! It will also be live-streamed for the first time ever!

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A place to go on Christmas Day – Premier Radio

If you know of any activities happening on Christmas Day at your church or in your community, let us know and we will publicise them on our Premier Christian Radio afternoon show, Premier Drive.

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

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Must the Beginning of the Universe Have a Personal Cause?:  A Rejoinder | Reasonable Faith

In the second part of his article Morriston, still assuming that God exists atemporally sans the universe, criticizes an argument for the personhood of the First Cause inspired by the Islamic Principle of Determination. In a nutshell, the argument is that, given a tensed theory of time, only personal, free agency can account for the origin of a first temporal effect from a changeless cause. As we have seen, on a tensed theory of time, the universe comes into being at the first moment of its existence. The event of the universe's coming into being cannot be an instance of state-state causation or eventevent causation, since the origination of the universe is not a state and the condition of the timeless cause not an event. But neither can it be an instance of stateevent causation, for this seems clearly impossible: If the unchanging cause is sufficient for the production of the effect, then the cause should not exist without the effect, that is to say, we should have state-state causation. If the cause is not sufficient for the production of the effect, then some change must take place in the cause to produce the effect, in which we have eventevent causation and we must inquire all over again for the cause of the first event.

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DNA survives critical entry into Earth's atmosphere

Applied to the outer shell of the payload section of a rocket using pipettes, small, double-stranded DNA molecules flew into space from Earth and back again. After the launch, space flight, re-entry into Earth's atmosphere and landing, the so-called plasmid DNA molecules were still found on all the application points on the rocket from the TEXUS-49 mission. And this was not the only surprise: For the most part, the DNA salvaged was even still able to transfer genetic information to bacterial and connective tissue cells. "This study provides experimental evidence that the DNA's genetic information is essentially capable of surviving the extreme conditions of space and the re-entry into Earth's dense atmosphere," says study head Professor Oliver Ullrich from the University of Zurich's Institute of Anatomy.

10 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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Increase Their Joy: 3 Ways to Encourage Pastors

Every few weeks I’ll tweet the following: “People, pray for your pastors!” I mostly do it because I need to be reminded to do so, but also because I know how much it means to my pastor friends to know they are prayed for by their people. You can look in any direction today and see churches, leaders, pastors, and flocks crumbling under the weight of sin, failure, financial ruin, and more. Not only do I not want to see that happen at my church, I also don’t want to be ignorant of the pressures on pastors and their families.

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Teen arrested for death of Bosnian in St. Louis

Teen arrested for death of Bosnian in St. Louis St. Louis, Mo. – Murder charges have been filed against 17-year-old Robert Mitchell in the death of 32-year-old Zemir Begic, a Bosnian who was attacked and killed by youths wielding hammers. Mitchell faces Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1y9542Z

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Only 19 Paterson Students Ready For College

In Paterson, New Jersey only 19 kids who took the SAT's are considered college ready. This means that they scored at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the standardized test, and this number is truly shocking considering how large the school district is.

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Q&A with Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking: We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain. Much has been said about the effect of social media, and I don't have much to add that is original. I had resisted social media until recently as a time-consuming invasion of privacy, but I was persuaded to open a Facebook page to communicate the importance of science to a wider audience. I hope my Facebook page will put an end to several fake Stephen Hawking pages, but it won't do anything for Twitter. The Internet has had a big effect on research in my field of physics. Up to the early '90s, people circulated paper pre-prints by mail. These often took several months to arrive, and went only to a small circle, mainly in the West. Now anyone anywhere in the world, can react immediately to new work. Science has become more inclusive.

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The Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church

The reason that many church-attending young adults stopped going to church upon graduating from high school? Their faith just wasn’t personally meaningful to them. They did not have a first-hand faith. The church had not become a valued and valuable expression in their life—one that impacts how they live and how they relate and how they grow. Church was perhaps something their parents wanted them do. They may have grown up in church, and perhaps they faced pressure from parents and even peers to be involved in church. But it wasn’t a first-hand faith.

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RESOLVED: Comments sections need to go

As someone who has spent almost the entirety of the last decade writing online, I've dedicated vast amounts of time trying to find a way to make the comments section of The Fix the sort of edifying conversation I always imagined it could be. And I am here to report that, at least when it comes to politics, comments section are not now (and likely won't be any time soon) anywhere close to that ideal. In fact, eliminating comments entirely -- a prospect I have always blanched at -- may well be the best thing that could happen for the average reader of political news.

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The Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church

The reason that many church-attending young adults stopped going to church upon graduating from high school? Their faith just wasn’t personally meaningful to them. They did not have a first-hand faith. The church had not become a valued and valuable expression in their life—one that impacts how they live and how they relate and how they grow. Church was perhaps something their parents wanted them do. They may have grown up in church, and perhaps they faced pressure from parents and even peers to be involved in church. But it wasn’t a first-hand faith.

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‘My Work Is More Important than Yours,’ So We All Say

In the same way, our unity is not based on a sameness of our vocations, but on a celebration of our differences, as we give ourselves to one another in love. As Jesus told the disciples while washing their feet, "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master" (John 13:14-16).

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Innovative Apologetics: The Cosmological Argument: Selected Insights and Applications

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Celebrate Advent Season: The Candles, Wreath, Readings, and Calendar

Advent activities for Christmas Eve: Conclude the Advent season by lighting all four candles and placing an additional white candle in the center in its own holder. Have a birthday party for Jesus complete with cake, the Happy Birthday song, candles and presents of nonmaterial gifts such as singing, readings, a play and prayers that each family member brings to share with others. Consider doing a nativity play with simple costumes. As you prepare to open gifts explain how we give gifts as a reminder of how much God gave us in Jesus.

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No Room in the Inn? Why the Traditional Christmas Story is Wrong - Apologetics Guy

I once heard a well-meaning Christian say something like, “Why study all this history stuff? The Bible says it. I believe, it. That’s the end of it!” But what about this? Reading what “the Bible says” is one thing. Getting “what the Bible means” is another. Case in point:

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10 Things Every Newlywed Should Know

Thanks Ann for sharing these points. My wife and I, have also found the importance in the first few years to identify patterns that cause tension or conflict in the marriage. What are the root issues you continually come back to? For example multiple issues might lead back to a common thread of wanting control. Or, multiple issues might lead back to insecurity, etc. Invest in this by Investigating together, with other couples and counselors what some of the core issues are. Finding these out early in the marriage and learning how to identify them and communicate well regarding them, will save years and years of potential marital pain.

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Moms Share Their Kids’ Most Ridiculous Eating Habits. Talk About PICKY!

Picky eaters drive me up the wall. I’ve found a really creative cure for picky eaters because if there’s one thing that they want more than anything else is dessert. Let’s set up the scenario: Picky child doesn’t eat his/her dinner and when my wife and I pull out brownies and ice cream as a nice dessert afterward the child instantly begins to beg for dessert too. I explain to the child that they can’t have dessert until after they’ve eaten their dinner. The child moans and hems and haws about how life isn’t fair and that they only want ice cream. “Fine” I say to the child, “You can have both at the same time!” Perplexed, the child looks at me inquisitively. I pick up their plate of spaghetti go immediately to the blender and plop it in. I then take a scoop of ice cream and put it in with the spaghetti and hit puree. The child’s eyes grow to the size of saucers in horror as the dessert they so desperately want is mixed with the food they claim to hate so intensely. Needless to say, they don’t drink the terrible mixture and I’ve never been asked again by the child if they can have dessert before finishing their dinner.

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The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas

Radersma is hardly alone in feeling this way (except perhaps for the peculiar bit about racist actions in her body). Discussions of the kind of racial privilege that she hates have been much in the news. A Prince-ton undergraduate named Tal Fortgang, for example, received considerable notice for a student newspaper column in which he recounted the Holocaust suffering and hard work of his family, all to explain why he rejected Ivy League demands that he identify himself as racially and economically privileged. Television host Bill O’Reilly mocked a “Checking Your Privilege” orientation program at Harvard, claiming to be exempt from white privilege himself because he had to find jobs while he was young. And the response from any number of commentators was that Fortgang and O’Reilly just didn’t get it. Just didn’t grasp the insidious way the shared guilt of racism appears in the form of white privilege. Just didn’t see their own sinfulness.

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Why We Don’t Need a Mrs. Jesus

This reoccurring divine family motif of a less-than-God Jesus and a more-than-human Mary can frustrate Christians who know that it’s false. Still, when these kinds of theories come up—often around Christmas and Easter—they get people who don’t normally engage in conversations about Jesus talking about him, what the Scriptures say, and what history reveals. In the wake of sensationalized books, Christians have an opportunity to take advantage of the interest in Jesus.

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Loving Mother Commits the Ultimate Sacrifice in Birth So Her Son Can Live

Declan Jay Bugal is the son of a mother who did everything in her power to keep him alive. Not only is this baby boy a miracle of God, but also the most beautiful tribute of a Mother's love.

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Study: Young, Nonreligious Women Give More than Christians

While the change in patterns is clear, the reasons behind it are a bit more nuanced, according to Debra Mesch, director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the director of the study. One possible explanation is that young, female nones are finding avenues and inspiration for giving through social connections outside of religious congregations. A religiously affiliated woman might give to World Vision as a way to fight hunger if others in her church are doing the same; a young woman without religious ties might also give to a secular charity fighting hunger if her friends are part of a campaign for the same group.

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Why Evangelical Pastor Louie Giglio Wants to Bring Back Advent

For most people, “ Advent ” means calendars of little chocolate treats behind paper windows, one for each December day until the Christmas morning. But Advent actually is a four-week liturgical period leading up to Christmas. It marks the start of the Christian new year, which this year started on the last Sunday in November, and is as important to church history as Lent is to Easter—it symbolizes a period of prayer and reflection before the coming holy day. Catholic, Orthodox, and mainline Protestant churches tend to follow the liturgical calendar, and so they celebrate the four Sundays of Advent—each one has a different meaning, liturgy and Bible verses that go with it. Evangelical churches tend to have fewer ties to historical church practices, so the idea of them celebrating Advent is relatively new.

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Innovative Apologetics: John Calvin Quotes on Islam and Mohammad

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The Gettys Exclusive: Famed Hymn Writers Talk Irish Christmas Tour, Not Making Music for Radio

"I know the value of what we try to do, we try to write music in the traditional melody or classical structure. It's not music that's tied to any particular popular form," Keith told CP. "It doesn't stand out in 2014 so it's not on the radio as much, but at the same time in 2019 it won't sound out of date. We try to incorporate it with historical church music, what has been going on in the past, because I think the true way to be futuristic is to learn from the past."

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TGC15 + Shane & Shane + 96 hours = Fantastic Deal

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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Premier Christian on Twitter

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The Paradox of Generosity

But Smith and Davidson’s title is a double entendre. Generosity is paradoxical both because giving results in receiving and also because, despite the benefits, most people are not generous. Generosity proves to be a minority practice, meaning that most Americans miss out on the benefits that generosity can provide. Generosity and love as human capacities remain undeveloped. The authors note that “generosity tends to nurture love in the giver, and love stands at the heart of human flourishing, so generosity naturally tends to promote human flourishing” (97). If one were to look for an apt analogy to Smith and Davidson’s findings, it would actually be Dr. Seuss’s Grinch. The Grinch always had the capacity to be generous and happy, but his lack of generosity resulted in his heart being “two sizes too small.”

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Man Gets Life for Killing Christian Teenager Who Refused to Get Abortion; 'I Don't Think God Should Forgive Him,' Says Sister

A 22-year-old Maine man who hoped to get community service after he suffocated, burned, then dumped the body of his 14-year-old Christian girlfriend at a Brooklyn beach last year because she refused to get an abortion, received a 25 years to life prison sentence in New York City on Monday.

37 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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National Debt Surpassed $18,000,000,000,000 on Black Friday

Tourists from India photograph the National Debt Clock, which displays the current United States gross national debt and each American family's share, hanging on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York May 16, 2011. The Treasury Department said the nation had hit its .294 trillion debt limit – a milestone that has little practical impact beyond injecting a note of urgency into the debate over taxes and spending that has dominated Washington this year.

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Beautiful Time-Lapse That Reminds Us of How Wonderful the World God Created Truly Is (VIDEO)

Watch and see how he captures the Dominican Republic while traveling the world. The ambiance of nature and the sound is absolutely stunning. It will sooth you and ease your mind. God has created so many beautiful things for us to see. It is a blessing to have someone like Dmitry go out and film these stunning sceneries.

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Ray Rice's Wife on Elevator Attack: 'God Chose Me And Ray for a Reason'

The wife of NFL player Ray Rice, who was knocked unconscious by her then-fiancé in an Atlantic City elevator, says the assault last February was part of God's divine plan to raise awareness for domestic abuse in America.

41 Why Shouldn’t Christians Accept Millions of Years?

This passage gives the reason for God’s command to Israel to work six days and then take a sabbath rest. Yom is used in both parts of the commandment. If God meant that the Jews were to work six days because He created over six long periods of time, He could have said that using one of three indefinite Hebrew time words. He chose the only word that means a literal day, and the Jews understood it literally (until the idea of millions of years developed in the early nineteenth century). For this reason, the day-age view or framework hypothesis must be rejected. The gap theory or any other attempt to put millions of years before the six days are also false because God says that in six days He made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. So He made everything in those six literal days and nothing before the first day.

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Jeremy Lin Says God Is Challenging Him This Season

Lin, the 26-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, recently took to his official website to open up about his grueling Lakers season, but was hopeful for the team that had a new coach and a number of new players. In a personal blog post, Lin admitted that the season was hard for him thus far, but acknowledged that the ordeal was shaping him spiritually.

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Time To Rend Marriage? 1 in 4 Pastors Agree with First Things Petition

The pledge argues for a voluntary withdrawal from the civil side of marriage as same-sex marriage increasingly becomes the law of the land. Wycliffe College's Ephraim Radner and Christopher Seitz, who drafted the pledge, write, "To continue with church practices that intertwine government marriage with Christian marriage will implicate the Church in a false definition of marriage."

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Do We Live in a "Golden Ratio" Universe?

These are deep questions that can only be tested philosophically, because we only have one universe to observe. But it must strike any reasonable person as uncanny that so many phenomena are unified by a certain number, 1.618..., derived from a mathematical series, that permits the existence of "endless forms most beautiful." The idea that nature can be unified in this manner is consistent with intelligent design in two ways: (1) Most contingent values of fundamental constants would preclude observers, and (2) the Golden Ratio gives the universe a beautiful form that aesthetically minded observers can appreciate.

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Theistic Evolution

The blind watchmaker thesis explains the philosophical implications of evolution. Phillip Johnson claims that he has found it "very difficult to get theistic evolutionists to discuss the blind watchmaker thesis" (p. 168). But does an appeal to God's providence solve the problem of how random mutations can produce new species? Can we accept the mechanism of natural selection coupled with random mutations and at the same time argue that God's providence ensured that human beings would eventually result from a cell? This type of reasoning obscures the real issue, however. Evolution cannot account for new genetic information. Indeed, providence on its own cannot account for new information, either. 

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Where’s Your Happiness?

The gospel is so freeing. Especially to us creative folk who have a strong tendency to find our identity in what we do and not in who we are, or whose we are. It would serve us well to take some time every morning before the craziness starts to think about these things. To get into God's Word and remind ourselves of our reward. To remember that today our "flesh may fail, and our heart may fail, but God is the strength of our hearts and our portion forever" (Ps. 73:26). To see the beautiful smile of God—not because of our perfect service, because of his perfect sacrifice (2 Cor. 5:21). To daily ask for the "strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [we] may be filled with all the fulness of God" (Eph 3:19).

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Heroic Nanny Runs Through a Blazing Fire to Save a Little Boy

Thank God she had woken up when she did, or else she would have never had time to save this little boy. Alyson Myatt knew that she didn't have much time as the house was already in flames. She ran barefoot through the fire, all the way upstairs to make sure he got out of the house. Alyson suffered third degree burns on her hands and feet. But, due to an adrenaline rush and mind focused on saving this boy she was able to save him without enduring any pain.

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The Bob Dutko Show

More information Bob Dutko is a leading voice today in the fearless defense of Christian truth, using logic, reason, science, history and factual evidence to disarm the critics and equip believers.

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What to Do When Your Dream Job Just Isn't Coming

Many times I have felt discouraged or disillusioned, sending in resume after resume to no avail. I am right smack in the middle of a season of waiting and wondering, exploring a question that is important for many of us at some point in our lives: What happens when you do everything “right” and the dream job that you are so passionate about, the vision you feel God has cast for your life, it just doesn’t seem available to you at the moment?

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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.

51 How the White House’s Immigration Reform Bill Could Save Lives
52 The Dark Side of Eternity: Hell as Eternal Conscious Punishment - Christian Research Institute
53 Ugly Sweater Suits Are the Perfect Apparel for Any Christmas Party
54 Since When Has the Gospel of Christ Been Popular?
55 Incredible Advice on Staying Strong and Living as a Daughter of God
56 Reasons for God
57 http://northlandcamp.org/camps-and-events/teen-snow-camp
58 http://www.crossway.org/books/the-presence-of-god-tpb/
59 Pop Francis
60 Texas Denies Stay of Execution for Mentally Ill Man; Lawyers Plead Supreme Court to Intervene
61 Godless virtue is no virtue at all
62 Quitting While Ahead
63 Regular Suburban Home Turns Into an Epic Light Show for All to See
64 Should Christians Participate in School Raffles?
65 thoughts on waiting
66 Themelios 39.3
67 Today Is #GivingTuesday, So You Should Probably Give
68 Finding Your Way One Step at a Time
69 81-Year-Old Helps Inmates Work With One Another to Better Themselves
70 Confronting Literary Realism in the Bible - Christian Research Institute
71 How common is it that a star is able to support complex, embodied life?
72 The Christian Post on Twitter
73 Former Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp Who Came Out as Gay Says Homosexuality Conversation Is 'Important' to the Church
74 Star Trek: TNG Season 4- "The Best of Both Worlds Part II" and "Family"
75 Will We Have Free Will in Heaven?
76 What We Get Wrong About ‘Giving Our Testimony’
77 HuffPost Live
78 ZachariasTrust on Twitter
79 WORLD | What do a women’s history museum and national defense have in common? | Courtney Crandell | Dec. 2, 2014
80 Black church unites with white church: A symbolic story about modern 'Baptist' life
81 ISIS Head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Wife, Child Detained in Lebanon, Near Syria Border
82 https://catalystconference.com/watch/challenge-jeremy-courtney/
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84 Hold Your Peace (with Jenny Geddes Band) - Single by Douglas Wilson
85 What Are Some Good Questions to Ask an Evolutionist?
86 On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision - Kindle edition by William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
87 Eric Metaxas Event Recap
88 3 Old Testament Examples of Knowing "What Time It Is"
89 Melissa Cain Travis on Twitter
90 WORLD | Charlie Brown almost didn’t get to celebrate Christmas in prime time | Joseph Slife | Dec. 2, 2014
91 The Killers and Jimmy Kimmel Are Here With a New Christmas Classic
92 Objections to the Christian Faith from the Unchurched and De-Churched
93 Matt Nathanson Travels the World Giving Hearing Aids to Those In Need
94 Donate - Support Seminary Training and Christian Apologetics
95 WORLD | Pregnant worker case at high court divides pro-life, conservative groups | Emily Belz | Dec. 2, 2014
96 Vicar of Baghdad: Four Iraqi Christian Kids Beheaded After Refusing to Convert to Islam, Telling ISIS Militants 'No, We Love Jesus'