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This weekend, Chance the Rapper performed on Saturday Night Live, and during “Finish Line / Drown,” the hip-hop artist took the opportunity to wish Jesus a happy birthday. Rapper Noname joined him onstage for the prayerful performance. During a breakdown, when the choir sang “Jesus rescue me,” Chance even followed up with, “I like when you say His name on network TV like that.” You can see that song below (just a heads up, there is some somewhat strong language toward the beginning of the song).

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Christmas is Christmas Because Jesus is God | Cold Case Christianity

There are many important religious dates that commemorate the significant role that historic religious leaders have played (did you know, for example, that December 23 rd  is the birthday of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism?) But Jesus was more than an important leader and founder. He was more than a great thinker and teacher. Jesus taught His followers that He was God. That’s why Christmas is a celebration above and beyond other holy days celebrated by religious believers around the world.

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The Persistence of Christmas: A Conversation with Historian Gerry Bowler - AlbertMohler.com

The Christmas season comes each year with the expected flurry of media attention to the biblical accounts of Christ’s conception and birth. The general thrust…

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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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Lord, Deliver Me from Indifference

To us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6–7)

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Christians Need to End the Stigma Around Mental Illness and Seasonal Depression

Stigma around mental illness is a sad reality. But there can always be a way to turn things around. I have had many opportunities to educate people about mental health challenges. Using my own story, I can tell people about bipolar disorder. When people have negative reactions to me having bipolar, I tend to view this as an opportunity to educate someone, rather than take it personally. It has taken a while for me to get here though.

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Churches need to be better equipped to prevent suicide, says Christian charity - premier

A Christian counselling service has called on churches to make themselves better equipped at dealing with people at risk of committing suicide.

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WORLD on Twitter

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

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Darwin's Problem: The Origin of Language

According to the essay (the authors of which include well-known anthropologist Ian Tattersall and legendary linguist Noam Chomsky ), an improper understanding of what language is—and what it is not—helps confound an evolutionary explanation. The authors argue that language doesn’t equate to the ability to communicate. After all, animals can communicate, but they don’t posses language. Nor is language the same as speech. Instead, the authors assert that language is a cognitive process starting with neural activity that affects vocalization. Language is possible even when humans lack the capacity for vocalization (and hearing). For example, deaf people communicate by signing, not vocal speech. Still, they have the same language capacity as hearing people because the neural apparatus required for language is in place.

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The RELEVANT Top 50

This year we launched a new podcast exploring the best pop culture releases of 2016 and—doing what we at RELEVANT do best—ranking our favorite 50.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Constitutional freedoms and biological reality are under attack. And we—you and I—must take a stand. https://goo.gl/oVmU45  pic.twitter.com/4kMB4JiN0g

11 The Church Effect

This adds to a robust body of research correlating church attendance with better long-term outcomes. We can’t yet say that church keeps people alive and married, but we can put to rest the persistent myth—often spoken from pulpits—that Christians and non-Christians get divorced at the same rate. It’s not true if you consider those who actually attend services, instead of merely identifying as Christians.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

"I would've struggled without my Bible on @bbcapprentice " // @samuelpboateng on #InspirationalBreakfast http://bit.ly/2hRNYH9  pic.twitter.com/7JT5O0pimy

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3 Times 'This Is Us' Was Basically Preaching The Bible

The first scene that captured my attention as a serious God-moment was during the very first episode. Mandy Moore plays Rebecca, the mom of the triplets the family drama is based around, and Milo Ventimiglia plays Jack, her husband. They are in the hospital and Rebecca is experiencing complications with the delivery of her triplets. She's naturally freaking out and her doctor looks at her straight in the eye insisting that she trust him. In a series of words, the doctor assures Rebecca, “I will not fail you.” He does know what he’s doing after all. The scene is incredibly heightened with emotion as Rebecca is screaming through the pain of childbirth and the doctor’s ability to get her through it is the only security she has to fall back on.

14 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Season 1 “Past Prologue” and “A Man Alone”

I’ve completed my re-watch of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Now it’s time to start Deep Space Nine! I am much less familiar with this show, though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen about 80-90% of the episodes. It’s been so long that I’m sure it will all feel brand new. My wife has never seen the show. She and I will go through, review every episode, and give commentary and a grade from A-F. There are  SPOILERS  for each episode below. Without further adieu, here’s:

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7 Mind-Blowing Facts About the Jesus of Christmas

(Jesus) came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’” From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

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On “Mary Did You Know?”

So Mary, did you know? Well, it seems that in some sense we could pretty easily say yes. She herself says of her unborn child that he is the fulfillment of God’s promises to the people of Israel. Such a fulfillment necessarily included mighty deeds (healing the blind, walking on water, etc.) and the salvation of the people. So you could argue she could answer yes to all of the questions. On the other hand, you could argue that the very specific nature of some of the lyrics (walking on water is one example) would undermine that; after all, she never says that her son will walk on water. So really, the answer to the question “Mary, did you know?” is “ Through a mirror, dimly .”

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Why Millions Watched this Church Christmas Video

“We get comments all the time saying, ‘I’m not even religious, and this warmed my heart,’ and we love that,” said Wahlbrink, who plays Mary in the video. “The simple message of Christ, through the mouths of kids, is reaching people in a way we never expected.”

19 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network is a website founded and edited by Greg West, a passionate defender of Christianity committed to ... by Greg West

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The Beatitudes by Sinclair Ferguson | December 20, 2016

Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount by defining the transformed life. In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson describes the personal characteristics of the Christian and how others will be able to recognize Jesus Christ through them.

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What Happens when Churches Read Together

But over the last century or two, a number of sociopolitical developments have weakened our commitment to taking Scripture seriously. With the rise of the technological society—defined by increasing reliance on labor-saving devices—we are becoming averse to the slow and intensive work of studying God’s Word. With the dissolution of neighborhoods and other social groups, as Robert Putnam documented in his 2000 book Bowling Alone , we are losing the capacity to wrestle together with Scripture in our local churches. Evangelicals today also face a dire temptation to use Scripture as a tool to reinforce our political ideology, rather than a means to discern what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the life of our local communities and beyond.

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No, Atheists and Skeptics: Christian Faith Is Not a Failed Epistemology - Thinking Christian

The other reason skeptics and atheists describe faith so wrongly is because they want to make it look bad. It’s a self-serving move on their part. I’m convinced this is the case for the more prominent atheist writers on “faith,” including Dawkins, Coyne, Harris, and Boghossian. They’ve found a way to make faith stupid by definition. They hammer on that definition, hoping to persuade people by mere loud repetition that their view on it carries more authority than Christians’ view — even though Christians are the ones with the intellectual heritage and experience to know.

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

BRIAN JOHNSON: I think that accolade needs to go to the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953 by Crick and Watson. Once this was discovered it blew open the doors to a whole new world of biology. From that we have been able to begin to piece together an entirely new understanding of what it takes to make our bodies function. This has led to major advancements in medicine as well as many other disciplines. The discovery of DNA has also enabled us to build an incredibly strong case for Intelligent Design…

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This Is What the 'Christmas' Display at a Florida Park Looks Like

Members of the group see their right to display as no different from Christian groups being able to display nativity sets in public. And the group is taking pains to make its point. In Boca Raton, Florida, this is what the Christmas/winter displays look like in one public park looks like (thanks also to a Satanist group who has a display in the park that was erected after a nativity scene went in ):

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RELEVANT on Twitter

The 'New Yorker's documentary about Rob Bell is worth watching no matter what you think of his theology. http://relm.ag/LWWMlfZ  pic.twitter.com/zF4wC1zw3N

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How to Make Sure You're Not Duped by What You Read

During the 2016 election cycle, fake news sites spread like wildfire on Facebook and other social media platforms. Fabricated stories trashing both candidates were shared, and it became increasingly difficult to distinguish true stories from false ones. Now that the dust has settled from the election, many are wondering just what an impact fake news sites will make on the social landscape.

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Christian MLA bemoans public anger amid Foster scandal - premier

The leader of one of Northern Ireland's political parties, Christian Naomi Long, has told Premier the country's first minister must step aside for the good of the country.

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The Hardest Spiritual Discipline Is the Most Important One

Memorizing a large section of Scripture can be incredibly meaningful. I have found it a comfort and delight to have Philippians “on call” at any moment. When someone asked, “What is that verse about Jesus emptying himself in service for others?” I knew the location and was able to provide the verse.

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'I'll protect view of St Paul's', says London Mayor - premier

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has vowed to protect the view of St Paul's Cathedral from being obstructed by new skyscrapers.

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Sometimes Your Questions Don't Need Answers to Change You

I began numbing myself to the disappointments and losses. I stopped asking and moved into auto-pilot mode, keeping busy, instead of being honest about the matters of my heart. But I began experiencing depression and anxiety for the first time. In this experience, I discovered we were never made to hide our questions, especially the ones we struggle with. It wasn't until I started asking myself the questions I long ago abandoned that I began to heal, come alive again and find my way back to intimacy with God.

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Atheist wins bid to put up anti-Christmas banner by Nativity set - premier

An atheist has succeeded in his campaign to have a secular poster which states there is no God or angels, a few hundred metres away from a park Nativity set.

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Bruce Springsteen: 'My childhood revolved around the Church' - premier

In his recently published memoir, Born to Run, Springsteen wrote about the strict discipline he received at a Catholic school and how it disenchanted him from his faith for many years.

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Christian party refuses offer to be involved in Lebanese government - premier

A unity government has been formed in Lebanon ending weeks of deadlock but the main Christian party has refused an offer to take part.

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Who's Ministering in Mosul? Persecuted Christians from Burma

DE: I was asked to come and help in February 2015 by a friend, Victor Marx of ATP ministries. I was on a relief mission in Burma, and he set me an email via a satellite link and asked us to come in seven days. But the Burma army was blocking us, and it [had taken] me three weeks walking to get where we were. We prayed, and the next day all the Burma army units moved. We walked 80 miles in three days, and then were able to get to a border, cross it, and get to Kurdistan in seven days—a miracle for us and a sign God wanted us there. Once in Kurdistan, I asked God what to do and felt he said, “Give up your own way and the FBR way, and come help these [Kurdish] people.” I have three prayers: that ISIS is stopped, people are freed, and the hearts of all enemies will change to love in Jesus’ name.

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Perfect Peace for Imperfect Parents

Admitting our faults is not tantamount to admitting incompetence. In fact, the opposite is generally true. The more we are willing to own our mistakes and seek forgiveness, the more our children find us to be trustworthy authorities in their lives. They already know we’ve messed up; now they need to know that we can take responsibility. Plus, if we present ourselves as being without error, when our children know definitively that it isn’t true, then what will they think when we present God’s word as being without error?

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Jediism is ruled not to be a religion - premier

Kenneth Dibble, the Chief Legal Advisor at the Charity Commission, said: "The law relating to what is and is not a charity evolves continuously and, as in this case, can be influenced by decisions in other areas. Our role is critical in interpreting and explaining the extent of what the law considers charitable".

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Ashers to petition Supreme Court directly for gay cake case appeal - premier

Christian bakers found to have discriminated against a gay activist by refusing to bake him a cake which featured a pro-gay marriage slogan can now ask the highest court in the land to hear their case.

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#NeverTrumpers in the Age of Trump

There are substantial concerns raised by the #NeverTrumpers, however, that are not dissolved by his victory. The honor of the presidency will go to a thrice-married man who participated in the morally dubious Trump University and who navigated the business world with sharp elbows and the occasional bankruptcy. It’s harder than ever to argue that upright personal character is critical to the office of president. More significant still is the challenge of reconciling a thoroughgoing Christian worldview with a program centered on economic nationalism and border control. Perhaps with the immediate threats of a major shift in the nature of the Supreme Court and an increasingly adverse federal bureaucracy now muted to some degree, it will be possible for conservative evangelicals, Roman Catholics, and others to reunite in such a way as to edify American political culture.

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Christian charity blasts UK Government's 'appalling' Syria policy as 'naive' - premier

One of the UK's leading Christian charities has called the government's policy on Syria "appalling" and "naive to the point of being totally unrealistic" in an unprecedented criticism.

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Prince Harry: 'Do good in your local church' - premier

"If you're me, if you're your Average Joe, whoever you are, if you can't affect politics and change the big things in the world then just do whatever you can do - whether it's in your local community, your village, your local church - walking down the street, opening a door for an old lady, helping them cross the road.

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FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it

I started using Commun.it to be more efficient on the way I manage out Twitter communities. My favorite features? The prioritized feed to focus on the relevant members of the community - Orange

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WORLD on Twitter

Fake news: the bigger culprits: Some media exaggerations and lies have serious consequences https://world.wng.org/2016/12/fake_news_the_bigger_culprits … @MarvinOlasky pic.twitter.com/e8eJu21vQU

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Apologetics and Your Kids: God, Man and the World

Last time we looked at the importance of commending a Biblical Worldview to our children.  If we can communicate that, then we have given them a solid frame of reference from which they can comprehend the world about them and make decisions about which directions to take in it.  That is a valuable gift; and it is one that will be increasingly needed in the years ahead.

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Free Pastor Andrew: Christians Rally for Missionary Jailed in Turkey

American pastor caught up in terrorism sweep by Muslim-majority country he served for more than 20 years.

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Pagan priest wins right to wear goat horns in license photo, saying they are ‘religious attire’

“As a practicing Pagan minister and a priest of Pan, I’ve come to feel very attached to the horns, and they’ve become a part of me and part of my spirituality,” Moonsong said, noting that he periodically soaks the horns in patchouli and cedar oil to keep them fresh and leathery. “The horns are part of my religious attire.”

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Fullness of God in Helpless Babe

One of the great wonders of Christmas is that Christ, the Son of God, did not just become human, but become a baby — as physically small, helpless, and needy as my own infant son. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). “Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7) — Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), all in such a small, seven-or-eight-pound package.

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Listen to the Dramatic Story Behind a Beloved Christmas Carol

Today we’d like to share with you the tragic but hopeful story behind the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Justin Taylor  told the story on our website in 2014 , and it continues to attract new readers each Christmas. On this episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast, Bernard Howard will read Taylor’s account of the poem’s origin, then  Caroline Cobb  and  Sean Carter  will sing it. 

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Light for Those Who Sit in Darkness

This Christmas may God cause our hearts to explode with real joy over the salvation that comes through Jesus. If that is going to happen, we first need the courage to reckon seriously with the darkness within us. And if we do this, then we’ll truly appreciate that “a light has dawned” among us (Matthew 4:16).

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Moral Argument Q&A: Moral Code or Just Moral Opinions?

http://www.reasonablefaith.org - William Lane Craig addresses a question from the audience about the Moral Argument for the existence of God. Is it a moral code we follow or is it merely a moral opinion as some atheists may contend? What difference does it make if morals are just "opinion?" In this clip, Dr Craig answers these questions. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list... - To view the entire lecture on Arguments for the Existence of God & the New Atheists click the above link. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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The Other 'Happy Holiday'

But since 2005, when the "war on Christmas" reached a fever pitch, some organizations and many individual Christians have put more emphasis on the season's greeting. At the grocery store last year, I was surprised by the indignation of a fellow shopper when the clerk wished her "Happy Holidays." The woman glowered for a moment, then responded, without a hint of merriment, "Merry Christ mas."

51 Reasons To Believe : Gravity Wave Energy Density Nothing to Worry About
52 Are All Sins Equal?
53 The Incarnate Image of God
54 6 pro-life priorities for the president and Congress in 2017
55 How We Define the Nature of God Determines How We Define the Problem of Evil | Cold Case Christianity
56 Liberty U Is Building a $1 Million Shooting Range on Campus
57 William Lane Craig: How Can A Timeless God Be the Cause of A Temporal Universe?
58 Premier Christian on Twitter
59 Premier Christian on Twitter
60 Matthew 1:18–21: God’s Miraculous Conception
61 Egyptian Church Bombed, Donald Is Trumped, Fake News, and Dylan’s Faith
62 Say Hard Things
63 Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter
64 ‘Islamist Terrorists Continually Slaughter Christians’: Trump Says What Obama Refused to Say | The Stream
65 J Warner Wallace - Tactical Faith
66 BreakPoint on Twitter
67 Grace to You Radio
68 Instagram photo by J Warner Wallace • Dec 19, 2016 at 5:19pm UTC
69 Fun Islamic Facts 15: Scrubbing Muhammad's Semen Stains (David Wood)
70 http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/don-t-let-the-familiar-steal-your-christmas
71 If God Is Both All-Good And All-Powerful, Why Did He Allow The Star Wars Prequels? | The Babylon Bee
72 Jesus' Birth: How undesigned coincidences give evidence for the truth of the Gospel accounts
73 What Does the X in Xmas Mean?
74 Are You Bored with Christ at Christmas?
75 Is 'National Geographic' Guilty of Child Abuse?
76 Christ's Supremacy Before the Manger
77 12/17/16
78 Renewing Your Mind | Hail Mary? | Dec 19, 2016
79 Santa Claus: Harmless Fun or Tragic Distraction?
80 Editor’s Choice: The Best of 2016
81 Yes to Freedom, No to SOGI Laws
82 The Persistence of Christmas: A Conversation with Historian Gerry Bowler - AlbertMohler.com
83 Why I Changed My Mind on Nativity Scenes
84 Instagram photo by MaryJo Sharp • Dec 19, 2016 at 4:31pm UTC
85 Roger Penrose and Cosmology
86 https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2016/12/19/the-new-york-times-plays-a-timely-visit-to-the-ancient-home-of-the-real-st-nicholas
87 God’s Fingerprints in Nature with Dr. Cynthia Cheung
88 Interview with New Testament Scholar Dr. Craig Evans: Is the Bible Reliable?
89 Crossway on Twitter
90 Preventing High-Tech Hoaxes: Scientists Turn to Intelligent Design
91 Zach Braff Wants a Netflix Reboot of ‘Scrubs’ to Happen
92 Milking Roaches for All They’re Worth
93 5 Problems With Top-Down Vision-Casting – And a New Testament Alternative