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What Made Jonathan Edwards a Christian Hedonist?

The supreme goal of all Jonathan Edwards’s life and work was that God would be glorified through his people being supremely satisfied in him.

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Hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty have performed for US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Second Lady Karen Pence.

GOD'S NOT DEAD : A LIGHT IN DARKNESS - IN THEATERS MARCH 30, 2018

GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope.

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Commonsense Christian Apologetics

I once had a lively discussion with a borderline agnostic/atheist who said that he did not dismiss the idea that God existed…but that to believe and have faith he needed more objective, foolproof evidence for the existence of God and the truth of the Bible and Christianity.

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Have A Logical Christmas

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Greek word “Logos” is used synonymously with Jesus in the text. It is interesting to note that logos, in Greek, means, “the principle of reason.” This is where we get the term “logic.” The Bible is clear that Jesus is God and seems to suggest that he is the grounding of logic and reason. This would make perfect sense of why the immaterial laws of logic impose themselves on the material world — or any possible world. God created the material world according to the logical laws he had in mind or that are grounded in his essence. This is the best explanation of why logic imposes itself on the material world. Just as  God is necessary in all possible worlds , so are the laws of logic which are essential to God’s very nature.

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Anti-Trump Hysteria and that Monstrous Disney Robot

Now Disneyland is probably the last place I’d ever go on earth, right after Mecca during the Hajj. The Hall of Presidents is high-level kitsch. So this is not the worst insult that our president will endure. But it is telling. In fact, it puts into flesh — well, rubber fake flesh — the profound pretense that leftists embarked on after the election. They could not accept that the voters rejected Clinton, and voted for Trump. That outcome was intrinsically invalid. We don’t have the right to make choices like that, do you understand? No more than conservative speakers have the right to appear on campus. Or writers critical of Islam have any claim to be on Twitter. Or conservative/Christian videos may generate income on Youtube.

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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.

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

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

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The Rest of Justin Bieber’s Gospel Message | The Stream

Bieber posted a picture of a whiteboard with a handwritten message saying, “Do you feel you have [exhausted] all options? Do you feel helpless? Do you feel like you’re never good enough? What if I told you that there’s a god that’s willing to meet you WHEREVER you’re at! What if I told you he could take away your pain, shame, [guilt], and fears #Jesus.”

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

Founded by R.C. Sproul to equip Christians to articulate what they believe & why they believe it. Reformed theology & God's holiness are central to our purpose.

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Crazy College Courses and the Religion of Sex

Do you think those courses sound like elements of a quality education or more like the weekly worship services of the religion of sex? Sure, they have the ruse of education. But they are really promoting a dogmatic secularism with a kind of religious fervor intent on urging students to abandon reality and live in their own sexual fantasy world. And the culture they help justify demands that the rest of us live in their sexual fantasy world too. Their worshippers will preach "inclusion, tolerance and diversity." But if you fail to celebrate their fantasy they'll immediately brand you a heretic and exclude you for being "intolerant"  enough to believe that there actually is a reality outside of your mind.

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Bishop of London appointment shows female Archbishop of Canterbury is 'possible' - Premier

The appointment of a woman to become the next Bishop of London proves it is not unconceivable that a future Archbishop of Canterbury could be female, a campaign group claims.

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

Your financial support is vital to this ministry, especially as we approach the end of the year. I hope you will please consider chipping in $5 right now via my donation page to help keep us going—or better yet, please consider becoming a monthly financial partner . Running TPE, along with my additional responsibilities as a member of the Ratio Christi National Staff , is a full time job and your support is vital to keep us going and growing; providing daily resources and articles to help equip you to commend and defend the faith in a world that is ever increasing in hostility toward Christianity. Blessings to all of you and yours as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus this Christmas Season! —Greg West (founder/editor of The Poached Egg)

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15 Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Keeping the Faith | Think Christian

The term “faithful presence” comes from James Davison Hunter’s influential To Change the World . More pertinent to The Last Jedi , however, is a critique of that book by Greg Forster, a visiting assistant professor of faith and culture at Trinity International University. Forster has written , “Of course the world is corrupt and falling apart. The gospel calls us to love it and serve it anyway. We must have what Tom Nelson calls hopeful realism—neither closing our eyes to the world’s evil nor forgetting that a higher power, one our eyes can’t see, is already at work, all around us and also within us." Living within this tension, with the faithful understanding that there is a power greater than us, is the calling for both the Jedi and the Christian.

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Scholars and Apologists Weigh in on the First Christmas

Scholars and Apologists Weigh in on the First Christmas

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Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?

Understanding the religious landscape, however, requires discerning differences between the smaller, let’s call it “big-E Evangelicalism,” which gets much media attention, and a much larger, little-e evangelicalism, which does not. The larger, lower-case evangelicalism is defined not by a political party, whether conservative, liberal, or populist, but by theological beliefs. This non-political definition of evangelicalism has been presented in many places. The most well known is by the historian David Bebbington, whose “Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s” has become standard. He distinguishes evangelicals from other religions and Christians by a core set of beliefs. Evangelicals have generally believed in the authority of the whole Bible, in contrast to mainline Protestants, who regard many parts as obsolete, according to Bebbington. They also see it as the ultimate authority, unlike Catholics, who make church tradition equal to it. In addition, the ancient creedal formulations of the church, such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, as well as others, are taken at face value, without reservation.

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Atheists, Secularists, and Nihilists Recently Defend Irrationality

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God Must Exist: The Proper Paradigm for Science

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Premier Christian on Twitter

Today's Advent edition of quote of the day comes from an anonymous source. http://bit.ly/2oc7pBf  #Christmas #snow #advent #season #winter #tinsel pic.twitter.com/bMRULBs3VE

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Disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law dies at the age of 86 - Premier

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The Gospel Coalition on Twitter

Here are five common misconceptions about the Christmas story: 1) There was a star the night Jesus was born. 2) There were three wise men. 3) There was no room for them in the inn. 4) Jesus was born in a barn or stable. 5) Jesus was born on December 25. http://thegspl.co/2CKiE6K 

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Matthew Mittelberg on Twitter

Have questions about God and suffering? Check out this great Q&A session with Mark Mittelberg and John Lennox! #Apologetics #Jesus #Faith @MarkMittelberg @ProfJohnLennox @rzimhq @TheOCCA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5E8PtxrMnw&feature=youtu.be …

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The Reason for the Season | The Stream

Christmas is about an historical event that took place in the Roman province of Judaea during the time of Caesar Augustus. He wanted a census to be taken. In Palestine, this counting meant that the head of a family had to register in the place of his birth and tribal association — Bethlehem, in Joseph’s case..

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The Gift of Christmas Was Predicted With the Gift of Prophecy

‘I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,’ declares the LORD. ‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.”

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Desiring God on Twitter

Piper: “I love R.C. Sproul. And you will hear why in the way he reads.” Listen to Sproul read “The Calvinist” (4 minutes). https://www.desiringgod.org/r-c-sproul-reads-the-calvinist …

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Democrats’ Favored DACA Amnesty Bill Would Cost $26 Billion

The legislative replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program favored by most Democrats would add billions to the budget deficit, according to an estimate from Congress’ non-partisan accounting shop.

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Product Description Cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of addictions, ever-present screens, and gender-identity questions, youth can have clarity and confidence. We must help them attain it. In this honest and practical guide for parents and Christian leaders, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle will enable you to help your kids influence the culture, rather than let the culture change them. We don’t have to lose the next generation to culture. In this practical guide, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle explore questions including: What unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture? Why do so many kids struggle with identity? How do we talk to kids about same-sex marriage and transgenderism? How can leaders steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions? How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? With biblical clarity, this is the practical go-to manual to equip kids to rise above the culture.

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#WorldTour : One boy’s Christmas wish for peace in Iraq https://world.wng.org/content/a_waiting_game_for_migrants_in_france/#iraq … @SteakandaBible @OpenDoorsUK @VP #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/pim1jp7tnn

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How Martin Luther Preached about Christmas

In the theological tumult that was Martin Luther's life, the great reformer seemed to be heartened each year by the great festivals of the church, particularly Advent and Christmas. The man who "invented" the Protestant parsonage was also sustained by a blazing sense of humor and a happy home life. It was open house all year in the large converted monastery at the east end of Wittenberg where Luther, his wife Katie, and their six children lived, along with numerous students who stayed there as well. One of them wrote that as Christmas approached, Luther grew increasingly cheerful: "All his words and songs and thoughts concerned the incarnation of our Lord. Then he sighed and said, 'Oh, we poor people that we should be so cold and indifferent to this great joy that has been given us. For this is indeed the greatest gift, which far exceeds all else that God has created. Yet we believe so sluggishly, even though the angels proclaim and preach and sing, and their lovely song sums up the whole Christian faith, for 'Glory to God in the highest' is the very heart of worship.

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What Grieving People Wish You Knew at Christmas

But for those who’ve recently lost someone they love, the holidays can seem more like something to survive than to enjoy. The traditions and events that can add so much joy and meaning to the season are punctuated with painful reminders of the person we love who is not here to share in it. Many have wished they could find a quiet place to hide until January 2.

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Big Families May Get Bigger Tax Bills Under New Plan

Rachel Hope Anderson, resident fellow at the Center for Public Justice and lead of the Families Valued initiative, also praised the increase in the child tax credit as an acknowledgment of how parenting benefits society as a whole. “This is a premise with strong grounding in the Christian tradition and our understanding of the family as a socially foundational institution,” she said. “Parents who raise children while working in minimum-wage jobs contribute to our society’s flourishing, as do parents in higher-paying jobs. As the bill is currently written, parents earning below $15,000 wouldn’t receive the full benefit of the child tax credit policy.”

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Lee Strobel on Twitter

Here's an encouraging article: "The Year Faith-Centered Films Got Good." Honored that "The Case for Christ" is the first film cited. Glad to see screenwriter Brian Bird quoted. http://ow.ly/Y96630hmBvT 

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How to Share Your Story This Christmas: Counsel from Charles Spurgeon

Perhaps you say, “It will be a very short story.” Ah! It would be if you could write now. A little book might be the whole of your biography; but up there when your memory shall be enlarged, when your passion shall be purified, and your understanding clear, you will find that what was but a tract on earth will be a huge tome in heaven. You will tell a long story there of God’s sustaining, restraining, constraining grace. And I think that when you pause to let another tell his tale, and then another, and then another, you will at last, when you have been in heaven a thousand years, break out and exclaim, “O saints, I have something else to say.” Again they will tell their tales, and again you will interrupt them with “Oh, beloved, I have thought of another case of God’s delivering mercy.” And so you will go on, giving them themes for songs, finding them the material for the warp and woof of heavenly sonnets.

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#Compassion @HUDgov survey confirms wave of homelessness crashing over West Coast https://world.wng.org/content/wave_of_homelessness_crashes_over_west_coast … pic.twitter.com/zM0NXl00HZ

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The Virgin Birth: What’s the Problem Exactly?

I don’t believe, however, that most evangelicals believe it because of the rationalistic defense given by early fundamentalists. While encouraged by such arguments, we recognize that this point and counterpoint can go on and on. Nor do we believe that God could not become human in any other way than by the virgin conception. God could have become incarnate in other ways, to be sure. He’s not bound to some set of higher spiritual or physical laws. But it does seem to us especially fitting that he would be born of a virgin, raised in a family, and that he would live in the warp and woof of the life we know.

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Sports star felt 'called' to give away mansion to Christian charity - Premier

A sports star has handed over the keys of his 32,000 square-foot mansion, saying he felt "called" to help a Christian charity which supports disabled and poorly young people.

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5 things your kids need to know about death — Southern Equip

Our family once had friends who never spoke to their kids about negative news stories, such as natural disasters or 9/11. They made it a rule never to discuss death. I believe this is unwise. By avoiding bad news, parents set up their children for unreasonable expectations and stark disappointment in a broken world. This approach subtly, even if unintentionally, communicates that life on earth is ultimate. Worst of all, it fails to provide a rationale for why the gospel is such good news. Every day brings us one step closer to that final day, and our children should be aware of that.

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Albert Mohler on Twitter

In St. Andrew’s Chapel just before memorial service for Dr. R. C. Sproul today. The pulpit is central for good reason. @ligonier pic.twitter.com/JxyMP0rUjG

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How Can I Get my Kids to Read the Bible? | HeadHeartHand Blog

“How can I get my kids to read the Bible for themselves?” I’ve been asked that by many frustrated Christian parents. I’ve asked it myself! Yes, we read them the Bible, send them to Sunday school, take them to church, give them a Christian education, and all that. But how do we get them started at personal Bible reading? And how do we keep them going at it? Here’s what I’ve learned from my own experience and from talking with many parents and pastors.

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Humility and the Apologist

The first is so that the one who is being ministered to is not alienated by an apologist who approaches him in a condescending or contemptuous manner. As Christian Apologists we should look to the example set by our Lord who was born in a lowly manger, lived a life devoid of material resources, and always put others first, even to the point of submitting to death on a cross.  While Jesus offered words of life to the multitudes he also expressed deep love for them as individuals. To approach others respectfully and with humility offers non-believers a glimpse of the loving character of Jesus which stands in stark contrast to the world. It should come as no surprise that the opposite approach yields the opposite results. In short, no one is attracted to arrogance. Chapter 15 of the Book of Proverbs provides counsel related to this: A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger. For a single lost person to reject the gospel message due to the pride of the messenger is a tragedy of eternal proportions…

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Tim Keller Just Wrote a ‘New Yorker’ Piece About Whether ‘Evangelicalism Can Survive Trump and Roy Moore’

The piece looks at recent changes about what kinds of candidates Christians will support, and the dramatic changes within evangelicalism. He writes, “People who once called themselves the ‘Moral Majority’ are now seemingly willing to vote for anyone, however immoral, who supports their political positions.”

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The Divine Symphony of Christmas - Westminster Theological Seminary

The great historic doctrine of the church is that the Son of God became a real man—not just someone who only appeared to be a man. When he was born, God the Son placed the exercise of his all-powerfulness and all-presence and all-knowingness under the direction of God the Father. He did not give up those attributes, but he submitted their exercise in his life to the Father’s discretion. Though he was sinless, he had a real human body, mind, and emotions—complete with their inherent human weaknesses.

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Do I Love God for His Gifts or for Who He Is?

But seriously, this leads to a question especially valuable during this season. It’s from a podcast listener named James. “Pastor John, hello, and thank you for the podcast. Often I hear that we are to love God for who he is, not for what he does for us — to love the giver more than the gifts. How can we know that we are doing this, especially during Advent and the Christmas season? When I examine my own heart, so much of what I know about God seems to be in relation to what he has done for me, like the sending of his Son in the incarnation. How do I interact with him on the basis of him, and not simply on the basis of the gifts he has given me?”

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Have A Logical Christmas

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Greek word “Logos” is used synonymously with Jesus in the text. It is interesting to note that logos, in Greek, means, “the principle of reason.” This is where we get the term “logic.” The Bible is clear that Jesus is God and seems to suggest that he is the grounding of logic and reason. This would make perfect sense of why the immaterial laws of logic impose themselves on the material world — or any possible world. God created the material world according to the logical laws he had in mind or that are grounded in his essence. This is the best explanation of why logic imposes itself on the material world. Just as  God is necessary in all possible worlds , so are the laws of logic which are essential to God’s very nature.

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If your kids are clamoring for that cell phone, you’ll want to hear this interview #WarrenColeSmith conducted with #DrKathyKoch . #ScreensAndTeens http://bit.ly/2B4nefO  pic.twitter.com/dnh3NZKedZ

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WORLD on Twitter

#MetroMinute A New Yorker goes to Burundi: A Christmas celebration in a small East African town https://world.wng.org/2017/12/a_new_yorker_goes_to_burundi … @emlybelz pic.twitter.com/JHAqCh9HRE

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Say Hard Things

Paul writes, “When I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, ‘If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?’” (Galatians 2:14). In short, “Stop it!” Peter, the testimony of your behavior is telling a different gospel, a gospel that will not save anyone. And the false, peer-pressure, racist gospel your conduct tells is winning followers (Galatians 2:13). Remember the true gospel — by grace alone, through faith alone, apart from ethnic barriers — and repent. Bring your public actions back into conformity with the message for which Jesus died.

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