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Glory to God in the Lowest

One nameless angel had the honor of playing the lead, with a veritable angelic multitude behind him. But no tickets were sold, and the show was not announced ahead of time. You might call it the first ever flash mob, and the audience was simply a flock of unresponsive sheep and a lowly band of unsuspecting shepherds. But it was too good to keep quiet about. “All who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them” (Luke 2:18). Word got out, and the Gospel of Luke records the story.

3 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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Christmas Happened Because It Is Fitting

Our aim should be to see the fitness of all God’s ways, and approve, and rejoice, and conform. To be sure, for now “we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). “We know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9). But God has not left us to mere imaginings. “In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:2). And the Son has sent the Spirit (John 15:26). And the Spirit has given the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21). And the church is given teachers (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:2).

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Innovative Apologetics: Atheist Peter Boghossian Wants to Treat All Believers as Mentally Ill

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The Uneven Inspiration of 'Unbroken'

The result is visually sumptuous narrative that clicks, but never quite as well as it should. It's moving and frequently engaging, featuring some exquisite performances (Jack O'Connell, in the main role, is one to watch. We predict big things for his future) and handsome direction. And yet the movie feels too pat and calculated, as if subjected to dozens of focus groups. Zamperini's virtues—courage, determination and sacrifice—are on full display, and they are a marvel to behold. But the edges, nicks and guts of those virtues are missing; they lack dimension.

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Jesus and 'Jingle Bell Rock'

I put my hand to my mouth to cover my smile, but he is pondering the answer and doesn’t notice. As much as I enjoy indulging William’s imagination, I am also starting to sympathize with the Reformation sects that refused to celebrate Christmas. Apparently, even in the sixteenth century, this holiday seemed disconnected enough from its spiritual underpinnings for some Christians to abandon it altogether. At times I am tempted to do the same. For years now, I’ve had an internal battle waging over the nature of Christmas, and bringing kids into the picture has only made it feel more complicated.

8 In Nature, Two Cosmologists Chide Other Cosmologists for Lack of Testable Evidence

We have frequently criticized some of the crazy ideas emerging from modern cosmology: notions like the multiverse , inflation , Everett's " many-worlds " scenario, and other concoctions that try to escape the overwhelming evidence for design in the universe (namely, cosmic fine-tuning and the stringent requirements for habitability). Now, two leading big-bang cosmologists are joining us in the criticism, in a very high level venue, but for quite different reasons. Here's what George Ellis and Joe Silk say in Nature ("Scientific Method: Defend the Integrity of Physics" ):

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'Annie' and the Big Issues

Daddy Warbucks is reimagined in the new Annie remake as William Stacks (Jamie Foxx) as a cell-phone mogul. He doesn't hold conferences with President; rather, Bloomberg-like, he himself aspires to political office as New York City mayor, locked in a tight race with a candidate who bears a slight resemblance to the late Ed Koch and who has taught in New York City public schools. That is where we first meet the new Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) as she gives a spirited but thin and inaccurate presentation on Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR, she tells her class, presided during a time when the rich were really rich and the poor were really poor, "pretty much like now," and he made people "rich" by giving them jobs.

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Rob Bell

Late last month, a veritable maelstrom broke out in the national Christian dialogue. The object of debate was an upcoming book, but underlying theological issue was the question of hell. At Mars Hill Church, we believe in hell, and it’s a doctrine we don’t want to take lightly. Yesterday, Pastor Mark wrote a piece on the Resurgence, “To Hell with Hell?” part of which we’ve excerpted below, which lays out and responds to some of the most common questions and objections raised about hell.

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Innovative Apologetics: Bill Nye's Naturalistic Evolution is Absurd: Contesting 'Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation'

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E-readers 'damage sleep and health'

If you type the word Amazon into Google you will - and I guarantee this - see some article by the Guardian knocking Amazon, because the old ways of life are changing and the dear old newspapers and TV stations don't like this, just as the the stuffy publishing houses hate the ebook and the fact that anyone can be published nowadays. E-readers are just as safe as someone watching TV in bed.

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The Hope of a Baby Born in a Manger

Christians all over the world will celebrate Christmas—the birth of Jesus, who came to save the world through His redemptive work on the cross. But the way that Christians celebrate Christmas looks very different in various parts of the world. For Christians living in countries like Iraq, Syria and other places on the Open Doors World Watch List, Christmas will be marked in secret. The countries on the World Watch List have the ignominious distinction of being the most difficult places on earth to proclaim and practice faith in Jesus.

14 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Islam is The MotherLoad of Bad Ideas: History and the News Agree with Sam Harris

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Brains on Fire: Dr. Steven Novella Explains, "The Mind Is the Fire of the Brain"

Neurobabble. The representation of the memory in the brain still has to be accessed, decoded, and read, which is unintelligible. Elaborating on plain nonsense by invoking "multiple overlapping patterns of neurons... association...integrated...overlapping...analog..." is still nonsense. The unintelligibility of memory stored as representation is not ameliorated by invoking mass unintelligibility. This is the pleonastic fallacy -- the notion that an unbridgeable explanatory gap can be crossed by multiplying the things that aren't explainable. Example: "The claim that a memory can be a brain representation may be nonsense, but it makes sense if you have lots of memories and representations that can't be explained..."

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Paper Suggests Catch 22: Neo-Darwinism Faces Either a Massive Molecular Clock Misfire, or a Major Biogeographical Conundrum

The finding suggests serious biases in molecular clocks, which are heavily used to date many kinds of living things. ... "Paleontology and molecular clocks have a long, uneasy relationship," said Peter Wilf, a paleobotanist and professor of geoscience, Penn State. "Paleontologists want molecular clocks to work. However, for years we have seen molecular dates, mostly for very deep evolutionary events, that are much older than the corresponding fossils. This situation has been a frustrating Catch-22 because if the clocks are wrong, no fossils exist that could demonstrate they are wrong. Here, we looked at many new plant fossils from the extremely productive region of Patagonia, and we found the opposite, that the fossils are much older than the clock dates. In this case, we can definitely say that the clocks are wrong. The fossils prove it."

18 SNL's Christmas 'Serial' Parody Hits It Out of the Park

SNL continues this season's unusually strong run with this spot-on parody of Sarah Koenig's runaway podcast hit, Serial . Cecily Strong delivers a truly uncanny impersonation of Koenig, and their subject—a mysterious deliverer of Christmas presents—is ripe for Serial 's investigative reporting ...

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Scotland "no room for Jesus," says Church Moderator – Premier Premier

In his Christmas message he said: "At every nativity one of the facts that is put across is that 'there was no room at the inn' for baby Jesus. It strikes me as a suitable metaphor for how much of Scotland will celebrate his birth this year.

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#PoliceLivesMatter | HeadHeartHand Blog

Thank you for your article. My husband has been a police officer for 15 years. It is a hard life. I came to terms early on with the fact that he may never come home. What is more difficult for me to deal with is the anxiety that he will be (and has been) judged on every normal decision and every split second decision he has to make. Police are expected to do the impossible by those who have no understanding of what their job entails. Most outside of law enforcement also have no understanding about the psychological, spiritual and physical toll that years of policework have on an officer and their family. The effects of hyper-vigilance are similar to ptsd experienced by soldiers but there is little if any mental healthcare provided by departments. Many officers never deal with these issues. Family members and good friends regularly and openly express hatred at worst and intense skepticism/suspicion at best toward police as a whole. Despite this, each day my husband humbly serves and protects not only the grateful and innocent but also those who openly despise and hate him and those who society itself would rather pretend don’t exist.

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How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: A ‘Blasphemy’ Blight in Pakistan WSJ

Under the country’s penal code, anyone accused of insulting Islam or its prophet can be sentenced to death. Introduced under British rule and strengthened during the years of military dictator Zia-ul-Haq in the 1980s, the blasphemy laws, almost as a matter of routine, are misused to settle personal scores. They come down hardest on Pakistan’s Christians and Ahmadis, who are often falsely accused by acquaintances pursuing vendettas over money and property. That appears from news reports to have been what happened in Kasur: The Christian couple was involved in a dispute with the kiln owner, who said they owed him money. He accused them of desecrating a Quran, and a local mullah denounced them for blasphemy. It is telling that no one in Pakistan appears ever to have been punished for making a false accusation of blasphemy.

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Ligonier.org

The world is in the middle of an identity crisis—that is, it doesn’t know the real identity of Jesus. But rather than asking everyone else, the best way to know who Jesus really is, is to find out what

23 Invisible Children Has Posted Their Final Video

T en years after founding, and two years after the Kony 2012 video brought them into the international spotlight, Invisible Children has posted their final video. The organization recently announced that they would be closing their offices, and would hand off the operations they started to partners in Africa, in the coming year. As the video shows, they are still raising money for a “Finishing Fund,” and have launched a political awareness group called Citizen ...

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Premier Christian on Twitter

@PremierRadio Thank you for inviting us! It was great to sing on the Radio for the Glory of God -From a member of the Cherwell Gospel Choir.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

Dr Sam Dunnett, Christian GP in Sierra Leone: People in Freetown in lockdown because of Ebola #InspirationalBreakfast pic.twitter.com/GbUP0iKWNx

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Investigation of ex Vatican ambassador dropped – Premier Premier

Poland has dropped an investigation into sex abuse allegations made against a former Vatican ambassador.

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Pope's blistering attack on Vatican bureaucracy – Premier Premier

Pope Francis has launched a scathing attack on the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him saying some clergy lust for power at all costs and live hypocritical double lives.

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George Ellis and Joe Silk attack untestable cosmologocial theories in Nature

And we are supposedly engaging in “God of the gaps?!?” But, this is “untestable religion in a science-y-sounding wrapper of the gaps.” Methinks the New A-theists are getting desperate, in a Hail Mary sense: premise 2 of Kalam is pretty much closed off to them, and they know they will fall into absurdism if they deny premise 1.

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Mary’s crisis-pregnancy and noble Joseph

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly. – Matthew 1:18-19

30 Truthbomb Apologetics: How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

Christians will many times hear atheists make the claim that faith is somehow opposed to reason.  Most people of faith that I talk with reject that idea. They don't believe that one must choose either faith or reason. However, there are quite a few Christians who think that faith and reason are separate realms that may coexist, but they don't touch. For some Christians, think this idea is comforting. They have taken certain slogans of "bumper-sticker" Christianity such as "Jesus is all I need" and think that such a position is powerful enough to ward off objections. Worse, they think that the same approach works with evangelism. This is not only a travesty, it is antithetical to who Jesus is and how he evangelized. Jesus was an intellect . In fact, Jesus was the smartest man who ever lived and reason is at the core of who he was. We can see that clearly when the scriptures identify him as The Logos (John 1:1). The Greek word logos is usually translated "The Word" in our English Bibles, but it has a richer meaning. "The Word" is a concept of knowledge.

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Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking … And Survived?

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

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“The chief priests didn’t see Jesus coming with the clouds, so He’s a false prophet.”

You forget that the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice (see John 5:28). There is going to be a resurrection of the just and the unjust (see Acts 24:15). Every eye will see Him. The chief priests will bow the knee before Him. So will Hitler and every murderer, rapist, thief, and liar. All will bow down to Jesus Christ and confess Him as Lord of the universe (see Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2:10,11). He is the Creator of all things (see Col. 1:16), and every human being will see Him in His glory, including you. John trembled in terror when he saw the resurrected Christ, shining with a brightness greater than the sun (see Acts 26:13).