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Westboro Baptist Church film planned - Premier

A second movie about the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in the US state of Kansas is under development.

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Christianity Today on Twitter

Though he's one of the most popular saints in the Greek and Latin churches, Saint Nicholas' existence isn't attested by any historical document http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/real-saint-nicholas.html …

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Desiring God on Twitter

Piper: “All of us have a culture interwoven with our ethnicity. And the more dominant our culture, the more invisible it is to us.” https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/is-racial-harmony-disintegrating …

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God Is Always at Work for Us and for Our Good

Another feature of this psalm is the vivid picture of God’s coming to David’s rescue (vv. 7–15). David cried out for help (v. 6) and the Lord answered. “He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind” (vv. 9–10). The fury of the Lord shook the earth (vv. 7, 15) and thunder and lightning preceded him (vv. 12–14). Hot smoke poured forth from his nostrils and fire from his mouth (vv. 8, 15). Here is a marvelous picture of the power and determination of God to save. But when in David’s life did this happen? As we scan Old Testament history, we can find no such episode. Something like this happened when the Lord met with Israel at Mount Sinai, but nothing close to it happened in David’s experience.

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Why Shouldn't We Trust the Non-Canonical "Gospel of the Egyptians"? | Cold Case Christianity

Where (and Why) Does It Differ from the Reliable Accounts? The fragments of The Gospel of the Egyptians that are available to us consist primarily of a dialogue between Jesus and Salome. The discussion appears to be advocating celibacy as a means to unite men and women and return them to a form of spirituality that would be pleasing to God. Gnosticism taught that the body was entrapping the soul and generally encouraged a denial of physical pleasures as a way in which to attain spiritual enlightenment. For this reason, many Gnostic sects rejected marriage altogether. This view is clearly expressed in the heretical text of the Gospel of the Egyptians.

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The Apostle John's Chain of Custody (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, provides a detective’s perspective related to the New Testament and the Christian Life as he talks with Rob Melnichuk of “It’s Your Call”

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Great time to join!! For as low as $25, become an annual member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society AND enjoy a subscription to Philosophia Christi as part of your membership! http://bit.ly/2B7OVYz  #analytictheology # #christianphilosophy #philosophyofreligion

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Late November 2017 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

LOL. There are some weekends when I’m short one or two stories so I consult the Babylon Bee to get to my standard ten. The problem is there’s usually four or five good ones at any given time and I can’t decide. I’m partial to the ones that satire Baptists, fundys, and even J Mac because I can relate so well.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Colson Center Board member #JenniferMarshall gives sound advice on how to navigate the myriad choices of life. http://bit.ly/2B5CM6y  pic.twitter.com/8PvNqwG5x4

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Does God's Law Demand Perfection?

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason discusses the standard of God's law. For more information, visit str.org. Connect with us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/STRtweets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standtoreaso... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standtoreason/

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The Case For Christ, Life in the Trinity and Why Does God Allow Evil are the equipping resources for the month of December! https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1712wa/ … pic.twitter.com/objm3VWxbj

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

The need for release from heart chains is great this Christmas. Find out how you can help people, like Makeen, find freedom: http://bit.ly/2iZKHL8  pic.twitter.com/apn1V5MF7h

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Colson Center on Twitter

America’s #fertility rate is near an all-time #low . And that’s not a good thing. Ask Europe or Japan. http://bit.ly/2iu7pqW  pic.twitter.com/GF2sb6Igoa

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Theologian R.C. Sproul on Christmas

"I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating His birthday every year. Keep in mind that the whole principle of annual festival and celebration is deeply rooted in ancient Jewish tradition. In the Old Testament, for example, there were times when God emphatically commanded the people to remember certain events with annual celebrations. While the New Testament doesn’t require that we celebrate Christmas every year, I certainly see nothing wrong with the church’s entering into this joyous time of celebrating the Incarnation, which is the dividing point of all human history. Originally, it was intended to honor, not Mithras or any of the other mystery religion cults, but the birth of our King." 1 Courage and Godspeed, Chad Footnote: 1. R.C. Sproul, "Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?", Dec. 23th, 2016. Related Posts Christmas Resources from GotQuestions.org A Christmas Testimony by Chad Vaughn  Everyone Believes in a Virgin Birth

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — The Briefing

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — The Briefing

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Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter

You should at least get another celebrity star, Sean. Agility should go up too in light of your b-ball skills. I demand a recount! LOL

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Christian Aid pays £844k to exiting workers - Premier

The number of staff employed across Europe by Christian Aid has fallen by almost nine-per-cent following a restructuring operation.

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Judicial Watch 🔎 on Twitter

NEW: Democrat ex-congresswoman Corrine Brown — who said fed agents could have prevented the Orlando terror attack if they weren’t preoccupied investigating her — is headed to prison, sentenced to 5 years for fraud & tax crimes for an $833k phony charity. http://jwatch.us/mznJR1 

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Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Rather Than a Cure

Whenever I visit a college or university to give a presentation, I make an effort to talk with students in the local Christian groups that are active on campus. These students often discuss the apathy that seems to permeate the Christian culture in universities across America. Don’t get me wrong, there are many significant Christian clubs and organizations on campuses across America, but it’s clear from talking to the students I meet that few Christians seem to be willing to reach out and share what they believe with non-Christians on the campus. Some Christian groups are internally active, if not externally focused. Most young Christians would rather hang out with fellow Christians in a safe environment than actively evangelize the campus for Christ. If you think back to your own college experience, you probably felt the same way. Why do we hesitate to share the Gospel with non-believers? I think it’s because we treat the gospel like a cookie rather than a cure.

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Why "The Final Apologetic" Still Matters

The last few decades have brought about a revival of the ancient art of apologetics—the skill of case-making for the truth of Christianity. It’s partly a response to the growing presence of popular atheistic arguments across the media spectrum, especially the Internet. While the Internet is a remarkable tool for learning, it also provides greater access to more poorly formed arguments against God than ever before. As apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in his book The Weight of Glory , “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” Though apologetics has never really ceased to exist in the church (Paul made his case before the Aeropagus in Acts 17 and King Agrippa in Acts 26, Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century gave his five proofs of God’s existence, and G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis penned their arguments in the 20th century), the current revival includes a surge of interest in directly combating the new atheist arguments.

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Conyers accuser: Dem. Rep. brought up slain intern Chandra Levy when she rejected his sexual advances

One of the women who accused the former Democratic Congressman of sexual harassment told the Washington Post that when she refused Conyers’ sexual advances, he eerily brought up Chandra Levy–a Washington, D.C. intern who was found murdered in 2002.

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EPSOCIETY.ORG on Twitter

EPS Web Project on "Philosophical Discussions on Marriage and Family Topics": http://bit.ly/2AS5PKj  Including contributions from Michael McFall, Michael Austin, Daniel Hill, Mark Boone, Adam Omelianchuk! @michaelwaustin

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Can Christians claim to have the One, True God?

You don’t have to spend very much time interacting with atheists on the internet before you hear this objection: “There are almost 5,000 gods being worshiped by humans, but don’t worry… only yours is right.” The picture above was sent to me on Twitter last week in response to my blog about God’s hiddenness . There are other very popular forms of this argument. Richard Dawkins claims that Christians are atheists when it comes to Zeus, Thor, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and many others. Dawkins just goes one god further than the Christian. So the claim is either than I’m an atheist when it comes to 4,999 gods or that I’m dumb for claiming to have truth when I reject so many other options.

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Experiment: Cool Cotton

God clearly had us in mind when He designed this unique plant. With such amazing properties, it’s no wonder your house abounds with this downy fabric. Those power-packed puffs are almost pure cellulose, the durable organic compound that makes up plant cell walls. That means cotton is both strong and quickly replenishable (about 200 days from planting to harvesting). A single 500-pound (227 kg) bale of cotton can be stretched to produce 215 pairs of jeans, 250 single bed sheets, 4,300 pairs of socks, 1,200 T-shirts, 2,100 pairs of shorts, or 680,000 cotton balls. 2

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Christianity Today on Twitter

Like their secular peers, many Christian women encounter leadership limitations as a result of failure to be included in “the old boys club” http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2017/december/dont-give-up-working-with-women-billy-graham-pence-rule.html …

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Why Apologetics is Applicable to all of Life and a Calling for all Believers

Peter begins this chapter by addressing husbands and wives. He then shifts in verse 8 to addressing “all of you” and yes all of you includes all of us. The context of “all of you” (or again in our case all of us) continues with Peter noting the reality we will suffer for the sake of righteousness. It is within that context of enduring suffering for the sake of righteousness that we are commanded to always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for the hope that is in us, ensuring we do so with all manner of gentleness and respect.

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Books - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .

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Josh and Sean McDowell: How to Answer Skeptics in a Post-Truth World

As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye

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Tim Chesterton on Twitter

This series by @MarkGalli is doing a great job in describing evangelicalism - warts and all. I call myself evangelical but I know it's no longer the whole truth about my faith. But I certainly recognize a lot of myself here. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/opinion/columnists/evangelical-distinctives/ …

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Stop Apologizing for God

He is not like us, and assuming he should be like us discloses our terrible ignorance (Psalm 50:21). “We are tempted to project our humanity onto God,” Dyck explained in a recent interview. “We assume that God’s wrath is akin to us throwing a childish fit. Of course, God’s wrath, as explained in the Bible, is a perfect and holy wrath, different from our sinful anger as night is from day. So when God kills someone in the Bible, we can’t accept that, because we imagine how wrong it would be for us to kill someone. But we fail to account for the fact that God has every right to take a life, because he gave it in the first place. As a culture we work hard to establish parity, equality among people, and that is very good, but then we project that toward the heavens and say: God, you have to play by the same rules we do.”

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Christianity Today on Twitter

Though evangelicals are often treated as a synonym for “Republicans” in American politics, a new study found that one-third identify as Democrats http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/december/you-must-be-born-again-evangelical-beliefs-politics-survey.html …

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3 Key Things Skeptics Will Say to Shame Your Kids for Being Christians

I haven’t blogged in the last couple of weeks because my family and I were on vacation. We went on a wonderful trip to the island of Grand Cayman! I successfully managed to avoid email while I was there, but that made for quite a backlog by the time I returned. As I started going through the emails to my blog address, I was struck by the nature of comment after comment left by atheists on various old blog posts while I was gone: one emotional attack after another and not a single discussion of evidence for/against the truth of Christianity.

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Cruise the Rhine with PRTS | HeadHeartHand Blog

Travel with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary on a 15-day study tour and cruise featuring Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

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The Motor of Life

Inside your body are trillions of little hair-like whips attached to most of your cells. They are constantly moving, pushing debris out of your body and sensing the world around them. A couple of centuries ago, biologists assumed they were useless remnants of bacterial evolution. Now medical researchers have found those ideas were dead wrong. These structures are essential for life and are found in virtually every organism—from algae and plants to reptiles and mammals.

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Moral Combat: How the Sexual Revolution Infiltrated the Church

In the 1950s, liberal Protestants likewise decided, after reading Alfred Kinsey’s studies of human sexuality, that greater sexual experimentation before marriage allowed both men and women to enter into marriage with healthier views of sex. In the 1960s, mainline Protestants played a leading role in shaping non-judgmental, scientifically based national sex-education curricula—framed around the idea that mutually supportive sexual relationships were naturally good, and that traditional sexual standards that produced feelings of guilt were not. Liberal Protestants’ commitment to women’s rights likewise led them to endorse abortion legalization in the late 1960s, and shortly thereafter, same-sex unions as well.

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Desiring God on Twitter

Piper: “It would be helpful for brothers and sisters of color to see that we are owning the tension that exists between our majority-white culture and the radical call of Jesus.” https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/is-racial-harmony-disintegrating …

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Christianity Today on Twitter

Too many of our congregations have adopted a bland version of Christianity in which a vague notion of a kind God is preached to salve our psychological wounds and help us live respectable middle-class lives http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/december-web-only/evangelical-christians-are-sick.html …

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How to Treat a Rebellious Israel

Are American pastors dismissive of Arab Christians in Israel? Should Christians treat the Israeli-Palestinian dispute differently than other conflicts? As pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, John Piper has been addressing these contentious questions for years. After he began informally discussing them with David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, we invited them to share some of their discussion with our readers. We continue today with Piper's response to Brickner's question, " Do Jews have a divine right to the Promised Land? "  and will continue tomorrow with Brickner's response.

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The Gospels Are Reliable Even With Many Redactions

I’m often asked to make the case for the reliability of the Gospels in spite of the presence of scribal variants throughout the text. Remember that criminal courts do not require eyewitnesses to be inerrant to be considered reliable . In order to illustrate the trustworthiness of the text, I typically offer the following hypothetical. First, allow the skeptic to identify all the textual variants in the Gospels based on a comparison of all available manuscripts. Next, to make the point more dramatically, allow the skeptic to remove not only the variant word or phrase, but the entire verse in which the variant appears. This would require the removal of hundreds of verses, resulting in a manuscript that is much smaller than the text we have today. Finally, for the sake of argument, allow the skeptic to randomly remove additional verses until 50% of the text we have today have been redacted. Skeptics often claim that the presence of minor variants that account for approximately ½% of the text justify their skepticism in much more of the text. To dramatize the ineffectiveness of this cl

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Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter

In the pages of Scripture, we find the whole spectrum of human response to a wide world full of diverse situations. This provides a framework to help us understand anything we could go through. http://bit.ly/2na44Tf 

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