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Einstein's gravitational waves 'seen' from black holes - BBC News

"The fact that we are sitting here on Earth feeling the actual fabric of the Universe stretch and compress slightly due to the merger of black holes that occurred just over a billion years ago - I think that's phenomenal. It's amazing that when we first turned on our detectors, the Universe was ready and waiting to say 'hello'," the Glasgow University scientist told the BBC.

2 Grace to You Radio

With people’s thoughts turning to Valentine’s Day this month, it’s a good time to examine true, biblical love, and how to apply it to all your relationships. John MacArthur helps with that in his study The Greatest of These .

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Grace to You

The series of conditional blessings Jesus promises, beginning with this verse and continuing through verse 12, are known as the Beatitudes. This name refers to a state of happiness or bliss. The blessedness promised in each is a divine characteristic, one that men and women can realize only as they share in God’s nature (cf. 2 Peter 1:4). When believers are truly blessed, they don’t experience merely an external, circumstantial feeling of happiness, but a deep sense of spiritual contentedness and well-being based on the objective spiritual reality that they belong to God.

4 The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

Actress April Castillo Hernandez returns to the show to discuss a miraculous event that happened when she was 12. Listen...

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Grace to You

Isaiah exhorts people to “call upon [God] while He is near” (55:6); yet Proverbs 15:29 says, “The Lord is far from the wicked.” How can He be near some people and far from others when He is everywhere all the time? To answer this, we must distinguish between God’s essence and His relation to people. He is everywhere in His essence, but with specific individuals He is far or near relationally. When we become Christians, Christ dwells in us. God can fill us with His fullness (Eph. 3:19), and the Spirit who lives in us can also fill us (1:13; 5:18). But before God’s Spirit indwelt us relationally, His essence convicted us of sin and saved us.

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Grace to You

Grace is the outpouring of God's goodness and mercy on undeserving mankind. Every benefit and provision you receive is by God's grace. That's why Peter called it "the manifold grace of God" (1 Pet. 1:10). Just as your trials are manifold or multifaceted, so God's multifaceted and all-sufficient grace is correspondingly available to sustain you.

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Hell: The Truth About Eternity - Episode 2

WEDNESDAY (Feb 10) at 9PM ET on the NRBTV for Episode 2 of HELL: The Truth About Eternity. Watch Live Here: http://bit.ly/CExTV also on your Roku device, just add the NRBTV channel! You can be wrong about a lot of things, but don’t be wrong about eternity. (You’re going to be dead a lot longer than you’re going to be alive!) Frank addresses questions about Hell head on such as: 1. What is Hell? 2. What if there is no Hell? 3. Who Goes to Hell and Why? 4. Isn’t there a Second Chance? 5. Isn’t Hell Overkill? Why Eternal Punishment for Temporal Sins? 6. Why Doesn’t God Just Annihilate Sinners? 7. Why Did God Create those He Knew would Choose Hell? 8. What about Those Who Have Never Heard About Jesus? If you like to own this series you can buy it in DVD or Download format here: http://bit.ly/1PewopB

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Top 300 Christian Blogs - Church Blogs | churchrelevance.com

For Alexa Rank, the blogs were sorted best to worst for each metric and ranked. Blogs with the same metric value tied in rank with subsequent blogs taking the next sequential rank value (e.g., rank = 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). This approach is used due to the increasing number of blogs being hosted on sites like Patheos and The Gospel Coalition, which Alexa measures as the value for the entire site rather than the blog’s url. While this approach doesn’t prevent blogs hosted on larger sites from having favorably skewed results, it does dramatically reduce these blogs from unfavorably skewing the results of other blogs (i.e., Patheos occupies only 1 rank value rather than 27 rank values).

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4 Sermon Types to Avoid

In its extreme form, this kind of sermon becomes a lecture on the original meaning of the Greek or Hebrew. What belongs in the preacher’s study is brought into the pulpit. There is enormous emphasis on the word study, syntax, Greek and/or Hebrew, archeology, textual variants, original intent, and cultural background. The vast research has as its aim a proper exegesis of the passage. But it fails to “bridge the gap between two horizons” (to borrow the language of Gadamer and Thiselton, and popularized by John Stott) stretching from the world of the Bible to the world of the listener. The sermon sounds like a lecture because it is a lecture. It titillates the intellect, but fails to minister to the affections. Its delivery even (perhaps unintentionally) suggests that only the few—those endowed by special wisdom and insight—can possibly be trusted to understand what the Bible says. The sermon fails to underline the Reformational emphasis on the perspicuity of Scripture: “that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain a sufficient understanding of [the Bible].

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Carly Fiorina Blasts 'Feminism' As She Suspends Campaign

This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them. Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential. To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman.

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http://askdrbrown.org/

Since coming to faith in 1971 as a 16 year-old, heroin-shooting Jewish rock drummer, Dr. Michael Brown has devoted his life to fostering awakening in the Church, sparking moral and cultural revolution in the society, raising up gospel laborers for the nations, and reaching out to his own Jewish people. He is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio broadcast, the president of FIRE School of Ministry, and a professor of Bible and Hebrew studies at several leading seminaries. He has preached in more than 25 nations and is the author of 27 books and numerous scholarly and popular articles. Dr. Brown has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors, and gay activists on radio, TV, and college campuses, and he is widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist.

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The Greatest Joy Is Still to Come

Our human souls ache not only for the divine, but for the divine-human. Our God-shaped vacuum is actually cut for the God-man. Jesus is the visible, human image of the gloriously invisible God (Colossians 1:15). He is the radiance of the Father’s glory (Hebrews 1:3) that streams to light our human eyes. He is the exact imprint of his nature (Hebrews 1:3) and stoops so far as to take on ours (Hebrews 2:14; Philippians 2:6–8). In Jesus “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Colossians 2:9). To see and enjoy the God-man is what it means for man to see and enjoy God (John 14:9). For all eternity, Jesus will make the Father known to us (John 1:18).

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Why A Post-Christian Nation Needs a President of Faith

In a sense, Hecht is right. It’s not enough that we elect someone who will defend the religious liberties of Christians. The next president needs to be sensitive to the interests and concerns of many groups who find themselves increasingly in tension with one another and the State: Muslims, atheists, Christians, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, black people, poor white people, and law enforcement. There will be laws, court rulings, and policies established in the next presidency that will help define how these groups live together in the near future. We can expect decisions concerning anti-discrimination laws, illegal immigration and refugees, gender and sexuality in public education, religion and gender in the military, and criminal justice reform. One of the most prized qualities in presidential candidates should be a desire to pursue principled pluralism , not merely protecting the interest of one group.

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Why Lent Is Good for Bad Christians

There’s a reason why spiritual exercises—personal practices meant to foster growth in Christ, including prayer, fasting, Bible study, confession, and meditation—are likened to physical exercises. So to speak, many of us are members at the Lord’s Gym, but we go twice a year. We have spent money on fancy equipment or workout clothing, only to stash them away in our basements and closets. We sign up for a 5K mainly for the donuts afterward. And then when we have the chance to go with friends on a weekend hike through the mountains, we are bummed to find that we are winded and miserable after a few miles of walking. We desire to be healthy, but we don’t have the life rhythms—the habits and disciplines—needed to realize that desire.

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J. I. Packer is widely recognized as a pillar of 20th-century evangelicalism and has had a profound impact on millions of Christians living today. Now in his late eighties, Packer still exerts an enormous influence on pastors and laypeople around the world through his many books, articles, and recorded lectures—works that overflow with spiritual wisdom related to the Christian life. In this soul-stirring book, well-known pastor Sam Storms explores Packer’s legacy and profound insights into prayer, Bible study, the sovereignty of God, the Christian’s fight against sin, and more, offering readers the chance to learn from a true evangelical titan.

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WORLD | Outsiders own New Hampshire | Evan Wilt | Feb. 10, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made taking down Rubio his top priority in Saturday’s debate, but his attacks only served as a sacrifice fly. Although Christie spent $18 million making a stand in New Hampshire, he finished in sixth with 7.5 percent of the vote. Late Tuesday night his campaign canceled South Carolina events and will instead hold a meeting in New Jersey today.

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5 Tips for Young Apologists

For the past few years I have been following dozens of apologetics blogs. While there are some blogs that are truly excellent, it is unfortunate how many apologists read only one side of an issue, fail to cite their sources, and get their facts wrong. We all make mistakes at times (I certainly have), but as apologists we should do our homework and be sure we present the best case possible. James, the brother of Jesus, said that God holds teachers to a higher standard (James 3:1). As apologists, we are teachers for the church. Many people take what we say as “gospel.” Thus, we need to get it right. If you want to be an effective apologist, then go the extra mile and do your homework. In fact, if you really want to hone your apologetics skills, think about getting an apologetics graduate degree with me at Biola

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Shame on the Pastors Who Anointed Hillary Clinton as President

No, my brothers and sisters (if indeed all of you truly know the Lord), the favor of the Lord does not surround those who call evil good and good evil, and it will not surround such people until they repent.

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An 8th 'Harry Potter' Book Is Coming

Surprise! An eighth Harry Potter book is coming to shelves near you. Well, sort of. Harry Potter fans were thrilled with J.K. Rowling's decision to write a play set 19 years after the last Potter book. And now, fans have even more of a reason to celebrate, because the script is being published in print and as an eBook. So, if you can't make it over to London to see how the next chapter of the Potter world unfolds, hang tight. The script will be available to everyone this summer.

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3 Ways Our Culture Is Different than Every Other Culture in History

To challenge our culture’s inverted moral compass, we must also help people see that dying to self is the path to life—that what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge is a better picture of the human ideal than what’s preached in the self-help section at Barnes & Noble. Opposing biblical-behavior deviations is important but more surface-level; we must go deeper to show that the whole substratum of the Christian life is “let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Until we establish that the key to life is repentance, our hermeneutical arguments will have limited persuasiveness.

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One Minute Apologist on Twitter

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Why All Christians Should Observe Lent

Well said, Joy. I think you are quite correct. Additionally, I don't think "ritual" in some legalistic or magical way, is the intention of the author, nor of the people who practice Lent. The big issue is that we are changing, adaptable, and distracted humans. If we did not mark our days and seasons, I think it would be unlikely at we would take the time to focus and dig deeply into these devotional themes. Additionally, as we engage in themes of a season, we have the opportunity to assess if we have grown in our walk with Christ since the year before. As we do this as communities of faith, "concurrently" we share our weakness, our needs, our humility, and Christ's victory as a people and not as isolated individuals. And as to the word, "should" in the article's title, I interpret it a lot like eating broccoli - I should eat it, I might not die if I don't , but I might live better if I do. Lent is broccoli, and I trust the wisdom of the church having observed this tradition for nearly 1800 years, and I humbly listen to such a great cloud of witnesses.

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Preacher’s Toolkit: How Do I Prepare My Heart to Preach?

Along with this, it’s 20 hours of the harrowing of my soul as the text plows deep, bleeding furrows in my heart (Heb. 4:12). Such exposure results in ongoing repentance as I ask the Spirit to make me sympathetic to the truth of the text and, sinner though I am, to make it true in my heart. Sometimes this happens, and sometimes not. But the plowing of my heart has been salutary and elevating and sanctifying. My regular experience on the Lord’s Day was an overflowing heart. In fact, I had to cure myself of saying, “This is the most wonderful text in the Bible.”

27 We Are not Our Own

And here’s the bolder statement still, a way-more-weird and counter-cultural claim—We are rotten to the core. We are sinners. So much so that God became a man and died on a cross in our place. He loved us that much! And then, get this: He came back to life. His body wasn’t eaten by worms in a tomb. He was resurrected from the dead.

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Your King Doesn’t Come in Halves

First, the Marrow Controversy addressed how the gospel is to be preached from the pulpit and, by inference, how a believer should exhort those outside the church to believe. Should a minister refrain from preaching Christ except to those already showing signs of grace? This may sound silly to modern ears, but it was a real concern for many in the 18th century. “Hyper-Calvinists” held the gospel was for the elect only; thus, they argued, one shouldn’t preach Christ indiscriminately to all. Marrow , Ferguson tells us, counters this assertion by teaching Christ is offered as a “deed of gift and grant . . . unto all” (34). In other words, as expressed in John 3:16, the gospel is to be freely offered to all—not just to those showing signs of being sensible of their sin or need for Christ. On the flip side, the warrant for faith in Christ isn’t universal redemption, as Arminians teach, as though Christ died effectively for all, but rather that Jesus Christ is “able to save all those who come to God through him” (47–48).

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1 Peter 2:21–25, Part 1: Jesus Suffered to Keep You from Sinning

Jesus promised us that his followers would suffer unjustly for bearing his name. In this lab, John Piper explains how we return good for evil, even when it seems like evil is winning. He shows that Jesus died for you in more ways than one, and demonstrates how each way speaks into the opposition we face from the world.

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Please Convince Me

This concept of “necessary” existence is not easily grasped at first. Many skeptics will contend that “existence” is not an attribute at all. Imaginary things don’t actually exist, they will say, so they consist of nothing. This line of argument can quickly devolve into an argument over definitions, with the skeptic insisting that it is nonsensical to consider a thing which does not exist. This assumption allows them to defeat Anselm’s argument – they write “necessary existence” out of the set of characteristics of God – but a moment’s reflection should reveal that this comes at too high a price. I can conceive in my mind of many past historical figures whose attributes I can describe in detail but who do not presently exist, for they have passed away. More importantly, every scientific discovery or invention must first begin in the mind of a person who sees the attributes of the thing before it actually takes form. The automobile, for instance, did not create itself; it first appeared in the mind of an inventor who could see what it would consist of if it did exist, and then set about adding “existence” to its attributes.

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Does the Church Have a "Plausibility" Problem?

SHAW : Because the bible’s narrative makes it very clear that celibacy can be good for you and those around you: it’s central character is a young single man who was celibate and demonstrated the single life in all its fullness into a context in which that was even more counter-cultural than today. You might have heard of him – his name was Jesus Christ. Following in his footsteps there came a single middle-aged man who used the advantages of his celibate life to plant churches across the Mediterranean and who urged others to embrace those advantages too (1 Corinthians 7:32-35). You will have heard of him too – his name was Paul. Neither of them were emotionally repressed or lonely, both experienced intimate friendships and had numerous spiritual children, neither of them could have achieved all they did without being single and both of them sacrificed much but gained all that they most desired in the process. Their footsteps have been followed by numerous other self-sacrificial single women and men who have transformed the world through their Christ-like celibacy. I want to be part of that counter-cultural movement – for my own sake and for the life of the world.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: The Apostle Paul Answers the Question, "What about Those Who Never Heard?"

In his open-air address to the Athenian philosophers on the Areopagus, the Apostle Paul explained: "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and...gives all men life and breath and everything else.  From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.'" (Acts 17:24-28) 1 As philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig explains, these verses plausibly argue that those who would respond to the gospel, hear it: "God in His providence has so arranged the world that those who would respond to the gospel if they heard it, do hear it.  The sovereign God has so ordered human history that as the gospel spreads out from first-century Palestine, He places people in its path who would believe it if they heard it.  Once the gospel reaches a people, God providentially places there persons who He knew would respond to it if they heard it.

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Book Review: "Pitfalls: A Quick Guide to Identifying Logical Fallacies for Families" by J.D. Camorlinga

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Midweek Apologetics Hit and Misc: Doubting Well

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Breaking Through the Despair of Unbelief

“I was brought up in an evangelicalism that was quite rationalistic,” he said in a recent interview with Desiring God, as he reflected on his past. “I went to a private school and then to Cambridge University, and that meant really until the age of 21 I had been told, ‘You are the best and the brightest.’ There certainly was a huge amount of pride in me. I felt Jesus would be honored to have me on his team, and I was confident that I was bright enough to establish the reliability of Christianity for myself and make it logically sound and tight for others. And then it all fell apart.”

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Love the Racist, Confront the Sin

I’ve often wondered whether his criticism is true of most self-professing evangelicals. We have debates about racism and ethnic harmony on social media and at special events, but are we ready to be bold enough to confront and discipline men or women who show ethnic partiality in the body of Christ? If we’re serious about fighting the sin of ethnic partiality, also known as racism, in the church, we must readily address it locally and privately.

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3 Reasons Election Season Is Good For You

Amid the lament, however, thoughtful citizens have opportunities to celebrate what is good about this presidential campaign. This can be taken too far, of course. But we can assume a healthy posture between venerating and vilifying this election season for three reasons.

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Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades

What had happened? Most people actually know the answer, if pressed—though for some reason they do not usually connect the answer with the crusades. The answer is the rise of Islam. Every one of the listed regions was taken, within the space of a hundred years, from Christian control by violence, in the course of military campaigns deliberately designed to expand Muslim territory at the expense of Islam’s neighbors. Nor did this conclude Islam’s program of conquest. The attacks continued, punctuated from time to time by Christian attempts to push back. Charlemagne blocked the Muslim advance in far western Europe in about a.d. 800, but Islamic forces simply shifted their focus and began to island-hop across from North Africa toward Italy and the French coast, attacking the Italian mainland by 837. A confused struggle for control of southern and central Italy continued for the rest of the ninth century and into the tenth. In the hundred years between 850 and 950, Benedictine monks were driven out of ancient monasteries, the Papal States were overrun, and Muslim pirate bases were established along the coast of northern Italy and southern France, from which attacks on the deep inland were launched.

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Sinning at the Movies - Christian Research Institute

Scholars of the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery point out several key passages in the Song of Solomon that most translators, out of a biased modesty, have rendered less than true to the Hebrew text’s explicit sexual descriptions. 1 Granted, this is married love Solomon is erotically describing, but erotic description it still is. This author also “shoots a film” about illicit sexuality. When he wrote Proverbs 7, Solomon was not merely giving a fictional warning of the wages of sexual sin; he was also using a dramatic image of adulterous seduction in order to draw the reader vicariously into the temptation in order to understand the seriousness of the consequences. Solomon sets up the scenario with vividly racy images. He portrays the sexiness of the harlot and expresses the man’s heart being drawn to her. We hear the intimate whisperings of seduction in his ears. We can almost touch the beautiful exotic linens covering the bed, smell the perfume and spices, and listen to the tempting appeal that there are no consequences. We feel the man give way and give in, following the harlot to her lair.

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The Danger of “Easy Theism” | Cold Case Christianity

Not long ago, Oprah Winfrey interviewed distance swimmer, Diana Nyad , and inadvertently started an online firestorm over their comments related to atheism and theism. During the show, Nyad identified herself an atheist and said, “I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity. All the billions of people who have lived before us, who have loved and hurt and suffered. So to me, my definition of God is humanity and is the love of humanity.” After hearing this, Oprah responded, “Well, I don’t call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.” Nyad attempted to reaffirm her lack of belief in a Divine Being, but Oprah seemed to miss the point, attempting instead to rope her into some form of theism on the basis of Nyad’s admitted awe of God’s creation. Later in the show, Nyad spoke of her belief in the soul, in spite of her atheistic worldview: “We all have souls and I feel their (humanity’s) collective souls.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: What Are the Laws of Logic? by J.P. Moreland

There are three fundamental laws of logic.  Suppose P is any indicative sentence, say, "It's is raining." The law of identity: P is P.The law of non-contradiction: P is not non-P.The law of excluded middle: Either P or non-P. The law of identity says that if a statement such as "It is raining" is true, then the statement is true.  More generally, it says that the statement P is the same thing as itself and is different from everything else.  Applied to all reality, the law of identity says that everything is itself and not something else. The law of non-contradiction says that a statement such as "It is raining" cannot be both true and false in the same sense.  Of course it could be raining in Missouri and not raining in Arizona, but the principle says that it cannot be raining and not raining at the same time in the same place. The law of excluded middle says that a statement such as "It is raining" is either true or false.  There is no other alternative. These fundamental laws are true principles governing reality and thought and are assumed by Scripture.

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What Wheaton, Hawkins, and Others Said at Public Reconciliation Attempt

Ryken said Wheaton's board of trustees will conduct a thorough review with faculty to be better prepared when future issues arise over the school's statement of faith. "We want to learn everything that we can from this situation, to be a better and stronger community with a shared opportunity for academic freedom in the context of our Christian convictions."

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The Power of Patient-Centered Medical Care

In one sense, it’s highly competitive. We receive about 4,600 applications for 135 seats. In another sense, though, it’s not. When an applicant comes for interview day, her experience is designed around the notion of hospitality. We do this for two reasons. First, we want students to see their roles as caring for—not competing with—each other while they are learning. Second, we want them to see that we’re serious about patient-centered care. In fact, we’re the only medical school in the nation with a patient-centered interview day, where patients meet with applicants and tell their stories.  

45 Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics

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“You Won’t Be So Passionate When You’re 40″

The realization of God’s love for me in Jesus has only really penetrated my heart in my 40’s! I am 47, have been a Christian for over 30 years, and a pastor for over 20 and I can say without a doubt I am more passionate for the gospel and more believing in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit than ever in my life! I remember talking to a friend’s dad who was a part of a strong “revival” at his Christian college back in the 70’s. In his spiritual apathy he told me how things like that are great but they will fade. I remember thinking as a young Christian, “No, it doesn’t have to be that way!” Now, at the same age as that man was when he told me I can say with confidence, “No, it doesn’t have to be that way!”

47 Renewing Your Mind | Providence and Suffering | February 11, 2016

It is worth pondering what this means. We might have expected Joseph to reason that because things had turned worse, God must surely be against him. It is natural for us to assume that bad things are indicative of chastisement. "What have I done to deserve this?" we ask. The false accusations made against Joseph would then be an example of instant retribution. God was punishing him for something he had done. This was exactly the reasoning of Job's friends. They only had one song (Calvin said in a sermon on Job), and they sang it to death! And, because we do believe in divine retribution, this sometimes is the case. Paul seems to be saying as much when he comments on the reason why some of the Corinthians are sick and dying (1 Cor. 11:29-30). But such a conclusion is not a necessary one, and in this instance it would be an entirely false one. Outward suffering is not necessarily an indicator that God is against us.

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Dr. Brown Challenges Rabbi Yoseph Mizrachi to a Public Debate

For the last eight years, Dr. Brown has made it known that he would be delighted to have a public debate about Jesus being the Jewish Messiah with counter-missionary rabbi Yoseph Mizrachi, yet to date, Rabbi Mizrachi has not agreed to do the debate. So here Is Dr. Brown’s public, open invitation.

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Do Christian Parents Flirt with the Idol of Safety?

The tough pill for parents to swallow remains that, just as God’s love for our kids comes with no strings attached, his lordship over their lives comes without conditions too. That the Father offered his Son as a ransom for our children and us means they belong to him, not us. The full benefits of salvation come with the full commitment of discipleship.

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Want Romance? Go to Church, Study Finds

"Seventy-eight percent of men and women in couples who regularly go to services together, or where only the man attends regularly, report that they are 'very happy' or 'extremely happy,' after adjusting for differences in race, age, education, marital status, region, and other factors," read the study.

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56 Is Intelligent Design Science? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
57 Speaking Truth to a Secular Age: A Google Hangout with Albert Mohler Tomorrow at 3:30pm ET
58 What is Objectivity and Why is it Important for Bible Study? - www.ThePoachedEgg.net/mobile
59 5 Lies I Used to Believe About Being A Christian
60 Snowballs and Scripture: The Importance of Structural Integrity - www.ThePoachedEgg.net/mobile
61 New Website: Advanced Apologetics
62 The Poached Egg on Twitter
63 The Invitation To Love
64 Pastors.com
65 C.S. Lewis Institute Pastors Fellowship
66 Trying to Become More Relevant Makes Liberal Churches Less Relevant - www.ThePoachedEgg.net/mobile
67 History is a Problem for Those Who Doubt Jesus Was Real | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
68 The Poached Egg on Twitter
69 WORLD | Globe Trot: Iranian-backed militias taking Christian property in Iraq | Mindy Belz | Feb. 10, 2016
70 28. Can we be good without God?
71 Ash Wednesday 2016 - Christian Research Institute
72 WORLD | Such a passion for abortion | La Shawn Barber | Feb. 10, 2016
73 WORLD | Christie to halt campaign for president | Lynde Langdon | Feb. 10, 2016
74 Has Archaeology Proven the Gospel of John? | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
75 Kindle 4 Christ on Twitter
76 WORLD | Trump, Sanders win New Hampshire primaries | Leigh Jones | Feb. 9, 2016
77 WORLD News Group on Twitter
78 Fixed Point on Twitter
79 The Christian Post on Twitter
80 Should We Pray for Trivial Things?
81 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
82 Does the Faith of a Presidential Candidate Matter?
83 Help Me Teach the Bible: Greg Beale on Revelation
84 May I Split My Giving Between My Church and Another Ministry?
85 Elaina Plott on Twitter
86 Two Funerals in Two Days
87 What Christians Can Learn from the Wheaton College Controversy
88 Finding Healing in Front of the Camera
89 5 Resolutions to Make If You Already Failed Your First Ones
90 Love is Just Around The Corner This Valentines - Premier Christian Radio
91 Aaron Sorkin Is Bringing 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to Broadway
92 You Can Now Stay in Van Gogh's Bedroom
93 Developing Our Second Bests
94 http://buff.ly/1Qr47MB
95 Obama to Ask for $11 Billion to Fight Family Homelessness