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Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves, Confirming Einstein’s Prediction

Scientists have just confirmed one of Einstein’s most important theories. Using the high-tech, billion-dollar “Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory,” the team of astronomers and researchers were able to detect actual gravitational waves for the first time ever. Einstein theorized that ripples could be created in the fabric of space-time, and with the new detection technology, the researchers were able to observe one of these waves caused when two black holes—more than a billion light-years from earth—smashed into each other. Sure, it might sound a little confusing, but it’s a really big deal for potentially learning more about the universe. As Columbia University astrophysicist Szabolcs Marka explained to the AP, "Until this moment, we had our eyes on the sky and we couldn't hear the music. The skies will never be the same." Here's a cool, quick primer from Science magazine:

Are Christians Hypocrites? My Response!

The claim that Christians are hypocrites is one of the most difficult to address. Sean briefly responds to this challenge to both Christians and skeptics.

Why the Gettys Are Re-Introducing the ‘Greatest Missions Hymn Ever Written’

Keith Getty calls it 'the greatest missions hymn ever written'—and more than likely, you’ve never heard it.

On the Origin of Chins

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3 Grace to You

The completion of God's work in you will come at a future point in time that Paul calls "the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:6). Scripture also speaks of "the day of the Lord," which is the time of God's judgment on unbelievers, but "the day of Christ Jesus" refers to when believers will be fully glorified then rewarded for their faithful service (cf. 1 Cor. 3:10-15). All your earthly cares will be gone and God's promise to keep you from stumbling and make you stand in His presence blameless with great joy will be fully realized (Jude 24).

Seven Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Deadpool’

On social media, Christians are debating whether or not it’s appropriate to see the film. Is it permissible? Is it wise? Is it legalistic to say no? What follows is a lightly edited transcript from John Piper on why he is committed to abstaining from movies and shows he knows contain nudity. We’ve cast them in terms of seven questions to consider.

5 Grace to You

God’s power also gives us spiritual victory. Paul instructs us to “be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might” (Eph. 6:10). When the adversary comes and you’re on guard, you don’t fight him; you go tell the commander, and he leads the battle. God will bring about the victory because “greater is He who is in [us] than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Satan may be powerful, but he’s no match for God.

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First, we must take our eyes off ourselves and look to God—through study of the Word, time in prayer, and sincerely desiring to be close to Him. Second, we must starve our flesh by removing the things on which it feeds. This means removing those things that promote pride. Third, and most important, we must simply ask for it. God alone can help us keep our lives in balanced perspective, and He will respond when we seek humility with all our hearts. David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Ps. 51:10). He desired to be steadfastly humble, and knew only God could grant such a request. The Father stands ready to answer this prayer long before we even utter it—humility is that important.

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6 Advantages of Consecutive Expository Preaching

Perhaps that is why it is so rare. Only those will undertake it who are prepared to follow the example of the apostles and say, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the Word of God and serve tables…. We will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:2, 4). The systematic preaching of the Word is impossible without the systematic study of it. It will not be enough to skim through a few verses in daily Bible reading, nor to study a passage only when we have to preach from it. No. We must daily soak ourselves in the Scriptures. We must not just study, as through a microscope, the linguistic minutiae of a few verses, but take out our telescope and scan the wide expanses of God’s Word, assimilating its grand theme of divine sovereignty in the redemption of mankind. “It is blessed,” wrote C. H. Spurgeon, “to eat into the very soul of the Bible until, at last, you come to talk in Scriptural language, and your spirit is flavoured with the words of the Lord, so that your blood is Bibline and the very essence of the Bible flows from you.

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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Our Pro-Woman, Complementarian Jesus

In summary, Jesus honored women and empowered them for ministry, but when it came to selecting those for positions of leadership and authority, he chose only men. Our Lord had no trouble being radically pro-women and unequivocally complementarian at the same time. Neither should we.

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15 Does Your Pastor Love Being a Pastor?

If you look around and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of payoff here, lift up your eyes. And if you have been taught by some psychologist or ethicist that you shouldn’t live for reward, close their book and read the Bible. This is a glorious promise to faithful pastors in hard situations. It is meant to motivate you in the ministry. It is meant to produce perseverance. It is meant to produce eagerness. It is meant to produce willingness. It is meant to produce on the ground, in the trenches, exemplary life.

Cognitive Dissonance and the Followers of Donald Trump

There is something about Arum's line that reminds me of Donald Trump, except that: 1) Arum was not running for the office of the president of the United States; and 2) Trump could say the same thing that Arum did but it appears that many of his followers would say, "You see! He's not a politician. He tells the truth."

The Most Neglected Spiritual Discipline

When we undertake a spiritual discipline—especially the discipline of fasting—it’s easy to start feeling superior. Jesus actually takes this up Himself. In Matthew chapter 6, right after Jesus teaches us how to pray, He hits this issue. To paraphrase verses 16-18: “When you fast, don’t be a jerk about it, because that would totally miss the point.”

Valentine’s Is About Jesus

When we elevate romance in our celebrations of Saint Valentine’s Day, we are doing more than supporting the manufacture of all things kitsch. We are appropriating an entirely unnecessary and entirely wonderful event in order to take our place in a tradition of romance and courtly love that points squarely to our Lord.

Trump Worth $10 Billion Less Than If He’d Simply Invested in Index Funds

While Trump did have a big head start — his father, Fred, was a multimillionaire New York real estate developer — there’s no doubt The Donald has created a fortune of his own. But if he’d stopped working 30 years ago, he could have done much better.

The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won’t Find in a Christian Bookstore)

Gregory Wolfe of Image journal calls Hawthorne America’s “first great Christian writer.” And indeed, in this early collection of short stories we encounter an 18th-century writer who seeks, in Wolfe’s words, to “locate [the power of evil] in the human heart, in opposition to an age that wanted either to deny evil or locate it within human institutions.” That sounds appropriate for our own age as well, especially in an election year; and it’s also appropriately Lenten. Take, for instance, the Reverend Hooper in “The Minister’s Black Veil,” who unnerves his congregation by wearing a dark veil over his face, without explanation, till the day he dies. Like the veil—like the gray cross on some of our foreheads on Ash Wednesday—Lent both proclaims the sinfulness of our hearts and forces us to reckon with it before God, alone.

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Though Muhammad guarantees the “religion and property” of the Jews in the Treaty of Medina, he still warns them of Allah’s “punishment and vengeance” if they fail to convert. He enters a Jewish school accordingly, and the rabbis challenge him: “ ‘What is your religion, Muhammad?’ “ ‘The religion of Abraham’ [says Muhammad]. “ ‘But Abraham was a Jew’ [say the Jews]. “ ‘Then let the Torah judge between us’ ” [says Muhammad]. As the rabbis then refuse to convert, Muhammad declares a verse of the Qur’an coming down from Allah: “Hast thou not seen how those who have received a portion of scripture when invited to [Allah’s] book that it may judge between them, a party of them turn their backs in opposition.” The Jews claim Abraham as their own, with their Judaism tracing back through to the Israelites and Isaac. But here Muhammad challenges them to prove it from the Torah (the Pentateuch), and also, he includes the Torah in Allah’s book.

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Don’t Be Embarrassed by Your Ordinary Church

Let’s think together about church, and in particular the church where you are a member. If it is like most churches today it is not very large (probably less than 200 people). You may be tempted to think that your church in its modest size is rather insignificant. When I talk to people about their churches I almost sense a little embarrassment about the size and perceived scope of their church. Apologetic words like small and ordinary come out. I would argue that these words are not bad at all—and perhaps even quite accurate—but it is the sentiment behind them that is concerning, especially in light of what the church is and does.

Kingdom Come

Christians fall into two camps when it comes to Heaven: They’re either focused more on the here-and-now or on the afterlife—rarely both. We asked theologian Scot McKnight about the right approach to the ever after.

God Loved Alexander Hamilton

That God loved Alexander Hamilton is undeniable. But did Hamilton love God? Historians of the Revolutionary period are often asked about issues of faith. Did the Founding Fathers believe in God? Were they really Christians? For Alexander Hamilton, the answer was yes. Records indicate that Hugh Knox, a Presbyterian minister in St. Croix, influenced Hamilton at a young age. Knox’s sermons and passion for God seemed to have affected Hamilton on a fundamentally core level. Hamilton’s own desire to pursue godly living was ignited in St. Croix, and he carried this aspiration with him when he set sail for New York to further his education.

Precision with God’s Words, Love for God’s Glory

What marks a person as true, and not false, is his devotion to the glory of God. Jesus is so submitted to the glory of his Father that he is willing to lose his life for it (John 12:27–28). He is so little devoted to his own earthly comfort and security and fame, and so fully devoted to his Father’s glory that his teaching shines with a kind of wonder unlike anything merely human.

Will You Wrestle with God?

Lastly, wrestling with God changed Jacob’s identity. He was no longer to be known as one who received his blessing by deception. This time he received God’s blessing by prevailing with God by faith. This struggle turned out to be a profoundly gracious gift of restoration that God gave Jacob, not unlike the gift Jesus gave Peter by letting Peter affirm his love for Jesus as many times as he had denied it (John 21:15–17). Jacob’s tenacious faith pleased God and he rewarded Jacob’s request (Hebrews 11:6). When God calls us to wrestle with him, there’s always more going on than we first understand and God always uses it to transform us for good.

Why I Know the Disciples Didn’t Conspire to Fabricate the Resurrection of Jesus | Cold Case Christianity

How do we know the resurrection of Jesus really occurred ? Were the gospel authors and disciples telling the truth about this central claim of Christianity, or did they conspire to fabricate the most compelling story of all time? Is the Resurrection simply a lie? In my experience as a detective, I have investigated many conspiracies and multiple suspect crimes. While successful conspiracies are the popular subject of many movies and novels, I’ve come to learn that they are (in reality) very difficult to pull off. Successful conspiracies share a number of common characteristics:

DOUBT: A Splinter In The Mind | by Bobby Conway

Horrifying so, doubt is no stranger to our time. And capturing the zeitgeist of our changing times is quite the project. We live in a multi-textured culture that is replete with innumerable beliefs, opinions, ideas, and life philosophies. Ours is a culture of doubt and longing, faith and questioning, searching and probing. And much of the doubt has been accelerated by fast-paced change. Our culture is living between the tension of what we once were and what we are now becoming. And for many, waiting in the blank space between the definition of what we were and the search to define what we are becoming feels for the moment confusing, and even a bit uncomfortable.

A Giant has Fallen — The Death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the Future of Constitutional Government |

“The American people have been converted to belief in The Living Constitution, a ‘morphing” document that means, from age to age, what is ought to mean. And with that conversion has inevitably come the new phenomenon of electing and confirming federal judges, at all levels, on the basis of their views concerning a whole series of proposals for constitutional evolution. If the courts are free to write the Constitution anew, they will, by God, write it the way the majority wants; the appointment and confirmation process will see to that. This, of course, is the end of the Bill of Rights, whose meaning will be committed to the very body it was meant to protect against: the majority. By trying to make the Constitution do everything that needs to be done from age to age, we shall have caused it to do nothing at all.”

Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument

There is a very good explanation of some of the cases of fine-tuning that I talk about most on this blog – the force of gravity, the strong force, etc. as well as many other examples. Dr. Barnes is an expert, but he is also very very easy to listen to even when talking about difficult issues. Luke M. is very likeable as the interviewer.

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Justice Scalia found dead at Texas ranch

Justice Scalia found dead at Texas ranch Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the outspoken leader of the Supreme Court's conservative bloc, was found dead at a Texas ranch Saturday morning. Check out this story on

How You're Ruining Your Self-Esteem and Don't Even Know It

You need to learn to fail in healthy and redemptive ways, because fail you will. People with a healthy and accurate self-image don’t have a big problem with failure. When they don’t get a promotion at work, or their spouse gets mad at them, or their kids don’t respect them, they know what to do. Here’s what failing well looks like:

Preaching to a Persecuted People: The Pastor as Leader, Comforter, and Guide

Pastors, this is our aim. For ourselves and for our people. This is the work of a lifetime. This is a humanly impossible work. It is a glorious work. In the midst of suffering to lead your flock into this joy . . . “not under compulsion, but willingly; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2–3). In the new America that is less hospitable to our faith, a stage is being set as never before in our land for the display of the glory of God through the joy of his grieving people.

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William Lane Craig explains the faith enterprise in an 8-minute video

Third, Christianity is not about just being passive, having feelings and doing private things like prayer, singing and attending church. Christianity, when done right, involves projecting your beliefs outward. Evangelism, the practice of telling non-Christians the truth about Christianity, is not optional for Christians. Although many other religions dislike Christians for evangelizing, and some even use coercion and force to stop us, it is our responsibility. Many Christians seek to augment their evangelism by learning how to answer objections to Christianity, and how to make a case for the truth of core Christian beliefs. This involves studying philosophy, as well as scientific and historical evidence. And then there are other things to do – like organizing talks with good scholars on university campuses, and funding them through your job. Giving to charities that protect religious liberty and promote the pro-life message, and natural marriage. Those last two are important, because Christians care about children, since they are made by God, in order to know God, and selfish adults must be convinced control themselves.

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Hour 1: Liberals Respond to Antonin Scalia’s Death with Hatred, Mockery, Joy

God's Place in Black History

Long before President Ford’s official recognition of Black History Month in 1976, African American, Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and prominent, African American minister Jesse E. Moorland founded an organization, known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The ASALH was dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans. The organization sponsored the first national Negro History Week in 1926, selecting the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas s, February 12 and February 14, respectively.

Faith Actually: Why you need to read "God’s Crime Scene" by J. Warner Wallace.

J. Warner takes an investigative, evidential approach to the universe as a crime scene. The author walks the reader through the "inside the room or outside the room" methodology used by homicide detectives, which he applies in his investigation of the broad evidence for God's design. He challenges the reader to examine eight important pieces of evidence common to our human observations and experience to discern whether pure unguided naturalism or supernatural intervention best accounts for the evidence at the "crime scene." 

33. Is the Bible even true?

Nathan Betts ( of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Is the Bible even true?" This video is episode 33 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": More about RZIM Canada:

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Downton Abbey: The Final Season Episodes 5 and 6 - A Christian Perspective

Trust is something that can be lost, and it is hard to gain. A Christian perspective, I would argue, entails a kind of believing the best of others until proven otherwise. After all, isn’t that how we would like to be treated ourselves? Thomas Barrow has given others many reasons to lose their trust in him. Now that he is reaping the rewards of his own incessant sowing of discontent, he has fully come to realize just how hard it is to regain that trust. In his character, so far, we see in a way the state that all of us have been in or will be in–a state in which we must confront the fact that we have sinned, fallen short of expectations, and cannot earn our way back. Baxter has continued to be an example of grace shown to Barrow in his situation, but his own recalcitrance on accepting her grace shows, perhaps, how far he has fallen. The question is: Will he be able to come back?

Triablogue: Art of the puerile

While there are notable exceptions on both sides, my impression is in general the tendency is for conservatives to focus on the issues in debates and arguments, whereas in general the tendency is for liberals to focus on individuals in debates and arguments. Generally speaking, conservatives tend to focus on debating the pros/cons or merits/demerits of an issue, whereas liberals tend to focus on the morality/immorality of an individual. For example, if someone disagrees with tax hikes, then they hate the poor. If someone disagrees with abortion, then they hate women. If someone disagrees with Pres. Obama, then they hate African-Americans. If someone disagrees with illegal immigration and amnesty, then they hate Hispanics. If someone disagrees with same-sex marriage, then they hate homosexuals. At its most crass, it's nothing short of bullying. Name-calling, insults, shaming. Yet, ironically, this is not only exactly what Trump the supposed bona fide conservative engages in, but this is the address where Trump lives and thrives. Simply witness his performance in the latest GOP debate in South Carolina.

46 Is the Biblical Stance against Homosexuality Necessarily Unloving? - Stand to Reason Blog

Think about biblical truth like 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Paul says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

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9 Things You Should Know About Justice Antonin Scalia (1936–2016)

4. Scalia was the first Italian American to serve on the Supreme Court—a fact that was frequently remarked on during the opening remarks of his confirmation hearings . This lead Senator Howard Heflin (D-Alabama) to jokingly say, “Judge Scalia, I believe that almost every Senator that has an Italian American connection has come forward to welcome you to this or to participate in this hearing thus far. I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that my great-great-grandfather married a widow who was married first to an Italian American.” Scalia replied, “Senator, I have been to Alabama several times too.”

Fight for Joy on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is hard for many single people. The cynical humor of the typical Christian single offers little more than a thin veneer over the pain and worry lurking within his heart. Cultural pressures to find his worth, identity, and security in a romantic relationship only exacerbate the inner struggle. And those pressures are often amplified in conservative Christian communities, as singles become collateral damage in the battle to defend marriage and the family. To many married believers, the singles in their midst are pitiable at best, dangerous at worst. But in the face of all these worries and pressures, Christian singles can lay hold of some glorious biblical truths to propel them in their fight for joy this Valentine's Day—and every day thereafter.

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53 The Unintended Reformation
54 “Transparent” and the Art of Propaganda Squads
55 Tim McGrew lectures on undesigned coincidences in the Bible
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57 To Your Daughter, Speak the Truth
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61 Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch
62 What the Church Can Learn From Justice Scalia’s Life
63 WORLD | Justice Antonin Scalia dies at age 79 | Lynde Langdon | Feb. 13, 2016
64 WORLD | Karl Zinsmeister: Relinquishers and polyarchs | Marvin Olasky | Feb. 15, 2016
65 Sin, evil and the Zika virus | Think Christian
66 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily
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68 Women in Combat? "Sending" women, women pastors, and feminism- a response to Issues Etc. on Women in Combat and Selective Service
69 Inspiring Kids to Choose Biblical Morality - Stand to Reason Blog
70 Visit Westminster Seminary California
71 Has Archaeology Proven the Gospel of John?
72 Primates meeting “spun more than Donald Trump” - premier
73 The Lent Project
74 Log In - The New York Times
75 The Enigmatic Faith of Washington and Lincoln
77 Week in Review - 1/7 - The Eric Metaxas Show
78 Ryan Pauly on Twitter
79 The Poached Egg on Twitter
80 Patton Speech - George C. Scott - 1970
81 Valentine's Day
82 Matthew 22:37, English Standard Version (ESV)
83 The Mosque on the Mount
84 The Prophetic Warnings of Justice Antonin Scalia | The Stream
85 Ross Douthat on Twitter
86 Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio's intervention in Libya created an ISIS caliphate
87 Lauren Chandler: How God Wrings Out Praise During Tough Times
88 Dispatch from Berlinale–'A Quiet Passion'
89 Voice of Hope Tour - premier
90 The Gospel Coalition Church Directory
91 Love the Life You Never Wanted
92 CRI on Twitter
93 Christ Crucified, Our Boast
94 The ‘Walking Dead’ Is the Modern Day Parable We Need