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Productivity and Leadership in the 21st Century: A Live Interview with Tim Challies and Chris Larson Tomorrow at 2:30pm

On Wednesday at 2:30pm ET, we will be joined by Tim Challies, pastor, blogger, and author of Do More Better, and Chris Larson, president and chief executive officer of Ligonier Ministries. Together, we will discuss a Christian understanding of productivity and leadership to help us better serve and glorify God in our vocations.

The Story Behind John Piper’s Most Famous Attack on the Prosperity Gospel

More than 1.2 million people have seen author and speaker John Piper's passionate strike at the prosperity gospel. Here's what happened that night.

Some Genius Remade Smashmouth’s ‘All Star’ Using Only Windows XP Sounds

There are people in this world who have some much time on their hands that they are capable of feats of creative brilliance that most of us couldn’t even fathom. One of those individuals is a man named James Nielssen, who fired up an old PC equipped with Windows XP, and remade the ‘90s pop song “All Star” using only sounds made by the operating system. It’s the video you never knew you wanted and you can never unhear.

Never Abandon Hope

In God’s gracious design, the Christian life spirals upward in ever-increasing joy, peace, and hope despite all the trials we face.

Live – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The seminary community gathers to worship in Alumni Memorial Chapel on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Here’s a Micro-Budget Re-Creation of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Teaser

You don’t need a big Hollywood budget to create a cool movie trailer. The YouTube wizards at Dumb Drum created this super low-budget, shot-for-shot re-creation of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teaser using homemade props. With enough cardboard and enough time, anything is possible. You can see the whole thing—and a side-by-side comparison—below:

How to Engage in Spiritual Conversations - Darrell L. Bock and Mary Jo Sharp

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock and Mary Jo Sharp discuss defending the faith, focusing on spiritual conversations and tolerance.

You Can Now Get Married at Taco Bell

The dream is now a reality. Taco Bell has announced a new promotion in which one couple will be chosen to get married at one of their dining establishments. As part of the “Love & Tacos” contest, couples send in their “Taco Bell love story” (that is, assuming that there are couples who have a Taco Bell love story). One “lucky” couple will be flown to Las Vegas with guests, to get married at their “Las Vegas Cantina” restaurant. Obviously, free Taco Bell food will be provided. Thankfully though, even if you don’t win the official contest, you can still say your “I do’s” after running to the border. For just $600, the Las Vegas Taco Bell will provide an “ordained officiant,” “Sauce Packet bouquet” and other essentials for a ceremony.

China: Elderly Christian prisoner attacked by police officer - Premier

A Christian political prisoner was attacked by a police officer because his beard was too long.

Iran: men appeal lashing verdict for drinking communion wine - Premier

Three Iranian men await to hear whether a court will uphold their sentence to 80 lashes for taking communion wine. 

Community launches fundraising campaign to save arson attack church - Premier

The Salford community is coming together to raise £100,000 to restore a historic church that was gutted by fire on Sunday.

Franklin Graham defends Trump in the face of mounting pressure - Premier

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham is keeping up his praise for US President Donald Trump and defending the businessman despite mounting pressure.

7 of Our Favorite Moments From the 2017 Grammys

From Chance the Rapper to Beyonce

SBTS Preview Day — April 21, 2017

Preview Day is the best time for you to visit the campus of Southern Seminary if you’re considering joining us as a student.

Washington Post Fake News Purveyor Valerie Strauss

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

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Fake News and Other Traps Damaging the Church

How does it help us that today’s church events are branded and marketed as if they were products to be consumed? If we need the stage design, the lights, the eye candy and the app to keep our attention on the Lord, then what is the point? We don’t consume God, He consumes us. There are at least eight references in the Bible to Him being a “consuming fire,” but do we allow His fire to burn us? Because that would mean allowing every part of us to be placed under His Lordship and held accountable to His Word. Fire doesn’t consume discriminately. God wants all of us, but as long as we go through the Christian walk expecting it to be about us and what God can do for us, we’re missing it.

9 Big Myths About Forgiveness

If you go tell someone this (I haven’t heard this, but have heard something similar), first ask yourself why you need to let them know they unknowingly wronged you. Is it possible that saying, “You never knew I was angry with you, but I was because you were terrible … but I forgave you, so it’s cool!” is really one last attempt to get back at them for hurting you? You can forgive someone without ever telling them because forgiveness is about your freedom, not about theirs.

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You Are My Joy: The Deep Reward in Discipling Others

How can he say that? Because this is precisely how Jesus himself would have it. This is what joy in Jesus does — it grows and expands to draw others in. “No greater joy” does not mean that Jesus himself is less than our greatest treasure, but that the way in which he is our greatest joy is not inward and sequestered from others, but that such joy ripens and extends and draws others in — that our joy becomes greater as we invest at depth in particular individuals for an extended period of time, and see God work to give the growth.

6 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI

Did Jesus make a crucial historical blunder in the Gospel of Mark? One of the reasons cited by famed New Testament scholar and best-selling author Bart Ehrman for his transition from fundamentalist Christian to fundamentalist agnostic is that the gospel of Mark is riddled with factual and historical errors. A prominent example is that David […]

#4: Are Christians Judgmental? [Podcast] - Jonathan Morrow

In this episode of Your Worldview Minute, we’ll be talking about how to respond when people say that Christians shouldn’t be judgmental. What did Jesus mean (and not mean) when he tells us not to judge? What was Jesus against? As you will see, context matters!

Vicar of Dibley among world's most-loved BBC characters - Premier

Vicar of Dibley, Rev Geraldine Granger, is among the world's most loved BBC television characters, a survey has revealed.

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You Don’t Have to Get Married to Be Happy

You don’t have to get married be happy, but you do need to fall in love. When Jesus was asked about the most important command in the Bible, he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27). To find the love your soul longs for, you give your heart first to God, not to a husband or wife. The best way to pursue the marriage you want today is to pursue God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.

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The case for Christianity gets better

Prognosticating about the future is risky business. One can really only be right, wrong or perhaps close enough that it still counts. Ever since the enlightenment, certain irreligious prognosticators have predicted that the faithful will finally “see the light”; that there is no God. The thought was that with the rise of modern science and modern thought, Christian claims will be seen as antiquated and therefore abandoned. Old theories are almost all false. Christianity is an old theory, therefore, it should be dropped as well, right?

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Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree ( magna cum laude ) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.

Valentine’s Day for Single Christians

Valentine’s Day is not an easy or light thing to face as a single person. The chick flicks, charming cards, and chocolate hearts can easily make us feel sad and tired — and tired of feeling sad. But for Christians, this is no excuse to wallow in our loneliness or discontentment. This year, I will not celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it is not simply because I’m frustrated or lonely. It’s because I would rather enjoy God’s gifts of contentment, fulfillment, and hope — gifts that Christ died to purchase for us, whether we’re single or married.

Pentecostalism: William Seymour

O f all the outstanding black American religious leaders in the twentieth century, one of the least recognized is William Seymour, the unsung pastor of the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles and catalyst of the worldwide Pentecostal movement. Only in the last few decades have scholars become aware of his importance, beginning perhaps with Yale University historian Sidney Ahlstrom, who said Seymour personified a black piety "which exerted its greatest direct influence on American religious history"—placing Seymour's impact ahead of figures like W. E. B. Dubois and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quick Summary of IDHEFTBAA

Learn why answering the following 4 questions in the affirmative prove that Christianity is true in this quick overview of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. • Does Truth Exist? • Does God exist? • Are Miracles Possible? • Is The New Testament True?

Making Friends in a New City Is the Worst

Months passed as I stared at the ceiling in my childhood bedroom in Minnesota, researched dozens of companies and applied for more than a hundred jobs. When one finally responded and offered me a full-time position—on the West Coast—I had already spent eight months building a new routine and reconstructing friendships in my hometown to ease the drudgery of my unfulfilling post-graduate career. At that point, I wondered: Should I leave my friends and stability here? Or should I take the biggest risk of my life, move across the country and start a job in an industry I don’t even know if I like?

The Prayer That Changed Everything for Chance the Rapper

While I think it's awesome that God is praised, his lyrics leave a lot to be desired. He sometimes uses the f-word in the same song that he is praising God in, to me that's mixing the sacred and profane and that's bordering on blasphemy. I'll be praying for the man and that God continues to work through him but will not pick up his album, a lot of his lyrics could potentially hinder someone in their walk and that's never a good thing. We are called to be set apart not talk about f---ing b---s and praising God in the same song, what is that? May God continue to mold him as He does the rest of us...

My Home Has ‘Murder’ in Its Name

G rowing up in San Francisco, Russell Jeung didn’t have much love for Oakland, his struggling neighbor across the East Bay. Yet Jeung has made his home in Oakland for more than 20 years, with much of that time spent ministering in Murder Dubs, a neighborhood riven with poverty and violence. He first moved there during a graduate school ethnography project focused on Southeast Asian gangs.

The What and Why of Apologetics

The term “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word for “defense” used in 1 Peter 3:15 : “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (ESV). This word is “ἀπολογία” in Greek (pronounced “apologia”). It is the same word from which we get our word “apology”, although giving a good apology in the modern sense of the word requires one to admit the wrong one has done, take responsibility for it, accept the consequences, and commit oneself not to do it again. The sense in which this word is used in 1 Peter is not like that at all. Rather, it carries legal connotations.

Where Is God When Things Keep Getting Worse?

I remember years of crying out to God, thinking my faith would get back on track when life got back to normal. But as the pain grew more intense, I realized I needed to find God in the present, and not wait for my circumstances to improve. God wanted me to find him sufficient in the midst of trouble rather than just demanding that he deliver me from it.

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Why Do People Deny a Truth Claim? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #15) | Cold Case Christianity

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner talks about the importance of presuppositions when considering a truth claim. Using analogies from cold-case trials, J. Warner compares the lives of two well-known Biblical scholars as he describes the power of presuppositional bias. (For more information, visit )

Hillsong announces Israel church plant - Premier

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Happily Ever After

Marriage between sinners has its inevitable messes. If you’ve been married longer than a week or two, you know how the hard realities of life in a fallen age can come crashing in. Perhaps you had a season of “once upon a time,” but soon enough you realized that this marriage, in this world, is not yet your “happily ever after.”

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How Many Bible Versions Should I Read?

Today’s question comes to us from Trisha: “Hello Pastor John! My name is Trisha. I’m from Michigan. I know the ESV is your preferred translation, but I sometimes find the wording of the ESV hard to understand, so I often switch to the NIV, HCSB, or NLT for clarity on a passage. Do you think it’s important to stick with one translation for reading and meditation? As a Christian I want to live and breathe Scripture, because I know it is the very word of God. I would love to hear your thoughts about sticking with one main Bible translation. I’ve read that many Puritans not only used one translation for their entire life, but also used the same physical Bible for a lifetime, knowing it so intimately as to have a visual memory of where a text was on a given page. Will I be missing out if I only use the ESV and come across wording I don’t fully understand? Thank you!”

How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe

The beginning of our universe is evidently troubling for atheists judging by their responses. For a start philosophical reasoning shows that it is not possible to have an infinite regress of past events. Couple that with persuasive scientific evidence from cosmic expansion and the second law of thermodynamics, and we needn’t doubt that the universe had its finite beginning in the Big Bang.

Archbishop Welby clarifies Brexit 'fascist' remarks - Premier

The Archbishop of Canterbury has clarified remarks he made which were perceived by some as comparing Brexit voters to far-right fascists.

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Don't Let Romance Be Another Day on the Calendar

A person might not think that romance starts with saying hello, but how you greet your spouse sets the tone for the rest of your time together. Simply stopping your day to hug or kiss or just say, “Hi,” can show your spouse that you're genuinely happy to be with them again no matter how divided the time becomes after that welcome. You may greet each other every day, but looking at that moment as an opportunity rather than an obligation it changes the heart behind the act.

Apologetic Nonstarters: Arguments to Avoid in Defending Christianity - Christian Research Institute

Apologetics is a necessary discipline for the Christian faith. Jesus and the apostle Paul regularly defended their beliefs through rational arguments. The apostle Peter tells us to be ready to give a reason for the hope we have in Christ (1 Pet. 3:15). This lost world needs to hear and believe the gospel of God, so, when unbelievers ask questions about the truth and rationality of Christianity, we must be ready with sufficient answers, trusting in the Holy Spirit to apply the message to their souls (Acts 1:8).

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'Playboy' Is Dropping Its No-Nudity Policy

When you have a company, and the founder is responsible for kick-starting the sexual revolution, and then you pluck out that aspect of the company’s DNA by removing the nudity, it makes a lot of people, including me, sit and say, ‘What the hell is the company doing?’

Introducing ’Netflix Cheating,’ a Real Thing That Really Exists

The cheating they’re referring to, however, is what occurs when one-half of a couple secretly binge-watches an entire series without their partner present, a phenomenon only affecting 46 percent of streaming couples, but according to Netflix, “No relationship is safe.”

Watch John Crist Explore the Hazards of Getting Engaged in the Era of Instagram

Getting engaged can be a stressful experience. But, in the age of Instagram, capturing that unforgettable moment can be even more complicated than planning a surprise, buying a ring and popping the big question.

Pope Francis asks victims of clerical sex abuse for forgiveness - Premier

In the book, Pope Francis wrote: "How can a priest, at the service of Christ and of His Church, come to cause such evil? How can one who has consecrated his life to leading the little ones to God, end up instead devouring them in what I have called a 'diabolic sacrifice,' which destroys both the victims and the life of the Church?"

Iraqi Christians demand resettlement at Beirut protest - Premier

Iraqi Christians launched a protest outside the UN regional headquarters in Beirut yesterday, demanding a quicker resettlement process.

Your Valentine's Day Candy May Be Contributing to Slavery

Maybe not. Buying Fair Trade chocolate is a fairly easy option with ethically conscious brands available at most stores. Look for the Fair Trade label that ensures that farmers receive a fair price and strictly prohibit child labor. See’s Candy, Green & Black’s and TCHO are all examples of brands where child slavery is not involved in sourcing. A simple search on Amazon for Fair Trade chocolate will give you a host of options, many of which also happen to be better for you. Many boutique chocolate stores also promise “bean to bar” products, purchasing directly from the farmer. While you may be able to find chocolate that’s cheaper, it comes at a heavy cost.

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I’m Single. Stop Pitying Me on Valentine’s Day

this is a fascinating topic for me as a single Christian woman, I love your rhetoric and admire you for speaking out . This is a topic I talk with my married male Christian friends as much as I do with my single female Christian and non Christian friends. We have a culture of exclusiveness in the church that is what I have experienced both in New Zealand and in the UK. If you are single and in your 30's you are ok, there is hope for you yet, you can still make it, you can still have a family you can still "breakthrough" into inclusionism. But whoa betide the successful single christian female who is still that way at 40 or 50 it becomes an anomaly. We can be loaded down with degrees, own our own homes, be winning international acclaim in business. But our validity in the church still lies in that one question "are you married...yet?" and in the world it is "do you have a partner? Do you have kids?" but in the church leadership depends on the ability in most instances to be able to write beside the speakers bio "so and so is happily married to someone who looks absolutely lovely and takes a great photo and mothers or fathers their 2.

Nine Lies in the Not-Yet-Married Life

Perhaps the greatest sorrow of the single life is that so many put off pursuing the produce of the Spirit until they get married. We foolishly think finding love will mysteriously unlock these fruits in our lives. It’s true that marriage very often brings sanctification, but the testimony of many is that marriage is more diagnosis than prescription in our pursuit of holiness. Rather than unlocking fruits, it will more often (graciously) uncover flaws — flaws we will then trust God to cleanse and correct.

9 Truths about Sex and Marriage from Genesis 1-2

The natural place to begin an investigation into what God thinks about marriage (and sex) is in Genesis 1 and 2, where scripture describes God’s creation of the world and everything in it. Here are nine truths about sex and marriage from the first two chapters in Genesis:

#4: Are Christians Judgmental? [Podcast] - Jonathan Morrow

In this episode of Your Worldview Minute, we’ll be talking about how to respond when people say that Christians shouldn’t be judgmental. What did Jesus mean (and not mean) when he tells us not to judge? What was Jesus against? As you will see, context matters!

Does God Have to Love Me?

Levenson reminds us that, “graciousness does not mean formlessness, and if love is to be a relationship and not just an ephemeral and episodic sentiment, it must impose norms of its own.” The norms of love between God and Israel are spelled out in the law given through Moses. These laws represent “the dynamics of covenantal love—not law as the antithesis of love, or love as a substitute for law, but love made practical, reliable, reciprocal, and socially responsible.” The law channels the unconditional eruption of God’s love within the riverbanks of an on-going relationship.

Happily Ever After

Marriage between sinners has its inevitable messes. If you’ve been married longer than a week or two, you know how the hard realities of life in a fallen age can come crashing in. Perhaps you had a season of “once upon a time,” but soon enough you realized that this marriage, in this world, is not yet your “happily ever after.”

She Still Enchants Me

But it still feels young. No, that’s not quite accurate. Our love feels youthful, yet mature. Comparing our newlywed love to our middle-aged love is sort of like comparing one’s 15-year-old self to one’s 30-year-old self. Both are beautiful in their time (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and may exude a youthful joie de vivre. But the former lacks the life experience essential for the maturity of the latter. The 30-year-old looks back with nostalgic fondness on the 15-year-old he once was, but would not trade hard-earned wisdom for teenage naiveté.

Churches urged to look out for 'subtle signs' of alcohol abuse - Premier

A Christian addiction expert has warned churches to be on the lookout for the "subtle" signs of alcohol and drug abuse among members.

The Benedict Option: A Conversation with Rod Dreher -

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

Nigeria pastor: kill Muslims who murder Christians - Premier

A Nigerian preacher has urged church members to defend themselves against Muslims who've been murdering believers in the region if necessary.

51 Marriage banns to continue after defeat at General Synod - Premier
52 The Power of “Nice” and the Importance of “Good”
53 1 Timothy 2:15 : How Are Women Saved Through Childbearing?
54 Unbelievable? Does the moral argument for God work? Cory Markum vs John Cranman: Saturday 11 February 2017 2:30:00 pm - Premier Christian Radio
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59 Atheists Assuming Too Much from Neuroscience
60 Chris Pratt Says a Wooden Tray with Phil. 4:13 Burned Onto It Is His Favorite Possession
61 5 Practical Ways to Support Immigrants and Refugees Today
62 Why Sufjan Stevens Is Right About Nationalism and Christianity
63 Apple’s Tim Cook Says Fake News Runs the Risk of ‘Killing People’s Minds’
64 Greg Bahnsen: The Man and Apologist
65 God's Not Dead 2 on Twitter
66 Key #6 Moving From Roommates To Soul Mates | Pastor Mark Driscoll
67 Christians Against Poverty reach out to record numbers on 'Manic Monday' - Premier
68 My Response to Huffington Post Contributor Wanting to Talk with a White, Christian Supporter of Trump | The Stream
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71 How to Love When You Don’t Feel It
72 In ‘Rectify,’ Gritty Realism Meets Its Match: Grace
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74 Americans Warm Up to Every Religious Group Except Evangelicals
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85 General Synod rejects bishops' sexuality report - Premier