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2/21/2015 Here's another update on my physical and spiritual condition. Thanks for your continued support. God bless. 12/11/2014 Please pray for my upcoming surgery on January 5th, 2015. Here's more: 11/25/2014 If you would like to support Paul Tripp Ministries, Inc., you can make a tax-deductible year-end donation at www.PaulTripp.com/Give. 11/5/2014 10/30/2014 Well, I'm back home after ten unexpected and very painful days in the hospital. I was a very sick man and I didn't know it, but God knew. It's humbling to be completely incapacitated, weak, fearful, and needy. It's humbling to cry out for help like you never have before. It's humbling to hope for little more than that the next few minutes will be more comfortable and less painful than the last few. God uses these dark and painful moments to burst our delusions of independence and invincibility. God takes the darkest experiences and uses them to produce the brightest things in us. God employs these hard moments to remind us of how much we need him and the care of others in our lives. I'm well on my way to a full physical recovery, and I'm thankful for the lessons of heart that God has brought to mind. I'm thankful for Luella, my wife, and Ethan, my son, who stood strong in that hospital room when I was very weak. I'm thankful for excellent medical care. I'm thankful for the body of Christ around the world, praying for me and posting and tweeting comments of support. Most of all, I'm thankful for grace, even when it comes in the most uncomfortable of forms. Thank you for your voices of concern and prayer. I will continue to keep you posted. God bless, Paul 10/24/2014 Dear friends, Paul and his family want to extend their thanks for all the prayer and words of support posted in the wake of the announcement of Paul's illness. It has been very encouraging for them. We are thankful to announce that Paul's condition has improved dramatically. His infection is almost clear, and his kidneys will fully recover without the need for any further treatment. While he must remain in the hospital for a few more days for continued observation, Paul is well on his way to a full recovery. On behalf of the Tripp family, Ben Fallon, Communications Coordinator for Paul Tripp 10/20/2014 Dear friends, On Sunday afternoon, Paul Tripp was admitted to a hospital in Philadelphia with a bladder infection that has affected his kidneys. He has had a tough 24 hours but is receiving excellent care. Paul's condition is improving, but he will need to remain in the hospital for a few days until he has fully recovered. Please pray for Paul and his family. We will keep you informed with any developments, and we request that you refrain from contacting us regarding Paul's health during this difficult time. On behalf of Paul, Ben Fallon, Communications Coordinator for Paul Tripp

Brother of slain Coptic Christians thanks ISIS for including their words of faith in murder video | Christian News on Christian Today

The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya last week has thanked their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video they made of their beheadings.

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We have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood (Hebrews 12:4), but some have. Source: 21Martyrs.com

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Nine possible reasons for your spiritual drought

Love of Money There is also a direct coorelation between our attachment to stuff and our ability to see the glory of God. Jesus connects our physical gaze with our spiritual sight in Matthew 6:19-23. In verses 19-21, Christ instructs us to store up lasting treasures in heaven rather than temporary riches here on earth. Whether we do this or not will have a significant impact on our affections, for “where [our] treasure is, there [our] heart will be also.” Jesus continues, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness” (vv. 22-23). In other words, if we are fixed upon the glitter of earthly riches, the brightness God’s glory cannot shine into our hearts and we will only suffer spiritual thirst, not saturation. The solution here is to start taking our eyes of earthly riches. This is often helped through prayer and by regular and consistent giving to our churches, faithful gospel ministries, to the poor and to those in need. Isaiah 58:10-11 is encouraging in this rega

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The Most Ignored Commandment

I would offer one suggestion, however, that would increase the effectiveness of this article. You mentioned that we should find a day during the week, but what if God already set a specific one aside for us? In Genesis 2:1-3, the Bible says that God sanctified—set apart—the seventh day as holy. He then reaffirms this day in both accounts of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 by saying "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God...." (‭Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭9-10‬). In addition, the Bible nowhere redefines which day of the week is the Sabbath. The seventh day of the week is Saturday. Therefore, if we would follow the Bible, it must be concluded that the day God would have us to worship on would be the seventh day Sabbath, and not any other day. I know that Christianity at large has observed the first day of the week, Sunday, sacred for about the past 1,600 years, but neither the followers of God during the Jewish dispensation nor the early Christians and apostles kept the first day of the week sacred, but rather Sunday.

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Best Dorms in California - College Rankings

Best Dorms ranks 903 colleges based on four statistics and more than 630,000 opinions from 60,000 students. A high ranking indicates that campus housing offers a safe, healthy living environment that is reasonably priced and that students are very satisfied with housing quality, cleanliness, and amenities. An additional 393 colleges received a grade but were not eligible for ranking. For more information, read the full methodology .

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A Lent That's Not For Your Spiritual Improvement

The Israelites in the wilderness complained time and again about food, saying that they didn’t have enough to eat and that the cuisine back in Egypt was preferable (Exod. 16). Jesus, however, resisted the temptation to turn stones into bread when he was hungry, saying, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matt. 4:4). Second, whereas the Israelites constantly put God to the test, doubting his love and provision (Exod. 17:2–7), Jesus refused to test God by jumping off the temple. Finally, Jesus was tempted to bend his knee to the Devil. In the wilderness—and throughout the whole Old Testament, for that matter—Israel betrayed her covenant God by worshiping an object of creation (Exod. 32). But Jesus resisted, saying, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’” (Matt. 4:10).

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Counsel the Word

Parents often feel anything but confident. They know they are shaping lives, but feel they are only learning as they go. They also know the Bible is supposed to guide them, but feel uncertain how a handful of verses help them with this years-long task. The temptation is to be intimidated by both the importance and the complexity of the task.

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Actually, that's not in the Bible - CNN.com

Ditka's biblical blunder is as common as preachers delivering long-winded public prayers. The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it's also one of the most misquoted. Politicians, motivational speakers, coaches - all types of people - quote passages that actually have no place in the Bible, religious scholars say.

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Making Sure Children Actually Hear the Gospel and Not Just a Bunch of Bible Stories

When we take the Bible as a series of isolated morality tales, we think about 66 books with hundreds, if not thousands, of stories contained within them. In actuality, there are not thousands of stories. There are not 66 stories. There aren’t even two stories with the Old and New Testament. There is one story and that is the story of what God is doing—redemptive history.

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Some Honest Questions for Joseph Prince

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Florist rejects AG’s offer, stands courageously on principle, and risks everything

The conspiracy idea is of long standing, but due to the brainwashing of the American People by the powers that be, we have a problem getting people to believe such a thing as possible. Read and consider Carroll Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope, Bella Dodd’s School of Darkness, Taylor Caldwell’s Captains and the Kings; Tony Brown’s Empower the People; Pat Robertson’s The New World Order; C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength. Now for a little experience. A friend of mine had a member of his church many years ago who told him that his family had kicked him out, that they were part of a group, a conspiracy, and any member of a family who did not go along with the conspiracy was booted out. The man’s family was associated with Harvard University. The gentleman was the head of the American Constitutional Program, and he gave my friend a copy of Quigley’s book. I said to my friend, “Well, do you believe it?” He hem hawed about it, and I said, “Well, if you could not believe it with the evidence available to you then, then imagine the problem of trying to persuade Americans that there is a danger lose in this land that threatens our very existence even our very lives.

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Died: Leanne Payne, 82, Prominent Leader in Pastoral Care, Healing Movement

On occasion, pastoral care events included so-called spiritual warfare. Bergner said at one conference in Michigan, “Leanne gave an impromptu teaching and ministry time on the renunciation of Baal. One man, infested with hundreds of demons, shrieked so loud as he was delivered that the Gerasene demoniac in the Gospels seems tame by comparison. His high-pitched scream resounded through the pink marble hallways of that old place and for years to come we referred to that PCM by that screech. She gave us no warning that such a thing could happen.”

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Brother of two Christian victims of ISIS calls in to SAT-7 live programme 'We Will Sing'

The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya used live television (17 February) to thank their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video of their execution. Beshir called SAT-7's weekly worship programme, We Will Sing and said how he and his entire village were proud of the 21 men including his brothers Bishoy Estafanos Kamel (25) and Samuel Estafanos Kamel (23), because they were "a badge of honour to Christianity". Read full story: http://www.sat7uk.org/announcements/b...

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A Community Saves the Day After Nobody Shows Up to a 6-Year-Old's Birthday Party

Glenn Buratti, a six-year-old boy with autism from St. Cloud, Fla., invited his whole class to his birthday party on Feb. 8, but not one kid showed up. "To see the look on his face killed me inside," his mom Ashlee Buratti told Orlando news station Local 6 . So she turned to Facebook and shared her frustration in a post to a closed community group. Then, something awesome happened. Complete strangers, who were touched by the situation, reached out almost immediately and kids and their parents started arriving at Buratti's home with gifts. The post also grabbed the attention of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, who sent their own present – a flyover from the sheriff's helicopter. Local deputies also pooled their money together to buy Glenn gifts. Buratti says her son hasn't stopped smiling since. "The amazingness of everybody coming together for someone that they didn't even know," she said. "A kid that didn't have anybody come to his birthday party. It warmed my heart." However, the support didn't end there. Buratti's story went viral, and people from all over started to reach out to her about Glenn's bash.

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The Benham Brothers Decry Growing Threat to Religious Freedoms: If Christians Don't Stand Up, It Will Turn Into Persecution for Our Children

"... In America we're seeing pressure. So what Jason and I say is: here in America, we're experiencing pressure but that pressure, if we don't stand up to it, will turn into persecution for our children," said David. "So we say yeah, we're kind of persecuted, but not really. I mean, we lost a reality show for heaven's sakes. We're still alive, we still have families, we still have the freedom to worship, the freedom to speak. But unfortunately, when we exercise our freedom to speak now, we're going to be demonized, we're going to be marginalized, and they're really going to come after us."

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Is Allah the Worst Communicator Ever? (David Wood)

http://www.answeringmuslims.com In the Qur'an, Allah claims to be perfectly clear in his commands (see 6:114; 11:1; 12:1; 15:1; 16:89; 22:72; 24:1, 34, 46; 26:2; 27:1; 28:2; 36:69; 41:3; 57:9; 65:11; etc.). Yet when critics quote the Qur'an, many Muslims insist that Allah means something very different from what he says. This should cause us to wonder: Is Allah's speech clear, or is it horribly unclear? Could Allah be the the worst communicator ever? In this video, David Wood discusses the problem.

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Anchor for his soul: NBC's Lester Holt described as 'a humble and loving Christian'

I was curious about what his religious background might be, so did a little Googling and came upon this interview from a few years back. I have to say: I’m impressed. This sort of unabashed piety and public profession of faith is rare in journalism — and, I think, almost unprecedented for the anchor of a network news cast.

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http://www.crossway.org/books/luther-on-the-christian-life-tpb/

“In this compelling book, we encounter an arresting portrait of Luther the pastor, a full-blooded man who knew the spiritual and physical joys and pains of life and the formidable daily challenges of being a Christian in a fallen world. In elegant, bracing prose full of pastoral and theological insight and leavened with his characteristic humor, Trueman both keeps Luther in his time and engages us in conversation about how the German doctor speaks to ours. Trueman’s profound exploration of one of the great writers on the Christian life challenges all of us to cancel our tickets for journeys of self-exploration and self-expression to pursue something more authentic. From a distance of five hundred years, Luther tells us that the story is not about us; it’s about what God has done for us.” —Bruce Gordon , Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Yale Divinity School; author, Calvin

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A Heavenly Orientation

There is a bend in the Elbow River as it winds through the Canadian Rockies. Above that bend is a cave, and in that cave I often used to sit alone. When my wife Cathy and I lived in Canada, raising two small children and pastoring a church, I would go there to think and pray, but mostly I was waiting.

20 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

TGC's 2015 National Conference, Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth, seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. We hope you can join us April 13–15 in Orlando, Florida

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He Is Risen, so I Am Shriven

I now live in England, and the last two years I’ve been asked to give talks on the “real meaning of Shrove Tuesday” to students at Cambridge University. Holding Shrove Tuesday pancake feasts is as a low-key—though definitely not low-carb—opportunity to offer simple hospitality and share something of the Christian message with friends and neighbors. Call it flapjack evangelism, if you will.

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God Wants His Children to Enjoy Creation

He says that as God has given us five wonderful senses, and “has made much provision for their gratification,” therefore true Christianity “allows us to take the full comfort of our meat and drink, all reasonable pleasures that are to be enjoyed in conversation or recreation.”

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Innovative Apologetics: Science or God? God! Because Science Depends on God

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http://www.crossway.org/books/why-we-pray-tpb/

“I found my heart and will deeply moved by the key premise of this book: that we learn about prayer by learning about God. He speaks—are we listening to him? He sends his Son—are we responding to him? He is sovereign—do we trust him and think his thoughts after him? He sends his Spirit—do we realize we’re empowered to pray? Internalize these great Bible truths, and your prayer life will come alive.” —Rico Tice , Evangelist; author, Christianity Explored

25 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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Charlie Hebdo et l'Islam

Avec les événements de cette semaine et l'attentat terroriste de Jihadistes qui ont tués les dessinateurs de Charlie Hebdo, la question que tout le monde se pose est: pourquoi est-ce les extrémistes musulmans n'acceptent-ils pas que leur prophète soit critiqué? La réponse pourrait-elle être dans les enseignements de l'Islam?

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The Christian Post on Twitter

Houston pastor: Sexual immorality now framed as 'civil rights' issue http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/sexual.immorality.now.framed.as.civil.rights.issue.houston.pastor.says/48436.htm … pic.twitter.com/Y7E87OMYVP

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3 Things You Can Do to Encourage Apologetics in Your Church |

One thing I started doing last year, was that I noticed the ‘Apologetics’ in our church was very thin (and mostly were outdated too). I began donating once a week my weekly ‘tithe’ in good updated apologetics books. The church librarian knows what I am doing and what I am trying to achieve (I plan to start up an apologetics training class during our mid-week class sessions at the church). The American evangelical church is woefully inadequate in its training for defending its faith, so this is my little part to help correct that.

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WORLD | Cable charade | Andrée Seu Peterson | March 7, 2015

Before the switch from analog to digital in February of 2009, my monthly television-watching habit was the thinnest slice of a pie chart. After February 2009, you could erase the pie chart. I disappeared altogether from the world of signal transmission. This is another way of tipping you off that I lack even the basic vocabulary for ordering the cable service I now need since my father moved in and wants his FOX and sports back. And as we all know, vocabulary is half of mastery.

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Spurgeon on Christians who Rail Against the Times |

Few have ever questioned the courage and theological fortitude of the prince of preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. His theological convictions were out of step with most of his ministry contemporaries, and the media often vilified him. In January 1888, after fighting for the doctrinal integrity of the Baptist Union in the Downgrade Controversy, Spurgeon was publicly censured by the Union. He acknowledged, “Men cannot say anything worse of me than they have said. I have been belied from head to foot, and misrepresented to the last degree” (159). With the vicious scorn and ridicule he often faced, it would have been easy for him to adopt a bitter and skeptical perspective on life and ministry, but he did not.

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Gospel Authorship—Who Cares? | Reasonable Faith

For that reason, I think that you’ve seriously misread Bart Ehrman in taking his central claim to be that the Gospels were not written by their traditionally received authors. (J.C., characterizing uncertainty about the Gospels’ authorship as “forgery” also betrays misunderstanding. If, as you point out, the original Gospels carried no authors’ names, then they cannot be forgeries, for they make no claims about the names of their authors! Your concern, rather, is that the Gospels are anonymous, and the names of Matthew, Mark, and so on have only later come to be associated with them.) Ehrman recognizes that we can glean a lot of historical information about Jesus from the four Gospels (not to mention Paul’s letters), even if we do not know who wrote them. Indeed, until recently, despite his uncertainty about the Gospels’ authorship, Ehrman accepted the historicity of the central facts undergirding the inference to Jesus’ resurrection, namely, his burial by Joseph of Arimathea, the discovery of his empty tomb by a group of his female disciples, his post-mortem appearances, and the original disciples’ coming to believe that God had raised him from the dead.

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WORLD | Christians on the edge of extinction | Ellen Vaughn | Feb. 21, 2015

IT WAS STILL AUG. 6 , the longest day in the world for those in Qaraqosh. The entire town knew what had happened to the little boys and the young woman. They had also heard news reports about ISIS: In the last few days, the terrorists had killed hundreds of native Yezidis, an Iraqi minority group. The fighters had surrounded the fleeing Yezidis on Mount Sinjar. The rocky mountain was dry, dusty, and oppressive. There was no food or water. ISIS troops raped young women, killed children, and obliterated entire families. Some Yezidis chose to throw their children off the mountain rather than have their young ones fall into ISIS hands. It was a scene of horror, eerily reminiscent of ancient words from the New Testament : “[In the end, those who flee] will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’”

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The Myth of "Religion": Constructing the Other as an enemy

Often, religious persons are tempted to come back and counter that those who are non-religious are often violent too. However, this is itself a reaction to the same factors that drive the notion of religious violence. Namely, the myth of religious violence is used to stigmatize the Other. It constructs temporary categories of “religious” and “secular,” groups people based upon that, and then delegates the worst types of violence to that which is called religious. The myth is part of the justification for the nation-state and nationalism. The Nation is that which protects us from the Others in our own society. Without the protection of the State, we would turn to violence to try to subjugate others for our own purposes. Therefore, the State becomes a sacred object. Its symbols become cultic objects, and we ritualize specific aspects of the State. After all, the Nation is our savior from violence of religion. People will willingly lay their lives down in the name of their country, but for their religion? Certainly not! The State is worth dying for because it defends all people, but a religion is an internalized, personal object.

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Scott Walker ‘punts’ on evolution question

“For me, I’m going to punt on that one as well,” Walker said, prompting some murmurs in the crowd at Chatham House, a major London think tank. “That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or another. So, I’m going to leave that up to you.”

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TGC Spotlight 02.20.15

TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

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Why Must the Cause of the Universe Transcend Time?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On March 22, 2001 Dr William Lane Craig debated Dr Massimo Pigliucci on the topic, "Does the Christian God Exist?" at University of Georgia in the U.G.A. Chapel. The conclusion of the debate provided a lengthy Q&A session. Questions were asked of each debater allowing the other time to respond. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Christian Analysis Defeats the Skepticism of Bart Ehrman: How Jesus Became God in the Flesh

"There is no conflict between religion and science; Only the conflict between two sciences, that of the 4th century BCE and the science of 2014." Joseph Campbell. Your thesis irresponsibly confuses evolution and human progress with God-- with a fallacious Post Hoc ergo Propter hoc rationale. Since there is vast scientific proof of the former and none of the latter, we can readily dismiss it as just more sciolistic confirmation bias. A third grade understanding of the tens of thousand of years of human progress from the paleolithic, Iron age, Bronze age to the high Neolithic more than proves the evolution of human reason from the Hunter gatherers to Planting societies, to the stargazing Zigurat builders and the early foundations of the "good society". Sadly, what you are arguing requires an astonishing campaign of ignorance, or denial of history, science, and logic -- again negating the very point of your thesis. Belief in god presupposes nescience, not reason. Ironically, by arguing for the opposite you undermine your entire premise: Reason is not born of god, but of MAN and we have the entire anthropological record of man to prove it.

38 What Is the Deepest Issue Facing the Church Today?

Do these teachings have cognitive and behavioral authority that set a worldview framework for approaching science, art, ethics—indeed, all of life? Or is cognitive and behavioral authority set by what scientists or the American Psychiatric Association say, by what Gallup polls tell us is embraced by cultural and intellectual elites. . . .

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Real Contest: Come Up With a Female MacGyver.

But that's not enough for thenextmacgyver.com , which has plans to reboot MacGyver as a woman. All they need to do so is your help. They're asking people to pitch their idea for a female MacGyver on their website. From the submissions, they'll pick five winners to win five thousand dollars and the opportunity to work with a Hollywood exec on developing their character for a pilot. So, all you need is a character idea, a pilot synopsis, a wrist watch, a matchbook, a motor from an old lawnmower, five feet of copper cable, an umbrell—sorry, we got a little off track there. Maybe just go to the website itself to submit your idea for what the website calls “the first great show starring an iconic female engineer character.” Although, as AVClub notes , the actual first great show starring a iconic female engineer has already been made , and it was perfect ...

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Sunday Quote!- Mythical Wars in the Bible?

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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Science and Religion as Seen in 2014 Films | Open Biola

As part of StorySlam: "With," author, photographer, and Biola alumnus Dane Sanders shares three key moments in his life as he dealt with the early loss of his father. Professor Trevor Gomes improvi...

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Do We Regard the Resurrection Narratives In the Gospels As Historically Credible?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2001, John Ankerberg interviewed William Lane Craig on on the subject of, "Jesus of Nazareth." In the interview, Dr Craig was asked a number of questions about the historicity of Jesus, the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus, the reliability of the gospel accounts, and much more. Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-de... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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Review: A Doubter's Guide to the Bible

John Dickson’s latest book,  A Doubter Guide to the Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015), is a great popular-level handbook-sized piece of literature that presents the basic narrative of the Bible while at the same time dealing with difficult issues. Dickson does a good job of laying out basic views for any given issue (such as how to interpret Genesis 1 or 3) and states his own position on the matter. He addresses violence in the book of Joshua and nicely defends the divinity of Jesus against common myths people believe about Christianity.  I would highly recommend this book to Christians who desire to know how the stories of the Bible fit together as a narrative, for former Christians to reintroduce themselves to the faith of their upbringing, and for staunch nonbelievers to simply gain a better understanding of what the Bible is about and to also read from a Christian who doesn’t come with the lens of an American evangelical Christian (Dickson is Australian).  A Doubter Guide to the Bible can be purchased at Amazon , Zondervan , or through contacting your local Christian bookstore.

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"Swarm" Science: Why the Myth of Artificial Intelligence Threatens Scientific Discovery

Hence when Chris Andersen wrote in 2007 that Big Data and super computing (and machine learning or i.e., induction) meant the "End of Theory," he echoed the popular Silicon Valley worldview that machines are evolving a human -- and eventually a superhuman -- intelligence, and he simultaneously imperiled scientific discovery. Why? Because (a) machines aren't gaining abductive inference powers, and so aren't getting smart in the relevant manner to underwrite "end of theory" arguments, and (b) ignoring the necessity of scientists to use their minds to understand and explain "data" is essentially gutting the central driving force of scientific change.

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The Christian Post on Twitter

#ISIS Video of Egypt Christians Beheaded Was Manipulated, Shows 7Ft Tall Jihadists, Blood Sea http://www.christiantimes.com/article/isis.video.of.egyptian.christians.being.beheaded.in.libya.manipulated.to.show.7.foot.tall.jihadists.blood.sea/51128.htm … pic.twitter.com/544DXhbTI4

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Sam Allberry ن on Twitter

Samples of my latest arrived today. Book due to be launched later this year. @thegoodbookusa @thegoodbookuk pic.twitter.com/MewOwPA1zj

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Integrating Faith, Learning and Life

Paul Copan (Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University) is professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and he has served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He is author and editor of thirty books including “The Rationality of Theism,” “The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion,” “Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues,” “The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas,” “An Introduction to Biblical Ethics,” “Is God a Moral Monster?” and “True for You, But Not for Me.” He has contributed essays to over thirty books, both scholarly and popular. Paul and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children and they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. His website is www.paulcopan.com .

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Seminary president fears liberal drift in churches

Those misgivings increased in the 20th century with the fundamentalist/modernist controversy and gradual acceptance of modern critical methods of Bible study by seminary faculty. A 1958 controversy that led to the firing of 13 Southern Seminary professors provided the perfect “work needed/help wanted” scenario, allowing those professors to move to new seminaries being started in Missouri and North Carolina, “thus metastasizing theological liberalism within the SBC.”

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Gospel Narcissism - Vigilance

Another aspect of vigilance is sober-mindedness. You must value clear and serious thinking. Cultivate the ability to think deeply for the sake of your soul and that of others. You can’t be silly and childish if you’re trying to guard your soul. As a leader, your integrity is too valuable to take this lightly; there’s no such thing as a minor character failure. You need to know that “a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1).    

50 Feedback: Why Are the Gospels of Matthew and John Different?

As an example, imagine if a family of four took a road trip. Suppose the father drives the car for a notable distance with both children awake, and then the mother assists him in the driving responsibilities while one child sleeps and the other child remains awake. Neither child would be incorrect in their observations if one of them later records that their father drove them out to a destination while the other child records that their father took them some distance and then their mother assisted him. No one would argue the legitimacy of either report, especially if either child’s point of view was in some way limited (as was very likely in the accounts of both Matthew and John given the lack of mobility in Jerusalem on Passover week). No one would contest the report of either child. Similarly, a straightforward reading of the Gospels presents numerous differences in perspective and detail that supplement each other but do not contradict.

51 Innovative Apologetics: God, Reason, and Man
52 “Justice Can Be Restorative”
53 WORLD | Clarence Thomas vs. paternalistic racism | Marvin Olasky | Feb. 21, 2015
54 markdurie.com blog: ‘A Message Signed with Blood to the Nation of the Cross’
55 'Lions & Christians in America'
56 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
57 Scientism in the Age of Obama
58 Sean McDowell on Twitter
59 Preventing Religious Extremism
60 Renewing Your Mind | The Gospel of Luke | February 21, 2015
61 Clay Jones Why God Allows Evil
62 Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 02-21-15
63 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
64 Tactical Faith on Twitter
65 The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth
66 Was Jesus Married?
67 WCCB Reports on Charlotte’s Bathroom Bill
68 'The Good and the Bad of Escaping to Virtual Reality'
69 Doctrine of God Part 2: Divine Aseity | William Lane Craig
70 Do Not Call Conspiracy All that this People Calls Conspiracy |
71 Problem 10: Neo-Darwinism's Long History of Inaccurate Predictions about Junk Organs and Junk DNA
72 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
73 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
74 Why are Christian Movies So Bad?
75 Oscars
76 Murder charge after shooting outside NI church – Premier Premier
77 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
78 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
79 WORLD News Group on Twitter
80 Pastors.com on Twitter
81 Ligonier.org
82 Truthbomb Apologetics: The Youth Exodus Problem
83 Is the Bible Reliable Since Its Been Translated So Many Times? | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
84 Renewing Your Mind | Limited Atonement | February 20, 2015
85 6 Meanings of the Word "Evolution"
86 Thousands gather to remember Ukraine's dead – Premier Premier
87 White Horse Inn Series on Hebrews - Stand to Reason Blog
88 White Horse Inn Series on Hebrews - Stand to Reason Blog
89 Christian boxer agrees to sport's biggest ever fight – Premier Premier
90 The Essentials of a Healthy Home (Part 2 of 2)
91 Premier Christian on Twitter
92 Vatican pension fund is safe, urge bosses – Premier Premier