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Comedian and actor Josh Gad wants some inside information on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, and Daisy Ridley—the actress who plays Rey, the character at the center of the new Star Wars films—will not tell him anything. So he gathered some of his celebrity friends to put the pressure on. It doesn't help, but it's a lot of fun.

Lecrae's New Song 'The River of Jordan' Explores Losing Religion and Finding God

Atlantic Records just released a song from Lecrae off the soundtrack of the upcoming film adaptation of The Shack. The rapper collaborates with Breyan Isaac on "The River of Jordan," which ends up being an intimate track about the pressure off organized religion contrasted against the freedom of actually knowing God. The song's content can feel heavy, but it keeps hopeful twist. Here's how he concludes: I lost my religion but I found God Sounds odd but I’m better at seeing how far did I come from the dark is the nights to the light irregardless of all of my many flaws

Be Strong and Courageous in Jesus

God not only encourages his people to be fearless; he commands it. God is most glorified in us when we are most dependent on his strength, not our own.

Tim Keller Speaks at Google on ‘Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical’

Tim Keller makes his case for faith in the Christian God before an audience of Google employees.

Islamic State release video calling for slaughter of Egyptian Christians - Premier

Islamic State has released a video calling for the slaughter of Egyptian Christians and featuring apparent footage of the suicide bomber responsible for the death of 29 worshippers at a church in December.

Let’s Be Rich Toward God

The movement of your money expresses the movement of your heart. Where your treasure is, your heart will be also.

Why Is It Important for Young Christians to Be Able to Make the Case for Christianity? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace discusses the importance of Christian Case Making for young Christians who are challenged about their beliefs

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583. How Do We Teach Youth Apologetics?

Brett Kunkle instructs us on how to equip the youth of the church with apologetics.

The Gospel of Chance the Rapper

Both the new believer and lifelong followers of Jesus can share the good news of Jesus Christ by sharing their story—including the times in life they ran from God. Too often, it is our tendency to try to tidy up our stories when sharing our faith; it is a vain attempt to show others a cleaned-up portrait of Christianity that simply isn’t true. The way Chance uses reminds us of the value of sharing our stories, telling others the ways in which we have hidden from God, and how we came to embrace “ faith of pumpkin seed-size mustard seed .”

Why Aren't More Christians Actually More 'Christ-like'?

This article isn't balanced with the perspective of church and state effectiveness. It seems to me that the church is painted in a somewhat ineffective light (i.e., "not to mention the extravagant spending of a lot of American churches"), but gives the government far too much credit. You mention that the government spends $668B in 126 welfare programs, and that they're not filling the need. But you don't talk about how horribly inefficient the government is with money. Did you stop and do a bit of research on how far $668B should go in helping the poor before stating more is needed? It's no big secret that the government is completely irresponsible with money, and our current welfare programs especially. Do you know long it's going to be with current practices before the Social Security fund will become insolvent? Do you know how many billions are wasted in the DoD budget (BTW, we need an efficient, but healthy DoD so your ability to earn money, amongst many other nice things being a US citizen affords, is safeguarded...)? Do you know how inefficient and ineffective government provided healthcare is? You need to look no further than the VA and military healthcare of family dependents and retired geriatrics.

Rapid Response: "You Can't Trust the Gospels Because They Were Written by Christians"

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone said, “I can’t trust what the New Testament says about Jesus: after all, it was written by biased Christians . I can only believe what’s been written by ancient non – Christians , and they don’t say much about Jesus.” How would you answer such an objection? Here is a conversational example of how I recently responded:

Jews Come Home to Jesus

But neither Jesus nor his apostles taught that this priority meant Israel would be rescued from judgment in spite of turning away from Jesus. Jesus did not come as one among many ways to God. He came as the true and only Jewish Messiah and Mediator between God and man. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). And he taught plainly that to reject him was to reject God. Accepting him was the litmus test of whether anyone’s claim to know God was real. For example, he said,

It is Outrageous for the Government to Force Christians to Violate Their Faith | The Stream

I have an honest question based on my desire to effectively discuss this issue with people who are on the other side of it from me. The title of the article reads, “It is Outrageous for the Government to Force Christians to Violate Their Faith”. I agree! And I really appreciate this article. My question is though, what about religions that allow for polygamy? Did the government not force the Mormons to abandon polygamy against their faith? As an evangelical Christian I have no problem with that prohibition based on my understanding of marriage. Can they prohibition forced upon them be included in the outrage of what’s happening with florists and bakers etc today? I know this is not an issue of service to a customer, but does it fall into the category of a religious belief being trampled?

Resurrection of Jesus Christ Biblical Extra-biblical Evidences

The Bible is the Word of God, so it is accurate in all it affirms. Since it tells us Jesus rose from the dead, we can have complete confidence that He did. What many people fail to recognize is that even when we use the critics’ and skeptics’ own criteria, the most reasonable conclusion is the same: Jesus rose from the dead. That is, even if we did not presume biblical authority and treated the New Testament as unbelieving historians do, the bodily Resurrection of Jesus is the only explanation that matches all the accepted facts. One point will become rather obvious throughout this study: these people simply have an anti-supernatural bias, or more accurately, an anti-Christian bias. Thus, they have developed absurd positions in efforts to explain away the only reasonable conclusion that can be derived from the facts. So what are these facts?

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It’s a Wonderful Time to Be Christian

Black brothers and sisters , I encourage you toward a resilient faith. Many of your forefathers endured oppression, were denied membership in white churches, and grew despite a lack of access to theological education. We need to see that resilience now. Systems of injustice will not be corrected overnight, which means that testing will continue. But as tests come, please ensure that your hearts are being purified and not petrified. White Christians are not your enemy. Jesus says they are family. The Lord calls us to “hope” all things, including the best in fellow believers, even when we hurt, confuse, or disappoint each other.

7 Tips For Christian Apologists Defending The Faith

Dr. John Ferrer (B.A., MDiv., Th.M., Ph.D.) is an educator and former associate pastor hailing from the great state of South Carolina. He has earned degrees in religion, communication, Christian Apologetics, and finally his PhD in Philosophy of Religion. John is married to an accomplished apologist in her own right, Hillary Morgan Ferrer. He's very proud of her. Just ask him. John has taught at the high school and undergraduate level as well as in churches, conferences, and various special events. He's addressed audiences from Texas to Turkey, South Carolina to South Africa, and from North Carolina to Naples, Italy. John was recently employed at Pantego Christian Academy in Arlington Texas where he for six years in upper level Bible courses like Ethics, World Religions, and Apologetics. John has also taught at Tarrant County College in Logic and Philosophy. Besides Christian apologetics and critical thinking, John is passionately pro-life and encourages everyone in the audience to seriously consider the case against abortion.

Case-Making 101: Why is there a need to make a case for Christianity?

We find ourselves in a “post-Christian,” and some would argue “anti-Christian,” western culture today, and the fact that more and more young people are identify their religion as “none” is alarming. Major research groups are now reporting that “nones” have taken over as the third largest group in the religious preference category worldwide (just behind Christianity and Islam). This statistic alone should be cause for Christians to get equipped because the battle is growing and we are losing the most important asset: The hearts and minds of the next generation.

Americans Have Warmed Up to Different Religious Backgrounds, Except for Evangelicals

As might be expected, young Americans between 18-29 expressed warmer feelings towards Muslims than older Americans and also rated each group in a tighter range from 54 – 66. Meanwhile, older Americans (65-plus) rated their feelings towards different religious groups in much more polarized ranges with Protestants and Jews on the higher end of the spectrum, 75 and 74 respectively, and Muslims and Atheists at a cool 44 each.

President Trump on Spree of Anti-Semitic Threats: ‘It’s Going to Stop’

Wonder why Mr. T. told the Jewish reporter to sit down in the press conference....Mr. T. was offended by him for some reason...Did he understand the reporter asking about the increased threats and actions against Jewish places of worship? Like maybe Mr. T. thought the reporter was blaming him...I wonder if he could not hear or something as the reporter explicitly explained he did not blame Mr.T? The question remains: What is he going to do about it other than tweet that it is going to stop. I mean that is a good start I guess....

Haiti Methodists celebrate 200th anniversary - Premier

Celebrations are being held in Haiti this month to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the country's Methodist Church.

Archbishop Welby calls for response to South Sudan famine - Premier

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called the famine in South Sudan a "dire situation" requiring urgent humanitarian and prayerful response.

Sudan: UK Government reiterates concerns for imprisoned Christians - Premier

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Secularists propose removal of Bishops' Bench from House of Lords - Premier

The National Secular Society has submitted a fresh proposal to the Lord's Speaker's committee to remove the Bishops' Bench from the House of Lords.

Is Evolution a Religion?

We are sure that many people will find the question posed as the title of this chapter a little strange. Surely, evolution is about the origin and development of life-forms on earth—what has this got to do with religion? Evolution is science, isn’t it? And we are told that it has got to be separate from religious belief—at least in the classroom! Well, let’s see if evolution fits the bill as a true science as opposed to a religious belief. In order to do so, we must define some terms.

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Christian teachers call for more manageable workload - Premier

Christian teachers have joined calls for a more manageable workload, after a new report recommended limits on their working hours.

Q & A with Dr. Craig: Jesus and the God of the Old Testament

I was so deeply affected by the Gospels that they struck a note with me. I believe in Jesus because I can completely relate to the message. It makes total sense for me. Man is depraved, we need a saviour, that saviour is God, God came to live as one of us to show us the only way to live and consequently died, all so that we may turn from our own self righteousness and follow him.

Satan Wants to Blackmail You

Milverton’s work was sly and subtle and sustained. Over many years his reach stretched out in a network of maids and valets and spies of any sort with access to letters or notes, or within proximity of undercover eavesdropping on the town blabbermouths. Milverton paid top dollar for dirt, and everyone knew it. If there was dirt to be had, he would have it at any price necessary. “Hundreds in this great city turn white at his name.” He was dirt-rich, and patently patient with his secrets. “He will hold a card back for years,” says Sherlock, “in order to play it at the moment when the stake is best worth winning.”

Christian migrant workers hit out at World Cup conditions - Premier

Christian migrants helping Qatar prepare before it hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup have spoken out about their treatment and life for believers in the country.

Christians Never Suffer Alone

The bond we share as Christians walking through all kinds of suffering is the bond of loving Christ and wanting him more than anything else in this world. We want Christ to be seen in us, we want to know him and walk with him, and we want the peoples of the world to worship him, whether by life or death, prosperity or suffering (Philippians 1:20). The courage to stand firm in the face of the devil’s devouring temptations comes with knowing we are not the only ones suffering while trusting Christ. When we endure in faith, we help each other to stand firm.

The Captivating Power of a Good Family

Family is a gift to enjoy, but it makes a terrible god. And it can become a god whether one is married with kids, married and childless, or single. The church itself is rightly family-oriented, and the desire to have a family is a wonderful, God-given desire, but family does not belong on the throne of our hearts. The throne of our heart is reserved for Christ alone. The family is not the good news we need; it is not our gospel message, however many put all their hope in parents, grandparents, siblings, and children.

UK Government condemns destruction of Sri Lankan church - Premier

The Government has condemned an attack on a church in northwest Sri Lanka, adding that the UK regularly raises concerns about human rights offences against Christians with the country's Prime Minister.

Book Preview: Darwin's House of Cards by Tom Bethell

About the Author Tom Bethell is a senior editor of The American Spectator and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science , The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages , and most recently  Questioning Einstein: Is Relativity Necessary? (2009). About the Book In this provocative history of contemporary debates over evolution, veteran journalist Tom Bethell depicts Darwin’s theory as a nineteenth-century idea past its prime, propped up by logical fallacies, bogus claims, and empirical evidence that is all but disintegrating under an onslaught of new scientific discoveries. Bethell presents a concise yet wide-ranging tour of the flash points of modern evolutionary theory, investigating controversies over common descent, natural selection, the fossil record, biogeography, information theory, evolutionary psychology, artificial intelligence, and the growing intelligent design movement. Bethell’s account is enriched by his own personal encounters with of some of our era’s leading scientists and thinkers, including Harvard biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin; British paleontologist Colin Patterson; and renowned philosopher of science Karl Popper.

MP praises 'significant' work of Christian charities overseas - Premier

James Wharton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, was responding to a question from fellow Conservative MP Theresa Villiers about whether the prime minister would make it a policy to encourage church groups and Christian organisations in the delivery of overseas development projects.

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Why Africa Needed Its Own Study Bible

Africa is ready for its own take on the Bible, she said. “Christians in Africa today have been more exposed to biblical theology and received more balanced teachings, as opposed to what was presented to us by the early missionaries,” she said. “We now understand the value of many of our cultural practices that were denounced by the missionary, while at the same time recognizing the importance of the New Testament teaching regarding the kingdom of God.”

Christian judge slams heterosexual civil partnership ruling - Premier

A former High Court judge and Christian is urging civil partnerships to be extended to straight couples as well as gay ones.

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Instead of demanding that we try (in vain) to make our way to God, he has come down to us.

1 Peter 5:8–9: Kept by God Day by Day

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us of the freeing reality that it is God who keeps us day by day.

Cardinal chosen as pontiff may not be the smartest, says Pope Francis - Premier

Cardinals do not always choose "the most intelligent" of their lot to be pontiff, according to Pope Francis.

Why I Oppose Capital Punishment

Retribution can at best form only part of punishment’s purpose. It is equally essential that punishment tell the truth about the crime, and with pedagogical purpose. That’s Augustine’s position. He argues punishment should both tell the truth about the crime and discipline the accused in formative, proportionate ways.  The death penalty is unique among punishments in that it is incapable of exactly this pedagogical purpose. The dead do not learn from their mistakes or from the discipline imposed. Suggesting that capital punishment somehow expresses our sincere respect for human life—the image of God—is, on its face, far too paradoxical to accept. For this reason and reasons offered below, I do not believe Gen. 9:6, which refers to shedding blood for shed blood, is morally applicable. The fact of our being co-executioners of Christ is ample enough reason to adjust our hermeneutic on this point.

38 A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon

Although most discussions about the development of the canon focus on the patristic period (second century and later), there is much canonical gold yet to mine from the pages of the New Testament itself.  Unfortunately, this step is often skipped.

Apologetics: How Long Was the Canon in Question?

The suggestion continues to be made by popular skeptics that the New Testament canon was in flux for hundreds of years. One scholar claims that no one came up with “a definitive list of books to be included in the canon that matched our list today” until “the famous Athanasian letter of 367 C.E. Even the powerful Athanasius could not settle the issue once and for all.” It’s true that, in the year 367, Athanasius of Alexandria did write a letter in which he listed the same twenty-seven books that appear in the New Testament today.

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Is It Reasonable to Believe in Minds Even If We Can’t Explain How They Interact with Brains? | Cold Case Christianity

But even without certainty related to the specific way in which the mind relates to the brain, this objection alone fails to exclude dualism from consideration. Our lack of understanding about how the mind interacts isn’t prohibitive evidence against this interaction. If dualism is true, we must look to a source external to the physical universe to explain the existence of the mind. This opens the door to the reasonable existence of God and, as a result, extra-natural explanations for the interaction between mind and brain.

How 'Simplifying Your Life' Can Be a Problem

I can see the point you're making but I don't think it needs to be as divisive as it's presented. Minimalism and the donation of worldly possessions is rooted in Christ's teachings and there's significant benefits to practicing it as a modern Christian. Is it the end-all and be-all? Of course not, having possessions doesn't make you a 'bad' Christian, but using minimalism as an exercise to help loosen the grip of money can be a spiritual exercise. Put in another way, minimalism should be used like fasting - to achieve a more realistic outlook on the successes and goals in your life. It doesn't mean you have to commit your life to 100 items or less, just that you keep it in mind when you find yourself longing for that new iphone. At least give a fair explanation of the benefits of minimalism before scaring people away from trying it.

Justice, Prayer and Outrage Fatigue

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

Milo Yiannopoulos' Controversial Comments Reveal Hypocrisy Within LGBT Community | The Stream

Finally, the LGBT movement has been born, grown up, and turned rotten. Forget homophobia. It is time to call them out on it. I was targeted and slammed by the gay movement for speaking honestly about “intergenerational sex” and how harmful it is to children. They want to pretend this isn’t happening or it’s just like what happens in the straight world. But it isn’t so. So much of youth happens in sex-segregated spaces like locker rooms, boys’ clubs, summer camp, and the Boy Scouts. The opportunity for male mentors to get into boys’ intimate spaces without triggering alarms is infinitely higher. Plus, the gay community’s history is much more entangled with pederasty than is the straight world. So this is a gay issue that needs to be dealt with as such, and that means revisiting many of the claims of the LGBT movement with skepticism.

Fox and Queen Latifah Are Developing a Show About Modern-Day Bible Stories

"The Scroll" will reimagine some of the Bible’s most popular stories in present day through a group of friends and colleagues that are modern-day versions of some of the Bible’s most notable characters.

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This Creepy Doll Is Listening to Your Conversations

There is a doll in Germany that has been eavesdropping on conversations and providing hackers with personal information. The doll’s name is Cayla and she was designed to accurately answer simple questions, but according to Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the Bluetooth that allows Cayla to respond with precision also allows hackers to record private conversations in order to steal personal data. As a result, the telecommunications monitors have pulled the dolls from toy stores in Germany.

Reports: More than 100 ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protesters Have Been Fired

According to additional reports , 25 people were fired at a restaurant and catering company in New York for joining the strike, along with 21 people at a boat company in South Carolina, 30 masonry workers in Denver and a dozen restaurant employees in Oklahoma. There were also other cases around the country.

Palestinian Bishop receives peace prize - Premier

A Palestinian bishop has been awarded a peace prize in recognition of his work encouraging dialogue between religious groups in the Middle East.

Survey: 76% of ‘White Evangelical Protestants’ Agree With the President’s Refugee Ban

Race and age factor heavily into people’s perspective on the ban. About 84 percent of black respondents disapprove of the ban, 79 percent of Hispanics and 50 percent of whites. By age group, younger Americans most consistently disapprove of the executive order (76 percent among ages 18 to 29), but even the oldest group polled opposes the ban by a majority. It seems race and age are factors, but still most people disapprove of the policy.

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