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How well has “The Breakfast Club” aged? I watched it with my teenage son to find out.

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Why does the cause of the universe have to be a person / mind?

Must the cause of the universe be a person? Here's a post from my friend Fred Woodbridge, who blogs at IFCONFIG blog, where he quotes from Dr. Craig's book "Reasonable Faith". The quote contains th...

Canary Wharf Festival of Thought 2015

The Canary Wharf Festival of Thought explores key life questions surrounding origin, meaning, morality and destiny with local events for those of all beliefs and none.

A nasty double-clutch reverse dunk

This did not happen during a slam dunk contest. This happened during a game earlier today between the Cavs and the Knicks. Iman Shumpert alley-oops the ball to J. R. Smith on the fast break, and Sm...

Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "Be Lifted Higher" by The Neverclaim

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

21 Martyrs

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

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Bethinking.org

bethinking.org exists to help you make sense of the big questions about life :

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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).    

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Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

Ashton B. Carter will hold a closed-door conference on Monday in Kuwait, where he is scheduled to meet with senior American military and diplomatic officials who are leading the fight against the Islamic State.

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Here's What Pope Francis Wants You to Give Up for Lent This Year

Describing this phenomenon he calls the globalization of indifference , Francis writes that “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.” He continues that, “We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”

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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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There's A Reason We Say 'Self-Declared Islamic State'

The primary reason why: Not adding expressions such as "self-described" would by omission imply that the organization is a "state," when in fact it is not an "independent government ... within defined borders." Those are key parts of the word state's definition.

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Christian comedy wins four Razzies

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God’s Glory in Your Extraordinary Story

Some look at such phenomena in creation and see meaningless randomness and natural selection. What do you see? Do you see the staggering glory of divine selection (election) out of all the contingencies and possibilities? This is the world that the God who spoke all things into existence brought into being when he said, “Let there be . . .” And all that glory before we even get to the most glorious story: Christ’s redemption of sinners. The height and depth and length and breadth of the wonder infinitely expands.

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Swapping nude images spells danger for teens

Many teens send sexually explicit photos on their cellphones believing the image will stay private, police and prosecutors say. Yet increasingly, the images are finding their way into the hands of sexual predators, and the teens themselves can be faced with harsh, lifelong penalties for their behavior.

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Amnesty Is Not a Dirty Word

Whether it was politically expedient or effective for President Obama to issue his latest executive order; whether and how much should be expected of illegal immigrants on the way to citizenship; how and where to control borders—all of these detailed political questions need to be worked through with care by legislators and concerned citizens. But the one thing we Christians especially should not run from is any action accused of offering “amnesty.”

13 Pastors.com

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Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians

“A decade ago, Iraq's Christian population numbered 1.5 million,” said Randel Everett, Wilberforce Initiative president and former Texas pastor. “Today, roughly 300,000 remain, and most have no jobs, no schools, and no places of worship. The Nineveh Plains had been one of the last relatively safe havens for Christians, Yazidis, Shabak, Turkmen and other minority groups. With the fall of Mosul and surrounding areas last summer, Iraq’s minorities want to remain in their homeland, but have no place to go.”

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SNOWED IN Mindy Smith

"Snowed In" is the title track off of Mindy Smith's 2013 Holiday EP

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Our 2015 Oscar Predictions

Boyhood , on the other hand, is about much more than even its broad title suggests. Yes, it charts the 12-year-long coming of age of a Texas boy, but it's also about motherhood and fatherhood, it's about powerlessness and understanding. It's about the wisdom and lack thereof of both children and their parents, and how we're all growing up together. When the movie's over, you realize you never really saw any of the significant events we often mark as defining moments in childhood. We didn't see Mason get his first job, kiss his first girl, throw his graduation cap in the air or learn how to drive. Instead, we saw tiny moments—him stumbling across a dead bird, going on a camping trip with his father and getting an unwanted haircut. In watching him, we realize how insignificant our perceived milestones are, and see the true value in the small moments that flit by everyday. Those moments make up our boyhoods and girlhoods, and the rest of our lives. It's an extraordinary feat for a movie, and it took a movie like this to accomplish it. It deserves the win.

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Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul

Since 1994, Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R.C. Sproul has provided accessible, in-depth Bible teaching to millions around the world. As the principal outreach of Ligonier Ministries, this radio broadcast has instructed listeners in the life-changing truths of historic Christianity and has kept the church community informed about pertinent issues facing believers today.

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Defusing the 1 Timothy 2:12 Bomb | The Junia Project

I wrote an entire comment and it seems to have vanished, so I will try again. Appealing to Moulton and Milligan (published in 1927) and Robertson’s word pictures (published in 1923) does not take into account the most up-to-date scholarly analysis of the Greek verb authenteo. Both of these sources appeal heavily on later usage of the word in the later patristic writings, in some cases centuries later. Neither had access to computer technology, which has revolutionized the ability to do semantic analysis of Greek words. Far better is the work of Leland Wilshire (one of my former professors) who in 1988 conducted an extensive survey of this word using the TLG computer data base of Greek literature. This data base was not available in the 1920s to scholars such as Robertson, Moulton and Milligan. Wilshire found that authenteo often has negative connotations, sometimes implying violence, suicide and murder (you can read his paper in “The TLG Computer and Further Reference to Authenteo in 1 Timothy 2:12″ New Testament Studies 34/1 [1988]). This is why many twentieth century and twenty first century scholars question the previous interpretation of this word, not because of shifts in culture, but because of advances in our ability to semantic analysis.

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Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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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

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Rasmussen: Plurality of Democrats think Obama should be able to ignore court rulings if it’s “important” - Hot Air

I assume Rasmussen deliberately chose a phrase as open-ended as “important for the country” to nudge respondents about the potential for abuse. Once you tell the president it’s cool to ignore court rulings if it’s “important,” you might as well pass an enabling act and hand him supreme power. Forty-three percent of Democrats, an actual plurality, didn’t flinch, though. And the irony is, Obama’s own defenses of his power grabs aren’t much more sophisticated than that . His rationale for executive amnesty is that Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, the legal limbo that illegals find themselves in is intolerable, and we’ve now reached a point of crisis (a political crisis for the White House, not a policy crisis) that simply demands executive action. It’s crucially important that he act unilaterally and that he act now, even though he can’t quite explain — again, on policy terms — why that is. Just trust him. It’s important. And Democrats do, including and especially the core Democratic constituencies of women, young adults, and minorities.

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Innovative Apologetics: Do You Believe? Worldview Evidence for Jesus Christ

23 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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Map: The most religious states in America

“The strong religious culture in the South reflects a variety of factors, including history, cultural norms and the fact that these states have high Protestant and black populations — both of which are above average in their self-reported religious service attendance,” according to Gallup. “Utah’s No. 1 position on the list is a direct result of that state’s 59% Mormon population, as Mormons have the  highest religious service attendance  of any major religious group in the U.S.”

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What Realists Get Wrong About Niebuhr

Yet Niebuhr is clear-eyed about the prospects for achieving the just, lasting, and democratic peace he wishes for. It is, frankly, unlikely. And if it ever happens, it may be centuries from now and achieved more by gradual evolution than by the orchestrated policy of a single democratic superpower. President George W. Bush boldly proclaimed that “it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.” Should we applaud the breathtaking moral ambition, or condemn the overtones of messianic idealism? At the moment we incline to the latter. But listen to Niebuhr again: “[Man] would not be fully human if he did not lift himself above his immediate hour, if he felt neither responsibility for the future weal of his civilization, nor gratitude for the whole glorious and tragic drama of human history, culminating in the present moment.” It is a statesman’s job to lift us above our immediate hour, to remind us of our responsibility to future generations. Global democracy is a distant dream; it would be folly to treat it like an objective to be pursued on a fixed timetable.

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A Simple Guide to Reading the Bible with Jesus as the Hero

In most biblical texts we can identify a heroic person or a heroic action that points to Jesus, but we must also notice that none are just like Christ, the ultimate hero. Just as we personally identify with the bad guys in the text, we should identify the heroic action in the text with Jesus. Who in the text is walking in line with the purposes of God and brings him glory? It is important to remember though, as we seek to understand Scripture, the person or people displaying the heroic actions are also sinners who also need the ultimate hero and savior Jesus. As Paul urges, we want our conduct to be in step with the truth of the gospel (Gal 2:14), but we must never think our conduct can take the place of the gospel. One of the glorious things about Scripture is the way it reveals the flaws of key figures in redemptive history. The temporal saviors and heroes in the biblical narrative all need the ultimate Savior and Hero in order to be adopted into God’s family, forgiven, and saved from the penalty of their sins.

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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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http://www.crossway.org/books/the-story-of-everything-tpb/

Most of life is mundane: work, school, home, TV, church, sleep, repeat. Sometimes it seem as if there’s no point to our “normal” lives. But what we must remember is that we’re actually part of something huge: God’s story—the greatest story ever told. In The Story of Everything , Jared Wilson takes readers on a journey that starts before the creation of the world and ends after everything has been made new. Wilson shows us that the gospel isn’t just a ticket to heaven but God’s incredible and unstoppable vision for all of creation. Looking at God’s redemptive plan for humanity,   this book will help you understand what the gospel means for your life, your home, your pets, your hobbies, and more.

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The Kalam Cosmological Argument

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam#... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also 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 Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai.

30 Douglas Groothuis' exhortation to Christians to study apologetics

In our pluralistic culture, a “live and let live” attitude is the norm, and a capitulation to social pressure haunts evangelicalism and drains its convictions. Too many evangelicals are more concerned about being “nice” and “tolerant” than being biblical or faithful to the exclusive Gospel found in their Bibles. Not enough evangelicals are willing to present and defend their faith in challenging situations, whether at school, at work, or in other public settings. The temptation is to privatize faith, to insulate and isolate it from public life entirely. Yes, we are Christians (in our hearts), but we have difficulty engaging anyone with what we believe and why we believe it. This is nothing less than cowardice and a betrayal of what we say we believe.

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An Apologist's Insights on "God's Not Dead"

For example, would it be “denying” Christ to acknowledge that one might not have the resources available as a freshman student in a general studies philosophy class (and not a major) to take on a philosophy professor on the topic of God’s existence? I don’t think so. One could instead acknowledge that both the clearly adversarial tone taken in the environment and one’s own lack of knowledge or expertise in the area make it likely that one may actually harm the body of Christ by, well, looking like a freshman non-philosophy student outmatched by an atheistic philosophy professor. Wheaton, of course, has the benefits of film, so he is able to put together a beautiful powerpoint each week and manages to pound the books so hard that he can articulate the cosmological, design, and other arguments within a few days. But is this a realistic perspective? Moreover, is it a “simple” application of the passage to our lives?

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Ligonier.org

Paul continues with his example of Abraham’s use of faith in the promise of God. Dr Sproul discusses the promise made to Abraham that he will be the father of many nations. Abraham's expression of faith was imputed to him for righteousness. Dr Sproul then discusses the principle of imputation.

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How Do We Know Everything the Gospel Writers Said is True?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org While Dr William Lane Craig was on his 2013 Australian speaking tour, he spoke at the Sydney University Evangelical Union on the resurrection of Jesus. After his talk, he answered a number of questions from the audience. In this clip, Dr Craig answers a question concerning the truth of the gospel writers. 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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Sunday Quote!- Trading Off the Bible for Science?

I think the language of “trade-off” here might be viewed as a rhetorical flourish. The next phrase is equally weighted to seemingly back-load a specific reading of the story of the fall into what is “plausible” over and against that which is “scientifically plausible.” Although I think there may be something of a trade-off in some sense, in order for this qupte to be true there would have to be an inherent inverse relationship between evolution and the Bible. This may, in fact, be the case, but there are a number of steps that need to be proven before one can get to that point.

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Sean McDowell on Twitter

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Room to Grow Benefit

In the past two years, Avail has experienced incredible growth, increasing the number of client-care appointments we are providing by 140 percent. This year's benefit will help us raise the needed funds to move to a new, flagship location in midtown Manhattan with double the counseling space and will also help support our growt h . We have an aggressive fundraising goal of $275,000. Will you help us reach it? 

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Andy Bannister on Twitter

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Presuppositional Apologetics Links Round Up: Third Week of February 2015

Presuppositional Apologetics Links Round Up: Third Week of February 2015

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Jon Ward on Twitter

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Cincinnati Right to Life founder dies

Cincinnati Right to Life founder dies John Willke, a well-known leader in the right to life movement who lived in Cincinnati, died Friday. He was 89. Willke was a physician, author and Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/1AfzKVe

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What is the Basis for Morality?

Thank you for contacting Answers in Genesis. First, I’m not sure that anyone can escape being raised up without any religion whatsoever—whether secular humanism, naturalism, evolutionism, Christianity, Islam, etc. I had the privilege of being raised in family that respected the Bible and its teachings, whereas many others were raised with evolutionary religion or even had it forced on them. Logically, though, if people are taught from a young age that nothing matters, that there are no morals, and that they can do whatever pleases them, and that “survival of the fittest” is “the way the world works,” then what type of society should we expect? After all, leading evolutionary spokesperson Richard Dawkins makes it clear that there is no basis for morality in evolution:

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Experiment: How to Make Water Climb a Tree

Given the “gravity busting” ability of capillary action, Kilmer’s poem ends appropriately: “Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.” Genesis 1 makes a brief reference to God’s creation of water and plants, which may not impress a casual reader, but the more we study the details, the more our appreciation for our Creator’s majesty keeps on growing.

43 The global shift away from marriage and child-bearing

But there’s more to restoring marriage than just confrontation at the one-on-one level. From a policy point of view, we should be voting for policies that promote marriage and child-bearing within marriage. I think we should be giving rewards to married couples who stay together and have children, not to people who want to try any other crazy arrangement that isn’t as good for kids. Not every association of people is as stable and healthy as marriage, and the government shouldn’t be treating these alternatives as we treat the real thing.

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Fervent, Flexible, Faithful Ministry: 1 Corinthians 9:15-23

Rev. John Currie, pastor of Redeemer Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Ada, MI, speaks at chapel on February 18, 2015.

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McFarland, USA

At a tiny high school in the mostly Hispanic southern California town of McFarland, California, Coach Jim White (played by Kevin Costner) starts a cross country program from scratch. He takes a handful of boys—all from impoverished families of migrant workers from nearby Mexico—and, in a matter of months, puts together a cross country team that wins the 1987 state championship. And then they go on to win a string of state titles, becoming a dynasty in the sport.

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John Stonestreet on Twitter

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Pope discusses Ukraine with German Chancellor – Premier Premier

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Murdered Copts named martyrs – Premier Premier

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Archbishop takes to streets to help party goers – Premier Premier

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spent part of the night on the streets of Birmingham meeting party goers.

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

Someday kids who live in NYC right now will say: “Boyoboy, when I was a kid growing up in NYC we had REAL winters!” pic.twitter.com/dkElfWW7dc

51 Americans don't care if President is Christian, claims governor – Premier Premier
52 Pope welcomes Mafia back to Church – Premier Premier
53 Ligonier.org
54 WORLD | Avoiding ethical lapses | Bill Newton | Feb. 21, 2015
55 Charlie Hebdo et l'Islam
56 WORLD | Weekend Reads: Reconciliation and redemption | Feb. 21, 2015
57 Really Recommended Posts 2/20/15- Egalitarian Marriage, Ken Ham, Kids, and more!
58 Brett Kunkle on Twitter
59 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
60 Microview: "The Dominant Culture: Living in the Promised Land" by Martin Murphy
61 Nameless Journals: We Don't Know Who Wrote the Gospels Except That We Do