Convenience? Two weeks ago Clinton said she had both iPhone and Blackberry | WashingtonExaminer.com
After avoiding questions for the past week about her reliance on a private email system during her time as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton finally came up with an explanation.
Clinton argued that the reason why she maintained a private server for her email was merely about convenience because she didn't want to carry around two devices when she traveled — one for work email, one for personal email.
But on Feb. 24, in a question and answer session at a Silicon Valley event, Hillary Clinton was asked by Kara Swisher, iPhone or Android? and responded iPhone, before pausing and then adding, In full disclosure ... and a Blackberry.
A video of the answer, flagged by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, is from theWatermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, cuts off after 18 seconds.
But the full video is even worse for Clinton.
Last Black Member of OU's 'Racist' SAE Fraternity Says 'I Had a Real Hard Time Looking in The Mirror Last Night'
As the University of Oklahoma continues to reel from the fallout of a racist video of members of the now suspended local arm of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing that there will never be a black fraternity brother, the second and last black member of the fraternity group says the video has left him grieving.
Western woman explains how radical Islamists convinced her to join them
This is from the Blaze, but it links to the BBC. They write: What prompts young women in England to consider joining the Islamic State? According to one woman who claims that she was radicalized by...
An Entire Town Has a Tearful Surprise for a Deaf Man – They Offer Helping Hands!
From the start of his day, right when he walks out of his door, Muharrem gets a surprise he was not expecting. His whole town had a tearful surprise set up that he will never forget. Thanks to his amazing sister!
Colbert Catechism covers Lent and Pope Francis | Think Christian
Perhaps to help us bide time until he takes over as host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert recently made a video (embedded below) for the Catholic magazine America that showcased the same comic-religious…
Mantis and Mosquito: Bug Physics
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Just Step Off
Just because you may feel that God has called you to do something for Him does not necessarily mean you are ready to jump and do it. Most of us are reluctant to jump. So rather than a full jump, simply taking one step in the direction He has put on your heart can get your momentum moving, and God will then empower your next step. God often requires us to take the first step of obedience before His supernatural power kicks in to accomplish through us what He chooses. But taking that first step of faith demonstrates our willingness to trust God, and He in turn will crown our efforts with His favor.
One Question That Will Remind A Moral Relativist Of What They Already Know | Think Christianly
Jonathan Morrow (D.Min) is the founder of Think Christianly. He is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell), and contributed the chapter "Introducing Spiritual Formation" to Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN.
The Starving Children Fallacy
My colleague Shane calls this the Starving-Children-In-Africa fallacy. “There are problems in the world worse than yours,” goes the fallacy, “so your problems are not worth caring about or solving.”
How Salvation Brings Freedom
Now that the grace of God has been set upon us as a permanent seal (2 Cor. 1:20–22), we are being made new. We are being set free from the power of sin by the power of the Spirit. God’s grace is restoring to us a will that wants what he wants. Before we were justified, our broken wills were utterly subject to the power of sin. We chose sin at every turn. Even when we made choices that appeared good from an external standpoint, because we had no higher internal purpose than to glorify self these choices were ultimately sinful as well. Now, the power of sin is broken. We have been given the deposit of the Holy Spirit. Though we once chose only to sin, now we have the power (and the growing desire) to choose righteousness. We who were once slaves to sin’s power are now free to serve God. We don’t always use our freedom. We still sin, but over time we learn increasingly to choose holiness. Our entire lives from that handwritten date in our Bibles onward are devoted to “working out our salvation” (Phil. 2:12–13) as we learn to choose righteousness instead of sin, to walk in obedience to God’s commands.
Older Men, Younger Men Need You
Most men already feel like failures. Be original, and be with us. Is 1 Corinthians 10:13 really true? “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” Help us to learn to practice the tension of that verse: that it is “common” — not weird or stigmatized or something to keep in the dark — and to embrace the call to “endure it,” which is nearly impossible without community. We need a place — a man — that challenges us to grow, but also makes it safe for us to confess.
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In Syria, Archaeologists Risk Their Lives To Protect Ancient Heritage
They used the protective sheeting to wrap 1,600 square feet of ancient mosaics. The next step was to protect the Ma'arra museum itself, says Amr al-Azm, a Damascus-trained archaeologist who now teaches Middle Eastern history in Ohio. Some of the "Monuments Men" of Syria are his former students.
Rachel Held Evans defends exit from evangelicalism, calls Christians to celebrate sacraments - On Faith & Culture
To all Christians : Repent of your rude comments. Jesus says the world will know you are My disciples by the love that you have for one another. He also says not to mindlessly call someone a fool. My heart broke reading some of these comments. Read your Bibles and start using your life to bring glory to God rather than to prop yourself up. There are some very good points in this article although I’m not sure I agree with all of it. For example, women have to be very careful when speaking about positions of leadership (see the letters of Timothy and Titus). Their submission to the leadership of men is symbolic of Christ’s submission to the Father and the church’s submission to Christ. Does this mean they are less capable people? Of course not. If anything, it shows a stronger understanding of their faith. Does this mean they have to mindlessly let men control them as if they are robots? Nope. There is a way to do it biblically that honors both men and women and shows reverence for God and His word. And the letter of 1st John says that of you are truly annointed by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation, you will not continue in a lifestyle of habitual sin (1 John chapters 2&3).
7 Other Times President Obama Said He Found Out About World Events By Watching the News
NSA spying on foreign leaders: President Obama said he didn’t know his administration was spying on foreign leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He told the press on Oct. 28, 2013 that, “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.”
Dear Rob Bell: The Church Isn’t Giving an Inch on Gay Marriage
Bell implies that the culture has remained static for 2000 years and it is only now, with the “enlightened thinking” of the 21st century that the culture has had a dramatic change requiring the Church to do likewise. Didn’t Jesus say: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Wasn’t the Church to stand apart like a searchlight in the night sky of the culture? Apparently, that is irrelevant since it relies on crusty, old 2000 year old letters. People have always sought to change the gospel (often for personal gain) down through the centuries from 2nd Century adoptionism down present-day televangelists. Yet, the truth contained within those 2000 year old series of letters remains. The truth will always be suppressed as it was in First Century Rome, the 20th Century Soviet Union, or, increasingly, in today’s America. Yet, truth remains beneath the earth in such circumstances- germinating, awaiting the spring when it will burst forth in flowery fruition of great revival. But at the core of the issue, and I’ve always wondered this- why is it so very, very important to change the Church? If one views it as irrelevant, relying on crusty old documents, why even pay it any heed? After all, this is still America.
Grace to You Radio
Even Jesus’ closest disciples didn’t always clearly understand who He was and what he came to accomplish. How clearly do you see Him? Find out in John Macarthur’s look at The People Who Can’t See Christ .
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.
Hillary Clinton: A Pay Phone Candidate in an iPhone World
I wish I could ask her: Why seek the job, Mrs. Clinton, if you can't reshape it? While you may be able to disqualify Democratic and GOP rivals with your tired tactics and stale strategies, the office you'll win will be a caretaker's. A discredited caretaker overseeing a political system that you helped make even less appealing to Americans, particularly young voters.
Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine
Our belief that heaven will be boring betrays a heresy—that God himself is boring. There’s no greater nonsense. Our desire for pleasure and the experience of joy come directly from God’s hand. He made our taste buds, adrenaline, and the nerve endings that convey pleasure to our brains. Likewise, our imaginations and capacity for joy were made by the God whom some imagine is boring. Are we so arrogant as to imagine that human beings came up with the idea of having fun?
The Lent Project
The mood of Lent can be beautifully captured through the arts, which are often cathartic expressions of longing, suffering, loneliness, love, death and rebirth. Art is a great chronicler both of the drama of human history and the aches of the human heart. In this spirit, the Biola University Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts presents the Lent Project: a 54-day aesthetic meditation on Christ’s life, death and resurrection. Each day will offer a guided reflection--though Scripture, words, poetry, music, film or visual art--to help us focus in on the beauty of Christ’s story. May you enjoy, share and be edified by this resource as we collectively reflect on the suffering and triumph of history’s great savior: Messiah Jesus Christ, the King.
The One Who Showed Mercy
People vulnerable to exploitation are everywhere, but they are sometimes hard to see because their vulnerability often masks itself as poverty, hunger, homelessness, or something else. When we do not see them, though, we dehumanize the people God loves and values. In Generous Justice , Tim Keller writes, “Jesus taught that a lack of concern for the poor is not a minor lapse, but reveals that something is seriously wrong with one’s spiritual compass, the heart.” In other words, a heart not bent toward grace and mercy has not experienced true compassion. When we ignore the poor, we show that we have not yet understood our own poverty.
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Through the Catalyst App you’ll join pastors and business leaders, innovators and doers, influencers from all walks of life who are here for the same reason, because they believe that through great leadership the Church’s influence will be maximized. We are ready to encourage you, and be encouraged by you, as we all cultivate a true community of change makers.
Franklin Graham Warns Christians in America 'Persecution Is Coming'
"I believe we're going to see persecution in this country," Graham said during an interview on "Fox and Friends Weekend" on Sunday. "We've already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians. I believe it's going to get worse, and we see no question gaining influence in Washington by those that represent the Islamic faith. We do have a problem in this country and we are losing our religious freedom and we're losing it a little bit day by day."
Christopher Hitchens makes a shocking confession
These are the last two minutes of Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens's documentary, Collision. Christopher's final comment is stunningly unexpected and most thought-provoking.
Book Deals: Week of March 9, 2015
Scherm, Metaxas Close with Viking In the first of two deals at Viking this week, Rebecca Scherm sold North American rights to her sophomore novel, Beta , to Carole DeSanti . Scherm’s debut, Unbecoming , was released by Viking in January; this novel, the publisher said, is set in 2025 and follows a family that moves to an experimental space station called Parallaxis. At the space station, the family finds a “ragtag group” pioneering a world that is “a fertile ground for all-too-human longings and terrors.” Agent Susan Golomb , who last month joined Writers House, represented Scherm. In the second deal, Viking president and publisher Brian Tart bought world rights to two new books by Eric Metaxas . The first of the nonfiction works will explore, Viking said, “what it means to be an American today” and how significant the issue of religious freedom was to the men who founded this country; it is scheduled for spring 2016. The second book, a full-picture biography of Martin Luther, is set for 2017, timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the posting of Luther’s 95 theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany.
Former Administration Aides: Expectation Was Disclosure For Personal Email
According to a top aide to LaHood that BuzzFeed News spoke with Thursday, there was a broad understanding at the Department of Transportation — handed down from the White House — that personal email was not supposed to be used for professional correspondence. Though the aide did not know if the former secretary had personally been briefed on the use of government-issued email and personal email, the aide said the people around the secretary were.
Guilty as charged
We press on with the full confidence that what might appear to be simple is truly profound. We stand on the truth of God’s Word. We shudder at the outrageous suggestion that we need to get out of “Bibleworld.” We are guilty as charged in our stalwart allegiance to the revealed Word. May we dig deeper into it daily knowing we can never begin to understand it fully. May we read, study, and meditate upon it with great expectancy as we prayerfully anticipate its instruction to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. We would be wise to “park ourselves 2,000 years in the past” in order to study Scripture — all of which is “breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” according to the God-breathed words to Paul. But we won’t stay there. Anchored to what was given to us in the past as a priceless treasure, we are equipped to face the present and future. God, help us.
Should We Exclusively Use The King James Bible?
Doug Harris is hosts a debate between Jack Moorman and Dr James White on the subject should we exclusively use the King James Bible. This program was first broadcast on Revelation TV.
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Heaven, How I Got Here
If you’re like me, your amazement at the gospel can be hindered by overfamiliarity. Reading this book helped me cut away distracting layers to provide a vivid glimpse of God’s grace in Christ. I felt like I was the thief hanging on that hill, and I thought about the Savior’s deep emotions and compassion in a way I never had previously. In short, this book helped bring back the awe of the gospel by bringing me within feet of the cross.
Summit on Inerrancy: Recap
It’s hard to believe the 2015 Summit on Biblical Inerrancy is over. With 16 guest speakers and 18 general sessions, it was a power-packed week celebrating our common commitment to the absolute truth of God’s Word.
Join us at the ERLC Leadership Summit as we seek to explore what the gospel means for racial reconciliation in our churches and in our communities. Listen to great speakers, get answers to pressing questions at panel discussions, receive practical equipping on these issues, and discover how your church can be a beacon of hope, clarity, and restoration.
What To Do You’re at Your Breaking Point
All of us have been there, yet these words do not mean the same thing to everyone. People reach their breaking point in different ways and if you dig deep enough, you will discover how stress plays an important role in getting us to our breaking point. Stress is a part of life. If you do not have any stress in your life, I would like to suggest that you are probably dead.
Don’t Follow Your Heart
“Follow your heart” is a creed embraced by billions of people. It’s a statement of faith in one of the great pop cultural myths of the Western world; a gospel proclaimed in many of our stories, movies, and songs.
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Judicial Watch: Obama Family’s 2014 Christmas Vacation in Hawaii Cost Taxpayers $3,672,798 in Transportation Expenses - Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch also obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing the flight cost for Obama’s July 2014 fundraising expedition to Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, and the flight cost for the Obama Family’s August 2014 vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, came to a total of $2,825,751.80 in taxpayer-paid transportation expenses. The documents regarding the fundraising and vacation expenses came in response to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed on July 28, 2014 and August 25, 2014, respectively:
‘Don’t fall away’: Schreiner discusses the biblical theology of Hebrews
TS: I think the main point which we find right away in Hebrews 1:3 is Jesus’ sacrifice cleansed me of my sins once for all. Why is that so? Because he’s fully God and he’s fully man. The person who offers the sacrifice was fully God and fully man, therefore the sacrifice is sufficient and complete and definitive. I think that’s very comforting to me and to all Christians because we don’t need to go anywhere else, we must not go anywhere else to receive the forgiveness of sins and a cleansed conscience. So, I think that’s the main pastoral comfort in the letter. I think the other message of the letter that I find encouraging and helpful — that some people are scared by — is the warning passages. There is a kind of fear that is good, there’s a kind of fear that keeps us alert, so we don’t text while we’re driving, we pay attention to the road — that’s not a paralyzing fear, it’s a wise kind of fear. But the call not to fall away is a call to trust God. Trust God who sent his Son to cleanse us of our sins. Faith looks back to the sacrifice of Christ but faith also looks forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises.
When Winter Lasts Too Long
During prolonged winter seasons, our strength and resources are exhausted and we are left with nothing but Jesus. But Jesus is all we need, for in him is his life, love, and limitless power. The words of the apostle Paul have never meant more to me: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong“ (2 Cor. 12:8–12, NIV).
“Love Is Love” Isn’t Enough - Stand to Reason Blog
The idea of love that it trades on isn't self-gratification, however. It's not even mutual acceptance. It's a concern for he other's happiness. That's not what's happening, but the shift can be subtle. Ironically, although the idea that we should be most concerned for other's happiness is what is being sold, when that actually happens it is discounted. In other words, we who know God recognize that this idea of love that doesn't match the love of God will ultimately result in people's unhappiness. Out of love we warn people against it and are despised because we actually practice the kind of love they expected us to use to accept them. It is unloving, knowing the truth, to not try to assuage people from their self-destructive course. Yet they don't accept that kind of love although they peddle it. Truly, they desire to be accepted, but do not accept God, from whom comes the true love they imitate in mere shadows.
Os has been given a strategic opportunity to speak on the meaning and purpose of life with these influential leaders in the Capitol Hill community. Please pray for meaningful interactions during this event and for wisdom and energy for Os as he speaks.
7 Ridiculously Common Mistakes Churches Make On Social Media
Church leaders should be tuned in and aware that most of the world spends a good proportion of their day on social media. That includes first and second world economies. Social media should be a church leaders dream come true. There has been no other communications channel in history where your church is just one click away from being noticed by your broader community without you having to direct mail them or spend huge amounts of money on advertising.
Could Working Out Be Considered an Act of Worship?
While some may raise their eyebrows at this notion, others are making this budding belief system their reality. Celebrities such as Kierra Sheard, the 27-year-old gospel singer who released her fifth studio album Graceland last summer, recognize the power of incorporating fitness and faith.
A number of decades ago at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, we sent out a Thanksgiving card with this simple statement: “The essence of theology is grace; the essence of Christian ethics is gratitude.” In all the debates about our role versus God’s role in sanctification—our growth in holiness—we’d stay on the right track if we’d remember this grace-gratitude dynamic. The more we understand how kind God has been to us and the more we are overcome by His mercy, the more we are inclined to love Him and to serve Him.
Here's the First Single From Mumford & Son's New Album: 'Believe'
As you know, Mumford & Sons have foregone their trademark Clap-"Hey!"-Stomp-"Woo!" banjo-strumming sound for their upcoming album, Wilder Mind . Now we have our first listen at what this new sound is actually going to be like, and they are true to their word. Their statements had a lot of people guessing this new album might sound like Kings of Leon, but the first single, "Believe," is more like Coldplay than anything. It's a slow builder, featuring some very U2-esque guitars towards the end. The lyrics retain Mumford's spiritual sensibilities ("Open up my eyes // Tell me I'm alive // This is never gonna go my way if I have to guess what's on your mind.") but the sound will definitely be an adjustment for their legions of fans. Check it out below, and get the full album on May 4.
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Sex is Better
When it comes to sex, is God a "cosmic killjoy?" You might be surprised by the answer.
Are Christians Afraid to Talk about Contraception?
When I approached a series of different evangelical Christians about writing for this blog about their perspectives on contraception, I was struck by how similar their stories were to my own. Many of them said, “I’ve never thought about contraception in theological terms,” or, “I’ve tried to avoid thinking about the ethical implications of this topic.” I don’t know if such sentiment is as widespread as my small sample size and personal experience suggests, but I’m convinced that these issues are good ones for Christians to consider.
'Light pipes' key to colour vision
But he said that Dr Ribak's results offered a neat description of that light-piping function, highlighting how the different parts of the retina work together - giving us vibrant daytime vision but also delivering better sensitivity, with less colour, in the dark.
MLB Outfielder Who Lived Hard-Partying Lifestyle Becomes Born-Again, Daily Bible Reading Christian; Credits God for New-Found Success
After developing a bad reputation in the minor leagues for his me-first attitude, addiction to partying and use of a "performance enhancing" drug, Major League Baseball outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is saying that it wasn't until he finally found God that he was able to turn his personal life and playing career completely around.
The Incarcerated Church
When Christians neglect the incarcerated church, have they lost their way? I dare say yes is the answer. What is sadder, I spend more time trying to clear up the distorted Christian views men embrace in here. I could go on forever on just that issue alone. What you see taking place out there is creeping in to the internal organs of the church in prison. You see its effect out there, I see the effects of that in here.
The ESV Following Jesus Bible is full of outstanding content designed to help children understand and enjoy the Bible. Designed for children ages 8–12 as they transition from a beginner’s Bible, nearly every other page features a box answering the who, what, where, when, or why of a particular text. “Seeing Jesus” sections explain how certain Bible passages point to Christ and “Following Jesus” sections connect the Bible with the hearts and lives of young readers.
The Key to Being a Good Friend
We all crave community and connection. We want people who are going to have our backs no matter what. But since life-enriching friendships will never fall magically into our laps, we have to exert the time and energy necessary to enable these relationships to grow. After all, the old adage, “To have a friend, be a friend,” certainly holds true. True friendship isn’t about having a group of people we can hang out with occasionally; it’s about being surrounded by a community of people who know us deeply and love us unconditionally.