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‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity

Not only was it human evil that nearly destroyed the world in some great war, but now it is human depravity that threatens to undue it all again. They sought to guard against this very thing when they divided society into five factions: Abnegation to counter selfishness, Erudite to stand against ignorance, Amity against aggression, Candor against duplicity, and Dauntless against cowardice.

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Counseling and the heart of Christ

His questions point out the obvious.  Of course you go looking for the lost sheep!  Naturally you initiate a search for the missing coin!  Any reasonable person knows that it is wisest and best to exert all necessary effort on the ones that are missing, and in need help rather than the ones that are fine, and intact.  Such obvious reasoning is an indictment against the Pharisees.  Their obsession with obedience has led them to lose sight of the heart of God.  They were busy feeling cozy in their righteous little group, and indicting those on the outside when they should have been moving toward hurting, sinful, and troubled people with God’s love.

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You Asked: Does God Harden a Believer’s Heart?

So how do you know if God has hardened your heart? Well, have you hardened your heart to God (Heb. 3:7-19)? The beauty of God's divine drama is that we don't immediately know who is a vessel of mercy and who is a God-hardened vessel of wrath. The Jewish man who currently rejects Christ may eventually come to faith in Christ by an act of God's sovereign grace overriding his self-hardened heart. And the practicing homosexual sinner may turn from her sins and live by an act of God's sovereign grace overriding her self-hardened heart.

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Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court: landmark case for religious liberty to be heard Tues. -

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The fate of religious freedom for Americans, especially business owners, could hang in the balance when the U.S. Supreme Court convenes March 25. The justices will hear oral arguments that day in challenges by two family owned corporations to the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-causing drugs for their workers. Hobby Lobby, a nationwide retail chain based in Oklahoma City, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania business, contend the federal regulation violates their owners' consciences and a 1993 law protecting religious liberty. Religious freedom advocates predict the Supreme Court's decision will be far-reaching. The high court's opinion "will determine the next 100 years of church/state jurisprudence," said Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Joshua Hawley, a lawyer assisting Hobby Lobby, described it as "a landmark case." "It has major significance for religious liberty" and "for what constitutional rights business owners can claim," said Hawley, a member of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's legal team and an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law.

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Southern Seminary Expeditions | Israel & Jordan

Southern Seminary Expeditions offer on-site lectures from experts in biblical, theological and historical studies. We will travel to historical sites such as Petra, Masada, and King Herod’s tomb. We will stand on the steps of the temple mount where Jesus would have stood and taught. We will study the Scriptures on the Sea of Galilee and in the Garden of Gethsemane. While on the trip, you will also learn about the culture of the Middle East and be introduced to gospel-centered ministries there. It is our prayer that this Expedition will further equip you for ministry and continue to cultivate in you a heart and mind for Christ.

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How to reach Hispanics around you without Rosetta Stone

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Latino population in the United States  was 53 million in 2012, making up 17 percent of the overall population — the largest minority group in the nation. So, whether you are Hispanic like me or you are from a different culture, eager to share the gospel with this rapidly growing group, how should we — theology students, church members, leaders and pastors — embrace the task before us?

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http://thegospelcoalition.org/book-reviews/review/christian_philosophy

The strongest section of the book is the nine chapters focusing on the history of Western philosophy. Beginning with the pre-Socratics, Bartholomew and Goheen march the reader through the periods of Greek philosophy, medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, and postmodernity. The authors do an excellent job of highlighting the main ideas from each philosophical era. If any Christian wants to understand the history of thought and ideas, these chapters will provide a solid foundation. Even though philosophy has been misused during the course of Western history, much can still be learned. They write, “Thus we will continually need to ask, given [non-Christian philosophers

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Platt: gospel requires cultural engagement — especially on unpopular issues

While recognizing individuals have limits of involvement, Platt asserted, “In our belief, let’s be consistent. In our proclamation, let’s be complete. In our leadership, let’s be clear. This gospel of Christ compels contrite, compassionate, courageous action on a multiplicity of cultural issues, and to engage with the gospel on the battlefronts across our culture as we give our lives to taking the gospel across cultures,” he said.

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http://gregmonette.com/blog/post/why-bart-ehrman-gets-jesus-burial-wrong-part-2?fb_action_ids=592241094193154&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.UyzxJC0tEes.like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

One should understand that when Ehrman makes statements like: “Sometimes Christian apologists…” he is doing so deliberately as a red-herring statement to say in effect that “Conservative Christian scholars are not interested in the truth of history but are just trying to defend the views they already hold, so be aware of what they say!” The bigger problem with general claims like this (besides being prejudiced) is that when it comes to the burial of Jesus (or the executed within the area of Jerusalem during peacetime) other than Ehrman and John Dominic Crossan, it’s the view of the majority of scholars that criminals were buried before sundown so the land wouldn’t be defiled (Deuteronomy 21:22-23, “And if a man has committed a sin worthy of death, and he is to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but though shalt in any wise bury him that day.”) as we will return to later on. Eric Meyers, Shimon Gibson, Rachel Hachlili and Jodi Magness are not “conservative Christian commentators.

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Rick Warren: If the contraceptive mandate passes, it will ruin a core U.S. ideology

In this case, the administration is insisting that those who form and operate a family business based on religious beliefs must disobey what they believe is God’s standard in order to obey the government’s program. The administration wants everyone to render unto Caesar not only what is Caesar’s but also what is God’s. If it wins, the first purpose on which the United States was founded would be severely damaged.

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http://www.ligonier.org/rym/broadcasts/audio/introduction-2-mar-2014/

What does it mean to defend our faith in an age of skepticism?  What tools and resources are available to us?  That’s the topic of this lesson, the first in a series titled, Defending Your Faith .  In this introduction, Dr. R.C. Sproul teaches how to use logic and reason in a winsome manner to explain Christianity to nonbelievers.

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Top 5 Christian apologetics apps for Android

While most folks are spending their time playing Candy Crush , the on-the-go, in-the-know Christian who is looking to educate themselves on their faith, answer nagging doubts about their beliefs, or stay on top of Christian-related news, may just turn to their smartphone as their primary resource for answers and information.

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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 03-22-14

2) How do we distinguish between suffering for Jesus and suffering for being foolish or annoying?

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Doctorado en Misiología (D.Miss.)

Gracias por su interés en el Doctorado en Misiología del Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. El Doctorado en Misiología es un título profesional en misiología para ministros en la obra misionera. El propósito del programa es preparar al estudiante para ministerio intercultural por medio de estudios avanzados en las misiones y disciplinas afines.  La duración del programa es de 48 horas y se termina en tres o cuatro años. Los cursos y coloquios se cumplirán mayormente por el Internet durante cada semestre, terminando el semestre con dos semanas intensas en el campus en Louisville, KY. El programa culmina con una tesis de investigación en el contexto misionero del estudiante. Nuestro deseo es que los participantes en este programa salgan a predicar el evangelio con preparación avanzada y más pasión para la gloria de Dios en el mundo.

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1 Corinthians 15: the earliest source for the basic facts about the life of Jesus

Paul is clear that this material was not his own but that he had passed on to others what he had received earlier, as the center of his message (15:3). There are many textual indications that the material pre-dates Paul. Most directly, the apostle employs paredoka and parelabon, the equivalent Greek terms for delivering and receiving rabbinic tradition (cf. 1 Cor. 11:23). Indirect indications of a traditional text(s) include the sentence structure and verbal parallelism, diction, and the triple sequence of kai hoti Further, several non-Pauline words, the proper names of Cephas (cf. Lk. 24:34) and James, and the possibility of an Aramaic original are all significant. Fuller attests to the unanimity of scholarship here: “It is almost universally agreed today that Paul is here citing tradition.”[4] Critical scholars agree that Paul received the material well before this book was written.[5]

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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 03-22-14

2) How do we distinguish between suffering for Jesus and suffering for being foolish or annoying?

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Three Tips on Being a Friend of Sinners

A few of the most practical ways we might put the gospel to work as friends of sinners is captured by Tim Keller in Center Church . Leaning on Simon Gathercole’s outline of the gospel as Jesus’s incarnation, substitution, and resurrection, Keller considers three aspects in which the gospel impacts our lives. He calls it the “upside-down” aspect, the “inside-out” aspect, and the “forward-back” aspect — each of which are opposite the world’s way of thinking (46–48). Upside-down is rooted in the most glorious, humble event in history. God became a man. He suffered. He died. Our message and lives are marked by this relentless posture of servanthood. Inside-out gets at the great work Jesus did by taking our place on the cross. He died for us, sinners as we were, and was raised for us by sheer mercy — to bring us to God and accept us not based upon our works, but solely by his grace. This electing grace has no preconditions. It’s lavished on the worst of sinners and tidiest of Pharisees, giving us all the eyes of faith. Then the forward-back, the kingdom Jesus inaugurated by his victory over the grave, reminds us that we are destined for another world, a better one.

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Kenya legalizes polygamy without wife’s consent

NAIROBI: Kenya’s Parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday. The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person. The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband’s choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause. “When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way, and a third wife... this is Africa,” MP Junet Mohammed told the house, according to Nairobi’s Capital FM. As in many parts of Africa, polygamy is common among traditional communities in Kenya, as well as among the country’s Muslim community, which accounts for up to a fifth of the population. “Any time a man comes home with a woman, that would be assumed to be a second or third wife,” said Samuel Chepkong’a, chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

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A Harvard University student explains how evidence changed her mind about God

I don’t know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: “But how do you know what the Bible says is true?” By age 11, my atheism was so widely known in my middle school that a Christian boy threatened to come to my house and “shoot all the atheists.” My Christian friends in high school avoided talking to me about religion because they anticipated that I would tear down their poorly constructed arguments. And I did.

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Get "Everyone's a Theologian" for a Gift of Any Amount

We can’t escape being theologians. God made us in His image, and we are built to think in theological terms. We are built to think about God, about who He is and what He does.

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The Lens of Leadership

It came to a breaking point when he said, on national television, “I’d like to have my life back.” Here he was, making millions, living away from the spill, and he makes that comment. That is the inability to zoom out and get the big picture and respond rightly. 

22 Is God Real? Are the Laws of Logic Simply Human Conventions? - Stand to Reason Blog

While it is true that there are different categories of Logic applying to different aspects of propositional truth, mathematics, and reasoning, the basic underlying principles of Logic remain intact and foundational. In addition, while many “laws of thought” have been proposed over time by great thinkers (i.e. Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Leibniz, Schopenhauer, Boole, Welton, and even Russell), these laws merely reflect, in one way or another, the same universal, pre-existent, objective logical axioms. In essence, we continue to find ourselves restating and reformulating the same Laws of Logic over and over again. When someone says “there are different kinds of logic” they are failing to recognize the objective, unchanging, underlying axioms. These foundational Laws of Logic remain constant within each system.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Movie Reflection: God's Not Dead

I just got back from a 10:30 pm showing at a local theater of Pureflix's latest film "God's Not Dead."   For those unfamiliar with the film and it's main premise, I recommend going here and watching the trailer before reading further. Below are some of the questions I had going into the movie and I suspect readers have some of the same questions so I will share them along with the answers.  I do not intend to include any spoilers and my thoughts will be brief because it's late! What positive arguments for God's existence will be presented in the film? The cosmological argument, the moral argument and the Cambrian explosion all make an appearance.  Obviously, for theatrical purposes, the arguments are condensed but understandable. I could easily imagine someone's curiosity being sparked by the movie and, as a result, wanting to look into the arguments more thoroughly. Further, I appreciated the film interacting with the works of contemporary skeptics such as Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking.  Other names mentioned in the film of note were Bertrand Russell, John Lennox and Steven Weinberg.

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Courage under fire: Ronald Speirs and Easy Company at the Battle of Foy

[...]At 0900 hours on 13 January Easy Company attacked along the western edge of Foy, along the road. The new year had brought heavy snow and the it blanketed the ground and had reduced temperatures to well below zero. 2nd Battalion commander, Captain Dick Winters, had two section of LMGs deployed on the edge of the woods facing Foy to give Easy Company covering fire while they crossed the 250 yards of open field between the forest and Foy’s buildings. There were just a few scattered trees and haystacks to give cover. As Easy Company advance the covering fire did its job, limiting the fire on the paratroopers to sporadic rifle shots. The approach on Foy made good pace under the cover of the LMG fire, but about 75 yards out from the edge of the village the skirmish line halted and the paratroopers hunkered down in the snow. Captain Winters stared in disbelief, wondering what was going on.

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How to reach Hispanics around you without Rosetta Stone

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Latino population in the United States  was 53 million in 2012, making up 17 percent of the overall population — the largest minority group in the nation. So, whether you are Hispanic like me or you are from a different culture, eager to share the gospel with this rapidly growing group, how should we — theology students, church members, leaders and pastors — embrace the task before us?

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There’s a Price on Your Head

Christ died on the cross to bring you to God. And his death means there’s no doubt about your incredibly high value. If you want to figure out how much you’re really worth, you need to figure out how much Christ’s life was worth. First Peter 1:18-19 gives you a hint: “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

27 Twitter / Acts17: @BrettKunkle I got these for ...

@BrettKunkle I got these for you, Brett . . . to enjoy vicariously as I eat them! pic.twitter.com/TXTewocZ6q

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http://www.ligonier.org/rym/broadcasts/video/john-baptist-mar-2014/

The Old Testament reverberated with the theme of the coming Day of the Lord. Like many prophets before him, John the Baptist preached about it, too. What was significant about John’s message was that, unlike the prophets of old, he did not talk about the “coming” of that great and awesome day. What was different about John’s message of the coming day? Considering the preparations God has made in order to bring us our King, Dr. Sproul looks at the life and ministry of John the Baptist.

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Hmmm...Looks like a German Luger (80.05 Miles) - James White's 128.8 kilometers bike ride

Ride Hmmm...Looks like a German Luger (80.05 Miles)

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Take the 6-Pack Challenge!

"My 6-pack is a packet of six copies of Josh McDowell's book, More Than a Carpenter . I carry it in my briefcase, my luggage and with my laptop every time I board a plane or hit the road in my car. My goal is to share one of these books with someone, somewhere each day. It's the best method I've found for sharing my faith."

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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 03-22-14

2) How do we distinguish between suffering for Jesus and suffering for being foolish or annoying?

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No Compromise, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

Hank reads two letters, one that is encouraging and one that accuses him of compromising the gospel because of his view on the age of the earth. Hank goes on to give evidence of an old universe and affirms that the Christian Research Institute has never compromised the truth.

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Answering Muslims: French Atheist Nicolas Bons Dies Waging Jihad After Converting to Islam

We live in a time of unparalleled idiocy. Islam commands its adherents to violently subjugate or kill unbelievers (Qur'an 9:29, 9:73, 9:123, etc.). Because some Muslims ignore these commands, we pretend that the commands don't exist. Meanwhile, Muslims who actually follow the commands are busy waging jihad, and the only thing our leaders and the media do in response is praise Islam and condemn critics of Islam. Politicians and the media thus help protect the message of Islam, and this leads to more conversions, which leads to more jihad. Nicolas Bons was raised as an atheist, and he was known for being timid. After he converted to Islam, he became increasingly violent, and he died in a terrorist attack in Syria. Was his violent behavior following his conversion to Islam a mere coincidence? To all those who constantly assure us that Islam is no different from other religions, do you think that Nicolas would have died in such an attack if he had converted to Christianity, or to Mormonism, or to Buddhism? Nicolas Bons TOULOUSE, France — When Dominique Bons' timid son stopped smoking overnight and started praying frequently at his home in the southern French city of Toulouse, she alerted the authorities.