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When the Bible Is Hard to Understand

Or I could trust that he might have something for me and that I should keep scratching and digging with my limited tool set. Even if that “something” doesn’t come in this life, it is still worth pursuing. I read and re-read passages and asked the Holy Spirit to help me see. Sometimes I walked away from those passages for weeks or even months. Sometimes I forgot about them entirely for a season. But I kept being drawn back to them, with a prayerful hope that God might help me. And by grace, I trusted that they were meant for my good no matter my current understanding.

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Ses Apologetics

bakslashr: That is the argument that Dr. Richards puts forth here. Nobody makes something moral bc they "say it is." Morality is not created by humans, it is merely recognized. Jay Richards points out that all people recognize morality regardless of their theistic or atheistic world view. Having considered that, does atheism or theism suit to explain that fact best? Jay Richards thinks (and we do as well) that atheism falls fatally short. Theism is the best explanation.

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How to Teach Your Kids About the Nations

Most of us live near someone different than us. And I’m not talking about a different region of the United States. We are in a time when we could drive down the street and be surrounded by people from various countries. Communities in larger cities like Chicago and New York have entire neighborhoods developed around a certain ethnicity and heritage. The advancement of technology has almost eliminated the chance that a person won’t meet someone from another country at some point in their lifetime. Go out. Reach out. Teach your children the benefit of knowing their neighbor. Ultimately, show the love of Christ through a genuine interest in someone else.

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God Used Me to Stop a School Shooter

The morning I read over the transcript from my interview with Antoinette Tuff—the woman who famously talked down a would-be school shooter in Atlanta—I got an email from my kids' school. The schools had been placed on "soft" lockdown. A bank just half a block from the elementary school had been robbed, and the suspect was on the loose. By police order, no one would be allowed to leave or enter the school building, and kids would stay in their locked classrooms while class continued.

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Hollywood, 'Noah' and Creative Liberty's Gray Areas

Not sure how so many Christians can sit back and say this movie is not for them (based on what some movie critic or pastor says) and lose all credibility in their discussions with non believers that do go see it. This would be totally missing the opportunity to use this movie as a bridge instead of a wall. The Lions share of movies that I have seen in my life are not biblically accurate, this includes most "bible based" movies. (ie: Richard Gere as a super feminine King David, Bruce All Mighty, or almost a dozen Jesus movies that I own.) There is NO way that this or ANY Noah movie is going to be biblically accurate, but it will still come closer than most of the flannel graph images that I saw in Sunday School. I have heard some critics say they did not like it because Noah seemed to "dark". Can you imagine a world where people are so corrupt that all they do is think of sin and ways to sin all day long? A world that is so defiled that God is actually sad he even made man? This does not even go into the whole idea of the Nephilim and all of the possible versions of corruptions that idea makes possible.

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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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Why You Must Pursue Church Unity

There are a few outstanding implications of the church's oneness. First, we should be leery of the kind of unity that lays claim to oneness at the expense of doctrinal substance. John Calvin said, "Those who wish to build the church by rejecting the doctrine of the Word build a pigpen and not the church of God." Authentic unity is based on specific content. For evangelical Protestantism, it is the evangel: the good news of Jesus death and resurrection, resulting in new life for those who believe, informed and applied by the whole counsel of God. Dialogue with other Christian traditions is valuable only so long as we don't forget that genuine unity is grounded in the gospel.

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Everything You Need: Freedom

But it also means that you can live in freedom today. You don't have to be trapped by guilt. You don't need to be burdened with the fear of being known. You can be free from riding the roller coaster of people's responses to you.

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Parenting Fear

When I am called into my daughter's room to reassure her in her moments of fear, what strategy should I adopt to alleviate my child's fear in her time of need? When Julienne is afraid of a cartoon giant crushing our house or carrying her away, I can respond by saying something like, "Sweetheart, giants aren't real: they're just characters in stories. You don't need to worry about that. Go back to sleep." Or when she is concerned about the incendiary ramifications of a passing dragon's exhalations, I can counter, "Dragons don't really exist, honey. You don't need to be afraid of dragons." This is what many parents do in similar circumstances, and it may often be the best course of action.

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How to Replant a Church, Part 8: Identifying & Recruiting Leaders

If not, spend some time thinking about the type of person you are looking for in leadership and write a simple, brief description of a potential leader. Then share this description with all your leadership so everyone knows how to identify potential leaders. You need this description because it empowers your leaders to seek other people for leadership. You will not build a culture of leadership and multiplication if you don’t empower your leaders to become leaders of leaders.

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Put Down Your Smartphone Notice: 1-in-4 Car Accidents Involve Phone Use

So it’s probably not the best idea to use your iPhone when behind the wheel. According to the recently-released National Safety Council’s annual report , more than a quarter of all car crashes involve the use of cell phones. Though texting while driving remains a significant risk, it only contributed to 5 percent of accidents, “while 21 percent involve drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones.” Moral of the story: Even if it’s just a brief call, it’s probably better to wait until you’re at your destination to bust out your smartphone if you’re driving a car. There are already enough risks out there without having people distracted …

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Sitting on the Bench as a Steward of Justice

When I was a judge, I memorized Jehoshaphat's charge to the judges in Judah: "Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the LORD. He is with you in giving judgment. Now then, let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the LORD our God, or partiality or taking bribes" (2 Chron. 19:6-7). Similarly, our modern justice system says, "Justice is blind." Unlike many other countries, we do not tolerate partiality or bribes. When I wore the robe, I was a steward of justice under God for his purposes and under the people for their interests and protection. As a lawyer, I find hope and guidance in the same truths. I respect people, but I'm no respecter of persons in terms of their power or position.

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The ‘Gospel’ That Almost Killed Me

All I know, the only thing I know, is that I love Jesus. He saved me. I was destroying myself and anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in my gravitational pull. I was dying, and I was going to die twice. One night, on an empty road in the middle of nowhere, in a scene so strange it has to be true, Jesus saved me. He saved me from sin, death, and hell. I want to spend the rest of my life serving Jesus with all of me. I think this refuse called "gospel," this message of prosperity and proclamation, is what I must do. So I obey. In my mind, this is what it means to be a Christian. This is all I've known. I think this is what God wants of me. So I continue in white-knuckled obedience. I keep pressing, keep pushing. And one random day I join Myspace.

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The Absolute Best Way to Introduce Your Kids (and Yourself!) to Church History: 50% Off for a Week

From the apostle Paul to Benedict you can discover how those in the early church still influence the church today. In their lives you will see the young and developing church struggling and growing in a hostile and difficult world. Watch in amazement as a varied selection of people from different countries, cultures and times merge together to form the Christian church. Learn from their mistakes and errors but more importantly learn from their amazing strengths and gifts. Marvel at the incredible things accomplished by God in such a short space of time. Written in a modern and relaxed style this is a book that will introduce you to history without the tears and with all the wonder.

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9 Things You Should Know about the Story of Noah

Darren's Aronofksy's new film Noah , which opens in theaters tomorrow, has been criticized for not being faithful to the biblical narrative. But how much of the story do most people remember? Here are nine things you should know about the story of Noah:

17 Wichita Falls | [un] Apologetic Conference | Texas Baptists

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The Briefing 03-27-14

3) Marriage too rigid? Divorce too negative? Enter “conscious uncoupling”

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The Danger of ‘What This Really Means’

Humility does the hard work of actually listening to others. What's more, humility teaches us to question ourselves. Martin Luther wasn't afraid of calling out the self-serving interpretations of the medieval indulgence-sellers and pretensions of papal power. Yet he wisely said, "I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self."

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3 Ways Noah Sums Up the Big Story of the Bible

What we see clearly for the first time in the Noah story is that sin is primarily relational. For God, our sin is deeply personal. What we see here is something akin to the emotions of a loving dad pained and grieved to the heart over the persistent sin of a rebellious son or daughter. Yes, anger is in the mix, but the primary emphasis is deep pain and disappointment borne through many years of patient love.

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World Vision finds that new crack in modern evangelicalism

The agency had announced Monday that its board had prayed for years about whether to hire Christians in same-sex marriages as churches took different stands on recognizing gay relationships. World Vision says its staff members come from dozens of denominations with varied views on the issue. The board had said World Vision would still require celibacy outside of marriage and would require employees to affirm a statement of faith that they follow Christ, but would change policy in the U.S. as a way to avoid the divisive debates that have torn apart churches.

22 Acts 17: Craig Evans Discusses Bart Ehrman's "How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee"

Craig Evans Discusses Bart Ehrman's "How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee"

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Farewell, Mumford and Sons. It Was Fun While It Lasted.

Alas. So goes the way of all good things. Doubtless, the various men of Mumford will be back in various other projects in the coming years. Just don't expect any of them to be banjo-based. "We murdered [the banjo]," Marshall said. "We let it, yeah ...I [expletive] hate the banjo.”

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Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use - CBS New York

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of economic development and community revitalization projects that in total will generate $133.6 million in new capital investment and create 406 new jobs in Michigan. Included is support for Detroit's M1 Rail project, a replacement for Joe Louis Arena and a new half-bill […]

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Answering Muslims: Pakistani Christian Sawan Masih Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

Sawan Masih LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A court convicted a Pakistani Christian man and sentenced him to death Thursday in a blasphemy case that sparked a riot last year in the eastern city of Lahore, according to his lawyer. Naeem Shakir, the lawyer for Sawan Masih, said a judge announced the verdict during a hearing at the jail where the trial has been held out of fears that Masih might be attacked on his way to court. Shakir said he would appeal. Although Pakistan has never executed anybody under the law, crowds angered over blasphemy accusations have been known to take the law into their own hands and kill those they suspect of violating it. Once an accusation is made it is extremely difficult to reverse, in part because law enforcement personnel do not want to appear to be going easy on suspects. Such vigilantism has created a climate of fear, forcing frightened judges into holding court sessions inside jails and keeping witnesses from coming to the defense of those on trial. Many human rights activists say the blasphemy law, which allows for punishment of life in prison or death, is misused as a way to target people for personal gain or revenge.

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Introducing the World’s First ‘Cupcake ATM’

Finally, a device that will dispense a delicious, freshly made (well sort of) cupcake in just a moment’s notice. According to Adweek , at the Cupcake ATM, which is located next to the Sprinkles Cupcakes bakery on New York’s Upper East Side (naturally), “cupcakes cost $4.25 each in flavors like red velvet, Cuban coffee, banana dark chocolate and cinnamon sugar. You can also get two special mini cupcakes designed for your dog for $5.” We’re not sure if it should be cause for concern that the doggy cupcakes cost more than the ones meant for human consumption ...

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The Briefing 03-27-14

3) Marriage too rigid? Divorce too negative? Enter “conscious uncoupling”

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Chuck the Flannelgraph: Jared Wilson on the Gripping Glory of Jesus’ Parables

The most common answers to this first question are that Jesus taught in parables to make his teaching easier to understand—to serve as "sermon illustrations," in other words—or to draw people in with well-spun stories and the like. There are shades of truth in both of those answers, but they don't quite get at what Jesus was really doing teaching in parables. In Matthew 13, Jesus himself explains that he teaches in parables in some way to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah that "seeing they will not see, and hearing they will not hear." This means the parables of Jesus work in a parallel way to the gospel itself—they open eyes and ears to see and hear the truth, or they further harden people against the truth. The parables reveal or conceal Christ's glory, depending on the quality of the spiritual senses of those hearing them.

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Honesty in a Culture of Church Taboos

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story. My shame was being in a marriage riddled with domestic violence for 17 years, and through that having 2 children and allowing him to father my oldest who was 2 when we met. We were actively involved in the church and no one knew about the abuse. In one way, shame won. Because he won custody of the kids when we divorced. In many other ways, shame became grace. It still becomes grace, as the children all are coming of age and are one by one able to escape his control, they can see through the brainwashing and feel the release and freedom that comes from being out of danger 24/7/365. I write blogs about my renewal in Christ, but I can't write about this yet. Its still hurts too much.

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President Obama Meets with Pope Francis

Officials from both sides have said that the conversation will be focused on topics of shared values and priorities, but prior to the visit, Vatican Radio—which, according to USA Today “is considered an official organ of communication for the church“— released a story addressing U.S. policy issues at odds with Vatican teaching. It said that the meeting "will take place in the content of a complex phase of the administration's relations of the Church of the United States, marked, in particular, by controversy on the implementation of health care reform having to do with the rules on mandatory health care coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortion; and on other issues at the center of the public debate in the United States, such as the legalization of homosexual marriages” ...

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Love to the Uttermost

Love to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week is designed for Lent 2014. The readings begin on Palm Sunday, end on Easter Sunday, and aim to focus our attention on Jesus he displays his love to the uttermost (John 13:1). These meditations on the self-giving love of Christ are all excerpted from the preaching and writing ministry of John Piper.

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Everything You Need: Victory

Of course, the presence of sin still remains, so you will be fighting against the sinful desires of your flesh each day. But with this victory, the power of sin has been broken. You don't need to break the power of sin - you need to take hold of the victory on the Cross and live as if you actually believe it happened.

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Rob Bowman reviews new book that refutes Bart Ehrman's "How Jesus Became God"

A second notable weakness in Ehrman’s theory is his claim that Jesus expected to fill the role of the Messiah but not of the Son of Man. This interpretation gets its initial plausibility from the fact that Jesus routinely referred to the Son of Man in the third person. However, even in most of the Synoptic Son of Man sayings, it is quite clear in the immediate context that Jesus is referring to himself (Matt. 8:20; 9:6; 11:19; 12:8; 16:13; 17:22-23; 20:18-19, 28; 26:2, 24, 45; Mark 2:10; 8:31; 9:31; 10:33; 14:21, 41; Luke 5:24; 7:34; 9:22, 44, 58; 19:10; 22:22, 48). The Messiah and the Son of Man are both understood as eschatological figures that receive an eternal kingdom on behalf of God’s people; it is simply not plausible that Jesus, who used the title Son of Man incessantly and rarely used the title Messiah or Christ, claimed to be the latter but not the former.

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A ‘Community’ Movie and New Season on the Way?

Good news Greendale Community College devotees: It looks like a sixth season of Community is now increasingly likely, and to series creator Dan Harmon says that a movie could also be in the works. According to a report in TV Guide , even if NBC passes on a new season of the show—which has struggled with ratings at times—producers could find another destination (possibly Hulu) for the surreal sitcom. After that, Harmon has his eyes on the big screen. He told HitFlix , "If the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that’s how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure." But, as Vulture points out, considering that director Justin Lin (the man behind some of the Fast & Furious blockbusters), who has been behind the camera on a few episodes of the show, a Lin-helmed movie isn’t outside the realm of possibility ...

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Can this ‘Thinking Cap’ Help You Learn More Effectively?

A pair of researchers at Vanderbilt University have released the results of a series of test involving a “thinking cap” that uses electric currents to stimulate certain brain activities. Essentially, the cap—which is strapped to the subject’s head along with some sponges—sends specially programmed currents to parts of the brain associated with learning from mistakes. According to this story in CNET, the team identified an area of the brain that significantly increased a “negative-voltage spike” in the brain when targeted: “Their behavior was also altered, unknown to the subjects: They made fewer mistakes and learned from their mistakes more quickly than they did under the control.” Because the cap was designed to study neurological activity, for now it seems unlikely we’ll see “thinking caps” available for public use any time soon ...

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Six bad arguments against religious liberty from the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby hearing

My opinion of this Hobby Lobby case is that the government’s real aim is to force Christian churches, groups and businesses to offer abortion as another service in a health insurance plan. They have no respect for religious liberty or conscience. They just want to make sure that no Christian can judge because we would all be complicit in the mass murder of millions of unborn children. There would be no one on the outside who could claim to stand in judgment over the pro-abortion people. That’s why it’s so important to make evil taxpayer-funded. That normalizes it and removes the stigma from the people who take advantage of it. “The whole society paid for this, so I don’t need to feel guilty about it – it’s normal”.

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Delicious Traffic Jam Alert: 75,000 Corn Dogs Spill on Highway

So, the bad news was that it took crews nearly nine hours to clean up Interstate 220 in Louisiana when a truck overturned after striking a guardrail, spilling its contents. The good news was, at least stranded motorists had 75,000 free corn dogs to hold them over while the highway was closed. Fortunately, the driver of the 18-wheeler was unhurt and road crews were basically treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet ...

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Why does God allow so much natural evil from earthquakes?

So that’s the science behind earthquakes. So that’s a brief look at why we need plate tectonics for life, and we just have to buck up and take the earthquakes with it. It’s not God’s job to give us happiness and health. That’s not his plan. People who complain about earthquakes have to show how God could get the life-permitting effects of earthquakes without wrecking his ability to succeed in his plan to make people know him and follow him. But how can an atheist do that? They can’t. I think that people just need to realize that humans are not in charge here and we have to live with that. We have to accept that we didn’t make the universe, and we don’t get to decide what purpose it has. God decides.

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Seven Things That Transform Suffering

I sit at the counter, tears streaming down my face, flooded with emotion. I scream into my empty house, “God, how could you do this to me? Don’t you love me? I’ve been faithful. Doesn’t that count for something? Why don’t you fix this?” Then I finish my tantrum with God, and sink into self-pity. I decide that God answers other people’s prayers but not mine. That he is unconcerned about my pain. And that my suffering is meaningless.

40 How to Overcome Temptation

Meet Ben Stuart. He leads Breakaway , a campus ministry at Texas A&M University. Over the past decade, Ben has taught the Bible every week to thousands of students in the throes of college life, often speaking practically into their sins and struggles.

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Touch Not God’s Anointed, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

Hank responds to the claim that Christians are not supposed to speak against God’s anointed. Hank, however, explains that this does not mean we are not allowed test the teachings of pastors and leaders in light of Scripture. In fact, the Bereans were counted more noble because they examined the teaching of the Apostle Paul.

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False Teachers - Christian Research Institute

Hank answers a question about whether or not the ministry of Joel Osteen and others is similar to the false teachers described in 2 Peter chapter 2.

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The Will of The Father - Christian Research Institute

Hank expounds on Matthew 7:21ff, where Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’”

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Honor Your Father and Mother - Christian Research Institute

Hank explains the promise associated with honoring your father and mother in Ephesians 6:2.

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How Does the Holy Spirit Work in Our Lives? - Christian Research Institute

Hank answers a question about how the Holy Spirit works in our lives and how that differs from the working of miracles.

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Answering Muslims: How Muhammad Became the Final Prophet

It is orthodox Muslim belief that Muhammad is the final prophet - but it took many years for this belief to become orthodox as there were other people claiming to prophets around this time. It was through the actions of Muhammad’s close companions that the belief that he was the final prophet was enforced and made orthodox. Muhammad in Context The following people claimed to be prophets at the same time Muhammad was claiming to be a prophet: Talhah bin Khuwailid Al-Asadi Malik bin Nuwairah Al-Mundhir bin An-Numan Al-Yamamah Musailamah Dhu At-Taj Muhammad bin Abdullah Laqit bin Malik Al-Azdi Iyas bin Abdullah bin Abd Yalil Al-Ashath bin Qais Al-Kindy Qais bin Makshuh Al-Aswad Al-Ansi (Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil, Atlas on the Prophet’s Biography, Riyadh: Darussalam, 2003, p. 254) These prophets were monotheists and some were known to have their own words from God which they taught to their followers. This is the Arabian context in which Muhammad was doing his activity; he was not alone. When some of the Arabian tribes accepted Islam they accepted Muhammad as a prophet along with their own prophet.

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When It Is Wrong to Be Right Ebook

As an evangelical Christian, I have noticed a tremendous amount of anger from the left. It goes far beyond a disagreement on certain issues. The fact that conservative Christians are pro-life or are for traditional marriage is seen as making us bad people. The left sees itself as justified in painting the right as being unacceptable. I see this in both liberal Christians and non-Christians. As someone who is quite tolerant of the left, even if I disagree with their beliefs, I find their anger quite puzzling. I have written an ebook, not to convince liberals to change their positions, but rather to help them understand why we believe what we believe. You can get this ebook both in epub and Kindle formats.

48 Christians Who Made a Difference - Stand to Reason Blog

As a result, Arthur became involved in a variety of social welfare organizations. He was on the board and became governor of Meath hospital and was dedicated to ensuring that it provided care for the poor. He also gave to a number of charities, promoted Gaelic arts to encourage pride in the Irish heritage, and joined the Friendly Brothers of St. Patrick, an organization dedicated to ending the practice of dueling.

49 World Vision Reverses Their Decision - Stand to Reason Blog

Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.

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Why Do Pastors Give Up the Faith?

It is not uncommon for pastors to leave the ministry. I am an ex-pastor, although I do still consider myself to be in the ministry. However, there are others that not only leave the ministry, they leave the Christian faith.