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Angelina Jolie Protected Refugee Children From a Mob

Last week, the larger-than-life actress visited a refugee camp in Greece, and, predictably, a crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the star. Then, the crowd quickly devolved into a mob that put some of the refugee children with Jolie in danger. The actress did the opposite of what we're accustomed to seeing stars do when confronted with that kind of attention: She put herself between the mob and the children. And, because this particular crowd consisted largely of media and paparazzi, we have video of Jolie arguing with those pressing in on her and trying to shield the children from being crushed. Jolie, in Greece with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, reportedly visited some of the 4,000 refugees and migrants who live outside of Athens.

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A group related to the Taliban has murdered at least 70 people in Pakistan as it targeted Christians celebrating Easter.

Pakistani Taliban Targets Christian Women and Children Celebrating Easter (David Wood) As Pakistani Christians gathered at a park in Lahore to celebrate the resurrection of their Lord Jesus Christ, a Taliban suicide bomber worked his way towards the women and children before detonating his bomb. How many of these senseless atrocities must occur before Western politicians and the media start seriously examining the origins of Islamic violence? David Wood discusses the problem.

Ten Verses to Defend Your Faith

For the past few days I have been trying to think of the top ten verses that would be most helpful to apologists and evangelists. I have reflected on my own experience and also gotten feedback from many of you on Facebook and Twitter. So, here are my top ten verses to defend your faith (in no particular order):

Leave Lent Behind — And Fast

The good news is that God’s ordinary “means of grace” — his word, prayer, and fellowship — are indeed for Ordinary Time, not just special seasons and occasions. It may be that what you tasted during Lent wasn’t special, but was actually normal Christianity. That God’s ongoing grace is, in fact, available to you every day of the year in the same measure — not just during Advent and Lent.

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As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

Here’s Every Biblical Reference in ‘Hamilton’

But there are a lot more layers in here. The story of the Promised Land looms especially large in the imagination of both Civil War-era slaves longing for freedom and the Underground Railroad. “ Swing Low, Sweet Chariot ,” “ Michael, Row the Boat Ashore ,” and “ Wade in the Water ” are three of dozens of spirituals that use the imagery—which brilliantly managed to express a longing for freedom, call up Christian language to assuage those who would put down rebellion, and sometimes function as coded instructions for escape. The deep link to the Exodus story is also why Harriet Tubman was called “Grandma Moses.” The Civil Rights movement later drew on the same story, with Martin Luther King, Jr. bringing it up repeatedly in his rhetoric; the movement revived many old spirituals as protest songs, as well as making oblique references to the Exodus in songs like “We Shall Not Be Moved” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Against misogyny: why every conservative should #DumpTrump #NeverTrump

When I first saw Trump’s tweet comparing Heidi Cruz against Trump’s third wife, my first response was to immediately unfriend all of the Trump supporting “friends” on Facebook. That’s how much I hate this idea that a woman has no value unless she is young and beautiful. For some reason, I regard this blindness / dismissiveness about the value of women as complementary to men as misogyny. I think deep down, there is something in me that recognizes that a man’s job is to give a woman security. And what security can a man give a woman when she knows that her value to him is all tied up in her youth and beauty? Trump is an adulterer. He divorced his two wives when they lost their youth and beauty, and he re-married younger women who had better appearances. But what security is there for a woman in a man who sees her contribution to the marriage as youth and beauty? I don’t want Trump’s example to become widespread.

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Easter Bomber Kills 36 Kids, 36 Others in Park Attack

LAHORE, Pakistan — At least 72 people were killed and more than 320 others injured when a suicide bomber targeting Christians blew himself up at a busy park in Lahore on Sunday, officials said.

How the Gospel Frees Us From the American Dream

I was all about the American dream growing up, and not only because I am the daughter of two immigrants. A high GPA and extracurricular activities would surely get me into a good college, and a degree from a prestigious institution would surely equal a high-paying job. Isn't that what we're all aiming for, after all?

Why We All Need to Stop Freaking Out About This Election

Agree with this immensely and am super grateful for the reminder. But at the same time, presidents DO have real moral and practical influence on our lives. And the American Church is one of the more influential voices in this election. If we want to stand for our Christ-founded, Christ-centric values we must stop being neutral and bipartisan with this election. YES. Our president is not the lord of our hearts or lives, but this election promises to affect the lives of many. It's time for serious believers to stand up against the Trump and Cruz candidacies. Believe what you will about abortion and economics, these issues are decided by policy makers and courts not presidents. Wars are waged by presidents and these two "Christian" candidates have already shown themselves to be vocally xenophobic warmongers. Stand up for America and for Christian values by standing up for basic HUMAN values: stand against Trump and Cruz. It DOES matter who you vote for this election. Don't "freak out" personally about politics but DEFINITELY freak out morally if either of these men become the leader of the free world.

Georgia Governor Caves to Big Business, Vetoes Religious Freedom

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. The economic threats made by big businesses to get the government to do their bidding at the expense of the common good are examples of a vicious form of cultural cronyism. (Photo: CreditBob Andres/TNS/Newscom)

Pursue Complementarity, Not Compatibility

Such God-honoring complementarity best explains the beauty of a wedding. The bride walks down the aisle, and the man blinks back tears at God’s grace to him. It’s Genesis 2 all over again. But now the couple needs Ephesians 5—lived out by divine aid—to be truly happy. And beyond this, they and every member of Christ’s church need Revelation 21. Whether single or married, we’re all called to live as a man or a woman for God’s glory. Weddings are terrific, but they speak of a greater consummation—when all the bride of Christ comes home.

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Well, it’s a polarized response. You have two responses I’m seeing in America: You have the people saying, “Islam is a religion of peace. All Muslims are peaceful, loving people. ISIS and the like are hijacking Islam and not representative of Muslims.” I like that response in that it’s compassionate, but I don’t like how it ignores some of the truth. On the other side of the equation, you have people who are saying, “Islam is a violent religion, therefore all Muslims are all threats, therefore let’s keep them out of the country.” That’s a problematic response. It’s completely uncompassionate. It doesn’t distinguish between people and a belief system. But it does at least deal with the truth about Islam. So the title of my book, Answering Jihad: The Better Way Forward , the better way forward is embracing both truth and compassion, truth about Islam but compassion for Muslims.

Why didn’t Jesus upfront just say that he is God?

Pastor Mark gives an update from inside The Trinity Church , in preparation for last weekend’s Easter services. Learn more about what’s next with the launch team Bible Study that will be located in Phoenix. Also, Pastor Mark answers another question from one of our readers. This time, the question is “Why didn’t Jesus upfront just says that he is God?”

WORLD | Gunman wounds officer in Capitol Hill shooting | Leigh Jones | March 28, 2016

A lone shooter opened fire in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center this afternoon, wounding a police officer. Other officers quickly subdued the attacker, who has not been identified.

N.T. Wright lectures on the seven mutations caused by resurrection of Jesus

Here’s a lecture from N.T. Wright, whose multi-volume case for the historicity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus seems to be getting a lot of respect from the other side, (although I strongly disagree with his economic and political views, which are naive at best). Wright has taught at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Duke University, McGill University, and lectured on dozens of prestigious campuses around the world. He’s published 40 books.

Georgia Governor vetoes religious exemptions bill

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday said he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.

BREAKING: Nathan Deal will veto Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill | Political Insider blog

Gov. Nathan Deal said he will veto the “religious liberty” bill that triggered a wave of criticism from gay rights groups and business leaders and presented him with one of the most consequential challenges he’s faced since his election to Georgia’s top office.

A Resurrection Prayer

Be the resurrection and the life in the life we share and the fellowship we enjoy, that filled anew with the wonder of your love and the power of your grace, we may go forth to proclaim your resurrection life to a world in the grip of death and yet on the verge of redemption, a redemption promised by you and assured by what occurred on the first Easter morn.

25 BreakPoint This Week: Religion Matters

Battle for religious freedom at the Supreme Court: As over the transgender issue and the attending challenges to traditional morality take center stage, many have forgotten about the HHS contraception mandate and its threat to freedom of religion. But a case before the High Court right now involving Catholic nuns could determine whether the government has the power to tell religious charities to violate their deeply-held beliefs. The Becket Fund has details on the case.

Come to the Light and Really Live

Our noble quest is put to the test when the Truth seeks us out. It turns out that we do not seek true light. What we seek is glory, pleasure, and worship for ourselves (John 5:44; 2 Timothy 3:4). Created as moons we seek to be suns and our foolish minds are darkened (Romans 1:21). And if the light that is in us is darkness, how great is our darkness (Matthew 6:23)! As the real Light shines, the naked truth about us is exposed and we flee to the darkness to conceal our evil.

Check Out Kanye West's Worshipful ‘Ultralight Prayer’ He Released on Easter

Kanye West gave fans an Easter surprise this weekend. On Sunday morning he released the new track “Ultralight Prayer,” which is basically a recut version of Kirk Franklin’s part on The Life of Pablo’s “Ultralight Beams.” Though, it does work pretty well as a stand alone song. And, as an even bigger bonus, it’s on SoundCloud and doesn’t require you to pay for a subscription to Tidal that you don’t want.

Dark and Darker

And what of the Last Son of Krypton? He too, is hard to recognize, since director Zack Snyder tries to make the purest of DC’s heroes more dramatically interesting by creating conflicts that undercut his nobility and leave him with egg on his face. The comics have long established that the source of his mission originated in his parents’ insistence that he use his powers for the good of all. But in Snyder’s “The Man of Steel,” young Clark Kent’s adoptive father, Jonathan (Kevin Costner), insisted that Clark never reveal his powers to the world for fear that he would become subject to the authorities’ hounding and harm. The sunny warmth of classic Superman, exemplified in film by Christopher Reeves’s depiction, is replaced by a tormented Emo-Man, who barely smiles through the entire film. Even his widowed mother (Diane Lane) encourages him to “be their hero . . . be their angel . . . be anything they need you to be . . . or be none of it. You don’t owe this world a thing. You never did.” Thanks for the pep talk, Mom! So much for inspiring Superman’s unconditional care for humanity.

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Unfortunately the Reformation that influenced Europe and the United States never reached Latin America. In this book, Dr. Miguel Nuñez seeks to present the key teachings of Scripture that transformed the world and their implications for the Latin American church. If the church is going to be effective in reaching the world around them, it will have to learn from its history.  

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The One Minute Apologist asks special guest Ken Boa, "Does God Exist". Ken Boa uses four incontrovertible features of the world.

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Dr. Mohler helps Christians in their understanding of the underlying issues of this significant cultural shift and how to face the challenge of believing faithfully, living faithfully, and engaging the culture faithfully in light of this massive change.

How Do the Sacraments Help Us?

We all have those moments in our lives that we say were formative for the shaping of who we are today. We celebrate birthdays in our homes every year. We remember our wedding anniversaries and the dates on which we first met our spouses or made a life-changing career decision. Often, these events have sights and smells that are associated with them, or particular sights and smells bring to mind particular episodes or feelings. If your mother made you a special batch of chicken soup every time you got sick, smelling hot chicken broth might evoke fond memories of her and her care. Finding a treasured doll or stuff”ed animal from your childhood will likely take you back to those days and the experiences you enjoyed.

Homophobia Has No Place in the Church

Therefore, our comfort, our convenience, our safety, or our perception of our country’s values are no longer valid reasons to operate in any way that is opposed to genuine biblical love. And we love this way because this is exactly how Jesus first loved us (1 John 4:19). He wasn’t threatened or repelled by us; he wasn’t afraid to enter a relationship with us, sinners that we were (and still are), and to even graciously speak the truth about our sin. Instead, he loved us so lavishly that he died for us to present us clean and whole before his Father (Romans 5:6–8).

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Is there good historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus? Are miracles really possible? Explore the evidence for yourself in this video from Impact 360. For more videos like this visit .

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Teaching Kids to be Respectful (Part 1 of 2)

John: Well, some great insight from two good guests--Jill Rigby Garner and Danny Huerta and I'm looking forward to more of what they have to share next time about raising respectful children. This is something every mom and dad can benefit from. And Jill's book, as Jim mentioned, has wisdom and practical advice that can help you in your parenting. She offers stories and examples to guide you to building godly character in your child. And once again, the title is Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World . Learn more about the book and a CD or mp3 of our conversation at . Or call 1-800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

A Police Officer Has Been Shot in a Shooting at the US Capitol

A Capitol Police officer was shot earlier today at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center complex, reports the Associated Press. The shooter has already been caught and taken into custody. When the shooting started, officials told Capitol staff and others to "shelter in place" and not to leave their offices. The White House was on lockdown briefly, but that is now lifted. The police officer who was shot was not believed to be seriously injured.

Can Natural Processes Explain the Origin of Life?

When considering how life began, there are only two options. Either life was created by an intelligent source (God) or it began by natural processes. The common perception presented in many textbooks and in the media is that life arose from nonlife in a pool of chemicals about 3.8 billion years ago. The claim by evolutionists is that this formation of life was the result of time, chance, and natural processes. One widely used example of how life could have formed by natural processes is the Miller-Urey experiment, performed in the early 1950s.

39 Great Commission Summit | Bevin Center

Our Savior left us with a Great Commission, to go into all the world and make disciples. His global instructions compels us to bring the gospel to the 1.6 billion Muslims across the world. Are you prepared to share the truth of the gospel with them?

40 The First Christian Book I Read | HeadHeartHand Blog

Radical Conversion When I was sovereignly converted in 1987, I felt conscience-bound to leave my well-paying job with lots of perks (including a company car). Thankfully, someone I knew at church was starting a business at the time and said he could offer me $40 for about 40 hours a week doing color printing and delivery work around Glasgow (yes that’s $1 an hour). I jumped at the chance mainly because I admired the Christian witness of this guy when we had played soccer together and I felt I could learn a lot from him. As it was, his business was so quiet at that time that we spent hours each day just talking Bible, memorizing Scripture, and discussing Reformed theology.

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Renewing Your Mind | Ascension | March 28, 2016

In John 3:13 Jesus declared, “No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.” That verse sounds difficult at first glance when we realize that in the Old Testament, Enoch ascended into heaven in the sense that he was carried there, as was Elijah when the chariots of fire lifted him up into the heavens. When Jesus speaks of ascension, He’s not speaking of merely “going up.” He is speaking of something in technical terms. He is thinking in terms of the Psalms of Ascent that celebrated the anointing of a king (Pss. 120–34). When Jesus says no one ascends into heaven, it is true that no one ascends or goes to heaven in the same manner or for the same purpose that He went there. He was lifted up on clouds of glory in order to go to His Father for the purpose of His coronation as our King — as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He ascended into heaven to fulfill His role as our Great High Priest, interceding for His people daily. So as He sits at the right hand of the Father, exercising His lordship over the whole world and His intercession before the Father on behalf of His people, He improves our condition dramatically.

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GOP gov surrenders to LGBT/BigBusiness steamroller. Religious liberty = bigotry. Not alarmed? You're deluded. 

‘Religious Liberty': Now, Dirty Words

I am from Georgia. I am disappointed that the state legislature didn’t pass a law roughly along the lines of the law in Utah that guaranteed LGBT rights on employment, housing, etc. while granting significant religious exemptions to churches and religious charities. When you can get the Mormon Church and the Human Rights Campaign to both support a law, you’ve probably protected the rights of both sides. The law that the Georgia state legislature passed got the religious liberty part right, but it had nothing in it to assuage the fears of LGBT folks that it would be used to discriminate against them. Still, one wonders if some folks on the left and in big corporations will support even minimal religious liberty protections as we go forward.

New California Poll Shows Tight Race Between Cruz and Trump | RedState

A new California poll was just released which shows an absolute dead heat between Trump and Cruz in California. It seems increasingly likely that Trump needs to win California to reach 1,237; Cruz definitely needs it to even have a chance at 1,237. And right now, with Kasich still in the race, it’s a toss up.

Three Ways This Book Can Help You Become A New Kind Of Apologist | Cold Case Christianity

Sean’s also done a wonderful job inserting key interviews throughout each section, including conversations with Bart Campolo, J. P. Moreland, Dennis Rainey, Gavin McFarland, Hemant Mehta and John Njoroge. These interviews address issues specific to each section of essays and bring insight and additional interest to each topic. A New Kind of Apologist captures nearly every important issue facing those of us who hope to reach our friends and family with the Gospel. For this reason, I want to encourage you to get the book, even if you don’t think of yourself as an “apologist”. This book is important to all of us who understand our role in the Great Commission. A New Kind of Apologist will help prepare you to share what you believe about Jesus, regardless of your role in the Church or your calling in life.

Georgia Governor Caves to Big Business, Vetoes Religious Freedom

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. The economic threats made by big businesses to get the government to do their bidding at the expense of the common good are examples of a vicious form of cultural cronyism. (Photo: CreditBob Andres/TNS/Newscom)

Why does atheist historian Gerd Ludemann accept the post-mortem experiences of the risen Jesus?

“On the state of Resurrection studies today, I (Habermas) recently completed an overview of more than 1,400 sources on the resurrection of Jesus published since 1975. I studied and catalogued about 650 of these texts in English, German, and French. Some of the results of this study are certainly intriguing. For example, perhaps no fact is more widely recognized than that early Christian believers had real experiences that they thought were appearances of the risen Jesus. A critic may claim that what they saw were hallucinations or visions, but he does not deny that they actually experienced something….roughly 75 percent of scholars on the subject accept the empty tomb as a historical fact.” (The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus [Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 2004], pp. 60, 70)

Made Perfect in this Life? – A Lutheran reflection on Methodist sanctification

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