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Gospel Lenses and the Search for Allies (Updated with Full Response) - Alpha and Omega Ministries

Please see the addition of a full response to Ekemini Uwan added at the end of this post. Last week I ran afoul of the ever-present issue of political correctness when I posted a brief video of a young man flipping off a passing police car, wearing his shorts around his thighs (his underwear was …

An Idea and Its Impact: Human Origins and Human Ethos

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Safe Science NOT Practiced Here: Don't Miss the April 7 Deadline for Summer Seminar Applications

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Evolution as a Moral Metaphor

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Randomness in Natural Selection and Species as Islands in a

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

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Why “punish” abortionists but not those who receive abortions?

Yesterday, Donald Trump said in an interview that the law should “punish” women for getting abortions (see above). Trump quickly reversed himself in a subsequent press release. Still, i…

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Listen Live to Premier Christian Radio

I gave a testimony at a Christian retreat this summer where I got to talk about my... More

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Grace to You Radio

A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.

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FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it. Listen here....

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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.

6 A Word of Gratitude As I Turn 70 | RZIM

If there is a challenge I want to give to you, it is to keep focused on the calling God has placed on your life. God has a purpose for your life and mine, and He alone gives us the platform and the strength to fulfill that calling as we share His love with our world. We know that hearts are hungry, lives are shattered, and grief and uncertainty are at an all-time high… but the message of Jesus Christ is as vibrant and as freshly needed as ever. Let us carry this light by a life that is beautifully lived and by a cohesiveness that is in itself a witness.

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God's Not Dead 2: Official Trailer #2

Watch the trailer for the new movie, God's Not Dead 2, which will be in theaters April 1, 2016! Want more info about the film? Visit http://godsnotdead.com

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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).

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God Is at Work in Your Unremarkable Days

This Book enlightens and confounds, humbles and encourages me. It has more wisdom in it than can possibly be mined in a lifetime. It speaks to me in the things that it explicitly says, and also in what it doesn’t say. This January, Genesis is speaking to me of the work of God in the unremarkable years — all the years spanning between God’s recorded historical in-breakings.

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Chris Pratt Built a Gigantic Cross on Easter

Some people like to dye eggs on Easter Sunday. Some, like Chris Pratt, like to build gigantic crosses out in the desert with their friends. On Instagram , the actor posted step-by-step instructions of how to erect a giant cross. The photos show Pratt and two friends carrying the huge steel cross up a hill, digging a hole and cementing it into the ground. The action and comedy star has been outspoken about his faith in the past. Over Christmas, he visited a children’s hospital with Russell Wilson and Ciara, writing on Instagram, “say a prayer for all those kids who don't get to be at home for Xmas. #merryxmas #HappyHolidays Psalm 37:3–4 ‘Trust in the LORD, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. Also delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’”

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Trump's campaign manager charged by police, Walker endorses Cruz

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (C) is seen allegedly grabbing the arm of reporter Michelle Fields in this still frame from video taken March 8, 2016 and released by the Jupiter (Florida) Police Department March 29, 2016.

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Malaysia Rules Muslim Man Can Convert to Christianity

Rebit’s lawyer, Chua Kuan Ching, welcomed the decision and said he hoped that the National Registration Department would not appeal the judgment. “In previous conversion cases involving minors, the courts did not go far enough to state what happens when the child reaches adulthood. So this is a different decision because the judge is saying that he has the right to religious freedom, according to the Constitution.”

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Drug Lord El Chapo Started Reading ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ While in Prison

The Mexican drug lord is working his way through the book that contains some rather applicable points for a man that will likely spend the larger portion of his life behind bars. Besides leading a simpler life, some of Warren's main ideas include not being a prisoner of your past, forgiveness and surrender. Whether or not El Chapo will turn over a new leaf following these revelations is, of course, unclear. But we can probably safely assume that Rick Warren—in his wildest dreams—didn't expect a world-renown drug lord to be among his readership.

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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?

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The Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer

As if that isn’t enough, liberals go to great lengths to convince people that their opponents are so cruel, evil, racist and despicable that their arguments are tainted by default and shouldn’t be considered at all. The few conservative speakers at colleges are often met with protests meant to block their speech while conservative students, groups and professors face open discrimination. Taking a non-liberal position can cost an actor his career, a professor his tenure and a scientist his grants. On top of all that, they’ve attempted to simply make topics that are uncomfortable for liberals “out of bounds” via political correctness.

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Why Christians Love Diversity

It is an important question to answer for every generation, including our day, when the apparent fears of some white Americans are receiving fresh media attention. Whether the fears are sparked by non-white Muslim refugees, Latino immigrants, or African Americans protesting injustices, what seems to be missing among many Christians, is a solid biblical conviction that ethnic diversity in the church is a beautiful thing, and part of God’s ultimate design for his people.

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Crossway on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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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.

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Frank Turek - Six Reasons North Carolina Got It Right

Lies are born the moment someone thinks the truth is dangerous. Apparently, a good number of business and sports executives think the truth about North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” (HB2) is dangerous, that’s why they are lying about it. Well, perhaps I should be a bit more charitable: some may not be overtly lying about it, but they are expressing their disapproval without knowing what the bill actually does.

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153. What is a Cult? With Richard Howe

Special Guest Dr. Richard G. Howe joins us and helps answer the question "what is a cult?"

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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The Rise of Evangelical Feminism

I don't mean this as a personal offence, but Calirena Motts' comment above comes across with a kind of angry vengeful tone that does nothing to help the cause of evangelical feminism, just as angry militant men give any men's cause a bad name. It's difficult to dialogue with prejudice in any shape or form, be it man-shaming rhetoric as here, or male sexism or whatever. Anyone seeing clearly would acknowledge that there are many male leaders who do not fit into the suffocating confines of this kind of man-as-wimp-or-oppressor narrative and would never want to associate with male power play either. If some men would open their eyes, they would see their sisters for the strong daughters of the King they were created to be and give them room to flourish. It's a two way street.

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Together in the School of Christ

Education is a popular topic in the news, and for good reason. Education is one of the most important influences on future generations. That is why the Bible has much to say about the topic. Unfortunately, the Scripture’s theology of education is too often neglected in our day.

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A Guide to Ending a Conflict Without Being a Jerk

Short-run strategies are useful. They’re even more useful when joined to the longer-term, larger work God is doing in our lives: the slow turning of our hearts away from self and toward God as the Spirit conforms us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). The more completely we open our hearts to God, the more we reflect the fruits that are closest to God’s heart, including peace, gentleness and self-control. From fruits like these come the soft answer not just as a quick fix, but as our first instinct, replacing (or at least mitigating) fight-or-flight with calm and compassion.

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CRI on Twitter

From Spiritual Boot Camp by@HankHanegraaff - Full post here: http://www.equip.org/hank_speaks_out/spiritual-boot-camp-2/ … #Apologetics pic.twitter.com/FwpseZQN0L

29 Apologetics Guided Reading: Historical Apologetics Read-Along

I am going to lead a read-through of a historical apologetics work,  Manual of Christian Evidences  by George Park Fisher . Why choose this book? There are a few reasons. First, it is public domain and therefore available for free through various online formats (including getting it on your Kindle or other e-reading formats). Second, it provides a good framework for understanding the historical development of apologetics from its time (late 19th century) until now. Third, it introduces a few arguments that most people familiar with modern apologetics will find novel, thus showing the importance of exploring historical apologetics. Finally, fourth, I’ve already been doing a read-along of the book in the Facebook group, “Dead Apologists Society,” and I can both tie this discussion back to that group and also use what I’ve been writing up there for this.

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It's Time for Christian Players in the NFL to Threaten a Boycott

But right now, you need to stand up like the men of courage you are, and you need to say to Roger Goodell, "Mr. Commissioner, we are privileged to make our living playing professional football, and it's the honor of a lifetime to have this international stage. But we are asking you to leave us out of the culture wars. The NFL is about sports and achievement and excellence, not about political correctness or gay activism or attacking religious freedoms. So we're asking you to quit threatening states for protecting our liberties and to quit using us as tools of a political agenda. And if you refuse to modify your position, we will have to sit out the next year."

33 Governor Deal Caves

As we talked about yesterday on BreakPoint, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed HB757, saying the bill “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of our people.” Deal, despite his insistence otherwise, was the latest governor to cave to the well-orchestrated pressure from the NFL, Disney, Salesforce, and the LGBT lobby.

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More than Money: Tim Keller on How to Live Generously

I don’t feel I know enough to speak broadly about most or even many pastors. In general, I think I’ve not spoken about generosity enough. I’ve probably shied away from the topic, even though the Bible talks about it a great deal. 

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The FAQs: Christians Targeted on Easter in Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

On Monday White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said , “the fact that you have an “extremist organization targeting religious minorities and children is an outrage.” Earnest added, “even though this terror attack was targeted at Christians, a religious minority in Pakistan — that in an of itself is grotesque — the fact of the matter is that based on the names we are seeing now the majority of the victims were actually Muslims.”

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Four Warnings for Your Twenties

In 1 Corinthians 10, the apostle Paul sits down with us, like a room full of grandmas, to explain how to read Moses in our daily fight against sin and for joy. He begins by reminding his readers of the Exodus and Israel’s wandering in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1–5). He explains that their hope was ultimately in Christ, even though Jesus would not be born for more than a thousand years (1 Corinthians 10:4). Then he writes, as if speaking to a crowd of twentysomethings today, “Now these things took place as examples for us , that we might not desire evil as they did” (1 Corinthians 10:6).

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God’s Banquet in Your Desert

But following Israel’s great deliverance, God’s next move is to lead his people “into the wilderness. . . . They went three days in the wilderness and found no water” (Exodus 15:22). And the worship which poured out effortlessly from the lips of the redeemed quickly congeals in discontent when they are led into the desert. “The whole congregation of Israel grumbled . . . in the wilderness” for lack of food (Exodus 16:2). The psalmist later offers an inspired interpretation of the people’s true sin: “They spoke against God, saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness?’ . . . They did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power” (Psalm 78:19, 22).

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5 Sure Signs That America Has Gone Mad

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Loved by all ages: Christian tributes to Ronnie Corbett - premier

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Christians 'banned' from leaving IS controlled Raqqa - premier

Islamic State (IS) has banned all Christians from leaving its self-declared capital Raqqa and placed them under house arrest, a monitoring agency claims.

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WORLD | Trooper injured in shooting at Virginia bus station | Lynde Langdon | March 31, 2016

UPDATE:  A Virginia state trooper who was initially reported dead in a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond has survived with life-threatening injuries, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The suspect in the shooting died. Two other civilians were injured, but it was not clear whether they were shot. Geller did not comment on the shooter’s motive.

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Trump Is No Pro-Lifer

W hen candidates for high office are faking it in order to persuade a party's base that, appearances and past record to the contrary notwithstanding, they really, really are “with the program,” they step into dangerous territory. They need to say what the base wants to hear. Indeed, they need to sound like one of the faithful.

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Keller, Piper, and Carson on Seeking Reformation through TGC

Editors’ note:  We’re pleased to announce that TGC’s 2017 National Conference will be held in Indianapolis from April 3 to 5 on the theme of “No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 & Beyond,” marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Registration will open next month, when we’ll make a more formal announcement. 

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Should More US Churches Host Mandarin-Language Services?

Chinese churches also need help finding and training pastors. “Half of our churches that have Mandarin congregations don’t have pastors, so they are led by elders,” said Alejandro Mandes, national director of immigrant missions for the Evangelical Free Church of America. One reason: “Chinese immigrants want their kids to excel in education,” he said. “As a result, many of them do not want their kids to become pastors, because—in their minds—pastors don’t get paid as well as doctors, lawyers, and engineers.”

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The Lent Project

The Lent Project is a daily devotional series celebrating the Lent season through art and Scripture. Our goal is to help individuals quiet their hearts and enter into a daily routine of worship and reflection during this meaningful season.

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Episode 363: Brad Lomenick // Harris III

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47 Yes, the Evolutionary Process Does Depend on Randomness - Stand to Reason Blog

Yet, clearly, there is more to the evolutionary mechanism than just natural selection. Instead, the standard neo-Darwinian evolutionary mechanism comprises (1) natural selection and/or (2) genetic drift acting on (3) adaptively random genetic variations and mutations (of various kinds). Moreover, as conceived from Darwin to the present, natural selection “selects” or acts to preserve those random variations that confer a fitness (or functional) advantage upon the organisms that possess them. It, further, “selects” only after such functionally advantageous variations (or mutations) have arisen. How could it do otherwise? Selection does not cause novel variations; rather, it sifts what is delivered to it by the random changes (e.g., mutations) that do cause variations. Such has been neo-Darwinian orthodoxy for many decades.

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Conservative Christians say Disney is anti-faith - premier

Disney is facing backlash from a right-wing conservative Christian group for supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights in the USA.

49 Under Authority Like Christ

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. Now I want you to realize,” in 1 Corinthians 11:3, this verse? Wow! This is a hotly debated verse. This verse is so debated – there are whole books on this verse and if you Google 1 Corinthians 11:3, your computer will explode. That’s how controversial that this verse is. And if you go to a college, especially a Christian college, wow. Don’t even read this verse, they’ll kick you out, right? This is a very debated verse. “Now I want you to realize the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” Verse 4. “Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head,” Do I gotta wear a doily on my head? Ah, good question. We’ll get to that in a minute. “-it is just as though her head were shaved. “I can’t shave my head, it’s hot.” Ah, we’ll get to that, too. “If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.

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Pakistan’s Easter Bombing and the Power of Mourning

We resolve that we will not stop feeling the pain. We will not medicate ourselves into a state of non-feeling. We will not skip past the agony of our spiritual siblings. We will not allow selfish fear to prevent us from feeling sad, when sorrow is the just thing to feel. We will not be ignorant or apathetic about the genocide of our people. Instead, we resolve to pray for our brothers and sisters, just as if they were our own flesh and blood.

51 Does Islam Need a Luther?
52 Frank Turek - Six Reasons North Carolina Got It Right
53 We've Officially Reached Peak Millennial: Hostage Takes Selfie with EgyptAir Hijacker
54 WORLD | Pink slip for robots | Michael Cochrane | April 2, 2016
55 Down in Georgia, here's what the news media's love of 'religious liberty' scare quotes tells you
56 A and B Theory of Time and the Kalam Cosmological Argument (William Lane Craig)
57 Influence Podcast: Barry Corey on Kindness in the Public Square
58 Biola University on Twitter
59 Following Jesus When You Want To Give Up
60 Calling All Apologists: "I want you!"
61 I’m At Home With Evidentialism Because The Evidence Brought Me Home | Cold Case Christianity
62 Heaven and Hell: How to Explain God’s Love AND Justice to Kids
63 Nun accused of telling elderly patient to die - premier
64 Pakistan: Islamists end protest after hanging of pro-Christian governor's assassin - premier
65 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
66 £100,000 raised for murdered Muslim who wished happy Easter - premier
67 Poland's Catholic PM to pursue total ban on abortion - premier
68 More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It
69 1 Thessalonians 1:2–7, Part 1: Hope Will Put You to Work
70 Trump as Corduroy Pillow | Blog & Mablog
71 Renewing Your Mind | The Sufficiency of Christ | March 31, 2016
72 TGC IO Offers Free Shipping in March
73 The Poached Egg on Twitter
74 Watch live conversations about topics that matter most to you
75 The Poached Egg on Twitter
76 Ali Vitali on Twitter
77 Archbishop of York criticises new living wage - premier
78 Christianophobia is Big Business | The Stream
79 Greg Koukl explains the right way to handle an angry, aggressive atheist
80 The Swept Tomb vs. The Empty Tomb: A Collision of Holidays in China
81 Technology: Use or lose our navigation skills
82 5 Methods for Fighting Half-Hearted Prayer
83 The Little Sisters, the Government, and the Supremes
84 How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare?
85 @russellmoore on Instagram: “Here in the White House for the President's Easter breakfast.”
86 http://killingjesuschrist.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-truth-about-lying.html
87 Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies | March 31, 2016
88 The Unspoken Vocational Hierarchy
89 The Briefing 03-31-16 – AlbertMohler.com
90 The Briefing 03-31-16 – AlbertMohler.com
91 Keller, Piper, and Carson on Seeking Reformation through TGC
92 How Pakistani Christians Fleeing Persecution Get Tied Up in Thailand