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Part 6 of W. Robert Godfrey’s “A Survey of Church History” Study Series Is Here

The twentieth century witnessed the rise and fall of empires, as well as the vast growth of the church through world missions. In many ways, the twentieth century contains the best and worst of human ...

The Deeper Questions That Drive Alejandro Iñárritu

Last night, Iñárritu made history. But the accolades don't matter to him.

Why Past History Cannot Be Infinite: There Must Be a Beginning

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

How the Latest Findings in Molecular Biology Support Intelligent Design

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

Trailer: Unashamed World

UNASHAMED WORLD follows one of the hottest names in hip hop music today, two-time Grammy award winning artist Lecrae. From a tiny garage start-up to becoming a global phenomenon, this film grants unprecedented access to Lecrae and the 116 Clique (Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, Sho Baraka, KB, Derek Minor, and DJ Official) through never-before-seen personal and performance footage. Director Art Hooker delivers a deft and lively narrative of the 17-year ups-and-downs of Lecrae’s career from house parties to sold-out stadiums. UNASHAMED WORLD is the first hip hop film created for the fans by the fans, featuring adrenaline filled concert montages and fan-created videos and interviews, challenging audiences to rise up to live an unashamed life.

Black Protesters Were Reportedly Shoved Out of a Trump Rally

A handful of protesters were reportedly shoved out of a Trump rally after showing up to protest. During a Donald Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky, protestors interrupted Trump's 30-minute speech. Local news captured video of the Republican frontrunner saying "go get 'em" in reference to the protestors. The local Courier Journal said, Trump was interrupted more than half a dozen times by protesters raising signs and shouting. “Get ‘em the hell out of here. Get out. Get out,” Trump yelled into the microphone as his security team and police officers led people away and the crowd cheered loudly. “Out. Out. Out.” The video then shows a crowd of white people shoving around a few black protesters, including a black woman who says she was verbally accosted by Trump supporters yelling racial and gender obscenities. The local news station, WLKY, spoke with the woman on the phone Tuesday night. They did not disclose her name, but they say she is doing well and she is just trying to process everything.

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Are All Sins Equal? Quick Video Response.

People commonly believe that all sins are equal before God. But is this true? What does the Bible say? Sean briefly addresses this question.

Preview Day | Admissions

What type of ministry is God calling you to? What and where is your mission field? What spiritual gifts do you have for ministry? Southern Seminary takes seriously the call to the ministry and training of ministers of the gospel. Our Southern Preview Day gives us the opportunity to hear from you and help you explore different options for how to most effectively develop the gifts God has given you for ministry.

Impact 360 Video: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? - Stand to Reason Blog

Impact 360 packs a lot into this short video! And since it also includes a link for more information, sharing it is a great way to stir up interest in this question among your friends.

How Do We Measure a Shepherd's Success?

send to a friend #1  Posted by Kevin Mason  |  Friday, March 4, 2016 at 6:07 AM This should be a no-brainer for any pastor/missionary who attended any seminary and was even marginally attentive during class, yet Satan's temptations and lies that numbers are the measure of a successful church are too much for many. It is easy fodder for pastoral pride, in part because all pastors desire to see more people become followers of Jesus Christ. Yet Satan tempts pastors with an easier way to define success and many pastors succumb to Satan's lies that there is an easier way. As missionaries, we are sometimes asked to provide statistics to show the "success" of our ministry, (how many 'conversions', the increased number of people in our local church, etc.). We are rarely asked about the spiritual growth of those we serve. It is always easier to count the tangible (noses) than measure the intangible (spiritual growth). Reply Name:   Email: You have 3000 characters remaining for your comment. Note: All comments must be approved before being posted. Submit Email me when someone posts a comment.

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CrossExamined Radio w/ Dr. Frank Turek

Listen to CrossExamined with Frank Turek on American Family Radio network Saturday, 10-11 am Eastern on AFR network streaming audio and FM radio Tune in to our weekly call-in radio program hosted by Frank Turek on American Family Radio network. Join Frank as he discusses challenging topics, takes calls from listeners, and interviews dynamic Christian apologists. Sponsored by CrossExamined.org, this apologetics program is both informative and entertaining!  It is also available in podcast at the iTunes link below.

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Inject Your Prayer List with Life

Instead of praying, “God, please heal John of his sickness,” you might pray, “God, please heal John of his sickness. Help me to encourage him to draw near to you in the time of sickness. Should I ask him if he’s examined his soul for sin? If I should, can you please help me to ask him in a way that is not misunderstood or offensive? Help me ask in a way that is edifying and in which he feels loved. As I send him a text message, I pray that it lifts up his soul toward joy in you.” Practice self-reflection. Then make sure you do what you believe God is leading you to do as you participate in God’s sovereign response to your prayers.

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WORLD News Group on Twitter

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Yes, You Are Called to Be a Leader

Faith isn’t a spectator sport. The influential Christians we remember throughout history were the men and women who would not wait on the sideline when there was work to be done. They realized that Jesus didn’t just save us from something. He saved us for something. He has a mission, and His church and His people are part of it.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

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Your Single Most Important Habit

Decide now, and begin putting it as a pattern into your life, not to revisit the decision each weekend, and not to bow out on community group (or whatever other regular corporate gatherings are vital in the structure of your local church) because of lame, myopic excuses. Of course, unusual circumstances will arise, when you’re out of town, or at the hospital with a new baby, or something else manifestly restricting. But the sad truth is we are far too prone to give ourselves a pass on meeting together, when we really should have made it a habit ahead of time, entertaining only the rarest of exceptions.

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Speed Limits Are a Call to Worship

Why do people break laws? Cravings. “I have to have it my way! I don’t like this stupid speed limit!” It’s all selfishness. It’s all ego. It’s all non-freedom. You’re not free. You’re not free when you break the law. You’re in bondage to your cravings. “I have to get there. I have to be first. I hate being late. Everybody’s passing me.” That’s all ego. All cravings. All desire. You’re not free. You’re in bondage.

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Lion Ted: Cruz Crushes the Detroit Debate

In theory, Ted Cruz’s best states are behind him. But at the Detroit debate, Cruz was clearly the class of the field and it's clear that no one should count him out as the delegate race moves into its next phase. The delegate math is complicated, but the basic gist goes something like this: Donald Trump has a commanding lead at the moment, but it is not a given that he will reach the 1,237 threshold he needs to clinch a majority. Simply put, Trump has failed to break through the ceiling of support he's held since New Hampshire even as the field has consolidated. While he will be helped by winner-take-all states, where he can sweep full slates of delegates even with his plurality, he may be hurt by closed-primary states, where only Republicans vote. So his path is more challenging than it appears. Cruz's path is more challenging still. But tonight's strong performance can only help Cruz—both with voters and with the party regulars who would play a big role in deciding the nominee should there be a brokered convention.

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How Do I Forgive My Dysfunctional Family?

I had a lot of bad things happen to me when I was young. Then, two years ago, my mother died, and her death seemed to bring out a lot of my family’s buried dysfunction. I just can't seem to forgive my father and brother for everything. I'm a Christian and I know I need to forgive, and I desperately want to forgive! I'm scared that God is mad at me for not forgiving my family. How can I forgive all the hurtful things that have happen?

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Chapel Archive

If you are seeking a world-class educational experience within a vibrant, Christ-centered learning community, Cedarville is the place for you. Step up to the challenge of our arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, and achieve more than you ever imagined. Be challenged and transformed by professors who are experts in their fields and invest their lives at Cedarville to mentor and guide students like you.

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Christians Cannot be Intellectual Slackers

C. S. Lewis had a great quote when talking about the followers of Christ. He said, "God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of being a Christian, I warn you: you are embarking on something that is going to take the whole of you, brains and all." I completely agree. Christians today have accepted the secular world's idea that somehow faith and reason inhabit separate spheres. The two are sitting on opposite ends of a spectrum and the more one applies tools such as logic and philosophy to his or her beliefs, the less and less they will be considered faithful or pleasing to God. A bumper sticker that used to be fairly popular summed up this kind of attitude: "God said it, I believe it, that settles it." But nowhere in scripture are we commanded to approach our beliefs blindly. In fact, we are commanded to do just the opposite. When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was he replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength" (Mark 12:30).

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Everything That is Solid Melts Into Air — The New Secular Worldview – AlbertMohler.com

Christians are the intellectual outlaws under the current secular conditions. Entering a discussion on the basis of a theistic or theological claim is to break a cardinal rule of late Modernity by moving from a proposition or question to a command and law and authority and to do so in the context of a culture now explicitly secularized, and a culture that either reduces such claims to something below a genuine theistic claim or rejects them to court. Secularization in America has been attended by a moral revolution without precedent and without endgame. The cultural engines of progress driving toward personal autonomy and fulfillment will not stop until the human being is completely self-defining. This progress requires the explicit rejection of Christian morality for the project for human liberation.

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Social Apologetics on Twitter

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Why We Must Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts

But it’s also true that if we neglect any particular spiritual gift, if we don’t earnestly desire and pursue them, we will neglect some aspect of love and so fail to glorify Christ. Some kind of edification will not happen. We need the Spirit’s empowerment to strengthen the saints and see unsaved people “delivered . . . from the domain of darkness and transferred . . . to the kingdom of [God’s] beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).

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WORLD | Trump cancels, Cruz takes advantage | Evan Wilt | March 4, 2016

The senator from Texas did not pull any punches in his remarks about the current GOP front-runner. Cruz jabbed at Trump’s deal-maker persona: “I will not compromise away your religious liberty. I will not compromise on your Second Amendment rights!”

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Ask TGC: Why Does God Leave His People Such a Mess?

How do I help my friend who says, “I understand you need to accept Jesus to be saved, but I’m struggling to do so because I lack proof that God can change someone, that God makes people better. Why does God leave his own people such a mess? Why doesn’t he just intervene and fix everything? And if there’s no proof God changes people, isn’t it just blind faith?”

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Donald Trump Defends Killing Innocent People at GOP Debate

Republican front runner and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump defended his previous comments calling for the killing of innocent family members of Islamic terrorists.

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Can Christians be Libertarian? | Up for Debate | Moody Radio

Up for Debate Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.

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Can Christians be Libertarian? | Up for Debate | Moody Radio

Up for Debate Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.

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Dealing with Difficult Problems

What do you do when you lose your job? When your spouse betrays you? When the news of the world causes great anxiety? All of us deal with different difficult problems. The question is, how will we respond? In this series, Dr. Sproul offers wise biblical counsel to help us as we face life’s difficulties, pointing us to the sovereignty of God and the sufficiency of Christ.

22 My take on the debate, the race, and our prospects

5. I’ve done a lot of writing in recent days about the presidential election—in particular about the GOP race for the nomination. I have done so with increasing urgency because of the unraveling that is happening before our very eyes. The Republican Party began with Abraham Lincoln in 1860. It is about to be no more. That by itself makes this an historic collapse. But I am more concerned about the implications of this collapse for our national life going forward. Our traditions and institutions of government are based on a two-party system. What happens on the other side of this? I don’t know. I do know that once the GOP is gone, so too is the one party that has stood for the sanctity of human life, marriage, and religious liberty—the issues I care most about. Will a new party emerge that cares about those issues? That is by no means guaranteed.

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Defining Evangelicals in an Election Year

This election year gives CT readers another chance to ask: What exactly is an evangelical? Is it about beliefs, or church attendance, or political leanings, or something else entirely? In the following essay, which appears in our April print issue, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson and LifeWay Research executive director Ed Stetzer have devised a timely way to answer these questions. —Katelyn Beaty, print managing editor

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Nuns killed in Yemen retirement home attack - BBC News

Pope Francis has condemned a gun attack on a Catholic retirement home in southern Yemen which left 16 people dead.

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What will God do with people who have never heard about Jesus?

‘With the millennium as a free-grace alternative to purgatory, and with the resurrection of both the just and the unjust a thousand years prior to the final judgment, the millennium provides an opportunity to mature in Christ for even those who have never heard about Christ. God is a God of second chances. But traditional doctrines of election have forced the conclusion that God is a God of no chance for most people who have died over the centuries. Would not a perfect God have a perfect plan that shows no favoritism towards anyone? Would not a perfect God, who let his Son Jesus Christ die as an atonement for all our sins, provide some way for everyone in the world to benefit from that sacrifice? The Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement says no. But our hearts say that was not God’s plan. That is not the Father’s heart.’

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WORLD | The racialization of poverty, crime, and ministry | Anthony Bradley | March 4, 2016

According to U.S. government data, whites in this country have always been the primary recipients of government welfare programs , they use illegal drugs at essentially the same rate as blacks, and they represent the largest number of America’s poor (42 percent white and 25 percent black). Yet from 1966 to 1995 there was a clear shift in the images of America’s poor in politics and the media: Ronald Reagan’s use of the term “welfare queen,” illegal drug use as “crack cocaine,” out-of-wedlock births, Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “superpredator,” the “War on Drugs,” the “War on Crime,” the unemployed and sexually promiscuous “deadbeat dads”—all were primarily depictions of black men and women in inner cities. As a result of this proliferation of politically loaded and racially charged images, our country missed the mark on a number of fronts in recent years.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Introducing the “Apologetics Academy” Online Mentoring Program

Jonathan McLatchie of Advanced Apologetics recently shared a unique opportunity for those wanting to grow as Christian apologists- the "Apologetics Academy" Online Mentoring Program. The information is as follows: Are you a seasoned apologist looking to improve and sharpen your ability, and test your skills in debate against the best critics of Christianity? Are you a beginner apologist wanting to learn apologetics from some of the finest Christian minds in the world? Are you a Christian who is wrestling with doubts? Are you a non-Christian who has questions about Christianity and wants to honestly explore and find out more? If you fall into any of the above categories, let me introduce you to my “Apologetics Academy” online mentoring program! Every Saturday, at 8pm GMT / 3pm Eastern / 2pm Central / 12noon Pacific, I run an online apologetics mentoring class using a webinar platform called “Zoom” ( http://www.zoom.us ). Each week, I bring in a guest speaker to give a short presentation on a given topic. In addition to bringing in Christian speakers, I often also bring in leading atheist or Muslim speakers to present their case.

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The Big Retune - premier

From March 2016, DAB radio is expanding and Premier Christian Radio will be moving. You will need to retune your radio so that it can reset all the available channels and find us in our new home.

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Christianity Is the Story of Reality - Stand to Reason Blog

All of us have beliefs about the world we think are accurate. All of us have a worldview picture— at least a rudimentary one—forming in our minds, even if we are not consciously aware of it. Every religion tells a story of reality. Every philosophy and every individual outlook on life is a take on the way someone thinks the world actually is. There is no escaping it. These stories are meant to bring order to our beliefs, to explain the “pieces” of reality that we encounter in life, whether big things or little things, important or inconsequential.

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Foster Care and the Father Who Never Says Goodbye

I sat there trying to take it all in, resisting the tears brimming behind my glasses. I was grateful that our little boy was only twenty months old and unaware of the sadness that loomed large in the room. Soon enough he will have to face the harsh realities of this world, process the brokenness of his birth family, and grapple with the pain of drug addiction that had brought this visit about.

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

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Catalyst on Twitter

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Why I Watch ‘Madam Secretary’

We live in a deeply anti-government, anti-institutional age. Much of the angst against the “establishment” is deserved, as institutions at all levels have failed us in recent decades. As a conservative I espouse a limited government, but this is entirely different than a philosophy that sees all government as evil. We are told in Romans 13 that God ordains governmental authority for our good. 

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Up and To the Right: How to Embrace Both Strength and Weakness

In Strong and Weak , Crouch gives language to our struggle and surprises us with a refreshingly nuanced view of flourishing, which he says doesn’t come from being just strong. The paradox is that it comes from being both strong and weak in equal measure.

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A Life of Holiness, Reverence, and Love

I remember showing up to teach a Sunday school class in New England only to find everyone already there—and they had been there for an hour! Their clocks had all sprung forward an hour; I had forgotten to change mine. I was living differently from them, obeying a different clock. In the first chapter of 1 Peter, Peter says that Christians live different lives because we have different goals. Peter’s readers were young Christians who were a little confused. They had become Christians, but then their lives seemed to get harder rather than easier. They began to wonder: “Are we doing something wrong? Why are these things happening?” Peter, in this brief letter, gave them a wonderful answer.

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Now Mark Driscoll Is Being Sued for Racketeering

Just when you thought Mark Driscoll was moving on and making a new start for himself, he's back in headlines connecting to the church he planted in Seattle. The former Mars Hill Church pastor is being accused of "a continuing pattern of racketeering activity.” The suit was filed Monday under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a law that the Daily Beast reports was originally created for prosecution of Mafia figures. The suit alleges that Driscoll and Mars Hill executive elder John Sutton Turner solicited donations for missions from former church members Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea, along with thousands of other individuals who gave to Mars Hill, then used that money for other purposes—including the $210,000 paid to a company called Result Source to put Driscoll’s book, “Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship and Life Together” on the The New York Times best-seller list. It isn't clear how much money the plaintiffs are seeking in damages, but the suit states that the Jacobsens donated more than $90,000 between 2008 and 2014 and the Kildeas, $2,700 between 2011 and 2013 and had they known where the money was actually going, they would not have made these contribution.

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John Podhoretz on Twitter

Trump rally in Florida. He asked people to swear they would vote for him. This photo ensued. pic.twitter.com/dE18AJLIEv

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

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Neither Do I Condemn You

[[They went each to his own house, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.

41 Renewing Your Mind | Jesus and the Word of God | March 4, 2016

This immediate contrast is not something that should be overlooked. Considering that this is the first thing the author communicates to his readers, it is crucial that we observe the author’s contrast between each clause. Formerly God spoke through the prophets, but “now” he has spoken “by the Son.” Whereas He spoke previously to the fathers, He now has spoken to “us.” And, beforehand He spoke “at many times,” now He has spoken in “these last days.” The point here is not that God has communicated different things at different times, but that He has spoken through the one “whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” And as John Owen points out, God is the Author of what was spoken then and what has been spoken now. Neither the prophets nor the Son is from men, rather, Owen writes, “both have the same divine origin.” Nevertheless, it is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, who has proclaimed the final word of God.

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5 Areas Other Than Philosophy That are a Part of Apologetics

One of the problems is that there are philosophers who are not apologists and apologists who are not philosophers. I suppose I am sensitive to that as I have never taken a course in philosophy and I can count the philosophy books I have read on one hand and yet I would still call myself an apologist. Here are some other areas that we need some good apologists in.

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Christians Should Be Offended By Bad Art

And maybe if there are areas in which we have not been trained, we need to make sacrifices to collaborate with someone who has, paying them at least a fair price for their labor. A songwriter might need accompanying musicians; an author might need a designer to do good work in designing a book cover; a playwright will need actors and a theater to bring her play to life. Good and careful work bears faithful witness to the costly discipleship to which we have been called. And the converse is also true. “Bad Christian art that reflects a lack of investment of time, commitment, craft, or skill, presents the illusion that the Christian life is not worthy or requiring of the same,” writes author and literature professor Karen Swallow Prior .

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

“..I started using Commun.it to be more efficient on the way I manage out Twitter communities. My favorite features? The prioritized feed to focus on the relevant members of the community..”

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To the Praise of His Glory by Steven Lawson | March 5, 2016

A biblical view of salvation centers on God. Before the foundation of the world, He graciously chose a people for Himself while justly passing over others “to the praise of his glorious grace” (Eph. 1:3-6). This session will demonstrate why the doctrine of God forms the heart of our understanding of the gospel and the doctrines of grace.

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Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor

That may sound like a bold statement but stick with me. The most common title for clergy is that of pastor (at least within protestant traditions). What is a pastor? The basic meaning of a pastor is not one who performs religious services but that of a shepherd. As a profession, ministers have adopted the shepherd as the primary image for what we do.

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Justin Bieber Is Warning Fans About the Danger of Celebrity Worship

I would really suggest to people, ‘Don’t put your faith in me’. Because I’m gonna disappoint you every time. Yeah. It’s scary. But I want them to know that I’m not going to be able to solve their problems… I’m not that higher power. I’ll never be. I’m not perfect. I’ve made so many mistakes. I just want to get to a place where… I just want people to know humans aren’t meant to be worshipped. We’re just not. So when a human is being worshipped, this is dangerous. ’Cause it does nothing but give you pride.

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Reading through Star Wars: Expanded Universe

I have read almost every book in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that takes place post-movies. With the sun setting on the EU and rising on a new series of “canon” novels, I’ve had a hankering to go back to the beginning (Princess Bride reference, anyone?) and re-read a number of the books in the series. So I’m going to. I think I’ll actually start with Darth Pelagius because it’s been recommended by a large number of people, and then dive in at the place I started so long ago: The Courtship of Princess Leia.

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What Your Coffee Says About Your Theology

This individual insists that their new, trendy way to make individual cups of coffee is so much better than what everyone else is currently doing, even though the French Press is actually a very old, difficult-to-master traditional method of coffee preparation.

51 Moral Dilemmas
52 The TC Apologetics Daily
53 The Lent Project
54 God Exists: Proof and Evidence: The Importance of the Doctrine of Justification
55 Six crucial questions to ask of every sermon
56 Jesus on Trial
57 New study: galactic habitable zone depends on fine-tuning of cosmological constant
58 Chick-Fil-A Will Give You Free Ice Cream If You Put Your Phone Away While You Eat
59 Universe expansion just right for life? | Uncommon Descent
60 Wrestling With God Doesn't Mean You Don't Have Faith
61 A Knife Just Turned Up From O.J. Simpson's House. It Was Never Turned In
62 2 Smugglers Sentenced for the Death of 3-Year-Old Refugee, Aylan
63 Ligonier Ministries
64 Kendrick Lamar Releases Surprise Album
65 http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/your-one-of-a-kind-mission
66 Is There a Christian Response to the Zika Virus?
67 Biola Apologetics on Twitter
68 What Would Would It Look Like If Christians Took the Ninth Commandment Seriously?
69 Why the Great Commission Is Great
70 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
71 Evangelical Leaders Question Movement's Support Of Trump
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78 The PleaseConvinceMe Apologetics Podcast : What Would Our World Be Like Without Faith?
79 Why Casinos Always Win in the End
80 Dave Moser on Twitter
81 Dave Moser on Twitter
82 Darwinian fundamentalists threaten boycott of science journal for paper mentioning “Creator”
83 Truthbomb Apologetics: J.C. Ryle on "Cheap Christianity"
84 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO)
85 5 Lies I Used to Believe About Being A Christian
86 7 Ways Christians Should Deal With Stress and Anxiety
87 8 Ways to Know You're in a Healthy Relationship