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Even in Laughter the Heart May Ache: Two-Minute Clip on Joy

Christians will never know either joy or sorrow so acutely that one is fully devoid of the other. In this life they’re always, to some degree, mixed.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book)

Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself.

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Look at the Kindness and the Severity of God

God’s fury at sin reminds us of the great pardon we don’t deserve. Gaze at his goodness with gratitude.

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Case-Making 101: 12 things Darwinian evolution can’t answer but Intelligent Design can

Over the last several posts we have put together a pretty good cumulative case against Darwinian evolution as a means for the origin of life. We looked at who Charles Darwin was and some of the fal…

'Vicar of Baghdad' Andrew White Explains Why He Likes Donald Trump

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Voldemort and Vestments

Since the election of Donald Trump, many left-wing commentators have likened his administration to the bad guys’ rise in J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels.

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If You Don’t Hate Your Father, You Cannot Be My Disciple

Whatever you do, don’t domesticate the radical teachings of Jesus. If they make you uncomfortable, let them do their work. They are designed to create real disciples who are ready to lose all to gain Christ. The world may call it hate. They may call it foolishness. It is not. It is love. And it is the wisdom of God.

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When Youth Pastors Ought to Feel Responsible

My first year as a youth pastor was a challenging year of self-evaluation. When I was initially offered the job, I wasn’t sure I could lead or teach high-schoolers; I’d been working with younger students and my own children were not yet teenagers. But I was ambitious and eager, so I accepted the position. I spent several months trying to decide what the teaching focus should be for my group. I surveyed some of the key seniors who had been in the ministry to see what they thought. We ended up doing a series on James and Ecclesiastes, and most of my energy that first year was expended on designing the Sunday service. I was concerned about “ relevance ” and spent a lot of time trying to understand how to communicate to this age group. I thought experience was as important as content . Actually, I thought experience was more important than content. My students got their money’s worth every Sunday. It was a musical, visual smorgasbord of video, images, interactive eclecticism and burning candles. It was ridiculous.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

20 years after Dolly the sheep, what have we learned about cloning?

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TGC 2017 National Conference

Canal Walk The Canal Walk is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which was dug in the early 1800s, in an effort to facilitate interstate commerce. Today, the refurbished Canal Walk (stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street) serves the downtown community as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers and sightseers (while the canal itself includes a steady stream of pedal boats, which may be rented west of the Indiana State Museum).   Children's Museum Located just minutes from downtown, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis features five floors of fun and interactive learning that have the power to transform the lives of children and families across the arts, world cultures, sciences, and humanities.   Eagle Creek Park & Marina One of the nation's largest city parks, Eagle Creek Park covers over 3,900 acres of land on the northwest side of town. As the park's trails beckon to hikers and birders, its 1,400-acre lake--a frequent host of U.S. Rowing's National Championship--welcomes fishermen and sailors. As well as picnic areas and a swimming beach, the park offers rentals for canoes, kayaks, Hobie Cats, sailboats, pontoon boats, wind-surfing and pedal boats--as well as lessons for the aforementioned.

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Mothers seek genocide trial after infant remains discovered at former Catholic-run home - Premier

Mothers who were sent to homes for unmarried mothers in Ireland have called for genocide charges to be brought after human remains were discovered at one former centre last week.

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Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity For Kids

Introduction Several years ago cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace wrote the book Cold-Case Christianity. When Wallace first read the gospels, as an atheist, he noticed that they read like eye-witness accounts that he was used to analyzing everyday. He decided to conduct an investigation of Jesus' resurrection just like a cold-case. Cold-Case Christianity takes the reader through his investigation and encourages the reader to be the "jury" to evaluate the evidence. You can read my full review of it here: Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity .

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I’m a Pastor—And I’m for Muslim Refugees

Specifically, we are evangelical Christians concerned for refugees who (a) are running for their lives from religious and/or political persecution, (b) have been shown through existing processes to pose no threat, and (c) have been banned from entry into the United States for a minimum of 90-120 days. While we fully support and appreciate President Trump in his stated mission to protect U.S. citizens from harm, we are similarly concerned for the safety and protection of refugees—some of whom are Christian, most of whom are Muslim, and nearly all of whom come from the homeland of Jesus himself. We express this concern not in spite of our Christian beliefs, but because of them.

13 Our Mother Who Art In Heaven?

Linguistically, all the clear and plausible instances of feminine reference to God are imagery or figures of speech: similes, analogies, metaphors, and personification. . . . There are no cases in which feminine terms are used as names, titles, or invocations of God, and thus there are no feminine pronouns for God. There are no instances where God is directly identified by a feminine term, even a metaphorical predicate noun. In other words, God is never directly said to be a mother, mistress, or female bird in the way he is said to be a father, king, judge, or shepherd. (89)

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Faithfulness is About Loving God’s Truth, Metaxas tells Pastors at Proclaim 17

ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) – Faithfulness to God is about loving Him and glorifying Him even when faced with opposition, Eric Metaxas said Tuesday during Proclaim 17, NRB’s International Christian Media Convention in Orlando.

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Reasons I believe in Jesus Christ part I

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Well Done, Good Servant

Jerry loved to stress the twofold realities at work in Christian perseverance: God preserves us, and we participate in his preservation. God keeps us by his Spirit, and will not let us go, and he does so through means. Jerry’s term for it was “dependent discipline.” When we asked him to unpack some of the practical means he had found most helpful in his eighty-plus years, he pointed first to daily “time alone with God” and the practice of taking Scripture to heart in Bible memory.

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The World Needs You to Be Different

We won’t win the world by looking like it or by fitting in, but by being different — by our peculiarity. We’ll bear fruit in this life when our roots are firmly planted in the coming new earth. As C.S. Lewis said, history shows that “the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” And one of the main ways this happens is through the rhythms and repetitions worked into our weekly gatherings.

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Christian Women Writers of the Medieval World

Hildegard (1098–1179) has been considered by some the most prominent Christian woman of her era. She was founder and first abbess of the Benedictine community of Bingen, Germany, but her achievements move well beyond that. In the words of Barbara Newman: “Although she did not begin to write until age 43, Hildegard wrote a massive trilogy that combines Christian doctrine and ethics with cosmology; a compendious encyclopedia of medicine and natural science; a correspondence comprising several hundred letters to people in every stratum of society; two saints’ lives; several occasional writings; and, not least, a body of exquisite music that includes seventy liturgical songs and the first known morality play.” This is especially astounding considering that as far as Hildegard knew, no woman had ever written before.

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Lord Hattersley: My mother ran off with the priest who officiated her wedding https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Lord-Hattersley-My-mother-ran-off-with-the-priest-who-officiated-her-wedding … pic.twitter.com/kVdlkuOJOm

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Christianity central to daily life in Ghana, says pastor - Premier

As Ghana celebrates 60 years of independence, a leading Methodist minister has said that national identity is largely shaped by Christian faith.

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Care for your Bible as if it were a mobile phone, urges Pope - Premier

Pope Francis has encouraged people to show as much care and attention towards their Bible as if it were their mobile phone.

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Why Would an Infinite Creator Employ the Same Designs?

Because I am a Christian, I see evidence for design in the biological realm. But for me, the converse is also true. Because I see design in the biological realm, I am a Christian. In fact, the elegant designs of biochemical systems convinced me as a graduate student that a Creator must exist and be responsible for life’s origin, paving the way for my conversion to Christianity.

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Schoolchildren meet Holocaust survivor saved by Ukrainian Catholic Church https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Schoolchildren-meet-Holocaust-survivor-saved-by-Ukrainian-Catholic-Church … pic.twitter.com/am9Exys6VB

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Christian charity calls on Government to help families drowning in debt - Premier

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The Curious Rise of Religious TV

Religion is part and parcel within our culture. Because of this, media will always use religion as a means to entertain us because we are so easily connected to it. Whether the critiques provided are correct or wrong, religious TV and media gives us the opportunity to reflect on our way of life and talk with others about religion. It more easily opens up the door for the conversation to be had, if only we first take the time to listen.

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Lord, Free Me from the Fear of Death

Jesus is eager to give us this great gain, and he wants us to grow in our eagerness to receive it. How do we do that? Like he does. We ask the Father for it! We join Jesus in praying for the time we will finally see him in all his glory. We ask him to decrease the hold that the fear of death has on us due to unbelief in our hearts. And we ask him to give us such faith and longing to be with Christ that we no longer wish to live as long as possible here, but only long enough to faithfully finish our course (Acts 20:24). Because to finally be with our Savior will be so much better (Philippians 1:23).

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Why Kids Need a Biblical Worldview and Where to Start

If you’re a parent, then you want your kids to live well. You want them to flourish. You want them to follow Jesus all the days of their lives. This is a prayer I regularly pray for my kids. But how does this happen? What does this look like? What’s at stake? It starts with building a biblical worldview.

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Words of Jesus adorn sides of London buses - Premier

Revelation TV's Howard Conder has relaunched an advertising campaign in London in order to promote the words of Jesus.

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When God Says “No”

The purpose of lament is not merely to vent our distress (which leaves us in despair), but to bring our attention back to God’s promises and the hope we have in Christ. He promises that he hears us when we call (Matthew 7:7). He promises to be near to us (Psalm 34:18). He promises to be faithful (Deuteronomy 31:6). He promises that this hurt will end (Revelation 21:4). He promises that when we seek him, he will transform our hearts to desire more of him (Psalm 37:4). He will not leave us in the misery of our disappointment, because he has not finished the work he started in us (Philippians 1:6). He will assure us of his love as we invite him into the struggle we feel.

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Are There Gaps in the Genesis Genealogies?

The problem with this argument is that just because some gaps exist in some genealogies does not mean that they must occur in the Genesis genealogies. This is illogical. It commits a fallacy known as affirming the consequent. The argument goes like this: “If there are gaps in the Genesis genealogies, then we might find gaps in other genealogies. We find gaps in other genealogies; therefore, there must be gaps in the Genesis genealogies.” The consequent in this argument is “we might find gaps in other genealogies.” It does not follow that since this part of the argument is true, that the first statement (antecedent) is also true. Here is another argument in the exact same form to demonstrate why this conclusion is false. “If it is raining then the grass is wet. The grass is wet, therefore it must be raining.” The reason that this is false is because there are other reasons why the grass may be wet. It might have dew on it or a sprinkler may be running. It might be raining, but we did not prove it by checking the grass. The same is true with the genealogies. Just because some genealogies have gaps does not prove that the Genesis genealogies have them.

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Do Pro-Lifers Want the Government to Regulate a Woman's Body?

The slogan made a compelling point: “No part of a man’s body is regulated by politicians. Equality cannot exist until the same is true of a woman’s body.” They’re right in a sense. The government doesn’t regulate a man’s body. It can’t force him to tattoo his back, ingest a certain food, or amputate his arm. Why should the government regulate a woman’s body, specifically her reproductive organs, and demand her to continue a pregnancy against her will?

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Christian pro-life campaigner questions abortion provider after standards concerns - Premier

In a statement, Marie Stopes said: "We do not agree with the conclusions this [Daily Mail] journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate. No reporter in this investigation went through the legal admission process that women must go through before receiving an abortion, so their claims are based on a partial view of the process.

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New York Times: A Reasonable Response

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The (Un)Just City- Jo Walton’s “The Just City,” Gender, Gods, and Morality

Jo Walton’s  The Just City  is unlike anything I’ve read before. She seamlessly combined philosophy, theology, and fantasy into an epic tale that was difficult to put down. The plot is centered around the notion that Apollo and Athene, the Greek gods, decide to go through time and collect people who desired to attempt to build Plato’s Republic . Here, we’ll examine the book from a worldview perspective. There will be  SPOILERS  in what follows.

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Atheists, Secularists, and Nihilists Recently Defend Irrationality

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My Prodigal Left Home — Should I Give Him Money?

However, as radical as those are — and I will circle back to that radicalness in just a minute — it is plain that from the Bible itself that there are structures of society, spheres of society where the Bible puts limits on those teachings. For example, in the family, children should obey their parents and parents should discipline their children rather than always turning the other cheek (Ephesians 6:1, 4). In government, the state has the right to punish criminals rather than turning the other cheek (Romans 13:1, 4). In schools, teachers have a right to give failing grades to students who don’t do their work. In businesses, employers have the right to see that employees fulfill their expectations in order to earn their salary; otherwise, they could lose their jobs. In the church, people can be excommunicated. But when all those spheres of life are taken into consideration, Jesus did mean something radical when he said, “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also,” and when he said, “Give to the one who begs from you.”

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The Globe Is Warming, But It’s Not Your Fault!

Though it is relatively easy to estimate the amount of heat that greenhouse gases absorb and emit back toward the earth (climatologists call this “forcing”), it is much more difficult to determine how the planet will adjust to the additional heat (climatologists call this “feedback”). Essentially all the current climate models have overestimated the global temperature in the past and future. Many climatologists believe that there are stronger positive feedbacks within the climate than negative feedbacks. In other words, they believe that the climate amplifies warming caused by greenhouse gases rather than moderating it. If that were true, why hasn’t the global temperature already gone out of control? Negative feedback systems, like the thermostat in your house, are known to lead to stability; whereas positive feedback systems often lead to instability, like the deafening audio feedback when a speaker and a microphone are put too close together. It seems more likely that our climate is dominated by negative feedbacks since Earth’s temperature has been amazingly stable for at least 2,000 years with only a 1.

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Are My Theistic Arguments Dependent upon a Metaphysical System? | Reasonable Faith

In my reading of the history of natural theology, I've come to notice that many of the best defences of God's existence are made in the context of robust metaphysical systems. To give a few examples: Plotinus' argument for 'the One' in the Enneads, Aquinas' Five Ways (which must be understood within the context of Scholastic metaphysics), Leibniz's cosmological argument (which can only be understood properly within the context of rationalist metaphysics).

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The Benedict Option: A Conversation with Rod Dreher - AlbertMohler.com

I think one of the most heartwarming aspects of this book is his absolute concrete concern for marriage and families and for living out that kind of life together in a way that is truly Christian I appreciated every part of this conversation with Rod Dreher, but particularly the closing section of this conversation and that’s because we do need without apology to talk openly about what it means to learn from one another without affirming one another theologically. This is an issue of our evangelical responsibility, of our credibility in faithfulness; that is to say, that the issues that have separated historic Protestantism from Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy are not ephemeral, they are not minimal, and they have not gone away. But that’s also to say that we have a great deal to learn from one another without apology. There is no theological compromise in learning what can rightfully be learned from one another and from the entire history of the Christian church. This is where Christians need to think carefully about the fact that we can learn a great deal from non-Christians; that is to say, in terms of our understanding of the world, in terms of grappling with many contemporary issues, we can learn a great deal from those who make no claim to Christianity whatsoever.

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Disproving Atheism at Ground Level

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The Facts about Beauty and the Beast Disney Movie

I might be wrong because I haven’t seen the original Disney Beauty and the Beast in a while. But didn’t the Beast take Belle’s father captive because he took something that belonged to the Beast? And didn’t Belle decide on her own to take her father’s place? Not sure this could exactly be called kidnapping, although no doubt a good conversation with your kids would be a good thing. Lessons to teach our kids: First, we can see Belle’s love for her father, and then his love for her in wanting to go save here from the Beast. How wonderful is that lesson! Next, we never see in the original Disney movie the Beast doing anything bad to Belle. He treats her kindly, which is confusing to Belle. Belle looks beyond his ugly exterior to his good heart, which is a good thing to teach children. In the end, she finds out he is a prince of a guy all along. Real life doesn’t usually play out so neatly, but there are plenty of good examples in this story to teach children — love of your family, looking at the inside of a person (their heart) vs.

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Are You Wasting Time Trying to Be ‘Happy’?

There are incredible promises given to the children of God, in the Book of Matthew and the Book of Hebrews: “…I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.”(Hebrews 13:5) These beautiful truths are yet another representation of why joy is truly greater than happiness. Joy is not built on outward circumstances; it is built on Christ dwelling inside the believer. If the Spirit of Christ is always inside of me, and He will never leave me; then, my joy will never leave me. No matter what I go through, I can have joy, because my God is with me. Good days—joy. Bad days—joy. Suffering—joy. When everything goes my way—joy. When nothing goes my way—joy. My joy remains because my Christ remains.

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"Candy-Assed" Christians, Part II | Larry Alex Taunton

“Larry, you are awesome, but this is weak.  Why did you not mention the rest of Ephesians 4:26?  Why only half the verse?  Seriously:  Why?  It looks like you deliberately need to ignore it to justify a theology of anger.  We’re supposed to get rid of anger.  All of it.  Today.  It even says it a few verses later.  Why does James 1:20 say human anger does NOT yield the righteousness of God?  There is nowhere in the Bible where humans are told to harbor anger.  God’s anger is righteous—like Dallas Willard says, ‘He can be trusted with it, we can’t.’  Dietrich Bonhoeffer rejected the idea of ‘righteous anger’ for humans as well.  It’s simply not Biblical, no matter how many times we recite the first half of Ephesians 4:26 to try to justify it.  Forgiveness (which necessarily means surrendering our ‘right to anger’) is not ‘candy-assed.’  Sorry.  Anger is easy.  Toddlers can do it.  We don’t fight injustice well when we’re angry.  If we did, why wouldn’t we want the police, the courts, the military to be angry?  We stand for what’s right out of compassion for the vulnerable, and even love for our enemies.

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Your Relationships All Have the Same Problem

What was it that got you so mad? Believe it or not, what really got under your skin may not have been the obvious—like the fact your husband still hasn’t completed that one chore or that your mom still tries to control you. What really bugs you about those things, is a certain message you receive from them: You’re not being heard.

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54 The Spiritual Problem of Food Waste
55 ‘Legion’ Asks Uncomfortable Spiritual Questions
56 Crossway on Twitter
57 Apologetics: How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels?
58 What ‘The Leftovers’ Teaches Us About Brokenness
59 Is It OK for Married People to Text the Opposite Sex?
60 When Trump is Presidential, His Critics are Left Out in the Rain | The Stream
61 Lent, Unplugged
62 New study: first life pushed back earlier, leaving less time for naturalism to work magic
63 Matt Chandler on Why You Should Embrace Lent
64 How to Not Be Just a Consumer at Church
65 The Barronelle Stutzman Case: 7 Reasons Flowers Don’t Cover Sin | The Stream
66 Earth's Seven Sisters: Are They Really Similar?
67 Techniques in Apologetics: Learning to Listen
68 We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Successful
69 ​Disney Introduces a Gay Character in Beauty and the Beast: Six Reflections.
70 Bill Frist: Foreign Aid Saves Lives—And Makes America Safer
71 New Book Release: Hidden in Plain View by Lydia McGrew
72 Joe Rowland on Twitter
73 What is Biblical Preaching?
74 Why a Christian Approach to Fighting Homelessness Pays Off
75 Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?
76 J. Gresham Machen on Twitter
77 Everything You Wanted to Know About God | penguinrandomhouse.com
78 Moustafa
79 Stop Speaking Gospelish
80 Encouragement on the Path of Righteousness
81 Understanding Islamic Terrorism | Larry Alex Taunton
82 Biola University on Twitter
83 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
84 Renewing Your Mind | The Otherness of God | Mar 6, 2017
85 Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture: John Piper: 9781433553493: Amazon.com: Books
86 Revisiting a Famous Debate - Part Three
87 Jesus & the Word of God by R.C. Sproul | March 6, 2017
88 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
89 Reasons to Believe on Twitter
90 In ‘Logan’, Wolverine Confronts the Wages of Sin
91 The Importance (and Early Use) of Creeds | Cold Case Christianity
92 The Briefing 03-06-17 - AlbertMohler.com