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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: 70th Anniversary Of The Execution Of German Pastor Brings His Legacy To A New Generation

4/9/2015 is the 70th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s execution by the Nazis, and many events were put together to remember and honor the great German theologian. Just days before the liberation of Europe, on April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged after confronting Adolf Hitler.

This Video Reminds Us That If God Calls You to It, He'll Get You Through It!

There is so many times in life that God calls us to go. But fear makes us hesitate and stops us from moving forward.This powerful video reminds us to "Just Go" and God will get us through it.

Neo-Darwinism's Catch-22: Before Evolving New Features, Organisms Would Be Swamped by Genetic Junk

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

Messengers from Army HQ: Hormones and Neurohormones

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

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Is Rand Paul More Liberal Than Obama on Foreign Policy?

As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., officially became the second Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on Tuesday, the 52-year-old obstetrician is already being attacked by conservatives as being "to the left of Obama" when it comes to his foreign policy and openness to negotiating with Iran.

Young Woman Sings Her Heart Out With This Incredible Version of 'How Great Thou Art'

A contestant on "The Voice" comes out and does something that will touch your soul. Koryn Hawthorn will blow you away with her powerful version of "How Great Thou Art."

Answering Muslims: John Thomas Booker Jr. (aka Mohammed Abdullah Hassan) Charged in Fort Riley Bomb Plot

Kansas City Star —Federal authorities charged a 20-year-old Topeka man Friday with plotting to bomb Fort Riley in league with, he believed, the so-called Islamic State. John Thomas Booker Jr., also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was named with in three counts that alleged he planned on Friday to use a “weapon of mass destruction” to damage property at the U.S. Army Base near Junction City in a suicide mission. He was arrested without incident 9 a.m. Friday. Conviction on any count could mean a sentence of life in prison. The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of Kansas. “We face a continued threat from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of causes,” said Grissom said in a news release. “Anyone who seeks to harm this nation and its people will be brought to justice.” More than a year ago, court records contend, Booker posted on Facebook that “I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I’m going to wage jihad and hopes that i die.” A few days later, according to the charges, he said “getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!!” That, the charges contend, prompted a tip to FBI agents who interviewed him. Booker had enlisted in the U.S. Army with the intent to “commit an insider attack against American soldiers,” the court records allege he told FBI agents. The court records say he talked of shooting other soldiers in basic training — although preferring “someone with power” rather than “privates” — or being deployed overseas and turning on Americans if he was told to kill a fellow Muslim. But he apparently enlisted under a delayed entry program and never became a part of the Army. Months later, in October 2014, the charges contend Booker came in contact with an FBI informant and said he wanted to be part of the Islamic State, sometimes referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Authorities on Friday contended that Booker had created at least two videos — one filmed in front of a collection of bomb materials — rented a 10-foot-by-20-foot storage locker in Topeka and went to several retailers buying bomb materials. But they said there was never a breach in security at Fort Riley. And the assembled bomb material was inert, incapable of explosion. “I want to assure the public there was never any breach of Fort Riley Military Base,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson. “Recently the Command Staff at Fort Riley has been working hand-in-hand with law enforcement to ensure the utmost security and protection for the men and women who serve our country, and the surrounding community that supports the base.” Still, the court records contend Booker planned a specific route through the base and targeted particular buildings to be struck with a car bomb. He had identified a utility gate to the base chosen because Booker believed his entry would not easily be detected and he could find an area where the car bomb “would kill as many soldiers as possible,” the charges contend. While he was making the final connections to arm the car bombs at that gate, the charges allege, he was arrested by the FBI. The court document describes a man eager to go overseas to fight with the Islamic State and a willingness take his fight to “the White House right now.” Booker told an informant that a “suicide bomb is his number one aspiration because he couldn’t be captured, all evidence would be destroyed, and he would be guaranteed to hit his target.” ( Continue Reading. )

A Heartwarming Campaign Is Inspiring Women to 'Choose Beautiful'

Dove has become popular playing a monumental role in opening up the dialogue about female beauty standards, self-esteem and body image. In this video they ask woman to choose between an "average" and "beautiful" door. But this truth is, God has made us all beautiful!

Answering Muslims: Nabeel Qureshi vs. Shabir Ally: "What Is God Really Like, Tawhid or Trinity?"

Dr. Ally is very clever and will turn the average Christian into a pretzel if one is not aware of his tricks. He is a very good orator, many of the verses he quotes in the Bible are from memory and he rarely uses notes. Having said that, one example of his "tricks" so to speak is to attack the clarity of the Bible when he says to interpret the unclear in light of the clear. He then proceeds to NOT use this hermeneutic on Revelation 4:5 and accuse Christians of not stopping at 3 persons and that even the Bible can provide justification to go beyond 3 persons. Another example is that he agreed that Tawid is not mentioned in the Quran or Hadith but tried to take Nabeel to task for the words "one God in 3 persons" not explicitly said in scripture. While he allows for the concept in Tawid in the Quran, he will not allow the concept of Trinity in the bible. James White clearly pointed out in a debate with Dr Ally before how he uses uneven scales in his attacks against Christianity as in that debate Shabir only quoted agnostic sources to discredit the bible but those same sources would absolutely reject the Quran as inspired as well. Looks like Dr Ally is at it again but at least this time he tried using Christian sources.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Christian World View: Rational Predispositions That Support Truth

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The Briefing 04-10-2015

1) Obama opposition to gay conversion therapy collides with Christian hope of transformation

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Sometimes Flight Is the Best Fight

In the kingdom of the heart, the commanding hierarchy is this: King Delight rules and he tells General Desire what to want. General Desire then issues commands to Lieutenant Will to act on the want. No one does anything by “sheer will-power.” The will is not an independent agent. It is a soldier under authority that receives and obeys commands. The will might be strong or it might be weak and, like a soldier, it can be trained. But the will does what desire commands. And desire commands whatever delight believes will bring it the most pleasure or the least pain.

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Don't Believe Everything Twitter Says About That LifeWay Blacklist

“I want to applaud LifeWay for this decision which will encourage Christians to be more discerning about what they read and share with others,” wrote Dobbins on his blog."...LifeWay still has a long way to go because though their list is exhaustive it still is missing other authors who are harming the church with unbiblical doctrines.”

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Vital Resource On Homosexuality | HeadHeartHand Blog

You won’t remember all the arguments from this book, but you’ll now know where to go for short, simple, persuasive biblical answers on the most important topic of our day, and probably of our lifetime.

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NASA | SDO: Year 5

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day. Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its launch on Feb. 11, 2010. The imagery is also captivating, allowing one to watch the constant ballet of solar material through the sun's atmosphere, the corona. In honor of SDO's fifth anniversary, NASA has released a video showcasing highlights from the last five years of sun watching. Watch the movie to see giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun's surface. The imagery is an example of the kind of data that SDO provides to scientists. By watching the sun in different wavelengths – and therefore different temperatures – scientists can watch how material courses through the corona, which holds clues to what causes eruptions on the sun, what heats the sun's atmosphere up to 1,000 times hotter than its surface, and why the sun's magnetic fields are constantly on the move.

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The Post-Indiana Future for Christians

To be sure, I agree with the author that “religious liberty is fundamental to American life”, but I don’t agree with his statement that “Huckabee gets it and Santorum gets it”. There is nothing wrong with those men saying why they believe same-sex marriage is wrong, but it doesn’t follow that they should be able to bar others from entering into such an arrangement. What is happening to some outspoken individuals today is likely wrong, just as what has happened to homosexuals in the world for centuries has been wrong. But I maintain that it will not be considered “compromising our faith” to treat one another with the respect we each deserve. And we will get there. The author draws the wrong parallel when he compares current persecution of those who adhere to traditional Christian sexual morals with other historical persecution of Christians. He touches on a more interesting parallel when he says, “There is a bitter irony in the fact that gays coming out of the closet coincides with traditional religious people going back into the closet.” It would be instructive if he compared persecuted Christians today to persecuted homosexuals in the past, because traditional Christians have been the ones doing the persecuting, and a little contrition will be in order if Christians wish to claim the moral high ground when faced with this backlash.

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5 Actions Churches Should Take in a Changing Legal Culture

These new political, cultural, and legal realities directly affect the church’s freedom to live out its faith. While most church decisions about internal governance or doctrine currently enjoy constitutional protection, churches cannot assume that these protections will stand indefinitely. Maintaining a gospel-centered witness in today’s culture requires not only standing firm on the truths of Scripture, but also taking affirmative steps to protect the church’s freedom to continue peacefully teach and live out its faith.

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Amazing Things at Biola with President Barry Corey and Zach King ('12)

YouTube star and Biola alumnus Zach King ('12), with the help of President Barry Corey, shows the amazing things you can do as a student at Biola.

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The Kalam Cosmological Argument

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam#... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai.

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The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now

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Innovative Apologetics: Jesus Christ vs. Muhammad: There is No Comparison

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Do Miracles Still Happen?

We are told to do three things, lay on hands to heal the sick, cast out demons and make disciples of people. Most of the Church fails at this. Jesus could not perform many miracles in Capernaum because of 'their' unbelief.. We have been given instructions but most lack the faith to follow through, I believe, because of the lack of testimony, the lack of teaching and the lack of belief from Church leaders. We need to raise our game, we need to gravitate to believers who believe and not towards those who think too much of themselves and their committees who want to test and disprove. We need to get some PR and Marketing on answer to prayer and make a concerted effort to let the world know what Gods power actually does.

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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead! Nietzsche, Moral Absolutes, and Evolution

Some cultists advance the idea that life is about knocking on enough doors to sell magazines or to participate in enough temple and occult rituals to please God. Selected Hindus suggest one must stay pure to escape the Karmic cycle. The Prussian born Friedrich Nietzsche advanced the idea that life was about attaining power. Nietzsche wrote of the will of power, the Superman, and magnificent destinies. Yet, Nietzsche was a physically and emotionally weak man: headaches, unattractive, bad eyesight—a tragic figure. He ironically asserted, “A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”[5] A few years later, he fell into insanity and repeatedly declared that he was Jesus Christ.[6]

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BreakPoint on Twitter

The Beatification of Murder: How the Church Unwittingly Blesses Abortion. Read Now. Pls RT. http://bit.ly/1JxeD3m  pic.twitter.com/rnQnHdyb8p

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David Brown holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina and was a litigation attorney for seven years before transitioning into global missions. Dr. Brown and his wife Karin served with Biblical Ministries Worldwide for nineteen years, during which he earned a PhD in Ethics from South Africa's Northwest University. The Browns moved from Johannesburg to Dunbar in 2013 when David accepted his current role as Dean of Northland's School of Leadership. He teaches apologetics, philosophy, ethics, leadership, cross-cultural, and worldview classes.

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Catalyst on Twitter

We are believing massive things for Thursday night this year at #CatalystWest : http://ctly.st/We-st  pic.twitter.com/6qGzlrT00p

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The Apologist Mom

When I first met Melissa Cain Travis, she was tucked away at a corner table in a Houston café, a rust-colored scarf around her neck. I recognized her from pictures, but she didn’t look like the academic I’d seen lecturing in videos. She was more like a mom-friend I’d meet for an afternoon play date, where the two of us sit on a park bench and try to have a serious conversation in between wiping one kid’s snotty nose and grabbing another before he digs in the dog poop under the slide. She seemed accessible and human.

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Ask Pastor John

Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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This is How Religious Liberty Dies — The New Rules of the Secular Left

The vast high-velocity moral revolution that is reshaping modern cultures at warp speed is leaving almost no aspect of the culture untouched and untransformed. The advocates of same-sex marriage and the more comprehensive goals of the LGBT movement assured the nation that nothing would be fundamentally changed if people of the same gender were allowed to marry one another. We knew that could not be true, and now the entire nation knows.

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http://utmost.org/have-you-seen-jesus/

Jesus must appear to you and to your friend individually; no one can see Jesus with your eyes. And division takes place when one has seen Him and the other has not. You cannot bring your friend to the point of seeing; God must do it. Have you seen Jesus? If so, you will want others to see Him too. “And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either” ( Mark 16:13 ). When you see Him, you must tell, even if they don’t believe.

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Industrial Design Student Puts Education to Good Use By Building Real Batsuit

A young Philadelphia University industrial design student named Gordon Jackson has found an incredible way to put his college education to good use: By building a functioning Batsuit . Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, Jackson was able to use Kevlar, impact resistant foam and a bunch of other cool industrial design stuff to make a suit that actually protects the wearer should they get into a Gotham City-style hand-to-hand combat scenario. Also, as you can see in the video below, this dude’s got moves, and the suit isn’t a hindrance at all to his own array of kicks and punches. You can check out his website Armatus Designs for a closer look at this marvel of modern engineering ...

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Just Call Me Henry

1. The gospel enables us to look beyond the skin surface to see the human heart and the common spiritual and life issues that every person faces. Because of Christ’s life and work, bigoted barriers projected from skin color, economics, heritage, education, and culture are exposed, and people can see others for who they really are: individuals created wonderfully by God with brilliant colors, textures, and fibers that the Holy Spirit can weave into a powerful redemptive community that boasts its identity and quilted-ness in the saving grace of God.

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Christian Apologetics - What Is Christian Apologetics?

Christian apologetics represents the serious and sustained engagement with ‘ultimate questions’ raised by a culture, people group, or individual aiming to show how the Christian faith is able to provide meaningful answers to such questions. Where is God in the suffering of the world? Is faith in God reasonable? Apologetics clears the ground for evangelism, just as John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus of Nazareth. …Evangelism…issues a personal invitation: ‘You are invited to the feast! Please come!’ Apologetics lays the ground for this invitation; evangelism extends it. Both are an essential part of the mission of the church

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Religious Fiction Sales Nosedive, Non-Fiction Soars

Meanwhile, more and more readers are purchasing religious non-fiction, including Bibles. Those numbers leaped up 12 percent in 2014, narrowly beaten by self-help (up 15 percent) and graphic novels (up 13 percent).

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: A typical Moral Dilemma in College Ethics Classes: Runaway Trains and Saving Lives

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Pro-Evolution Tenured Professor Laid Off From Nazarene University

“We are in a place where decisions have been made, policy has been followed, and now we must find ways to live into the new reality,” Cracker wrote. "Those steps must be taken by all. I commit to work with our president and the board to ensure our future. I invite the campus community to work redemptively with us.”

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The Enduring Legacy of Bonhoeffer

I have to disagree concerning the lack of importance of the vow. The life we are called to live, the death to self we are called to undertake, would be nearly impossible without a divine presence in our lives! Making the vow is the doorway to a new life, it is the knocking at the door (Mt 7:7, Lk 11:9). From there we get the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23). When the disciples were called they didn't contemplate what would be sacrificed - they left their nets and followed. God transformed them for His will (costly grace, indeed!).

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Want Better Politics? Read More Bible, Say Half of Americans

While Millennials (those under 30) are less likely to own a Bible, more than 4 in 5 of them have one. Boomers (ages 50-68) are even more likely to own one at 92 percent, and Elders (older than 69) are more likely yet (95 percent). Overall, the average number of Bibles in Bible-owning households is 4.4; the median number is 3.

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Meeting Your Spouse's Need for Love

Regardless of which season your marriage is now in, learning to speak your partner's love language will enhance your communication, fill your spouse's love tank and strengthen your relationship. If your marriage is in fall or winter, learning to speak your spouse's love language may be the key to turning your marriage around and heading forward into spring and summer.

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On My Shelf: Life and Books with Timothy George

On My Shelf  helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I corresponded with Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, and some of his favorite works of fiction.

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The Christian Post on Twitter

José Mourinho: I pray to God every day, but never about football http://www.christiantoday.com/article/jose.mourinho.i.pray.to.god.every.day.but.never.about.football/51770.htm … #Chelsea #mourinho #football pic.twitter.com/uHgJ6R1LUQ

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Why I'm Grateful for Mainstream Media

Late last year, I walked into a Catholic church in Stowe, Vermont, and found on a table near the entrance a stack of cards inviting me to pray for Chesterton’s intercession “so that his holiness may be recognized by all and the Church may proclaim him Blessed.” In other words, I should ask him for a miracle. All right then, Gilbert, here it is: grant me a flash, just a flash, of your double-natured vision, the intuition that I, James Parker, have been summoned out of an “almost nihilistic abyss” into a world of radiant ordinariness, that my existence depends second by second upon the creative gesture of a loving God, continually renewed, and that I should be astounded and grateful. Make that happen, you rocketing squirrel in a fat man’s body, and I’m down for the cause.

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What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

Dr. James Brownson in his book Bible, Gender and Sexuality cites statistics that ten percent of men leave homosexuality and that thirty percent of women leave homosexuality. Apparently it is more a woman’s prerogative to change one’s mind, and more important it is highly probable that one’s sexuality is not “hardwired” as is one’s gender. I believe marriage is of gender in equal proportion, one man and one woman becoming one flesh. And who in turn are able to produce “one flesh”, children. Any other sexual union is from one’s sinful desires and from the one who “masquerades as an angel of light.”

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Sometimes, Kids Don’t Need to Share

Ordinarily, developmental stages cannot be altered by a nagging prompt or the threat of a timeout. When we insist that toddlers share, we are expecting them to act beyond their age. As children grow older, their ability to comprehend ownership and follow social expectations (such as manners and taking turns) makes sharing a much more teachable (and necessary) concept. I don’t just want my children to comply with the behavior of sharing, but to embody the virtue behind it: selflessness.

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Atheists Steal Rights From God - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Yes Frank, it’s my opinion and I hope yours as well. I’m afraid “objectively wrong” is not an option we have available to us. At least I don’t see any consistent principle in the bible for making an objective decision about the right or wrongness of owning slaves. Isn’t the bible’s treatment of slavery a perfect example of the moral relativism that Christians are always accusing others of practicing? Do you need the bible or some supreme being to tell you that purchasing humans, treating them like cattle, beating and abusing them, splitting up their family units, raping them, emasculating them, working them to death, etc, etc, etc. is wrong? If I were going to utilize the “objective truth” of the bible (god’s perfect, objective, immutable (unchanging), inerrant, infallible, ethical, moral word) in an attempt to argue for the abolition of slavery would you have me appeal to Leviticus 25:44-46 “pass slaves down to children as property”, Exodus 21:2-6 “compel a male slave to remain a slave for life or forfeit his wife and kids”, Exodus 21:7-11 “sell a daughter as a sex slave”, Exodus 21:20-21 “beat a slave to death with impunity because he is your property” or Ephesians 6:5 “slaves obey your masters”.

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Read God-Breathed by Josh McDowell

"God said, 'Let there be. . .'" And when God spoke, things happened. Recapture the awe, the mystery, the passion and power of scripture in God-Breathed —where you'll personally experience a life transformed by the One who spoke everything into existence, including you. Brand-new from Josh McDowell, this life-transforming book will take you on a journey as you come to understand how the living, breathing word of God speaks directly to you life—teaching you the meaning of life, love, relationships, and the joy He originally intended for His beloved children. A bonus section includes full-color photographs of McDowell's ancient scripture artifacts.

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Transgender Week at the White House: Gender Neutral Bathrooms and Conversion Therapy Bans

President Barack Obama symbolically demonstrated support for certain transgender political goals this week by announcing his support for bans on conversion therapy for youth and the addition of a gender neutral bathroom in the White House.

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RELEVANT Podcast: Rachel Held Evans

This week we talk to author Rachel Held Evans about her new book, Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church . Plus, folk rocker Matthew Mayfield talks about his new album, Wild Eyes , Joy returns for a sabbatical update, the crew discusses euros, gyros and shofars, and we say goodbye to the man behind the ones, twos, threes and fours.

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Man Who Published Kanye West Bible Replacing 'God' With Rapper's Name Hits Back at Critics As Sales Soar (Exclusive)

Author:  Exactly, that's the irony. I think that a lot of people feel so intuitively … why so much this hits a nerve is that people really do feel that irony in that not only does this guy call himself a God and not only is he incredibly egotistical but in a way the irony is that he's kind of right. Because he has come to a place where … the role that God has played in our lives our spiritual figures have been replaced by media icons. So the concept at a higher level is that we have some sort of intuitive sense or desire towards finding spirituality and finding reason and things around us so its a very innate human desire and also to feel as though we are individuals who are a part of a greater sense of purpose or movement. And so originally, in a traditional sense, God fit that criteria for us. God was the natural...sort of naturally emerged to answer those questions and give us that innate feeling that was compatible with that old world view.

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'Duck Dynasty' Star Willie Robertson Reacts to Daughter Sadie's Viral Video: She Uses a Platform From the Lord

"Well, I think from a combination of everybody. I wish I could claim it all, but her mother as well, and even the grandparents on both sides," he said. "I think both have had an influence on her life. She's a learner, she listens to people and she's gotten advice through Bible class and youth groups. She has picked up a lot of advice. We couldn't be more proud of how she's taken that platform."

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Heroes or Villains? A Christian Assessment of Hacktivism - Christian Research Institute

Third, the state commands a God-given authority, “the power of the sword,” in order to punish wrongdoers and protect the innocent (Rom. 13:1–7; 1 Pet. 2:25). As such, the civil government must sometimes keep military and other secrets, since public disclosure could aid criminals or foreign enemies. The state sometimes needs to monitor its own citizens secretly, especially in an age of terrorism, more of which is homegrown. This, of course, can be easily abused in the hands of unaccountable power. The NSA has come under heavy attack in this regard, especially since the leaking of documents by Edward Snowden. “The eye-catching success of WikiLeaks will inspire further betrayal of privileged information by government officials, and will increase the dangers to our forces fighting what these reports graphically portray to be an already highly lethal and chaotic war.” 9

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The Brief Case for Peter’s Influence on Mark’s Gospel (Bible Insert) - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Peter Is Named By the Church Fathers A number of early Church witnesses and authorities confirm Peter as the source for Mark’s Gospel . Bishop Papias of Hierapolis (60-130AD) repeated the testimony of the old presbyters (disciples of the Apostles) who claimed Mark wrote his Gospel in Rome as he scribed the preaching of Peter (Ecclesiastical History Book 2 Chapter 15, Book 3 Chapter 30 and Book 6 Chapter 14). In his book, “Against Heresies” (Book 3 Chapter 1), Irenaeus (130-200AD) also reported Mark penned his Gospel as a scribe for Peter. Clement of Alexandria (150-215AD) wrote a book entitled “Hypotyposeis” (Ecclesiastical History Book 2 Chapter 15). In this ancient book, Clement confirmed Mark was the scribe of Peter in Rome. Early Christian theologian and apologist, Tertullian (160-225AD), also affirmed Peter’s contribution to Mark’s Gospel in “Against Marcion” (Book 4 Chapter 5). Eusebius (Ecclesiastical History Book 6 Chapter 25) also quoted a Gospel Commentary written by Origen (an early church father and theologian who lived 185-254AD) attributing the Gospel of Mark to Peter.

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Elizabeth Warren, Catholic Bishops Come Out Against Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Warren is not alone in her opposition to the death penalty, which was abolished in the state in 1984. However, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that Tsarnaev would be tried in federal court and therefore be eligible for the death penalty. After he was found guilty on all 30 charges brought against him, Tsarnaev learned he would indeed face the possibility of execution or life without parole.

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Frank Bruni is Past the Point of Argument

5. Regarding that constituency, Bruni wholeheartedly agrees with David Gushee that “Conservative Christian religion is the last bulwark against full acceptance of L.G.B.T. people.” Speaking of blind spots and biases, Bruni and Gushee have weirdly blinkered out the billion and a half Muslims who are not exactly known for accepting the LGBT agenda. Be that as it may, notice the curious phrase, “full acceptance of LGBT people .” This is willfully misleading. All people are welcome in Christian communities. Let me repeat that: all people are welcome in Christian communities. It is the behaviors associated with the letters L, G, B, and T that are problematic. But it is all too common these days for people to believe that (some) behaviors equal “identity.” So, yes, Christians have problems with sexual immorality, and lying, and thieving, and drunkenness; they simply refuse to allow people to define themselves by their sins (think for a moment about what a gloriously humanitarian impulse that is). And, it bears mentioning, so does Frank Bruni. That why there’s a (some) in the sentence above.

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https://www.crossway.org/books/his-mission-tpb/

In this collection of biblical expositions, eight prominent Bible teachers look to the Gospel of Luke and it’s unique portrait of our Savior, exploring everything from the nature of his divine sonship to his rejection by the religious and political rulers of his day.

51 President Obama's Misguided War on Conversion Therapy
52 High School Star Lauren Hill Saw the End of Her Life as the Beginning of Something Bigger – A True Inspiration!
53 Teens aren’t fleeing Facebook as quickly as we thought
54 The Wheel of Time "Towers of Midnight" and "A Memory of Light" - Reflection from a Christian
55 ISIS Demands $30 Million for Release of 300 Kidnapped Assyrian Christians
56 Why Did the Mastermind Behind Al-Shabaab's Garissa Massacre Attack the Same Town Where He Was a Teacher?
57 80s Fantasy Movie Review: "Labyrinth"
58 WORLD | Students fight North Dakota schools for right to start pro-life clubs | Courtney Crandell | April 10, 2015
59 Marriage and the Supreme Court: A Call to Prayer
60 Colson Center on Twitter
61 The Carpet Bombing of the Hot Tub
62 7 Principles for Every Project
63 Putting Golf in Its Place
64 Ligonier.org
65 TGC15
66 Ligonier.org
67 Crossway on Twitter
68 Ruth Ellen (Allen) Baker's Obituary on The Sun Herald
69 Zondervan TGC15 E-book Sale Ends Sunday
70 Why All Christians Must Seek Public Justice
71 Afshin Ziafat on Twitter
72 Sean McDowell on Twitter
73 Renewing Your Mind | Gaining True Assurance | April 10, 2015
74 [TogetherLA] Barry Corey: What It Means to Be Receivable
75 A Living Hope Through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
76 Evolution of the Gaps Vs. God of the Gaps in (Un)Intelligent Design
77 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
78 Gospel, politics to draw focus of ERLC conf.
79 WORLD | Five parenting lessons from an afternoon kickball game | Barnabas Piper | April 10, 2015
80 Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
81 Daily Truth Times
82 Martyn Lloyd-Jones: A Reading Guide
83 WORLD | Phil Keaggy on Christian music, then and now | Warren Cole Smith | April 10, 2015
84 drreg on Twitter
85 James White on Twitter