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Einstein on the Common Language of Science in a Rare 1941 Recording

“Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem — in my opinion — to characterize our age.”

How an Exonerated Man Forgave and Befriended the Disgraced Cop Who Framed Him

Here’s one of the most powerful real-life stories you’ll see this week. CBS Evening News recently did a profile on Jameel McGee, a man who spent four years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In 2005, he was approached by a police officer named Andrew Collins and was arrested for dealing drugs—a charge that was completely fabricated. As Collins explained to CBS, “I falsified the report. Basically, at the start of that day, I was going to make sure I had another drug arrest." Years later, Collins was caught falsifying reports and went to prison himself, and the innocent man he’d put away was exonerated. That’s when an unlikely friendship blossomed. Both of the men ended up working at a Christian-based store and cafe called Mosaic, where Collins asked for forgiveness. McGee accepted the apology, and today, they’re actually close friends. McGee said that the act of forgiveness is an example of Christ’s love which he hopes will inspire others. Now, both men give speeches about the power of forgiveness and the Gospel’s message of redemption.

In the NY Times, Primatologist Frans de Waal Takes a Swing at Human Exceptionalism

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

Pakistan: Demands for immediate execution of a Christian on death row - premier

An extremist Muslim group in Pakistan is demanding the immediate execution of a Christian woman on death row.

Thyroid Function: When Real Numbers Don't Add Up

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

Can Andrew WK Save American Politics?

How the 'Party Party' is changing political discourse.

Democratic House Candidate: Keep Religious Freedom Out of Laws of the Land

Monica Vernon, a Democrat candidate in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District race, discussed her opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act that is co-sponsored by Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) whom she hopes to unseat. Her comments were in response to a question about her opinion of members of Congress who base their opposition and support of …

Watch Taylor Swift Proudly Rock Out to Jimmy Eat World in This New Apple Music Ad

Jimmy Eat World’s appreciation for pop superstar Taylor Swift is well documented. Now, Swift is returning some of the love. The latest ad for Apple Music features nothing but 60-seconds of Swift unashamedly rocking out to the 2001 hit “The Middle.” It’s not the first time her early 2000s emo fandom has made headlines; Last April, she had Dashboard Confessional play at a friends birthday party.

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The Most Damaging Attitude in Our Churches

This isn't cynicism; this is judgmentalism. Saying something or someone could be better is judgmentalism, it's self-righteousness, it's a hyper-critical spirit. It doesn't help anyone because it's usually said to sooth the speaker's ego and not help the object of the putdown. I should know; I used to do it a lot. I was sarcastic as well and even witty, so it was doubly bad that I was tearing someone or something down and trying to look clever at the same time. I realised how pathetic I was after the Holy Spirit opened my heart and convicted me of my sin. Now, the thoughts still enter my mind but less so. And I certainly seldom voice the nastiness like I used to. Cynicism, on the other hand, is when we take a negative attitude about anything vaguely positive. When we assume some idea will fail, people will not respond, that everything's hopeless. It's a kind of cry-baby wah-wah thing. It's the cowardly response, the fatalistic giving up. If an idea is risky, think about how to mitigate the risk; if we fear people won't be interested, ask for feedback and ideas. There's always something positive and active that we can do, rather than just be an armchair wet blanket.

The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference

In this workshop, we'll talk about the Rev. Oscar Pfister, an evangelical Protestant pastor, who was a close associate and friend of Sigmund Freud. Although Freud respected Pfister as both a cleric and a scholar, Pfister focused on points of his agreement with Freud's research and psychoanalysis rather than making much of the faulty presuppositions in Freud's worldview. Most disturbingly, it seems as though this "man of God" whom Freud and his whole family clearly loved, never insisted on the gospel's demands on Freud's life. Not only was Freud never converted, he was lulled into thinking there were powerful areas of overlap between his worldview and Pfister's. The story is a cautionary tale for those who mistake "relational evangelism" and "cultural engagement" for gospel-oriented worldview apologetics predicated on incommensurable presuppositions.

The Festival of Thought

The Festival of Thought is an opportunity to actively explore key life questions surrounding origin, meaning, morality and destiny. Designed for those of all beliefs and none – and for those with intellectual objections and heartfelt concerns about the Christian worldview – this week aims to bring meaningful discussion and answers to some of the many questions that people are asking.

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California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'

In the last decade, local apparel manufacturing has already thinned significantly. Last year, Los Angeles County was home to 2,128 garment makers, down 33% from 2005, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. During that period, employment also plunged by a third, to 40,500 workers. Wages, meanwhile, jumped 17% adjusting for inflation, to $698 per week — although that can include pay for top executives, as well as bonuses, tips and paid vacation time.

College Kids Say the Darndest Things: On Identity

FPIW visited the campus of the University of Washington to see if students would affirm or reject Joseph Backholm's new chosen identity: a 6'5" Chinese woman.

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Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You

Therefore, we are stewards of the gifts God has entrusted to us. And he has entrusted them to us primarily for the benefit of others (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:4–6). Our gifts are not intended to be platforms where we try to gain our sense of significance from the esteem of men. Our real significance comes from God choosing us in Christ, gifting us, and deploying us in his kingdom for his purposes. There is more significance there than we can fully comprehend and appreciate. The praise of men is usually vicarious fluff.

The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

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

Letter to a Perplexed Eleven-Year-Old

And you are not being punished because of your sins either. How do I know that? Because you and your parents are Christians. You trust Jesus. And you know what that means! It means Jesus died for you! And you know what that means, don’t you? It means “he bore our sins in his body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). And if he bore your sins, Tommy, you can’t bear them! And your family can’t bear them. There is no more punishment for them, because Jesus already took that punishment for you! “Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:43).

The Festival of Thought

The Festival of Thought is an opportunity to actively explore key life questions surrounding origin, meaning, morality and destiny. Designed for those of all beliefs and none – and for those with intellectual objections and heartfelt concerns about the Christian worldview – this week aims to bring meaningful discussion and answers to some of the many questions that people are asking.

When You Don’t Want to Go to Church

Sin and suffering can make us want to run and hide from God, like Adam and Eve. And they eventually hid from one another, too. Can we not relate? What makes us think we have to have it together to come to church? What would the church look like if we lost our self-focus and fully gazed on Christ? The bread, his body, the cup, his blood, shared by faith in the presence of other wounded believers is a portrait of redemption, which makes everything sad come untrue. As Christ’s suffering unites us to him, it also binds us to one another. True healing, whatever your scars, isn’t accomplished in isolation. And whatever your scars, they are temporary pains.

Come, Lord Jesus

“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus .” All believers ought to remember that the church’s final hope is a person. It is neither a political party nor is it a pragmatic paradigm. It is not a popular program. It’s a person. And what a person he is.

What is the Basis for Morality?

Thank you for contacting Answers in Genesis. First, I’m not sure that anyone can escape being raised up without any religion whatsoever—whether secular humanism, naturalism, evolutionism, Christianity, Islam, etc. I had the privilege of being raised in family that respected the Bible and its teachings, whereas many others were raised with evolutionary religion or even had it forced on them. Logically, though, if people are taught from a young age that nothing matters, that there are no morals, and that they can do whatever pleases them, and that “survival of the fittest” is “the way the world works,” then what type of society should we expect? After all, leading evolutionary spokesperson Richard Dawkins makes it clear that there is no basis for morality in evolution:

A Husband’s Manual for Marriage

By beholding the glory of Christ we become like Christ. That’s the key to overcoming the impossibility of a husband’s calling. As the Spirit gives us eyes to see the multifaceted glory of Christ through the Word, we are changed into that image. The manual of how to love your wife as Christ loved the church is Christ himself. He is the greatest marriage manual ever. Do not be stubborn and try to put this marriage together on your own. Behold the stunning glory of Christ’s love for the church and, in beholding, you will become like your Savior.

Your Hospital Visit Is Coming

I was only seventeen years old, or maybe eighteen, but that moment defined how I would engage life in a hospital. My stay would not be a jail sentence. Come hell or high water, I determined that this hospital would be, well, a gymnasium for my soul, a proving ground for my faith, and a mission field for God.

The 15 Best Christian Email Sign-Offs of All Time

We asked you, our readers, to share the best/cheesiest/strangest Christian email sign offs you have ever sent or received, and we’ve gathered some of our favorites. If you’re looking for a not-so-subtle way to broadcast your faith to the world, look no further.

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What Victims of Sexual Abuse Need to Hear From Christians

Whether the listener is a therapist, minister, spouse or friend, the announcement of abuse can’t be presumed to be an offer to enter the home. One must ask for permission. To care well for the victim of sexual abuse, there can’t be a rudeness or demand to enter stories of heartache and shame. One can’t command, will, or teach shame away. It must be entered and inhabited. It must be accepted as the terrain we are called to walk. We may wish the road were paved, but it is not. We may wish we didn’t have to pass through briars and thick underbrush, but we do. Those who want prepackaged tours with wild animals viewed through a two-inch-thick pane of glass and gourmet meals promptly and professionally served at 9, 12, and 6 ought to remain home.

Does Hebrews 6 Teach You Can Lose Your Salvation?

Without realizing it, they transform the forward-projected conditional warning against renouncing Christ into a future assertion that genuine believers  can renounce him and perish. They unwittingly render as revocable God’s promise of salvation to everyone who believes. Their view seems to be summarized this way: A passage like Hebrews 6:4–8 is sincere and urgent only if God’s promise can fail. (Admittedly, it’s doubtful those who hold this view would agree with this characterization.) 

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Our Needs Point Us to God

If we let them, our needs point us to God and usher us to his side, seeking an outlet, an answer, a fulfillment in him. In fact, the names he has chosen to call himself in Scripture speak these very things:

You're not alone: Pope calls for migrants to be treated with humanity - premier

Pope Francis used his trip to the Greek island of Lesbos to urge the international community to respond to the migrant crisis "in a way that is worthy of our common humanity".

When Intolerance Is Beautiful

Josh:  Yes, I believe there’s a little greater emphasis on story today because of the chaos and lack of definition of authority and truth. A man with an argument is always at the mercy of a man with an experience. The Christian should have both. In most situations, I begin by sharing my personal testimony. If I’m one-on-one with someone I’ll ask, “What’s your story? What’s been your journey with truth and the meaning of life?” I let them tell their story without interrupting or correcting them, and then I share mine. Apologetics comes out of the story’s context.

Larry Alex Taunton on The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

Jonathon Van Maren interviews Larry Alex Taunton, author of The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

They Say We Are Infidels

“Everywhere militants were blowing up Christians, their churches, their shops. They threatened them with kidnapping. They promised to take their children. The message to these ‘infidels’: You have no place in Iraq. Pay a penalty to stay, leave, or be killed.”

Apologetic Arguments: Let’s not unintentionally weaken them

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You Are Who You Date

I think settling means you hunker down with someone in hopes that you’ll rub off more on them than they do on you. If you’re single, you know who I’m talking about: that person you can hang out with, talk to, even enjoy a good game of date night putt-putt with. But, at the end of the day, you don’t exactly find yourself thinking, “Man, I wish I could just be more like that.”


About the Author Tom Gilson is the Senior Editor and Ministry Coordinator specializing in Christian apologetics and inspiration for the daily online news and insight website The Stream ( ). Previously he had served with the Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance. He is the monthly Worldview and You columnist at BreakPoint Online, and has written articles for Discipleship Journal, Touchstone Magazine, and Salvo. He blogs at Thinking Christian ( ). When not studying or writing he enjoys canoeing, sailing, and long walks in the woods. He lives with wife Sara and their two college-aged children in Lebanon, Ohio. About the Book Nothing these days challenges teens’ faith as much as homosexuality. It’s the single most important topic a parent can prepare a teen to respond to. It probably seems like the single hardest thing to talk about with your teens. It doesn’t have to be that hard! (Honest.) Critical Conversations explains in parent-friendly, practical ways how to have the conversation and how to answer the questions.

31 The Church and Apologetics for Youth | The Stream

Since I am a social scientist it is natural for me to assess the results of this past conference. I am currently analyzing surveys we collected from attendees there. Afterward I will meet with leadership at my church to decide what we will do next. However, I will be happy to share the results of my evaluation. It should not be limited to my own home church. Any Christian who is interested in the possibility of doing a local youth apologetics conference is free to contact me and I will share what I know.

How the Bible Authenticates Itself

The arguments are vacuous, which Piper alludes to when he acknowledges that "I don't have all of this worked out yet". I appreciate people like Piper and others trying to express that there is some reasonable foundation to faith, but I believe accepting that this is not really the case will help more people in the long run. Instead of empty analogies and special pleading, just accept the Christian position isn't one that can be founded on more basic reasoning principles, but on scripture itself, which of course is circular reasoning. People are leaving in droves because those in leadership are playing politics with questions like this. Acting like you have some secret answer is a non-answer.

Who suffers the most from the trend of extended adolescence?

One woman recently told me that a friend of ours who is dating a penniless 28-year-old student who has never worked a day in his life need not worry, because “if they marry, he’ll drop out of school and start to work and provide for her”. She is 33, and she thinks that marrying a full-time student is a good idea, because he enthusiastically supports her crazy plans to pursue fun, thrills and travel into her mid-30s. She tells him that God is telling her (through her feelings) to pursue fun and thrills through travel – a position she held when she still an atheist in college, mind you. And he, in response, is both unwilling to, and incapable of, questioning her plan from a practical point of view. She likes that he lets her fly the plane, even it it means she’ll crash it and kill them both.

The Sickening Hypocrisy of Starbucks and Apple | The Stream

But when it comes to countries like Saudi Arabia, where adulterers are beheaded on Friday afternoons in city squares, where thieves have their hands cut off, where those who speak against the government can be lashed 1,000 times, where someone posting openly gay messages on social media can be imprisoned, and where the beheaded victims are hung on crosses and displayed publicly for days, Apple is silent, content to make its money and not rock the Muslim boat.

35 BreakPoint This Week: Restoring All Things in 2016

Last weekend, hundreds gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Colson Center's annual Wilberforce Weekend conference, where we commemorated the 40th anniversary of Chuck Colson's public ministry and presented his family with the William Wilberforce Award. We also heard from an exciting lineup of speakers on subjects ranging from poverty, adoption, politics, education, art, radical Islam, human rights, commerce, religious liberty, and racial reconciliation. You'll find links below to websites and resources from all of these speakers, as well as those mentioned on this week's broadcast. We also interview Larry Alex Taunton , founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation , and author of the new book, "The Faith of Christopher Hitchens." Taunton was one of a small cadre of Christians who developed a close friendship with Hitchens, and traveled with him after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Taunton offers unique insights into the mind and heart of the world's most notorious atheist, and suggests a better way forward when it comes to evangelizing and forming relationships with those who don't share the fundamentals of our worldview.

Billy Graham Called Kim Il-Sung 'God,' North Korea 'Greatest Heaven,' State Media Claims

On the 104th birth anniversary of dictator Kim Il-sung, a North Korean state newspaper claimed that when American evangelist Billy Graham visited Pyongyang, he described the country's late founder as "God who exists in the world of human beings" and who "has created the greatest heaven on earth."

10 Quotes from John Piper’s New Book on Scripture

“Two things came together for Calvin to give him a saving knowledge of God: Scripture itself and the inward persuasion of the Holy Spirit. Neither alone suffices to save. But how does this actually work? What does the Spirit do? The answer is not that the Spirit gives us added revelation to what is in Scripture, but that he awakens us, as from the dead, to see and taste the divine reality of God in Scripture, which authenticates it as God’s own Word. [Calvin] says, ‘Our heavenly Father, revealing his majesty [in Scripture], lifts reverence for Scripture beyond the realm of controversy.’ There’s the key for Calvin: the witness of God to Scripture is the immediate, unassailable, life-giving revelation to the mind of the majesty of God manifest in the Scriptures themselves.” (186)

Irish nun killed in Ecuador earthquake - premier

An Irish nun, described as a superstar by her family, is among the dead in a massive earthquake in Ecuador.

Is the God of Calvinism Cruel?

Is the God of Calvinism cruel? In this week’s update, Pastor Mark answers one of our reader’s questions: If God knew that some of the people he created would be sent to hell, why did he create humanity?

How Can I Know God Is Providing?

Soon after God converted me to Christ it dawned on me that my career was a hindrance to following Jesus. Apart from it I had no marketable skills. But in obedience to his word I laid aside my skills and took the first low rung minimum wage part-time job I could find.

The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

The Lords Prayer

And so let me explain this to you. The more you get to know God as Father, the easier it will be to talk to your Dad. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say there was a child who was abandoned, abused, an orphan, neglected. And one day, a loving father, a gracious, kind man came to that child, got down on one knee, and looked that child in the eye with a big smile and said, “Today, I’ve chosen to adopt you. From this day forward, you’re my child. You will receive my last name. You will inherit everything that I have. You’re being adopted into a large family. You’ve now got a lot of brothers and sisters who love you and can’t wait to meet you. I love you with a never-ending love. There’s nothing you can do to make me love you more and there’s nothing you’ll ever do to cause me to love you less. I love you with a perfect love that I’ll never, never take back. Additionally, no matter what you do, I’ll always pursue you and forgive you. And I’m gonna serve you and I’m gonna teach you and I’m gonna love you and I’m gonna feed you and I’m gonna help you. And for the rest of your life, I’m gonna do very good things for you and I’ll never abandon or betray or harm you.

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Did Papias Know the Apostle John?

Seeing this review reminded me of one of the key debates in discussions of the emerging New Testament canon, namely whether Papias, the bishop of Hierapolis in the early second century, knew the apostle John.  This is a key question simply because Papias provides one of the earliest explicit references to the gospels of Mark and Matthew.

Christian Woman's Throat Slit by Radicals for Refusing to Deny Christ, Widower Tells Pope Francis

"He is Muslim, and he told me that he married a Christian girl," the pope explained. "They loved each other and respected each other. But unfortunately the young woman's throat was slashed by terrorists because she didn't want to deny Christ and abandon her faith."

46 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

Apologetics: Key to Successful Evangelism

A few years ago I visited a high school in my native North Carolina during “See You at the Pole.” Many teens were gathered around the flagpole to pray—still others to protest. Members of the Diversity Club held a banner that read: Intolerance at the Pole . I heard someone ask, “Why do Christians think everybody who doesn’t agree with them is going to hell?” Experiences like that illustrate why Christian students need to become students of apologetics. It takes effort but can only enhance their Christian witness.

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Office Hours: The Holy Spirit In Jesus’ Ministry

Scripture teaches and therefore all Christians confess that our Lord Jesus is true God and true man. As God the Son incarnate we understand that that he has been in communion with the God the Spirit from all eternity. It is one thing to confess that truth but it is another to see how that truth manifests itself in the life, ministry, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth. We have glimpses of that communion, e.g., in his conception, at his Baptism, in his title, Christ or Messiah (which means anointed) and in his temptation but perhaps we do not appreciate as well as we should the vital role played by God the Spirit in the life of Jesus the Messiah. Steve Baugh is professor of New Testament and he teaches a course on the gospels and joins us for this episode to help us explore the biblical teaching about the role of the Spirit as Lord and Giver of Life in the life of Christ.

3 More Bad Reasons to Reject Christianity

In my last article ( here ), I discussed 3 bad reasons to reject Christianity. Those previous 3 were just the tip of the bad-argument iceberg. Really, there are many bad reasons to reject Christianity. These reasons are “bad” because they are illogical, unreasonable, intellectually dishonest, or just simply not true. As a former atheist these rejections to Christianity are familiar, and they are probably familiar to you too. Let’s look at 3 more bad reasons to reject Christianity.

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56 Bible As Official State Book? Tennessee's Governor Vetoes Bill
57 Weekend Apologetics Hit and Misc: The Heavens Declare
58 Cardinal blasts UK's treatment of refugees - premier
59 BNP cites archbishop in election manifesto - premier
60 Was Early Christianity Hostile to Women?
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