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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.”

Can Andrew WK Save American Politics?

How the 'Party Party' is changing political discourse.

Pope Francis Invited 3 Muslim Refugee Families to Live at the Vatican

Twelve Syrian refugees have a new home. This weekend, Pope Francis invited three Muslim families who fled ISIS and violence in Syria to live at the Vatican. The Pope even flew them to Italy on his private plane. According to the Vatican, each of the families had their homes destroyed in bombings during the country’s on-going civil war, and were living in a refugee community in Greece. In a statement, church officials said, The Pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children … All the members of the three families are Muslims …The Vatican will take responsibility for bringing in and maintaining the three families. The initial hospitality will be taken care of by the Community of Sant’Egidio. The Catholic church leader recently visited a Greek island that has been home to thousands of refugees, who have made the dangerous journey through ISIS-controlled areas in the Middle East to find safety in Europe. There, he met with families, and encouraged them with a message of hope, assuring them that they are not alone.

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.

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Thyroid Function: When Real Numbers Don't Add Up

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

The Wrong Way to Approach the Poor

Chase, this is so brilliant, one of the best things i have read on poverty in a while, thank you for this. We have a blog called Two Cents where we connect to articles or write pieces on where FAITH and FINANCES intersect and so often our pieces relate to the poor [if you'd ever like to write a piece drop me a line - ] but two that stand out which resonate with this post are:

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.

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.”

Smartphone Addiction and Our Spiritual ADD

There is also a loss of knowledge hierarchies. “It used to be that if I wanted to publish, just the expense of publishing meant that my proposal went through a peer review process. It went through rigorous scrutiny prior to it being released. There are many good things about being able to directly get one’s message out. But the loss of hierarchies is potentially a loss of filtering — a loss of wisdom. It means that knowledge is not a part of a system of apprenticeship, of learning from those who have experience in wisdom, who have been entrusted and authorized. And so there is a way that we have lost that ability to see things in terms of how they relate to trusted authorities.”

The Beauty of Womanhood

Yet, the vision our culture offers is a sad consolation that exchanges the glory of feminine strength for a treadmill race to nowhere. It squanders the kind of influence that is found primarily in the soil of the home. The home — that center of all learning, the heart of nation-building, the dispenser of love and stability, the venue for gospel hospitality for single and married alike, in short, the footings of humanity. This home-based influence that — because of Christ — can last for a thousand generations, yet our culture urges us to cast it aside for the pursuit of rewards a little less off in the distance and certainly ones that don’t require diapering.

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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 Local Church Isn't Going Anywhere

I get where they’re coming from. Growing up in youth group, I was isolated from anyone not my own age. I grew so used to church being tailor-made for my tastes that when I started going to a Christian college, I couldn’t abide the worship service of any church I set foot in. Even after college, things got tougher as I experienced my share of heartbreak at the hands of those who were supposed to shepherd my soul. I was ostracized, fired, and overlooked—all in the local church context. And in every case, it was brutally difficult to stay. I was ready to give up on the local church.

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:

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.

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.

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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Do We Participate in Our Own Salvation?

It is a valuable lesson: We cannot sanctify ourselves in our own strength any more than we can save ourselves in our own strength . Unfortunately, it is startlingly easy to build an unstable, lawless shack on this solid, theological foundation and to live contentedly there with our sins as we wait for the Holy Spirit to take out the trash. This approach is a misunderstanding of both Bunyan and the Bible, and it proceeds from a confusion of two distinct but related aspects of sanctification, called definitive and progressive .

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.

Seriously, Stop Sharing Bogus News Stories

I think many of us (myself included at times) have let our dislike of particular politicians skew our ability to exercise discernment. I see it over and over again on social media. Politics are polarizing, but that doesn't excuse us from the responsibility to be representatives of "whatever is true" and to "speak the truth in love."

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.) 

Society Has Become Super Unhealthy. The Church Needs to Help

Slowly and inadvertently, we’ve let the tension of body and spirit become imbalanced. The numbers indicate that we are making more and more unhealthy choices, that not only take a physical toll on our bodies, but can also lead us to forget about an important spiritual principle: Discipline over “the flesh” is linked to spiritual growth.

Larry Alex Taunton on The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

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

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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:

Presenting an Awkward Chat Between Sammy Rhodes and Jon Acuff

Awkward is the new normal, or even the new cool. Over the past several years, a young, self-deprecating generation has declared everything awkward: their favorite TV characters, family photos, uncomfortable interactions, themselves. “Socially awkward,” “that’s so awkward,” and “that awkward moment when…” have surged in Google trends as common (and overused) catchphrases.

Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

This isn't wishy washy. He's speaking of revealed will and secret will. While our actions certainly have consequences, and we are held accountable for those decisions, God is still ultimately in control and is the one that allows evil and sin to happen. Do we blame God for that evil? No. But we accept that he ordained such things to happen. We know that he will make all things right in the end and that his plan is the one to bring about the best of all possible worlds. God doesn't explain why he allowed evil to exist, that has not been revealed to us. To be completely honest, this is doctrine is super hard for me (especially the difference between ordaining yet not causing) and I struggle with it almost daily, but that is where my faith in an all powerful and Good God come in.

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.

God Can Use Arguments and Evidence to Convince

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7 Ways to Live with Diabetes to the Glory of God

My part as a Christian is to “toil, struggling with all his energy,” as Christ powerfully works within me (Col. 1:29). Jesus promises the reward of eternal life to those who conquer and overcome (Rev. 2–3). So it is Jesus, then, who motivates me to live as a healthy diabetic. It’s more about kingdom ethics than cupcakes and vegetables. Though my outer self is wasting away, my inner self—the more important part—is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). And at the end of days, Jesus will eradicate all disease for the glory of his name. So I must live today in light of this great reality.

Biblical Faith: Trusting What Can’t Be Seen on the Basis of What Can

Christianity is grounded in the evidence of the eyewitness gospel accounts. These documents make claims about the history of the First Century and the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. As such, these claims are both verifiable and falsifiable . As we grow in our confidence related to the reliability of the Gospels , our reasoned trust in what they claim (and what they promise) will also grow. The gospels describe many “things not seen”. God is immaterial and invisible, and many of the promises of God are yet unfulfilled. But we can trust the things we can’t see on the basis of the things we can. We can move in faith toward the future on the basis of what God has demonstrated in the past.

On the Study of Apologetics

(The following note originated as a response on Facebook, written to someone who was asking in the CAA for technical help in an argument he had gotten into about the use of Bayes’s Theorem in arguments regarding the historical Jesus. In the subsequent comments thread I clarified what I was saying, and I have added some of those clarifications to the note here.)

Apologetic Arguments: Let’s not unintentionally weaken them

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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.

New Book Provides Short Answers to Big Questions about God

JEFF ARNOLD : Great question. We wanted to write a book that you could hand to your friend with questions about the faith and know that they will get a concise, credible, and compelling response. We also wanted this book to provide basic training in key theological and apologetic themes combined with an overview of what it looks like to live the Christian life. It’s hard to find resources that do all of this at once, but we were convinced of the practical value for a more comprehensive resource like this since it fits with the kinds of questions people are asking in real life. We think we have arrived at a unique blend of breadth, depth, and variety that will be really helpful to people.

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on C. S. Lewis

I enjoyed your 101 on C.S. Lewis because I’m a big fan of his. I would highly recommend some of his other books such as, Surprised by Joy, Miracles, The Abolition of Man, and even his own journal that he kept for several years (although a bit tedious). And others. The former shows his enormous intelligence (as they all do) and his progression to Christianity. I felt like I got to know him personally (and wish I had). I respect him due to the tremendous “bowing down” before this Other Person that he fought so heartily to resist, and said that his greatest offense was when someone interrupted him, which of course the Lord loves to do in our lives. He humbly surrendered completely. His Miracles book is one of the best I’ve read on Naturalism (evolution) vs.Creationism. A great man.

47 Was Early Christianity Hostile to Women?

The reasons that Christianity provided such a favorable environment for women are not hard to discover. Early Christianity would have included opportunities for real ministry involvement (with honor and dignity), it condemned female infanticide (a practice which had greatly reduced female numbers in the pagan population), it spoke out against child brides (which was harmful to young girls),  and it advocated for healthier marriages where divorce was condemned and use of prostitutes/concubines forbidden (which resulted in greater fertility in Christian couples).

48 Helping Senators Think More Clearly

“No,” he replied. “I’m a philosopher.” When Boxer sarcastically implied that he didn’t belong in the hearing because he wasn’t a scientist, Epstein pointed out that philosophy helps folks think more clearly. Boxer snapped back, “I don’t need help thinking more clearly.”

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.

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