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Target, Transgender, and the Use of Bathrooms and Fitting Rooms

Target recently stated: "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. Everyone deserves to feel like they belong." Here are my quick thoughts about their comments and this question.

The kalam cosmological argument defended in a peer-reviewed science journal

Here’s the peer-reviewed article. It appears in a scientific journal focused on astrophysics. Here’s the abstract: Both cosmology and philosophy trace their roots to the wonder felt by …

Discovering Fire: How We Became Pyrophiles

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Monarch Butterfly's Sun Compass Investigated in Flight Simulator

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Thyroid Function: When Real Numbers Don't Add Up

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Watch: The Avett Brothers Paid Tribute to Prince Last Night

At their show in Chicago last night, the rather clean-shaven and freshly barbered Avett Brothers paid a special tribute to the late Prince at the end of their song "Pretty Girl from Annapolis." About four minutes in to the video, the folk artists cover Prince's hit "When the Doves Cry." It's short, but so incredibly sweet:

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One of this year's most banned books, among world's scariest: Eric Metaxas

One of this year's most banned books, among world's scariest: Eric Metaxas The biblical teaching that all people are created in the image of God terrifies tyrants. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1SxPwTq

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Advice for Better Bible Memory

Many of us know how valuable it is to memorize God’s word. But we often don’t know where to start. We get discouraged. We burn out quickly and move on to something less taxing. I’ve wrestled with these frustrations for years now. As a performer and worship leader, I’ve had to develop techniques so that I don’t drop the ball when I take the stage. I want to share a few of the methods I use regularly when memorizing God’s Word. More could always be said, but I have come back to these principles most often to help make the words stick.

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9 Marks of Healthy Biblical Complementarianism

I remember years ago hearing a pastor describe his position on homosexuality as theologically conservative and socially progressive. I could tell by the way he was speaking that everything in him was leaning with the wind. He was holding on to orthodoxy by a thin string. So I wasn’t surprised a few years later when he announced the he had changed his mind on homosexuality and now saw nothing wrong with same-sex sexual relationships. In the same way, we must be careful that our complementarianism is deep, thoughtful, rooted, biblical, and utterly at home with being despised, misunderstood, and counter-cultural. Faithfulness does not mean making as many enemies as possible, but it does mean that for the sake of the good, the true, and the beautiful, we are fine with facing opposition when it is impossible to avoid.

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Donald Trump is Not Your Protector: A Warning to Conservative Christians | The Stream

In stark contrast, Trump said that Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner would be welcome to use the ladies’ room in one of his buildings. I wonder how his wife and daughters would feel if they were in a bathroom and a burly, transgender “woman” came walking in? Or what if they were coming out of the shower stalls at a gym, with their towels wrapped around them, only to find a biological male sitting there in his underwear? Would he have no problem with this? Perhaps Donald Trump is not only failing to protect the rights and liberties of babies in the womb and conservative Christians but also of women in general?

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Remembering Prince: A Pop Music Priest in a Secular World

Some will remember Prince mostly for his early work, when he roared into the music scene with raunchy, funky pop hits that featured a collision of funk, R&B, New Wave, and psychedelic rock. The disparate styles intermingled to create the monstrous sounds of Prince’s guitar and his roaring rhythm section. Prince himself danced and sang on top of the beast with a deft voice, howling and wailing and leaping into impossibly high falsetto. The essence of his sound—the power and the agility, the deep grooves and rock riffs, the rumble, that falsetto—never changed.

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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....

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Do Liberals Always Win?

Prohibition, for another example, is treated as a “conservative” culture war, defeated by “liberals.” Prohibition was argued, though, on “progressive” grounds—as a means of protecting women and children from a predatory alcohol industry that resulted in social injustice and poverty. The undoing of Prohibition wasn’t the result of openness to “new forms” and inclusion but because alcohol had a long-established history in America that couldn’t be socially engineered out of existence. The repeal of Prohibition was as much about the limits of government-driven progress as anything, and thus arguably as much of a “conservative” win as a “progressive” one.

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Evolution in action detected in Darwin's finches

The most characteristic feature of Darwin's finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utilization of food resources in the Galápagos archipelago. A team of scientists from Uppsala University and Princeton University has now identified a gene that explains variation in beak size within and among species. The gene contributed to a rapid shift in beak size of the medium ground finch following a severe drought. The study is published in Science .

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$5 Friday: Special Gift Certificate Offer

During today’s special $5 Friday sale, we are giving away $10 and $25 gift certificates for qualifying purchases.

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The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story

And in uncovering a more accurate picture of Major League Baseball’s first black player, Burns reveals a complex man who struggled while yet maintaining immense conviction, refusing to be coopted by any special interest group, white or black. All in all, Burns provides a far more compelling portrait of Robinson than the simplistic saintly cardboard image.

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Faith and Fear Produce Love

If God is the safest place in the world for sinners, why does the Bible tell us to fear him? God’s sovereign justice and Christ’s sacrifice should cause us to fear ever doing anything to make the cross look cheap. In twenty minutes, John Piper explains the strength and safety of godly fear and calls us to join the sovereign God in bringing salvation to others.

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Celebrity deaths: 3 lessons our culture must learn in 2016 - Premier Christianity

As musical icon Prince joins a growing list of well-known people who have died in 2016, David Robertson asks whether our secular culture is ready to face its own mortality

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Reasons to Believe on Twitter

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Biola Apologetics on Twitter

It's a beautiful evening here in La Crosse, WI for #BiolaOnTheRoad pic.twitter.com/VgvUflSJFP

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Really Recommended Posts 4/22/16

Hello dear readers! My apologies for missing this last week. It was a chaotic week and I was tired so I didn’t get around to the Really Recommended Posts. To make up for it, I brought together an awesome selection for you to read, dear friends. I also used a new picture for post this week. It’s spring, and I’ve been watching the goldfinches in my yard. It’s wonderful seeing them all over, and I got this okay shot of one sitting amongst dandelions. As always, be sure to let me know what you think of the posts, and let the authors know themselves.

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http://www.truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/04/mark-mittelberg-on-church-and-evangelism.html

"Without regular reminders, congregations tend to lose their focus on what the church-and we as individuals-are called to accomplish. Unfortunately, the part that fades away first is the most important: Reaching our world for Christ.   How quickly we forget our mission and fall back into mundane church activities. Churches need to be reminded of why they are here.  Evangelism and apologetics, which is the handmaiden to evangelism, are not optional activities.  They are at the very core of our mission, which is to reach our world with the gospel.  That's why Jesus spelled it out so clearly: to go into all the world (including next door or down the hallway) to reach everyone we can for him (Matthew 20:18-20).  This Great Commission wasn't one choice among many options.  It's what we're here to do. Church members quickly forget this, and so we must patiently but persistently remind them.  As we do, the Holy Spirit will echo our challenge in their hearts as God's Word underscores it in their minds. After all, this is God's will-let's be bold about it.

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Is Worship of Jesus Idolatry? | Reasonable Faith

Your friend is quite correct that “ worshiping man rather than God ” would be idolatry. But the allegation that Christianity implies the worship of a man betrays a lack of understanding of the Christian doctrine of the incarnation. The orthodox doctrine of the incarnation promulgated at the Council of Chalcedon is emphatic that in the incarnate Christ there is one and only one, undivided person who has two distinct natures, one human and one divine. That one person is the second person of the Trinity, the Son, and is therefore divine. He is not a human person, nor is there another person who is Christ and is human. That would be the heresy of Nestorianism, positing a plurality of persons in Christ. There is only one person who is Christ, and that person is divine. Thus, there is no human person named “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus is a divine person, and medieval theologians were careful never to refer to Jesus as a human person.

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The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist: Larry Alex Taunton: 9780718022174: Amazon.com: Books

At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world.  And yet, all was not as it seemed.  “Nobody is not a divided self, of course,” he once told an interviewer, “but I think it’s rather strong in my case.”   Hitchens was a man of many contradictions:   a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror, and after 9/11 something of a neocon; and while he railed against God on stage, he maintained meaningful—though largely hidden from public view—friendships with evangelical Christians like Francis Collins, Douglas Wilson, and the author Larry Alex Taunton.  

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Crossway on Twitter

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The Peculiar Story of Adam LaRoche

Keown writes of LaRoche’s “nearly cinematic level of nonconformity” to people’s expectations of what an athlete should be. But a better description would be “peculiar.” Peculiar in the biblical sense of being “a peculiar people.” The Greek word translated “peculiar” means “costly” and “treasured,” but because our treasure is found in different places than the rest of the world, Christian are to be “peculiar” in the more typical sense of being “different,” maybe even considered “weird.”

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Mike Adams - Conscientious Objectors

The left has always had great admiration for the conscientious objector. I know something about that because I was a kid in the late 60s and early 70s when the Vietnam War was being fought. Some people refused to serve in the war because of their deeply held religious beliefs. To those on the right they were cowards. To those on the left they were heroes. As the son of a military officer I got one side of the story. As a student in the public schools I got the other.

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The 5 Views of Morality | CrossExamined.org

3. It is true, the writers of this website would be more accurate to say, “if there are objective morals, then there must be a God”. But their comment might very well still be correct and this is why. You are programmed (whether from evolution, God, or both) to see morals objectively and you can’t turn it off. Even now you are taking your time to correct someone on a website, why, because they are “immorally” spreading what, to you subjectively, appears to be “lies” or “false-hoods”. If you really didn’t believe in objective morals at all you would not bother with websites like this because their behavior would not bother you. But it does. Does the fact that you can’t turn off your pre-programming for objective morality mean there is an objective morality? Even if your actions are motivated by a belief that your morals come from society it’s still an objective moral frame-work. Who said we need to do what the majority does? Or what society does? Why do that action if we can please ourselves more by not doing it? If there are no morals there is no point in even having this discussion unless it is just fun for you.

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Georgia goes after Christian medical doctor over the content of his sermons

Pretty every day now I am getting a message from someone who is asking me how to have an alias, whether they need an alias, and so on. I hope that these cases show you that no amount of excellence in education or ability or work history will protect you from the fascists of the secular left. They don’t care whether you are the best at doing this job or that job – it’s more important to them that you share their personal opinions on moral issues. Specifically, it’s more important to them that you believe that when it comes to sexuality, there are no rules. That is, that the selfishness of the adults must override all moral rules, especial moral rules around sexual behavior. There are no marriage rules, there are no children’s needs, there is no chastity, there is no fidelity, there is no self-control.

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His Deepest Desires Revealed by Sinclair Ferguson | April 22, 2016

The room was silent as Jesus continued praying—probably as His disciples had never heard Him pray before. Judas had departed, and Peter likely sat disturbed about the denial Jesus had predicted. We saw in the last lesson that Jesus’ prayer in John 17 corresponds to the high priest’s ritual prayer on the Day of Atonement for himself, his family, and finally, his community. We see Jesus moving on from His petition for the Father to glorify His Son. In this lesson, we will consider Christ’s ongoing prayer as He intercedes for the inner circle of disciples (verses 6 through 19) and finally for the entire church through the ages (verses 20 to 26). In the process, as Dr. Ferguson observes, we find Jesus revealing His “deepest desires” to His Father.

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Tonight in Chicago: Concert with Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and Flame | RZIM

This morning on Moody Radio, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. reflected on this week’s Festival of Thought in Chicago and expressed anticipation for tonight’s concert. “This week we have been exploring difficult questions about everything from ‘How can we trust the Bible’ to the problem of suffering, the sovereignty of God, and the exclusivity of Christ,” he said. “I look forward to tonight’s concert as we celebrate together; if you’re anywhere near Chicago, I hope you’ll join us for what is certain to be a fantastic time.”

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CRI on Twitter

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Is it Ever Legitimate to Complain to God or to Express Anger to God?

But we need to notice not just the complaints the biblical saints sometimes make, but the responses God gives. Let’s take Job’s complaint as an example. As Job struggled with his afflictions, he found it impossible not to grumble that God would let one as righteous as he was suffer so greatly. Eventually, however, God answered Job’s complaints with stern words: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me” (Job 38:2–3). What did Job say? Did he continue to complain? No. Instead, he declared: “I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know… Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (42:3b, 6). He was severely rebuked for the attitude that he expressed to God. Likewise, Habakkuk the prophet complained bitterly that God was not being just by allowing wickedness to go unchecked. He demanded an answer from God, and when God gave it, Habakkuk said, “My body trembled; my lips quivered at the voice; rottenness entered my bones; and I trembled in myself” (Hab.

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In Order That You May Know

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. . . . And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. . . . No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. . . . No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 2:29; 3:3-4, 6–9)

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"Without regular reminders, congregations tend to lose their focus on what the church-and we as individuals-are called to accomplish. Unfortunately, the part that fades away first is the most important: Reaching our world for Christ.   How quickly we forget our mission and fall back into mundane church activities. Churches need to be reminded of why they are here.  Evangelism and apologetics, which is the handmaiden to evangelism, are not optional activities.  They are at the very core of our mission, which is to reach our world with the gospel.  That's why Jesus spelled it out so clearly: to go into all the world (including next door or down the hallway) to reach everyone we can for him (Matthew 20:18-20).  This Great Commission wasn't one choice among many options.  It's what we're here to do. Church members quickly forget this, and so we must patiently but persistently remind them.  As we do, the Holy Spirit will echo our challenge in their hearts as God's Word underscores it in their minds. After all, this is God's will-let's be bold about it.

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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.

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The Post Resurrection Behavior of Jesus Eliminates the Possibility of an Imposter | Cold Case Christianity

I’ve learned something important from the fraud investigators who have joined our homicide team over the years. Con artists are successful if, and only if, they know more about the focus of their lie, than the people to whom they are lying. If you’re trying to con someone out of money in a phony investment scheme, you better know more about investment businesses than your victims. You’ll need to sound like you know what you’re doing if you want to convince someone to give you their money, and they better not be able to detect your deception. So if someone wanted to con those closest to Jesus into believing that Jesus had actually risen from the dead, he would need to know Jesus (his mannerisms, figures of speech and behaviors) better than the disciples themselves. Who could know Jesus this well? I think it would have to be someone in the inner circle, and this person would have to begin by stealing the body; a difficult feat for a single person. It’s not long before imposter theories turn into theories that Involve co-conspirators, and I’ve written an entire chapter of Cold-Case Christianity to explain why conspiracies are so difficult to execute successfully.

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The artist named Prince: Was he ultimately a rebel for, or against, the Sexual Revolution?

The obit hit all of the fine details of the sexy Prince, from erotic guitar eruptions to skimpy costumes. It was difficult, at times, to tell what was happening when, in terms of his music and stage personas. If he never stopped evolving, then it's crucial to be precise about the young prince vs. the mature Prince.

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Earth Day 2016: Is the Sky Really Falling?

With Earth Day on the calendar for tomorrow, there seems to be a frantic plea to “save the earth!” And while there are steps everyone can take to protect the environment and the resources that God has entrusted to us for the betterment of humankind, the agendas of environmental activists may be hindering progress.

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Reflections

In the last decade a slew of Narnia movies were released in theaters and, though C. S. Lewis has been gone more than 50 years, his books are still as popular as ever. He’s the famous atheist-turned-Christian, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of…

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Ligonier Ministries

God’s people must cry out for His revival and a restoration of the light. Ligonier Ministries is seeking to help people do just that. On February 19–21, 2015, we hosted our annual national conference in Orlando. Alistair Begg, Rosaria Butterfield, … Learn More

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Grace to You Radio

It’s John MacArthur’s most popular study—laying out a biblical pattern for strengthening and improving family relationships. Learn how to make your home one of stability, love and joy, not a breeding ground for strife, in The Fulfilled Family .

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Prince: 'Don't Die Without Knowing the Cross'

All of the above is what everybody knows about Prince, but none of that came to mind today when I first heard the news of his passing. What came to my mind was that he just entered into eternity and that I didn't pray for him enough. It just hit me like a ton of bricks.

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Porn Addiction Is Now Threatening an Entire Generation

A growing number of young men are convinced that their [physical, in-person] sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim, are literally a downer.

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Christians Struggle to Understand Transgender Issues at Q Conference

"I may have sinned in what I did," said Dr. Mark Yarhouse, relaying what a man who had undergone sex-change surgery told him. "All I know is at the time, I felt such excruciating distress. . . . What would you have me do now?"

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How Humility Helps Us Hear the Gospel - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Jurors aren’t the only ones in jeopardy from arrogant over-confidence. Case makers also place themselves at risk when they allow excessive pride to characterize their efforts. As the Bible accurately describes, “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Proverbs 16:18). When a detective takes the stand in a criminal case and comes off as arrogant or brash, his testimony is likely to be rejected by a jury. In a similar way, prosecutors and attorneys who appear haughty or self-important typically alienate the very jury they are trying to engage. If you’re trying to make the case for Christianity and encounter a prideful resister, take a minute to examine your own attitude. One sure way to amplify the pride of someone you’re trying to reach is to allow your own arrogance to overtake you. When pride meets pride, nothing good results. If you can be humble, self-effacing and gracious in your approach, you’re far more likely to draw those characteristics out of the person you are trying to reach. Peter understood this all too well when he called us to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15).

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5 Levels of Christian Faith

We often use the word “faith” to describe the core of someone’s beliefs—but people of differing religions use the term in very different ways. This has challenged me to more carefully probe the distinctive features of the word “faith” from the perspective of historical Christianity. Faith is much more profound than simply recounting our personal conversion story. Rather, Christian faith entails at least five parts, each building on top of the next.

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52 Stand to Reason on Twitter
53 National Review on Twitter
54 Fat Chance: The Failure of Evolution to Account for the Miracle of Life
55 What Christopher Hitchens missed about the gospel | Joel J. Miller
56 WORLD | Statesmen, not showmen | Mindy Belz | April 30, 2016
57 Religion causes wars
58 Crossway on Twitter
59 WORLD | Bailout prevention | David Skeel | April 30, 2016
60 What Righteous Anger Looks Like
61 Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Compares Abortion to Slavery in Georgetown Speech
62 Can Science Explain Everything?
63 WORLD | Eight family members killed in brutal Ohio shootings | Lynde Langdon | April 22, 2016
64 Her.meneutics on Twitter
65 ThinkChristian on Twitter
66 New study: couples that delay sexual activity experience higher quality relationships
67 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
68 Instagram photo by @louiegiglio • Apr 23, 2016 at 1:40am UTC
69 John Stonestreet on Twitter
70 Russell Moore on Twitter
71 Biola Apologetics on Twitter
72 Amy Hall on Twitter
73 Calvinist Batman on Twitter
74 Apologetic Arguments: Let’s not unintentionally weaken them
75 Death to Doubting Thomas
76 Laura Leonard on Twitter
77 Perry Noble: Pastor Davey Blackburn, Whose 28-Y-O Pregnant Wife Was Murdered, to Share Life 6 Months Later
78 Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter
79 Napp Nazworth on Twitter
80 Spoil the Grandkids? A Better Way Forward
81 Biola Apologetics on Twitter
82 Why Christians Need To Learn Debate Tactics
83 CRI on Twitter
84 NΔTE ΔLΔNIZ on Twitter
85 WORLD | Costa Rica’s silver anniversary not silvery | Marvin Olasky | April 22, 2016
86 9Marks, B21, Connect316 among events for SBC attendees
87 Russell Moore's Model Is a Decaffeinated Jesus
88 NΔTE ΔLΔNIZ on Twitter
89 The Rock Will Star in a 'Jumanji' Remake
90 10 Ways to Thank God on Earth Day
91 Will People Spend Eternity in Hell?
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