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Ryan T. Anderson: background on the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court

This Daily Signal article is a great summary of everything that a lay-person like me or you ought to know about the case that is going to be decided by the Supreme Court. Here are a few of the poin...

Understanding Respiration: Why Real Numbers Can Mean Debility and Death

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

WORLD | The Water Diviner | Megan Basham | May 2, 2015

With his directorial debut, The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe seems determined to throw all the ingredients of his past starring roles into a single mix.

Pastor in luxury jet row – Premier Premier

An American pastor is facing criticism after asking Christians to donate money to help him buy a private jet.

Is James White a Hyper-Calvinist? A Response to Dr. David Allen - Alpha and Omega Ministries

Even though I had fully responded to David Allen in 2008, the need arose to do so again, fully, in reference to his accusation that I am a hyper-Calvinist.  This allowed me to address the entire issue of hyper-Calvinism, provide some descriptions and definitions, and finally get to the real issue, whether you must deny …

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: How Can Young and Old Earth Creationists Work Together?

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Sean McDowell on Twitter

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80s Fantasy Movie Review: "Willow"

But you know what? You don’t care. The movie is just that  fun . So many scenes stand out as just being uproariously ridiculous, like when Madmartigan and Willow go swooping through the snow, with Madmartigan ultimately getting turned into a solid block of snow. It’s silly, it involves sword fighting, and it’s amazing. Time and again the film delivers huge action scenes that are infused with all kinds of silliness, and as a viewer I really didn’t mind. It just works. Part of what makes it work is that a great decision was made to leave virtually no time for the viewer to sit back and reflect on the plot. It’s just action followed by more action followed by hilarity, all in a continuous cycle. Another part that makes it work is that it is so genuinely humorous. Only rarely do the attempts at humor fall flat.

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After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan's Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.

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The Worst Thing That Can Happen to You in Your 20s

Quit your job. Leaving is sometimes the most courageous thing. Once you are part of a family-team it’s much harder to make drastic changes. Now, if you are unhappy with what you are doing you can try something new! Don’t hold back. You only live once, and this is the perfect time to find your niche. Be brave and discover your true joy. Find the trade that makes you want to get up early and go to bed late. No regrets. - http://www.happysonship.com/top-5-things-to-do-when-youre-single

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The Civil War Is More Than a Historical Fascination

A mericans have written more than 70,000 books about the Civil War—1 for every 19 hours since Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. We are awed by its sheer magnitude, staggered by its appalling human cost, and inspired by its looming heroes. According to James McPherson, a leading Civil War authority and retired Princeton historian, these factors help to explain why the war fascinates us, but not how it continues to shape us a century and a half later.

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http://www.biola.edu/cost-of-freedom/?utm_content=buffer61d83&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Getting along through disagreement is never easy. Preserving the freedom to think and learn and grow comes with a cost. But what if the disagreement itself is valuable for us? What if the cost of freedom isn’t what we expect? And how can we all become the kinds of citizens who know how to disagree without it destroying us?

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Why These 66 Books?

Hey Michael, thanks for your thoughts but I am not sure that the article is circular. It seemed to me that Nathan Busenitz left circularity out of the discussion without being addressed. I do not think Dr Busenitz made the claim that the “OT is valid if the NT is valid.” It sounds like his argument is more in the vein of “we can know the OT is valid because Jesus thought the OT was valid.” You go on to say “Problem. The citation for where Jesus said the NT is authorized is itself IN the NT. This is circular reasoning…” It would be circular reasoning if the argument is – “we know the NT is valid because the NT is valid.” But that’s not the argument. Rather the argument is that we know the NT is valid because Jesus authorized it. At this point, if Dr Busentiz had said “…and we know that Jesus’ authorization is valid because the NT is valid” then his argument would indeed be circular. But that is exactly where Dr. Busentiz stops commenting. The question could be pursued of course – why believe Jesus? There are a number of answers that could be given – e.g. “I had a religious experience,” or “the Holy Spirit changed my life such that I now recognize Jesus as my authority,” or “I have looked at the NT as historical documents and find what they say about Jesus to be basically reliable,” or “Jesus’ worldview makes the best sense of the world,” etc.

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Choosing to be Joyful (Part 2 of 2)

Popular speaker and author Luci Swindoll encourages listeners to find joy in life as she shares humorous memories from her childhood and illustrates how her family experiences inspired her to develop a zest for living abundantly and a deep thirst for wisdom. (Part 2 of 2)

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The Age of Adaline

If every major plot development in the film is telegraphed and obvious, the first two acts are nevertheless engaging for their leisurely pace, quite tone, and Blake Lively’s exquisite performance. She portrays Adaline’s age with a slow, deliberate cadence and a refusal to over-emote. “I think your food is burning,” she tells Ellis at his apartment, with a matter-of-fact quietness that conveys someone who has seen too much and feels too stretched to invest energy in life’s little ups and downs.

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http://utmost.org/the-warning-against-desiring-spiritual-success/

Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live. Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” ( Hebrews 13:13 ). In  Luke 10:20 , Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialized view— we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right. Yet our work only begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace, and our work as His disciples is to disciple others’ lives until they are totally yielded to God. One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit.

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WORLD | GoFundMe shuts down fundraising page for Oregon bakery owners | April 25, 2015

“An Oregon judge made clear in no uncertain terms to the Kleins and all Oregonians that the state has the right to demand that citizens engage in activities that violate their beliefs and if they refuse, they will lose their ability to make a living,” he said in a prepared statement. “In a free country, this is a ruling that cannot and must not stand. … A government able to bankrupt people for standing by their deepest beliefs is a government of unbridled power and a threat to everyone’s freedom.”

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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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Glory to the Holy One Concert

I would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join us at what promises to be one of the highlights of my life and ministry. On May 1, we are hosting a concert that will provide a special time of worship and reflection on the beauty of the Lord.

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Turek-Shermer Debate: Is Morality Better Explained by God or Science? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Last week our friends at NewYorkApologetics.com hosted a debate on morality between me and Dr. Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic Magazine. You can see the raw streaming video from the debate here (a three camera professional video is forthcoming, but I’m not sure when).

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Joy Overbeck - Is God a Homophobe?

A God versus political correctness hoo-ha erupted when the Western Conservative Summit, which has been called the CPAC of the West, refused to allow the Log Cabin Republicans, a same-sex marriage advocacy group, a display table at their upcoming June 26-28 Summit in Denver. Various left-wing media lobbed the usual firebombs, claiming bigotry, hatred, homophobia, unfairness, some demanding boycotts of the Summit and pressuring scheduled speakers like Gov. Scott Walker and Dr. Ben Carson to bow out.

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Stealing From God (paperback)

I read Frank Turek and Norman Geisler's book "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist" and loved it. I thought that book already covered so much, and that this would just be the same information again possibly more condensed... I was wrong. I learned a lot from this book and there was a lot of new information... easily the best book I've read in the past year!

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Sex Change Regret

From a physician: "If I could only go back to the day before my surgery in March of 2005 -- I would run from that surgeon's knife. I have lived and worked as a surgically altered man trying to play the part of a woman for six years. I spared no expense at trying to make it work." Read more

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Evangelicals Unite as Mennonites Mull How to Keep Peace over Sexuality

The difference between the new organization and the MC USA won’t be policies on sexuality—the new group wants to keep an “Anabaptist identity,” and its working commitments tap the 1995 Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective (which the MC USA uses) as a “description of our common belief and practice and as a standard for accountability.”

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Death toll from Nepal earthquake reaches at least 876

Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal\'s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)

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3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years

The second thing I think you’re going to continue to see is the continued growth of Pentecostalism and the charismatic movement. The Charismatics and Pentecostals have already won the worship war—most churches are now comfortable with what would be "Calvary Chapel" worship in 1980. They are in the process of winning the spiritual gifts debate concerning cessationism, a view which seems in decline in the next generation.

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The contemporary media portrays the relationship between science and Christianity as one of perpetual conflict and warfare. But it was not always so, as many of the most prominent scientists in history were faithful Christians. In this message, Dr. Stephen Meyer explains why the two, when properly understood, are not in conflict and reminds us that Scripture and creation can never ultimately contradict each other.

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RELEVANT Podcast: The Brilliance

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Heart Work is Hard Work

The bi-weekly Chapel service on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Chapel is livestreamed every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am during the semester. Join us at sbts.edu . Today's message from Psalm 131 was delivered by Curtis Woods, Associate Executive Director of Convention Relations and Communications for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

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Fazale Rana on Twitter

Why Do People Die in Earthquakes? Blame Corrupt Governments, Not God http://bit.ly/OYPcAG  #NepalEarthquake pic.twitter.com/GFJzIOvvos

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Really Recommended Posts 4/24/15- abortion and evangelicals, apologetics, and more!

Winter is back, apparently, here in Minnesota. It’s COLD! And it snowed on Monday and Tuesday. Anyway, here we have some reading to keep you entertained on chilly nights. The topics are abortion and evangelicals, raising kids, apologetic methods, science fiction, and a debate over the Reformation.

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How Blue the Sky Was | Blog & Mablog

All right. I suppose I should explain to you all what was up with my near-week-long involuntary hiatus from blogging. There were various factors in play, but the central one was my misguided belief that I was somehow included in all that free speech business that Madison wrote about in the First Amendment. You see, say I were to write a “controversial” post about the homo-jihad, and say this post went nuts on Facebook with people reading it and stuff, suppose something like that. One of the things that usually happens when I misbehave like this is a series of cyberhack attacks on my server, conducted by the Anarchist Brotherhood in their ongoing fight for the Free Exchange of Ideas. In the aftermath of one such recent post , my blog’s server wound up getting around a million hits a day, designed to crash the server. It did have that intended effect, and took down other web sites with me. My host company had no choice but to suspend my account.

30 Being Loving Doesn’t Mean Always Agreeing - Stand to Reason Blog

Being Loving Doesn’t Mean Always Agreeing

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Outlawing Psychotherapy For Trans-Kids Will Not Prevent Suicides

The time has come to focus first on preventing suicide, not changing genders. We know untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide, but when people tell their doctors they dislike their birth gender and hate their bodies, that fact seems to go out the window. Doctors treat the gender-confused by assisting them toward changing their genders. Perhaps the recklessness of doctors in not identifying mental disorders is causing suicides. For kids, perhaps add in parents and school boards who encourage living the trans life, which places undue psychological pressure on kids who can’t deal with it.

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Denny Burk on Twitter

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The Javerts of the SJWs

With your constant obsession with SSM, a ship that sailed long ago, you are missing the fight you actually have a chance of carving out significant compromises for yourselves in. If the movement for SSM took 20 years, the movement to recognize gender orientation will take 5 years tops. Most likely under 3 before trans and other genders are as accepted as gay people are today. You can start working on a Utah style compromise with them tomorrow, or you can be completely crushed by them. SSM and us gay folk are small fry in comparison to whats coming. Stop obsessing with us. You lost, get over it. If you want to carve out not just legal moderation, but cultural moderation, you do it with trans and non binary folk, and you do it FAST. If you don’t get started on it pretty much tomorrow, you will lose that fight even more dramatically than you lost this one. And if you think there are a lot of angry gay people in the world, it’s because you have yet to meet the ‘die cis scum’ crowd. Stop crying over spilt milk. It’s done. I’m really not saying this to be cruel.

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WORLD | Skewed stats | James Bruce | May 2, 2015

A recent Religion News Service table showed eight of 20 denominations listed supporting same-sex marriage. But Jeffrey Walton of The Institute on Religion & Democracy said the sum of those parts isn’t all that large, noting, “by elevating tiny groups like the Alliance of Baptists that favor same-sex marriage while excluding significantly larger churches that oppose it, … it appears 40 percent of these religious groups affirm the practice, when in reality a tiny minority do.” Nevertheless, the list does show how the split over gay marriage is not among competing traditions but within them. The Alliance of Baptists supports gay marriage; the American Baptist Churches USA and the Southern Baptist Convention do not. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America supports gay marriage; the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod does not. And so on.

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WORLD | March for Marriage draws small but dedicated crowd | Juliana Erikson | April 25, 2015

WASHINGTON—As many as 3,000 supporters of traditional marriage convened on the National Mall today, just three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a set of cases that will determine whether same-sex marriage will be legal in all 50 states.

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Mingus to Rest Stop Before Jerome and Back - James White's 66.2 kilometers bike ride

We were on Mingus this morning too, riding the Answer, but a little later in the day. Not great weather.

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Crossway on Twitter

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The Creator Clearly Seen

Everyone knows there is a God. The evidence is all around us. In fact, the Creator designed the universe so that His many invisible attributes would be “clearly seen” in the things He made, so that we are “without excuse” ( Romans 1:20 ).

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Answers in Genesis on Twitter

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40 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.

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Crossway on Twitter

This Bible is typeset based on the Renaissance ideal of a perfect page. Which is pretty cool. http://cway.to/1HlxrEG  pic.twitter.com/896OhWxBOx

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

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WORLD | What’s the matter with evolution? | Casey Luskin | April 25, 2015

This is how it’s supposed to work—in theory. In the real world, however, merely generating a functionally advantageous trait does not guarantee it will persist, or become fixed. For example, what if by chance the white fox trips, breaks a leg, and gets eaten by a predator—never passing on its genes? Random forces or events can prevent a trait from spreading through a population, even if it provides an advantage. These random forces are lumped together under the name “genetic drift.” When biologists run the mathematics of natural selection, they find that unless a trait gives an extremely strong selective advantage, genetic drift will tend to overwhelm the force of selection and prevent adaptations from gaining a foothold in a population.

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[TogetherLA] Tim Keller: How Do We Love the City Through Social Change

[TogetherLA] Tim Keller: How Do We Love the City Through Social Change

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Answers in Genesis on Twitter

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Bruce Jenner: I'm Christian and transgender – Premier Premier

Devout Christian and celebrity Bruce Jenner has said he thinks God could have put him on earth to deal with the issue of transgender people.

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Michael Brown - It's the Morality, Stupid!

It was political strategist James Carville who coined the now-famous phrase that helped catapult Bill Clinton to the presidency, incessantly reminding him that, "It's the economy, stupid." Any candidate seeking to unseat President Obama in the 2012 elections will surely follow this same strategy. After all, the economy is in shambles and Americans are fed up with the latest congressional efforts to reduce the deficit. Unemployment is nearing epidemic proportions, gasoline prices are outrageous, spending is out of control, and for the first time, our national credit rating has been downgraded. Worse still, if foreign money was pulled out of our economy, we would have a massive, coast to coast collapse. Political pundits commonly warn candidates, especially Republican candidates, that voters today are not as concerned with social and moral issues as much as they are concerned with the economy. In that respect, Carville's sage advice to Clinton is nothing new. After all, Hebert Hoover’s 1928 campaign slogan was, "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage." Has anything really changed since 1928 in terms of what Americans care about the most? Surely, it still is "the economy, stupid.

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Oceanic Dispersal Rafted Worm Lizards Around the World

Mats of vegetation carried on ocean currents, therefore, may well have carried many plants and animals around the world to start new lives after the devastating Flood. This would explain how various species of worm lizards came to be preserved in sediment that may have been deposited soon after the Flood during the Ice Age. While creation scientists are still sorting through several models of Flood geology to determine the boundaries between Flood-deposited sediment and that deposited in the aftermath of the global Flood, some regard strata above the Cretaceous as largely the result of post-Flood catastrophes. Thus, the widespread presence of multiple species of legless worm lizards just above Cretaceous strata suggests these animals, if not buried during the Flood itself, may have been among those animals rapidly carried around the world on log mats in the years after the Flood.

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Answers in Genesis on Twitter

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EL Caso de la Historicidad y Deidad de Jesús - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

En un mundo lleno de gente escéptica sobre las afirmaciones de la Biblia relacionadas con Jesús, a veces es útil revisar el caso acumulativo de la historicidad y la deidad de Cristo. Al igual que todos los casos colectivos, el poder del argumento se basa en el conjunto robusto de evidencias históricas. He reunido algunas de ellas en esta entrada del blog:

51 The Existence of the Soul: Philosophy, Not Neuroscience
52 Crossway on Twitter
53 Earth Pics (HD) on Twitter
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55 Gil Gatch on Twitter
56 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
57 "Our Table in the Wilderness" by Brian Payne
58 WORLD | Weekend Reads: Historical fiction | April 25, 2015
59 Calif. Christian students under assault; this bill could be their saving grace
60 Christian charities begin aid effort after Nepal quake – Premier Premier
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62 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
63 Desiring God on Twitter
64 DUP backs Christian politician on gay comments – Premier Premier
65 Vatican: Terror plot 'no reason for particular concern' – Premier Premier
66 Lee Strobel on Twitter
67 What Is the Documentary Hypothesis?
68 The Psalms, ESV
69 Desiring God on Twitter
70 Atheism on the rise in America, especially among the younger generation. (Barna Group)
71 Chance or Necessity in the Origin of Life?
72 The TC Apologetics Daily
73 Answers in Genesis on Twitter