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Shattering the Icons of Evolution – Live Event Tonight

Tonight’s the night! Join me right here, on Google+, or on YouTube at 6:30 p.m. (PT) to see the live video feed of “Shattering the Icons of Evolution.” I’ll be talking about how to recognize and respond to the different categories that arguments for macroevolution fall into: exaggerated extrapolations, egregious...

Video: These microbes are key to making artificial snow

Protein patterns align molecules and funnel away heat

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said to Love Your Enemy?

Alan explains what Jesus meant when he said to love your enemy and how that relates to governments protecting citizens.

Darwin's Finches: The Hype Continues

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

Cruz campaign outmaneuvers Trump again in Maine

The Week reports on yet more bungling from the disorganized Trump campaign. Excerpt: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) snagged at least 65 of the 94 delegates awarded Saturday, boosting his shot at winning t…

Zac Goldsmith: 'Faith is overwhelmingly a force for good in society' - premier

In the first of Premier's exclusive interviews with the London Mayoral candidates we hear from Zac Goldsmith.

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:

Bono and Eugene Peterson Are Making a Film About the Psalms

Eugene Peterson has devoted much of his life to sifting through and examining the profundity of the Psalms and interpreting them into modern English language for The Message Bible. And arguably no musician has brought the passion and depth of the Psalms to life for listeners more than the frontman of U2, Bono. That's why this newest pairing is such an exciting one. And while this teaser gives us almost no information other than the fact that this film is happening—isn't that kind of enough?

Michael Keaton Is Starring in a Biopic about the McDonald's Beginnings

In a new biopic, Michael Keaton is playing McDonald's founder Ray Kroc in a story about the birth of the fast food empire. Originally, Kroc is a salesman from Illinois who meets Mac McDonald and Dick McDonald (played by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), who run a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc, impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food, sees franchise potential and maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film is slated for release this August. It's not the all-day breakfast thing, but it's still pretty interesting in terms of McDonalds news.

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1 Bible bans target world's scariest book: Eric Metaxas

Bible bans target world's scariest book: Eric Metaxas The teaching that all people are created in the image of God terrifies tyrants. Check out this story on

There's a Biting New Missionary Barbie Instagram

Well, there's a new Barbie in town and her name is Barbie Savior : she's "20 years young," she goes to Africa, she's not qualified; she's called. And she's basically saving the world one Instagram at a time. It's not about her ... but it kind of is. Of course, the sad part is that there's an embarrassing amount of truth to our tendency to make God's work about us. Though, in fairness, there’s also a danger in cynicism toward mission work and projects that are legitimately making an difference in the world.

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12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

I want to see and know God as fully as possible in this life and the next. Watching nudity is a huge hindrance to that pursuit. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The defilement of the mind and heart by watching nudity dulls the heart’s ability to see and enjoy God. I dare anyone to watch nudity and turn straight to God and give him thanks and enjoy him more because of what you just experienced.

Fasting for Beginners

Fasting sounds so simple, and yet the world, our flesh, and the devil conspire to introduce all sorts of complications that keep it from happening. In view of helping you start down the slow path to good fasting, here are six simple pieces of advice. These suggestions might seem pedantic, but the hope is that such basic counsel can serve those who are new at fasting or have never seriously tried it.

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Give Us Eyes for the Lonely

Nearby sit the parents of a child who’s run away. Their home is broken in a different way, but it’s no less broken. They call. She doesn’t answer. They pray. She doesn’t come home. Every time she updates her Facebook they are flooded with emotion — joy that she is alive, sadness at what’s been lost, anxiety about what lies ahead. Sunday is their respite as they fight for faith in God’s goodness.

Beautifully True

God opens our eyes to his unique beauty on the canvas of Scripture.

9 The Briefing 04-25-16 –

The shock of these two young men was in the forced recognition that their friend was actually a murderer and that he had developed into a murderer before their very eyes. But before leaving this story, we need to make another recognition. It’s really interesting; it’s incredibly telling that we’re living in a society that is trying to raise the age of moral responsibility for criminal behavior over and over again. In a series of just a few articles that appeared in recent days, even in the span of this one article in Newsweek , the age goes from the mid-teens to age 18 to then over 18 to somewhere in the 20s, somewhere between 21 and 25. To state the obvious, we’re soon going to be living in a society that isn’t sure that anyone under a certain age, let’s just say potentially 30, is actually really responsible for a crime as horrifying as murder. But the other, opposite development is also just as revealing. We’re living in a society that says when it comes to sexual behavior, the age of consent should be going lower and lower. We are told that adolescents, even 12-year-olds, have the right to have an unfettered conversation with physicians even getting birth control over against the wishes of their parents or without even their parents’ knowledge.

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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.

What Is the Line Between Courage and Foolishness?

Welcome back to another week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. David writes in to ask: “Dear Pastor John, in wake of recent terrorist attacks around the globe and the rise of violence targeted more or less directly at Christians, the daily reality of us, western Christians, is changing. We have been accustomed to relative peace and safety here in Europe, but it seems that times are quickly shifting. That which used to be considered reasonably safe is now becoming increasingly risky — like travel or attending a concert. This leads us to re-evaluate our behavior: should we just trust in God’s providence (maybe pray) and act as if nothing was happening, that is, continue our travel as before, continue to visit our favorite public venues as before, or is there some reasonable level of caution that we should apply? And in more general terms: what is the difference between wise biblical caution and a fearfulness of unbelief? To put it in another way: What marks the difference between courage and foolishness?”

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How Do You Think of Your Heavenly Father?

The first is our projection of our earthly father upon our heavenly Father. Every one of us have had an imperfect earthly father. Even if he was great and better than most (like my dad) he is still imperfect. Still others have had far worse experiences with their dad. Wherever they land on the scale, all are imperfect. And here is the danger: we can project our earthly father’s strengths and weaknesses upon our heavenly Father. Was your dad a tough guy? Then you may think God lacks compassion. Was your dad a workaholic with little time at home? Then perhaps you see God as too busy and willing to leave you on your own. Was your dad abusive? Then you may have a hard time trusting your heavenly Father.

Um, What?! North Korea Says Billy Graham Thought Kim Il Sung Was God

Sounds like classic Billy. Well, not surprisingly, representatives of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association expressed bewilderment over the alleged comments. "While Billy Graham made two trips to North Korea and knew the elder president Kim Il Sung, Mr. Graham has not said anything like this," said Jeremy Blume, a spokesman. "These words do not even remotely resemble Mr. Graham's theology or his language."


In this post , Natasha Crain offers 50 Apologetics Resources for parents wanting to teach their kids how to defend their faith. If you are not familiar with her work, you can check it out here .  I highly recommend it! Courage and Godspeed, Chad

Should States Honor the Bible as a Historic But Not Sacred Book?

“While I respect the spirit behind the governor's decision, we can at the same time acknowledge the Bible’s historic importance and cultural influence without diminishing its spiritual value. There is no question that the Bible has informed centuries of literature, government, philosophy and social behavior, both here in the United States and around the world. Part of ensuring the continued place of the Bible in American life is highlighting its contributions to many different aspects of our society, most importantly our individual spiritual lives.” ~Roy Peterson, president and CEO, American Bible Society

What Righteous Anger Looks Like

Over 25 years ago, I began to study Jesus’ anger. One of the several things that struck me most in my observations was this: Every time Jesus was angry, He was the only person who seemed to be bothered. No one else but Jesus railed against the Pharisees’ hypocrisy (Matthew 23). Likewise, no one else but Jesus overturned the tables when the sellers and moneychangers turned God’s house of prayer into a “den of robbers” (John 2:16; Jeremiah 7:11). It was Jesus, no one else, who looked at around “with anger” when the Pharisees so heartlessly cared nothing whatsoever for a man with a “withered hand” who was there in the synagogue with them (Mark 3:1-5). Furthermore, only Jesus raged at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:33, 38). Before I did my research, I had no idea that Jesus “snorted like a horse” as he raised Lazarus from the dead. I was also unaware that Jesus expressed anger when He rebuked the apostle Peter saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:23).

Reach Out—God Is Closer Than You Know

Christians have not always done well holding the two in balance. A quick survey of Christian literature, oratory, and art indicates that we prefer to emphasize transcendence over immanence. The truth that God is beyond all too often trumps the truth that God has chosen to be here with us—and “here” beyond any categories of time or space as we think of them.

What Reconciliation Sounds Like

It’s also difficult to take seriously our own culpability. If we do acknowledge it, we try to mitigate it: “Yes, many black youth are violent, but it’s systemic racism that makes them that way.” “Yes, many police are excessively brutal, but it’s the pressure of dealing with lawless criminals that prompts excessive force.” In the end, many narratives are self-justifying and Manichean: we imagine the world as divided between good and evil, and we thank God we are not like the evil other.

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.

Has the End Times started? // Dr Michael Youssef

Are we living in the End Times? Dr Michael Youssef, founder and president of Leading The Way joined the Inspirational Breakfast show on Premier Christian Radio with Rosie Wright & John Pantry & answered listener questions. Kick start your day and join John Pantry and Rosie Wright every weekday morning for big name guests, great music and news from a Christian perspective. | For more video and audio content: | Like us on Facebook | Tweet us @TogetherPremier


But God says he will work good out of the bad things in life if you will trust him. When you come to him and say, “God, I give you all the pieces of my life,” he will return peace for your pieces. He gives you peace in your heart that comes from knowing that even if you don’t understand the hurt in your life, you can still forgive, knowing that God will use that pain for good.

If God Allows That, I Won't Worship Him

One of the most common objections raised against the existence and/or goodness of God is the problem of evil and suffering. If God is good and powerful, then why does He allow so much pain and injustice? Admittedly, this is one of the most difficult and sensitive topics that we can discuss. It touches all of us. For that reason, I want to say from the outset that I do not suppose that what I am about to offer solves the problem. Even if we had an answer for every why question, that would not take away the pain of what we experience. Thus, I hope it is clear that I approach this topic with great timidity and humility.

C.S. Lewis Institute Summer Conference 2016

The following is a conversation with Dr. Joel Woodruff of C.S. Lewis Institute. He is the president of that organization. The focus of the show is on their upcoming conference that will be held at the Wade Center at Wheaton College June 26th - 30th. The theme is on "The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis." The plenary speaker is Dr. Lyle Dorsett. Other speakers include Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Wayne Martindale and Marjorie Lamp Mead. Dr. Root and Dr. Martindale have previously been on All About Jack.

27 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily

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5 Bible Verses for When You Feel Lost and Confused

When feeling lost and confused, the Bible can serve as an important guiding light. Here are 5 Bible verses meant specifically for the lost.

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In this post , Natasha Crain offers 50 Apologetics Resources for parents wanting to teach their kids how to defend their faith. If you are not familiar with her work, you can check it out here .  I highly recommend it! Courage and Godspeed, Chad

3 Lessons from "The Faith of Christopher Hitchens"

To be sure, Taunton is  very clear that he is not claiming anything like that of Hitchens. By all accounts, Hitchens died an unbeliever. The possibility Taunton raises in his book is not that he had a death-bed conversion, but that the man was far more complex than his public persona would suggest. These complexities, in turn, introduce a certain degree of ambiguity and maybe even doubt about how Hitchens publicly spoke about his lack of belief. The point, then, is not that we should think one thing or another about Hitchens faith, but that we should recognize the great complexities of the man and, as Dumas put it, remember that all human wisdom is summed up in two words—”wait” and “hope.”

Theological Primer: The Holy Spirit

Granted, it is very possible that traditional conservative Christians know too little about, and cherish to lightly, the person and work of the Holy Spirit. But before we pursue this criticism too far, we need to remember that the New Testament itself says a great deal more about Jesus Christ and God the Father than it does about the Spirit. More importantly, we must not forget that the work of the Holy Spirit is first of all to glorify Christ (John 16:14). So whether we realize it or not, we are very intimately connected with the work of the Spirit, because whenever we are drawn to Christ as Savior, led to worship Christ as Lord, made to behold Christ as glorious, we are being operated on by the Holy Spirit.

I Lay Down My Life for the Sheep by Steven Lawson | April 23, 2016

The doctrine of salvation focuses on the cross of Jesus Christ. When the Bible describes the death of Christ, it speaks of Him as actually accomplishing redemption. As the Good Shepherd, He laid down His life for His sheep (John 10). His death did not merely make salvation possible; it actually secured redemption for His people. This session will study the nature and extent of the atoning work of Christ.

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Did you know that the Bible is SUPER SCARY to some people? Here's my essay from @USAToday ! …

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Love Does Not Begin with You

A biblical definition of love begins with God, never with us (1  John 4:9–10). God is love itself; it’s his character that defines love. And because he is love (1 John 4:8, using the related noun  agapê ), he acts with love toward an undeserving world (John  3:16 ; 1  John 3:1, 16) to save them from their sins and reconcile them to himself (Rom. 5:8). The pure and perfect love of God is typified in the love relationship between God the Father and God the Son, which Jesus shows to his disciples (John  17:26 ). 

You Are Who You Date

But, aside from whining over that (because it is 'just one article') I also think it is just a great topic to learn more about. As you wrote, an 'eye-opener'. Because honestly, I do not actively review the people I do spend time with most of the time. And when doing so, there are multiple dimensions to this issue. You wrote about how you become like the person you date. Indeed, for dating this is true and an important consideration. But when it comes to friendships, which are absolutely important too, it may be the other way around. In order to be a good person, to think critically and to have an openminded worldview that is broader than your own bubble with your beliefs and standards, it can be healthy to have diverse friends with other ways of thinking. I often had discussions about surrounding yourself with christian friends or having atheist friends. The first one allows you to grow in your faith and be supported by friends that care about your relationship with God (and support them!). On the other hand, never leaving your christian bubble may mean having a limited understanding of how other people in the world think which is not beneficial either.

Know the Truth, Know the Culture

“My strong advice to you is to  soak, soak, soak in philosophy and psychology, until you know more of these subjects than ever you need consciously to think. It is ignorance of these subjects on the part of ministers and workers that has brought our evangelical theology to such a sorry plight...The man who reads only the Bible does not, as a rule, know it or human life.”

The Rock Will Star in a 'Jumanji' Remake

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A Ray of Gospel Hope in Northern Iraq

In the face of ISIS atrocities, Dakheel can know through Piper’s book that Jesus doesn’t take his church out of the world but “will deliver us from the power of evil in it.” In view of the Yezidi tradition that their race is set apart from all others, Dakheel can see that “Jesus died to create a whole new way for races to be reconciled.” In the hopelessness of a refugee camp, Dakheel can discover that Christ came “to ransom people from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).

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Government investigates women for letting her children play in fenced-in backyard

This is also a good reason for homeschoolers to be members of HSLDA – the Home School Legal Defense Association. They advise and defend members in court if there is any issue with the government over home schooling or other family matters. They’re very good at it and usually win. They also occasionally take cases from non-embers where there is a good opportunity to put precedent in place to protect the freedom of parents to raise their children as they see fit and/or a serious breach of justice. They’re a great organization to donate to as well because they’re on the front lines of defending freedom.

Sunday Quote!- You are a Theologian

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

45 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.

Evangelism Isn't Enough to Change the World

I think It weakens your arguement. If we want to claim the achievements of the so called “West” for Christians then by default the failings of the West are also the responsibility of Christians (hmmm.. maybe this is truer then I think. I like to blame non-Christians for all the bad stuff). This statement is not needed to support your thesis and it is too much of an over statement. It implies that there was a golden age or ‘good old days’ when vibrant Christianity thrived in Europe or the Americas. In my reading of history, that is just not the case. This does not lessen the huge impact of Christians… but, as you say, our evangelical church cultures do very little to reward, reinforce or expect beleivers to impact society except in evangelism. We need to see this change. I greatly appriciate your wisdom and leadership in this. Keep up the good work!

47 BreakPoint This Week: Taking Sexual Abuse Seriously

a book that helps parents and teachers train children two to eight years old to recognize inappropriate behavior, and prevent sexual abuse. His other books geared toward counseling victims of sexual abuse include

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New study: cohabitation produces far inferior outcomes to marriage

As Christians, we seem to have so much trouble talking to young people about rules around sexuality and relationships. So many young people think that premarital sex is benign. That cohabitation is no big deal. And that redefining marriage cannot be opposed. Christian parents and pastors are not preparing themselves to discuss these things with young people. If there is a battle of ideas, and one side shows up with a bunch of feelings and lies, that side still wins – if the other side doesn’t show up at all. Don’t be so focused on your career and your own self that you fail your children by failing to discuss and debate with them about the issues. Don’t assume that just because your children look OK on the surface that there are not serious questions underneath.

New study: couples that delay sexual activity experience higher quality relationships

They discovered that the negative association between sexual timing and relationship quality is largely driven by a link between early sex and cohabitation. Specifically, sexual involvement early in a romantic relationship is associated with an increased likelihood of moving more quickly into living together, which in turn is associated with lower relationship quality. This finding supports Norval Glenn’s hypothesis that sexual involvement may lead to unhealthy emotional entanglements that make ending a bad relationship difficult. As Sassler and her colleagues concluded, “Adequate time is required for romantic relationships to develop in a healthy way. In contrast, relationships that move too quickly, without adequate discussion of the goals and long-term desires of each partner, may be insufficiently committed and therefore result in relationship distress, especially if one partner is more committed than the other” (p. 710).

51 Albert Mohler on Twitter
52 On True Conversion
53 ESPN Has a Right to Fire Curt Schilling
54 100 + Whole-Hearted Books To Fight Back the Culture
55 Grace to You Radio
56 Tamir Rice family to get $6M; Cleveland admits no wrong
57 Crossway on Twitter
58 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
59 Is Speaking in Tongues for Today?
60 Minnesota Parents Sue To Get Trans Classes In Kindergarten
61 The Gospel of Sovereign Grace
62 Is My Singleness a Gift?
63 Should We Boycott Target?
64 Pastor’s Library Giveaway #2
65 Don’t Just Pray Alone
66 Andy Stanley at Catalyst Cincinnati: Don't Put Theology Above Ministry; Let Cultural Issues Bump People Out
67 The Singular Humility of America's Only Ordained President
68 FRC on Twitter
69 Joel Osteen, Craig Groeschel at Lakewood Church: Here Are How We Keep Our Family Happy While Leading Megachurches
70 Crossway on Twitter
71 Public 'don't trust churches to respect equality' - premier
72 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
73 Porn Addiction Is Now Threatening an Entire Generation
74 Denton's Challenge: Are Leaf Shapes Adaptive?
75 Pastor Steven Furtick: What Photography Can Teach Us About Building Solid Faith
76 WORLD | The GOP divide | Marvin Olasky | April 30, 2016
77 UC Berkeley Touts $15 Minimum Wage Law, Then Fires Hundreds Of Workers After It Passes
78 France's Radical New Prostitution Law Is a Big Deal
79 Southern Seminary on Twitter
80 Frank Turek on Twitter
81 Church Member Fatally Shoots 27-Y-O During Worship Service; Shooter 'Cooperating' but Not in Custody
82 Archaeology Discovery: 4500-Y-O Rare Burial Site in Peru of Woman Suggests Gender Equality
83 Chinese President Xi Jinping to Communist Members: You Must Be 'Unyielding Marxist Atheists'
84 Fatal shooting after fight at Alabama church - premier
85 Response to “Problem in the Pro-Life Camp”- Abortion, victims, and moral culpability
86 New Questions About God and Abstract Objects
87 Vicar's tribute to murdered Christian mum and daughter - premier
88 Paul’s Salvation Was for You
89 Pope makes surprise park visit on Earth Day - premier