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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...

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.

Human Language: Linguistic Ability by Saltation

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

Watch Bono and Eugene Peterson Talk About the Psalms

The film Eugene Peterson and Bono made on the Psalms is finally here. In the 21-minute short film, the two recount the backstory of their friendship as well as engage in conversation about their common love of the Psalms. And, since Eugene Peterson has devoted much of his life to examining the profundity and interpreting the Psalms for the Message Bible, and Bono has brought the passion and depth of the Psalms to life for listeners of U2, there is arguably no pair better suited for the conversation. The film is produced by Fuller Theological Seminary's Fuller Studio. Take time to watch it now. You'll not regret it.


Faith, culture and intentional living

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:

Here’s the Gunslingin’ First Trailer for ‘The Magnificent Seven’

The first look at Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt’s shoot ‘em up Western, The Magnificent Seven is here. The remake of the 1960 classic is directed by Antoine Fuqua, who’s known for intense action dramas including Training Day, Southpaw, Brooklyn’s Finest and The Equalizer. Denzel and his posse come to theaters this fall.

Here's the Final 'X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer'

The final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse is here and beside including overtly biblical undertones (making reference to the four horsemen of Revelation), it looks incredibly action-packed. And possibly even worth watching. The film hits theaters May 27.

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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

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"Giving yourself to others is the most important thing. When you give, you get something in return."

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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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What I Wish I Knew About My Body in My Twenties

Part of the angst about attractiveness and the shape and size of our bodies stems from a culture that is obsessed with sex. And when the act of sex is at the center of a culture’s focus, then bodies become hyper-sexualized—everything about their attractiveness stems from sexualized ideals. But what I wish I had known in my twenties was that the other aspects of sex—the emotional aspect, the spiritual aspect, the relational aspect. These are the things that make sex deeply satisfying, over and over again, with the same person, in the context of a godly marriage.

Should Christians Cremate Their Loved Ones?

How many evangelicals would choose cremation if it cost as much or more than a simple, traditional service of burial? Very few. There has been a skyrocketing preference for cremation over the past decades in the United States (1960—3.5%; 1999—24.8%; 2014—46.7%; in some states it is over 75%). There are various causes, but the greatest, by far, is the combination of secularization and economics. Fewer people test the practice with biblical criteria, and more people want the cheapest solution.

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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.

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.

Beautifully True

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

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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.

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Should Christians Partner with Non-Christians on Social Issues?

But what I am saying is: Yes, it is right and good to pursue obedience to Galatians 6:10, which says: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Well, doing good to everyone would include encouraging lots of people not to kill unborn babies and putting restraints upon people who think they should kill unborn babies — just like we put restraints on people who kill born babies. Caring about doing good for everyone would include not saddling the next generation with unbearable debt by selfish spending in this generation with a “go-to-hell-as-far-as-I-am-concerned attitude 30, 40 years from now, I don’t care. I am getting what I want.” That is sinful. Christians ought to speak against those kinds of attitudes and policies.

The Daily Work of the Spirit

In the Gospels we can see a pattern of Jesus getting away from the crowds and disciples who would be looking for him. Jesus wasn’t getting away to get some quality “me”-time, but was seeking his Father through prayer. Jesus in his humanity could grow tired like us, he would most likely be drained from his ministry work, and he knew Golgotha was before him. His true need for strength was found in intimacy with God. In the same way, we need to draw from the wellspring of God’s reserves of grace for us through prayer and the word. This is how we open ourselves up for the ministry of the Spirit to work in us. The Spirit uses our daily pressing trials to minister to us our need for grace, but also provides the grace through prayer, so we can endure to the end in his power. We must position ourselves to receive from the Spirit, just like Jesus did with God the Father.

Will People Spend Eternity in Hell?

So even if we talk about an eternity in Hell, I have no idea what that actually means. We can't understand non-linear existence. For me yesterday is past and tomorrow is future. I have no clue what eternity actually means outside the realm of time. Spending eternity in Hell may not be what I think, just like sitting around playing harps all day is a ridiculous view of Heaven.

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: A False Jesus?

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels: J. Warner Wallace, Lee Strobel: 9781434704696: Books

J. Warner Wallace - the author of Cold Case Christianity - structures his book around the basic conceit of adopting the role of a detective in order to apply the same critical and logical tools to the claims of Christianity as a detective might use to investigate a "cold case" file. Since Wallace actually is a cold case detective, and since he reasons and communicates very clearly, this device works incredibly well. He begins every chapter by analogizing the subject of the chapter - whether it is deciding whether to trust circumstantial evidence or examining a chain of custody - to some story from his detective career and then extending the principles he has learned from pragmatic experience to the more rarified air of history. Warner's approach in this book suggests that his greatest gift is the practice of "common sense." "Common sense" not meaning "someone who agrees with the popular prejudices and attitudes of his culture," but "common sense" meaning "practical reasoning," namely approaching a practical, intellectual problem in a pragmatic, non-biased, logical way grounded in lived experience.

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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"Even in many of Prince’s raunchiest songs, religious messages creep in," @Toure writes  via @nytopinion

When Altar Calls Don't Work

Then there was my arch nemesis: the altar call. I had never experienced any meaningful or long-lasting change after raising my hand and repeating a prayer, so over time, I came to loathe phrases such as “walk the aisle,” “come forward,” “raise your hand,” and “repeat after me.” Each attempt at getting saved seemed to take life rather than give it. By high school, my belief system was that I didn’t want to go to hell but wasn’t too psyched about heaven, either.

Ex-Senator announces he's marrying man, 20 years after his wife's death | Fox News

Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford has announced he will be marrying a man 50 years his junior next weekend — 20 years after his wife's death. 

Top Ten Verses to Defend Your Faith

For the past few days I have been trying to think of the top ten verses that would be most helpful to apologists and evangelists. I have reflected on my own experience and also gotten feedback from many of you on Facebook and Twitter. So, here are my top ten verses to defend your faith (in no particular order):

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.

25 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.”

26 “I Came to Faith Through Apologetics” | Cold Case Christianity

If you’re a Christian, I would encourage you to think about how God brought you to the truth. Whatever the process, I bet He can use you in a similar way to share the truth with someone else. I’m not concerned about your apologetic or evangelistic approach . I really don’t have a favorite. I do, however, have a personal experience from which to shape my own particular approach. I bet you do too. If God used evidence to help you turn a corner, maybe I can help you better articulate this evidence to a new generation, called by God and shaped like you and me. Someday, maybe someone else will find themselves saying, “I came to faith through apologetics.”

5 Things Healthy Couples Do When They Fight

Hey Jennifer, I definitely hear you about getting practical. There was only so much I could squeeze into the article length! For #1, I just had to learn when I was started to get too upset and just literally say "I need a timeout." We usually take a 5-10 minute timeout. For #2, I had to learn to monitor my own emotions and to know when, for example, I was being a little snappy because something had gotten under my skin at work. Some things are more obvious like a long road trip. I know it's a bit subjective but it's something you can figure out with practice. Hope this helps! -Stephen

A British Store Is Starting a 'Quiet Hour' for Shoppers with Autism

“Following the incident, I’ve been speaking with colleagues and customers about how we can help shoppers with autism or disabilities. I suffered for many years with anxiety and I used to absolutely hate going into busy stores. If we can make a few small changes to give these customers a better shopping experience and make them comfortable then I know the store will be a better place to shop for everyone.”

The Problem of Evil: Seven Points

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

30 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....


Being the wife of a man devoted to Christian apologetics, I have some basic grammar of apologetics. By grammar I mean the building blocks that form any subject. I will not boast my foundation is strong enough to build upon it the many useful and brilliant arguments within apologetics, and for that I often feel a void. When do I experience that void the most? When my daughters bring forward questions in which apologetics will give them the best answer. Because we home school, those questions come often throughout our daily lessons. Sometimes I am equipped to answer with confidence, and other times, most often, I tell them to hold onto their question for Daddy at the dinner table. Now, I greatly enjoy listening to my husband answer their questions over our meal, and I learn along with them, however a growing sense of urgency arises in my soul while listening.  I realize I need to answer their questions during the day. While I am not steeped in the arguments like Chad and there will be times where his expertise is needed, I must be able to give them at least an acceptable answer to their inquiry.

When Mom Friendships Are Hard

And so, I now need to be building some new friendships. I know that and I battle the being tired part and so, I find that I often have to push through that. I often have to build in some places where I, like for instance, on a Saturday, a lot of times the last thing I want to do is maybe do lunch with a friend. And yet, I tell myself, I need to do that. And as soon as I do it, I come home and go, oh! I just feel so refreshed. I'm so glad I did. So, I do it because I know I need it, but not because I want to and I feel like doing it, because I'm tired. I want to just be home, put my feet up, get my laundry done.

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."

Matthew Frey on Twitter

From "The Faith of Christopher Hitchens," a great line from him in an exchange with Larry Taunton at a gas station:

Why I’m Not Hoping For Heaven

That may seem obvious to some, but I was reassured in a new way that God didn’t give my daughter a pulmonary embolism. He is not some selfish deity that “needed another angel in heaven,” as one person told me at the visitation before Christy’s funeral. God is working all things for the good of those who love him. But he is not the author of disease, decay, death, suffering, sin, and sorrow. He is love and the author of life—life abundant—and he even promises everlasting life. His plans for us are for good and not for harm, Scripture teaches.

The Insatiable Search for Peace and Rest

Human beings were made for God ( Psalm 100:3, Acts 17:26–27 ), but something has gone deeply wrong. Sin has cut us off from our Creator and left us out-of-sync with each other and ourselves. Under the curse of sin, we both desire God and resist Him simultaneously (see Romans 1 ). The consequence of this spiritual tug-of-war is that we often turn to temporal things to fulfill our desperate longings—yet genuine, lifelong meaning and purpose remain elusive and fleeting.

Indiana Police Dept, NBA Pacer Gifts 'God Bless You' Homeless Man With Size 17 Shoes

A homeless man known for toting his "God Bless You" sign around the Indianapolis area received a welcomed surprise this month when the local police force partnered to provide him with a new pair of sneakers.

39 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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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

Why 'Mere Christianity' Won't Go Out of Style

It’s the book that crushed a political hatchet man , led a world-renowned scientist to faith, and robbed a prideful entrepreneur of billions of dollars. The politician was Chuck Colson of the famed Watergate scandal; the scientist was Francis Collins, nominated by President Obama as director of the National Institutes of Health; and the businessman was Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza.

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.

44 The Briefing 04-25-16 –

Dr. Mohler helps Christians in their understanding of the underlying issues of this significant cultural shift and how to face the challenge of believing faithfully, living faithfully, and engaging the culture faithfully in light of this massive change.

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).

We Can Stop Modern Slavery—with Churches' Help

Haugen: When we talk to churches, we say two things are indispensable: rootedness in Scripture and doing it in community. Many times you have two or three justice “freaks” take up the banner passionately, but they’re not part of the broader community; they’re not usually supported, and these causes are not embedded in the actual life of that church family. Our new approach is an opportunity to get churches engaged in this struggle over the long haul. We will always end up feeling overwhelmed by the size and scope of the problem, but the answer from Jesus has always been the body of Christ.

Why 99 out of 10 Millennials Leave The Church?

As the scintillating Richard G. Howe says, “three out of two people are bad at fractions.” Fewer, I imagine, are good at statistics. Statistics are useful and powerful in telling a story but are often misleading. In fact, statistics can be used to tell any story you want depending on how the questions are asked and the findings presented. And so goes it with the mass exodus of young adults leaving the church. We want to know why. Polls then are taken, findings are presented, and the blogopshere runs wild with them. Thus we find our social media filled with articles telling us the five reasons millennials have forsaken God. And this is fine. Do not misunderstand my point here. I only want to add one thought to this discussion, and it is this. People never give you the real reason they leave church.

Challenges of Teaching the Bible to Other Women

Teaching the Bible as a woman to a group of other women comes with a unique set of challenges and anxieties. According to Melissa Kruger, Nancy Guthrie, and Jen Wilkin, concerns ranging from “What will others think of me?” to “Will I say what is accurate?” and “How much should I write out?” can inhibit preparation and increase nerves. Even experienced Bible teachers like these women face these worries and must fight for confidence in the Holy Spirit as they prepare to open God’s Word to other women. 

Is Certainty Sinful?

But it’s difficult to get excited about Enns’s prescriptions. If nothing else, the book is a pervasively individualized treatment of trust. “Faith,” Enns tells us, “is a community word.” If only he’d taken the message to heart. When he lays out how he has “reimagined thinking about God and faith in God,” neither the church nor its practices is anywhere to be found. “Modernity” makes an appearance; God’s transcendence is listed, as is Christianity’s central ineffability. Enns even exhorts the reader to “Trust your experiences, your God moments.” Even if that were true without qualification, it’s a rather lame proposal to a person who might be teetering on the edges of disbelief. Moreover, Enns devotes an entire chapter to “Cultivating a Habit of Trust,” but he spends most of the time relaying a moving narrative of his own life. He lauds his own church community, but he resists commending a similar path to others. That the faith of the church might carry an individual through a crisis is never mentioned, nor even considered.

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52 Don't Boycott Target Over Transgender Bathroom Issue
53 Hillsborough fans unlawfully killed: Bishop welcomes inquest's decision - premier
54 Has the End Times started? // Dr Michael Youssef
55 Crossway on Twitter
56 Subscribe - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
57 If I Believe Abortion Is Murder, Why Don't I Say That?
58 Bishop criticises government over doctor's strike: "It shouldn't have come to this" - premier
59 Magazine Editor Hacked to Death by Militants in Bangladesh for LGBT Activism
60 Frank Turek Is Challenged About The Integrity of the Council of Nicea & the Biblical Canon
61 Book Review: The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist
62 Why Do You Believe in God?
63 The TC Apologetics Daily
64 #TruthAtTheGames: Help Us Distribute 1 Million Gospel-Teaching Resources
65 Star Trek: TNG Season 6 “Rightful Heir” and “Second Chances”
66 Christian campaigner "really disappointed" with MP's child refugee vote - premier
67 The Jewish Intellectual Who Predicted America’s Social Collapse
68 Crossway on Twitter
69 Is My Singleness a Gift?
70 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily
71 5 Reasons You Need the Westminster Shorter Catechism
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73 What If Im Not Smart Enough to be a Christian Apologist?
74 God and Politics | Events
75 BreakPoint This Week: Taking Sexual Abuse Seriously
76 Response to “Problem in the Pro-Life Camp”- Abortion, victims, and moral culpability
77 WORLD | Life squared | Marvin Olasky | April 30, 2016
78 5 Bible Verses for When You Feel Lost and Confused
79 Megachurch Pastor: Christians, Rules Cancel the Word of God
80 Crossway on Twitter
81 The Most Dangerous Book in the World
82 Theological Primer: The Holy Spirit
83 Peace and Calamity by R.C. Sproul | April 26, 2016
84 Should Christians Be So Caught Up in Celebrity Death Coverage?
85 Prayer for Beginners
87 CNN offers fine look at Prince the believer (while missing a key Jehovah's Witness belief)
88 When the Head Meets the Heart: The Art of Biblical Integrity for the Christian Intellectual
89 Are there aliens in the Bible?