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God and Politics: A Conversation with R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Cal Thomas will begin at 7 p.m.

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...

12 Summer Blockbusters We Can't Wait to See

Jesus, superheroes, aliens, Bourne and more.

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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Chances of Intelligently Designed Universe

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

Wistar and DNA Day: A 50-Year Fuse Under Neo-Darwinism

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

Police Contact NBA Team to Find Size 17 Shoes to Give to Local Homeless Man

Police officer’s in Indiana wanted to find a way to help a local homeless man, whom they’d encountered several times sitting alone at a local Waffle House. Deputy Chief of Police Gary Woodruff told reporters from Inside Edition, “They sat and chatted about life. The officer found out he lost his home in a fire. He’s going through a season of life that’s challenging.” When asked what they could do to help, the man told him that he desperately needed a new pair of shoes, as his only others were almost completely worn out. The only issue was, the 7-foot-tall man wears a size 17—a size that is almost impossible to find. Thankfully, they knew where to turn. The police department contacted the Indiana Pacers NBA franchise, who donated a pair of 17s originally made for basketball superstar Roy Hibbert. The officers behind the good deed have asked to remain anonymous.

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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.

Watch Sufjan Stevens and Gallant Cover Prince's ‘Purple Rain’

Over the weekend at Coachella, Sufjan Stevens joined Gallant onstage for a special rendition of the Prince hit “Purple Rain.” The audio on this fan-shot clip isn’t great, but it’s still cool to see two contemporary favorites pay tribute to a true pop icon.

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.

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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How the Prosperity Gospel Hurts Racial Reconciliation

This will mean that we must oppose not only the full-deal heresy of the prosperity gospel but also the implicit ways we have absorbed a kind of discount-rate prosperity gospel that can view Christianity as centered around white, middle-class American success. Most of the church is impoverished, by American standards. This is no sign that God is not blessing the church. Those sectors of the church around the world that are now the least “successful” by American standards are the very churches holding most firmly to the gospel, a gospel increasingly distant from American values. It could be that God is preparing the American church to rely on what we in our pride think of as perpetually “our” mission field to evangelize the next generation of Americans.

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

Is My Singleness a Gift?

Thus, Paul can argue that the gift of singleness is undistracted freedom to please Christ (1 Corinthians 7:32). While this “undistracted devotion to the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:35) can be reflected in activities like earnest prayer, it also certainly includes the kind of service Paul himself offered: preaching, teaching, evangelism, training, correspondence, discipleship, encouragement, organization, biblical interpretation, and so on. Without the immediate concerns of providing for a wife and children, Paul could devote his energies to the church with single-minded attention. And what of those labors (Romans 15:17–19)? Singleness, even for those who long to be married and aren’t, is not a trial to be endured; it is a positive good. It is a gift to be cherished and maximized. We ought not waste our singleness by viewing it as a trial to be endured.

Beautifully True

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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):

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14 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.

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16 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. 

17 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.”

1 Peter 3:8–9, Part 2: How Do We Obey Commands to Feel?

We do not have immediate control over our feelings, so how do we obey commands to feel? In this lab, John Piper offers five places to start in pursuing changes in your personality, all from 1 Peter. He begins by looking at a few examples in 1 Peter 3:8–9.

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How the Principle of Causality Points to the Existence of God

All of us, regardless of worldview, are looking for the first, uncaused cause of the universe . As an atheist (and committed philosophical naturalist), I believed science would eventually identify such a cause, and I expected the answer to be something other than “God”. Alexander Vilenkin (professor of Physics and Director of the Institute of Cosmology at Tufts University), for example, believes this cause is an eternal, primordial, quantum vacuum from which our universe (and many, many others) popped into existence. The vacuum, according to Vilenkin, was the first, uncaused cause; making questions like, “Where did the vacuum come from?” irrelevant and meaningless. First, uncaused causes don’t need a cause, after all.


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.

22 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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.

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.

25 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.

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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.

Living Faithfully in the New Public Square: A Google Hangout with Jennifer Marshall on Friday at 3:30pm

On April 29th at 3:30pm, we will be joined by The Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall , and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College . Miss Marshall is a vice president and runs the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. Together, we will discuss the theological foundation for living faithfully amid radically transformed social norms and cultural upheaval.

29 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.

Myth #3: The Fraud Theory

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A way to cut your medical costs

What a medical wonder, tape. I've got a toe that, due to injury, arthritis, or whatnot, laps over my big toe and causes pain on long walks or runs. While contemplating surgery, I thought...what if I just tape that toe to its closest neighbor to keep it from causing trouble. Well, I tried it, and a year later it has keep me pain free. All for the cost of a few pennies. Now, if I could just get this x-ray thing working...

Boycott Target Over Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

In reality, what Target means is this: "Exclusivity is a core belief at Target, and if you don't accept our radical transgender activism, you will not feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day — in particular, if you don't want to expose your kids to grown men in the ladies' rooms or you're uncomfortable sharing a fitting room with someone of the opposite sex."

What Does It Really Mean to Be #Blessed?

Pain and loss transform us. While they sometimes unravel us, they can also push us to a deeper life with God than we ever thought possible. They make us rest in God alone. Not what we can do or achieve for him. And not what he can do or achieve for us.

How Can You Trust Christianity Is True When There Are So Many Unanswered Questions?

number of mysteries. As much as I wish it wasn’t so, there is no such thing as a perfect case; every case has unanswered questions. In fact, when we seat a jury for a criminal trial, we often ask the prospective jurors if they are going to be comfortable making a decision without complete information. If potential jurors can’t envision themselves making a decision unless they can remove every possible doubt (and answer every possible question), we’ll do our best to make sure they don’t serve on our panel. Every case is imperfect; there are no cases devoid of unanswered questions. Every juror is asked to make a decision, even though the evidential case will be less than complete. As detectives and prosecutors, we do our best to be thorough and present enough evidence so jurors can arrive at the most reasonable inference. But, if you need “beyond a possible doubt,” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt,” you’re not ready to sit on a jury. The standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt” for a good reason; no case is evidentially complete; no case maker can eliminate every p

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Asking For The Holy Spirit

Even if this person is kind of rude and kind of bossy, kind of pushy, eventually we still meet their request. Why? Because ultimately we do care and even though they’re frustrating us we’re going to meet their need. And so in comparison to prayer, here’s what he’s saying. He’s saying that even if we’re not the greatest children of God, even if we’re not having the best intentions or motives, our God is loving, gracious, and kind. And we don’t need to make him be good, he just is. And so we should just come to him, day or night, 24/7, because God is a Father who loves us and he’s never asleep and he’s never tired and he’s never weary. He’s not unable or incapable or inconvenienced as a neighbor would be. So if we’re going to go bug our neighbor for something, we should just go talk to God as well, anytime about anything and God hears and answers all prayer.

Christian campaigner "really disappointed" with MP's child refugee vote - premier

A Christian who's been campaigning for Britain to take in 3000 unaccompanied Syrian children who've already reached Europe has said he's "really disappointed" MPs voted the measure down.

The Jewish Intellectual Who Predicted America’s Social Collapse

The great American sociologist Philip Rieff (1922–2006) stands as one of the 20th century’s keenest intellectuals and cultural commentators. His work was stunning in its intellectual breadth and depth. Rieff did sociology on a grand scale—sociology as prophecy—diagnosing the ills of Western society and offering a prognosis and prescription for the future. Although he wasn’t a Christian, his work remains one of the greatest gifts—even if a complicated and challenging one—to Christians living today. (Tim Keller often lists Rieff’s  The Triumph of the Therapeutic  as one of his  essential “big books” on culture .)

Bishop criticises government over doctor's strike: "It shouldn't have come to this" - premier

The junior doctor's strike "shouldn't have come to this" according to a leading Church of England bishop.

5 Reasons You Need the Westminster Shorter Catechism

This point follows naturally from the previous one. Once the catechism teaches believers about their salvation and their daily fight with sin, it’s no surprise it then offers how we ought to live. This teaching largely comes in the form of a powerful and practical exposition of the Ten Commandments. The catechism doesn’t call Christians to live by the commandments in a legalistic or chore-like fashion. Instead, we take them as an expression of God’s moral will for the lives of his believing people. For example, the explanation of the eighth commandment (Questions 73 to 75) has obvious practical implications for our daily work.


The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: A new book by Larry Alex Taunton 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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Response to “Problem in the Pro-Life Camp”- Abortion, victims, and moral culpability

It seems to me that there are clear cases where someone who is a victim could still be morally culpable. A child soldier who has been forced into fighting for a cause they don’t believe in is a victim, yet the killing he or she may do is not without moral culpability. We may give a lighter sentence or charge than murder, but that doesn’t mean that this victim is without moral culpability whatsoever. Indeed, I think this is a far better analogy than the one with the bully utilized in the original post. (A bully beats up someone to take their money, and then sends others to do so; are they a victim?) After all, the analogy with the bully begins with the bully directly beating up someone else! The analogy, then, falls apart at the beginning, because I don’t know of any case (I suppose there could be such a case–but I would be surprised if it were even possible) where a woman performed an abortion on herself.

Going Overboard: How Our Panic Betrays God's Peace

When my wife and I lived just north of Fort Worth, our fear of these uncontrollable storms was on red alert. Our area wasn’t just at risk of the occasional twister—we lived where many of those tornadoes tended to start. With a one-year-old daughter and a new house, we were often glued to The Weather Channel, sure that our day was going to come.

45 The Most Dangerous Book in the World

Then there’s Abraham Lincoln, who stated in 1864, after receiving a Bible from a group of African-Americans in Baltimore, “In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to men. All the good Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”

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But what about the future of the Republican Party? What we have witnessed in recent years and in recent election cycles is the fact that these two parties have represented this massive divide in terms of worldview. It has been impossible in terms of the Republican Party to consider a platform that would not define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, that would not be solidly pro-life. It has also, at the same time, been incomprehensible to imagine the Democratic Party platform that was not pro-abortion, including not only a defense of abortion under virtually any circumstances, but also a call for taxpayer funding of abortion. That divide is likely to continue, but there are questions now on the Republican side. And those questions are caused by the unexpected popularity of Donald Trump in terms of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But even as the issue of Donald Trump and abortion is complicated by the fact that before he was running for president he held to an essentially pro-abortion position before adopting what is now by his definition, a pro-life position, the larger issue of interest in recent days when it comes to Donald Trump and moral issues is the question of sexuality and the transgender identity issue as related specifically to the question of bathrooms.

Should Christians Be So Caught Up in Celebrity Death Coverage?

As a Christian and a radio morning show host I understand why we mourn celebrities. We at the station play some Prince and some of our listeners were Prince fans. Musicians and other artists become part of our lives. These people never met him but his music brings back vivid memories of growing up, so losing him is semi-personal. Plus, I think there is a collective grieving for the creations that will never be. Like Robin Williams or David Bowie people mourned their death but also mourned the fact that one of "our" artist had been silenced.

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Why I Blame TV for Trump

I really would like to blame Trump. But everything he is doing is with TV news’ full acquiescence. Trump doesn’t force the networks to show his rallies live rather than do real reporting. Nor does he force anyone to accept his phone calls rather than demand that he do a face-to-face interview that would be a greater risk for him. TV news has largely given Trump editorial control. It is driven by a hunger for ratings—and the people who run the networks and the news channels are only too happy to make that Faustian bargain. Which is why you’ll see endless variations of this banner, one I saw all three cable networks put up in a single day: “Breaking news: Trump speaks for first time since Wisconsin loss.” In all these scenes, the TV reporter just stands there, off camera, essentially useless. The order doesn’t need to be stated. It’s understood in the newsroom: Air the Trump rallies live and uninterrupted. He may say something crazy; he often does, and it’s always great television.

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59 Why Jesus Wept
61 I’ve Already Wasted My Life — Now What?
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63 Surprise! Life Does Begin at Conception
64 Does Unfriending Someone Close to Me Mean I'm a Bad Person?
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66 Letter to a Young Theologian
67 CAL THOMAS: God and politics reconsidered
68 Ratio Christi on Twitter
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