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Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians | The Stream

You'll be hearing a lot more hateful rhetoric as we enter the next phase of Christian life, which someday historians will label "The Great Persecution."

A Mind/Brain Lecture and Darwin's Embarrassment

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

WORLD | Acts on screen | Sophia Lee | April 18, 2015

TELEVISION | NBC miniseries brings the New Testament book to TV

Indiana RFRA "fix" is a full repeal, exposes Christians to serious violations of religious liberty

CNS News analyzes the "fix" proposed by Indiana Republicans. Excerpt: Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Thursday that they would submit a new versi...

A Short Explanation on the Relationship Between Evangelism and Apologetics

Here is a short clip I did with my friend Tim Hull.

Lecture: The F.A.C.T's of the Resurrection of Jesus

Here is a lecture I did last year on The Resurrection of Jesus. I also include a power point. Since there is no way for me  to cover every detail in a 40 minute talk- see What Did The Disciples Mea...

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Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement

LAUSANNE, Switzerland —  Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework.

Hillsong United - "Scandal of Grace" (Live at RELEVANT)

Hillsong United performs "Scandal of Grace" from the album "ZION" live with RELEVANT Magazine before a show in Tampa.

What Your Pastor’s Jeans Say About Their Theology

Instead of contributing to the cultural nonsense of April Fools Day, we’ve elected to run a valuable piece of journalism and insight to edify and enlighten our readers: After months of research, investigation and study, we’ve uncovered an issue that the Church must reckon with: Our team of reporters and theologians has finally been able to determine what your pastor’s jeans say about their theology.

The Deeper Message of Holy Week

An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is Rose Lisa,i live in Florida,USA,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with three kids. A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn't love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{ dr.dodofreedonlovespellcaster@hotmail.

Pay Much Closer Attention

Almost everyone has flown on a plane before. So you’ve all sat through those opening instructions from the flight attendants about what to do in the event of an emergency. They say the same thing on every flight, every day, on every airline. And every day, on every flight, on every airline, almost no one pays attention to the message. I’ve flown several times in the past couple months and I can’t recall seeing anyone looking at the flight attendants or giving one second of thought to what they were talking about. No one pays attention to these instructions.


Sandra McCracken is a singer, songwriter and producer from Nashville, TN. Over the course of eight critically acclaimed studio albums, Sandra has developed a body of work that encompasses hook-driven melodic pop, No Depression-style Americana, contemporary recastings of classic hymns, and even children's music as part of the Nashville alt-folk super-group Rain For Roots.

Frank Turek on Twitter

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Sitting, Waiting, and Hoping in the Tomb of Jesus

A medieval theologian, Anselm, once described the kind of faith that comes with Saturday— fides quaerens intellectum : “faith seeking understanding.” By that, he meant that faith isn’t something that arises after moments of understanding. Rather, faith is something that you cling to when understanding and reason lay dead. We don’t believe once we understand it—we believe in order to understand it. Saturday’s like that: offering a day of waiting, a day of ambiguity, a day when God is sovereign even if our ideas and theologies and expectations about him are not. It is the day that our ignorance is our witness and our proclamation. Truth is, our intellect will always be one step behind in our love of God. We don’t love God once we understand him; we love God in order to understand him.

What Christianophobia Looks Like in America

As this survey illustrates, animosity toward Christians involves racial, educational, and economic factors; the people most likely to hold negative views of conservative Christians also belong to demographic groups with high levels of social power. Rich, white, educated Americans are major influencers in media, academia, business, and government, and these are the people most likely to have a distaste for conservative Christians.

Easter Sunday

Also, could there be a more pointed demonstration of power than to have power over death? By God’s awesome power, Jesus took off his grave clothes and walked out of that tomb. Those guys in power-lifting competitions may be able to pull a bus with their teeth, but they'll all die, and there's nothing they can do about it.

Tom Cotton Eats Birthday Cake Almost Every Day

Cotton has a reputation for being a very serious man. The military veteran, Harvard Law graduate and freshman U.S. senator gained wide attention for being able to rally 46 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate to join in writing a letter to Iran's leaders objecting to a nuclear deal.

Frank Bruni Commands Christians to Cave on Homosexuality

So here it is. “Church leaders must be  made”  to stop seeing “gay Christianity” as sinful. This is a “warranted commandment,” according to Bruni, who states this baldly without reference to any source, authority, text, or tradition. He’s quoted the tiny handful of “Christian” theologians who affirm homosexuality, albeit without so much as a whisper of a reference to the tens of thousands of scholars, exegetes, theologians, pastors, and leaders who do not affirm it. Bruni presents his claims as straightforwardly true and “warranted,” but surprisingly, he gives us no reason for that warrant. Sure, a few scattered ethicists and writers agree with him. But he’s made no case for why he’s right. He’s offered no positive material of his own to overturn two millennia of consensus on sexuality. He’s given us rhetoric and intimidating language, nothing more.

Kari Jobe - The Cross Is My Confession (Lyric Video)

For more information on the My Hope book, album & DVD please visit: Find "The Cross Is My Confession" on iTunes: Find the album on Amazon: Keep up with Kari Jobe on Facebook: Or visit: Music video by Kari Jobe performing The Cross Is My Confession. (C) 2013 Sparrow Records

The Behemoth

The Behemoth is a small magazine about a big God and his big world. From the editors of Christianity Today , this ad-free, digital biweekly aims to help people behold the glory of God all around them, in the worlds of science, history, theology, medicine, sociology, Bible, and personal narrative.


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When the Gospel is presented boldly and without compromise it will always encounter opposition. In this series of lectures from Ligonier Ministries’ 2000 National Conference, “Upsetting the World,” Sinclair Ferguson, Al Martin, R. Albert Mohler Jr., John Piper, R.C. Sproul, … Learn More

Counsel the Word

Parents often feel anything but confident. They know they are shaping lives, but feel they are only learning as they go. They also know the Bible is supposed to guide them, but feel uncertain how a handful of verses help them with this years-long task. The temptation is to be intimidated by both the importance and the complexity of the task.

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Up to this point, the narrative of the crucifixion has focused on the physical sufferings of Jesus: the flogging, the crown of thorns, and his immolation on the cross. Six hours have now passed since the nails were driven home. The crowds have jeered, darkness has covered the land, and now, suddenly, after a long silence, comes this anguished cry from the depths of the Savior’s soul.

The Gift of Living With the Not Gifted

Trosly-Breuil, France It’s lunchtime at the Ferns, a group home about an hour northeast of Paris, and the smell of fried fish wafts through the rooms. The food is typical French fare, but the dozen or so diners are anything but typical. The Ferns is part of L’Arche, or the Ark, a global community of people with mental disabilities and their nondisabled peers who live together as equals, as the organization’s founder, Jean Vanier, says...

Acts 17: Apparent Death Theory: Did Jesus Survive Crucifixion?

Jesus' death by crucifixion is one of the best established facts of ancient history, even according to scholars who are critical of Christianity. Atheist New Testament scholar Gerd Lüdemann declares that “Jesus’ death as a consequence of crucifixion is indisputable.” John Dominic Crossan, of the notoriously liberal Jesus Seminar, says that there is not the “slightest doubt about the fact of Jesus’ crucifixion under Pontius Pilate.” Marcus Borg states that Jesus’ execution is the “most certain fact about the historical Jesus.” Pinchas Lapide, a Jewish scholar, concludes that Jesus’ death by crucifixion is “historically certain.” According to Bart Ehrman, “One of the most certain facts of history is that Jesus was crucified on orders of the Roman prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate.” Of course, not everyone is familiar with Historical Jesus scholarship, so some people attempt to explain the origin of Christianity by claiming that Jesus survived crucifixion and later appeared to his disciples, giving them the impression that he had risen from the dead.

Boyce College - Northland Preview Day

Boyce Preview Day allows us to roll out the “red carpet” for our guests to get a first-hand look at our college. From hearing the testimonies of our students to listening to professors in the classroom, you will see how we seek to do all things for the glory of God.

Lessons I learned in seminary

As I prepare to enter my final semester of seminary, and have pondered what lessons I might share with those considering that call or just starting their seminary journey, I was struck by how my perspective on ministry has changed over these last few years. Like many new theological students, I was thrilled to begin my formal training, excited to learn under men like Tom Schreiner, Jim Hamilton, and Russell Moore. I loved theology and was ready to dig into the nuances of complex doctrines like the hypostatic union and compatibilistic free will. I wanted to prepare for ministry, and as such, I wanted to know my Bible backwards and forwards, to know when the Greek text makes a difference in our understanding, to know the history of the church, to learn the art of preaching. These are all wonderful, and I would say necessary, pursuits for those called to pastoral ministry. But for those considering that call and those just beginning their seminary journey, consider the emphasis Paul places in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. “Life” and “doctrine” both matter, but the emphasis is on “life,” on the man’s character, and only secondarily on his skill.

The Resurrection of Jesus: An Unlikely Easter Conversation - Apologetics Guy

One Easter, a relative cornered me at a family reunion and wanted to talk about the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s just call her my dear Aunt Sally. Some people try to stay away from politics and religion a parties. Not Aunt Sally. :-)

"May God help us," last words of murdered Kenyan Christian – Premier Premier

Kenyan police have arrested five people in connection with the massacre of 148 people at the country's Garissa University.

Do You Worship Your Worship Experience?

This is one of the reasons I love having a children's sermon on Sunday mornings. We worry so much about doing things the right way, making sure the service flows correctly, and making sure the meeting creates the right feeling. Then, the children arrive on stage and they're restless, hyper, and only slightly interested in what the preacher has to say. If we're mostly about doing worship "right," this is disastrous, because--try as you might--you just can't control kids. But if we came to truly worship God, whether we're doing things the right way isn't such a big deal. Kids remind us that it's not in the power of the band, the preacher, and the sound guy to create worship. They become little Moseses, smashing the golden calf of our well-done worship service.

God Gave Us His Son

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Podcast: Joe and Mika discuss their 'Faith on Fridays' segment on Good Friday

Podcast: Joe and Mika discuss their 'Faith on Fridays' segment on Good Friday

Science, Properly Understood at Heritage

Mill’s logic and West’s application of it is one that can be applied not only to the physical sciences, where global warming is sacrosanct under the Obama administration, but also the social sciences, where Keynesian economics reigns supreme in Washington, whenever politicians wave the authority of science over our heads to persuade us to move in the direction of their policy priorities.

Fazale Rana on Twitter

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Ten Questions to Ask Yourself about Grace - Practicing Faith

At its core, grace is an unmerited and unconditional gift of God’s love that we can never earn or deserve. Grace enables us to respond to God, enfolds us into his family, and empowers us to change. It is both a theological concept and a very important personal understanding.

Dinosaurs and the Bible

The story we have all heard from movies, television, newspapers, and most magazines and textbooks is that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. According to evolutionists, the dinosaurs “ruled the Earth” for 140 million years, dying out about 65 million years ago. However, scientists do not dig up anything labeled with those ages. They only uncover dead dinosaurs (i.e., their bones), and their bones do not have labels attached telling how old they are. The idea of millions of years of evolution is just the evolutionists’ story about the past. No scientist was there to see the dinosaurs live through this supposed dinosaur age. In fact, there is no proof whatsoever that the world and its fossil layers are millions of years old. No scientist observed dinosaurs die. Scientists only find the bones in the here and now, and because many of them are evolutionists, they try to fit the story of the dinosaurs into their view.

Yes, the Christian Worldview Is Supported by the Evidence - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Richard Dawkins once famously said, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” He’s also quoted saying, “Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that.” Dawkins isn’t the only atheist who believes Christianity can’t be supported by evidence. Sam Harris said, “When considering the truth of a proposition, one is either engaged in an honest appraisal of the evidence and logical arguments, or one isn’t. Religion is one area of our lives where people imagine that some other standard of intellectual integrity applies.” Statements such as these, while they are rhetorically powerful, expose a lack of understanding about the nature of evidence. Dawkins and Harris aren’t professional case makers, and they aren’t familiar with the broad categories of evidence we use in criminal and civil trials every day.

When speaking to non-Christians, do you use any of these Christianese terms?

I think that there is a real need for churches to train Christians in how to bring up topics that are of interest to Christians in public. The approach I’ve always taken is to have a broad worldview, including areas like economics and policy, so that I wouldn’t just sit there silent while other people are talking. I can ease into discussing spiritual things much more easily because I can start the conversation from politics, economics and current events. You have to show that you have knowledge in real-world areas before anyone will listen to you about other things. That’s my approach anyway. You really have to establish your credentials before you start to speak about spiritual things.

Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength

Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength, by TheGodQuestion(s): Love God with everything you are!

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Kevin and Crystal O'Connor Join TheBlaze To Discuss The Over $250K Dana's GoFundMe Page Raised

How Do We Know Jesus Was Raised From the Dead - Berkeley

Dr. Craig speaks to students on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus at InterHigh Fellowship in Berkeley for RISE Youth Ministry. Includes Q&A from the audience.

Grace and More Grace

My doctoral advisor, Scot McKnight, has a great new book entitled A Fellowship of Differents . He writes, “It is also vital to know that grace does not begin with God’s anger or wrath. No, God’s grace begins on the Yes-note of love; grace begins with his unconquerable love for us. He gives us a place ’in Christ,’ and then God’s grace empowers us to thrive ’in Christ.’ Grace invades our world; Grace is God’s loving, new creation power at work in us.”

Here’s the Best Prediction Yet of How Christianity and Islam Will Change Worldwide by 2050

“On-the-ground contacts in China and India consistently report that Christianity is growing due to conversions, and many of these Christians are organized in ‘underground’ or secret communities,” CSGC said. That explains why CSGC’s projection for the number of Christians in both China and India in 2050 is 330 million, compared to Pew’s projection of 108 million.

11. Do all good people go to heaven?

Nathan Betts ( ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Do all good people go to heaven?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out the book "The Prodigal God" by Tim Keller ( ). This video is episode 11 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": More about RZIM Canada:

One Graphic that Explains How RFRA Works | The Stream

The hysteria swirling around Indiana’s religious freedom bill is inversely proportional to its real implications. Anyone with access to Google can learn in five minutes that the bill simply requires the state to show a compelling interest before substantially burdening a person’s sincerely held religious belief, and if it does so, to choose the least restrictive means possible. In other words, if a law in Indiana compels you to do something that violates your religious belief, this new bill would give you a day in court, and require the state to show that it has a compelling interest and is restricting you as minimally as possible.

Late March 2015 Presuppositional Apologetics' Links

These are links gathered from March 21st-31st, 2015.

Jesus Didn’t Die from Crucifixion (The Swoon Theory)

This also doesn’t cover what happened the rest of Jesus’ life and ultimately real death assuming he didn’t die and didn’t ascend. One would think, if Jesus didn’t actually ascend into heaaven, he remained on earth for another 20, 30 or maybe 40 more years. Yet we have no more account, anywhere in history, of Jesus. He simply stops existing. The Romans, Jews and critics of Jesus don’t track him down, don’t discredit his ministry and claims? His believers don’t turn on him and rat him out for fashioning a false ministry? Pffft.

80% of Christians 'support assisted dying' – Premier Premier

An extensive new poll has revealed four in five Christians asked support assisted dying for the terminally ill.


Many skeptics have argued that the Christian doctrine of the atonement is inherently unjust. How is it just, they say, for an innocent man like Jesus to be punished for the sins of another? Even professing evangelicals have questioned the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, with one going so far as to call it “cosmic child abuse.” In this lecture, Dr. John MacArthur looks at the biblical doctrine of the atonement showing how the righteousness and holiness of God are upheld in it.

Exposing the Spirit of the Age: A Response to the Zeitgeist Movie | Hope's Reason

As for the notion of “dying and rising gods,” it is true that a death of some kind can be found in each of the mythologies of these cults, but none of them describes the deity’s destiny as one of dying and rising.  Persephone is abducted, then lives alternatively in the upper and lower worlds, as does vegetation.  Dionysos does not die in most of his myths, though his vine gets pruned, his celebrations were ecstatic and orgiastic, and one of his animals might be killed and eaten by Maenads (female votaries of Dionysos).  Only the Orphics imagined that the Titans killed, roasted, and ate Dionysos before Zeus incinerated the Titans, and from their ashes arose the human race, part evil from the Titans, part divine from Dionysos, thus calling for an ascetic way of life.  Adonis is killed by a wild boar and mourned by Aphrodite in some versions of his myth; in others he spends part of the year with Persephone in the underworld.  Attis pledged his fidelity to Cybele, the Great Mother of the wild mountains, but fell under the spell of a nymph, and so, in a frenzy, he castrated himself and thus became immune to human desires.

"Held Fast to Hold Fast" - by Robert Vogel

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 . Today's message from Hebrews 4:14 -16 was delivered by Robert Vogel, the Carl E. Bates Professor of Christian Preaching at Southern Seminary.

Really Recommended Posts 4/3/15- Golden Son, Tyndale, Judaism, and more!

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PC with Dr. Everett Piper about the Jesus we like vs. the Jesus that is -

PC with Dr. Everett Piper about the Jesus we like vs. the Jesus that is

50 Defenders 3 Podcast: Doctrine of God | Reasonable Faith

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51 What Does Christ's Resurrection Mean for Us? - Stand to Reason Blog
52 Interview with the Librarian (3)
53 Hugh Ross on Twitter
54 WORLD | The culture of death lives on | J.C. Derrick | April 4, 2015
55 Star Trek: TNG Season 4 "The Mind's Eye" and "In Theory"
56 RFRA Is Not Jim Crow - Stand to Reason Blog
57 Russell Moore on Twitter
58 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
59 McDonald’s Is Giving Employees a Raise and Paid Time Off
60 WORLD | Thinking rightly about ‘loving and hating’ | Bill Newton | April 4, 2015
61 Crossway on Twitter
63 Renewing Your Mind | The Weight of the Cross | April 3, 2015
64 WORLD | Weekend Reads: The deity and work of Christ | Caleb Nelson | April 4, 2015
65 What Can We Know About Jesus? 25 Suggested Readings
66 The Christian Post on Twitter
67 Innovative Apologetics: When Obvious Proof is Purposely Missed: The Willful Blindness of Atheists
68 Faithful Thinkers: Challenging Eyewitnesses of the Resurrection
69 Cave Creek/Carefree Climb - James White's 116.7 kilometers bike ride
70 James White on Twitter
71 Crossway on Twitter
72 Alister McGrath on Twitter
73 Personally Encountering the Resurrected Jesus
74 Innovative Apologetics: You Are Invited to Easter Service - Abundant Life: A Nondenominational Church Granbury Texas
75 WORLD | A mother’s love and a drunken driver’s redemption | Mary Reichard | April 4, 2015
76 Crossway on Twitter
77 Chris Rosebrough on Twitter
78 Edward Feser: The two faces of tolerance
79 WORLD | Graceful player | Andrew Branch | April 18, 2015
80 Christian charity welcomes Tory porn plans – Premier Premier
81 Free Audiobook: The Truth of the Cross - Stand to Reason Blog
82 Free Audiobook: The Truth of the Cross - Stand to Reason Blog
83 Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
84 Muslim guilty of racial abuse at Catholic school – Premier Premier
85 Police drop sex case against church rector – Premier Premier