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Angelina Jolie Protected Refugee Children From a Mob

Last week, the larger-than-life actress visited a refugee camp in Greece, and, predictably, a crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the star. Then, the crowd quickly devolved into a mob that put some of the refugee children with Jolie in danger. The actress did the opposite of what we're accustomed to seeing stars do when confronted with that kind of attention: She put herself between the mob and the children. And, because this particular crowd consisted largely of media and paparazzi, we have video of Jolie arguing with those pressing in on her and trying to shield the children from being crushed. Jolie, in Greece with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, reportedly visited some of the 4,000 refugees and migrants who live outside of Athens.

An Idea and Its Impact: Human Origins and Human Ethos

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Gospel Lenses and the Search for Allies (Updated with Full Response) - Alpha and Omega Ministries

Please see the addition of a full response to Ekemini Uwan added at the end of this post. Last week I ran afoul of the ever-present issue of political correctness when I posted a brief video of a young man flipping off a passing police car, wearing his shorts around his thighs (his underwear was …

Obama: Because of God's Love, We Don't Have to Be Afraid

Yesterday was Barack Obama's last Easter Prayer Breakfast as president of the United States. As he has every year since he took office, he opened the breakfast with a talk—a sermon, almost. He directly referenced the recent ISIS attacks in Brussells, Belgium. "These attacks can foment fear and division. They can tempt us to cast out the stranger, strike out against those who don’t look like us, or pray exactly as we do," he said. Clearly addressing the heightened suspicions of refugees and even Muslims here in the U.S., the president said that the sacrifice of Jesus, culminating in Easter, is the very reason people need not fear. He said, Scripture tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Because of God’s love, we can proclaim “Christ is risen!” Because of God’s love, we have been given this gift of salvation. Because of Him, our hope is not misplaced, and we don’t have to be afraid. And as Christians have said through the years, “We are Easter people, and Alleluia is our song!” We are Easter people, people of hope and not fear. You can watch the full talk right here:

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Why “punish” abortionists but not those who receive abortions?

Yesterday, Donald Trump said in an interview that the law should “punish” women for getting abortions (see above). Trump quickly reversed himself in a subsequent press release. Still, i…

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3 A Word of Gratitude As I Turn 70 | RZIM

If there is a challenge I want to give to you, it is to keep focused on the calling God has placed on your life. God has a purpose for your life and mine, and He alone gives us the platform and the strength to fulfill that calling as we share His love with our world. We know that hearts are hungry, lives are shattered, and grief and uncertainty are at an all-time high… but the message of Jesus Christ is as vibrant and as freshly needed as ever. Let us carry this light by a life that is beautifully lived and by a cohesiveness that is in itself a witness.

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Well, it’s a polarized response. You have two responses I’m seeing in America: You have the people saying, “Islam is a religion of peace. All Muslims are peaceful, loving people. ISIS and the like are hijacking Islam and not representative of Muslims.” I like that response in that it’s compassionate, but I don’t like how it ignores some of the truth. On the other side of the equation, you have people who are saying, “Islam is a violent religion, therefore all Muslims are all threats, therefore let’s keep them out of the country.” That’s a problematic response. It’s completely uncompassionate. It doesn’t distinguish between people and a belief system. But it does at least deal with the truth about Islam. So the title of my book, Answering Jihad: The Better Way Forward , the better way forward is embracing both truth and compassion, truth about Islam but compassion for Muslims.

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God Is at Work in Your Unremarkable Days

This Book enlightens and confounds, humbles and encourages me. It has more wisdom in it than can possibly be mined in a lifetime. It speaks to me in the things that it explicitly says, and also in what it doesn’t say. This January, Genesis is speaking to me of the work of God in the unremarkable years — all the years spanning between God’s recorded historical in-breakings.

Chris Pratt Built a Gigantic Cross on Easter

Some people like to dye eggs on Easter Sunday. Some, like Chris Pratt, like to build gigantic crosses out in the desert with their friends. On Instagram , the actor posted step-by-step instructions of how to erect a giant cross. The photos show Pratt and two friends carrying the huge steel cross up a hill, digging a hole and cementing it into the ground. The action and comedy star has been outspoken about his faith in the past. Over Christmas, he visited a children’s hospital with Russell Wilson and Ciara, writing on Instagram, “say a prayer for all those kids who don't get to be at home for Xmas. #merryxmas #HappyHolidays Psalm 37:3–4 ‘Trust in the LORD, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. Also delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’”

Homophobia Has No Place in the Church

Therefore, our comfort, our convenience, our safety, or our perception of our country’s values are no longer valid reasons to operate in any way that is opposed to genuine biblical love. And we love this way because this is exactly how Jesus first loved us (1 John 4:19). He wasn’t threatened or repelled by us; he wasn’t afraid to enter a relationship with us, sinners that we were (and still are), and to even graciously speak the truth about our sin. Instead, he loved us so lavishly that he died for us to present us clean and whole before his Father (Romans 5:6–8).


How the Gospel Frees Us From the American Dream

I was all about the American dream growing up, and not only because I am the daughter of two immigrants. A high GPA and extracurricular activities would surely get me into a good college, and a degree from a prestigious institution would surely equal a high-paying job. Isn't that what we're all aiming for, after all?

Malaysia Rules Muslim Man Can Convert to Christianity

Rebit’s lawyer, Chua Kuan Ching, welcomed the decision and said he hoped that the National Registration Department would not appeal the judgment. “In previous conversion cases involving minors, the courts did not go far enough to state what happens when the child reaches adulthood. So this is a different decision because the judge is saying that he has the right to religious freedom, according to the Constitution.”

The FAQs: Christians Targeted on Easter in Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

On Monday White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said , “the fact that you have an “extremist organization targeting religious minorities and children is an outrage.” Earnest added, “even though this terror attack was targeted at Christians, a religious minority in Pakistan — that in an of itself is grotesque — the fact of the matter is that based on the names we are seeing now the majority of the victims were actually Muslims.”

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• As opening day for the 2015 Major League baseball season draws near, one of the biggest clouds ever hovers over New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. After defiantly denying in public that he had used banned performance-enhancing substances, baseball’s highest paid player reportedly told federal drug agents and prosecutors behind closed doors that he had indeed used steroids. Rodriguez received immunity from prosecution in exchange for confessing. His admission rang familiar to when Mark McGwire came clean five years ago. McGwire had previously misled Congress about his steroid use, but in the end, he acknowledged he had used the drugs, even as he eclipsed baseball’s single season home run record in 1998 while playing with the St. Louis Cardinals.

It's Time for Christian Players in the NFL to Threaten a Boycott

But right now, you need to stand up like the men of courage you are, and you need to say to Roger Goodell, "Mr. Commissioner, we are privileged to make our living playing professional football, and it's the honor of a lifetime to have this international stage. But we are asking you to leave us out of the culture wars. The NFL is about sports and achievement and excellence, not about political correctness or gay activism or attacking religious freedoms. So we're asking you to quit threatening states for protecting our liberties and to quit using us as tools of a political agenda. And if you refuse to modify your position, we will have to sit out the next year."

4 Lies I Believed About Dating a Christian

Dating will forever be a tricky topic, especially within the Church. When it comes to dating and more importantly, marriage, I am fully behind the idea of being “equally yoked” (2 Corinthians 6:14) with another Christian. But we need to remind ourselves that it’s not just two Christians coming together; it’s two sinners. While this comes with its own share of obstacles as seen above, it doesn’t negate the fact that God, the author and creator of you and your partner, is above it all and will guide the both you to build your relationship in a way that brings Him glory.

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Together in the School of Christ

Education is a popular topic in the news, and for good reason. Education is one of the most important influences on future generations. That is why the Bible has much to say about the topic. Unfortunately, the Scripture’s theology of education is too often neglected in our day.

Keller, Piper, and Carson on Seeking Reformation through TGC

Editors’ note:  We’re pleased to announce that TGC’s 2017 National Conference will be held in Indianapolis from April 3 to 5 on the theme of “No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 & Beyond,” marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Registration will open next month, when we’ll make a more formal announcement. 

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Mark Zuckerberg on Terrorism: ‘Understanding and Empathy’ Must Spread Faster than ‘Fear and Hate’

The social media platform has created a feature called “Safety Check” to allow family members and friends of people in the areas effected by violence and disasters to locate them more quickly. An apparent glitch on Sunday notified people thousands of miles away from the bombing (though the technical problem wasn’t mentioned in Zuckerberg’s post.) Along with discussing Safety Check, Zuckerberg wrote,

The Lent Project

The Lent Project is a daily devotional series celebrating the Lent season through art and Scripture. Our goal is to help individuals quiet their hearts and enter into a daily routine of worship and reflection during this meaningful season.

More than Money: Tim Keller on How to Live Generously

I don’t feel I know enough to speak broadly about most or even many pastors. In general, I think I’ve not spoken about generosity enough. I’ve probably shied away from the topic, even though the Bible talks about it a great deal. 

Loved by all ages: Christian tributes to Ronnie Corbett - premier

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WORLD | Trooper injured in shooting at Virginia bus station | Lynde Langdon | March 31, 2016

UPDATE:  A Virginia state trooper who was initially reported dead in a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond has survived with life-threatening injuries, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The suspect in the shooting died. Two other civilians were injured, but it was not clear whether they were shot. Geller did not comment on the shooter’s motive.

The Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer

As if that isn’t enough, liberals go to great lengths to convince people that their opponents are so cruel, evil, racist and despicable that their arguments are tainted by default and shouldn’t be considered at all. The few conservative speakers at colleges are often met with protests meant to block their speech while conservative students, groups and professors face open discrimination. Taking a non-liberal position can cost an actor his career, a professor his tenure and a scientist his grants. On top of all that, they’ve attempted to simply make topics that are uncomfortable for liberals “out of bounds” via political correctness.

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Come and learn from internationally known author of Out of the Saltshaker and speaker Becky Pippert, about how to share the Christian faith in a way that is authentic, biblical and culturally relevant.

Trump Is No Pro-Lifer

W hen candidates for high office are faking it in order to persuade a party's base that, appearances and past record to the contrary notwithstanding, they really, really are “with the program,” they step into dangerous territory. They need to say what the base wants to hear. Indeed, they need to sound like one of the faithful.

Georgia Governor Caves to Big Business, Vetoes Religious Freedom | The Stream

That’s right, big business threatened boycotts and used their outsized economic pressure to force the governor to act against the common good. Do the NFL and the NCAA, Disney and Apple have a zero tolerance policy for religious freedom bills? Even a bill that didn’t protect the Little Sisters is too much for the Left to tolerate.

Drug Lord El Chapo Started Reading ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ While in Prison

The Mexican drug lord is working his way through the book that contains some rather applicable points for a man that will likely spend the larger portion of his life behind bars. Besides leading a simpler life, some of Warren's main ideas include not being a prisoner of your past, forgiveness and surrender. Whether or not El Chapo will turn over a new leaf following these revelations is, of course, unclear. But we can probably safely assume that Rick Warren—in his wildest dreams—didn't expect a world-renown drug lord to be among his readership.

The Rise of Evangelical Feminism

Decore is one thing, decision-making for the church is another. In most conservative churches, especially Reformed churches, women are left out of the decision-making process because of faulty Bible reading. The culture of the past thousands and thousands of years has put women down, de-valued women, denied them rights, etc. and unfortunately, this attitude is engrained in our culture and our outlook, even if we don't want it to be. So, people read the Bible through the lenses of this culture and therefore see that wives must submit, women must be silent, etc. The correct way to read the Bible is to put each verse back into the context of its chapter and into the theme of the book overall. Plus, we have to know what Paul was referring to when he wrote these verses. Some were specific situations that we don't deal with. So, if you bear all this in mind plus reconcile Paul's writing with Christ's teachings, then you see that God does not limit women and that patriarchal/complementarian teachings are a product of the sinful culture.

Conservative Christians say Disney is anti-faith - premier

Disney is facing backlash from a right-wing conservative Christian group for supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights in the USA.

35 Under Authority Like Christ

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. Now I want you to realize,” in 1 Corinthians 11:3, this verse? Wow! This is a hotly debated verse. This verse is so debated – there are whole books on this verse and if you Google 1 Corinthians 11:3, your computer will explode. That’s how controversial that this verse is. And if you go to a college, especially a Christian college, wow. Don’t even read this verse, they’ll kick you out, right? This is a very debated verse. “Now I want you to realize the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” Verse 4. “Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head,” Do I gotta wear a doily on my head? Ah, good question. We’ll get to that in a minute. “-it is just as though her head were shaved. “I can’t shave my head, it’s hot.” Ah, we’ll get to that, too. “If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.

Pakistan’s Easter Bombing and the Power of Mourning

We resolve that we will not stop feeling the pain. We will not medicate ourselves into a state of non-feeling. We will not skip past the agony of our spiritual siblings. We will not allow selfish fear to prevent us from feeling sad, when sorrow is the just thing to feel. We will not be ignorant or apathetic about the genocide of our people. Instead, we resolve to pray for our brothers and sisters, just as if they were our own flesh and blood.

Why You Should Teach Your Children to be Christian

However, I think unwittingly this progressive concept of faith and spirituality has pulled the rug out from under faith as a whole. Our collective intention has been to give equal credence to every single faith, religion, and worldview. However, by truncating faith and limiting its effects to the individual, we have actually belittled faith as a whole. By telling our children all faiths are possible and powerful and personal we have also told them that no faith is really true.

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Frank Turek - Six Reasons North Carolina Got It Right

Lies are born the moment someone thinks the truth is dangerous. Apparently, a good number of business and sports executives think the truth about North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” (HB2) is dangerous, that’s why they are lying about it. Well, perhaps I should be a bit more charitable: some may not be overtly lying about it, but they are expressing their disapproval without knowing what the bill actually does.

A Guide to Ending a Conflict Without Being a Jerk

Short-run strategies are useful. They’re even more useful when joined to the longer-term, larger work God is doing in our lives: the slow turning of our hearts away from self and toward God as the Spirit conforms us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). The more completely we open our hearts to God, the more we reflect the fruits that are closest to God’s heart, including peace, gentleness and self-control. From fruits like these come the soft answer not just as a quick fix, but as our first instinct, replacing (or at least mitigating) fight-or-flight with calm and compassion.

41 The NFL, the NBA, and Big Bucks

Among those using that nomenclature is the National Basketball Association. On Thursday, the league announced they may reconsider hosting 2017 All-Star Weekend activities in Charlotte, because of their commitment to “equality and mutual respect.” They apparently missed the irony in taking this moral stand, given that the NBA and WNBA are separate leagues, but Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation didn’t, observing on Twitter: “Hey @NBA, you’re against bathrooms based on biology, but think basketball should be?”

Does Islam Need a Luther?

While living in the Middle East, I was profoundly moved by hearing Christians in a closed Muslim country profess love for their country—the same one killing people like them. If these persecuted Christians can feel this way, American Christians can certainly be proud patriots too. Yet the “made in America” stamp pales in comparison to the one that reads “God’s handiwork.” And as Christians we’re taught to love even our enemies (Matt. 5:44), regardless of their citizenship.

Why God Doesn't Reduce the Evil in the World?

The invention of the automobile was a pivotal moment in human history. The locomotive had been around for nearly 100 years and was instrumental in moving people and goods long distances. But the fact that locomotives ran on rails didn't make it functional for short trips to varying destinations. People still had to rely on horses or horse-drawn buggies. When the mass-produced automobile debuted, it changed everything. People had significantly more freedom once they owned an automobile. They could choose to go where they wished at any time they wished. They could take luggage and supplies with them. Roads, being much cheaper to build and maintain than rails, also began to appear everywhere and highways stretched across the country opening up even more opportunities. Of course, as the number of drivers increased, the number of accidents increased as well. Cars could be dangerous, especially to pedestrians. If cars were placed on tracks, the number of fatalities could have been decreased, but doing so would defeat the purpose of the automobile. A car on rails is an amusement park attraction, not an automobile.

44 We've Officially Reached Peak Millennial: Hostage Takes Selfie with EgyptAir Hijacker

As it turns out, Seif Eldin Mustafa, the hijacker in question, wasn't really wearing a bomb vest and only hijacked the plane to get a four-page letter to his ex-wife in Cyprus. So, it all worked out in the end. Except for the whole hijacking a plane part.

WORLD | Pink slip for robots | Michael Cochrane | April 2, 2016

All our digital treasures will eventually wear out: According to technology website Gizmag, CDs and DVDs—along with the music, videos, and documents we think we’ve permanently captured—can deteriorate in decades. The current state of the art for digital storage in those forms lasts no more than about a century.

Christians 'banned' from leaving IS controlled Raqqa - premier

Islamic State (IS) has banned all Christians from leaving its self-declared capital Raqqa and placed them under house arrest, a monitoring agency claims.

Influence Podcast: Barry Corey on Kindness in the Public Square

T his week, Influence magazine’s very own George Paul Wood talks to Barry Correy about kindness in the public square. Dr. Corey is president of Biola University in La Mirada, California, and author of Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue . (Read our review here .) To learn more about Dr. Corey, visit .

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49 Apologetics Guided Reading: Historical Apologetics Read-Along

I am going to lead a read-through of a historical apologetics work,  Manual of Christian Evidences  by George Park Fisher . Why choose this book? There are a few reasons. First, it is public domain and therefore available for free through various online formats (including getting it on your Kindle or other e-reading formats). Second, it provides a good framework for understanding the historical development of apologetics from its time (late 19th century) until now. Third, it introduces a few arguments that most people familiar with modern apologetics will find novel, thus showing the importance of exploring historical apologetics. Finally, fourth, I’ve already been doing a read-along of the book in the Facebook group, “Dead Apologists Society,” and I can both tie this discussion back to that group and also use what I’ve been writing up there for this.

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54 Heaven and Hell: How to Explain God’s Love AND Justice to Kids
55 Nun accused of telling elderly patient to die - premier
56 Yes, the Evolutionary Process Does Depend on Randomness - Stand to Reason Blog
57 1 Thessalonians 1:2–7, Part 1: Hope Will Put You to Work
58 Why Christians Love Diversity
59 Trump as Corduroy Pillow | Blog & Mablog
60 Renewing Your Mind | The Sufficiency of Christ | March 31, 2016
61 Does the God of Christianity exist, and what difference does it make? A Panel Debate
62 TGC IO Offers Free Shipping in March
63 Pakistani Authorities Have Detained 5,000 People Since the Easter Day Bombing
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67 TGCW16: Preparing for a Feast
68 Chad drought forcing mums to look to ants' nests for food, warns Christian charity - premier
69 Morgan Freeman on God: 'We are all in search of the truth' - premier
70 Christianophobia is Big Business | The Stream
71 Greg Koukl explains the right way to handle an angry, aggressive atheist
72 Technology: Use or lose our navigation skills
73 Frank Turek - Six Reasons North Carolina Got It Right
74 Why the Gift of Prophecy Is Not the Usual Way of Knowing God's Will
75 Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies | March 31, 2016
76 How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare?
77 5 Methods for Fighting Half-Hearted Prayer
78 @russellmoore on Instagram: “Here in the White House for the President's Easter breakfast.”
79 830. Did God Create The World To Boost His Own Glory?
80 Sinners and Their Knowledge of God – A Rejoinder
81 Wisconsin Gov. Walker Endorses ‘Principled, Common-Sense Conservative’ Cruz For President
82 Minimum Wage, Georgia Governor's Caving, Christian Martyrs in Pakistan, and Kasich's Path
83 The Unspoken Vocational Hierarchy
84 Missions Conference Special Lecture with Tim Keesee
85 How Pakistani Christians Fleeing Persecution Get Tied Up in Thailand
86 3 Quick Reflections on Apologetics Worldwide
87 3 Quick Reflections on Apologetics Worldwide
88 FBI: Hospice Care Killed Patients in Texas for a Profit
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92 Can Science Rule Out the Existence of God?