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Psalm 1:2: Do You Delight in Bible Reading?

The word of God is not merely medicine for our sickly souls. To the born-again heart, it is food for our enjoyment and drink for our soul’s delight.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Gary Habermas Questions Why Atheists Believe in Alexander the Great, but Not Jesus' Resurrection

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Is Mark's Gospel an Early Memoir of the Apostle Peter? | Cold Case Christianity

Now, it can be argued that Papias’ description of Mark’s collaboration with Peter in Rome is the earliest description available to us. In fact, skeptics have tried to argue that later Church sources are simply parroting Papias when they connect Mark to Peter. But there is no evidence to suggest that Papias is the sole source of information related to Peter and Mark, particularly when considering the slight variations in the subsequent attributions (such as Clement’s version). The subtle differences suggest that the claims came from different original sources. In addition, Justin Martyr’s tangential reference to the ‘sons of thunder’ strengthens the support for Peter’s involvement coming from a source other than Papias (who never makes this connection). In essence, a claim of dependency on Papias lacks specific evidence, and even if this were the case, there is no reason to doubt the accuracy of Papias’ original claim in the first place. The consistent record of history identifies Mark’s Gospel as a memoir of Peter’s life with Jesus.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/before-god-speaks-decide-to-say-yes1

God speaks to people who decide they’re going to do what he tells them to do, even before he tells them. It’s saying, “God, if you want me to move, I’ll move. If you want me to get married, I’ll get married. If you want me to leave this job, I’ll leave this job. Before you even tell me, my answer is ‘yes.’ Whatever you want me to do, I will do it.” 

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Denny Burk on Twitter

MUST-READ: @DouthatNYT has a devastating critique of pro-choice logic, calling it a system "defended by euphemism and evasion, and by a failure to imagine oneself as all of us once were: tiny and dependent and hidden, and yet still essentially ourselves." https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/opinion/sunday/among-the-abortion-extremists.html …

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

Today on @RYMRadio , listen as W. Robert Godfrey takes us back to the Great Awakening, a period of widespread repentance and renewal. http://renewingyourmind.org/2018/04/07/the-great-awakening …

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Why Not to Check Your Phone in the Morning

Back in April we surveyed readers of desiringGod.org. 8,000 of you responded — thank you for the amazing response. Of those total responses, over 50% of those who have a smartphone admit to checking their phones within minutes of waking up in a typical morning. Among readers 18–29, that number is over 60%. Most of us know a pattern like this (checking email, texts, and social media on our phones immediately in the morning) is not healthy, but we do it anyway. Pastor John, why do you think grabbing for our phones in the morning is a default reaction for many Christians? And is there a better way forward?

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Structural insights into the voltage and phospholipid activation of the mammalian TPC1 channel

Two-pore channels (TPCs) are organellar voltage-dependent ion channels that are widely expressed in both animals and plants. In mammals, TPC1 and TPC2 regulate the physiological functions of the endolysosomal system. Here, Youxing Jiang and colleagues report the structure of mouse TPC1, a sodium ion (Na + )-selective channel, in both its apo closed state and phospholipid-bound open state by cryo-electron microscopy. Along with functional studies, these data underlie the basis for the difference in selectivity and gating of mammalian TPCs compared to their plant homologues. They also provide information on the mechanisms of activation and regulation by lipid binding.

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Scott Aniol on Twitter

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Rapid Response: I Don't Believe the Gospels Were Written By Eyewitnesses

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. What would you say if someone said, “I don’t trust the Gospels because I don’t believe they were written by eyewitnesses.” Here is a conversational example of how I recently responded to this objection:

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4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist

Step one in apologetics is to understand someone’s position. Many skip this step and merely vomit rehearsed arguments as soon as they hear a trigger word like “evolution” or “unreliable”. We like to give textbook answers, but people don’t hold textbook beliefs. Answers are only meaningful when given to relevant questions. So you must know the beliefs of the person across from you as they hold them before you start quoting J. Warner Wallace, Frank Turek, or Ravi. And you will only know their beliefs by listening.

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Meredith Frost on Twitter

So cool: Unearthed footage of Sylvester Stallone/Carl Weathers Choreography for Rocky in 1976 pic.twitter.com/depECkYTak

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Gentleness and Respect in Debate and Discussion

Introduction As a defender of the Christian worldview, I get involved in many discussions with skeptics. These discussions often not only touch on the existence of God, but on the problem of evil, the nature of man, and ethics, which all overlap into politics during certain years. As many have experienced first hand, these discussions often get heated. There is a temptation that is difficult to avoid in these situations, but it must be resisted.

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6 Ways Christians Can Fight the 'Cultural Marxism' on College Campuses

"I think the church doesn't realize what they're up against when they're sending our kids to the secular baptismal font," Miller declared. He argued that the modern college campus has been overtaken by the ideas of "cultural Marxism," an ideology particularly opposed to faith in Jesus Christ. He laid out six different ways Christians can fight back — not just to keep Christian students from converting to secularism, but to reclaim higher education for the Christian principles which founded it.

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Frog Orr-Ewing on Twitter

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5 Signs You're Forcing Your Religion (or Atheism) on Your Kids...and 5 Signs You're Not

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Is Education Overrated?

Introduction A couple months ago I read an interesting article about a professor who made the case that today's education system is grossly overrated. If the article's author represented him correctly, his contention is that because a large portion of educational resources focus on credentials and self-esteem ("vanity" in the words of the author), the system is overrated and needs a major overhaul. You can read the article here: " Professor: 'Education is Grossly Overrated' ." The last couple of lines are particularly what caught my attention: "Is our quest to give students ever-higher levels of education and credentialing based more in vanity hits than in true knowledge and understanding of the world?" That alone warrants this article for reasons that I will discuss shortly. But also happening in my home state of Oklahoma, as I write this blog post, is a dispute between public school teachers and law-makers regarding funding (you can check out any of our local media for the stories). As I have been involved in discussions at work and on Facebook about this local situation I recalled the content of the article above, that I believe may help explain how our education system got to producing the disrespectful display we have witnessed on both sides of the dispute.

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You Have Searched Me, Oh Apple Face ID, and You Know Me

For those of us living in Western democracies, this heavy-handed use of technology feels a little foreign. But what happens when facial recognition-equipped sunglasses start to pop up on eBay with the ability to scan publicly available Facebook photos, granting users the ability to ID people as they pass by? It will be a marketer’s paradise to know the name and likes of a person they see walking past their mall kiosk. Perhaps a stalker’s paradise, also, revealing to a casual observer personal information such as our credit scores or our political party affiliations.

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Who Cares What Christianity Teaches if it's Not Actually True?

You heard that right! I said it doesn’t matter unless Christianity is true! While moral questions still matter from a cultural standpoint, they don’t matter when evaluating the truth claims of Christianity. I was recently talking with a young woman on a flight. She is currently in a university theater program and was struggling with her faith. Her main question was in regards to the homosexuality issue. She had such a tender heart and genuinely didn’t know what to do. Coming from a theater background, she had many friends who were professing homosexuals. And though she was raised in a Christian home, she found herself doubting whether or not she could be a Christian based on what Christianity taught about homosexuality.

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Dating Site Including Polyamory as Sexual Orientation Option

In January 2016 the dating site introduced some new options intended to satisfy what they perceive as a growing trend: “Couples Linking.” This new feature allows “people who identify as ‘married,’ ‘seeing someone,’ or ‘in an open relationship’ to find new individuals with whom to have relationships.” Reportedly this new feature is the result of 24% of OkCupid users being “seriously interested” in group sex and 42% being willing to date someone who is already in a relationship.

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Jordan B Peterson on Twitter

CanvCrim Code 319(2): Every one who by communicating [nonprivate] statements wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years; or an offence punishable on summary conviction.

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

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Thomas Sowell on Twitter

"Being 'understanding' or 'non-judgmental' toward a young person from a culturally limited background may seem humane, but it can be the kiss of death, as far as that individual’s future is concerned."

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"I Just Don't Have Your Faith"

Easily the most disappointing reaction to the Gospel is an apologetic: “I’m sorry, but I just don’t have your faith.” Faith is a little like taste on this view. Some people like opera, some don’t. Some prefer spicy meals, others prefer sweet. You can’t help who you are and you can’t help what you like. So if some people have faith, and others don’t, it’s no-one’s fault. God won’t mind.

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Finding Purpose in Faith

While this faith in science is certainly understandable, it does not survive close scrutiny. This is so because the problems that ail us, the questions we need answered, are questions that science simply cannot answer. After all, science is not philosophy. It does not provide meaning, however much it advances knowledge or power. Modern Americans, of all people, should recognize this limitation. We live in a culture that is deteriorating in many ways. Pleasure seems to be the principal pursuit of a large segment of the population, and despite intense efforts to find nirvana, and despite access to the best “toys” ever made, people seem to be increasingly stressed… and distressed. We seem to be experiencing a huge increase in depression and destructive behavior patterns; addictions to drugs and alcohol, gluttony leading to obesity, gambling, and pornography, to name a few. These pursuits may lessen the emotional pain for a while, but they leave the afflicted even more broken in their wake. What people lack, in increasing numbers, is a sense of belonging; some purpose or meaning to which they can devote their lives and that can make sense of the world.

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When Robots Milk Cows, Farm Families Taste Freedom

On a growing number of dairy farms, cows, not people, decide when they need to be milked. Robots can do the job day or night. For some farm families, the robots free them from rigid milking schedules.

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Obianuju Ekeocha on Twitter

PlannedParenthood has 79% of their abortion clinics located in minority neighbourhoods. Black women are thrice more likely to abort their babies than white women. Yes, stand with black women long enough to convince that the babies in their wombs are disposable. #BlackGenocide https://twitter.com/layner311l/status/982589030016614401 …

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From Medical Doctor to Stay-at-Home Mom

The Internet is replete with commentary on Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook), Ann Marie Slaughter (President & CEO of New America), and the “Opt-Out Generation.” As intriguing and complex as these discussions appear, for Christians, debates about “having it all” run askance of the point. The real question is: Are we leaning in to our careers or opting out to stay at home in order to have it all for his glory, or for our own edification?

28 Christianity Today on Twitter

In a strange twist, the deterministic scientists and angry Christians that Marilynne Robinson repeatedly denounces may have latched onto something to which she herself is blind http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/april-web-only/marilynne-robinson-what-are-we-doing-here.html …

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Apologetics: How Can the Bible be Inerrant if Copyists Made Mistakes?

Oddly enough, when it comes to differences between biblical manuscripts, some skeptics seem to pursue a similar line of reasoning to the one my teacher followed when I asked the differences between the Gospels. “How does it help us to say that the Bible is the inerrant word of God if in fact we don’t have the words that God inerrantly inspired,” one such skeptic claims, “but only the words copied by the scribes—sometimes correctly but sometimes (many times!) incorrectly?” In other words, if there are variations among the many thousands of copies of Scripture, how can anyone reasonably claim that the Scriptures are inerrant?

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Biola University on Twitter

Alert: Heavy police/Campus Safety presence at Biola Ave entrance due to a medical-related situation. No safety concerns. Biola students not involved.

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Experiment: The Brain—Your Nimble Noggin

Would you rather have a computer or a brain in an emergency? Knock a robot off its legs, and you decide! Our brains are designed to process millions of bits of complex information, day in and day out, including split-second decisions to avoid an accident.

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Can We Reconcile Justice and Forgiveness? - The Veritas Forum

Last Thursday at the Veritas Forum at Harvard, we were fortunate enough to host Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nasser of sexual abuse. Her story is one of immense courage, guided by an unwavering pursuit of justice and a hope in a God that will one day make all things right.

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Desiring God on Twitter

“I will help you.” “I will strengthen you.” “I will uphold you.” “I will give you what you need to say.” “I love you.” Let God’s promises strengthen you today and every day.

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Ask Ligonier. A Place to Find Answers.

Maybe you’re leading a Bible study tomorrow. Maybe you’re just beginning to dig deeper. It’s good to know that you can always ask Ligonier. For more than forty-five years, Christians have been looking to Ligonier Ministries, the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul, for clear and helpful answers to biblical and theological questions. Now you can ask those questions online as they arise, confident that our team will work quickly to provide clear, concise, and trustworthy answers. When you have questions, just ask Ligonier.

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4 tough questions every pastor needs to ask about food

Find your comfort in Jesus . It’s a powerful thing to realize the impact food has on the soul and that we use food as a means of comfort in this fallen world. But the solution doesn’t stop by mere awareness. Our souls are nurtured and cared for when we realize our comfort in the stress and difficulties of our ministries is not in food, but in Jesus. We have to own our pursuit or rejection of food before Jesus can come and provide the only lasting comfort amidst this world’s sufferings. What resonates with the Holy Spirit that resides in each of us as followers of Jesus is that Jesus satisfies in a way the best food cannot.

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Denny Burk on Twitter

We are Toto fans around my house. My 7-year old just realized today that they aren't saying "Hosanna" in the chorus to this song. Epiphany. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MtvNZ59OqQ …

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Slay Sin by Savoring Christ

We are hopeless in our Christian lives if we have not the charter of Christ held fast against our hearts. The psalmist declared that he stored up the Word in his heart so he would not sin against God (Ps. 119:8). The Word of Christ is to be richly dwelling in all members of the new creation (Col. 3:1-4, 16). We pursue holiness by walking in accordance with the Bible in the power of the Holy Spirit. Calvin writes, “Put on Christ, means here to be on every side fortified by the power of his Spirit, and be thereby prepared to discharge all the duties of holiness; for thus is the image of God renewed in us, which is the only true ornament of the soul.”

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Desiring God on Twitter

If you depend simply on lights, music, and atmosphere to make people feel happy in God on Sundays, they’ll only feel happy in God on Sundays. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/does-your-heart-run-on-hype …

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Joseph (J.W.)Wartick on Twitter

The year 2000 Hugo nominees were fantastic: "A Deepness in the Sky" by Vernor Vinge (winner), "Darwin's Radio" by Greg Bear, A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold, "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling.

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More than a casual glance: 10 Apologetics Quotes

Pastors do you not see that it is your responsibility to adequately train the flock of God in reasons why the Gospel is true and reliable? It is not enough to preach a good sermon every week. People need opportunities within the church to learn by question and answer, by digging and discovering, by being challenged and learning to give an intellectually satisfying answer to objections to the Christian faith.

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Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter

Face the facts. The devil is not letting up. The world is not letting up. The flesh is not letting up. We can't let up either! Time to press in, take hold of God afresh, and go for it. If not now, then when?

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What Are the Unique Worldview Challenges of Generation Z? Interview with Dr. Jeff Myers.

MYERS: I think it’s a huge, huge mistake when people say that. Apologetics and worldview training are more important than ever—and students seem to engage with them more than ever. It is different, though. They need to know how their thoughts and feelings fit with how God created reality. They won’t engage unless it affects them personally. They won’t engage unless they can imagine how they can be credible talking with their friends. They won’t engage unless they feel safe—that the adults in their lives really care and won’t be scared off when they hear about what they’re really dealing with. They won’t engage unless they have a chance to talk and ask questions as well as process new information.

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The Gospel Coalition on Twitter

Marriage between one man and one woman is a beautiful gift of God, but it cannot bear the weight of serving as your ultimate end. https://thegspl.co/2GzIUr5 

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Desiring God on Twitter

If you’re living your best life now, you’re not just missing out; you’re not headed to heaven. In Christ, the best is yet to come. https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/radical-effects-of-the-resurrection--2 …

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

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God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings

If nothing else, hear this: God is at work in our public schools. He hasn’t left our students or teachers and abandoned our nation’s education system. The challenges and dangers we must confront in these places are not proof of God’s absence; rather, they are a reminder that our world is fallen—tainted by centuries of sin.

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Missionaries Risk Their Lives Returning to North Korea to Spread the Gospel

A 69-year-old Korean-Chinese woman, who lives in China's northeastern border region, is preparing a group of North Korean converts to return to their country to share the Gospel, despite the mysterious deaths of 10 front-line missionaries and pastors along the border.

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Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter

Some of our men and women should be working in the sciences at the highest levels. For the good of the church and the world, the Reformed perspective needs a place at the table. http://bit.ly/2E5FR3E 

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Desiring God on Twitter

For the born-again heart, God’s word is not a protein shake that you take to have a better life. It is spiritual oxygen to keep you alive. https://www.desiringgod.org/labs/do-you-delight-in-bible-reading …

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