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Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Calling on Obama Admin to Use 'All Diplomatic Tools' to Free Pastor Abedini, Americans in Iran

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Monday that the "supposed crime" of U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than two and a half years was "attempting to build and operate an orphanage," and urged the Obama administration to secure his release before a deal is reached on Iran's nuclear program.

The Five Best Years In Christian Music History | The Blazing Center

In 1996, Third Day created a name for themselves by bringing a sort of southern flavored rock to the Christian music scene. Mac Powell, the lead singer, managed to sing almost every song without ever moving his tongue, which put him in the ranks of Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) and Eddie Vedder. Nevertheless, Third Day was a fresh sound for the Christian music world (yes, I know, the Christian music scene is always five years behind).

How Atheists Are Stealing From God: An Interview with Frank Turek | Impact 360 Institute

What if atheism is not the most reasonable position after all? In this interview with author and apologist Dr. Frank...

America's oldest living Vet shows us his guns (VIDEO)

Today, May 11, 2015 is Richard Overton’s 109th birthday. This makes him America’s oldest surviving World War Two Veteran.

Is it wrong to pass incremental pro-life laws?

Pro-life debater Scott Klusendorf summarizes a recent debate between a pro-life incrementalist and a pro-life abolitionist. An incrementalist is a pro-lifer who wants to pass laws that save lives r...

Husband and Wife Are Guaranteed to Melt Your Heart With This Powerful Duet!

Peter and Evynne Hollens get together to sing an unforgettable duo. This husband and wife combination cover Chris Medina's "What Are Words" with the Piano Guys.

The Deeper Issues of the Worm Video Debate: Ursula Goodenough's Hypothesis

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As Clay in the Potter's Hand, Eugenicists Would Edit Human Genes

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

Watch Two Dudes Fly Around Dubai in Jetpacks

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721. Can Science Disprove God?

Frank Turek describes how science can only be done if God exists.

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Watch: This exclusive trailer for the Mad Men finale will make you tear up

AMC has given us an exclusive look at the last Mad Men teaser ever. This is a series that has always produced haunting, stylish promos, both in still photograph and trailer form. So it's noteworthy that AMC has chosen to go with something a little more heartwarming in the build-up to the series finale — and all those shots of Betty (January Jones) carry an added resonance in the wake of the penultimate episode .

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The Briefing 05-12-15

1) In opposition to abortion restrictions concept of ‘baby’ disappears

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Another Blogger in Bangladesh Has Been Murdered for Criticizing Religious Extremism

Just months after the founder of the secular blog “Free Mind” was murdered in the streets by Islamic extremists armed with machetes, another Bangladeshi blogger has been hacked to death . Ananta Bijoy Das also wrote for the blog, which identifies itself as a “congregation of freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, atheists & humanists of mainly Bengali and South Asian descent.” Das is the third anti-religious-extremism blogger to be murdered in the country in recent months. As Buzzfeed notes , though the nation’s government is officially non-religious, the population is largely Muslim, and the country’s main Islamist political party was formally banned by courts two years ago. Das was known as an advocate of science and was critical of religious fundamentalism. Like the other victims—who were also critical Islam and extremism—he was hacked to death in a public street ...

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On Guard - Christian Research Institute

This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life.

6 How Humility Helps Us Hear the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity

Jurors aren’t the only ones in jeopardy from arrogant over-confidence. Case makers also place themselves at risk when they allow excessive pride to characterize their efforts. As the Bible accurately describes, “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Proverbs 16:18). When a detective takes the stand in a criminal case and comes off as arrogant or brash, his testimony is likely to be rejected by a jury. In a similar way, prosecutors and attorneys who appear haughty or self-important typically alienate the very jury they are trying to engage. If you’re trying to make the case for Christianity and encounter a prideful resister, take a minute to examine your own attitude. One sure way to amplify the pride of someone you’re trying to reach is to allow your own arrogance to overtake you. When pride meets pride, nothing good results. If you can be humble, self-effacing and gracious in your approach, you’re far more likely to draw those characteristics out of the person you are trying to reach. Peter understood this all too well when he called us to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15).

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The Difference Between Bigotry and Blasphemy

A year after The Atlantic published Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” the plutocratic wave of feminism continues to roll in. Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In looks to dominate the best-seller lists for months to come. Both accounts are full of stories like the iPad in the delivery room, stories of women furiously multitasking, worrying about family over champagne at a United Nations event, or diagnosing children with head lice while aboard a corporate jet. Men are mostly offstage. Slaughter, to her great credit, talks repeatedly about her husband, noting that he has done everything possible to support both her career and their two sons, including taking on the lion’s share of parenting duties while she commuted for two years from Princeton to Washington, D.C. Sandberg, too, talks about her husband’s role at home (in her book’s dedication, she credits him with “making everything possible”). But in the ensuing discussion of gender politics, which has been conducted almost entirely by women, for women, men are far more anonymous—implacable opponents of progress in the upper echelons, helpless losers elsewhere.

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Yogi Berra’s Best ‘Yogi-ism’ Was a Profound Act of Kindness

Yes, the real deal.  I still have his autographed baseball after many years.  Yogi coached here in Houston with the Astros a while back.  Quite a legend.  You have read the Biggio quote.  Not a headline grabber kinda guy.  Decent kid from St Louis.  I am amazed Yogi got it all done after that crushing appraisal of his talent by Branch Rickey, who was the guy in that day who knew baseball talent.  Looks like one got a way.  One big Branch Rickey project was #42, Jackie Robinson, breaking the race barrier.  I still see that close play at the plate with Yogi tagging Jackie out in that WS game between the Dodgers and Yankees.  I still see Yogi jumping up and down in front of the umpire arguing he was out.  I think Jackie was out, after all the times I have seen that play.  Yogi made the tag.  What a role model.  And he is still with us.

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Grace to You Radio

Imagine the horror of discovering that the salvation you claim isn’t real. How can you be sure that won’t happen to you? Find out in John MacArthur’s series called The Way to Heaven .

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Vice & Virtue by Jimmy Needham

I'm a huge fan...have been for many years. The thing about Jimmy Needham is that he is crazy talented and unique. I love his diversity, and his gift as a great lyricist. I listen to his albums over and over and over again, and I'm able to enjoy the songs by either the beat, the catchy lyrics, or the message that hits my heart. Unfortunately, I don't see myself listening to this album like that, as I feel like this entire album is a blend of one long song....with little of the diversity I love so much about him. Is it good? Heck yeah...his talent alone makes it good. However, aside from Vice and Virtue and the Spoken Word, I feel little connection with the lyrics that seem to lack the worshipful, hit-the-heart, convict-me, make-me-think and reflect-on-my-relationship- with- God tunes that I have come to expect from JN.

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What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? is relentlessly biblical. In fact, DeYoung, senior minister of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, devotes the entire first part of the book simply to explaining what Scripture teaches. In five chapters, he deals with six primary texts from the Old and New Testaments that relate to homosexuality: Genesis 1–2 and 19; Leviticus 18 and 20; Romans 1; 1 Corinthians 6; and 1 Timothy 1. Anyone familiar with the mountain of biblical scholarship on these texts over the last 40 years knows this is a formidable task. Sadly, much of that work is dedicated to implausible revisionist interpretations that have found undeserved plausibility in the aftermath of the sexual revolution. DeYoung knows this scholarship, summarizes its arguments accurately, and then decimates them in terms that ordinary readers can understand. This is no small achievement.

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Why Millennials Might Be Having Less Sex Than Their Parents

Even more shocking? The study says one in three 20-somethings have never had sex at all. “You’d think they’d be focused on sleeping around, but really what they’re focused on is getting ahead,” explains Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and Chief Scientific Advisor for Match. “In their 20s I think they’re working very hard. There’s something to be said for the fact that they may be taking relationships and commitment more seriously.”

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The State of Theology

It is Ligonier's desire to serve the church in fulfilling the Great Commission. This survey has helped to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.

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7 Truths About Hell

Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live forever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only 70 years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever. Perhaps my bad temper or my jealousy are gradually getting worse—so gradually that the increase in 70 years will not be very noticeable. But it might be absolute hell in a million years: in fact, if Christianity is true, hell is the precisely correct technical term for what it would be.

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Naked Final Exam at UC San Diego Sparks Mom's Outrage - Breitbart

Arriving naked at a final exam is one of the most common nightmares for students, according to Psychology Today. At the University of California San Diego, however, the naked final exam is a requirement for a class in the visual arts department.

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Biola University on Twitter

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How Do I Know I'm a Christian?

I lived for 35 years satisfying requirements #1 and 3. I really did love Bible study, and I believed everything it said–about Christ and everything else. I loved and needed my Christian friends. But I led an unrighteous life, because for some undefinable reason, I felt God didn’t “like” me. I could believe he accepted me because he was righteous, and lived up to his promises, but I still had the sense that he wasn’t that crazy about having me in “the family.” I always felt there was something innately annoying or unacceptable about me, and that God rolled his eyes every time I acted out my true, annoying nature. I had no trouble believing God loved other people, and I didn’t think they had to be perfect before he would love them, but somehow, I was different. “Cursed,” you might say. I was on the outside, longing to be let in, and was never, in 35 years, secure in the belief that I was saved. Then I got married and we had twins at the age of 42–unplanned! One day, when they were pre-schoolers, the truth hit me like a ton of bricks: God loved me the way I loved my kids! I was completely besotted with them, even when they were at their most rebellious and “annoying.

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Marginal Hope in Hard Times

Of course, totalitarianisms do a tremendous amount of damage, both as they rise to power and as they disintegrate. And they can last for a terribly long time. But we heretics should not despair. Our task is to work hard, master the arguments (scientific, ethical, philosophical, social), understand the history of how we arrived here, defy the temptation to give up through boredom, build a coherent movement of defiance, and thereby prepare if not ourselves, then at least the next generation, for the moment when the revolution collapses under the weight of its own delusions and contradictions. Marginality is uncomfortable but our response to it is key. I will not engage in the lazy arrogance of claiming history is on our side; but I will go so far as to say that in the long term all past evidence suggests that it is certainly not on the side of those who brook no dissent, ignore all counter-evidence, and demonize all opposition.

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Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America

Three-quarters of evangelicals marry coreligionists, more than historically black Protestants (65%), mainline Protestants (59%), and the unaffiliated (56%). This may account for some of the steady evangelical numbers, as married people tend “to be more religiously active than unmarried people,” Pew reports. “Both groups – those who are married and those who are not – have grown less religiously affiliated in recent years, though married people have done so more slowly.” (The study only examined marriages that were still intact.)

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David Silverman Denies That The Holocaust Was Objectively Wrong

Frank Turek and David Silverman debate about absolute or objective morality. While Silverman doesn't prefer the mass killing of Jews, he denies that the mass killings were objectively wrong. It's just his opinion vs. another person's opinion.

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My son's life was ripped apart by a woman who falsely cried 'rape'

That anguished call was the beginning of a 15-month ordeal. ‘Although he never even had sex with this woman and it was clearly a false allegation, his life was ripped apart,’ says Hilary, 56, a public health scientist, who has stepped forward to speak about her son’s situation and what she maintains is his mistreatment at the hands of the police.

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Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America

Three-quarters of evangelicals marry coreligionists, more than historically black Protestants (65%), mainline Protestants (59%), and the unaffiliated (56%). This may account for some of the steady evangelical numbers, as married people tend “to be more religiously active than unmarried people,” Pew reports. “Both groups – those who are married and those who are not – have grown less religiously affiliated in recent years, though married people have done so more slowly.” (The study only examined marriages that were still intact.)

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How to Poison Your Marriage in 3 Easy Steps

There can be no contentment, no gratitude, no joy in comparison. We compare what is real to what is not. A closer look would reveal the messy texture of actual life. That “perfect” couple fights. That “free” single friend longs. That carefree adventurer still faces day-in and day-out monotony. Comparison is the opposite of gratitude. and it produces steady decay, obscuring our perspective of the life we have.

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Ligonier.org

I’m not a prophet or the son of a prophet. I’ve made a lot of predictions and guesses about the future that haven’t come true. As I told the congregation of Saint Andrew’s Chapel a few weeks ago during a sermon, I’m not infallible, nor have I ever claimed to be infallible.

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5 Common Small Group Myths (And the Truth to Help Transform Your Group)

What you believe about why you are in a small group will dictate how you behave in that group. It’s important for a church to be clear why small groups exist. Do they exist to connect, shepherd, and reach unbelievers or to support one another? Are they some combination of those different things? What you believe about your small group will dictate how you approach potential problems when they arise. For example, if you buy a house knowing it will be a fixer-upper, then you approach that faux wood paneling in the family room as an opportunity to upgrade and improve. Whereas if you buy your dream house and find out the basement floods, you’re pretty disappointed and discouraged. Similarly, be clear from the beginning about the vision and values of your church small groups.

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What Nepal Really Needs

We should, however, look beyond the simple answer of giving finances to relief organizations on the ground to only meet immediate needs. Let me be clear: Nepal needs relief. But is there a way we can pray, give, and work to do more than meet the needs of hurting people? Can we also build into and reinforce the church on the ground in Nepal to meet those physical needs in their own communities while also serving as outposts of the eternal hope that only comes from faith in Jesus?

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The Hysterical Hate for Ryan T. Anderson

I suspect the truth about human beings is that they are both erotically polymorphic and sexually promiscuous–neither “straight” or “gay” in terms of desire. The task of the state is to channel that desire, form that desire in a direction which is positive for the long-term well-being of the State. The Left today is doing this, albeit operating from an ideology of radical gender interchangeability, while dismissing the importance of fertility in insuring the viability of a future economy or national defense. The Left views the Patriarchy that is ebiquitous across cultures and history since agriculture and city states as some kind of conspiracy by men against women. In fact, the sexual division of labor, and a normative understanding of the role of women as mothers is a fundamental result of the need to create and equip an army. Of course, in Liberal la-la land, you don’t need armies because everyone will be nice once they convert to secular humanism, so maybe the Liberals are right, and the world has radically changed.

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http://utmost.org/love-one-another/

The first thing God does is forcibly remove any insincerity, pride, and vanity from my life. And the Holy Spirit reveals to me that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying, “…love one another as I have loved you” ( John 15:12 ). He is saying, “I will bring a number of people around you whom you cannot respect, but you must exhibit My love to them, just as I have exhibited it to you.” This kind of love is not a patronizing love for the unlovable— it is His love, and it will not be evidenced in us overnight. Some of us may have tried to force it, but we were soon tired and frustrated.

30 Your Spouse is Not the Enemy

Ever felt like you were on two sides of the battlefield trying to wage war with one another? Maybe you raise your voice to emphasize a point and your spouse raises their voice right back (or retreats to another room). Perhaps you nitpick one another endlessly to show how the other could do it better, differently, or more like you. Maybe you think your spouse gets to go have all the fun and you are stuck having to watch the kids. There are probably countless scenarios in which you might feel that you and your spouse are not on the same page and in fact playing against each other in the “game” of love, relationship, life, or whatever you want to call it. My guess is that if you find yourself in competition with your spouse on a regular basis, it probably leaves you feeling pretty discouraged and weary. It may even lead to wanting off your team. (If this describes you, please consider intensive marriage counseling before it is too late)

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6 Problems With Trying to Be Sold Out For Jesus

Reading this article, I so clearly see where you're coming from. I'm coming from a very similar abusive situation myself, also in missions. It really does mess you up, doesn't it? Your point about proving your love to God hit me especially hard. I know I was meant to go oversees, but as you said, in the midst of this incredible calling, you get overwhelmed. I loved what you wrote about Jesus allowing people to walk away. For me, if someone fell away from God that I was pastorally caring for, I felt so incredibly guilty. Had I done everything I was meant to? As I said, I agree with your points, but perhaps the answer to all of this is incredibly simple. Perhaps we are meant to give even our minutest decisions to God. Maybe instead of assuming He wants us to go somewhere because it would fit with the pattern of His life, we should pray and pray and pray until we know. There's no way to survive in missions without that knowing. I believe that's exactly what you were trying to say with your article. As someone who's been a burnt out pharisee themselves, and has come out of missions to pursue God's heart, all I can say is, the incredible joy of knowing you are in the center of His will and not the will of those around you far outweighs all of the nonsense you put yourself before.

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Nepal Hit by Second 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Weeks After Devastation That Killed Over 8,000 People

A U.S. rescue team member walks above debris in search for survivors after the earthquake in Kathmandu, May 12, 2015. A fresh 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, killing more than two dozen people in the Himalayan country and neighboring states, as many buildings already weakened by a much bigger quake last month were brought down. The earthquake was centered 68 kilometers (42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It could be felt as far away as northern India and Bangladesh.

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

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What Your Google Searches Say About Your Spiritual Life

At the heart of those questions I listed above are much deeper life questions. What I type into Google is simply a shallow version of them. I am beginning to worry that we, the generation that doesn’t remember life before the search engine, are growing dependent on Google not only for facts and directions, but also for a false feeling that our big questions are being answered, when actually, they aren’t.

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Innovative Apologetics: The Existence of God and Physicalism’s Deficiency

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ABC Brings Muppets Back To Prime Time As News Emerges About Fall Shows

The final word on most networks' shows will come next week, as broadcasters reveal their schedules for the next TV season, starting with NBC and Fox on Monday, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and The CW on Thursday.

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From This Place: The History of Biola University

Learn how to support A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University at http://www.biola.edu/campaign

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What Do You Mean By Evolution? Frank Turek Explains at Wright State University

Do you believe in evolution? What exactly is evolution? A student at Wright State University challenges Frank on evolution. Frank's answer may surprise you.

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Crossway on Twitter

"God’s grace to us in Christ rescues us from idolizing motherhood." ( http://cway.to/1IVgBfp  ) pic.twitter.com/d8iyF4vM2V

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Renewing Your Mind | If God Knows Our Needs, Why Pray? | May 12, 2015

As soon as we set these two ideas—the sovereignty of God and the prayers of His people—side by side, we run into a very sticky theological question. Objections are raised from every quarter. People say: “Wait a minute. If God is sovereign, that is, if He has ordained every detail of what is taking place in our lives, not only in the present but in the future, why should we bother with prayer? Furthermore, since the Bible tells us that ‘all things work together for good to those who love God’ (Rom. 8:28), shouldn’t we content ourselves that what God has ordained is best? Isn’t it really just an exercise in futility, and even arrogance, for us to presume to tell God what we need or what we would like to happen? If He ordains all things, and what He ordains is best, what purpose is served by praying to Him?”

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Awakening From The Nightmare - Christian Research Institute

The anti-God, anti-truth, and anti-democratic philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) is currently very influential and in need of critical examination. In this article, I set out some salient features of Nietzsche’s philosophy—God is dead, perspectivism versus truth, slave-master morality, will to power, the superman—and argue that his philosophy is deeply problematic. Indeed, Nietzsche’s startling moral views should waken critical thinkers from philosophical slumber.

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Jefferson Bethke Endorses God-Hating Macklemore

I’m sorry, this seems unfair, ungracious, and legalistic at best. If you’re only criticizing Bethke for blocking the twitter commenter, that’s fair enough. He shouldn’t block someone after two simple questions–although for someone in his position, I almost don’t blame him because it would grow tiresome interacting with people who think it’s their job to call you out. But your criticism goes far beyond that, to the point that you essentially tell him not only that he can’t enjoy Macklemore’s music, but that he must “repent and turn away from such filth.” This is ridiculous. I’m not a fan of Bethke. But I have absolutely no issue with him admiring Macklemore for his creativity and dedication to his craft. I share in Bethke’s admiration. Neither he nor I are basing our theology on Macklemore’s lyrics. And frankly, having someone tell me that listening to him, or even just admiring his creativity, is something of which I need to repent is horrifying. I don’t want to see the church grow cold and condemning of anything outside of it.

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Fish and other animals produce their own sunscreen: Copied for potential use in humans

Marine organisms in the upper ocean and on reefs are subject to intense and often unrelenting sunlight. Gadusol and related compounds are of great scientific interest for their ability to protect against DNA damage from UV rays. There is evidence that amphibians, reptiles, and birds can also produce gadusol, while the genetic machinery is lacking in humans and other mammals.

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The New York Times on Twitter

Thank god! @nytimes : Scientists may have found a way to turn the beaks of chicken embryos into dinosaur-like snouts http://nyti.ms/1HbyC7a 

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Study: Number of People Who Call Themselves Christians on Decline in U.S.

Christianity is on the decline in America. The Pew Research Center has released the results for a new survey which found that religion, particularly Christianity, is dropping among the American population. Nearly 23 percent of all respondents claimed no religion—that’s up from 17 percent in 2007. In the last seven years, the number of self-described Christians fell from 78 percent of the population to 71 percent. “Nones” (people who do not claim any religion) are second only to evangelicals in terms of demographic size, as evangelicals saw a slight drop in numbers ...

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Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress: Satan 'Delivered' Islam to Muhammad, Following Islam Will 'Lead You to Hell'

"It was Satan himself who delivered those delusions to those people to lead people by the millions away from God," Jeffress said. "Islam is a false religion that will lead you to hell. It is based on a false book that is based on a fraud. It was founded by a false prophet who was leading people away instead of to the one true God," he said during the May 10 sermon tited: "Christians in the Crosshairs."

47 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: A Christian and Presuppositional Critique of Buddhism

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Making Differences Disappear: The Evolution of Science on Same-Sex Households

Powell and Cheng “control” their way to few or no significant differences between children of intact biological families and those who spend time in same-sex couple households. How? By sorting respondents according to the stability of their parents’ same-sex relationships, longevity of time in their household, by pooling together married moms and dads with those who eventually divorced or who shared joint custody throughout the respondent’s childhood, and by adding a control for childhood experience of poverty in addition to the income control I had already employed. (Seventy percent of households with a mother, her same-sex partner, and the respondent child received social welfare at some point.) But there are so few stable same-sex relationships in the data that, when analyzed in this way, the statistical power to detect real differences diminishes considerably. Powell and Cheng  themselves admit this, and the estimates of difference are hence no longer significant. That’s how one can go from a majority of 40 outcome variables displaying significant differences to just one or two.

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The Social Costs of Abandoning the Meaning of Marriage | Intercollegiate Review

But that has been the issue, people who had made this commitment weren’t allowed to register with their husband for wife when other people could. And now they can. Yes I acknowledge you are trying to use the woo woo buzzwords of sexual complementary and such but in reality even in states without marriage equality almost 20% of the married women never breed. All marriage equality does is make that a fraction closer to 20%, hardly a justification for spousal discrimination. People can and are spouses without breeding, there is no expectation or requirement for them to do so. But if they do, or end up raising children for any reason, they and the kids are better off if the parents are registered spouses than if they are not.

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Andy Stanley on Homosexuality: He's Really Right and Really Wrong

But he was way off in his call for Christians to take one year off from the culture wars, as if the only way we could live like real Christians was to refrain from engaging the culture. Quite the contrary.

51 The Surprising Truth Behind the Bible’s Many Metaphors for God
52 The Book of Leviticus Overview
53 Obama: We Have to Change How Fox News Reports on Poverty - Breitbart
54 Is Natalie Portman Right for Calling Her Oscar Trophy a ‘False Idol’?
55 Suffering in Apologetic Mission - Christian Research Institute
56 Finding Your Identity as a Mom (Part 2 of 2)
57 ThinkChristian on Twitter
58 How Should We Think about Faith and What Is the Role of Evidence?
59 You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology
60 "It's Only Good News If..." by Tom James
61 https://www.crossway.org/books/newton-on-the-christian-life-tpb/
62 6 Reasons We Should Admit Our Weaknesses and Ask God for Help and Healing
63 The FAQs: House to Vote on 20-Week Abortion Limit
64 WORLD | No justice, no peace? Know Jesus, know peace | Jarvis J. Williams | May 12, 2015
65 #HaveTheCourage
66 Unlocking the DNA Enigma - Christian Research Institute
67 Creation Accounts and Ancient Near Eastern Religions - Christian Research Institute
68 The Christian Post on Twitter
69 Police Remove 10 Christian Homeschool Kids From Parents' Custody Due to Off-The-Grid, Self-Sufficient Lifestyle
70 Crossway on Twitter
71 The Christian Post on Twitter
72 Nun: Boston Marathon Bomber Expressed Remorse During Conversation
73 Ligonier.org
74 [TogetherLA] Tim Keller: Loving the City Through Culture
75 Unbelievable? Conference Panel | United Kingdom 2014
76 Why You Can Trust Your Bible
77 Christians 'Declining Sharply' in America; Unaffiliated Rising, Now Hold Greater Population Share Than Catholics, Pew Study Reveals
78 'America Has the Power' to Stop ISIS' Reign of Terror, Prominent Nun Says While Working With Victims
79 Star Trek: TNG Season 5- "Ensign Ro" and "Silicon Avatar"
80 GOP Presidential Hopeful Carly Fiorina Says If Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage, She 'Wouldn't Reverse It'
81 A positive thing, should the SCOTUS same-sex marriage goes against us
82 Crossway on Twitter
83 New ‘Guitar Hero’ Will Feature Alt-J, War on Drugs, Black Keys, Broken Bells and More
84 Kellyn Mitchell on Twitter
85 Do You Have Blind Spots?
86 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
87 Economist Walter Williams explains how to not be poor
88 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily