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Obama Unilaterally Rewrites Law, Imposes Transgender Policy on Nation’s Schools

The Obama administration explicitly rejects compromises such as single-occupancy facilities.

This New Commercial May Change the Way You See the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The conflict in Syria has inspired a sequel commercial to Save the Children's heartbreaking 2014 "Most Shocking Second in a Day" video that looked at the realities of the Syrian civil war. "Still the Most Shocking Second a Day" was released this week and continues to follow the same young girl, now her life's circumstances have gotten more desperate. We watch her forced out of her home, separated from her family, fleeing the country by boat and living as a refugee in Paris. The conflict has been happening for the past five years, displacing millions of people. UNICEF estimates that "8.4 million children–more than 80 percent of Syria's child population–are now affected by the conflict, either inside the country or as refugees in neighboring countries." The videos are set in England to try to have the Syrian conflict hit home, with the original video ending with "Just because it isn't happening here doesn't mean it isn't happening." Both commercials are modeled after the popular one second per day format, where people show parts of their lives with one-second video clips. Save the Children continues to raise funds to help refugee children and children across the world.

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From Convict to Christian, The Story of David Wood

Apologist David Wood shares his conversion story, one that is extraordinary to hear!

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Defending Life

Forums provide an opportunity to learn about relevant, cultural topics and issues in a large group setting. Eric Metaxas, bestselling author and speaker, will join Rachelle Fletcher and Brian Fisher from Human Coalition to address the issue of abortion and the Church’s role in saving the unborn. Q&A will follow. Registration is not required.

Lecrae Makes a Major Career Move to Join Beyoncé, Adele, Pharrell

Fans are bracing for backlash accusing Lecrae, arguably the most prominent Christian hip-hop artist in history, of “selling out” by teaming up with a secular label. “Signing to Columbia Records, in my opinion, is the biggest move in Lecrae’s career—bigger than winning the Grammys…. This opens up for him to reach more, to reach the masses,” stated one defending fan on YouTube .

3 Poll: Almost 30% of ‘Born Again Christians’ Say They Won’t Vote for Hillary or Trump

The poll shows that 25 percent of these Christians say they will neither vote for Trump nor Clinton, and will vote for a third candidate or abstain from voting instead. What’s more, that percentage appears to be climbing: Those who chose “Other/Wouldn’t vote/Refuse” climbed 7 percent between May 3 to May 6 (the most recent available data) to 28.5 percent. Of course, we’ll have to watch this study during the next few weeks, but it’s starting to look like the angst among some Christian voters surrounding the 2016 election could end up being a major factor.

Caitlyn Jenner 'considering detransition because of Christian faith' - premier

Caitlyn Jenner, the world's most famous transgender person, is reportedly considering reverting her gender to male because of her Christian faith.

Are Your Kids Ready for Apologetics?

All of my children are currently under the age of ten. So it’s easy to spend little time thinking about teaching them apologetics. We get lost in the hustle and craziness of homework and baseball and tests and “Do I have any clean socks?” – and well, just getting dinner on the table each night is a challenge. Yet as they are getting older, I want to teach them the Biblical truths that will equip them to withstand spiritual attacks and answer the tough questions that they might someday face from their peers.

What the Transgender Bathroom Debate Means For You

Last night the New York Times reported that the Obama Administration would issue a decree directing every public school in the nation to allow bathroom access on the basis of self-identity, not biological sex. I’m quite aware of the White House’s place in our culture wars, and even I am surprised. If anyone had suggested in 2009, that the new President’s administration would seek to target children’s bathrooms for the sake of transgender ideology, the White house would have ridiculed it as a crazy conspiracy theory. So, for those suggesting that state legislatures seeking to define such questions were working on “solutions without a problem,” well, here’s your problem. So why is this important, and what should the church do?

For God’s Sake, Be Free

Our citizenship is in heaven, Jesus is our King, and we are free. In seventeen minutes, John Piper preaches on the marks of free people and what it looks like to submit to our government as Christians, with a short detour on Christian freedom and tattoos.

What the Whole Bible Says About Sin

In Exodus 34:6–7 God intones certain words to Moses as Moses is hidden in a cleft of the rock so that he cannot see God. He is later permitted to peak out and see something of the trailing edge of the afterglow of the glory of the Lord. But as God goes by and intones certain words, there is a built-in tension in what God says. On the one hand, God presents himself as a God of immeasurable mercy and grace. God says, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.” That is the one side. On the other side: “Yet he does not leave the guiltily unpunished. He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” At the end of the day, that tension is not really finally resolved until you get to the New Testament and the cross.

Woah. ‘Hyperloop One’ Was Just Successfully Tested in the Nevada Desert

The future of long distance travel is being developed in the Nevada desert. This week, the company Hyperloop One successfully tested a propulsion system that could one day power passenger pods during trips. Billionaire Elon Musk’s longterm vision is that the pods will be able to levitate inside of a high-tech tube at more than 700 MPH, and the latest test shows that it may be possible. The Hyperloop One team was able to accelerate a sled to 100 MPH in four seconds.

10 The Folly of 'Meternity'

But the idea of a sabbatical for “me-time” misses the point. The only way anyone ever truly finds themselves is in self-sacrificial service to God and their fellow image-bearers. Because focusing on "me" in this life prepares a person for the type of eternity—dare I say "meternity"—no one wants. Focusing on others prepares us for eternal fellowship with one another and with the One who modeled self-sacrifice when He gave His life that we might live.

11 Faith & Fact versus Jerry Coyne | Saints and Sceptics

So I was very surprised when I came across a book by Jerry Coyne entitled ‘Faith vs Fact’ with the intriguing subtitle ‘Why Science and Religion are Incompatible’. Could it be that this book was arguing that science and religion are incompatible after all? I had to find out. At times it seems like this is indeed Coyne’s view. For example, he claims that ‘These areas are incompatible in precisely the same way, and in the same sense, that rationality is incompatible with irrationality.’ That seems pretty clear. Elsewhere he endorses the claim that ‘Science and religion are incompatible, and you must choose between them.’ That again seems to sum up the view that I thought I might find – science and religion are mutually exclusive so you can’t accept both.

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A Call for National Civil Disobedience to Obama's Public School Transgender Bathroom Mandate | The Stream

As a woman to me this is discrimination for women and girls!!!! Men can kick someone’s butt if need be, but if a man goes into a woman’s bathroom and you know they will, what is a woman to do? This is insanity and the government has gone too far! Now we will have fake pervs using women’s bathrooms everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When teenage girls are in high school and having their period and using the restroom at school there will be no privacy!!! AS far as I am concerned men who agree with Obama perv administration and the leftists should keep their mouths shut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are not a woman and agree with this insanity as far as I am concerned you have no voice in this matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hearing God through Silence

But we must not stop there. Suffering, silence, mystery, and hiddenness are important aspects of the Christian story, but not the only ones. The gospel is fundamentally good news, after all. The resurrection frames Christianity as a paradigm of hope. The cross and the empty tomb, like the “reflecting absence,” imprints of the World Trade Center or the daily rhythms of a setting and rising sun, are two sides of one beautiful story. One without the other is incomplete. Silence is all the more beautiful in the context of sound, in a world where God spoke open the void: “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3; cf. 2 Cor. 4:6).

15 Dependent Misfit Toys

This is part of the reason why our answer to Sanford’s question is “something that doesn’t exist yet.” I described what this “something” might look like a few years ago. Taking my inspiration from various sources, such as Vanier’s L’Arche and the Scandinavian cohousing movement, I wrote about “intentional Christian communities I only partly in jest call ‘islands of misfit toys.’ It’s where everyone who doesn’t fit the marketing brochure idea of a Christian family . . . pledge[s] their lives to each other in ways that go beyond Sunday mornings and/or Wednesday night small groups. Part of the pledge is that everyone believes that we all have something to teach other about what it means to be an image-bearer.”

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Really Recommended Posts 5/13/16- full quivers, the man who refused to salute, and were you there?

I hope you won’t mind a somewhat shortened Really Recommended Posts this week. I had to make them brief for several reasons. First, I am taking a class on historical writings in regards to special divine action. It is wonderful. Second, these are super high-quality links so you should read them all instead of skipping a couple. Third, I’m tired and I’ve been sick. As always, let me know what you think, and be sure to let the authors know as well.

The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it. Listen here....

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Document | Excerpt From ‘The Faith of Christopher Hitchens’ In his new book, “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist,” the evangelical Christian writer Larry Alex Taunton describes a road trip he took in 2010 with the prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, who was dying of esophageal cancer. The trip led Mr. Taunton to wonder if Mr. Hitchens was reconsidering his atheism. (Reprinted by permission of the author.)

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Obama Administration Mandates Transgender Bathroom Access in All Public Schools | The Stream

Under the guidance, schools are told that they must treat transgender students according to their chosen gender identity as soon as a parent or guardian notifies the district that that identity “differs from previous representations or records.” There is no obligation for a student to present a specific medical diagnosis or identification documents that reflect his or her gender identity, and equal access must be given to transgender students even in instances when it makes others uncomfortable, according to the directive.

The Faith-Shaking Experience of Losing Debates About the Bible

After a lot of emotional and spiritual turmoil, God in His grace impressed on me to read the books of Leviticus and Hebrews together. Once I began immersing myself in His word, specifically those two books, the dark cloud of doubt looming over my head dissipated, and my confidence was regained. I was back and it felt really good, well, until about seven years later.

Should Christians Think and Talk About Death?

Next week, one of my friends is going to court. There is a chance that he will be sentenced to several years in prison. As you can imagine, it is hard for him to think about anything else. As much as he will try to have a “normal” week, I’m pretty sure his mind will be preoccupied with what the judge is going to say.

Seven Men and Women by Eric Metaxas | Gospel eBooks

Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks—is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God’s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr’s death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks’ deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century’s greatest social movement.

Should Christians Pull Their Kids Out of Public Education?

I recently answered the question “ Should Christians keep children in public schools to be ‘salt and light?’” for our weekly video blog. This, and the larger question of whether Christians should allow their kids to be publicly educated, period, are questions I have been wrestling with for some time. I tread carefully with this question because I know many good Christian parents who enroll their kids in the local public school, and I also know many good Christians who are public school administrators and teachers. And I certainly don’t want to offer simplistic answers that minimize the gravity and implications for my brothers and sisters in Christ. I also know that school districts within the same states and even the same local region can vary widely in terms of their quality, culture, and commitments, so I don’t want to paint with too broad of a brush and be dismissive of the entire enterprise without taking these things into account. But, given the current cultural context, I think this is a question every Christian parent must seriously grapple with and do so year-in and year-out.

Jesus Is the Author

Adam was the first archēgos . He was called to lead the human race in obedience, through testing, to the destination of glory. He sinned and failed, falling short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). This world became a jungle where man and God, man and Satan, man and woman, man and beast, man and his environment, and man and his brother have all become entangled in hostility (Gen. 3:8—19; 4:1—12).

Embracing Homesickness at Home

If you feel homesick in your own home, it may be a good sign your citizenship is elsewhere. Exiles live differently from immigrants. An immigrant has chosen a new homeland. He and his family assimilate. They learn the language and customs, and he never expects his children to return to the land they’ve left. But to call someone an exile implies he would prefer to be in his homeland. He had to leave, but he hopes to return. Whether he’s living in a refugee camp or an embassy, he strives to keep his national identity intact.


"[P]olicy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken—it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes. The transgendered suffer a disorder of "assumption" like those in other disorders familiar to psychiatrists. With the transgendered, the disordered assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature—namely one's maleness or femaleness. Other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, where the assumption that departs from physical reality is the belief by the dangerously thin that they are overweight…. Psychiatrists obviously must challenge the solipsistic concept that what is in the mind cannot be questioned.

Bear Grylls Has Some Advice That Might Save Your Marriage

I remember having one moment when some really good friends turned their back on me in a really nasty way. And I remember praying a simple prayer up a tree one evening and saying, ‘God, if you’re like I knew you as a kid, would you be that friend again?’ And it was no more complicated than that. And actually the amazing thing is that all God asks is that we sort of open the door and He’ll do the rest. So often we kinda hide behind our yearning for love and acceptance with loads of complicated theological questions, and actually once that’s stripped away what we really are is just somebody who wants to have that relationship with your Father.

From Agender to Ze: A Glossary for the Gender Identity Revolution

LGBTQ — An initialism that collectively refers to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Queer communities. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which itself started replacing the phrase gay community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. The initialism has become mainstream as a self-designation and has been adopted by the majority of sexuality and gender identity-based community centers and media in the United States. Along with LGBTQ, other letters are sometimes added. Other variants include: An extra Q for “questioning”; “U” for “unsure”; “C” for  “curious”; an “I” for “intersex” another  “T” for  “transsexual” or  “transvestite”; another  “T”, “TS”, or “2” for “Two‐Spirit” persons; an “A” or “SA” for “straight allies”; or an “A” for “asexual”; “P” for “pansexual” or “polyamorous”; “H” for “HIV-affected”; and “O” for “other.

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The Case for Christianity, Unrealistic Expectations and Evidential Modesty | Cold Case Christianity

I had the great pleasure this year of speaking at the Reasons to Believe AMP Conference . If you’re in Southern California next year you really owe it to yourself to attend. The theme of this year’s conference was”Wisdom in Evangelism,” so I used my plenary session to talk about the nature of evidence as it is presented in criminal trials and the lessons we can apply as we make the case for Christianity. When empaneling juries, we try to identify jurors who have realistic expectations related to evidence. If you’re someone who needs a surveillance video from the crime scene before you can be certain about what happened at the time of the murder, you’re not going to be selected for any of my cases. None of the murders I work were recorded on video. If your someone who thinks that CSI technology should provide us with DNA from every available surface at the crime scene, even years after the murder occurred, you’re not going to be selected as a juror either. There’s a vast difference between the CSI technology portrayed on television shows and the CSI technology available in real life homicide investigations.

Going All Out for Your Wife (Part 2 of 2)

Jim: John, what I love about Steve Farrar is his positive approach. He wants to equip each of us men with the tools we need to succeed in our marriages and that's a good time. And for the guys who have made some mistakes up to this point, let me just say, don't give up on yourself. God hasn't given' up on you. The fact that you're interested in doing better is a sign that the Holy Spirit is working in your heart. So, I would encourage you to listen, Even if you feel some conviction, hopefully this will provide some tools for you to fight these battles that frankly, we all struggle with.

How Do You Know the Bible Is God’s Word?

How Do You Know the Bible Is God’s Word?

Walk the Worldwide Garden

Parents who want to develop a tech-friendly, but discerning home, who want to train their children for the unrestricted web they will someday face alone, face a difficult task. We need God’s wisdom to use parental technology to help establish healthy limits in our home without exasperating our children. We want to be careful not to trample upon the wonders of all the un-forbidden fruit of the worldwide garden, but we need to train them to know that there are forbidden places of the web to avoid. A simple device built on a hacker’s trick will not explain all this to them, nor will it give them the necessary self-control they will need later in life.

4 Bigger Repercussions of the Bathroom Decree

I see a lot of people pointing to public schools, but this issue will also likely impact privately owned childcare centers that participate in the Federally funded Child Nutrition Programs as well. I wonder if it will impact child care subsidy payments from the state as well? This is a “cradle through college” impact. It is hard enough to have conversations with inquisitive Pre-K children about body differences. Centers that choose to abandon Federal funds will need to increase childcare prices in order to continue operations; childcare prices which are already very high. A parent will most likely need to stay home, further depressing the incomes of middle and lower income families. Add to this issue the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will happen later this year and the number of working poor may explode exponentially.

Come, All Who Are Weary

Because our burdens are not simple, they are not relieved by simplistic platitudes (“Cheer up! Things are bound to turn around!”). But a simple promise can relieve a complex burden, provided we believe that the power behind the promise is complex and strong enough to relieve our heaviness.

WORLD | Globe Trot: Analyst promises evidence of Clinton Foundation fraud | Mindy Belz | May 13, 2016

UNITED STATES: This weekend, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel plans to upload the first of 48 exhibits showing fraudulent activities by the Clinton Foundation. Ortel told me this week he has the documentation to demonstrate Clinton entities have broken state and federal law and have never undergone outside audits as required. Notably, too, the Lois Lerner IRS never called them out on it.

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3 Principles for Relating to the Government

We’re free to “seek the welfare” of our city by involving ourselves in earthly government, including official capacities. One of the ways we can serve government is by taking a role in it, either at a local, regional, or national level. That may mean running for political office or serving in an advisory position. It may include stepping into a role that addresses specific societal problems and concerns, such as human rights, healthcare, economics, foreign policy, or national defense. None of these is off-limits for Christians; all can be arenas for worship and love.

How Pentecost Sunday Changed Everything

According to the Church’s storied liturgical calendar (or Christian year), this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a day where Christians for nearly two millennia have celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on God’s people. However, when people hear the word "Pentecost" these days, they may be more likely to think about a particular denomination, sprightly choir robes, tambourines and ecstatic glossolalia (i.e., speaking in tongues).

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Renewing Your Mind | The Sacraments of the Church | May 13, 2016

One of the reasons why Christians are engaged in so much controversy about the sacraments is because they see the sacraments as being very, very serious matters, and rightly so. In "The Sacraments of the Church," Dr. Sproul takes the time to point out the sacred and holy gifts that Christ has given to His Church, and the controversy which surrounds them.

Where John Piper and Other Evangelicals Stand on Black Lives Matter

The Christians who do support BLM aren’t doing it very loudly. No evangelicals said they supported the movement on social media in the past week, and none reported attending a march, protest, or meeting related to the cause. Just four percent of practicing Christians and five percent of those who attended church in the past week supported the BLM movement on social media, while only three percent of those who attended church in the past week said they had attended a march, protest, or a meeting related to the cause.

'People Need to be excited about Jesus' // Prayer for Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, offers prayer points for 'Thy Kingdom Come'. He also tells Rosie what he would like people to pray about for him. The Archbishop joined John Pantry & Rosie Wright on Inspirational Breakfast on Premier Christian Radio. | For more video and audio content: | Like us on Facebook | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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