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“Touch the Sky” (Acoustic)

Live at the Barista Parlour in Nashville for Worship Together.

Help for The Malarkeys

Please pray for Beth and Alex Malarkey, two precious saints in Ohio with severe needs. Yes, this is the same Alex Malarkey of the [discredited] Boy Who Came Back From Heaven book. A complicated sit...

Probabilistic Programming and Conservation of Information

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

Professor concerned by students who are unable to consider alternative views

This is a post by Dr. George Yancey, and he's writing about the 5-minute video clip above. Dr. Yancey writes: Here is a great example of what I term education dogma. Note that the students are chan...

Heads or Tails: The Problem of Evolving Animal Body Plans

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

Listen: Neo-Darwinism Has a Long History of Inaccurate Predictions About Vestigial Organs and

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

Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "Holy Spirit Have Your Way" by Leeland

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

Listen: Humans Display Many Behavioral and Cognitive Ability that Offer No Apparent Survival Advantage

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

What is the State of Christianity in America and What Can We Do About It? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #30) | Cold Case Christianity

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Podcast, J. Warner Wallace analyses the findings of the Pew Research Center’s recent poll, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” Jim describes three unsurprising and three surprising findings, then provides five action points resulting from the survey. Here is part 1 of this week’s broadcast:

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International Mission Board Drops Ban on Speaking in Tongues

Parents of teenagers will also be potential candidates. The IMB had previously disqualified them out of concerns for the challenges that teens would face by being uprooted and having to move overseas. Now IMB leaders will decided on a case-by-cases basis whether or not to allow parents with teens.

I Don’t Like Going to Church. Why Should I Keep Attending?

This is a great article, minus one major flaw. The whole bit about the church being the bride of Christ. Why? Because with out a real clear interpretation of the word church. We can be left with a pretty misleading directive here. The word in the original text is ekklesia which means "a group of people with a specific purpose" the word church actually comes from the word kirika which means " a place of gathering" which isn't the word used in the original scriptures but was inserted when the bible was put together by the Romans. So what are we talking about here when we say church. Are we referring to those in the church or the organization, the place of gathering. And the point that was made about not actually connecting is probably the reason that this person is tired of the church. Or maybe it's because our parents taught us to put our 40 years in at a company and we would be rewarded. But it turns out the organization really doesn't care about us as much as we thought it did.

In a dramatic shift, the American church is more evangelical than ever

In their latest study, Pew identified evangelicals two ways. In most of their data, they consider affiliations of denominations that have been historically evangelical. Using this measure, evangelicals declined as an overall percentage of the population from 26 percent in 2007 to 25 percent in 2014. In terms of raw numbers, however, more Americans are evangelical today than seven years ago — 59.8 to 62.2 million.

“Whoever Would Save His Life Will Lose It” — A Charge for Graduates

Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to himself, and then called for them to follow him. The logic of Christian discipleship is unlike any other logic you will ever hear. He who would save his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for the sake of Christ and his gospel will save it. If anyone is ashamed of Christ and of his words in this generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

How You Can Help Put an End to Sweatshop Labor

I believe there is a deeper root issue of greed, materialism, and extreme consumerism at many levels. For example, in many cases, it is the brands who continue to demand lower costs per piece from the factories for their orders so the factories may not have the resources to increase workers' pay, but they choose not to say no to the offer because some money is better than none. These lower cost demands may be a result of demands for lower prices from the consumer level. However, the savings may not be passed down to the consumer, but rather the label captures the difference. Also, the more expensive the piece of clothing does not mean it was sourced responsibly. Consumers must do their research. The best place to start is reviewing your favorite brands' website and searching: "corporate social responsibility" and learning how to discern the good PR vs. true action and concern for laborers in their supply chain.

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Meet the Guests: Religion Debate | Al Jazeera America

An atheist, an evangelical Christian and a Muslim scholar debate whether religion does more harm than good

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.)

Young Couple Gets Increasingly Aged with Make-up and Revealed to Each Other

This made me more emotional than I thought it would; their reactions are so genuine and heartfelt. A creative experiment and the make-up artists did an incredible job.

The Grass Isn’t Greener

Though the Israelites weren’t shopping in the mall and feeling discontent, their long trek through the wilderness and their desire for tastier food led them to a barrage of complaints. From our perspective it seems preposterous that people who had once been slaves were looking back on Egypt as a place of abundance and goodness. But that’s exactly what discontentment can do: It can cause us to idealize our past and complain about the present.

It’s OK to Live With Questions

This is an incredibly timely article in light of the things I am currently learning about living an authentic life in Christ. Being real often means asking hard, real questions, and such questions rarely come with easy answers. The complexities of dealing with people and their imperfections in the light of a perfect God can come with so much frustration when you attempt to find an answer for every complication in life. Rejoicing in spite of the questions, thriving through the frustrations and choosing God's peace over understanding is a big step in the direction of living a surrendered life.

Reading the Bible with Dead Guys: Ryle on Luke 18

Election is a truth which should draw out praise and thanksgiving from all true Christians. Unless God had chosen and called them, they would never have chosen and called on him. Unless he had chosen them of his own good pleasure, without reference to any goodness of theirs, there would never have been anything in them to make them worthy of his choice. The worldly may rail against the doctrine of election; the person who falsely professes to believe may abuse it and “change the grace of God into a license for immorality” ( Jude 4 ). But the believer who knows his own heart will always bless God for election. He will confess that without election there would be no salvation.

Watch This Guy Play Ping Pong Every Day for a Year

In January of 2014, Sam Priestley was probably about as good as you are at ping pong, if not a little worse. But he resolved to play a few matches every day for a solid year, and put together a video of his progress . It's pretty amazing to watch him slowly improve, little by little. According to the video, his goal was to crack the Top 250 players ranking in his native England—a mighty lofty goal he did not quite achieve—but he most certainly became better at it than you are ...

14 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

TGC Executive Report and $50K Match Through July 1

We are grateful for your prayers and partnership in preparing the next generation for gospel-centered ministry. Over the weeks and months ahead, our advancement and church partnership team is eager to get to know you and how you might want to join us as we play our part in God’s global gospel vision.

Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This is the official documentary feature film of a man widely recognized as one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century. This special edition 3-disc DVD set contains 4.5 hours of exclusive video content with additional insight into the life and ministry of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and a 128 page hardbound book featuring the full transcripts of the sermons used in the movie.

Q+A: Talking to Jeb Bush About Religious Freedom at Liberty

While the majority of visiting politicians have been conservative or Republican, what many news stories fail to report is that the university invites candidates of all parties to come. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Liberty cannot endorse political candidates and must also provide equal access to candidates from all parties. University president Jerry Falwell Jr. told me, “If the university grants permission to any candidate who asks to speak there (as Ted Cruz did in April), permission will be given to any others who ask. Likewise, if the university invites one candidate to speak, all others will be invited as well.”

Study Shows The Emojis Used Most in Each Country

Software company SwiftKey recently analyzed the emoji use of different languages and broke down the emojis used most in each country. Unsurprisingly, happy faces, sad faces and hearts account for more than 71 percent of all emojis used, and most people use happy faces more than any other emojis. French speakers use hearts four times more than any other group, with hearts accounting for 55 percent of all their emojis. But where the report really gets interesting is the smaller categories. As it turns out, Canadians use the smiley poop emoji more than any other users. Australians use 65 percent more drug emojis and twice as many alcohol emojis. Brazilians used the most cat emojis. Russians used the most romance-themed emojis. And Americans led in the use of a random mix of emojis including the birthday cake, eggplant, skull and tech-related emojis ...

Study the Studies- What the data really tells us about same-sex parenting

I am the product of a lesbian couple. My father decided he didn’t want to be a part of my life and my mother decided to finally acknowledge who she really is and come out as lesbian. I am very prooud of her being able to be free enough to do so. While I may have had to look other places to get that “stereotypical male” role model.. I do not feel any worse off for having two female parents. In fact I feel I am more compassionate, more in tune with the women in my life, more respectful to them. I can’t say I wouldn’t be this way if my dad had stuck around and they worked it out, but I think everything happens for a reason. Gay couples deserve to get married.. they are making the same sacrifices and commitment to raising a child it does not matter that they can’t get each other pregnant and is probably a nice change of pace not to see them making a family of 6-10 children when they can’t afford it. They deserve the same tax benefits and everything else a marriage brings, there is no reason not to. Just like a black person deserves to sit where they want on the bus.

Frank Turek and Michael Shermer defend their debate to gay activists

It’s not often that an atheist and a Christian, who have just had a debate on campus, can be brought into agreement by a group in the audience. But the Graduate Queer Alliance (GQA) at Stony Brook University has managed to do that. Their letter to the editor on April 30 was so full of false assertions and totalitarian demands that we, Dr. Michael Shermer (an atheist) and Dr. Frank Turek (a Christian), felt compelled to write this letter together in response.

17. Who made God?

Nathan Betts ( ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Who made God?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out Edgar Andrew's book, "Who Made God?" ( ). This video is episode 17 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": More about RZIM Canada:

William Lane Craig: Can We Be Good Without God? - Xenos Summer Institute

For more resources visit: Can we be good without God? Dr William Lane Craig takes up this question while speaking on the moral argument for the existence of God on July 11th, 2013 at the Xenos Summer Institute in Columbus, OH. Other guest speakers included Mark Mittelberg and John Lennox. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter:

Oxford Theologian Takes Questions on God and Suffering | Dr Vince Vitale

Oxford theologian Dr. Vince Vitale answers questions about God and suffering. Vince is co-author alongside Ravi Zacharias of Why Suffering: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense.

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"Living Through the Storms" by Jim Henry

"Living Through the Storms" by Jim Henry

Acts 17: Rodney Stark on the New Atheists

Rodney Stark The "New Atheists" are rapidly becoming the atheistic equivalent of Westboro Baptist Church. Oddly enough, this mass of anti-intellectuals, mindlessly repeating whatever Dawkins & Co. say, happen to view themselves as champions of science and reason. Dr. Rodney Stark has written more than 30 books and more than 140 scholarly articles and is Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences at Baylor University. Here's his assessment of the scholarly prowess of the "New Atheists": "To expect to learn anything about important theological problems from Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennett is like expecting to learn about medieval history from someone who had only read Robin Hood." (Rodney Stark, What Americans Really Believe, p. 120)


Paul is an example of the pursuit of holiness and also our inability. Dr. Sproul discusses movements that create two tier Christians such as deeper life and Spirit filled life movements that promise perfection rather than a much greater level of sanctification. An introduction into how the will works is started.

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Overturning Expectations About Ancient Man

Bible-believing Christians find one creature of particular interest. In Enclosure C’s “pillar 27” is a four-legged reptile with impressive teeth. Schmidt calls it a predator and interprets it as a mythological creature that guarded the sanctuary or the people of Göbekli Tepe. But since all the other animals are real and lived on the Harran plain, perhaps this was a living creature as well. The fossil record includes many four-footed reptiles that had erect stances, broad heads, and predatory teeth, such as the Proterosuchia. These dinosaurs, which could grow up to 10 feet (3.5 m) in length, would have been among the animals saved on Noah’s Ark.

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Why Foolishness is Better than Self-Esteem |

If seeing Jesus meant looking like a child and climbing a tree, Zacchaeus was humble enough to do it. We must also learn self-forgetful humility. As we seek to walk with Jesus, we cannot look at ourselves and then look out at the world. If we do, we will allow the world to dictate our actions and not Jesus. But if we get lost in seeing Jesus in everything we do, then we will see the world through one lens–Jesus is Lord. The opinion of the world will be of little significance. And if the world’s opinions do not rule us, then we are free to live for Jesus in all things. No longer will we fear man. Rather, we will display to the world a hope-filled transforming fear of God.

18. Why believe the Bible rather than the Qur'an?

Dr. Andy Bannister ( ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Why believe the Bible rather than the Qur'an?". Want to read more widely on this subject? Check out Nabeel Qureshi's book "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus"( ) This video is episode 18 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": More about RZIM Canada:

Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

The reason 75% of young people leave the church after high school is not due to the fact that they have not been adequately trained in apologetics. 75% of young people leave the church after high school because they go away to an institution that isn’t afraid to challenge some of the nonsense they have been taught at church and home. They feel like they have been deceived so they walk away. What Frank is proposing is doing a better job of indoctrinating them with the lie. Frank would adamantly deny this but the half truth telling and obfuscation that he engages in is common among apologists. I have been in church for over 50 years and have just recently been awakened to the deception. I have had a deconversion experience similar to what many have described in recent books. My question now is do I take this secret to my grave or discuss it with my own children who are still caught up in the deception? Or is it better to let people continue in the comforting deception? Tough decision.

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Christianity and Super-Hero Movies (podcast) | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

Come Reason's Apologetics Notes blog will highlight various news stories or current events and seek to explore them from a thoughtful Christian perspective. Less formal and shorter than the Web site articles, we hope to give readers points to reflect on concerning topics of the day.

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Being a disciple naturally leads you out into the world to make disciples. God's grace has a way of multiplying.

How Did the Universe Begin? - Saddleback Church

As al-Ghazali argued, this is the only way to explain how a timeless cause can give rise to a temporal effect with a beginning, like the universe. Here is the problem: if a cause is sufficient to produce its effect then if the cause is there, the effect must be there as well. For example, the cause of water’s freezing is the temperature being below zero degrees centigrade. If the temperature has been zero degrees from eternity past, then any water that was around would be frozen from eternity past. It would be impossible for the water to just begin to freeze a finite time ago. Once the cause is given its effect must be given as well. Now the cause of the universe never began to exist, since it is timeless, so why isn’t the universe beginningless as well? Why did the universe come into being only about 13 billion years ago? Why isn’t it as beginningless as its cause? Al-Ghazali maintained that the only answer to this problem is that the cause must be a personal being who has freedom of the will. His creating the universe is a free act of the will independent of any prior conditions, and thus his creating of the universe can be something spontaneous and new.

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Historical evidence for the death of Jesus' disciples and very early Christians. As well as their willingness to suffer.

Now, 2 Timothy is not held by scholars to be a genuine Pauline epistle, but rather a letter written by someone else other than Paul. In the above verse we see that whoever authored it had knowledge of Paul’s death. If one holds that someone other than Paul wrote this after the fact, I then think that makes it more reliable as a reference to his martyrdom. By the time a pseudo-Pauline author would have written that, they would open themselves up to being discovered if what they wrote didn’t fit with the facts of Paul’s demise. On that end we can be sure that Paul died for his belief in a flesh and blood Jesus. A common reply here would be that Paul doesn’t count because he never met Jesus in person. Again, Paul knew of the historical Jesus by referencing events of his life on several occasions, and even met his brother James and closest disciple Peter. Paul clearly knew what he was willing to suffer and eventually die for.

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What a joy! Speaking to our grads at FIRE School of Ministry.

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“Give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given [you].” 1 Tim 6:18

Atheist gets her PhD in astronomy and astrophysics and finds evidence for God

If anyone is interested in how this works, I’ll describe it, but for now I’ll spare you the gruesome details. Suffice it to say that an amazing convergence of physical properties is necessary in order to study deuterium abundances in the early universe, and yet this convergence is exactly what we get. I remember being astounded by this, blown away, completely and utterly awed. It seemed incredible to me that there was a way to find the answer to this question we had about the universe. In fact, it seems that every question we have about the universe is answerable. There’s no reason it has to be this way, and it made me think of Einstein’s observation that the most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it’s comprehensible. I started to sense an underlying order to the universe. Without knowing it, I was awakening to what Psalm 19 tells us so clearly, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

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Pope Francis calls Palestinian leader "an angel of peace" – Premier Premier

Pope Francis has described Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas an "an angel of peace", just days after the Vatican announced a treaty to officially recognise the state of Palestine.

Calls for "Olive's Law" after suicide of UK's oldest poppy seller – Premier Premier

The apparent suicide of a 92 year-old Christian woman, dubbed Britain's oldest poppy seller has prompted calls for an "Olive's Law" to be introduced, to curb unsolicited phone calls from charities looking for money.

CofS to allow ministers & deacons in civil partnerships – Premier Premier

It means the Church has adopted a position which maintains a traditional view of marriage between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to "opt out" if they wish to appoint a minister or a deacon in a same sex civil partnership.

Poll puts Ireland on course to vote for gay marriage – Premier Premier

Support for same-sex marriage in Ireland has fallen 13 points in a month, according to a new opinion poll, days before people vote on the issue.

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Sunday Quote!- The Creative Church Changes the World

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

51 Was John the Baptist really Elijah?