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The Rise of Steph Curry Is No Fluke

What Curry's story teaches us about calling and actually achieving God's purpose for our lives.

How the Giraffe Got Its Looooong Neck

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

Archbishop of Canterbury hosts Facebook Bible study - premier

The Archbishop of Canterbury has hosted his first ever live Facebook Bible study.

Christian girl burnt by IS says 'forgive them' - premier

A 12-year-old Iraqi Christian girl who was burnt by Islamic State (IS) has asked her mother to forgive her killers.

Sunday Adelaja, Pastor of Europe's Third Largest Church, Under Fire After Confessing to Multiple Affairs

Sunday Adelaja, founder and senior pastor of one of Europe's largest churches, The Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations church in Kiev, Ukraine, is now under fire after confessing to multiple affairs with several of his parishioners.

Book by Douglas Axe Shows the Key to Understanding Origins Is the "Design Intuition" -- Pre-Order Now!

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

What's Going on in Canada's Parliament?

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and President Obama's bromance partner, apologized last night for accidentally elbowing a Parliament member, Ruth Ellen Brosseau. The Canadian Parliament was preparing to vote on a controversial assisted-suicide bill when a bit of chaos began. Trudeau walked onto the House of Commons floor to guide a lawmaker to his seat and (he says) accidentally elbowed Brosseau. A yelling match started and other members of Parliament rushed to the floor. It was kind of like a hockey game, which of course Canadians love. Trudeau publicly apologized to Brosseau soon after. All things considered, this melee was small-scale compared to other confrontations in Parliaments around the world.

Fire-Maker Is on Sale Now! Dr. Denton Shows How We Were Designed to Transform the Earth -- with Fire

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1 Sometimes A Question is Better than an Answer

Last week, at a gathering of strategists on some tough cultural issues, a very good point was made: Sometimes the right question at the right time is the best way to have a conversation with someone with whom you fundamentally disagree.

Philippines president-elect vows to bring back death penalty in defiance of Church - premier

The Filipino president elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he aims to bring back death by hanging to the Catholic nation.

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Active church involvement "adding months to older women's lives" - premier

Older women who go to church more than once a week live five months longer on average than those who don't, a new study in the US have found.

8 The Briefing 05-17-16 –

Dr. Mohler helps Christians in their understanding of the underlying issues of this significant cultural shift and how to face the challenge of believing faithfully, living faithfully, and engaging the culture faithfully in light of this massive change.

Challenge: Snowflakes Are Complex without a Designer

I’ve heard people mention snowflakes as evidence of undesigned complexity before, so it’s worth discussing this one. What’s the difference between the kind of complexity in a snowflake and the kind ID proponents cite in their arguments? Make your case in the comments below, and then we’ll hear Tim’s answer to this question on Thursday.

Ligonier Ministries

Ligonier Ministries’ 2007 National Conference, Contending for the Truth, will equip believers to answer the false claims of postmodernism, naturalism, and our culture’s other atheistic theories.  Dr. Sproul is joined by other Christian scholars, pastors, and leaders, including John MacArthur, … Learn More

Isn’t She Beautiful?

That being said, I also believe that physical attraction is far deeper and more dynamic, even spiritual, than we tend to think. It’s not static or objective. Real, meaningful, durable attraction is far more than physical. A man or woman’s physical appearance only plays one role in what makes them attractive or appealing. Its role is massive initially, say the very first time you see someone, when all you know about them is what you see, before you even know their name or hear their voice. But its role will necessarily evolve the more you learn about someone. After you’ve learned more about them — by asking their friends, or by hearing them talk, or by watching the way they live — you’ll never see them again as just the person you saw at first.

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Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries whose mission statement is: “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” This vision has led Paul to write many books on Christian living and to travel around the world preaching and teaching. Paul's driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people face in this broken world.

Lecrae and Christine Caine Just Released a Book with the Same Title, on the Same Week

Well, this is awkward. Hip-hop star Lecrae and activist Christine Caine both have new books out this month. They just happened to have the exact same title and were released within seven days of each other. Even the covers of Unashamed are remarkably similar: Both feature a black and white photo of the books’ authors, with brightly colored lettering over the images.

My Friend Honored God and His Parents — Why Did He Die Young?

Here are some observations. For example, Jesus was the most obedient Son to his earthly parents and his heavenly Father that ever existed. There never has been a more obedient son or one who honored his Father in heaven and on earth more. And yet Jesus died as a young man. He did not live long on the land, and he tells his followers that they are going to experience similar kinds of suffering. He doesn’t say, “Oh, I did this, but it will never happen to any of you, if you are good enough, like I was good enough.” He never talks like that. In fact, throughout the New Testament, obedience to God, honoring God and keeping his commandments, is correlated with risk and danger and death, not with security and comfort. So we need to teach our children like Paul did in his Discipleship 101 in Acts 14:22, “Through many tribulations [you] must enter the kingdom.” And some of those tribulations involve, “Some of you they will kill,” as Jesus said (see Luke 21:16).

Child-Like Humility Produces Peace

A recently weaned child is a child who has experienced deprivation, disappointment, confusion, and grief. Such a child who has quieted his soul and is peacefully sitting beside his mother, no longer demanding what has been denied to him, is a child who has submitted his will to his mother’s will. The reasons why being denied his mother’s breast is the best thing for him are still “too great” for him to understand. But he has endured the struggle, worked through the grief, dried the tears, and is finally willing to trust his mother’s wisdom that “solid food is for the mature” (Hebrews 5:14). He is beginning to bear the peaceful fruit that comes from the discipline of a loving parent’s training (Hebrews 12:11).

Is Kim Kardashian a Secret Agent Working to Undermine Muslim Morals?

But here's what we can say about the proliferation of sensual (or nude) pictures of Kim Kardashian on the internet: It is part of a larger culture of sexual decadence, and that larger culture is contributing to the pollution of countless millions of people—and I don't just mean Muslims. I mean Christians and people of every religion and non-religion. The plague of sexual impurity is everywhere.

10 Quotes From Dr. Hugh Ross on Why The Universe Is The Way It Is

This is a collection of my favorite quotes from the book Why The Universe Is The Way It Is by astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross . My full review of the book may be read here . For more information about the work of Dr. Ross, please visit Reasons to Believe . Investigating Reality "Humans...wonder about everything: tangible and intangible, tiny and huge, near and far, the past and the future as well as the present- the how and why of everything both in this universe and beyond. Human curiosity knows no boundaries, and many individuals will pay any price, even lose their own lives, to satisfy it."

The Second Law of Thermodynamics Began at the Fall

Actually, this “running down” is not necessarily bad, as it is responsible for many of the “good” things that happen around us every day. We could not digest our food without the second law being in operation. The breaking down of food into simpler molecules is a consequence of this process. The molecules are broken down to release the energy that is used to maintain the body and even provide for growth.

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All Hail The Cosmic Hamburger Making Machine!

When it comes to food, I am a pretty simple guy. I like my hamburgers with only bun, meat, cheese, ketchup, and mustard. No lettuce, tomato, or onions. If I wanted a salad, I wouldn't order a hamburger. I recently went into a burger shop that had an interesting sign on the wall which read: "Have your burger 10,000+ different ways." You might be thinking, "how could there be that many different types of hamburgers?" But it is actually quite simple. It isn't that they have 10k different hamburgers, but they offer at least that many different possible combinations of toppings and cooking preferences for their burgers. Regardless, at the end of the day, the number of options doesn't matter to me. I still want my burger the same way--bun, meat, cheese, ketchup, and mustard.

Connecting With Your Child (Part 1 of 2)

If you have a heart for children, too, who are trying to work through these very difficult spots, life has thrown them some curve balls; they're starting with a deficit and you see the value of Focus on the Family coming alongside parents of what Karyn called "children from hard places." I hope you will make a[n] investment in this ministry to equip us with the tools we need to help these parents do the job they need to do. You know what? It doesn't get done on its own and I don't know how else to ask graciously, but will you reach deep and help Focus on the Family touch the lives of these families, so that God can be glorified, He can be lifted up, these children saved from these dire circumstances and they can be set on a course that their lives will honor God and bring Him glory.

Henry VIII by Michael Reeves | May 19, 2016

In our first lesson, we studied the emergence of the English Reformation primarily from a theological perspective. It is also vital to grasp the political connections to the Reformation in England especially related to the role that kings and queens played during this time. In this message, then, Dr. Reeves opens up the fascinating yet troubling story of King Henry VIII , who reigned from 1509–1547. We find him departing from Rome for selfish reasons and essentially pursuing Catholicism without a pope. Anyone who got in the way of this pursuit, whether Catholic or Protestant, could easily lose his life. Still, in God’s providence, Henry unintentionally ended up furthering the cause of true reform.

5 Bible Verses for the Uninspired

Feeling uninspired, unmotivated, and unenthusiastic? Here are five Bible verses to brighten your mood and keep you on the right track.

24 Thoughts on Your Personal Library

Sometime in the distant past, my collection of books became a library . The question, “Have you read all of them?” was asked of me so often that I began to say, “No. But this is my library.” Since no one has read every book in any public library, I was thus excused. The venerable Vernon Grounds had a library of many thousands, which is now incorporated into the Denver Seminary library. He was gifted with a photographic memory. When asked if he had read all this books, he replied, “No. But I want people to think that I have.” I have stolen his line often.

First Christian Chibok Schoolgirl Rescued After 2 Years of Being Enslaved by Boko Haram

Woman holding signs take part in a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 5, 2014. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls during a raid in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria last month, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video it had obtained. Boko Haram on April 14 stormed an all-girl secondary school in Chibok, in Borno state, then packed the teenagers, who had been taking exams, onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon.

WORLD | Floating debris did not come from downed EgyptAir flight | May 19, 2016

UPDATE: A Greek aviation official said late today the debris found near the place where EgyptAir Flight 804 went down in the Mediterranean Sea this morning did not come from an aircraft.

Prof. Michael McConnell on Zubik v. Burwell (yesterday’s Supreme Court RFRA / contraceptive decision)

5. In the meantime, the Supreme Court demonstrated that even in these contentious times it can find solutions to practical problems on the basis of reasonable accommodation. Religious freedom has, for complicated reasons, become politically controversial. But reasonable people of good will can often reach accommodations that protect religious freedom without sacrificing the democratic will. That is what RFRA is for.

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29 How Our Work Embodies God’s Love

WORLD | Bill criminalizing abortion heads to Oklahoma governor’s desk | Bob Brown | May 19, 2016

On Thursday morning, the Oklahoma Senate passed a measure that would make performing abortion “unprofessional conduct” and a felony in the state. Any physician convicted of assisting in an abortion would face one to three years in prison and the revocation of his or her medical license.

A Good Kind of Crying

In September, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of parents from Village Academy Christian School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Earlier in the day, I taught the junior and senior high students at chapel and spoke to three different twelfth grade classes. I role played an atheist with the seniors to give them a glimpse of the intellectual challenges awaiting them at college, and decided to give the parents, who had come out for an evening lecture, a glimpse in the same way.

2016 Fall Courses

Welcome to the 2016 Southern Evangelical Fall Semester course listing. On this page you will find a listing of all the courses listed with deadlines, dates, and times for each course. In addition, you will find an FAQ section below the listing of courses. Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you on-campus, online, and on mission this Fall! God bless.

33 Are You Flexible for the Gospel?

34 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

Bible study: the importance of truth in religion

I think it is is going to be difficult for Christians living today to be able to tell people their dreams like that. But what we can do is talk about God’s miracles as revealed by science and history. We can study astrophysics, biochemistry and history and we can explain what God did in creating and fine-tuning the universe for life, in sequencing amino acids into functioning proteins, in creating brand new body plans in the Cambrian explosion, in raising Jesus from the dead as a matter of historical record, and so on. We have to show how great God is to people who do not even think he exists, and without assuming that they believe in the Bible.

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Should Not Judge?

When it comes to understanding the Bible, context matters. In the same way, if someone took a line out of a conversation you were having and ignored the rest of the conversation what you intended to say could be easily misconstrued. In Matthew 7:1 Jesus is addressing the Pharisees, the outstanding religionists of that day, who condemned other people and blasted them for small sins (the speck in their eye) while they totally ignored their own sin (the log in their own eye). The Pharisees are the epitome of hypocritical, self-righteous, condemning people. Jesus does not want us to be like them. But what many miss is the irony in that he is exposing their sin, the very thing many think he tells everyone not to do. He wants us to discern their sin so we won’t be like them or validate people who are like them.

Does archaeological evidence confirm names, dates and places in the Bible?

Herodium is a man-made mountain in the Judean wilderness rising over 2,475 feet above sea level. In 23 BC Herod the Great built a palace fortress here on top of a natural hill. Seven stories of living rooms, storage areas, cisterns, a bathhouse, and a courtyard filled with bushes and flowering plants were constructed. The whole complex was surrounded and partly buried by a sloping fill of earth and gravel. Herod’s tomb and sarcophagus were discovered at the base of Herodium by archaeologist Ehud Netzer in 2007.

2016 West Coast Conference Preview: W. Robert Godfrey

The ascension of Christ marks the pinnacle of His earthly ministry, yet it is one of the most underappreciated aspects of His work. Jesus said it would be to our advantage for Him to return to His heavenly Father. From His exalted position at the right hand of the Father, Christ poured out the Holy Spirit upon His people. In this session, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey will explain the ascension of Christ in connection with the work of the Holy Spirit and the ministry of the local church.

Brazil’s Presidential Drama Reflects Political, Denominational Divides

Before the April vote, the FPE issued an official statement that “the recent corruption scandals committed by the government and the president” were an “affront to the Brazilian people.” According to congressman and FPE chair João Campos, the majority decision not only represented the feeling of the bench, but of the nation’s evangelicals.

Misunderstanding the Canaanite Hyperbole Argument | Clay Jones

One thing every professor knows firsthand is that too many of students either don’t read the assigned material at all (shocking!) or, if they do “read” it, they don’t read it carefully. Instead these students think they know enough about the book or article to discuss it intelligently (or not!). As I’ve said in previous posts , I really like Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan’s, Did God Really Command Genocide? , and I’ve learned much from it, but I’ve also found that a lot of people have misunderstood exactly how far they take the warfare hyperbole argument. It’s my experience that some Christians either haven’t read their book carefully, or they haven’t read their book at all, but they’ve heard their book uses the words “Canaanite” and “hyperbole” in the same sentence, and so assume they can waive away the killing of Canaanite non-combatants as hyperbolic.

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What We (Don't) Know About EgyptAir Flight 804

Like most tragedies, news that comes out is usually developing and constantly updating. In this case, EgyptAir confirmed that wreckage from the plane was found—and, an Egyptian civil aviation minister said, it was much more likely that the crash was due to a terror attack than any technical failure. Of course, all kinds of speculation increased, especially because the flight disappeared at its only point of flying above water.

45 Can Miracles Happen?

The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one. - David Hume ————— It is said that Hume gave the finishing blow to the argument against miracles but should we believe it?

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49 Why Christians Should be Intolerant – an Interview with Sean McDowell | Impact 360 Institute

Should Christians be tolerant? Is it ever okay to be intolerant? How has the definition of tolerance changed over the years? Does being tolerant mean you have to agree with everyone’s beliefs? How does love fit in with truth and tolerance? And How do we find the balance between loving and being gracious to people, without compromising truth? In this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast Jonathan Morrow interviews author, communicator, and professor of Christian Apologetics Sean McDowell.

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51 Episode 100: Russell Moore on Millennials - Collegiate Collective
52 Human Coalition on Twitter
53 College Boots Ex-Delta Force Hero After Complaint From LGBT Activists | The Stream
54 Grace to You Radio
55 5 Verses Christians Like to Ignore
56 InterVarsity Names a Historic New President
57 Is the Christian Worldview Logical?
58 Grace to You
59 May I Help You Discern Your Calling?
60 Before You Start Helping People, Do This
62 Study: 25% of All Pregnancies Now End in Abortion
63 The New York Times on The Faith of Christopher Hitchens
64 The Argument from Reason
65 Premier Christian on Twitter
66 Fazale Rana on Twitter
67 We Need More Millennial Leaders
68 NPR on Twitter
69 The Poached Egg on Twitter
70 Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Athanasius
71 Loveless Sex Addicts: A Gay Man Critiques His Community
72 If Evolution Is True, Does That Disprove God?
73 Every Mother’s Only Hope
74 Crossway on Twitter
75 “May I Have Two Wives?” Six Vetoes
76 Team CLA on Twitter
77 The Epidemic of Relativism Among Christian Youth
78 Are There 20 Commandments?
79 I'm Turning 40 Today. Can You Help Me Build a Well?
80 WORLD | House passes religious freedom reform bill
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81 "We Have Only One Priest: The Reformation as a Revolution in Ministry. Acts 6:1-7" — Albert Mohler (T4G 2016)
82 Audio Book Review – “Ben Hur” by Lew Wallace, read by Lloyd James
83 WORLD | Parents, teachers at odds over withholding recess as punishment | Laura Edghill | May 17, 2016
84 Excited to be Heading to Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center
85 Myth #6: Apparent Death Theory
87 How to Teach God’s Law in an Authority-Averse Culture
88 CNN on Twitter
89 Isn’t the God of the Old Testament Harsh, Brutal, Downright Evil?
90 Is the Oral Tradition Comparable to the Telephone Game?
92 Premier Christian on Twitter