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What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Been Hurt By Church

Thank you for the courage to speak out in an excellent article and subject yourself to more Christian well-meaning but at times, misguided commentary. I, too, experienced spiritual abuse. I followed the Matthew 18 guideline in how to deal with a brother in sin and was met with a refusal to acknowledge or take responsibility for personal sin. Since it was with a pastor and there was an attitude among the leaders that pastors are God's annointed and should be protected, the other leaders refused to hold him accountable. Therefore, the way they chose to deal with the situation was to make the victim the problem. What followed were incredibly hurtful meetings. After 30 years there (many in leadership), my husband and I quietly left. Without explanation so as not be divisive. Four years later, I am still unable to attend another church. When spiritual authority that is charged by scripture to love, protect and care for the flock instead uses its authority for selfish reasons and covers sin, the affect on the victim is devastating. Church members have a right expectation to be treated fairly and lovingly.

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“It is Going to Be an Issue” — Supreme Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Puts Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs

Verrilli’s answer puts the nation’s religious institutions, including Christian colleges, schools, and seminaries, on notice. The Chief Justice asked the unavoidable question when he asked specifically about campus housing. If a school cannot define its housing policies on the basis of its religious beliefs, then it is denied the ability to operate on the basis of those beliefs. The “big three” issues for religious schools are the freedoms to maintain admission, hiring, and student services on the basis of religious conviction. By asking about student housing, the Chief Justice asked one of the most practical questions involved in student services. The same principles would apply to the admission of students and the hiring of faculty. All three are now directly threatened. The Solicitor General admitted that these liberties will be “accommodated” or not depending on how states define their laws. And the laws of the states would lose relevance the moment the federal government adopts its own law.

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Purity Through Food: How Religious Ideas Sell Diets

Nearly a quarter century ago, the libertarian magazine Reason published an essay on civil unrest suffused with an insight that movement conservatism still hasn't grasped. Then-editor Virginia Postrel was writing in the wake of the Los Angeles riots of 1992. "What caused the riots?" she asked. "How do we prevent them from recurring?" She agreed with law-and-order voices of that era that a dearth of conscience and empathy were factors. "Only people without empathy could drag people out of their cars and beat them within an inch of their lives," she wrote. "Only people without empathy could burn and loot the lives and dreams of their neighbors." But she went on to observe that a small criminal element preys on South Los Angeles every day whereas riots occur once in a generation. Rottenness may have been necessary to explain the beating of Reginald Denny or the terror inflicted on small business owners, but it wasn't sufficient to explain such mayhem.

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

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Marriage and Equal Protection

They have understood and defined it as a relationship shaped by the needs of children for mothers and fathers, rather than as an institution whose purpose is to serve the interests or desires of adults by facilitating sexual-romantic companionship. Our laws, including those under review in the cases now pending before the Supreme Court, reflect the judgment that marriage is the conjugal union of spouses, rooted in the sexual-reproductive complementarity of male and female, which brings together a man and a woman as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children born of their union. As a social institution, it aims to secure for children the inestimable blessing of being brought up in the committed love—the marital bond—of the man and woman whose union brought them into being, and the related benefit of both maternal and paternal influences and care.

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Giants in the Old Testament

In the parallel account given in 2 Samuel 23:21 the Egyptian is called “a spectacular man” in the NKJV and “an impressive man” in the NASB. While modern man may think of a 7’6” man as a giant, it is intriguing that the Bible does not identify him as such. Perhaps this is a clue that those who are identified as giants were larger than the Egyptian slain by Benaiah. Another explanation for this omission is that many of the giants were called by their particular tribes (Anakim, Emim, etc.), but the tall Egyptian is not said to belong to any of these giant groups. If that is the case, it is curious why the biblical writers would not simply use a generic term for “giant,” such as rapha .

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A (Very) Short Prayer for My Dullest Days

Restore my allegiance — God, my heart is dull because my loyalties are wrong. I long for ease and comfort and for human praise, which empty my soul. As I acknowledge my sin, re-align my allegiances to your name and re-commit my devotion to your glory. Give me a “right spirit” (Psalm 51:10).

8 Natural Selection Constrains Neutral Diversity across A Wide Range of Species

The neutral theory of molecular evolution predicts that the amount of neutral polymorphisms within a species will increase proportionally with the census population size (Nc). However, this prediction has not been borne out in practice: while the range of Nc spans many orders of magnitude, levels of genetic diversity within species fall in a comparatively narrow range. Although theoretical arguments have invoked the increased efficacy of natural selection in larger populations to explain this discrepancy, few direct empirical tests of this hypothesis have been conducted. In this work, we provide a direct test of this hypothesis using population genomic data from a wide range of taxonomically diverse species. To do this, we relied on the fact that the impact of natural selection on linked neutral diversity depends on the local recombinational environment. In regions of relatively low recombination, selected variants affect more neutral sites through linkage, and the resulting correlation between recombination and polymorphism allows a quantitative assessment of the magnitude of the impact of selection on linked neutral diversity.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

In an unsupervised moment, something clicks in the program and Ultron emerges out of the absolute worst interpretation of Tony’s desire to protect the world. Ultron believes that to create peace, he has to stop evil everywhere he sees it, including the evil in humanity. Scared and violent as he realizes his mission, he destroys Tony’s other AI program, Jarvis, takes control of Tony’s robots, attacks the Avengers, and escapes to build an army for global genocide.

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'Thank God for Cellphone Video Cameras'

Nearly a quarter century ago, the libertarian magazine Reason published an essay on civil unrest suffused with an insight that movement conservatism still hasn't grasped. Then-editor Virginia Postrel was writing in the wake of the Los Angeles riots of 1992. "What caused the riots?" she asked. "How do we prevent them from recurring?" She agreed with law-and-order voices of that era that a dearth of conscience and empathy were factors. "Only people without empathy could drag people out of their cars and beat them within an inch of their lives," she wrote. "Only people without empathy could burn and loot the lives and dreams of their neighbors." But she went on to observe that a small criminal element preys on South Los Angeles every day whereas riots occur once in a generation. Rottenness may have been necessary to explain the beating of Reginald Denny or the terror inflicted on small business owners, but it wasn't sufficient to explain such mayhem.

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Bone DNA reveals humanity’s trek into South America

To gauge whether the Lauricocha residents were descended from members of more than one migration, the team sequenced the DNA from their mitochondria, cellular organelles that are passed directly from mother to child, and thus trace maternal ancestry. All five people were found to be descended from maternal lines that are common among modern and ancient indigenous people of North and South America. The males’ Y chromosomes put them on a lineage that arose in the region around the Bering Strait some 17,000 years ago — the most widely accepted time and place for the original human migration into the Americas. These and other DNA data suggested that all the Lauricocha humans are descended from the first humans to reach the Americas, supporting one migration into South America.

13 Colour As a Signal for Entraining the Mammalian Circadian Clock

Animals use an internal brain clock to keep track of time and adjust their behaviour in anticipation of the coming day or night. To be useful, however, this clock must be synchronised to external time. Assessing external time is typically thought to rely on measuring large changes in ambient light intensity that occur over dawn/dusk. The colour of light also changes over these twilight transitions, but it is currently unknown whether such changes in colour are important for synchronising biological clocks to the solar cycle. Here we show that the mammalian blue–yellow colour discrimination axis provides a more reliable indication of twilight progression than a system solely measuring changes in light intensity. We go on to use electrical recordings from the brain clock to reveal the presence of many neurons that can track changes in blue–yellow colour occurring during natural twilight. Finally, using mice housed under lighting regimes with simulated dawn/dusk transitions, we show that changes in colour are required for appropriate biological timing with respect to the solar cycle. In sum, our data reveal a new sensory mechanism for estimating time of day that should be available to all mammals capable of chromatic vision, including humans.

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What to Expect After the Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision

Other commentary simply got the facts wrong. Conflicts over religious liberty often involve contested normative views, but there are still some facts. For example, it is incorrect to claim that the Indiana law allowed commercial businesses to discriminate. The text of the statute heightens protections for substantially burdened religious practices, and its original coverage extended to commercial businesses. That would have given florists, cake bakers, and pizza joints that did not want to provide services at a same-sex wedding the ability to raise a religious liberty defense if confronted with an antidiscrimination lawsuit. They may or may not have prevailed—similarly situated businesses have always lost previous cases of this kind. The hypothetical parade of horribles—the restaurant or the real-life auto repair shop that would turn away gay customers outside of a wedding context—would have faced an even higher burden in light of existing case law. No such commercial business has ever prevailed on a statutory or constitutional religion freedom claim of that kind.

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Crossway on Twitter

Bonhoeffer: theologically-driven seminary director? Yep. And we need his wisdom today: http://cway.to/1HTBw3f  pic.twitter.com/pPBHv9q9n0

16 Convergent Evolution of Mechanically Optimal Locomotion in Aquatic Invertebrates and Vertebrates

Examples of animals evolving similar traits despite the absence of that trait in the last common ancestor, such as the wing and camera-type lens eye in vertebrates and invertebrates, are called cases of convergent evolution. Instances of convergent evolution of locomotory patterns that quantitatively agree with the mechanically optimal solution are very rare. Here, we show that, with respect to a very diverse group of aquatic animals, a mechanically optimal method of swimming with elongated fins has evolved independently at least eight times in both vertebrate and invertebrate swimmers across three different phyla. Specifically, if we take the length of an undulation along an animal’s fin during swimming and divide it by the mean amplitude of undulations along the fin length, the result is consistently around twenty. We call this value the optimal specific wavelength (OSW). We show that the OSW maximizes the force generated by the body, which also maximizes swimming speed. We hypothesize a mechanical basis for this optimality and suggest reasons for its repeated emergence through evolution.

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Molinism vs Calvinism: William Lane Craig and Paul Helm

For more resources from Reasonable Faith visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org For more resources from Unbelievable visit: http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable In November 2013, Dr William Lane Craig was invited to the radio show Unbelievable, hosted by Justin Brierley, on Premier Christian Radio in the United Kingdom. The topic of discussion on this day was "Calvinism vs Molinism." William Lane Craig is a Christian philosopher and leading proponent of Molinism, a view of divine sovereignty that seeks to reconcile God's fore-ordination with human free will. Paul Helm is a leading Calvin Scholar. He defends the view that God predestines the future, limiting human freedom. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa... For Paul Helm: http://paulhelmsdeep.

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Why Do Pastors Feel Discouragement Amid Success?

In the midst of our 1 Kings 19 struggles, we find mercy for our Elijah-like stubbornness, and meaning in our Elijah-like discouragement, as we look to Jesus. Whatever that dark feeling of discouragement is and means, whatever was grabbing at Elijah’s heart in I Kings 19:3, whatever that voice is that presses in us in that quiet moment alone after we’ve preached our guts out—I know Jesus faced it in the extreme in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the long walk to Calvary, and in his final choking hours. Jesus knew that fear, that helplessness, that darkness and uncertainty, to the extreme. And he conquered it by rising from the dead.

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Learn Truth and Worship God with New Student Hymnal

We’re using the term “friend” to describe someone who helps and encourages you when you need them. Like a friend, hymns comfort, give hope, and inspire. They help you to confess sin, give thanks, rejoice, and solicit God’s favor. They will come to you in the dark of night or the heat of day, bringing God’s truth and Word to your heart. Who doesn’t need that kind of friend, no matter what age—young or old? Think of Paul and Silas imprisoned in a dungeon. What did they do? Sing hymns. Why do people in nursing homes light up and smile or sometimes weep when old hymns are played and sung? Because an old friend has come to see and sit with them. 

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My Mother Regretted Her Abortion

Stories like my mother's are rarely spoken out loud. The pain and guilt of abortion are too deep. And, sometimes, those willing to speak do not find others willing to listen. Many people seem to assume that most women reflect positively on their choice and that they have experienced little emotional, psychological, or physical repercussions--and some of those people are reluctant to consider stories that challenge that view. Surely every woman's experience is unique, and some women may feel they have suffered no ill effects from their abortions. But research on women who have had abortions suggests that my mother's experience is not uncommon. Women who lose a child to abortion, many of whom do not progress through a normal grief process that would usually accompany a pregnancy loss, are at higher risk for everything from depression , to substance abuse , to suicide . Indeed research has shown that the experience of some women following abortion is a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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My Top 5 Books on Nonviolence

Badshah Khan raised history’s first nonviolent army: at least 80,000 Muslim “Red Shirts” with officers, uniforms, and a flag. Trained in Gandhian techniques of nonviolence, they played a crucial role in India’s independence. Khan’s Red Shirts were Pathans hailing from India’s northwest frontier, a violent area (and ethnic group) that gave rise to the Taliban. As Khan’s biographer explains, if he “could raise a nonviolent army of people so steeped in violence as the Pathans, there is no country on earth where it cannot be done.”

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http://rzim.org/blog/ravis-update-from-armenia-at-the-base-of-mt-ararat

Thank you for praying for our visit on this significant historic occasion.  Here’s my update on our week in Armenia, which was filmed at the base of the majestic Mount Ararat:

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God's Not Dead: Predictions Fulfilled Concerning Jesus Christ: Declaring the Things to Come

Prophecies of Jesus Christ: Proof God's Not Dead by Mike Robinson Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; let them show the former things, what they were… Or declare to us things to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter… Thus says the LORD … I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me, there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? … I have declared the former things from the beginning … Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass... Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you (Isaiah 41:22-23, 44:6-8, 48:3-20).  An important segment of “proof” for Christianity is the messianic prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Old Testament foretold the coming of the Messiah in precise detail. The Old Testament (Tanakh) was written centuries before the coming of Jesus and included more than three hundred prophecies about Him including His birth. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar prophetic record of their life written down centuries before their birth.

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Society Sunday – Premier Premier

I was delighted to hear about the first Society Sunday. Sunday 14th June is a great opportunity to mark the huge contribution that churches make in the UK and beyond. For centuries the church has been a vital cornerstone and change agent in our society. Christians pioneered health and social care, were the first to provide education and services for young people and have always been a voice for the most vulnerable whether at home or abroad. I hope that this special Sunday for community celebration and social action will become a regular date in the nation's diary. I hope that MPs of all parties will join the celebrations in their constituencies. Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP (Labour Party Leader)

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Atheism Fails as a Worldview: It Lacks Objective Moral Values

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Anti-Christian bias at CBS? Conservatives blast 'Face the Nation'

Last week, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was invited to be on CBS News' "Face the Nation." What was supposed to be a cordial conversation about the Supreme Court and same-sex marriage turned out to be a professional ambush.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Bill Nye's Religion is the Fuel for His Wrath

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New Morning Mercies

Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

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Is God All Knowing? (William Lane Craig)

Robert Lawrence Kuhn (host of PBS' "Closer to Truth") asks William Lane Craig on God's omniscience. Questions explored: What does it mean for God to be omniscience? What is meant by proposition? What is meant by non-propositional knowledge? Does God have propositional or non-propositional knowledge? What is the difference between natural knowledge, free knowledge, and middle knowledge? Who is Luis de Molina? Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list... Closer to Truth: http://www.closertotruth.com Video index of Dr. William Lane Craig: http://drcraigvideos.blogspot.com We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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How Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Christian Schools

Until recently, many Christian colleges assumed losing accreditation was the most likely outcome of holding to the historical and biblical teaching on sexuality. But a new concern emerged on Tuesday. With seven words—“It is going to be an issue”—the U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christian colleges and universities that if they don’t drop their opposition to same-sex marriage they will lose their tax exempt status.

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Four Key Principles for Apologetics

“But you introduced yourself as an ‘agnostic,’ ” I said gently. “What happened?” Alex explained he attended a local atheist group, and discovered that they were, in his words, “fundamentalists too.” Questioning was not allowed there either. Alex told me he didn’t know what to believe or disbelieve any more. Then, he asked me if I thought he was lazy. I replied, “There are two types of agnostics. A lazy agnostic is somebody who can’t be bothered to find the answer to the God question. An active agnostic is genuinely searching for the answer, but just hasn’t found it yet.” We talked long into the evening and slowly began to deal with some of the questions Alex had buried for so long.

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11. Do all good people go to heaven?

Nathan Betts ( http://bit.ly/nathanbetts ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Do all good people go to heaven?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out the book "The Prodigal God" by Tim Keller ( http://bit.ly/13iwzic ). This video is episode 11 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": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/

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Is Learning Apologetics like Fiddling While Rome Burns? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Do you find it discouraging that the vast majority of christians wouldn’t know the cosmological argument from cosmo magazine? Also that in a given church the number of christians that have actually read the bible from beginning to end would be less than 20%? You look at that “75% of kids leaving the church stat” that Frank likes to mention and do you really have to wonder why? A lot of people go to church because they were born into it. A lot go just because they think it’s “what good people do.” Pin them down and ask them about their religion and all they can do is plead ignorance because they are about large swaths of their religion. And why? Because one person tells them what to think about it once a week and might use one tiny little section consisting of five to ten verses. And I find that hilarious. Especially when in a debate a theist says, “well, you can’t just quote verses you have to use them in context.” People won’t be christians because of apologetics, they won’t stay christians because of apologetics, and the average believer won’t care about apologetics.

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https://www.crossway.org/books/newton-on-the-christian-life-tpb/

“Here is mastery! As the Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and reigning, was the life-giving focus of the Evangelical Revival, and as George Whitefield was its supreme awakener, and John Wesley its brilliant discipler, so ex–slave trader John Newton was its peerless pastoral counselor and perhaps the greatest Christian letter writer of all time. In his 768- footnote digest of the spiritual wisdom in Newton’s thousand-plus published letters, along with his published sermons and hymns, Reinke distills a vast flow of pure honey for the Christian heart. This is a book to read over and over again.” J. I. Packer , Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

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Grand Theft Worldview: "Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God To Make Their Case" by Frank Turek - Thinking Christian

Atheists often make argue against God based on the biblical God’s supposed evil, and Christianity’s supposed unscientific, unreasoning nature. They really are stuck, though: they need something a lot like God in the picture in order to explain what evil is, what reason is, and even how science makes sense. They’re stealing from God to make their case against him.

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Short Answers to Big Questions

Short Answers to Big Questions  is an exciting new video resource from RZIM Canada. Two of our team,  Andy Bannister  and  Nathan Betts , have taken 50 of the most common questions and objections concerning Christianity and filmed short videos addressing each of them. Whilst we realise that a three minute video can only begin to scratch the surface of many of these questions, we hope to offer you food for thought and a chance for you to begin thinking through these issues.

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Modern family indeed: Sofia Vergara's embryo fight raises ethical questions - Religion News Service

“When we create embryos for the purpose of life, should we not define them as life, rather than as property? Does one person’s desire to avoid biological parenthood (free of any legal obligations) outweigh another’s religious beliefs in the sanctity of life and desire to be a parent? A woman is entitled to bring a pregnancy to term even if the man objects. Shouldn’t a man who is willing to take on all parental responsibilities be similarly entitled to bring his embryos to term even if the woman objects? These are issues that, unlike abortion, have nothing to do with the rights over one’s own body, and everything to do with a parent’s right to protect the life of his or her unborn child.”

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WORLD | Part 2: What’s the matter with evolution? | Casey Luskin | May 2, 2015

Biogeography is the study of the distribution of organisms in time and space both in the present and past on Earth. It is often contended that biogeography strongly supports neo-Darwinian theory. For example, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), a pro-Darwin advocacy group, claims that “consistency between biogeographic and evolutionary patterns provides important evidence about the continuity of the processes driving the evolution and diversification of all life,” and “[t]his continuity is what would be expected of a pattern of common descent.” However, the NCSE dramatically overstates its case and ignores the many instances where biogeography does not show the sort of “continuity” that would be expected under a pattern of common descent.

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Laminin and the Cross

While I appreciate Mr. Giglio’s passion for the Word, I would suggest that this type of argument is not a good one to use. (See God’s Pharmacy for a similar example.) The main problem with this type of argument is that it appears that something outside of Scripture (in this case, laminin) is vital to know the truthfulness of a biblical truth. Laminin is used to prove a biblical truth. However, we should never use our fallible, finite understanding of the world to judge the infallible Word of God. What we observe in the world can certainly be used to confirm God’s Word (and it does), but our finite observations are not in a position to evaluate the infinite things of God. Only if we start with the Bible as our ultimate standard can we have a worldview that is rational and makes sense of the evidence (see Atheism: An Irrational Worldview and Evolution: The Anti-science ).

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The Biology Professor Who Hated Our Outreach Exhibit - Equal Rights Institute Blog

Howard once again accused me of being deceptive with the fetal development sign! That’s when I decided to push back harder than I had before. I held out my hand to shake his and said, “Okay, I think we’re done here. You keep accusing me of these really negative things when you don’t know anything about me. You haven’t asked me any questions to learn where I’m actually coming from. You don’t know me.” *Shaking his hand* “So, thanks for the conversation. Have a nice day.”

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Baltimore, a Great Society Failure | The Stream

President Obama doesn’t have the slightest idea how to fix Baltimore. His solutions fall back on liberal bromides going back 50 years. Dating back to the Kerner Commission after the riots of the 1960s, the left’s go-to solution to urban problems has been more social programs. Since then, we’ve gotten more social programs — and just as many urban problems.

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The Hill on Twitter

Santorum expresses support for Bruce Jenner: "If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman" http://hill.cm/PynETSH  pic.twitter.com/NgQClFz9h8

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Ligonier.org

Michael Horton, Stephen Meyer, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr. and Del Tackett answer questions regarding the Christian mind, science, old and new earth, and more.

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The New Atheists are back — and dumber than ever

There was just one problem: The faith that the New Atheists set out to mock, refute, and dispel was invariably the least impressive, least informed, least sophisticated, most easily dismissed form of the world's great religious traditions. If faith for you is believing in the most scripturally literalistic, doctrinally fundamentalist, ahistorical, credulous, theologically illiterate variant of devotion, well, then Harris-Dawkins-Hitchens probably rocked your world. But as any reader with even a cursory religious education discovered by about page 3 of any of their books, the not-great God of the New Atheists was nothing more than a big old Straw Man in the Sky.

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300 Leaders: Rice Broocks on Evangelism and the Evangelist Session 2

300 Leaders: Rice Broocks on Evangelism and the Evangelist Session 2

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The "Mistborn Trilogy" by Brandon Sanderson- Religion(s), Intrigue, and a Messiah

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A Pacifism for the Whole Church

The particular strength of the book—and of Christian nonviolence more generally—is that it forces believers to recognize that Christianity measures political actions by a richer set of standards than the outcomes they aim to achieve. We’re supposed to support policies consistent with (or at least not antithetical to) certain core teachings: that all human beings are made in God’s image, that sin was vanquished at the cross, and that the Resurrection has inaugurated a new moral order. Political behaviors, then, cannot be judged purely by whether or not they eliminate an enemy leader, secure free elections, or achieve any other positive outcome. For Christians, political choices must always be judged by how they comport with the moral law of God, which means using distinctly Christian reasoning to reckon with both corporate entities like the nation-state and the individual leaders that dictate national policy.

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52 The Dumbing-Down of Brave
53 Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to girl – Premier Premier
54 Crossway on Twitter
55 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
56 Crossway on Twitter
57 Craig Evans on "Is the Bible Reliable?"
58 The Christians Who Annoy Us Are the Christians We Need Most
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61 Tomorrow We Live
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65 Renewing Your Mind | The Magnificat, Part 2 | May 2, 2015
66 8 major differences between Eastern religion and Christianity.
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68 WORLD | Outside the playbook | Andrew Branch | May 16, 2015
69 The Uneasy Conscience of a Christian Boxing Trainer
70 Far From the Madding Crowd
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72 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
73 Egypt Church Burning: 71 People Sentenced for Attack
74 Archbishop congratulates royals on baby girl – Premier Premier
75 Truthbomb Apologetics: Article: Why Would a Loving God Allow the Earthquake in Nepal? by Lenny Esposito
76 Albert Mohler on Twitter
77 WORLD | David Brooks on the edge | Marvin Olasky | May 2, 2015
78 Reviving the Church to Change the World (Part 2 of 2)
79 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
80 WORLD News Group on Twitter
81 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
82 WORLD | Britain welcomes royal baby girl | Lynde Langdon | May 2, 2015
83 WORLD | Nigeria frees more women and girls from Boko Haram | Lynde Langdon | May 2, 2015
84 Gordon College Keeps Its Faith and Its Accreditation
85 Crossway on Twitter
86 Church prayer for William and Kate – Premier Premier
87 Episcopal bishop resigns amid manslaughter allegations – Premier Premier