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Archbishop of Canterbury: "We have learnt to do racism" - premier

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the UK has "learnt to do racism", but he praised the UK's growing interfaith engagement. 

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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

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Grace to You

After the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, Jesus was challenged by the crowd to perform an even greater miracle in John 6:30.“Our fathers ate the manna,” they said (v. 31), implying that Jesus’ miraculous feeding was a small miracle compared to what Moses did. In order for them to believe in Him, they would need to see Him feed the nation of Israel on the same scale that God did when He sent manna and fed the entire nation of Israel during their wilderness wanderings for 40 years (Ex. 16:11–36).They were demanding that Jesus outdo Moses if they were to believe in Him.

New Provost Announced

Taylor will occupy the pivotal second ranking position at Biola University in her role as Provost and Senior Vice President. As Biola’s chief academic officer, Taylor will work closely with President Corey in envisioning and leading all academic programs as Biola continues to build and strengthen its global presence in Christian higher education. In addition, she will work with academic administrators, deans and faculty on day-to-day academic issues including faculty recruitment, promotion and tenure; new academic programming initiatives; and faculty development. She will also continue serving as a member of the President’s Administrative Council and its Executive Committee.

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).

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.

7 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.

The Argument from Reason Many atheists believe that argumentation can prove that God doesn't exist. But if Naturalism is true, human reasoning ability is unreliable on a fundamental level and can't prove anything, let alone theological or metaphysical claims. Hence, Naturalism is self-refuting, for it undermines any confidence we might have in our ability to defend it. If we are to trust our reasoning ability, it must be grounded in something other than random mutation and natural selection. Theism offers such a foundation.

What the Bleep Does the Bible Say About Profanity?

I think it is useful to distinguish between profanity and obscenity. Obscenity is a subset of profanity, together with words that treat God's name irreverently or words that take His holy actions lightly. Thus, for example, only God has the right to damn someone to Hell, so damning someone or something, or telling someone to go to Hell, or using the word Hell as though it's not a reality, all fail to treat God with reverence. To my knowledge, no Biblical author does this, certainly not in a casual way that really have nothing to do with condemnation or Hell. Increasingly, however, Christians are beginning to do so (e.g., by saying something is a "helluva" good thing, or by saying "OMG" merely to express surprise or strong emotion).

Did Jesus Have To Do Apologetics?

So is the truth here? Did Jesus have to defend his position? Was Jesus an apologist?  Since there was no New Testament canon at that time, it is not as if Jesus was walking around with the text 1 Peter 3:15-16 where we read, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. So I doubt that Jesus walked around saying, “ I have been called to be an apologist and I need to carry out my task in a faithful manner.” However, Jesus had to offer several reasons on several occasions as to why He is the Jewish Messiah and God incarnate. So let’s take a look at some of these and try to learn some things.

The Darker Side of LGBT Theology: From Queer Christ to Transgender Christ | The Stream

There is a darker side to LGBT theology, a side that goes far beyond seeking to legitimize same-sex relationships in the name of the Lord. It is a side that seriously perverts the Scriptures and creates a Jesus in its own image — a queer Christ and beyond.

Women Teaching Men — How Far Is Too Far?

An externally focused, rule-based approach to women teaching co-ed audiences in the church neither reflects nor honors the beauty of God’s design. God wants us to have a grace-soaked, joyous spirit that delights in honoring headship as a beautiful aspect of his good and wise plan — one that respects and engages men and women as joint-heirs and co-workers who wholeheartedly exercise their gifts together in the service of each other and the advance of the gospel. God is far more concerned that we have the right heart and spirit, than that we fall in line with man-made flashpoints.

If Evolution Is True, Does That Disprove God?

A student at Sam Houston State University considers the possibility of God and Evolution.

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).

15 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.

Adopted Blood Brothers

We are not brothers in the biological sense, but we are brothers because of the remarkable work of Christ. We were ransomed by the same Savior, adopted into the same family, and given the same charge to go and spread the gospel. Our brotherhood has nothing to do with the family we were born into, but the family that Christ brought us into. Within that blood-bought family there is an instant depth and weight within the relationship that would otherwise be absent. It is the gospel family bond that brought us six acquaintances together.

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.

WORLD | Body part, suitcases spotted in search for missing EgyptAir flight | May 20, 2016

OUR EARLIER REPORT (9:20 a.m. , May 19 ): Egyptian officials said this morning they have not ruled out any possibilities in the crash of an EgyptAir passenger plane, including a terrorist attack. Flight 804, an Airbus A320, was carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo early this morning when it suddenly lost altitude and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek island of Crete.

12 Songs That Need to Be on Your Summer Playlist

Memorial Day is a mere matter of days away, people. Summer is (almost) here. And, you've probably noticed already, we’re in the middle of a super exciting time for music, with truly fresh tracks coming out on the weekly. So to help you make the most of all your cooking-out, pool-sitting, beach-tripping plans, we're providing the soundtrack.

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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.

Seeking Validation from Others May Be Ruining Your Life

Now, many of us feel it’s easier to trust in another person’s opinion than in God’s. It may be the same kind of thing children face when their mom says how wonderful they are and they say, “You have to say that, you’re my mom.” Let’s keep this in mind though. As we said earlier, God knows us even better than our parents. He is also unable to lie. Unlike human beings, He can’t “stretch the truth.” When He says we are inherently valuable and He rejoices over us (Zephaniah 3:17), it’s true.

The Epidemic of Relativism Among Christian Youth

I'm concerned. I'm deeply concerned. There's an epidemic spreading among Christian youth today that can have dangerous and perhaps even deadly consequences. What makes this more dangerous is that most parents and pastors don't even realize their kids are infected. I'm speaking of the danger of moral relativism, and how it's become rampant even within most Christian colleges and universities. Ask Christian young adults who have been active in their church or youth group if something like abortion or homosexual unions are wrong and many may say yes. But press them on if they should declare others sinful or wrong for participating in such actions and you may get a different response, one more akin to "It's wrong for me since I'm a Christian, but they aren't so it's right for them."


"The key to introducing anything new into a church’s liturgy is patience and explanation. Don’t rush the process of explanation and implementation. Allow ample opportunity to explain the value of a creed and to connect it to specific passages of Scripture." [p. 21] This reader was also thrilled to see Hartman's insistence that pastors incorporate apologetics into their weekly sermons.  As he points out: "...much of Scripture itself is written with an eye toward apologetic implications. The first chapters of Genesis are both a scriptural account of creation and an apologetic against ancient Near Eastern cosmogonies. Even many of the miracles recorded in Scripture are meant to serve apologetic purposes. These miracles range from the plagues in Egypt, demonstrating the futility of Egyptian gods, to the healing miracles performed by Jesus, revealing that he is the Messiah. The text of Scripture is so interwoven with apologetic elements that it is difficult to preach the whole counsel of God without noting those elements and incorporating them into weekly sermons.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Voted to Make Abortion a Felony, the Governor Vetoed

Traditionally , states have been able to pass laws that prevent or limit access to abortions after the point of “viability,” currently thought to be as young as around 22 weeks . It’s the point at which the babies could survive outside of the mother’s womb. However, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Roe v. Wade indicates that the government can’t put an “undue burden” on abortion access up to that point.

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Challenge: Snowflakes Are Complex without a Designer

This is a strawman argument against specified complexity. A snowflake contains complex information, but it's basically a repeating pattern of ice crystals that are easily explained by the laws of physics. The sequence of your DNA is not the same as a snow flake. The formation of.a single base pair may be explained by physics, but no law of physics can explain the sequence of base pairs in your DNA. Here is a simple illistration. Let's take all of the ice crystals of a snowflake, and randomize them into a new order. What do you get? Another snowflake. The order that the ice crystals form in make no difference when it comes to the development or function of a snowflake. Randomize the 0's & 1's in the code of a computer program, and the computer program will quickly become useless. Specified complexity is more than just complex, it has a specific order that if compromised destroys the information, or function that it had before. DNA is very similar to computer code that if you randomize the base pairs of dna in an organism, you get a dead organism. So the DNA of an organism is complex yes, but it's also specified, it carries information critical to the life and development of that organism.

I'm Turning 40 Today. Can You Help Me Build a Well?

Today is my 40th birthday and I want to do something a little different to mark my transition into "middle age." I have been inspired to give to people who are less fortunate than me. Sadly, millions of people have limited access to fresh water. As a result, there is widespread disease and even death in many developing countries. In Uganda alone, for instance, one in five children under the age of five dies as a result of diarrheal disease, which could be largely avoided with safe water.

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Athanasius

St. Athanasius (c. 296–373) was born and educated in the ancient city of Alexandria. Coming from a Christian family, he would go on to become the greatest theologian of his time. He assisted at the famous Council of Nicea in 325 when the historic Christian church condemned the influential heresy known as Arianism (the view that Jesus was the first and highest creature of God but not fully equal to God—this view is similar to the one advocated by present-day Jehovah’s Witnesses). St. Athanasius later became bishop of Alexandria, a post he held for 46 years, though he was exiled five times for his outspoken opposition to the vexing Arian heresy that continued to gain influence. St. Athanasius was an articulate, tenacious, and untiring defender of Nicene orthodoxy. He argued for the truth of such essential doctrines as the Incarnation and the Trinity.

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Regardless of your situation, ask God to guide you through a self-assessment of the list above. Then ask God to help you heal in the areas where you need to heal. But don’t forget to accept God’s grace. He knows you’re not perfect, and he knows you’re still growing. And he’s well aware of (and pleased with) the places where you’re already emotionally healthy.

John Calvin and the Visual Arts: Dueling Cavaliers? - page 1 | C.S. Lewis Institute

ave you ever had a war take place inside your head? Imagine two conflicting forces, each claiming to be truth and each stubbornly refusing to bow to the other. In my mind, there has been such a standoff. Like those who are about to engage in a duel, these two forces have taken their ten paces, turned around, and have aimed their pistols at each other. Who are these cavaliers? They are not living people but caricatured images of John Calvin and Reformed thought on one hand, and the stereotypically flamboyant Artist and the entire world of visual arts on the other.   On the Calvinist side (this in my mind’s eye; please, take no personal offense!) we find restrictive, restricted, repressive, reformed religion. The walls of churches are white washed, bare and blank, matching the surrounding faces. The stiff figures look right at home—as if part of the architecture—sitting on the hard, straight-backed wooden benches. Their lips are tightly pursed while clenched hands sit firmly on cold laps.   On the other side dances the wildly unorthodox, mystical, mysterious, exasperating, and exhilarating Artist.

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.

How Is This Even True?

That makes Made in America is essential viewing, whether or not you’ve seen People v. O.J. , though the two inform one another. Only the third and fourth episodes cover the actual court case; the others trace the cultural climate in which Simpson came up as a black man, a football player, and a celebrity in a time when black men and athletes weren’t sought out for endorsements. Simpson’s life, once he broke onto the college football scene, was deeply documented on camera, and there are hours and hours of footage of him talking on camera as his celebrity grew. There’s video and audio providing deep context on racial strife in Los Angeles and the corruption of the LAPD. There are photos of him and his first wife, Marguerite, and then his second wife, Nicole—and, later, images of her after being battered. There are recordings of phone calls. There are images of Nicole’s diaries. There is less O.J. than you might expect, but there’s context. Lots of context.


The following is a list of recommended books for reading. My attempt in this list is to provide a variety of perspectives. I do not personally agree with everything on this list, but do find each book helpful for overall understanding. If there are other categories you would want to recommend adding to this list, email . Enjoy!

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.

How Do I Preach Expository Sermons from Proverbs?

The principal sayings in Proverbs about friendship stress loyalty and faithfulness, especially in time of need. We have seven great proverbs on friendship (17:17; 18:24; 19:4, 6; 27:6–10), but they seem atomistic, with no link to great themes of Proverbs (although there is a “difficulty in relationships” section in 18:23–19:7). But according to Scripture, friendship originates in the character of God.

Scientists Get One Step Closer to a Cure for HIV

According to the CDC , as of the end of 2012, 36.9 million people in the world were living with HIV, with 1.2 million of them being in the United States. In the last 15 years, about 25.3 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

The First #BringBackOurGirls Boko Haram Kidnapping Victim Was Rescued This Week

She’s the first of the missing to be found since the initial kidnapping, though 57 escaped in the immediate aftermath. Since then, Boko Haram has continued their campaign of suicide bombings, village raids, sex trafficking, forced conversions and kidnappings throughout the country. Though, in recent months, a coalition of military forces have made strides in fighting the militant group.

Garrison Keillor on the Dangers of Using Faith to ‘Build Your Brand’

But that was then and this is now. Now you use your faith to build your brand, and eventually you monetize it. I say, whatever lights your candle. For me, what works is high Anglican, a modest rector, not overly jovial like a game show host, an organist who knows his place and liturgy with some long silences in it. “Be still and know that I am God,” He says …

The Story Behind dc Talk's Reunion Cruise

I had few feelings, I saw a few things where people took shots at different individuals. One guy took a shot at me saying, “Kevin should know better, this is obviously just a cash grab for him. He’s never done this before so why is he doing it now? He must really need money.” I’m cool with people saying anything about me but when they talk about my family intentionally or unintentionally it kind of bothers me. Every band that gets back together gets paid. It’s not like anybody would do it for free.

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Obama administration orders all hospitals to perform abortions and sex changes

Right now, we live in a time where health care is under the control of the federal government. Many, many people of faith voted for a secular government to be in control of health care. They thought that it would be more “fair” than letting people control health care at the state or local level. Now they are finding out what happens when you let a big secular government take over huge parts of the economy. There are people of faith working in hospitals. If only their employer forced them to do a sex change or an abortion, they could move to another employer, perhaps in another state. But when you put the control up at the federal level, there is nowhere to run. You have to comply, or lose your job. And no matter how tough a Christian talks, no one can survive without food to eat and water to drink. We have to earn a living, and this President is making it impossible to work and be an authentic Christian at the same time.

Evangelicals Cheer Pro-Life Vote at Methodist Conference

Pro-life (and pro-Israel) decisions at this year's General Conference could signal a step away from the mainline, observers say.

Connecting With Your Child (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Karyn Purvis offers practical advice for parents on building and maintaining a trust-based relationship with their children. She explains how parent-child attachments are designed by God to work, what happens when that connection is broken and how parents can give their children a voice for their thoughts and feelings. (Part 2 of 2)

How to Speak Human

In an important sense, Taylor practices what he preaches, bringing to light an aspect of what it means to be a linguistic animal through 10 chapters of articulations. He clearly favors hermeneutical over analytic approaches to language, for the simple reason that the former, in attending to language as used in a variety of contexts, practices, and forms of life, does a better job of accounting for the messiness of human agency and history: “learning the language and learning to make sense of . . . life cannot be separated” (285). This essential insight only partially compensates for a style and structure not as translucent as it might have been with more editing. Nor does it help to learn that the case is incomplete: Taylor hopes to produce a companion study that will further explore his preferred constitutive view in post-Romantic poetry and poetics.

49 Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

These are the assumptions lurking behind the language of the transgender movement. The Obama administration’s letter, sent out jointly by the Departments of Justice and Education, asserts, “A person’s gender identity may be different from ... the person’s sex assigned at birth.” What's the key word here? “Assigned” – as though a person’s sex at birth were purely arbitrary instead of a scientific, biological fact.

When God’s Word Meets Your Story

Stories are universal. People throughout human history and throughout the diverse cultures of the world all tell stories in one way or another. In fact, one profitable way to study the history of any civilization is to study its stories. That the impulse to create and relish stories transcends culture must be one reason God amply filled with story this Word that he purposed to send out to all the nations. As we consider the genre of narrative we should remember that its beauties (and all the Bible’s literary beauties) are part of God’s gracious means not just to grow and nourish believers but also to draw new believers to himself. I’ve seen many a woman come to Bible study and be drawn into the details and the power of a story she doesn’t yet understand but which somehow moves her and connects with her.

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56 James: Thrones in the Kingdom
57 Facebook Shows Another Face
58 That the Word of the Lord May Speed Ahead –
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69 Bible study: the importance of truth in religion
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