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Greeter Shot in Head After Gunman Opens Fire in Church

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Wilberforce Weekend 2017

Through the proclamation of Truth, leadership training, and collaboration with like-minded organizations, The  Colson Center for Christian Worldview seeks to build and resource a movement of Christians committed to living and defending the Christian worldview.

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WORLD on Twitter

More than a dozen dead in explosion at Ariana Grande concert in England https://world.wng.org/news_highlights  pic.twitter.com/q4nYiyx2Ko

3 The TC Apologetics Daily

4 The Life and Times of Redeemer Presbyterian Church

But Keller’s plant has lasted nearly six times that long. When he preaches his last sermon on June 25, Redeemer will be 28 years old. Over nearly three decades, attendance has soared from around 50 to more than 5,000. The congregation expanded into two, then three locations. They ministered to thousands through Hope for New York, re-imagined employment through the Center for Faith and Work, and launched a church-planting hub now called City to City.

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You Can Do A Show About Christianity, Unless You Believe It's True

Every Easter season results in a new round of television shows, magazine covers and newspaper articles casting doubt on the historicity of Jesus or the reliability of the New Testament. The major networks and news outlets are willing to talk about Jesus at that time of year, although few of them are willing to take Him seriously . NPR once featured an interview arguing for a version of Jesus that is “completely different from the one portrayed by… religious texts,” a Macleans article claimed that the Gospel authors mis-remembered, changed or invented their stories, and a Psychology Today author wrote that Jesus never even existed. CNN’s Finding Jesus is perhaps the most prominent example of this fascination with Easter season skepticism. After debuting last year, it quickly became the network’s highest rated production to date. This show examines ancient Christian relics and, week by week, demonstrates that they have little or nothing to do with Jesus of Nazareth. These articles and television productions demonstrate a principle guiding the major media outlets in our country: You can write an article or produce a series about Jesus, as long as it doesn’t claim anything about Him is true .

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Colson Fellows Program

I think you could be a Colson Fellow. The Colson Fellows are a group of leaders that are changing community and culture for Christ. I know you. I know your faith fuels your conviction, courage, and compassion. I honestly think that you’re the kind of person the Colson Fellows Program is looking for. Take a look at the website. If you’re interested and decide to apply, I’d be honored to write your reference letter. Take a look at the website, colsonfellows.org

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'Political' Issues That Shouldn't Be So Political

As an Australian, this issue bothers me. Australia has universal health care (or a variant thereof) and so I look upon the hullabaloo over healthcare in America and am confused. In much the same way as I believe we are all to care for refugees and immigrants—and this influences my view of what policy should be—I similarly believe that, where possible, we are to look after those who are ill, injured or dying. Further, if we look in the Bible at some of the rules God gave to His people (Deuteronomy 15:7-11) we see that God designed His people and enshrined in their laws a desire and responsibility to look after the poor and unhealthy. Similarly, how can we possibly look at the health care issue and not think of Jesus’ words about caring for “the least of these”?

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Why Your Children Do NOT Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions

This weekend, a blog was released titled “ Why Your Children do NOT Need Apologetics .” In it, apologetics was characterized as a fear-based recitation of doctrines which “denies the realities of human experience.” I suspect that it was written in response to the blog and podcast that Rebekah and I did the last week critiquing their Easter article. The article we critiqued was written by a children’s pastor, and it discouraged teaching children about the literal death and resurrection of Jesus, or the concept of original sin. (You can see our podcast response with extensive summary notes here .) We definitely didn’t mince words in the podcast, but neither did we throw any punches.

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Evidence for God: Messianic Prophecies

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Discovery Said to Show Dinosaurs Walked with Their Evolutionary Ancestors

With this biblical understanding of history, let’s consider what Langer’s team knows and what they can only assume. Without evidence of a meaty meal in the dinosaurs’ stomach, we cannot know for certain what they ate. Sharp teeth can be used for more than ripping flesh. And even if these dinosaurs were carnivorous varieties (and we have no problem with that possibility—the fossil record demonstrates that many varieties of animals were carnivorous by the time of the global Flood), their placement in the fossil record would not indicate carnivory existed before herbivory. That notion is based on worldview-based assumptions, not observable science. These dinosaurs’ placement in the fossil record only indicates roughly when during the global Flood they were catastrophically buried compared to animals buried in other rock layers. (Read more about the age assumptions that are based on the fossil record in “ Doesn’t the Order of Fossils in the Rock Record Favor Long Ages? ”)

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Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Church in Culture

Francis Schaeffer’s view of the church in modern culture is multifaceted yet cuts straight to the point.  He does not mince words or play clever evangelical games.  He believes one major problem with Christians is that they see things in bits and pieces.  They have failed to see that modern man’s despair has come to fruition because of a shift in worldview.  He contends that Christians should begin to think in terms of the big picture.  They should have a view of spiritual reality that is authentic and covers all areas of life.  Indeed, the Lordship of Christ covers all life and all life equally.

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The Only Constant in Life: Our Anchor in the Storms of Change

But perhaps the greatest gift God gives us when our circumstances won’t stop changing is that he reminds us that we are hidden in the unchangeable Christ, who is the true constant, outlasting even change (Hebrews 13:8). When we move, we aren’t really moving. When we experience pain, we aren’t really being injured. When we die, we aren’t really dying. We can’t be touched when we our identity is in the death-defeating, resurrected Christ.

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Love the One You’re With

There are numerous legitimate reasons to leave a church, and departures are one more messy opportunity to extend gracious love. But we must have a healthy suspicion of our motives if disillusionment, restlessness, boredom, discontentment, burnout, relational conflict, and disappointed expectations are fueling our impulse to leave. Often these fruits have roots in selfish soil. We must not love the church we can’t be with — that idealized community of our imagination. We must love the one we’re with.

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Evidence, Knowledge, and Science: How Does Christianity Measure Up?

There is, for example, broad consensus that Julius Caesar died in the year 44 BC and almost certainly sometime within the fifth decade BC, between 40 and 50 BC. This is generally accepted as knowledge. But is this science? Well, it is not established by repeated experiment. Julius Caesar’s death was a singular event. It is thus not something we can replicate. So how do we know it is true? Well, we have inscriptions that suggest it is so, we have other evidence about the relationship between his death and various other events, and we have relatively early written accounts of his life. Is it possible that all of this evidence points us in the wrong direction? Well, maybe. But it does seem rather unlikely. We would have to come up with a very convoluted explanation indeed to explain how all of the evidence points to 44 BC but that this is entirely wrong.  Perhaps we cannot establish this with absolute certainty, but we can be pretty sure.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’

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The Point: NC Is Doing Fine

Look, there’s no reason to cave to an idea in rebellion against reality. The fact that North Carolina still came out on top shows that often, the sexual revolution’s bark is worse than its bite. And though they might not have loud voices, there are still a lot of people and companies out there who recognize common sense when they see it—or who just don’t believe everything the media tells them.

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No, Prayer Isn’t Just Another Form of Slacktivism

A photo my colleague just brought back from drought-stricken Kenya underscores the need. It shows a mother and her children trying to suck the marrow from the bones of dead donkeys that litter the dusty landscape. Those bones are all they have to eat.

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5 Ways Teenagers Often Waste Their Time

But that’s the absolute wrong way to handle our problems. Our lives are part of something much bigger and more important than just us. While we’re tempted to escape problems temporarily through busyness, it only delays the inevitable. We’ll still eventually have to deal with life. Sadly, problems don’t get fixed by ignoring them. Indeed, putting them off does more harm than good—not only does it waste time, but also it burdens us with stress.

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Timothy Keller on Twitter

Thank you Bruce for faithfully steering this church for over a decade. Without you it wouldn't have worked. See you in the next chapter. https://twitter.com/bruce_terrell/status/866779519990059010 …

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Constantine

Of Constantine's early years, we know only that he was born in Illyria, a region in the Balkans. His father, Constantius Chlorus, was already a Roman official on the rise. Helena, the daughter of an innkeeper and Constantius's wife, gave birth to Constantine around A.D. 280 in Naissus, just south of the Danube. By the time Constantine was 31, he was in line to become emperor of the western empire—and more.

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The Liberals Misguided Love Affair With Islam

Why do so many liberals defend and support Islam?

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Black Protestants Show Strongest Support for Maternity Leave

“Black Protestants are perhaps more likely to recognize that in the absence of paid leave, this ability to be with a new child isn’t feasible for all,” Gopo said. “Making this option universally available may very well be another way of loving our neighbors as ourselves and caring for some of the youngest members of our society, issues always important to the church.”

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How Can Space Be Flat but Finite? | Reasonable Faith

Such a conclusion is hasty. It ignores the topology of space. (Topology is the study of the deformations you can make of space without tearing it.) Mathematicians realize that whether a flat, boundless space is finite or infinite depends on the topology of space. For example, suppose we take our flat, finite space above and roll it up in the shape of a tube. Now it no longer has an edge in one direction: if you go around the tube, you just come back to your starting point without ever encountering a boundary or edge. You might think that the space is no longer flat. But you would be mistaken. Geometrically speaking, the tube has the same flat geometry as the plane. It just has a different topology.

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What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven?

There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is objective and that which is subjective. Guilt is objective; it is determined by a real analysis of what a person has done with respect to law. When a person transgresses a law, that person incurs guilt. This is true in the ultimate sense with regard to the law of God. Whenever we break the law of God, we incur objective guilt. We may deny that the guilt is there. We may seek to excuse it or deal with it in other ways. Still, the reality is that we have the guilt.

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How the Massacre in Syria Demonstrates the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity

Evil transcends our opinions and “private fancies.” It’s more than a cultural construction; it’s more than a convenient word. True, transcendent evil requires the existence of a true, transcendent standard of good. Theism provides this kind of standard, because it’s grounded in the existence and nature of an objectively good Law Giver who transcends history and cultural opinion. Unless there exists such a transcendent source and standard, all “evil” is grounded in the subjective opinions of persons or people groups. If that’s true, those who committed the atrocity in Syria could simply argue that, in their cultural opinion, what they didn’t wasn’t evil after all.

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The Greatest Threat to the Church Isn’t Islam—It’s Us

The rhetoric around this conspiracy theory is currently at a fever pitch because the current president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is a Muslim. Some Christians have pointed out that his past statements indicate that he is a radical Muslim. Everywhere one turns, Christians are talking about a secret plan to supplant Christianity with Islam in Nigeria. For example, pastor Isaac Valentine Olori writes, “We are apprehensive because [President] Buhari’s agenda is tilted towards Islamization of this country.” Olori contends that “[a]ny Christian who thinks he is safe from the terror of the sword of Islam is joking.” To those peddling the conspiracy theories, the recent activities of Fulani herdsmen, the prevalence of Boko Haram sects, and the opening of Islamic banks across the nation are seen as confirmation of Islamization.

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Was Jesus Based on Myths Like Horus and Mithras?

Recently, I had an atheist give me the charge that Jesus didn’t exist but was rather based on myths like Horus and Mithras. And I’ve seen friends share memes making the same claim on Facebook. So let’s look at the facts.

32 AMAZING -- PAUL REVERE'S RIDE with Eric Metaxas and Students!

Eric Metaxas held a contest for students to memorize and recite PAUL REVERE'S RIDE -- the entire poem -- and you won't believe what these amazing kids did!

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Argument for the Early Dating of Christian Theology and Christian Writings

Christian theology regarding the resurrection was robust immediately after the death of Jesus and accounts describing the events were written down - at the very latest - within 16 years of the death of Christ. Paul’s letters, Acts, Luke, Mark, and Matthew were all written in the lifetimes of eye-witnesses and circulated in the area were the crucifixion and resurrection occurred. It is reasonable to conclude that the Christian doctrine of the resurrection was not a late invention and that the written accounts of Jesus were written by eye witnesses to the actual events.

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Ask Anything with Albert Mohler — Wednesday, May 24 at 3pm ET

Ask Anything is an opportunity for you to ask Dr. Mohler questions related to ministry, theology, Christian worldview, and more.

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Elaborate Testimony: Part 4

Examining the last Puzzle Piece in the Internal undesigned coincidences in the Gospels and what we can conclude after studying them.

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Abortion and Homicide

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explains how those with a pro-life view are more in line with the laws of California and other states than many may think. For more information, visit str.org. Connect with us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/STRtweets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standtoreaso... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standtoreason/

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38 Can we inspire patriotism? Being an American is something we need to learn and understand

But two months ago, I got another idea. Since I now have a national radio program, I thought, what if I sponsored a contest for kids to memorize “Paul Revere’s Ride”? The deadline for entries could be April 18th, the famous date in the poem. The problem was I got the idea so late that kids would barely have three weeks to do it. But even if five kids took me up on the huge challenge, it would be worth it. So I announced the contest on the air. The most creative and overall best recitation of the poem would win. Naturally they’d have to post their entries on youtube.

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Extraordinary Claims and Extraordinary Evidence

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" is a phrase that was popularized by Carl Sagan but has its roots from at least the 18th century Enlightenment when the miracles of Christianity were being questioned by certain intellectual thinkers of the day. The most famous Enlightenment critic of Christianity was probably David Hume who wrote an essay called  Of Miracles in 1748 where he states, "Suppose, for instance, that the fact, which the testimony endeavours to establish, partakes of the extraordinary and the marvellous; in that case, the evidence, resulting from the testimony, admits of a diminution, greater or less, in proportion as the fact is more or less unusual." At first this statement may sound reasonable. For instance, I am more likely to believe you if you tell me you had breakfast this morning than I would believe you if you told me that you levitated off the ground this morning without anything holding you up. But does the fact that I believe you if you say you did something ordinary and I don't believe you if you say you did something extraordinary support the statement that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?" Actually, it doesn't.

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What Our Anger Is Telling Us

And then there is sorrow. We are rightfully sad for how slow our souls are in receiving God’s grace. We are sad that we find ourselves more perturbed by our wounded ego than we are by the abortions that take place downtown, that we shake our fists at rude media more than we lift our hands to heal the broken, that we inwardly mock those who disagree with us more than we publicly defend the rights of the voiceless. We are sad about that in our depths with a kind of serious sadness that isn’t content to leave it there. We are grieved into repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9–10). We turn and we say, No more, Lord. Please, no more.

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Debates in Ireland and a return to Israel. Dr. Craig takes us behind the scenes of important Reasonable Faith events

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An Assessment of the Present State of Historical Jesus Studies - Risen Jesus, Inc.

How do historians arrive at conclusions regarding Jesus? There are several approaches and various tools used within each approach. The most common approach at present is to recognize that Jesus was a Jewish itinerant preacher who lived in first-century Palestine in a culture that was both Jewish and Greco-Roman. This provides historians with a background knowledge that helps them obtain a more accurate understanding of what Jesus taught and the impact it may have had on those who heard him. They then apply what are referred to as criteria of authenticity to the words and deeds of Jesus as preserved in the Gospels. These criteria reflect commonsense principles. If two or more sources that are independent of one another provide similar reports of the same event, we can have more confidence that the event had occurred than if only one source had reported it. This is called the criterion of multiple attestation. For example, the Gospel of Mark and Paul’s letters are independent of one another. So, when both report that Jesus was buried, we have multiple attestation of the event.

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The Briefing 05-22-17 - AlbertMohler.com

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

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The Briefing 05-22-17 - AlbertMohler.com

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

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The Briefing 05-22-17 - AlbertMohler.com

Delivered daily to your inbox, this is one of the best ways to stay on top of current events from a Christian worldview perspective.

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The Briefing 05-22-17 - AlbertMohler.com

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

47 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily

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My Sin Feels Good in the Moment — Why Stop?

Just before Paul said in Romans 12:9, “Abhor what is evil,” he said, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). That transformation is a gift of God, and so we must cry out for it and desperately long for it and not be cavalier about our deadness to it. The great thing is God has not left us without clear guidance and strong help as we pursue the gift and the grace of this transformation and this love for holiness and hatred of sin. God hasn’t walked away and left us helpless, as if there’s nothing we can do, and we just say, “Well, it’s a miracle. I’ll just wait till it happens.” No. The main gift that he’s given us is his word, the Bible. This is the main instrument that the Holy Spirit uses to give the love of holiness and the hatred of sin. This is the work of the Spirit, and his instrument is the word.

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BreakPoint: Alan Sears, Serving God and Protecting His People

Certainly in defending human life, religious liberty and traditional marriage, Alan Sears has faced the opposition of men and devils—and their radical agendas. Oregon florist Baronelle Stutzman, who refused to participate in a same-sex “wedding,” and the Mennonite business Conestoga Wood Specialties, which refused to obey the HHS contraceptive mandate, are among ADF’s clients. Sears is clear-eyed about what he has been up against: “This agenda,” Sears has said, “is one that believes in taking no prisoners. It’s the opposite of tolerance—it’s about punishing those who disagree. And the target is above else the faithful to the Scripture and to the word of God.”

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/where-do-i-find-real-hope1

At the end of the book of Ezekiel, God says, “I am Jehovah Shammah .” In Hebrew that means, “I am the God who is always there.” God is always there. He’s in your past, in your present, and in your future. He’s with you in the good places. He’s with you in the evil places.

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62 Chance the Rapper: ‘I Don’t Make Christian Rap, But I Am a Christian Rapper’
63 Skeptics Can’t Have It Both Ways
64 Who Has the Burden of Proof When Discussing God?
65 Is the Doctrine of Inerrancy a Fundamentalist Invention?
66 Are Humans Evolving Through Caesarean Sections?
67 Two poll workers plead guilty to illegal voting
68 MSNBC Flustered: ‘Morning Joe’ Tries to Bury Historic Trump Trip
69 Q & A with Dr. Craig: Why Bother?
70 7 Books That Will Challenge Your Faith
71 God and the Easter Bunny: Atheists with Egg on Their Faces
72 Bible 'Contradictions' and the Goldilocks Principle
73 Report: As Student Loan Debt Climbs, Household Debt Reaches a New High
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