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The Cultural Shifts Contributing to the School Shootings (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

With the increase in mass school shootings, and since the tragic Florida and Texas school shootings, we have seen protests and much talk about gun control and better security. But what is causing the increase in mass shootings?

How R.C. Sproul Blessed the Church by Preaching the Curse - Tim Challies

It was the 2008 Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the early days of this movement called The New Calvinism and this conference was meant to introduce all of these enthusiastic young Calvinists to the old guard, to those few men who had been faithfully preaching these truths for many, many years. It was only right that R.C. Sproul was there, it was only fitting that he was asked to preach. And did he ever! His …

How the Definition of Love Helps Answer the Problem of Evil (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

If God is loving, why would He allow bad things to happen to the people He loves? Does the definition of love help answer this question?

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CRI Resource: Apologetics and the Christian Imagination - Christian Research Institute

In  Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith , Holly Ordway shows how an imaginative approach—in cooperation with rational arguments—is extremely valuable in helping people come to faith in Christ. Making a case for the role of imagination in apologetics, this book proposes ways to create meaning for Christian language in a culture that no longer understands words like ‘sin’ or ‘salvation,’ suggests how to discern and address the manipulation of language, and shows how metaphor and narrative work in powerful ways to communicate the truth. It applies these concepts to specific, key apologetics issues, including suffering, doubt, and longing for meaning and beauty.

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Case-Making 101: Prophecy and the Bible

We have been laying out a “Case for the Bible” over the past few posts and the evidence collection has been based on a question that many have posed: How do we know the Bible is the Word of God? You can be skeptical of the Bible as I once was but at some point, in light of the avalanche of evidence, you have to pause and ask yourself: Could it be true? If there is at least a 50/50 chance based on the evidence you’ve seen here that the Bible is the Word of God (and its more like 90/10) don’t you owe it to yourself to consider it?

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Islamicize Me Day 8: Urine Luck!

Since the gang keeps getting sick, Giovanni heads to the zoo for a bottle of Muhammad's magic cure-all! To visit Vocab's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jon's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? ... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

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How to Deal with your Atheist Professor.

A student at East Carolina University asked me recently how can he deal with an atheist Professor in class. This piece of advice can be used in and out the classroom.

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3 ways the gospel changes apologetics — Southern Equip

Contrary to the fool, the Christian is a lover of wisdom (God’s truth). Our conduct, according to James 3:13, is to “show that [our] works are done in the gentleness that comes from wisdom” (CSB). No longer is the believer concerned about pushing their own agenda. Instead, the believer seeks to align their life according to God’s will and Word. Zeal for winning an argument (i.e. the fool) is transformed to a passion for seeing the lost respond in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Apologetics becomes less about mere argumentation and more about listening and patiently giving answers (see Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well in John 4).

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Southern Baptist Convention Cuts DC Baptist Convention Ties Over Refusal to Remove Lesbian Pastors

The Southern Baptist Convention has now officially severed its ties with the District of Columbia Baptist Convention after the latter refused to remove a married lesbian couple as co-pastors from a church in the nation's capital.

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Evangelizing the Cultural Christian - Christian Research Institute

Third, we often need to point out that the Sinner’s Prayer never has saved anyone. I used to cohost a call-in talk radio program. One day we said, “Our contention today is that no one has ever been saved by praying the Sinner’s Prayer in the history of Christianity. If you disagree with us, give us a call.” All five lines immediately lit up. The first bewildered caller asked, “You’re saying no one has ever been saved by praying the Sinner’s Prayer?” I said, “That’s right; the Sinner’s Prayer has never saved anyone in the history of Christianity—not even once.” I then asked, “For by grace you’ve been saved through…?” The caller paused and asked meekly, “Faith?” I replied, “Right! Faith. You’re saved by grace through faith. The prayer itself doesn’t save you.” I then pointed out that I’m not opposed to the Sinner’s Prayer and that I hope to pray it with people in the future. But the prayer itself has no salvific power. Rather, the prayer is an expression of faith. It is a prayer of repentance and commitment to Jesus for one who has come to believe the gospel. Sadly, many Christians have said, as I used to say many years ago, “Pray this prayer and you’ll be saved.

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Save the Egg!

I am writing to make you aware that I (Greg West) and The Poached Egg will be needing your help.  After serving with Ratio Christi for 5 years, our partnership is coming to an end. I desire to see that the great work being done on campus continues and that, despite no longer being a part of RC, I can make The Poached Egg an even better resource for those defending the faith and sharing the gospel on campus or in the community.

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Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?

Should Christians Get Involved in Politics? Frank Turek delivers the argument from the Biblical, philosophical, moral, theological, and historical positions. Please visit http://www.CrossExamined.org for more on why Christians should be involved in politics. Also, go to http://www.ImpactApologetics.com for more resources on Christian Apologetics and Christian Worldview, including the entire DVD of this teaching series.

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How to Raise Your Kids So They Will Remain in the Faith | Cold Case Christianity

Some good guidance here (please visit Daryl’s post for all the details). The most striking “tip” Daryl offered, however, was #4: Teach your children the Bible and about God. Who wouldn’t agree with this priority? For many of us, however, the challenge seems daunting. Do we know enough about the Bible to teach it to our children? What else do we need to know in order to effectively teach our children about God? Does this also involve making a case for God’s existence and answering the objections they will ultimately face from the culture? I think it does. Several years ago, Jon Nielson , the college pastor at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois wrote an article entitled, Why Youth Stay in Church When They Grow Up . Jon cited three important characteristics of college aged Christians who held on to their faith and were committed to their church family:

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Apologist Demeanors: Are You a Patton or a Bradley? Why your personality and demeanor matters in your approach to presenting Christian apologetics. New #Reflections by @RTB_KSamples reasons.org/explore/blogs/… pic.twitter.com/Y3aHbXe4gU

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers!

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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The Left Behind of Rural America

America’s rural share of the population has dropped from 95 percent in 1810 to 55 percent in 1910 to 20 percent in 2010. And there’s no turnaround in sight. It’s a fact that makes tens of millions of rural Americans defensive about their place in our national life. They feel under threat, according to Robert Wuthnow, professor of social sciences at Princeton University and author of a new book, The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America . A native of Kansas, Wuthnow has interviewed hundreds of rural Americans and found deep concern “that their way of life is eroding, shifting imperceptibly under the feet, and being discredited and attacked from the outside.”

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“Justification is more foundational, sanctification more ultimate. Without justification, sanctification is fruitless. Without sanctification, justification is pointless.” This is one of the most theologically helpful articles I’ve ever edited at @TGC . thegospelcoalition.org/article/though…

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Save the Egg!

I am writing to make you aware that I (Greg West) and The Poached Egg will be needing your help.  After serving with Ratio Christi for 5 years, our partnership is coming to an end. I desire to see that the great work being done on campus continues and that, despite no longer being a part of RC, I can make The Poached Egg an even better resource for those defending the faith and sharing the gospel on campus or in the community.

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First-Century Mark Fragment Update

Apology In my debate with Bart, I mentioned that I had it on good authority that this was definitely a first -century fragment of Mark. A representative for who I understood was the owner of FCM urged me to make the announcement at the debate, which they realized would make this go viral. However, the information I received and was assured to have been vetted was incorrect. It was my fault for being naïve enough to trust that the data I got was unquestionable, as it was presented to me. So, I must first apologize to Bart Ehrman, and to everyone else, for giving misleading information about this discovery. While I am sorry for publicly announcing inaccurate facts, at no time in the public statements (either in the debate or on my blogsite) did I knowingly do this. But I should have been more careful about trusting any  sources without my personal verification, a lesson I have since learned.

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Atheistic Evolutionists Fear Cockroaches

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What happens if young people stop caring about truth?

ABDU MURRAY: Thanks for the opportunity to share about the book, Sean. The title is meant to be a double-entendre. In and of itself, truth doesn’t need saving but it does need to be saved in the sense that we’ve lost our emphasis on it as a culture. We’re in a “post-truth” society, which elevates personal preferences and feelings over facts and truth. We don’t deny that truth exists, we just subordinate it to our preferences. We think that this will lead to freedom and human dignity and flourishing. But it won’t. It will lead to chaos because truth no longer serves as the standard by which to judge human preferences and opinions. That’s why we’re seeing such vilification of “them.” Whoever disagrees with our preferences is automatically a villain, even if the truth is on their side. We need to recover our love of the truth and its primacy if we’re to escape the chaos that so laces our cultural climate. When we see that truth is the lens through which we should shape and express our preferences, we’ll see the truth that we are made in God’s image and that Jesus redeemed that image at the cross.

21 Why Satan Might Keep You from Porn

Now, I am not suggesting that you cease cultivating his lusts. This would be to abandon your tanks and cannons. No, continue to tempt him towards that lingering gaze as his co-worker and those YouTube videos that — while not technically being “porn” — cause the cauldron to brew. And, by all means, tempt him to look at nudity — just keep his harem within the walls of his imagination. This way, he will be less prone to confess it to others or feel like any real repentance is required. If ever he gets convicted to do so, congratulate him that at least he isn’t looking at porn.

22 What was lacking in Bishop Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon

Some people think it is bad form to offer up critique on such an occasion. I disagree. Bishop Curry spoke in the name of Jesus and of Christianity, but he speaks for neither. To point that out is not bad form. It’s what love requires.

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Rapid Response: 'The Gospels Are Unreliable'

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone made the following claim: “Even if the events recorded in the Gospels came from eyewitness accounts, why should we trust what eyewitnesses tell us? Even modern-day witnesses are notoriously unreliable and are often wrong about what they claim to have seen. Why should we trust ancient eyewitness accounts?” How would you respond to such an objection? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

24 A Widening of the Apologetic Enterprise

The work of James K. A. Smith has helped us reflect more deeply on the religious nature of these Saturday afternoon spectacles. Go to a SEC (Southeastern Conference) college campus on a Saturday in the fall, and you will witness devoted worshipers of all ages citing liturgy (cheers), singing praises (fight songs), and participating in ordinances (tailgates and other pregame rituals) that have been passed down through the generations. You need only view the reactions of the losing and winning teams’ fans after the game to realize how many of them wrap up their identities in their team’s success. I have witnessed highly educated and respected church leaders almost physically fight over a game. The hostility and resentment between different fan groups still amaze me. Idols are powerful forces; they appeal to us in profound ways and at multiple levels.

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Vacationing in Church History

I would like to suggest a means of becoming acquainted with the first five centuries of the church through the reading of primary sources—the writings of those who lived at that time. There are, of course, other options. One could begin with a book summarizing the names, dates, and important events of key church fathers, and that option has its advantages. For example, this approach provides the big picture within which the many individuals fit. For those who prefer this approach, I would recommend beginning with Nick Needham’s 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, Vol. 1: The Age of the Early Church Fathers .

26 Joy Doesn’t Always Look Happy: Five Lessons for Spiritually Dry Seasons

Third, joy often does not look like what we expect it to look like. The most sublime joys involve more tears than smiles. Laughter is, at times, not an indicator of joy, but simply an overflow of misery. The Bible says, “Even in laughter the heart may ache” (Proverbs 14:13), indicating that we are often sad on the inside while happy on the outside; and the Bible also says, “Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad” (Ecclesiastes 7:3), indicating that at other times we are happy on the inside while appearing sad on the outside. Things are often not what they seem.

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The Apologist's First Question

I have little doubt that the single greatest obstacle to the impact of the Gospel has not been its inability to provide answers, but the failure on the part of Christians to live it out. I remember well in the early days of my Christian faith talking to a close Hindu friend. He was questioning the experience of conversion as being supernatural. He absolutely insisted that conversion was nothing more than a decision to lead a more ethical life and that, in most cases, it was not any different from other ethical religions. I had heard his argument before.

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Objective Morality: Much Ado About Nothing?

Imagine the confusion this created, as the storms dissipated in some areas, and continued in others! Parents and students wondered exactly when school would start. Instead of providing a definite starting time for county students, the officials based the starting time on, at a minimum, two variable factors: the weather conditions at the student’s home, and each person’s idea of what it means for a storm to be “over”. This, of course, varies widely; In my opinion, a storm is “over” when it no longer poses a serious threat of damage. My aunt, who was terrified of storms, would insist that a storm isn’t “over” until the sky is clear for at least an hour!

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The Gospels are Downright Embarrassing

Have you ever noticed that the Gospels contain an unusual amount of embarrassing material? It’s all over really. When you think about it, including this data seems counterintuitive to the spread of Christianity. After all, if the disciples’ goal was to reach more people with the Gospel, wouldn’t it have made sense to leave out the gaffes? Wouldn’t it have been in their best interest to portray themselves only in a positive light?

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Is Biblical Truth No Different Than the Yanny vs. Laurel Debate? | The Stream

Let’s take John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 as examples. In John, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” In Acts, speaking of this same Jesus, Peter said, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

31 Loving Difficult People

It probably isn’t hard for you to think of a difficult person in your own life. In our broken, sin-filled world, they are everywhere. The coworker who is willing to do anything to get ahead, including taking credit for your ideas. The in-laws who always seem to be peering over your shoulder, critiquing your parenting skills, and offering “suggestions” for improvement. The child who knows exactly how to push your buttons to leave you exasperated and flustered again. The person in your ministry who is constantly complaining about your leadership, who thinks he has better ideas and communicates them with a sharp and biting tongue. The passive-aggressive friend who is kind one moment and gives you the cold shoulder the next. The list can go on and on.

32 Where Does God Want Me to Work?

In 1 Peter 5:2, we find this remarkably good news about how God’s heart for our good and enduring joy stands behind his leading us vocationally. The text is about the pastoral calling, but we can see in it the God who calls us into any carefully appointed station. God wants pastors who labor “not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you.” How remarkable is it that working from aspiration and delight, not obligation and duty, would be “as God would have you.” This is the kind of God we have — the desiring (not dutiful) God, who wants workers who are desiring (not dutiful) workers. He wants his people, like their pastors, to do their work “with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage” to those whom they serve (Hebrews 13:17).

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A Hospitable Response to Muslim Immigration

First, he argues, Christians need to be wary of and avoid the political rhetoric of both the right and also the left. Moreover, Christians must work at deconstructing the nationalism that characterizes much of evangelicalism, he says, and come to accept Islamic ideas as appropriate for the secular public arena. Pluralism (in secular space) and recognizing (or, as Kaemingk puts it, embracing) the fact that Christianity no longer holds a privileged place and will experience increasing marginalization are essential to this deconstruction. American evangelicals, as he puts it, will have to “stop trying to control American history” and, as part of the struggle for religious freedom, should contend “for the rights of other moral minorities—including Islam.” This includes defending mosques and other Muslim spaces, as well as cooperating with Muslim “cobelligerents” against ideological secularism.

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Is My Joy Essential in Glorifying God?

To the average person listening to that sentence — “we are more satisfied when God is more glorified” — it communicates that our glorifying God is one thing and our being satisfied in God or enjoying God is a separate thing from glorifying God. It’s a response to glorifying God. As long as people are thinking only in those categories, they’ll never understand Christian Hedonism. They won’t understand what it is, and they won’t get to the heart of what it means for them to glorify God.

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Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: The Final Frontier

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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"...the best response to the Nakba is to help Palestinians to move beyond it. The spirit of Palestine cannot be a spirit of spite...Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have to choose a side." By asking only ONE side to suck dirt, and get over it-you are choosing a side!

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A Lot of People Are Upset With the Kids' Movie ‘Show Dogs’ for Some Really Disturbing Scenes

Being that Max is new to competing, he needs to learn the process so his partner, Frank, along with a former show champion work to get him ready for the final round of the competition.  Since the inspection of the private parts will happen in the finals, Frank touches Max’s private parts to get him use to it.  Of course, Max doesn’t like it and snaps at Frank for him to stop.  Max is then told by the former champion, who has been through the process before, that he needs to go to his “zen place” while it happens so he can get through it.  More attempts are made by Frank to touch Max’s private parts, but Max is still having trouble letting it happen and keeps snapping at him.

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Christian Leaders: Here's the Quickest Way to Change Our Christian Culture | Cold Case Christianity

I’ve been both a youth and a lead pastor, and as such, I’ve struggled to find a way to change the culture of the groups I’ve led. There were times when I fretted about the theological maturity of my group or their ability to defend the truth claims of Christianity. In the beginning, pondered how I might be able to effect real change in the organizations and groups God had given me. Did I need to pray more? Research more deeply? Preach better? Spend more time mentoring? I bet I’m not the only pastoral leader who’s pondered these questions as he’s tried to find a way to strengthen his congregation or change their level of complacency. As much as I learned from other Christian leaders in this regard, I can safely say the best advice I ever got came from the marketing genius of Nike sportswear: “Just Do It”. Do you want to change the culture of the church or ministry God has given you? If so, it’s time to make a change. Not in the way you’re preaching, or the way you’re studying, or the way you’re praying. Change your calendar .

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Is Jesus Just a Pagan Copycat?

There was once this guy.  He was a really nice guy, and he helped a lot of people with his amazing powers.  He could even control the weather.  One time, this nice guy brought someone back from the dead.  In fact, if you think that’s impressive, he was killed and placed in a tomb, but he was resurrected.  He was the one and only son of his father, who sent him to earth as a child.  And this guy’s name is…

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4 Reasons Even Liberals Should Oppose Calif.'s Gay Therapy Ban

The drafters of AB 2943 claim they want to outlaw so-called conversion therapy. But the actual language goes much further. The bill is an amendment to California's consumer fraud law, and it criminalizes as "unlawful business practices" the sale of anygoods or services saying that people can change their sexual feelings/behavior/identity.

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“David Hesselgrave, the driving force behind the evangelical study of missions in the 20th century, died this week at age 94.” He emphasized the importance of being cross-cultural in order to more effectively convert people in Asia, Africa, Middle East. christianitytoday.com/news/2018/may/…

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PS hope my tweet/tone is helpful. It was my aim to help ask better questions and not presumptive ones with insinuation or connotation. Don’t like twitter snark and how divisive it can be.

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Our society thinks that we can all dance to the tune of our own drums, but the lessons of childhood remind us that grace comes by cooperating with the external world and learning from experts how best to sail across the stage. bit.ly/2GEiOyd pic.twitter.com/qhPiDe4qUp

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“You can’t speak to an evangelical missiologist who hasn’t been influenced—in my case, shaped—by Hesselgrave’s thinking” christianitytoday.com/news/2018/may/…

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The #WhiteHouse announced a new rule that would kill countless women and force the rest to wear bright red dresses and white bonnets. Just kidding. That’s how the administration’s move was described in the breathless hysteria of the pro-abortion crowd. bit.ly/2LoVzvx pic.twitter.com/PGF7fnI0ZF

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BreakPoint: Trump to Cut Funds to Abortion Providers

Last week, the Trump administration moved to cut funds to abortion providers. It was a great move, indeed. But we’ve got a lot more moves to make ourselves.

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Secularism and the new understanding of human rights: Why human dignity must be rooted in concrete, objective truth @albertmohler #TheBriefing sbts.co/2s1zPgg

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55 What Our Anger Is Telling Us
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57 https://twitter.com/i/web/status/999071192916090880
58 Be the Elephant in the Room
59 Condoms required at Scouts’ 24th World Jamboree
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61 Russell Moore: Why Mister Rogers (Still) Matters
62 Archbishop becomes top Catholic convicted of hiding child sex abuse - Premier
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65 The Better Version of Noah's Ark
66 https://twitter.com/i/web/status/998903892455895040
67 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 — The Briefing
68 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 — The Briefing
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70 Boston’s ‘Quiet Revival’ Since the 1960s
71 https://twitter.com/i/web/status/998700480200171520
72 The Evidence For Jesus' Resurrection, Part 6: Facts (4) and (5) The Postmortem Appearances To Paul and James
73 https://twitter.com/i/web/status/998679093980925953
74 Eric Metaxas: 'Sacred-Secular Divide' Is From 'the Pit of Hell'
75 The silliness of claiming we were all atheists at birth
76 God's Hiddenness Is Intended to Provoke Us
77 Five Differences between Sharia and Old Testament Law
78 MaryJo Sharp on Instagram: “Scenes from The Shire; including Bag End. #lordoftherings #hobbiton #newzealand #hobbits”
79 Why Did Obama Administration Spy On Trump Campaign? Was It Politics, Or Fear Of Russian Meddling?
80 Mainline Protestantism Declared A Safe Space For Those Offended By The Gospel
81 Ireland Should Affirm That Pregnancy Equals Motherhood
82 Why Certainty Isn't Necessary for Belief in God
83 Saying Science and Religion Are Incompatible Is a 'Myth,' 'Untrue to History,' Says Physicist
84 Fairy-Story Apologetics - Transpositions
85 Parasitoid Wasps Shed Light on the Origin of Venom
86 Are Faith and Knowledge contradictory?
87 The Christian Post
88 New Book: God’s Paradigm: The Ancient Foundation That Makes Christianity True
89 Pastor, Wife, Daughter Sentenced After Dispute Sparked by Affair With Sunday School Teacher
90 Moral Relativism Starves Our Need for Morality
91 Why “love your neighbor” requires more than preaching the gospel — Russell D. Moore
92 A Tragic Graduation
93 Apologetics: Is Inerrancy a Modern Invention?
94 Surprising Similarities Between Creation & Evolution
95 Rapid Response: 'You Can't Be Certain About the Claims of Christianity'