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The Rise of Steph Curry Is No Fluke

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

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Fond of a fry up? Partial to pancakes? If you share Jesus’ heart for people living in extreme poverty, join us with a Big Brekkie fundraiser.

Am I Good Enough to Go to Heaven?

Will God allow me into heaven? Have I lived a good enough life? Sean briefly answers these questions from the life and teachings of Jesus.

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Join us as we celebrate God's faithfulness to our graduates. Southern Seminary's graduation will be live streamed on Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m.

US Ministers' Conference Live Stream - Banner of Truth

Welcome to the US Ministers’ Conference live stream webpage. This year the Banner will be providing a live video stream for all of the conference addresses taking place at our US Ministers’ Conference. View the schedule below to see when …

An Invitation from Greg to Join Us on the STR Cruise

Our August 6–13 cruise is rapidly approaching. If you’ve never heard John Stonestreet and J. Warner Wallace speak before, you’re missing out; I always find them absolutely riveting. The topics we've planned the cruise were chosen to reflect Stand to Reason’s mission statement: “Confidence for every Christian, clear thinking for...

Watch The Lone Bellow and Blind Boys of Alabama Perform the Worshipful ‘Watch Over Us’

We finally have a quality video of The Lone Bellow and The Blind Boys of Alabama performing together at the Eaux Claires Music Festival last year, which released this week in the lead up to this summer’s festival. The lyrics to the soulful ballad from Then Came the Morning—which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner—read like a spiritual hymn: Watch over us / Watch over us / When my hands are tired / When my strength is gone Last spring, the band talked to RELEVANT about recording the album that focuses on finding beauty in everyday life,“I think the real challenge in making something worthwhile is in the celebration of the mundane and finding beauty in the 24-hour period of a day.” Enjoy the most soulful 4-minutes of your day.

What's Going on in Canada's Parliament?

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

Answering Listener Email - Part 2 (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #64) | Cold Case Christianity

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace responds to emails from viewers of the show. (1) Are moral standards simply a matter of personal or cultural preference? (2) Why do Christians view the apostolic martyrdoms as valuable evidence of the veracity of their claims, yet reject the martyrdoms of other religious groups as evidence? (3) How can I interact with my Mormon friends about the Book of Mormon when I seem to use the same criteria to validate what I believe about the Bible?

Could Acceptance of Abortion Be a Matter of Ignorance?

I was reading Eric Metaxas’s Amazing Grace (a book about William Wilberforce), and I came across this passage: The popular attitude toward abolition was another story [i.e., in contrast to the political setbacks]. Among the nonpolitical classes, abolition was more and more accepted…. The change in popular sentiment toward abolition...

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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).

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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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A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.

EXCLUSIVE: Evangelical leaders to quiz Trump on faith and values | Fox News

Donald Trump has agreed to meet privately with some of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical leaders – a meeting seen as critical to garnering support from social conservatives, Fox News has learned.

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Isn’t She Beautiful?

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

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.

Never Once

When the road was difficult and the enemies intimidating and the battle raging, God was near to his children, standing by ready to help and protect and satisfy them. He gave them his manual and then moved in with them. And his presence would overpower every obstacle and ultimately win. We say with Moses, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). And God does go with his people, all who are in Christ, wherever we go.

‘Arrested Development’ Is ‘Definitely’ Coming Back for a New Season

There’s a recut, too, of the fourth season, just to make it airable on TV. They’re like the old Arrested Developments. We redid all the narration and reshot a few little things. Now we have 22 episodes, and they’re delightful to watch and they’re much less work than the Netflix series. My hope is we’ll find a place to air those.

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.

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.

Culture’s Definition of ‘Calling’ Is Different Than God’s

In today’s culture we throw the word "calling" around so nonchalantly. We act as if it’s some elusive, mythical creature like the unicorn. Sometimes finding your calling is easy, while other times it’s like trying to nail jello to the wall. About the time you get it nailed down you notice things start to slip. Over the years students have asked me how to know they are called to do something. My answer has always been the same, "If you can’t do anything else and be happy, then you’re called." If you can do anything else and be happy, then go do it.

Dr. William Lane Craig Explains Middle Knowledge

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15 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.

Evil Looks Like You

But then there’s this: nobody is beyond hope. Nobody is beyond redemption. There is no sin so great that God’s gospel is not greater still. Make no mistake: God is holy and just. It’s not graceless to suggest Dzhokhar’s older brother has already begun his eternal damnation. But it’s graceless to suggest it’s the only option awaiting Dzhokhar himself. The same apostle Paul who served and died for Christianity was previously one of its leading opponents and most violent persecutors. When he talks about the difference between being dead apart from Jesus and being alive in Jesus, he knows what he’s talking about. And as long as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is breathing, there’s time to repent and believe. For he who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might be called the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). If that offends you, I don’t think you know what the face of evil looks like. Or the face of love.


Why do we really obey God? Because he loves us! He wants the best for us. He loves you like nobody else will ever love you. The Bible says the only reason there’s love in the world is because God is love. We don’t obey God out of fear or guilt or obligation. We obey God out of love because he loved us and saved us.

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.

Don’t Waste Your Life

It's easy to slip through life without taking any risks-without making your life count. But life ought not be wasted. You don't need to know a lot of things to make a lasting difference in the world, but you do have to know the few, great, unchanging, and glorious things that matter and be willing to live and to die for them.

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.

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.

The Surprising New Findings that Could Re-Shape the Pro-Life Movement

Obviously, but Roe v. Wade was a legal case. And because one of the most decisive victories for the so-called “pro-choice” side was legal, almost all of the energy in the fight against abortion in the U.S. seems to center on the legal front. So as this study reveals that the legal status of abortion plays a statistically non existent role in affecting abortion rates, we will need to rethink those energies. Abortion certainly isn’t less than a legal issue, but it is far more.

Methodists Won’t Vote on Gay Marriage This Year After All

Update (May 19): The United Methodist Church, under rising pressure from both sides to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage or non-celibate gay clergy, squeaked out of this year’s General Conference with a decision to punt the question to a committee.

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Grieve and Receive the Gift of Special Needs

I find it so helpful to reflect on what Paul did when he was given a gift that he didn’t want (2 Corinthians 12:7–10). He identified it as fundamentally destructive: “a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me.” Yet he also recognised what God was doing through it: “to keep me from becoming conceited.” Yet he also prayed emphatically that it might be removed: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.” Yet he also found a place of peace with it: “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content. . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong.” By affirming both its divine purpose and its fallen nature, he was able to hold exactly the tension we have been talking about.

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.

Hey Pastors, Your Preaching Is Not in Vain!

From my seat there is no other vocation that trumps pastoral ministry with the feeling of not making a difference. In addition to our knowledge of our own weakness there is the front-row view of many other people’s problems. The pastor sees people at their worst, whether the horrific effect of sin on their lives or within the church. Furthermore, there is the overall burden to see every member presented complete or mature in Christ (Col. 1.28-29). Oh, and by the way, you, Mr. Pastor, will give an account for the souls of your sheep (Heb. 13.17).

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Just Voted to Make Abortion a Felony

If Gov. Mary Fallin signs the bill, it would spark an inevitable legal battle challenging the Supreme Court’s protection of abortion rights under Roe v. Wade. Though Gov. Fallin is a conservative Republican, she has yet to indicate whether or not she will sign it.

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.

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).

Nine Steps to Presenting the Case for Christianity - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Becoming a “Case Making” Christian means applying the basic rules of investigation and presentation to every aspect of the Christian Life. Why do you believe a particular Christian Doctrine? Have you applied good investigative techniques to your view? Are you able to present your view to others? Why do you behave in a particular way? Have you investigated the foundational belief guiding your behavior? Are you able to defend this belief on the basis of Biblical evidence?

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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 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.

Zuckerberg: ‘Conservatives Don't Trust That Our Platform Surfaces Content Without a Political Bias'

Still, I know many conservatives don't trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias. I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust. I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products.

Yes, Louis C.K. Won Jeopardy

Last night, comedian Louis C.K. was a contestant and winner on Jeopardy! . Yes, that's right. He was a part of Power Players week where he competed against CNN anchor Kate Bolduan and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart. C.K. started off slowly, briefly gaining one of those awkward negative scores, but after a big wager on a "Daily Double," he ran away with the lead. In the end, C.K. won $50,000 for his little-known charity, the Fistula Foundation . His foundation works to provide care to women in the developing world who suffer from obstetric fistulas, a childbirth injury caused by prolonged labor, according to their website.

Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence

Germany’s refugees bring their religious tensions with them. Christians make up a small percentage of asylum-seekers from countries like Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Surrounded by Muslims and their religious practices—including the daily prayers, announced across the centers—Christians stick out as the exception, becoming easy targets for mockery and worse offenses.

An Emoji Bible Translation Is Now a Reality

I’ve received a lot of tweets, some very nice some very, not nice … But it’s all worth the goal of making the Bible a little more approachable, to inject some levity, and to get people to look at it, with no particular agenda beyond that.

40 You Are Your Body

Every time I check the weather on my phone these days, I first have to watch an ad video from a local fertility clinic. The doctor asks, “Are you ready to have children, but your body is not?” And then he goes on to describe his services.

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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.

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Almighty Fathers and Only Begotten Sons in Last Days in the Desert - Christian Research Institute

The opening title card of Last Days in the Desert says, “To prepare for his mission, the holy man went into the desert to fast and pray, and to seek guidance.” This is a rather coy start to a film that is clearly about Jesus. The events depicted in the film are not based directly on the Bible—the story, minimal as it is, involves a family that the “holy man” meets on his way to Jerusalem after spending forty days fasting in the desert—but the main character (played by Ewan McGregor) is later referred to as Yeshua, the Hebrew name for Jesus. He is said to be the only Son of God, and the film ends with him being crucified. So, yeah, it’s Jesus. But this is far from a typical “life of Jesus” movie.

Wicked Good Apologetics and a Better Man | Ratio Christi

It's also more than diligence and hard work. Daryl has had a vision informed by biblical wisdom combined with astute observations of how churches operate. I have had a strong desire for many years to see apologetics infiltrate the church. Sometime in early 2008, I called Daryl in preparation for a lecture I was giving on integrating apologetics into local church ministry. I had Providentially connected with Daryl several years earlier and he was the only person I knew that had demonstrated success integrating apologetics directly into a variety of churches over a long period. He was gracious and shared a lot of wisdom gleaned from years of experience in many churches all over New England. If you want to know how to incorporate apologetics into church ministry there is no better man to learn from than Daryl Witmer. You may just need to take a trip to Monson, Maine! You won't regret it.

James 3:17–18: What Does It Mean to Meditate?

Do you ever stop to meditate on the Bible? Do you even know what it means to meditate? If we’re ever going to get the most out of our Bible reading, we have to learn to slow down and really think while we read. In this lab, Pastor John models one technique for meditation.

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We invite you to the conference for women, but not all about women. It's a gathering of women around the Word of God. To this third TGC Women's Conference, we come joyfully but soberly, knowing that suffering meets us at every hand, right at home and all across the globe. What better book for us in 2016 than 1 Peter—packed with gospel perspective on our short lives. It's a little epistle, but it gives us a big view of who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners in this world. How do we stand firm in God's true grace? How do we offer a strong shining witness to Jesus Christ even in the midst of fiery trials? Peter points us insistently to the Lord Jesus, to his suffering on our behalf, and to the resurrection life he makes possible for those who believe in him. At TGCW16 we won't be getting away from real life; we will be seeing it clearly, in light of gospel help and hope. By God's grace, we will go away better prepared to live and share resurrection life, in a world of suffering.

The New Atheism: Where's The Evidence?

The question I wish to ask is this: How can the New Atheists employ evidentialist principles to argue that religious belief is irrational if they are unwilling to apply those same principles to atheism? If the New Atheists’ atheism is not evidence-based, as Hitchens implies in the above quotation, doesn’t evidentialism entail that atheism is itself irrational or epistemically unjustified? The answer is ‘Yes’; at least if evidentialism is interpreted in the standard way. So it appears that the New Atheists need some fix for evidentialism – a kind of ‘theoretical plug-in’ – which legitimizes their atheism in the absence of evidence. They also seem to be aware of this, since they offer several reasons why atheism requires no evidential support. I will discuss five of the most commonly-offered reasons, and argue that none of them succeed. At the end I will gesture toward what I believe is the right way to view matters…

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55 Evangelicals Cheer Pro-Life Vote at Methodist Conference
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57 Origin of the Universe
58 Biola University on Twitter
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