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Remembering the Time Woody Allen Debated Billy Graham About God and Sex in Primetime

A surreal moment in pop culture history.

How Do You Respond to Someone Who Says That Religion Doesn't Impact Them?

Brett shares how to start a conversation with someone about Christianity even if they don't have any interest in religion.

Chance the Rapper Debuted a Worshipful New Song Called ‘Blessings’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

“When the praises go up, the blessings come down.” Chance the Rapper performed his highly anticipated new single, "Blessing," on The Tonight Show last night, and it actually sounds a lot like a worship song. On Twitter, the hip-hop star has been open about his faith and his own spiritual journey, and his new song—which features a verse from gospel star Byron Cage and a choir—has unabashedly Christian lyrics throughout. His new mixtape drops on May 13.

Here’s the New Justin Timberlake Song He Made for a Troll Movie

Justin Timberlake released a star-studded video for his brand new single “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The video and song are so fun, we can almost ignore the fact that it’s for an animated movie about troll dolls (though, as the video shows, the cast, which includes Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Gwen Stefani, is pretty great).

Trump-splaining Evangelicalism

Russell Moore has been very open in his opposition to Donald Trump’s candidacy for president of the United States. Over the weekend, Moore continued that opposition in an op-ed for the The Ne…

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1 Grace to You Radio

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

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Huckabee Rips #NeverTrump: If You’re Not Going to Support Voters’ Choice, Leave the GOP

“When we nominated people over the past several election cycles, some of us had heartburn, but we stepped up and supported the nominee,” he said, and told any Republicans not backing Trump to leave the party. “This isn’t Burger King,” he said. “This is an election. And you don’t get it all the time just like you want it.”

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Grace to You

When David’s ascent to the throne began, Saul’s slow and painful descent began also. “The Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul” (1 Sam. 16:14). Without God’s empowering Holy Spirit, Saul was effectively no longer king over Israel (15:28), although his physical removal from the throne, and his death, happened many years later. “And a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.” God, in His sovereignty, allowed an evil spirit to torment Saul (see Judg. 9:23; 1 Kin. 22:19–23; Job 1:6–12) for His purpose of establishing the throne of David. This spirit, a messenger from Satan, is to be distinguished from a troubled emotional state brought on by indwelling sin or the harmful consequences of the sinful acts of others (e.g., spirit of jealousy, Num. 5:14). This demon spirit attacked Saul from without, for there is no evidence that the demon indwelt Saul. Saul, whose inward constitution was already prone to questionable judgment and the fear of men, began to experience God’s judgment in the form of severe bouts of depression, anger, and delusion, initiated and aggravated by the evil spirit assigned to him.

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9 Reasons Harriet Tubman Is a Perfect Choice for the New $20 Bill

Her escape plans were, despite Tubman’s illiteracy, well-planned and well-executed. Some sources report that she lead more than 13 expeditions during her life and helped to free tons and tons of slaves. The number is hard to track, but some sources say Tubman led as many as 300 people to freedom in Canada and other free states. These journeys were long and difficult and her skills and sleuth tendencies kept many people alive, including children. She would often use natural remedies for sicknesses and to hush crying babies—because, again, she was awesome.

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Every Mother’s Son

This is why Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to render genuine honor that is more than something that Hallmark demands of us. If we just check off the perfunctory card, or the obligatory vase of flowers, then we are missing the point. Now when I say that a celebration of something like Mother’s Day is scriptural, as I do, I am not extending this into the particular customs. Nothing in Scripture requires a particular date on the calendar, or to give roses instead of tulips, or a card instead of a gift. We are after the principle, not the method. Scripture does not dictate which particular method we use, but it does require that we have a method.

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The Church Needs Your Humility, Not Your Criticism

The famous writer’s response offers a powerful lesson to a generation of Christians who grew up watching their churches stumbled through the culture wars, neglect justice and bungled questions about marriage and family. It’s easy for Christians in the Millennial generation constantly to criticize the Church and become cynical. We’ve seen and often are seeing the flaws of today’s Christianity. And many of us have become experts at pointing out these flaws.

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NYT Opinion on Twitter

Moral silence in the Trump era shortchanges both our gospel and our future, writes @drmoore http://nyti.ms/275VrGV  pic.twitter.com/7Zz9TjXWBc

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Outrage: Officials Just Decided That ‘Boaty McBoatface' Will Be Called the ‘RRS Sir David Attenborough’

In a failed attempt to appease the masses that they willfully ignored, officials will name a small research submarine onboard the ship “Boaty McBoatface.” We should issue a reminder here: The sub is neither a boat nor the mighty vessel that the good people of Britain agreed to vote on when they exercised their democratic right.

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No Pow’r of Hell, No Scheme of Man

Where does the wrath of God come in? It is his righteous response to the outrage that sin is. It would not be good news if God were unrighteous, and if he were not angry with genocidal dictators and the pimps of child prostitution. The love of God wouldn’t be very comforting if God didn’t get angry when people assault the weak and vulnerable, especially his loved ones. If he were to stand idly by, without wrath, when his loved ones are abused and hurt and mistreated, then we wouldn’t be very impressed by his love.

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Christianity's Five Most Countercultural Virtues

Faith doesn’t mean there’s an absence of doubt, mystery, or complexity, but it allows you to have confidence in something—a relationship with someone. To invest your trust and hope in any one thing is notable enough, but to have faith in an unseen, unquantifiable, supernatural God is one of the most countercultural acts imaginable.

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Joanna Vitale on Twitter

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FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it

“..I started using Commun.it to be more efficient on the way I manage out Twitter communities. My favorite features? The prioritized feed to focus on the relevant members of the community..”

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The Explanatory Power of Christianity

Second, I’ve found that my intellectual cravings are satisfied with the worldview presented in the Bible. No matter what objections I’ve throw at it, it stands up, none the worse for wear. It gives me a metaphysic that makes sense, and naturally flows into its own epistemology and an ethic. Of course, it’s not an exhaustive list of how to run my life, but that’s exactly because the Bible doesn’t present us human as automatons. We apply the implications of Scripture to aspects of life not directly addressed in its pages .

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Donald J. Trump on Twitter

. @drmoore Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!

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Donald J. Trump on Twitter

. @drmoore Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!

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Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter

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No Trinity, No Love

Think about it: A solitary god cannot be love. He may learn to love. He may yearn for love. But he cannot in himself be love, since love requires an object. Real love requires relationship. In the doctrine of the Trinity we finally see how love is part of the fabric of creation; it’s essential to the eternal, need-nothing Creator. From eternity past, the Father and the Son and the Spirit have been in community, in relationship. They have loved each other. That loving relationship is bound up in the very nature of God himself.

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What C.S. Lewis Teaches Us About Losing Faith and Finding It Again

As Chesterton puts it, “The popular critics of Christianity are not really outside of it … Their criticism has taken on a curious tone; as of a random and illiterate heckling.” You likely know what he was talking about: Many of the complaints and criticisms we hear about Christianity are more emotionally charged than carefully reasoned. And safe passage to meaningful conversations with each other can be hard to find.

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A Mother’s Day Greeting and Reflection | RZIM

As I reflect on this occasion, I think about the beautiful relationship Jesus had with his mother. I find it fascinating that when Jesus was in his final moments of his earthly journey providing redemption for the whole world, he paused to make sure that someone would take care of his mother. Even in the depths of his own pain and agony, Jesus was keenly aware of Mary’s distress and did not want her to feel abandoned in that moment, transferring the responsibility of his mother’s well-being to his beloved disciple, John.

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The Untold Story of Olympic Champion Eric Liddell

Throughout the book Hamilton portrays Liddell in heroic tones, but in the final section he really lays it on thick. “Liddell’s character and his beliefs never allowed him to be depressed or negative,” Hamilton writes, “irrespective of the hardships.” Hamilton seems to have good reason for such an assessment, based as it is on accounts from those who lived at the camp and who overflow with praise for Liddell’s integrity and unselfishness. Indeed, Liddell’s sterling character shines through to such an extent that it’s not at all diminished when Hamilton dismisses as false one story—supposedly, Winston Churchill managed to secure Liddell’s release from the internment camp, but Liddell gave his spot to a pregnant woman instead.

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With Hands She Could Not See

We know that Mary was more blest Than any mother — gave her breast To give him life who gave her breath And with his life chose, freely, death. We know what Mary pondered when She saw him, unlike other men, Without a single flaw. “I am The mother of a spotless Lamb.” The words of Simeon were etched Deep in her soul, nor could be stretched To lose their sting, as if the sword He prophesied did not accord With her worst dreams. “This child is set To heal and wound the world. And yet, Not he alone, but you the toll Must pay. A sword will pierce your soul.” And so it was. With every blow, She tasted the prophetic woe. And then, before he said, “I thirst,” And she would now behold the worst, The Lord looked down and said to her, “From this day, woman, I confer On John, my most beloved friend, The first-born duty: to attend To every need you have.

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23 Why God the Father and God the Son? | Reasonable Faith

According to the classical doctrine of the Trinity promulgated at the Council of Nicaea, God the Father eternally begets God the Son. This relation is sometimes called filiation, so that there is an intrinsic filial relationship between the first and second persons of the Trinity. So it is impossible for those persons to be related as mere friends, mates, colleagues, or siblings. The only question would be why the genders are not feminine rather than masculine: why not God the Mother or God the daughter? Given that the persons of the Trinity do not literally have a gender (since they are incorporeal), why are they revealed as masculine? The Bible says that men and women alike are created in the image of God, so any non-physical properties of masculinity and femininity which there might be must be alike comprised by God’s nature. Since God is neither male nor female, why does He reveal Himself as Father and Son?

24 The Story of Ian & Larissa

Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.

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4 Things My Mom Taught Me About Theology

Now, my mom doesn’t have “formal theological training.” She was raised in a Catholic school and got saved in a Calvary Chapel Bible study a few years before I was born. I don’t recall us owning a single systematic theology text in the home before I bought mine in seminary. Mom learned theology by attending church and Bible studies, and through her own devotional reading and the countless hours she spent listening to sermon tapes. In time, she learned enough to be recognized by the leadership at our old church and was asked to be a women’s Bible study leader, which she excelled at leading.

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5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

While I used to read Jesus’s teaching on money and possessions as a burdensome call to sacrificial (even boring) living, owning less actually resulted in a better life, full of freedom and joy and peace. I began to recognize that Jesus wasn’t calling me to a boring life; he was calling me to a more abundant life. Here are a few of the surprising spiritual benefits my family and I have experienced since deciding to own less stuff:

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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In a Minute... The Ashers 'gay cake' row

In a minute, we explain the Ashers 'gay cake' row. For more news and current affairs from Premier go to www.premier.org.uk/news All images from Press Association and the Christian Institute. | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Jon Stewart’s New HBO Show Could Be on Before the Election

It is a perfect example of bringing a remarkable original voice into the house, giving a new opportunity of expression to that original voice and saying, ‘We now have the flexibility to let you paint however you want to. My hunch is it will evolve over time. It will iterate over time … He has free reign to do whatever he wants.

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Christians are marginalized in academic life // Elaine Storkey

Speaking from her experience, Dr Elaine Storkey shares some of the struggles of being both a Christian and an academic. Elaine is a philosopher, sociologist and theologian. She is known for her lecturing, writing and broadcasting. Join us for an in-depth interview with a well known Christian speaker, author or public figure every Saturday afternoon. The Profile is broadcast every Saturday at 4pm on Premier Christian Radio and is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity Magazine. For more 'The Profile' interviews, visit: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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How a French Atheist Becomes a Christian Theologian (Guillaume Bignon)

For more by Guillaume Bignon: http://theologui.blogspot.com Born and raised in France, Guillaume was happy and successful as an atheist. So why is he now a Christian theologian? Find out how God changed him in this interview.

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WORLD | The tragedy of transgenderism | Sam A. Andreades | May 6, 2016

But all this means that, according to Scripture, the current eagerness to pursue sex-change procedures as an answer to inner alienation is misguided. As many parents can testify, gender dysphoria is common in children and usually can be addressed not by changing the body but by dispelling misunderstandings of what they think a boy or girl should be, by clarifying for them the truth of their gender.

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/the-five-things-you-must-learn-in-your-family

In fact, most of your problems as an adult come from the fact that you didn’t learn certain things correctly as a child. Here are five things you must learn in your family:

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Crossway on Twitter

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

Interested in spiritual formation? Interested in C.S. Lewis? Learn about both this June: http://bit.ly/1oEJiXm  pic.twitter.com/klo1LjTNQ6

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3 Ways You Can Serve Teenagers in Your Church

Love can’t thrive where stereotypes and misunderstandings reign. If you don’t know the teenagers at your church, you can’t serve them (Gal. 5:13). Start by pulling them into the life and heartbeat of your church through communication. Walk up to a teen or two this Sunday and ask them about their week, about their studies and hobbies, and what they’ve recently read in the Bible. Tell them about yourself. Create a meaningful dialogue as the first step to building a relationship. You’ll discover fears, insecurities, needs, and desires that will equip you to serve them with an intentionality you wouldn’t have otherwise.

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Submit to Laws for the Lord’s Sake

Look at the Book is John Piper’s latest effort to help teach people to read the Bible for themselves. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher.

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Harriet Tubman, on the Money

She was an incredible woman—one we can and should celebrate and emulate. Today there still is, sad to say, plenty of evil that needs resisting. For instance, we’re increasingly facing the demands of bullies that we embrace laws and opinions that contradict the teachings of God. Who knows, like Harriet, we may be called upon to move to another state—one that puts a proper value on religious freedom. Or we may have to go to court to protect our First Amendment rights—or help others to do so.

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Say Hard Things

Paul writes, “When I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, ‘If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?’” (Galatians 2:14). In short, “Stop it!” Peter, the testimony of your behavior is telling a different gospel, a gospel that will not save anyone. And the false, peer-pressure, racist gospel your conduct tells is winning followers (Galatians 2:13). Remember the true gospel — by grace alone, through faith alone, apart from ethnic barriers — and repent. Bring your public actions back into conformity with the message for which Jesus died.

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Crossway on Twitter

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Crossway on Twitter

It's not just wrong to go against conscience. It's unsafe. http://cway.to/1SpOvjm  pic.twitter.com/NncWlkbXaV

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President Obama Politicizes Mother's Day | The Stream

All in all, it’s a real shame that our president, rather than just making a positive statement about the importance of our mothers, chose to politicize the moment, putting his radical social agenda above the sacredness of motherhood.

48 Sunday Quote!- “Gospel” Rap? “Christian” Music?

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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Premier Christian on Twitter

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Why Does Opposition to Apologetics Come From Mostly Within the Church?

Apologetics is a branch of Christian theology that helps give reasons for the truthfulness of the Christian faith/worldview. The word “Apologia” means “to give reasons, make a legal defense” (Acts 26:2; 2 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet 3:15). The apostles approach to spreading the message of the Gospel is characterized by such terms as “apologeomai/apologia” which means “to give reasons, make a legal defense” (Acts 26:2; 2 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet 3:15); “dialegomai” which means “to reason, speak boldly” (Acts 17:2; 17; 18:4; 19:8), “peíthō” which means to persuade, argue persuasively” (Acts 18:4; 19:8), and “bebaioō ” which means “to confirm, establish,” (Phil 1:7; Heb. 2:3). [1]

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52 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
53 Log In - The New York Times
54 Crossway on Twitter
55 If Atheism Is the Belief That There's No Evidence For God...
56 The Two Most Overlooked Apologetics Verses In the Bible
57 5 Myths about Teaching Apologetics to Students
58 Discovery Institute on Twitter
59 5 Reasons Christian Teens Need Apologetics
60 CIA 2016 Promotional Video
61 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
62 Why #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone
63 Men and Marriage
64 Reasons to Believe on Twitter
65 Four Principles for Reading the Old Testament - Westminster Theological Seminary
66 Really Recommended Posts 5/6/16- creationism and the Grand Canyon, Deborah, and more!
67 Good Without God: Is God Necessary for Morality? Kile Jones vs. David Wood
68 The Briefing 05-06-16 – AlbertMohler.com
69 Are You Nominally Pro-Life?
70 Why this section on persecution of Christians?
71 When the DOJ (Department of Justice) Became the DOGA (Department of Gay Activism) | The Stream
72 The Way of Lament
73 Meeting There at Last by John MacArthur | May 7, 2016
74 Boycotts, Buffalo, Berrigan, Boys, and Press Freedom
75 We Can Impact Our Public Schools
76 Janet Jackson - Nasty (HQ 1080p HD)
77 The Power of Storytelling in Leadership
78 Holly Marr on Twitter
79 Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter
80 Art and the Ultimate Investor: An Interview with Propaganda
81 6 Things Holding You Back From Making a Difference
82 Do Genesis 1 and 2 Contradict Each Other?
83 Do Evolutionists Believe Darwin’s Ideas about Evolution?
84 What is the Real Question?
85 Can Donald Trump Unite The Republican Party? - CBSN Live Video - CBS News
86 Pastors, Platforms, and Pride
87 Instagram photo by @russellmoore • May 8, 2016 at 8:36pm UTC
88 How to Experience the Outpouring of God’s Love
89 Doctrine of the Last Things Part 5: The Classical View of the 2nd Coming | William Lane Craig
90 The Enduring Appeal of a 'Churchy' Church
91 http://apologeticjunkie.blogspot.com/2016/05/book-review-new-kind-of-apologist-by.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
92 Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity