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Ever wonder what it takes to succeed at blogging? Sure you have! Here are 9 successful blogger secrets you need to know, but probably don't.

Can atheists condemn slavery as immoral? Do atheists believe that slavery is wrong?

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Dennis Prager: does the Bible say do not kill or do not murder?

Dennis Prager's column on the sixth commandment. Excerpt: Here is the text of commandment six — explaining why the King James translation is wrong: You would think that of all the Ten Commandments ...

The kalam cosmological argument defended in a peer-reviewed science journal

Here's the peer-reviewed article. It appears in a scientific journal focused on astrophysics. Here's the abstract: Both cosmology and philosophy trace their roots to the wonder felt by the ancient ...

Colombia Imposes Euthanasia Medical Martyrdom

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: God, Science & the Big Questions- Leading Christian Thinkers Respond to the New Atheism

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News: Bosch named to lead Boyce College business administration program — Annie Corser

Scientists Have No Idea What Bright Spots on Distant Planet Are (Probably Aliens, Right?)

Ligonier Ministries

Since we had been to Niagara Falls many times before, my wife and I guided friends on their first visit. On a warm July morning, we walked from our car through heavy ground fog with visibility of about fifty feet. We stood at the railing above the Horseshoe Falls hearing thundering water; just fifty yards from us, the falls were invisible. We assured our friends that nature’s great scenic wonder did exist. They believed us, based on the sound of the rushing water alone.

Innovative Apologetics: Breaking the Icy and Biting Iceberg of the New Atheism


The Briefing 06-11-15

1) As global descent into terrorism continues, al Qaeda is broken by rise of ISIS

Does the existence of bad Christians make Christianity false?

When a child is raised in religion, it eliminates the choice in what is arguably the most important decision on can make in a lifetime...When a parent forces a child into a religion, the parent is effectively handicapping his or her own offspring by limiting the abilities of the child to question the world around him or her and make informed decisions. ” I think every Christian would agree that deciding to follow Christ is the most important decision of your life. But again I have to ask would he give the same critique to atheism? His arguments cut both ways. If a child is raised in atheism, then according to David, it eliminates the child's choice. But his logic is still flawed. Common experience shows us that people have the ability to choose. Some reject their parent's belief, regardless of what that belief system is, and some accept it. Also, this is an attack on child raising techniques not Christianity. Even if David was right how does that discount the historical resurrection of Jesus. Which, by the way, I am still awaiting his response as to how he denies Jesus existed in spite of the historical evidence I provided for him ( see my post here ).

The Résumé Beyond Your Reach

One evening, I sat cross-legged on the roof of my five-story apartment building praying. Suddenly I became self-consciously aware of myself and my surroundings. At once, a series of crushing realizations came in rapid succession.

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American Pastor Saeed Abedini Attacked & Beaten by Fellow Prisoners | American Center for Law and Justice

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DRAFTED - Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL

“Football is one of the best things anyone could ever do… but true life — what it means to live — is all wrapped up in the way you follow Christ.” – CHRIS NORMAN

5 Errors of the Prosperity Gospel

One of the most striking characteristics of the prosperity theologians is their seeming fixation on the act of giving. We are urged to give generously and are confronted with pious statements like, “True prosperity is the ability to use God’s power to meet the needs of mankind in any realm of life” and, “We have been called to finance the gospel to the world.” While such statements may appear praiseworthy, this emphasis on giving is built on motives that are anything but philanthropic. The driving force behind this teaching on giving is what prosperity teacher Robert Tilton referred to as the “Law of Compensation.” According to this law—purportedly based on Mark 10:30—Christians should give generously to others because when they do, God gives back more in return. This, in turn, leads to a cycle of ever-increasing prosperity.

3 Ways to Actually Guard Your Heart

The reason I find this article doesn't sit well with me is because of the overall context of Proverbs 4. That chapter of proverbs outlines and elaborates on how valuable wisdom is and that any sight or any path taken off wisdom's course will end in disaster. I agree that relationships are a way to guard your heart, but if you read the whole chapter of proverbs, it doesn't stick to a narrow-minded viewpoint. The chapter can be applied to things like managing money and guarding your heart so you don't take in poor advice on spending and saving up for something that won't last you a long time. Or the context of the verse could be about learning about cinema yourself and not watching poorly made movies to inspire you (in your heart) so you don't create below-average content from your "well-spring" of life.

Breaking News: 2 Billion Christians Believe in Traditional Marriage

But it’s not at all certain that the rapid cultural shift in America on gay marriage will be mirrored in the Christian church. North American and European Christians who believe in gay marriage are a small minority in these regions, and churches that ascribe to a more liberal sexual ethic continue to wither. Meanwhile, poll Christians in Africa, Asia, and practically anywhere in the world, and you’ll hear a resounding “no” to gay marriage. Scan the history of the church for 2,000 years and you’ll have a hard time turning up any Christian who would support same-sex marriage. The church has been and remains overwhelmingly united. It’s undergoing stress, certainly. But the evidence doesn’t support a narrative of division and collapse on this point.

Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide

The reality is that it cannot. This is a moment of decision, and every evangelical believer, congregation, denomination, and institution will have to answer. There will be no place to hide. The forces driving this revolution in morality will not allow evasion or equivocation. Every pastor, every church, and every Christian organization will soon be forced to declare an allegiance to the Scriptures and to the Bible’s teachings on marriage and sexual morality, or to affirm loyalty to the sexual revolution. That revolution did not start with same-sex marriage, and it will not end there. But marriage is the most urgent issue of the day, and the moment of decision has arrived.

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When Marriage Is Miles Away: On Long-Distance Dating

If you have friends that have done same-city dating, you likely have friends who have wrestled against sexual impurity. It may not be every couple’s battle, but anyone in premarital counseling will say it’s extremely prevalent. Long-distance dating doesn’t eliminate temptation in this area (presumably you’re spending at least a few weekends in the same town), but it limits it tremendously. A lot of energy in same-city attractions is expended in the daily fight to restrain the impulses toward sexual intimacy (sex is, after all, the right culmination of all Christian dating when the dating ends in marriage). That fight is much more focused and occasional when the relationship is long-distance. In a day and age in which sexual immorality is excused, celebrated, and even legislated, these benefits could not be sweeter.

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The Bible and Same-Sex Relationships: A Review Article

Vines and Wilson claim they continue to hold to a high view of biblical authority, and that they believe the Bible is completely true, but that they don’t think it teaches all same-sex relations are wrong. Vines argues that while the Levitical code forbids homosexuality (Lev. 18:22), it also forbids eating shellfish (Lev. 11:9–12). Yet, he says, Christians no longer regard eating shellfish as wrong—so why can’t we change our minds on homosexuality? Here Vines is rejecting the New Testament understanding that the ceremonial laws of Moses around the sacrificial system and ritual purity were fulfilled in Christ and are no longer binding, but that the moral law of the Old Testament is still in force. Hebrews 10:16, for example, tells us the Holy Spirit writes “God’s laws” on Christians’ hearts (so they are obviously still in force), even though that same book of the Bible tells us some of those Mosaic laws—the ceremonial—are no longer binding on us. This view has been accepted by all branches of the church since New Testament times.

Ryan Anderson Testifies Before the Indiana House Judiciary Committee

Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, testified before the Indiana House Judiciary Committee yesterday on their proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and woman.

The Moral Argument

For more resources visit: View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: View the Fine Tuning Argument animation video: Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.

Internet Outrage, Public Shaming and Modern-Day Pharisees

WWE Legend Dusty Rhodes Dead at 69

WWE confirmed the news in a statement: “”WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka ‘the American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes — WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history — passed away today.”

'A.D. The Bible Continues': Who Exactly is James?

And then the episode does something unexpected, and reveals that the eunuch—who is also the chief treasurer for the Ethiopian queen—has come to Jerusalem to make a rather large financial contribution to the Zealots. Is the Ethiopian kingdom, which lies outside of the Roman Empire, plotting to help kick the Romans out of Judea? Has the eunuch come to Jerusalem to support a mission of violence?

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The Heart of Spiritual Disciplines

Many of us struggle to read our Bibles and pray on a daily basis. Therefore, when we do, we rarely question our motivation. It’s easy to assume that Bible reading and prayer are magic bullets — if we read and pray, we will grow. It’s not that simple. As Charles Spurgeon puts it, “It is not enough to do the correct thing; it must be done in a right spirit, and with a 
pure motive. A good action is not wholly good unless it be done for the glory of God, 
and because of the greatness and goodness of his holy name.”

Biola's Conviction & Courage Gala + Worship Concert

The Conviction & Courage Gala was a historic event to publicly launch "A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University." Held in downtown Los Angeles at the Ace Hotel, just blocks away from the location where Biola was founded in 1908, this event celebrated God's faithfulness in Biola's 107-year history. Exciting plans for the university's future were unveiled, and the fundraising campaign that will help make those plans possible was launched. Students celebrated with a night of music and worship, featuring The Brilliance with the Biola University Orchestra, Josh Garrells, and Phil Wickham.

16 Often Unknown Roles of a Pastor - Ron Edmondson

CEO . Let me be very clear that Jesus is the CEO of the church. (Some may argue Jesus is the owner and He left us to provide everyday leadership — under His direction.) If I get critics on this one criticism it will be because you misunderstand what I’m saying. Maybe on my ability to say it where you can interpret it. But make no mistake about it – the pastor is expected to lead so many aspects of the church. On every major decision of the church most churches want the input of the pastor. Regardless of the structure of the church it can feel very much like a CEO position. (And, I’ve been one in my previous business career.) This is one of the larger uses of my “non-preaching” time. By the way, I have talked with dozens of pastors who don’t feel prepared for this role.

Ten Fast Facts You Need to Know about the Quran

Approximately 1.6 billion people are convinced that the Quran is the eternal Word of Allah. Given the role the Quran plays in world events, isn't it time for the rest of us to learn about the book Muhammad delivered to his followers?

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

Early on, Abukutsa recognized that she needed to do more to convince people to add indigenous vegetables to their diets. Since around 2000, she has led public education campaigns and worked with restaurants and supermarkets around Kenya to find out what they would need to start selling these foods. A simple but significant problem was that people did not know how to cook the vegetables. Unlike larger leafy vegetables such as kale, many of the indigenous varieties have small leaves that must be separated from their stems individually before cooking — a laborious process. Recipes are often vegetable-specific; spider plant can be cooked with sour milk, for example, but cowpea leaves go better with soya bean or peanut paste. Although older generations and some rural populations know what to do with nearly any local vegetable, much of the region's traditional cooking knowledge has been lost. So Abukutsa got to work on collecting and testing recipes to maximize the amount of iron and other nutrients the dishes contain. K'Osewe was one of the first restaurants to take an active interest, and others soon followed.

Internet Outrage, Public Shaming and Modern-Day Pharisees

I don't think I'll agree with the author of this article-or at least, not with the example used in it. For the record, Justine Sacco's tweet about Africa was extremely offensive and racist. Making Africa the face of AIDS is a stereotype that is prejudicial to millions of Africans, and by extension, all black people in the world. Such stereotypes, rob people of their humanity and dignity, stop them from getting an education and jobs, put them in a position to be rejected and despised by others and ultimately condemn them to abject poverty and all the contempt that it entails. Being from a country that was once wrongly accused by the FDA of giving AIDS to the world, I know how much it hurts. I don't think it's acceptable to defend people who deliberately or even inadvertently take part in spreading those stereotypes. We should instead participate in the effort to educate our children, our family members, our church members and every single human being on this planet on the dangers of racial stereotypes and how to avoid spreading them.

Seven Deadly Sins Of Church Leaders | Blog | Perry Noble

#1 – Comparison – One of the best ways to feel better about yourself as a church leader is to compare yourself and your church to people who are not doing as good as you are.  (It’s also a sign of extreme insecurity). 

11 Contemporary Authors Every Christian Should Read

I never liked to read memoirs until I read one by Mary Karr. Now, I can’t get enough of them—especially hers. Karr writes with such meticulousness and detail, it feels like she started journaling her childhood as soon as she could hold a pencil. Even though her prose is excellent, I like her poetry even more. It bleeds and nourishes. She often writes about death, perseverance and family, and the way she talks about theology makes you rethink things you never knew you had to rethink. She is an honest writer, and we all need a little more honesty in our lives.

10 Signs You Are Trying to Do Too Much

With everything I do, I make sure I get enough sleep so that I can avoid having naps on the next day (although I also love naps). I make sure my mind’s ready for the day’s work. Although we can’t avoid finishing some tasks from time to time, to me it’s more important to be able to still manage them all. It pays to be really good on one specific task, but I think being able to manage them all, with limited time, considering there are difficult ones to deal with, is way more important if you look at the bigger picture.

Unlimited? The Challenge of Human Freedom Live Stream | RZIM

On June 18, author and apologist Ravi Zacharias and author and social critic Os Guinness will speak on the challenges of unlimited human freedom and on the importance of Jesus, as fully God and fully man.

A New Exodus Out of the American Church (by Jeff Cook)

Packard unveils what many of us in Churchworld have been experiencing as a trickle for years: the most committed church attenders—those who have consistently given, prayed longest, served for years, and have been in the most important meetings—are the ones leaving our churches. After a year of qualitative research, Packard concludes that the Dones are not leaving because they no longer believe in God; the Dones uniformly report that they are leaving church to save their faith.

Mike Adams - How the Left Is Killing Free Speech

Universities need to stop giving students caps and gowns when they graduate. Instead, I recommend they give them helmets and wrap them in bubble wrap. The reason is that in college they become so weak and bruise so easily that there is little chance they can function in a free society without hurting themselves. In fact, many college students are too emotionally immature to encounter classic literature without becoming emotionally unraveled.

Evangelizing to People Who Have Heard it All Before

The True Leadership Win—Passing the Leadership Baton

The starting point for a healthy leadership development and succession plan is acknowledging openly that at some point in the future, leadership will change. It changes for a variety of reasons from a leader taking a new leadership position to an organization needing a leadership change. Even the untimely illness or death of a leader happens. I know of an organization struggling right now because of a leader's death and no leaders were ready to step up and lead. Leadership will change at some point in time so why not plan for it?

Suicides Could Surge if End of Life Option Passes in California

In those countries that have legalized euthanasia (Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg) the numbers seeking the procedure are spiraling ever upward. In 2013 there were 1,087 cases of euthanasia in Belgium, up 27 percent on the figures for 2012, while 2012 saw a 25 percent increase on the numbers for 2011. In Holland, it has been estimated that 12.3 percent of all deaths are now via euthanasia. . . . recent incidents included one woman with an eating disorder, and another claiming to be suffering from tinnitus left behind two teenage children. . . . Many living in countries where it is outlawed are now taking part in the macabre phenomenon known as “suicide tourism.” So in Switzerland—where assisted suicide is permitted—the number of cases rose 700 percent within roughly a decade, having been boosted by foreigners making the journey to end their lives.

The Jihad Triangle (David Wood) Many people are confused by jihad. If Islam is a religion of peace, why is there a persistent problem of radicalism in the Muslim world? If Islam is the problem, why are there so many peaceful Muslims? In this video, David Wood explains that jihad isn't the product of a single factor, but of three factors: belief, knowledge, and obedience. These three factors come together in what we'll call "The Jihad Triangle."

Jon Stewart Mocks NY Times over Rubio: ‘How Is This Front-Page News?’

Stewart reacted to Rubio’s financial issues by crying, “You bastard! Paying off law school loans? How dare you. At long last, senator, have you no sense of insolvency?”

How to Date Well

I really don’t understand why people go out and marry, much less date, someone that they’re just not going to get along with. Yeah, yeah, opposites attract and all that, but what you have to understand is that marriage is like baseball—it’s hours of boredom pricked with moments of abrupt chaos. Most of the time, married people are going to work, cooking dinner, watching TV or sleeping. It’s pretty quiet.

I’m Unemployed. Should I Tithe?

Funny thing is that within that Acts passage there were those who gave but also those who received. Some people are in a position to give out of the little they have and some people are in a position where they need to humble themselves and receive. Our family for years gave well above the 10%. When both my wife and I lost our jobs we had little money and I had no unemployment because churches don't have to pay into the unemployment insurance and the one I worked for didn't. We were in a receiving season. We didn't have an income and literally needed others just to put food on the table. In both instances you have to humble yourself and either say, "this money is not mine and what do you want to do with it God?" Or "I have no way to take care of myself and need the help of those God has given me." Believe me, as a dad that second one can be incredibly humbling.

Saudi Blogger Faces 950 More Lashes: Rights Group

Saudi Arabia could resume flogging an activist as early as Friday after the country's Supreme Court upheld its sentence of 1,000 lashings and 10 years in prison, according to a human-rights group.

Taking Light into the Darkness

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, and an Adjunct Professor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. John has debated a number of prominent atheists including Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens and Peter Singer.

The Fixed Point Fix

Larry Taunton of Fixed Point Foundation and atheist Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine engage in a lively debate on Pittsburgh’s WORD FM, turning a critical eye to

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55 Catalyst Conversations
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57 Sex, Drugs, and Getting Old
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60 Crystal Pepsi Is Preparing for a Glorious Comeback
61 Truthbomb Apologetics: B.O.M.B. Book Review- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Mulsim Encounters Chrisitanity by Nabeel Qureshi
62 Pastor Saeed Abedini 'Viciously Beaten' in Iranian Prison, Told His Only Way Out Is to Deny Jesus Christ
63 MEMRI: Pre-Schoolers with Toy Guns Parade in West Bank Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony
64 ThinkChristian on Twitter
65 5 Keys to Breaking the 600 Barrier
66 9-Year-Old Girl Goes Above and Beyond for the Homeless – She Builds Shelters and Grows Food!
67 Pakistan Hangs Christian Man Tortured Into Confessing to Triple Murder as a 15-Y-O
68 You Will Soon Be Able to Watch Netflix at Marriott Hotels
69 McKinney and Me
70 Bob Costas: Caitlyn Jenner honor is 'crass exploitation play' by ESPN
71 Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Crust Is Coming to the U.S., Where It Belongs
72 Only One Person Showed Up at Rick Santorum’s Campaign Stop in Iowa
73 WORLD | This present moment | Andrée Seu Peterson | June 11, 2015
74 Secularism isn't a Neutral Position | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
75 American Keith Broomfield Killed by ISIS; Mother Says Son Believed 'It Was God's Will' for Him to Fight Terror Group
76 Pam Geller Rejects Claims She's 'Islamophobic,' Posts 100 Prophet Muhammad Billboards Around St. Louis to Combat 'Jihad Terror'
77 911 Called on Duggar Family After They Refused DHS Access to Check on Child's Well Being, New Report Claims
78 Miley Cyrus. . . The Power of Pop Culture And A Reminder To Pray For Our Kids. . .
79 How Can Christian Organizations Protect Their Religious Freedom From Gay Marriage, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Challenges? Russell Moore and Legal Group Offer Guidance
80 Saturate: A New Identity
81 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Atheistic Evolution is Not Possible
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83 11 Things Pastors Need to Know Their Spouses Are Thinking
84 Obama Orders 450 Additional US Troops to Iraq, Insists They Will Not Fight ISIS
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86 Twitter gets rid of 140-character limit in private messages
87 What Counts as Natural Evil? | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
88 Models for the Relationship between Science and Religion (Christianity): Introduction
89 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
90 Franklin Graham Says Shariah Law Should Be Banned in the US Because 'Christians are Persecuted, Women Oppressed, Homosexuals Tortured and Killed'
91 Truthbomb Apologetics: Alexander Vilenkin on a Cosmic Beginning