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Matt Redman on how executed prisoners sang 10,000 Reasons – Premier Christianity

The worship leader describes the extraordinary story of a group of death row prisoners, known as the Bali Nine, who sang his well-known song as they were shot

Why We Need to Stop Teaching (and Start Training) Young Christians - Part 1 (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace (author of Cold-Case Christianity) speaks to Green Bay Community Church about the important difference between teaching and training. How can a shift in our thinking help young Christians learn how to defend their faith? In this video, J. Warner begins to describe five key characteristics of training.

Do All Life Forms Fall into a Nested Hierarchy?

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Roma Downey Brings Real Life Miracles to Television in New Show 'Answered Prayers'

Before a tornado ravaged her family's home, one Indiana woman heard the voice of God tell her to prepare her family for the upcoming devastation. This woman was one of many who decided to share their miraculous experiences on the new TLC show, produced by actress Roma Downey, called "Answered Prayers."

1,500-Y-O Christian Church Discovered on Road Near Jerusalem; Experts Say Site Was an Area of 'Intense Activity'

A 1,500-year-old Christian church filled with artifacts from the Byzantine era was discovered by road workers expanding Israel's main highway that connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Pastor Nick Vujicic and a Choir of Toddlers Sing a Beautiful Song to Jesus – Very Powerful!

A choir of adorable toddlers join forces with the famous pastor with no arms or legs, and together they sing this powerful song to Jesus. Listening to their voices combine with Nick's will touch your heart. Jesus must have a SMILE on His face listening to this one!

Here's a Surprisingly Emotional Performance of the ‘Jurassic Park' Theme Song

Watch two classical musicians prove that with just a piano and a cello, even the theme from Jurassic Park can turn into an emotional experience. Well played, Piano Guys ...

A Veteran Gives This Country Star A Heartfelt Gift for Helping the Wounded Warrior Project

This country megastar, Brantley Gilbert, has been nominated for at least 13 major awards, winning five. Nothing will top his latest award, though, which was given to him by a wounded veteran after a very powerful speech. You will have goosebumps all over after hearing this man speak.

Daredevil Gosling Takes A Life-Threatening Leap of Faith to Rejoin His Parents at the Bottom

This group of Greenland's barnacle goslings undergo one of the most terrifying rites of passage you will ever see. In order to rejoin their parents in the grassy plains below, this gosling must take a leap of faith from 400 feet up. The end result will have you jumping for joy!

Miranda Sings and the many faces of narcissism | Think Christian

The Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas argued that the face of the other confronts us with infinite ethical obligation. Even though Miranda would garble that phrase as “ifinit ogiblation,” she evokes that responsibility nonetheless by making our selfie-loving, self-hating faces strange to us. What could be more basic - in the traditional, non-Starbucksy sense of that word - than the ethical obligation to see, to actually see, the strangers our very selves have become? Doesn’t Miranda compel us to look, and then look again, on the face of what Jesus called "the least of these” awash in Narcissus’ pool?

SES Conference

Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on October 16-17, as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences."  Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage in today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by sharing your thoughts on our facebook page --

It Takes a Movement to Reach A City Event | C.S. Lewis Institute

Connection Points is the teaching ministry of Randy Newman, Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at C.S. Lewis Institute. This blog explores the links between the Christian faith and all of life and encourages exploration of common ground between Christians and those with other beliefs. This content can also be found at

The Church of Transhumanism: Let Us Upload

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Non-ID biologist: Life built by engineer | Uncommon Descent

Recently a friend sent me a link to a TEDx talk, “Digital biology and open science — the coming revolution,” which affirms that life’s “complex interacting molecular machines” reveal “molecular clockwork is real and pervasive” and appear to be “built by an engineer a million times smarter than” we are. The speaker is biologist and engineer Stephen Larson, who holds a PhD in neuroscience from University of California, San Diego, and is CEO of MetaCell, a systems biology research and consulting company that seeks to understand biology through computation.

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Suffering Is Not What It Seems

We are forgetful saints. Finally, we battle spiritual forgetfulness, a key point Duncan also made at TGC15. We read promises like Romans 8 and, in the next hour, grumble again. We forget that we actually deserve much worse than suffering: we deserve God’s wrath. We forget that Christ suffered immeasurably for our sake when he died an excruciating death on the cross; therefore, we forget that he understands, empathizes, and draws near to us in our own sufferings. We forget that Christ’s suffering was a means to his glory, when he defeated death through the resurrection. We forget his promise in the ascension that he will send the Spirit to bear witness to our identity as children of God. We forget that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us in eternity with Christ.

The Briefing 06-12-15

1) Shared understanding of value of marriage does not equal shared understanding of marriage

We Long to Belong

Dolezal decided to occupy a certain niche in American society, and she did so by lying to fit into her preferred group. Though gender and sexuality have become fluid concepts, we are still working hard to define the boundaries of ethnic constructs, even as the lines of ethnic delineation are muddled by the diversity of our colorful heritage. We long for identity — we long to belong.

Are All Sins Really the Same?

We need to see sin as a part of a bigger story; one that involves all of us. Cornelius Plantinga offers a definition of sin, saying it is a “disruption or disturbance of what God has designed.” When we consider all God has designed and recognize sin is an action or thought that disturbs his world, the implications are massive.

RonR on Twitter

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WORLD | Mmmm ... four books of the year | Marvin Olasky | June 27, 2015

We—our committee of five WORLD writers—throughout the year looked for books that tempt us to delay writing projects: “Couldn’t put it down,” one committee member wrote about our novel of the year. Good books are exciting to read. We look for books that are thoughtful and capable of planting among our readers new ideas consistent with what the Bible teaches. Exciting, accessible, thoughtful: What the Francis Bacon in us would like to e-a-t.

Grace to You Radio

What does God’s Word say makes for an effective leader? What qualities should people see in you if you’re going to guide them? Learn how to put on those biblical traits in John MacArthur’s look at Qualities of an Excellent Servant .

8 Knowing Jesus Makes You a Better Thinker - Stand to Reason Blog

Since Jesus Christ is the one “through whom all things came” (1 Cor 8:6), God’s agent of creation who continues to uphold and sustain the creation he brought into being, the marks of his artistry are all round us. From the tiniest sea urchin to the brightest star, all things bear his magnificent stamp. The heavens cannot but declare his glory, for they are his craftsmanship, and they continue to hold together only in him. His character is written into the grain of the universe so intimately that even to think against Christ the Logos you must think against logic and descend into folly (Ps 14:1). In his world, our faculties work better the more they are harnessed to faith in him. Then we are able to be more logical, more vibrant, more imaginative, more creative, for we are working with the grain.

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.


Gay activists are using Tony Campolo’s statement to suggest evangelicals are shifting on homosexuality, but…

NAACP chapter president ​Rachel Dolezal accused of falsely portraying herself as black

"For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One's racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal's advocacy record. In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization.

‘Oceans’ Keeps Rising

The lyrics of “Oceans” are modern but also timeless, which fits Taya’s quirkiness completely. It could be sung in this generation, or a century ago. It echoes the fears of missionaries heading off to do work overseas. Some of the greatest songs “I Surrender All” and “Amazing Grace” are linked to the sea. In that sense, maybe it connects the current church to the faithfulness of those in the generations before us.

Christ & Pop Culture on Twitter

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When Our Career Plans Aren’t Panning Out

Today, Agrelius is still a real estate agent. His work hasn’t changed, but his heart has. He now sees the last five years as hard, but good. It has been a time of speaking differently and doing work that’s foreign to his temperament and difficult for him to master. But he’s learning new skills and discovering who he is and who God is. “It’s kind of like an internship,” he says, “so I can be better fashioned to execute the vision given according to God’s plan, design, and scope.”

Is it possible to be born in the #wrongskin?

People respond to NAACP incident with #wrongskin An unusual case of racial identity in Spokane, Wash., has people talking about identity and being born in the "wrong skin." Check out this story on

The Table Conference: Los Angeles

Robert Harp is director of special projects at Biola University’s Crowell School of Business. In 2007, he became interested in the Faith at Work movement while serving as an MBA Mentor at Crowell. An entrepreneur, Harp has been in the hospitality and real estate industry for 30 years. He is the founder and publisher of, an online media brand, which provides expert market insights and thought leadership perspectives to C-level executives and leading companies in the global travel and tourism industry. Harp holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Communications from Wheaton College and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2013, he earned a doctorate in Workplace Theology, Ethics and Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


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Take some time to memorize or reflect on Psalm 62:5-7. "For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God."

What Sets Christianity Apart from Other Religions?

For more resources visit: On April 18th, 2012 William Lane Craig and Klemens Kappel debated the topic "Does God Exist?" in Copenhagen, Denmark. After the debate there was a lengthy question and answer period with the audience. In this clip, the question arises: What sets Christianity apart from other religions? We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook:


“This book, like the gospel itself, is clarifying, convicting, comforting, and compelling all at the same time. I wholeheartedly invite you to read it, to be overwhelmed by the mercy and majesty of God in the gospel, and then to spend your life making this gospel explicit in every facet of your life and to every corner of the earth!” David Platt , President, International Mission Board; author, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream


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The average American woman now weighs as much as the average 1960s man

Men, you're not looking too hot in this scenario either. Over the same time period you gained nearly 30 pounds, from 166.3 in the 60s to 195.5 today. Doing the same comparison as above, today's American man weighs almost as much as 1.5 American women from the 1960s. At 195.5 pounds, put five American guys in a room and you've gathered roughly half a ton of manhood.

How Do I Forgive Someone Who Won't Apologize?

Hi Carlie, You may or may not see this but I wanted to comment back on this article. I have been in the same boat as you have been for many years. I have grown up with a father who is verbally abusive and still is occasionally. My father has apologized to me many times for calling me a hurtful word. But then he doesn't again either within an hour later, the next day or a few days later. It's hard, but I'm used to it now. I would cry all the time and be sad, but thankfully I had amazing friends that cared about me and supported me. Also, I have looked to God for most of the answers. He's been my anchor through it all, he's the only one who can get you through it. You have to look to him, always. I walk away from all the negativity that comes my way with him. I try not to fight back because it makes the situation worse. But I have learned to put my foot down and not take his stuff anymore. I live at home still, so it's still hard, but hopefully in a few years I get to move out. You just keep going, keep your head up and stay strong. You can do it. He will apologize soon, or maybe he already did.

Four Blood Moons

Hank answers a question about the blood moons that have been popularized by Mark Blitz and John Hagee; claiming that these signs portend doom for the world. Hank contends that this is sensationalism and sophistry, but certainly not Scriptural. For more information go to: , 1-888-700-0274

Crossway on Twitter

Saul was at his very worst when Jesus met him. If he wasn't "too far gone" neither is anyone:

Faces Of Biola University

The Biola University community represents over 7,000 unique stories of students, staff and faculty who God has brought together in this place. This video celebrates the diversity of our community. "We are the redeemed. We are gathered together at the foot of the cross. We are the Imago Dei, made in the image of God." - President Barry Corey

Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: How to Quickly Debunk the Horus-Jesus Myth

I remember the first time I heard the story of the Las Vegas vacationer who took a girl back to his hotel room but passed out, only to awake the next morning in a bathtub filled with ice and a kidney missing—the victim of organ harvesters. I had heard it from a co-worker who said it happened to the friend of a shared friend. Since this was before the age of the Internet, there was no Snopes–type web sites to check out such tales. In fact, I hadn't been acquainted with many urban legends up to that point, so in my youth they were more believable. I should have known better. While the name of our shared friend lent some credence to the tale, it's obvious that the whole this is too sensationalistic and improbable to be true. It's what used to be called a tall tale, a yarn, a cock-and-bull story. Yet, even though I found it fascinating, the legend didn't spread much beyond our conversation. However, now that social media has been implanted into our circulatory systems, we're much more apt to spread such fertilizer in our interactions with others. The Horus-Jesus Myth: What's the Connection? Such is the case with the "Jesus is a copy of pagan myths" trope that seems to be gathering steam in many atheist circles.

13 Things NOT to Do on Facebook

On the personal side, there are two reasons why you wouldn't want to have two accounts. The main reason is that Facebook doesn't allow users to have two personal accounts -- it's against their  Terms of Service . So if they find out you have two personal accounts, they'll shut them down. If it weren't against their terms, having two personal accounts would be a pain to maintain. Do you have enough content going up on both to round out your presence? Where do you draw the line between the two? Which account will you show to your friend who works in your industry? Instead of having to delineate between two parts of your life, you should take advantage of Facebook's robust privacy settings. 

Great Leadership: 5 Ways Leaders Can Be Prepared for Ongoing Change

When there is a change in leadership, a period of interim leadership with a skilled interim leader from the outside can facilitate organizational readiness for change. Organizations often appoint the closest available inside person to be interim. These folks have great institutional knowledge and can keep current projects on track, but they are not as well positioned to evaluate organizational readiness for change as is an outsider, especially one skilled at interim work.   It takes a special skillset to move into an organization, without the presumed authority of position, know where to go to “find the buried bodies,” and work independently as needed. And interims that have no interest in the permanent position can be more objective in their evaluations.

10 Bible Scriptures That Are Perfect for the Summer

When the seasons change and the summer rolls around, it seems like a lot of things change around us. People's attitudes change, people get into shape, and smiles are floating in the air. The hot weather and happiness just seem to go together. The Bible provides heartwarming verses that are perfect for the start of summer.

​Even Materialists Crave Religion

But intellectual fulfillment is hardly the same thing as finding meaning and purpose to the mystery of existence. In fact, on another occasion, Dawkins pinpointed a major reason why naked materialism is not widely embraced: “Religion teaches the dangerous nonsense that death is not the end,” he blustered. Maybe. But ultimate existential extinguishment is not a flag most people will cheerily follow. Oohing and aahing at natural selection can only take one so far. Thus, it was only a matter of time before materialists began grasping at a materialist substitute for religion.

Could Facebook Be Helping to Reduce Abortions?

Why It Matters: The number of abortions is decreasing across the nation—and no one knows why. Pro-lifers claim that it’s mostly due to the plethora of state-level restrictions. Pro-choicers will claim it is due to increased birth control and government-funded healthcare. Both sides are likely to be at least partially correct. The decrease is likely due to a broad range of causes, many of which we may not even be aware are influential. 

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. @between2worlds , @Samuel_Storms , & Leland Ryken discuss the legacy of J. I. Packer: …

Good vs Evil

Good vs. Evil. Frank Turek, author of "I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist," explains the concept of good vs. evil and how the distinction points to a higher standard. How do we understand injustice, without a notion of justice? How do we know a crooked line, without a concept of straight? Frank Turek is founder of Cross Examined, which gives evidence for the questions of Truth, God, Miracles, and the Bible. For more information, check out For more on the subject of Good vs. Evil, please visit

What Makes Boyce College Different?

What Makes Boyce College Different?

Ligonier Ministries

“ There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that He believed in hell.” So wrote the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell in 1967. The idea of eternal punishment for sin, he further notes, is “a doctrine that put cruelty in the world and gave the world generations of cruel torture.”

Teaching the Bible’s Disturbing Stories

C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

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Jurassic World

After going extinct in 2001, the franchise returns with a familiar warning: Don’t play God. (But it sure makes for a fun ride.)

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14 reasons God should be referred to as "She"

McKinney and Me

A city that used to be a little-noticed Dallas suburb has become yet another lightening rod of racial controversy. Countless articles will be written by pastors, sociologists, and laymen and will take sides in the altercation between a fourteen-year-old girl and the officer who grabbed her by the hair and pushed her face into the grass.

Ken Ham Warns Culture Is Following Miley Cyrus and 'Sexual Perversion' After Pop Star Calls Belief in Noah's Ark 'Insane'

Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has warned that culture is following in the footsteps of pop star Miley Cyrus, who he accused of shaking "her fist at God" and promoting "sexual perversions." Cyrus recently slammed people who believe that the Noah's Ark narrative in the Bible is true.

As currency dies, Zimbabweans will get $5 for 175 quadrillion local dollars

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabweans will start exchanging 'quadrillions' of local dollars for a few U.S. dollars next week, as President Robert Mugabe's government discards its virtually worthless national currency, the central bank said on Thursday.

Ligonier Ministries

To suggest that wisdom is always balanced seems to me to be a bit, well, unbalanced. Whoever first uttered the words of wisdom, “moderation in all things,” should, I believe, have healed himself. All things? Isn’t that a bit extreme? In like manner, wisdom is almost always balanced. We need to measure the wisdom of looking before we leap with the equally potent conviction that he who hesitates is lost. We need to remember, as we loudly affirm that we ought not answer a fool according to his folly lest we be like him, that we ought to answer a fool according to his folly lest he become wise in his own eyes (Prov. 26: 4–5).

Why We Love the Church - Christian Research Institute

This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the “leave church” books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs.

Establishing the Crucifixion of Jesus

Dr. Craig: Right. This, I think, is again a really weak argument. When you look at the book of Acts, it is very evident that there was tremendous resentment in the early Christian church – in the early Jesus movement – against the Jewish authorities who had been guilty in effect of a judicial murder of Jesus of Nazareth. So in the book of Acts Luke polemicizes against the Jewish authorities and Sanhedrists and he actually says that they are the ones who crucified Jesus – not that they simply buried him but that they crucified him. [12] Does that mean that the Romans did not carry this out? Obviously not. Luke is simply polemicizing against the Jewish authorities because they are the ones that ultimately, they thought, were the ones responsible for Jesus' condemnation and death. So the fact that in these speeches in Acts it says “You killed him and laid him in the tomb” is in no way meant to be contradictory to the very narratives that Luke relates in his Gospel that it was Joseph of Arimathea who was, of course, a member of the Sanhedrin who was the person responsible for burying Jesus.

Why Bloggers Are Calling It Quits

I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger … I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.

But the Greatest of These is Love (RJS)

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. … And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor 13:1-3, 13)

Little Faith + Big God = Huge Results

You can have faith that God wants you to do something and still be scared to death. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is going ahead and doing what you’re called to do in spite of your fear.

My Attitude Toward My Spouse

I find that when I am off-base in my attitude and need to replace misperceptions with truth, I start by praying for God to change my heart. I ask Him to enable me to see the truth in my marriage and to see my wife through His eyes. Reading scripture also helps to realign my thinking. Sometimes I'll read a Christian book or marriage article, too.

51 Fazale Rana on Twitter
52 The Stain of Sin
53 Apologetics Conference August 1-2
54 'God Corrects but Does Not Punish,' Says Creflo Dollar; World Has Twisted 'Perception of What We Think God Is Like'
55 Ligonier Ministries
56 J.K. Rowling is Working on Another Robert Galbraith Novel
57 Are Humans Unique, or Just the Most Evolved Form of Animal?
58 What makes Obama happy? Flapping rainbow flags
59 ISIS Prisoner Forced to Dig His Own Grave Before He's Shot Execution Style
60 WORLD | Midday Roundup: Saeed Abedini suffers another beating in prison | Leigh Jones | June 12, 2015
61 Matthew McConaughey’s Brother Rooster to Star in a Texas-Style ‘Shark Tank’
62 Republican States Bad for Families? Not So Fast, Researchers Say
63 If Gender is Flexible, Why Not Race?
64 Michigan Lawmakers Give Religious Adoption Agencies Freedom to Deny Gay Couples
65 The Heart of Spiritual Disciplines
66 Stop Wishing You Had More Time | Craig Groeschel
67 7 Factors That Stop Momentum in a Church
68 Religious Freedom Is Key to Global Security, Robert P. George Says After Being Elected USCIRF Chairman
69 N.C. Magistrates Can Refuse Gay Marriages; Legislature Overrides Veto
70 Fight the Culture or Make the Culture?
71 Roma Downey’s New TLC Series Is About ‘Answered Prayers’
72 Vatican Creates Tribunal to Try Bishops Who Failed to Stop Sexual Abuse by Priests
73 Healing Our Hurting Marriage (Part 2 of 2)
74 Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham Introduces 20-Week 'Pain-Capable' Late-Term Abortion Ban in Senate; Promises Vote in 2015
75 Professor of New Testament, Craig Keener, explains his journey from atheism to Christianity.
76 Wayne Grudem explains what the Bible says about capital punishment
77 Why I Never Scheduled a Revival
78 How to Get the Most Out of Your Life
79 Really Recommended Posts 6/12/15- Luther, Treecats [what!?], and more!
80 Christianity is Not about Feeling Comfortable
81 5 reflections on church revitalization
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