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The senator challenged a Trump nominee over his belief that Muslims are condemned, calling his statements "Islamophobic" and "inflammatory." Evangelical Christians say that's a troubling argument.

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Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over eight years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks in conferences (such as The Gospel Coalition, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, InterVarsity’s Urbana and the Moody Pastors’ Conferences and Men’s Conference), on college campuses and in churches (such as Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church). He has co-authored with his mother their memoir (now in seven languages), Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope and he is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.

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Top Ten Verses to Defend Your Faith

For the past few days I have been trying to think of the top ten verses that would be most helpful to apologists and evangelists. I have reflected on my own experience and also gotten feedback from many of you on Facebook and Twitter. So, here are my top ten verses to defend your faith (in no particular order):

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I was introduced to the apologetic work of Greg Koukl almost ten years ago. I remember when his book "Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions" was released I could not wait to get my copy. I was still trying to get my footing on how to defend the Christian worldview, and this book provided a foundation for my approach that has lasted since then. Because it was so important and vital to my confidence in sharing the reasons for the hope that I have, I decided to bring it out again and do a review for those who are not yet aware of the value of this book for, not just apologists but, every Christian. I remember how awesome I thought this book was when I first read it, but going through it again, after I've had many of my own encounters, I see so much more wisdom throughout its pages today because I have seen the tactics work. Greg Koukl provides invaluable information and relates it to real situations. His method really helps put the Christian at ease while in conversation. Keeping in control of not just the conversation but also our demeanor is vital to making our case persuasive.

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Hank Unplugged by Hank Hanegraaff on Apple Podcasts

Hank Unplugged: A new podcast brought to you by the Christian Research Institute. For more than fifty years, millions of listeners at home and abroad have enjoyed the answers and insights of the Bible Answer Man broadcast. Now, listeners can also hear best-selling author and CRI president Hank Hanegraaff on Hank Unplugged, a new podcast designed to range farther and dive deeper into both perennial and contemporary issues of interest to thinking Christians. Out of the studio and into his study, Hank now adds to the Bible Answer Man broadcast a more personal perspective on matters of life and truth of concern to thoughtful believers. He will invite some of his closest friends and brightest minds onto the Hank Unplugged podcast for free-flowing, truly engaging discussions on issues that you care about. For insightful analysis and commentary on living Christianly in a post-Christian world, make note of Hank Unplugged. It's a new channel of quality content that serious kingdom change agents won't want to miss.

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Kay Warren: ‘We Were in Marital Hell’

We’ve beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union. We’ve weathered my breast cancer and melanoma. We’ve survived the mental illness and suicide of our son Matthew. And now we know. We know we are the best thing that has ever happened to each other. I am in love with the man God brought into my life so many years ago. Each of us is not who the other was looking for, but each of us is who the other desperately needed to become the person we each are today. Yet, it’s also been the very best thing that has ever happened to either of us. We wouldn’t be who we are today without each other. I’m a better Christian, a better woman, a better mother, a better friend, and a better minister because of Rick. He says he’s a better Christian, a better man, a better father, a better friend, and a better minister because of me. The shrieks of iron sharpening iron have often sounded like gears grinding on bare metal, but the result has been profound personal growth in both of us.

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Worship in Your Waiting

Waiting is a standard part of life in a finite world. Regardless of whether our waiting feels easy or hard at the moment, how we wait is shaping the people we are becoming. Worship is essential to that wait because a Godward perspective helps us to persevere with patience and hope. Endurance, Paul tells us, “produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:4–5).

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Natural Explanations and A Supernatural God

I get lots of email from skeptics. Much of this email is related to miracles. People want to know why Christians are so quick to attribute an event (or healing) to the miraculous intervention of a supernatural God, especially when it appears that a natural force may be offered as an explanation. After all, even Moses reported that a “strong east wind” blew all night prior to the parting of the red sea (Exodus 14:21). Maybe this natural occurrence was simply interpreted as a miracle after the fact. In a similar way, Thallus (the 1st Century Roman historian) attributed the darkness at the crucifixion to “an eclipse of the sun”; another reasonable natural occurrence that may have been misinterpreted as a miracle by those who were inclined toward the miraculous.

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Why Would a Good God Allow Natural Evil? | Cold Case Christianity

As a police officer and homicide detective, I’ve seen my fair share of injustice and hardship. Every time I’m asked to defend the existence of God in light of the evil we observe in our world, I take a deep breath and try to separate the emotional nature of this issue from the rational explanations I might offer. I recognize the impotence of my rational response when trying to address to the emotional pain people experience when they suffer evil. At the same time, I think it’s important for us explore reasonable explanations. Natural evil is perhaps the most difficult category of evil we, as Christians, can address. It’s one thing to explain the presence of moral evil in our world (the evil actions of humans); it’s another to explain the existence of natural evil (earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters).  If an all-powerful and all-loving God exists, why does He permit natural evil? If God exists, it is certainly within His power to prevent such things. Why wouldn’t He?

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I Know God Loves Me, but Does He Like Me?

God does not decide whom to like quantitatively. This is important. Listen carefully. He doesn’t decide whom he’s going to like quantitatively, as if when you get to 51% goodness, he’ll like you. Finally. When you are at 49%, he doesn’t like you. What God sees in us is not quantity, but real Holy Spirit–produced fruit. Every one of these little evidences of new, real, spiritual, regenerate life is a great delight to him. They are a real good, even if mixed with sinful attitudes. How could they not be his pleasure? They are his work. How demeaning can it be to say to the work of the Holy Spirit, “God doesn’t like it”? That’s awful for people to say that.

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US senator urged to apologise following attack on faith of White House official - Premier

US Senator Bernie Sanders has been told to apologise after grilling the man set to become one of President Trump's top White House officials.

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Six reasons you should attend the SBC Annual Meeting — Southern Equip

Because you need to know how the denomination functions. In my pre-ministry life, I worked as a newspaper journalist and it was always clear to me that few journalists could grasp the SBC’s denominational polity. Most of them call us a “church” as in the Roman Catholic Church and seemed to view various leaders as the single authoritative head. Upon entering ministry, I soon realized that many Southern Baptists—including many who have been Southern Baptists long enough to remember Royal Ambassadors and Sunbeams—do not understand how the wheels of the denomination turn. Strictly speaking, the convention is just that—a convention. It exists only two days each year for these meetings. Obviously, the denomination continues to run the other 363 days through various entities as the Executive Committee, NAMB, IMB, Baptist Press, the six seminaries, a number of standing committees, and more. But business that drives the remainder of the year is done the second week in June. Thus, these two days are very important and those who lead in local churches should respond accordingly.

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How Do Annihilationists Interpret John 3:16?

Frank Turek looks at how annihilationists interpret John 3:16 and then explains how traditionalists use scripture to shape their view of hell.

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Is the CSB Really Gender-Neutral?

Rendering anthrōpos or ʾādām as “human,” “people,” “persons,” etc. in some contexts fits with the Colorado Springs guidelines. If the referent includes males and females, the translation should reflect such. The authors of the Atlantic article fail to realize or note the semantic nature of how meaning is expressed in a language’s lexicon. “Mankind,” for example, has always included male and female. Using a surrogate word in translation is not necessarily an example of gender inclusivity that violates lexical semantics as the authors seem to imply by their examples.

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Richard Dawkins says RE is vital for children, calls Islam 'most evil' religion - Premier

Richard Dawkins says RE is vital for children, calls Islam 'most evil' religion

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/laugh-play-pray-and-hope

It’s likely you’ll go through some tough times this year. But commit today to enjoying the gift of life God gives you this year. Laugh, play, pray — and hope.

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Fifty Years After ‘Loving v. Virginia’: Celebrating the Beauty of Interracial Marriage

Even in the Old Testament, this meaning was revealed in various ways. One was the story of Boaz’s marriage to Ruth, the Moabitess. This was one of the most celebrated marriages in the Bible, because it gave rise to the line of king David, and finally to Jesus (Ruth 4:21–22). Ruth, though a Moabitess, was a lover of the true God and came under the wings of his covenant with Israel (Ruth 2:12). This faith and this marriage and the offspring that came from it were so remarkable that the New Testament Gospel of Matthew included Ruth as one of the four women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5).

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Let Us Walk by the Spirit

Now, if we look at verses 19–24 which follow, we will find one more expression about the Spirit which confirms and expands what we have seen so far about “walking by the Spirit.” In these verses Paul contrasts the “works of the flesh” (19–21) with the “fruit of the Spirit” (22–23). The opposite of doing the “works of the flesh” is “bearing the fruit of the Spirit.” This is exactly the same contrast we saw in verse 16: “Walk by the Spirit and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.” The “works of the flesh” are what you do when you “gratify the desires of the flesh.” The “fruit of the Spirit” is what appears in your life when you “walk by the Spirit.” Therefore what we have in these verses are three images of the Spirit’s work in our life: “walking by the Spirit” in verse 16, “being led by the Spirit” in verse 18, and bearing “the fruit of the Spirit” in verse 22.

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How Passion Primes the Case for Christianity

As a cold-case detective and part of a three generation law enforcement family, I’ve got a secret I’d like to share with you: the majority of criminal (and civil) cases are won or lost well before the opening statements or closing arguments. Most cases are decided at jury selection . You can have a great case but lose miserably if you don’t have the right jury. That’s why prosecutors and defense attorneys specialize (or hire specialists) in jury selection. Both sides are looking for jurors who aren’t biased against some important aspect of their case; better yet, each side wants a jury inclined to agree with their position, even before they start the trial. A lot of effort is expended trying to figure out which twelve people (from the larger jury pool) should be selected. Case makers use surveys and questionnaires to ask important questions of each juror as they try their best to sort through the candidates. No one wants to present a criminal case to a group that hasn’t been carefully screened, questioned and examined. If case makers fail to assemble the right jury, their efforts to articulate and argue the case will be meaningless.

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What You Need to Know About Labor Conditions in China

Doubtlessly, greater domestic advocacy is needed to strengthen labor and anti-trafficking laws, increase supply chain transparency, improve labor conditions and lobby for worker’s rights. And yet, these action steps are hampered within a national context where human rights defenders are persecuted, freedom of expression is squelched by censorship and torture and unfair trials are commonly practiced. Right now, three human rights activists in China are being detained or have gone missing while investigating austere labor conditions at shoe factory—the same one that produces shoes for Ivanka Trump’s fashion label.

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The Difference Between Complaining About Church and Critiquing It

Like me, you may have at one time or another found yourself looking at the state of the church, either local or at large and expressing some level of discontentment with your perceptions. In these moments, as we are faced with the choice of whether to release the narratives we have built to others or to simply forget them, there is one question that we must ask ourselves: Am I complaining or am I critiquing? Here are two ways to tell and how to proceed once you know the answer.

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Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: ID, CS Lewis, Atheist Missionaries and more!

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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One Less Orphan

Orphan care requires more than middle-class families welcoming children into our own homes. Foster care and adoption are relief work — good and beautiful relief for a child from the brokenness of this world. But orphan care will involve more than just relief. It also includes seeking restoration and equity. It involves engaging in broken child-welfare systems and looking to prevent child abuse by walking with those who are isolated and battling poverty and addictions.

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The Single Person’s Search for Intimacy

When we make marriage the primary means of intimacy in the church, we do a huge disservice to the singles in our fellowship and the idea of Christian community as a whole. Marriage is not an island that we move to in order to bring glory to God; it’s just one picture (and a very prominent one) in a gigantic network of human relationships meant to deepen our understanding of Christ.

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Literary Critics Examine the New Testament

Let us turn to how the style of writing is evaluated……not by laymen, but by literary scholars. I know of two who were atheists who were teaching literature at the university level, then became Christian when they turned their eye toward the Bible.

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BP This Week: Bernie Sanders, Transgender Athletes, and Assisted Suicide in Britain

Senator Bernie Sanders, the runner-up for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said while grilling a Trump budget appointee that Christians who believe in the exclusivity of Christ aren’t the kind of people “this country is supposed to be about.” As Emma Green at The Atlantic observed, this functions as a religious test for office, which is prohibited by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

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How Can Christ’s Death Satisfy Divine Justice? | Reasonable Faith

How is it that we are so represented by Christ? In virtue of Christ’s incarnation (and, I should say, his baptism, whereby Jesus identified himself with fallen humanity), Christ is appointed by God to serve voluntarily as our proxy before Him. It is of little consequence if there is no parallel to such an arrangement in our criminal justice system; indeed, God may even forbid such substitutionary punishment of human persons. No one else has been assigned such a role. But God is free to make such an arrangement Himself. The Logos, the second person of the Trinity, has been appointed to serve voluntarily as our proxy before God by means of his incarnation and baptism, so that by his death he might satisfy the demands of divine justice. We authorize Christ to be our proxy by accepting him as our Savior and placing our faith in him.

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God, Evil and the London Attack | The Stream

The moment you say that one set of moral ideas can be better than another, you are, in fact, measuring them both by a standard, saying that one of them conforms to that standard more nearly than the other. But the standard that measures two things is something different from either. You are, in fact, comparing them both with some Real Morality, admitting that there is such a thing as a real Right, independent of what people think, and that some people’s ideas get nearer to that real Right than others. Or put it this way. If your moral ideas can be truer, and those of the Nazis less true, there must be something — some Real Morality — for them to be true about.

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Vlog 34 - Going in for Immunotherapy

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Renewing Your Mind | Self-Creation | Jun 12, 2017

Did the universe create itself? Today, R.C. Sproul demonstrates why the idea of self-creation is irrational.

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The Briefing 06-12-17 - AlbertMohler.com

But let’s also think for just a moment about what that tells us about that unborn child. First of all, it just affirms loudly and clearly that this is a child. This is not some kind of mere collection of cells, it’s not just some kind of potential human being. When we’re talking about recognizing facial shapes in the womb, we are talking almost any honest person would have to concede about a person, and if this child is a person at 34 weeks, then this child was clearly a person long before 34 weeks. Of course, here is where the Christian biblical worldview indicates that this person in the womb, this child was a person from the very beginning in terms of the fertilization of the egg and what we would rightly call the very moment of conception. From that point onward, this is a child, this is a person, not just a potential person. Potential people don’t have the ability to recognize faces and facial shapes. People do, persons do.

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The Briefing 06-12-17 - AlbertMohler.com

But let’s also think for just a moment about what that tells us about that unborn child. First of all, it just affirms loudly and clearly that this is a child. This is not some kind of mere collection of cells, it’s not just some kind of potential human being. When we’re talking about recognizing facial shapes in the womb, we are talking almost any honest person would have to concede about a person, and if this child is a person at 34 weeks, then this child was clearly a person long before 34 weeks. Of course, here is where the Christian biblical worldview indicates that this person in the womb, this child was a person from the very beginning in terms of the fertilization of the egg and what we would rightly call the very moment of conception. From that point onward, this is a child, this is a person, not just a potential person. Potential people don’t have the ability to recognize faces and facial shapes. People do, persons do.

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The Briefing 06-12-17 - AlbertMohler.com

But let’s also think for just a moment about what that tells us about that unborn child. First of all, it just affirms loudly and clearly that this is a child. This is not some kind of mere collection of cells, it’s not just some kind of potential human being. When we’re talking about recognizing facial shapes in the womb, we are talking almost any honest person would have to concede about a person, and if this child is a person at 34 weeks, then this child was clearly a person long before 34 weeks. Of course, here is where the Christian biblical worldview indicates that this person in the womb, this child was a person from the very beginning in terms of the fertilization of the egg and what we would rightly call the very moment of conception. From that point onward, this is a child, this is a person, not just a potential person. Potential people don’t have the ability to recognize faces and facial shapes. People do, persons do.

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The Briefing 06-12-17 - AlbertMohler.com

But let’s also think for just a moment about what that tells us about that unborn child. First of all, it just affirms loudly and clearly that this is a child. This is not some kind of mere collection of cells, it’s not just some kind of potential human being. When we’re talking about recognizing facial shapes in the womb, we are talking almost any honest person would have to concede about a person, and if this child is a person at 34 weeks, then this child was clearly a person long before 34 weeks. Of course, here is where the Christian biblical worldview indicates that this person in the womb, this child was a person from the very beginning in terms of the fertilization of the egg and what we would rightly call the very moment of conception. From that point onward, this is a child, this is a person, not just a potential person. Potential people don’t have the ability to recognize faces and facial shapes. People do, persons do.

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God Gives Us His Grace in His Word

But too often, we fill our lives — and our minds — with every voice but God’s. If you want to see God’s grace in your life, avail yourself of the many opportunities for hearing his voice. Don’t view Bible reading mainly as something to be done or as a chore to complete, but as a feast of grace offered by God to sustain and strengthen you day by day.

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Expect More from Young Men

The New Testament casts a better vision for young men in the church than our society does today. We do not accept their immaturity, or look down on their youth (1 Timothy 4:12), but encourage them as brothers (1 Timothy 5:1). We do not give them a pass, but expect them to grow in self-control (Titus 2:6) and “flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). We stand ready for them to handle the Scriptures for themselves, that they might have the word of God abiding in them (1 John 2:14) and — mark this — overcome the evil one (1 John 2:13), which is immeasurably more satisfying than winning at video games.

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56 What If God Wants Me to Marry Someone Ugly?
57 The President’s Religious Liberty Order
58 Is It Okay to Question Beliefs?
59 Fifty Years After ‘Loving v. Virginia’: Celebrating the Beauty of Interracial Marriage
60 WORLD Magazine Includes New LifeLine Mini-Book on their “Technology Tamers” List
61 The True Bradley ‘Chelsea’ Manning Story is Stranger Than Fiction | The Stream
62 Christians & Muslims : Agreements & Differences | James White and Dr. Yasir Qadhi Dialogue - YouTube
63 Question of the Week: Why Did God Create Hominids?
64 The World’s Biggest Trafficking Problem Remains in the Background
65 Help My Unbelief
66 Premier Christian on Twitter
67 Collection of 40 Apologetics Illustrations
68 Tragic Church Bus Crash Ends Student Mission Trip Before It Can Start
69 Christian Internet Radio Featuring Biblical Preaching and Teaching | RefNet
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71 Home - Woodlands Church
72 How Can I Share My Faith with My Hindu Friend?
73 God, Evil and the London Attack | The Stream
74 Cambodians Usher in a Miraculous Moment for Christianity
75 Why Trump Fired Comey
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78 A Guide to Spiritually Survive the Evil of Terrorism
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80 College-Bound Teens Need 'Knowledge of God' Not Just 'Belief' to Maintain Faith, Apologist Says
81 More Thoughts on Islam
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83 Christian Soccer Player Refuses To Wear Gay Pride Jersey, Withdraws From National Team
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86 These ‘Parks and Rec’ Pop! Collectables Will Likely Be Priceless One Day
87 Was Jesus Crucified? - Debate 14/03/2017
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91 Jonathan Noyes part 6 - Just Go!
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