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Christians Didn’t Commit the Orlando Massacre

We are now fully through the looking glass. A Muslim man walked into a gay nightclub and gunned down 49 men and women, most of them gay or lesbian. He paused in the middle of his massacre to call 911 and a local television station, making clear that he wanted the world to know he had pledged allegiance to ISIS. There are no dog whistles here. This is a textbook example of jihadism in action, plain and simple. Yet somehow, Omar Mateen’s massacre has put American Christians on the defensive. Yesterday, Anderson Cooper grilled Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, accusing her of hypocrisy for expressions of support for slain Floridians. Why was she hypocritical? Because she opposed same-sex marriage: Today, the New York Times editorialized about the domestic threat to LGBT Americans and declared that they were “casualties of a society where hate has deep roots.” The “society” the Times condemned wasn’t the ISIS caliphate — it was America, and specifically states such as Texas and North Carolina that are fighting federal edicts that demand that men should have access to women’s restrooms. The Times couldn’t bring itself to condemn Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but it attacked North Carolina governor Pat McCrory and Texas governor Greg Abbott. #ad#Even well-meaning Christians are adopting the secular-progressive line. In a viral Facebook post, popular writer and speaker Jen Hatmaker declared, “We cannot with any integrity honor in death those we failed to honor in life.” She then proceeded to offer a standard leftist broadside against Evangelicals, arguing that Christian “anti-LGBTQ sentiment has paved a long runway to hate crimes.” The principles, such as they exist, seem to be this: If you oppose same-sex marriage or mixed-gender bathrooms, then you not only can’t legitimately grieve the loss of gay lives, you’re partially responsible for the massacre in Orlando. Conservative efforts to protect religious freedom and freedom of association from unprecedented infringement will kill people. Never mind that all the actual evidence in the case points to Islamic motivations extrapolated from well-known and widely shared interpretations of Shariah law, somehow those darn Baptists are to blame. RELATED: What If the Orlando Murderer Had Been a Christian? Does this mean that Barack Obama would have been complicit in the massacre if it had happened four years ago, before he publicly changed his stance on same-sex marriage? What about Hillary Clinton? She opposed gay marriage until 2013. Her husband signed the Defense of Marriage Act. The Orlando shooter lived for years under Democratic administrations that opposed same-sex marriage. I guess Bill Clinton shares some blame as well. Some on the left simply refuse to believe what terrorists say about themselves and about their intentions. I don’t have the words adequate to express my contempt for this view. Does any living, sentient being believe that if a Christian had launched this attack, these same liberals wouldn’t blame his religious beliefs? The so-called “reality-based community” ignores the actual evidence in the attack — Mateen’s own loudly declared jihadist beliefs — in an attempt to shame a community whose primary “sin” is opposing the sexual revolution. But there is something even more sinister at work than garden-variety anti-Christian bigotry, aided and abetted by gullible believers such as Hatmaker: Americans are being purposefully and intentionally distracted from our true enemies. Once again, the jihadist threat is being minimized. RELATED: The Orlando Debate Is Beyond Partisan — It’s Dangerously Polarizing Some on the left simply refuse to believe what terrorists say about themselves and about their intentions. Osama bin Laden couldn’t have really attacked the World Trade Center in part out of a desire to avenge Christians’ 15th-century conquest of Muslim Spain. Iranian leaders don’t really mean “death to America.” Muslim nations that mandate the death penalty or other draconian criminal punishments for homosexuality don’t truly express the will of their people. #related#The result is bigotry running two ways — an unreasoning, irrational hatred of American Christians and a comprehensive denial of Muslim moral agency. American Christians are responsible for things they don’t believe. Sharia-observant Muslims, by contrast, aren’t responsible for the things they do believe. And make no mistake, said Muslims don’t care a whit what the New York Times, Anderson Cooper, Jen Hatmaker, or any other anti-Evangelical terror apologist has to say. To them, one American life taken is as good as any other. They will attack again, maybe at another gay bar, or another office Christmas party, or a coffee house, or a sporting event, or a church. And when they do, there will surely be some Americans who excuse their actions out of eagerness to blame other Americans, instead. — David French is an attorney, and a staff writer at National Review.

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Watch Colbert and Fallon Open Their Shows with Moving Words About the Orlando Tragedy

Last night, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon both opened their late night comedy shows in a way that is unique for them both: They got serious, and addressed the tragedy in Orlando, where 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub by a terrorist this weekend. They both did a pretty great job. Though they each took their own approaches to addressing the worst mass shooting in American history, their openers both had the same theme: The need to overcome hate with love. You can watch the clips below.

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Peaches in Paradise

This morning, as I jogged and listened to a message by Elisabeth Elliot which she had given in Kansas City, I was deeply moved concerning my own inability to suffer magnanimously and without pouting. She was vintage Elliot and the message was the same as ever: Don’t get in touch with your feelings, submit radically to God, and do what is right no matter what. Put your love life on the altar and keep it there until God takes it off. Suffering is normal. Have you no scars, no wounds, with Jesus on the Calvary road?

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LIGO detects another black hole crash

Most important, the second observation shows that going forward, LIGO should reap a vast harvest of black hole mergers. Rebuilt from 2010 to 2015, the new LIGO detectors have not yet reached their design sensitivity. If they do, they should see as many as one black hole merger per day, estimates Stephen Fairhurst, a gravitational-wave astrophysicist and LIGO team member at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. The resulting sample should lay bare the mysterious evolution of black hole binaries, he says, showing whether they start out as pairs of stars that turn into black holes or as black holes that form independently and ultimately find each other.

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5 Ways Christians Can Respond to the Orlando Shooting

Yes sin is devastating; death is relentless. And if you and I do not have a true sovereign that can defeat such things with certainty then we are ourselves hopeless. But there is one who is just this sovereign and just this good. The Scripture tells us of Jesus who himself being God became a man with the expressed purpose of defeating death by disarming sin of its power. It is Jesus Christ, the Son of the most high God, who is Sovereign and good, and able to save sinners from the deadly enemy of death. It is Jesus who gave his life as a sufficient sacrifice to pay the death penalty due to rebels like us. He died upon the cross and rose victoriously from the grave. The Scripture says he was “declared the Son of God with power” ( Rom. 1.4 ). His resurrection from the dead is the proof that death and sin have been defeated.

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The Unwelcome Gift of Waiting

It’s hardest to wait when I am uncertain about the outcome. When I’m trusting God for the best, while at the same time preparing for the worst. It would be much easier if I had a guaranteed good outcome. Or at least a promise from God to hold on to. Or some reassurance to anchor my prayers. But God often seems silent when I’m waiting. I have no idea whether he’ll ever answer my prayer, so it feels like I’m waiting in the dark.

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Saluting the Flag and Something More

On June 14, 1973, Mrs. Saul, my fifth-grade teacher at Beaver Brook School in Danbury, Conn., took the 12 of us in her class outside to the flagpole to celebrate Flag Day. It had been nearly 200 years since the same date in 1777 when the Revolutionary Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the new country’s emblem. June 14 has been designated as Flag Day ever since—though it’s a sad certainty that most Americans will pass the day without noticing.

9 A Thought and a Prayer for Orlando | RZIM

I write while in meetings in Moscow. It is with deep sadness I read of the heartless and cold-blooded killings planned and implemented in Orlando, Florida by a cruel mind. How can any rationalizing justify that in any mind? How tragic for the parents, how ruthless of the killer. How terrifying it must have been for those so brutalized.

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Three Evangelical Groups Are Tackling Racial Reconciliation. First Up: Southern Baptists

“I am absolutely, totally convinced that the problem with America can be placed at the doorstep of our churches,” NBC president Jerry Young told SBC messengers. “Some would argue, particularly as it relates to eschatology, that perhaps it is not accurate. But I would argue that it was Christ himself who said, ‘You are the salt of the earth, and you are the light of the world.’”

11 After Orlando shooting, Chick-fil-A opens on Sunday to help — did the news media ignore?

Chick Fil A has made national news for it’s owners’ stance on gay marriage. Anytime they do something even remotely non-PC, their supposed slip up goes viral. Hash tags pop up all over the place. So why is that what they have done in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting hasn’t received a single mention on the mainstream new outlets? It’s probably because people like New York City Mayor, Bill DeBlasio might have to eat crow instead of chicken. DeBlasio has said that Chick Fil A spreads a message of hate.

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A Dangerous Fairytale for Future Wives

Whether we’re aware of it or not, the battle begins, not ends, when we make our vows. Our sinful desires will immediately rear up like a fire-breathing dragon. Satan will throw his grenade of lies at our feet. We will have to watch our step, lest we set off his explosive land mines hidden in our own homes. Many times it’s our own unrealistic expectations in marriage that blind us from seeing the bullets flying all around us. We must let go of the childish fairytale, and ask God to open our eyes to the spiritual warfare in our marriage, the battle in which we must fight for faith.

13 In the Wake of Orlando

Watching the news of the worst shooting in American history, an act of radical Islamist terror at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, I found myself thinking: Can Christians claim that sort of apologetic today? Of course we can argue for the truthfulness of Christianity, but can we legitimately claim that we fully live out and embody the Gospel we claim?

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A Possibly-Gay Muslim Terrorist Slaughters Gays ... And Straight Christians Get Blamed | The Stream

MATTHEW 7:1-2 states: Judge not or you too shall be judged. For in the same measure you use to judge others it will be measured back to you. Why are you pointing the finger at me? I’m not the one who killed 50 people in the name of “Allah”. I’m not these other so-called “Christians“. I would LOVE to love you like a good Christian should. I insist, I’m not them. I want friends. But since I’m being made out to be the Devil because of my faith and opposition to somebody’s alternate lifestyle, go ahead; play that bigotry card. See if I care. Jesus Christ loves you. Don’t judge me for others actions just because you want someone to punish. THAT will NEVER be me!

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Nation's Radicalized Christians Praying For Orlando | The Babylon Bee

U.S.—In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando over the weekend which killed at least 50, various cells of radicalized Christians around the nation have risen up to pray earnestly for everyone affected and offer further assistance where they can, sources confirmed.

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Keeping Hope in the Midst of Bad Headlines

We see this truth throughout the biblical narrative. Suffering is rarely mentioned in the New Testament without a mention of the blessings that accompany it. One of my favorite quotes is by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man who knew of the coexistence of joy and pain all too well as he encouraged South Africans in their struggle for human rights. He says, “There is no such thing as a totally hopeless case. Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now—in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. Indeed God is transforming the world now—through us—because God loves us.”

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11 Portraits of Charleston Survivors' Grief and Grace

One year is nothing in the face of grief. Trauma can be inflicted in an instant, but it takes a lifetime—perhaps more—to be healed. The first debt owed to the survivors of the massacre at Mother Emanuel is to recognize the grief they still carry, and will carry for years to come. More deeply, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Charleston requires seeing the ways that it simply re-inscribed the legacy of violence against Americans of African descent, a 300-year-old trauma that has not healed and oftentimes is not even acknowledged. The shootings in the basement of Mother Emanuel happened in an instant, but they recalled and perpetuated centuries of history—as, indeed, does the church itself, founded by African Americans and burned to the ground after Denmark Vesey’s slave revolt of 1822. To truly heal this most basic laceration in our body politic will likely take centuries more.

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Politicizing Tragedy Risks Dehumanizing Victims and Their Families

Sunday's shooting struck close to home for a lot of people. (For me, it was a little farther than 6 miles from where my wife and I slept.) Yes, Mateen’s massacre represents an attack on Orlando, the broader LGBT community and on a country established by the ideas of free conscience, speech and expression. But deeper than that, Mateen attacked the order of creation itself—and more than 100 of God’s individual creations.

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UnitedHealthcare Is Offering Free Mental-Health Counseling to Anyone Affected by the Orlando Shooting

Insurance provider UnitedHealth Group, the largest in the United States, is giving some of its resources to help people affected by the Orlando shooting. According to Orlando Weekly , the mega-provider has opened its mental-health counseling help lines to anyone who wants to call, whether they’re insured or not. United said in a statement that this help line “offers specially trained Optum mental health specialists to help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs." The service is entirely free.

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Modern Medicine Failed Me in Kenya

In most instances, I could only give over-the-counter pills for their complaints. Yet with the Lord’s mercy, I could assure them that I had traveled halfway around the world to be with them , because we are all one in Christ. I could reach out my hand, and replace the distant white coat with the warmth of my palm. I could listen to the impact of illness on their work, their families, their homes. And I could conclude each encounter with an appeal to God, to remind them that all are without pain and suffering in heaven. To remind all of us that any works we achieve of our own volition pale in comparison to those accomplished through the love of our holy and perfect God, who gave his Son for us.

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Overcoming the Skepticism of Christian Apologetics

The practice of Christian apologetics must be approached in a way that seeks to strengthen one’s intellect and understanding of God so that we can make a comprehensive case/defense for the existence of God. Apologia is the Greek word that describes the action of ‘ giving a defense ’. There is a Biblical call for all Christians to be apologists, which necessarily entails that we love the Lord with all of our minds. Over the years I have developed a passion for apologetics. Sadly however, I’ve come to notice that ministries in apologetics within the church are quite lacking during a time when we need the most. Young adults are leaving the church at a rate that is much higher than we’ve ever seen in the past. The apologetics community has noticed a trend of skepticism among the church as far as embracing apologetics is concerned. As apologists, this fact has increased our concern for the future wellbeing of the church. Secularism is on the rise and loyal Christian adherence is on the decline among the present generation of young adults. It’s important to ask the question now, will th

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Is God Keeping Something from You?

Paul was no stranger to our woes: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that [the thorn] should leave me.” God did not give him what he asked for. He withheld. But here is what he gave instead: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:8–9). God withholds good things from us to teach us to treasure him above every good thing. When he refuses to give us the good thing we plead for, he is actually giving us something even greater: himself and his grace to us in Christ.

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If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be.  The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

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If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be.  The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

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28 The Facebook Echo Chamber

What we’ve got is one giant echo chamber. No wonder liberals and conservatives can’t talk to each other anymore. We’re not even reading the same stories.

29 If You Can Keep It

So how is it that this concept is so seldom mentioned today?  Franklin’s warning echoes down to us from more than two centuries ago, from that sweltering summer when he helped create the Constitution. When he told the woman “if you can keep it,” he meant that if Americans lost the understanding of the link between virtue and citizenship, we would cease being Americans in any real sense of the word.

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Neither Human Evolution nor Theistic Evolution (1) - Christian Research Institute

“God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

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If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be.  The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

32 If You Can Keep It

So how is it that this concept is so seldom mentioned today?  Franklin’s warning echoes down to us from more than two centuries ago, from that sweltering summer when he helped create the Constitution. When he told the woman “if you can keep it,” he meant that if Americans lost the understanding of the link between virtue and citizenship, we would cease being Americans in any real sense of the word.

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34 The Briefing 06-14-16 - AlbertMohler.com

But what’s really important here is that Cathy Lynn Grossman is pointing to the fact that the advocates of assisted suicide want to normalize, that is they want to establish a new norm that human beings should have the unquestioned right to establish when and under what circumstances we will choose to die. Of course, when it comes to options, the most limiting factor of all, the Christian worldview would remind us, is that no single one of us decided as a matter of options that we should be born, that we should come to life, that we should be born to a certain family or a certain couple at a certain time. Instead, we have to understand that the biblical worldview understands that our most basic definition is a matter of givens—it is the given-ness of life as God’s gift to every single one of us on his terms, according to his timing. There is no question that we are often faced with genuine moral choices for which we are responsible. But in terms of our human limitations and finitude, we need to recognize the plight of those actual options is often far less than modern secular Americans would like to think.

35 A Christian Message to LGBT Americans

I know that many of you not only are hurting today, but you are also angry. And your anger is not just directed at the Muslim terrorist who slaughtered so many of your people. You are also angry with Christians like me, believing that we have helped to create the toxic, hateful atmosphere that led to the horrific massacre.

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“Shame is everywhere. Whether it’s related to relationships, body image, work difficulties, or a secret sin, we all experience shame at some point in our lives. While shame can manifest itself in different ways—fear, regret, and anger—it ultimately points us to our most fundamental need as human beings: redemption. Shame never disappears in solitude, and Heather Davis Nelson invites us to not only be healed of our own shame but also be a part of healing for others. She shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, giving us courage us to walk out of shame’s shadows and offering hope for our bondage to brokenness. Through the gospel, we discover the only real and lasting antidote to shame: exchanging our shame for the righteousness of Christ alongside others on this same journey.”

37 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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What If the Orlando Murderer Were a Christian?

So, while the left would emphasize a murderer's Christian faith, it denies that Islam plays any role in the vast amount murder, torture, enslavement, female genital mutilation, unparalleled subjugation of women and rape committed by people of the Islamic faith. Virtually every American and European student learns of the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and the Christian West's role in slavery, but nothing of Muslims' centuries of mass slaughter and vast enslavement of Europeans and Africans.

40 Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers? | Cold Case Christianity

I’ve often heard it said that the New Testament is well referenced and attested by the Early Church Fathers of the 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd Century. As an example of this, some researchers have cited Sir David Dalrymple (1726 – 1792AD) a Scottish judge and historian who wrote three volumes on early Christian Church history called, “Remains of Christian Antiquity”. Dalrymple was an expert in the writings of the early Church. It’s alleged that after careful examination of the writings of the Fathers he wrote, “…as I possessed all the existing works of the Fathers of the second and third centuries, I commenced to search, and up to this time I have found the entire New Testament, except eleven verses.” That’s quite a claim if you stop and think about it. As I was preparing an article, I decided to investigate this statement to find its source. I simply wanted to cite Dalrymple properly. After purchasing Dalrymple’s books and manuscripts on this topic, I came to the conclusion that he has either been improperly referenced or inaccurately cited. I simply cannot confirm the quotation from Dalrymple that is offered repeatedly by Christian Case Makers.

41 What Hath California Wrought?

Last week, California’s physician-assisted suicide law went into effect, passed with the help of misleading language such as “death with dignity.” Why pro-long the suffering of the terminally ill, we are asked.

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We Need Confident Pluralism

One of the key lessons from Inazu’s vision for confident pluralism is that Christians themselves must act as a force against Rousseau’s cynical prophecy. If we can’t learn to live alongside those with whom we differ, what hope is there for those  not  bound to forgive as we have been forgiven? If Christians can’t exercise virtues like patience and humility, on what basis may we reasonably expect others to do so? Or, perhaps even more sharply, can Christians live in temporal peace with the world even while striving against spiritual principalities and powers (2 Cor. 10:3–5; Eph. 6:12)?

43 The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

A second pivotal moment came when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Though in public he increased the fervor of his rhetoric, he was a different man in private. “Publicly, he had to play the part, to pose, as a confident atheist—that was the side of the debate he’d been given, the one that made him both famous and rich. Privately, however, he was entering forbidden territory, crossing enemy lines, exploring what he had ignored or misrepresented for so long. This exploration took on an added sense of urgency when he was diagnosed with cancer.” This forbidden territory included not only meaningful friendships with Christians, but guided explorations of its Scripture and doctrines. As he encountered Christians, he encountered the Christian ethic displayed in their lives. Most notably, Taunton and his wife had adopted an HIV -positive child and Hitchens had no category for this, no answer to something so very good, so very selfless. He admired it but at the same time had to admit that he wouldn’t even be willing to take in his own brother’s children if they were orphaned. “For the whole of his life, Christopher had longed for, but had cynically dismissed the possibility of, a higher love.

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Even Grace Can Lead to Legalism

In other words, we may wrongly assume that one Christian’s obedience is not motivated by a genuine love for the Savior. Any serious act of obedience begins to look like sinful legalism rather than genuine obedience motivated and sustained by God’s grace. In the attempt to protect grace, we can assume the worst motives in one another. And as we judge others, commanding similar living and communication styles, we essentially turn our beautiful gift of grace into law.

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1 Peter 3:17: Does God Will Sin Done Against Us?

We all carry wounds inflicted upon us by others. When we think about the father who abandoned us, the friend who betrayed us, or the co-worker who lied about us, what part did God play in our pain? In this lab, John Piper discusses whether God wills our suffering, especially the suffering caused by others’ sin.

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New from TGC: Free Album of Resurrection Songs for Seasons of Pain

Curated specifically with TGCW16 and 1 Peter in mind, the songs of When Trials Come will remind you afresh of your glorious hope in Christ even amid suffering. Songs like Jenny & Tyler’s “See the Conqueror” and The Village Church’s “Raging Strong” focus on Jesus’s suffering on the cross and the power of his resurrection, where he triumphed over death forever (1 Pet. 2:21–24; 3:18–22). “Acquired in Heaven” by Beautiful Eulogy and “Far Kingdom” by The Gray Havens give us a greater vision of heaven, reminding us that though we face hardships as pilgrims here, we have an imperishable and unfading inheritance awaiting us in glory (1 Pet. 1:3–9, 13–16). Songs like “Though You Slay Me,” written by Shane Barnard after the sudden passing of his dad, will prompt you to trust our sovereign and good God, even amid the darkest storm (1 Pet. 4:12–19).

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Why “Closure” Requires A Christian Worldview - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

But if the Christian worldview is true, a day is coming when all the evil committed in this world will be reversed. All losses will be returned. All pain will be abolished. For those of us who have accepted the pardon offered by God through Jesus Christ, we will someday be reunited with those we miss today. The heavenly realm of God lacks pain, suffering, regret, or frustration. The justice and mercy of God reign in perfect balance: all wrongs are righted, all questions are answered, all doubt is removed, and all joy is returned. If Christianity is true, this often painful mortal experience will draw to a close, once and for all. We will experience justice and closure.

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Just Another Book?

First let me make it clear that I am a Christian and do enjoy reading your site. However, I do have a question in regards to your feedback written on February 13th . In your answer you made a good case as to why believing in God is correct and why evolution is wrong. However, you did not address why the Christian bible is trustworthy and the written word of God, while other religious books of worship are not. I thing Muslims, Mormons, or people of other faiths could use your same arguments. Thus, using your argument, Muslims could say that proves the Koran is the written word of God. The Koran certainly says it’s author is God, just like the bible does. So, can you please do a follow up and explain how we know that only the Bible is the written and actual word of God? I think such a follow up would help those who question why Christianity is correct, while other religions are wrong. Thanks.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Wicket Gate | June 15, 2016

Second, because the law increases sin, our relationship to the law must change. While we are under the law's condemnation, we cannot please God. When unconverted people receive law, their existing bondage to sin only gets worse. As we will see next week, God's law reveals sin for what it is, and unregenerate people respond with greater hatred of the holy Lord. "The power of sin is the law" (1 Cor. 15:56). Unless the Holy Spirit regenerates us, our breaking of the law and the ensuing guilt result in our defiantly sinning even more. Since the law and sin's power are connected, we cannot be loosed from one without being loosed from the other. Escaping the law is not lawlessness. We may not sin that grace may abound (Rom. 6:1). Still, we must come out from under the law to be freed from sin's dominion. We must die, for the law cannot condemn dead people and sin cannot use the law to increase wickedness in the hearts of those who have died to the law. In Christ, we die to the law and sin. Loosed from the law's condemnation and burden, we are free from sin's power (vv. 1–14; 7:1–6).

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11 Portraits of Charleston Survivors' Grief and Grace

One year is nothing in the face of grief. Trauma can be inflicted in an instant, but it takes a lifetime—perhaps more—to be healed. The first debt owed to the survivors of the massacre at Mother Emanuel is to recognize the grief they still carry, and will carry for years to come. More deeply, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Charleston requires seeing the ways that it simply re-inscribed the legacy of violence against Americans of African descent, a 300-year-old trauma that has not healed and oftentimes is not even acknowledged. The shootings in the basement of Mother Emanuel happened in an instant, but they recalled and perpetuated centuries of history—as, indeed, does the church itself, founded by African Americans and burned to the ground after Denmark Vesey’s slave revolt of 1822. To truly heal this most basic laceration in our body politic will likely take centuries more.

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54 EPS Blog - Evangelical Philosophical Society
55 Jesus used Apologetics. So should we.
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