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Noted Biologist: Life's 'Complex Interacting Molecular Machines' Appear 'Built by an Engineer' | The Stream

A noted systems biologist admits "complex interacting molecular machines" appear to be "built by an engineer a million times smarter than" we are.

Evolutionary Computing: The Invisible Hand of Intelligence

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

Euthanasia of the Mentally Ill Should Be Bigger News

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

This Boy Was Born With No Limbs and Abandoned by His Mother, but God Had the Perfect Plan for Him!

Despite being born with no arms and no legs, Gabe Adams believes he can do it all with a smile on his face. When he was baby, he was left at the hospital with no one to take him home. Once one family found out, they didn't think twice about letting him join their family.

This 14-Year-Old Girl is On A Mission to Stop Hunger In America

It's a blessing to see teenagers that want to inspire one another. The brightest of the youth are those involved in their schools, families, communities and places of worship. In this case, Katie Stagliano has a dream to one day feed all the homeless people in the world. Her story inspires the world!

Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%?

Let's have a quick review of the famous fine-tuning argument to start. The argument from cosmic fine-tuning looks at various constants and quantities in our universe that are set at particular valu...

This Adorable Little Kid Has the Voice of an Angel – WOW!

Francis steps on stage and does something that completely wowed the crowd. The song choice is a hard one, but his angelic voice was actually perfect for this audition.

Cardiovascular Function: Sodium's Real Life Consequences

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We're Finally Getting Taco and Burrito Emojis

At long last, emoji creators have heard the Internet's pleas and are giving us a way to accurately express our food cravings. According to Emojipedia —a real website—a new emoji update will introduce 37 new emojis, including a taco, burrito, hot dog, cheese wedge, turkey—and, in true emoji fashion, a unicorn face. The taco is the most highly anticipated, as emoji users have long been clamoring for a taco emoji. Taco Bell even created a change.org petition for one, which garnered more than 32,000 signatures. Here's to never having to type out the word "taco" in a text ever again ...

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Is Suicide the Unpardonable Sin?

People often answer “yes” to this question because suicide leaves no room for repentance; a person enters eternity with unconfessed and therefore unforgiven sin. But nowhere does the Bible say that suicide is an unforgiveable or unpardonable sin. Furthermore, the Bible teaches that all sin—past, present, and future—is forgiven through faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One’s eternal destiny is sealed and set at the moment of justifying faith. Our depth of intimacy, fellowship, and joy is certainly affected adversely when we fail to confess and repent of daily sin. But our eternal destiny has already and forever been determined. We must recognize the distinction between eternal forgiveness that is ours the moment we embrace Jesus in faith, and that temporal forgiveness we receive on a daily basis that enables us to experience the happiness of intimacy with the Father.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

#MeAndEarlAndTheDyingGirl is a movie about kids seeking to find some sort of meaning... http://bit.ly/1N3DY6I  pic.twitter.com/HfC8EAXkfY

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The Briefing 06-17-15

1) CA physician-assisted suicide bill passes after medical association drops opposition, redefining physicians’ role

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Frank Turek on Twitter

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Peaches in Paradise

A Christian woman’s true freedom [and, of course, she would also say a Christian man’s true freedom] lies on the other side of a very small gate — humble obedience — but that gate leads out into a largeness of life undreamed of by the liberators of the world, to a place where the God-given differentiation between the sexes is not obfuscated but celebrated, where our inequalities are seen as essential to the image of God, for it is in male and female, in male as male and female as female, not as two identical and interchangeable halves, that the image is manifested. (399)

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The Danger of Seeking Your Dream Church

Wish-dreamers forget that the church is built on the gospel of the cross and that gospel is for people who really know themselves to be sinners. Wish-dreamers see themselves as having their act together because they . . . [fill in the blank] . . . and expect the church to follow suit. Wish-dreamers see themselves as sinners only in their creed, but not in reality. When we see ourselves as desperate sinners in need of the grace of Christ, it changes the way we look at others, what we expect of others, and what we want the church to be. Wish-dreamers are concerned about certain sins, but not others. They are great labelers of people. They are always looking for a church with better clay.

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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 .

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Breaking News: Woman Comes Out as Canine

If you haven't figured it out by now, this is a spoof, a satire, and it is not meant to mock the suffering experienced by those who identify as trans (or other). It is simply a reminder that perception is not reality. (The piece was, in fact, written by J.B. Bernstein, who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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Following Christ in Abundance and Affliction

When we oversell the Christian life, we run a major risk of planting seeds of future disillusionment and doubt. Too often, young adults with unrealistic expectations set during childhood in the church walk away from the faith when their lonely, painful lives do not match the picture painted for them in their younger years. Unmet expectations yield resentment and disappointment.

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My Train Wreck Conversion

As a professor of English and women's studies, on the track to becoming a tenured radical, I cared about morality, justice, and compassion. Fervent for the worldviews of Freud, Hegel, Marx, and Darwin, I strove to stand with the disempowered. I valued morality. And I probably could have stomached Jesus and his band of warriors if it weren't for how other cultural forces buttressed the Christian Right. Pat Robertson's quip from the 1992 Republican National Convention pushed me over the edge: "Feminism," he sneered, "encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians." Indeed. The surround sound of Christian dogma comingling with Republican politics demanded my attention.

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You Will Be Assimilated

You may recall Brendan Eich. The cofounder and CEO of Mozilla was dismissed from his company in 2014 when it was discovered that, six years earlier, he had donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 campaign. That ballot initiative, limiting marriage to one man and one woman, passed with a larger percentage of the vote in California than Barack Obama received nationally in 2012. No one who knew Eich accused him of treating his gay coworkers badly—by all accounts he was kind and generous to his colleagues. Nonetheless, having provided modest financial support to a lawful ballot initiative that passed with a majority vote was deemed horrible enough to deprive Eich of his livelihood. Which is one thing.

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7 Ways to Use Video to Drive Traffic and Conversions

There are many types of videos you can create for effective marketing that drive traffic and conversions for your business. Focus on your company’s strengths, and find ways to showcase them via video to current and potential customers.

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Ultimate Guide to Social Media Image Sizes

Image sizing for the desktop news feed varies. Since the recommended ad image sizes are 1200 pixels wide, the same can be applied to images in posts to your profile or page. You can go as small as 470 pixels since that’s the size that ad images are resized to in the desktop news feed. However, note that when someone clicks on the image, it won’t take up the full space of the lightbox.

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He Was Shocked to Find This In His Backyard. But Wait Til You See What He Did!

He Was Shocked to Find This In His Backyard. But Wait Til You See What He Did!

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Why Are So Many Christians Afraid of Dating?

Maybe it’s time to relax a little and trust God to lead you into the right relationship one step at a time. If you are following His leading and trusting the internal wisdom He’s given you—one step at a time will always lead you into the right direction or guide you out of the wrong direction. You don’t have to know if they’re “the one” as long as you’re in tune with the Almighty One. So have faith—and then take the next step.

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Crossway on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Content Marketing Pro Shares 10 Essential Tools for Success

BuzzSumo helps you find great ideas that already have proven to be share-worthy and popular. By entering a topic or domain name, you receive about 10 free results (more results available in the Pro version). In addition, BuzzSumo shows you the share statistics from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more for each article, allowing you to quickly uncover potential topics that are likely to resonate with your audience.

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The Kalam Cosmological Argument

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam#... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai.

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How to (Ethically) Steal Other People's Content

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. There are several guidelines for structuring your content marketing campaigns that are already out there. Sometimes you don’t need to think outside the box; you simply need to use the tools that are already in place. Here are a few places you can look for content structure inspiration.

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You Can’t Serve God and Entertainment

You love entertainment. On-demand streaming, live television, video-sharing websites, and social media are all at your fingertips. Your ability to access entertainment swiftly and effortlessly has encroached on every aspect of your life. Research recently revealed that you’re tempted to check Facebook every thirty-one seconds.

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Ask Pastor John

Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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https://www.crossway.org/books/newton-on-the-christian-life-tpb/

“Here is mastery! As the Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and reigning, was the life-giving focus of the Evangelical Revival, and as George Whitefield was its supreme awakener, and John Wesley its brilliant discipler, so ex–slave trader John Newton was its peerless pastoral counselor and perhaps the greatest Christian letter writer of all time. In his 768- footnote digest of the spiritual wisdom in Newton’s thousand-plus published letters, along with his published sermons and hymns, Reinke distills a vast flow of pure honey for the Christian heart. This is a book to read over and over again.” J. I. Packer , Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

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The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN

So, what does this mean and how does it related to what I wrote for The Washington Post , USA Today , and CNN a few weeks ago about the persistence of evangelicalism in the United States? After seeing the new SBC data, one may think, "Surely if the largest evangelical denomination in the country is losing people, evangelicalism as a whole must be dying. Aha, Ed Stetzer!"

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Should I Rectify Past Mistakes or Just Move On?

Lately I’ve been doing some maturing. To put it more accurately, over the past two years, God has been teaching me a lot about myself and revealing to me some of the decisions in my past that were pretty huge mistakes. In short, I hurt people with my actions—badly. So now, in figuring how to right my wrongs, I was wondering if you have any thoughts about how much of my past mistakes I should go back and try to rectify, versus how much I should just stop worrying about them and move on from. I don’t want to open up old wounds for those I hurt, but I’m not sure how best to move forward.

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Shia LaBeouf Is Doing More For Christianity Than You Are

I’m not saying I agree with all he does, but I am saying I love the fact that he isn’t pretending to be someone he isn’t. The world doesn’t need anymore cookie-cutter Christians who all act the same, talk the same and dress the same. We’ve got to embrace our Jesus Swagger and be who God has called us to be. We need more authentic and raw examples of Christ followers who are willing to use their voice in places others aren’t. Shia may be a little rough around the edges, but so were guys like Paul and Peter. You know, the guys we all seek to be more like.

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Mining the microbial dark matter

Coxiella burnetii is still in the minority. An estimated 85–99% of bacteria and archaea cannot yet be grown in the lab, drastically limiting scientists' knowledge of microbial life and holding back the search for new antibiotics, which tend to be derived from bacteria. That search is becoming more urgent as resistance to existing drugs surges: last month, the World Health Organization approved a global plan to combat antibiotic resistance, and a review panel appointed by the UK government called for a £1.3-billion (US$2-billion) investment from the global drug industry to revitalize antibiotic research. To find new drugs, researchers say that they need alternative ways to investigate the array of uncultured organisms — the mysterious dark matter of the microbial world.

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What All Bad Friends Do

Anyone can go shopping with you, party with you or go to concerts with you, but a good friend is one who can sit with you in difficult times. Listen to you, try to understand you. These are the types of friends who have stuck around in my life from childhood to middle school, high school and today. They are the friends who did what Galatians 6:2 instructs us to do: “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

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The Atlantic on Twitter

Senate passes McCain-Feinstein amendment to ban torture in a vote of 78-21 http://theatln.tc/1HTaYyz  pic.twitter.com/VysDC11HQj

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Innovative Apologetics: Do You Believe? Biological and Cosmic Design: Proof for God

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BreakPoint on Twitter

#Abortion rates are hitting record lows since Roe v. Wade. Why? http://bit.ly/1JY9WS2  @JBStonestreet pic.twitter.com/uwBLUDv0nw

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The Importance of Holiness

Lecture one from Dr. R.C. Sproul's teaching series The Holiness of God. "The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. R.C. Sproul says, 'The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives — economics, politics, athletics, romance — everything with which we are involved.'" Own this series on DVD: http://www.ligonier.org/store/holines... Learn more about Dr. R.C. Sproul: http://www.ligonier.org/about/rc-sproul/

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A Simple Guide to Picking Your Passion

Taking responsibility not only applies to pursuit of your passion and purpose but also taking responsibility for the challenges that might hold you back. We quickly create excuses for why we can’t do what we long to do. Whatever the challenge you’re facing, you must be aware of the resistance you create for yourself, often subconsciously. Rather than hold yourself back, you need to lean in. It’s a posture of engagement rather than retreat. It’s an attitude of confidence rather than defeat.

34 The Lamprecht Ledger

The Lamprecht Ledger, by Mark Lamprecht: A daily collection of stories from around the web.

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Study Finds Poorer Children More Generous

Quartz highlights an intriguing study from the University of California which found that children from poorer families are more generous than wealthier kids. Researchers played with each child for a few hours and told them they’d earned 20 tokens that could be traded in for a prize. Then they were given the option to donate some or all of their tokens to sick kids who couldn’t come to the lab. Some donated, some didn’t. Here’s what they found:

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Christianity & Islam: What Must I Do to Be Saved?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org "Christianity and Islam" was the topic of a series of debates between Dr William Lane Craig and Shabir Ally in March 2002. One of these debates was held at York University on the subject, "Christianity and Islam: Who is the real Jesus? The Jesus of the Qur'an or the Jesus of the Bible?" We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefaith

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Renewing Your Mind | Don't Maim the Name! | June 17, 2015

How do you use the name of God in your daily speech? Do you exclaim His name thoughtlessly? Do you take oaths in His name that you never fulfill? Perhaps you do not consider yourself a blasphemer, but perhaps you have never considered the many ways we can violate the third commandment. Reflecting on this in this message, Dr. Sproul explains why the name of God is to be esteemed so highly.

38 Defenders 3 Podcast: Doctrine of Revelation | Reasonable Faith

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Responding to Atheist Critiques of Christian Hypocrisy | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

In his paper "The Plight of the New Atheism: A Critique", Dr. Gary Habermas notes that some atheist criticisms of cultural Christianity should be addressed and not dismissed. One that he points to specifically is the charge that modern-day Christians like to cherry pick the causes they support. He explains how New Atheist Sam Harris "asks why Christians expend so much energy opposing abortion, stem cell research, and extramarital sex resulting in AIDS, while ignoring much of the greater amount of suffering in the world (p. 26). Or, he asks why Christians sometimes resist a vaccina­tion program for papillomavirus (HPV) on the grounds that this disease is an impediment to premarital sex, instead of being more concerned about the 200,000 people who die of this virus every year (pp. 26-27)." 1 Later, Habermas answers Harris’ questions, explaining: Even Christians sometimes resonate with atheists when it comes to complaints about the behavior of religious persons, all the worse when it is Christian behavior, and when the result is the unjustified taking of lives down through history.

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Ligonier Ministries

“ He is not here, for he is risen as he said.” This message from the angel at the tomb on the first Easter morning is central to the Gospel. The Apostle Paul could not be any clearer when he tells us that if Christ is not raised, our faith is in vain. The doctrine of the resurrection of Christ has been attacked and mocked for two thousand years, but Christians dare not compromise on this truth.

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Atheist Group Threatens Florida Sheriff With Lawsuit for Wearing His Uniform, Using Gov't Title While Preaching at Churches

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group committed to maintaining the separation of church and state in the U.S., says it will consider filing a lawsuit against a Florida sheriff if he doesn't stop preaching at churches while wearing his uniform and using his official government title at the pulpit.

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You Are What—and How—You Read

I just returned from a well-known (and well-heeled) Christian college, where roughly 100 demonstrators gathered on the chapel steps to protest my address on the grounds that my testimony was dangerous. Later that day, I sat down with these beloved students, to listen, to learn, and to grieve. Homosexuality is a sin, but so is homophobia; the snarled composition of our own sin and the sin of others weighs heavily on us all. I came away from that meeting realizing—again—how decisively our reading practices shape our worldview. This may seem a quirky observation, but I know too well the world these students inhabit. I recall its contours and crevices, risks and perils, reading lists and hermeneutical allegiances. You see, I'm culpable. The blood is on my hands. The world of LGBTQ activism on college campuses is the world that I helped create. I was unfaltering in fidelity: the umbrella of equality stretching to embrace my lesbian identity, and the world that emerged from it held salvific potential. I bet my life on it, and I lost.

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ThinkChristian on Twitter

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44 Is Molinism as Depressing as Calvinism? | Reasonable Faith

When I try and ponder God's foreknowledge and my life, I have horrible doubts. I feel incredibly depressed and guilty because my mind cannot reconcile it all. I feel like Calvinism suggests that God predetermines everything and we are all following a script which makes everything seem meaningless to me (and to Dr. Craig, as he says in his answer)...but middle knowledge seems to suggest that God predetermines us by choosing which world we exist in, so it seems like it's not too different from calvinism, it's just a step higher (I would love clarification here)...and then armenianism suggests that God draws all to Him, but not all are saved, yet God does things in the world that bring people to salvation and yet does not do them to some other people, which suggests either arbitrary behavior or some form of higher knowledge.

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Twitter Genius Retells ‘Jurassic World’ with Emojis in a Single Tweet

As the headline indicates, this Tweet from @KatelynClontz contains spoilers (sort of) for the film Jurassic World . Using only Emojis, the Twitter genius manages to retell the entire movie in a single Tweet. The masterful Emoji use was so impressive, it even caught the attention of Jurassic megastar Chris Pratt who Tweeted a link, adding “This is actually pretty amazing. Haha!” Amazing indeed ...

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LIGHTS on Your Path - Christian Research Institute

In this flipchart Hank gives us some great ideas on how to read the Bible for all its worth.

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

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SBC 2015 Annual Meeting: '2 Billion People Still Haven't Heard the Name of Jesus,' Says International Missions Board President David Platt

David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Wednesday that the organization is working on new ways to stop the decline in Southern Baptist missionary efforts around the world as an estimated 2 billion people have still not heard the Gospel.

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6 Interesting Facts About Donald Trump's Christian Faith

While Trump might not be popular with a large segment of the Republican Party, many voters no longer feel connected to Washington or what they see as a professional and entrenched political class. With his populist streak, Trump may appeal to these voters. Below are six facts about Donald Trump and his professed Christian faith.

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Benedict Option Baptists

Rod, I’ve been following our posts on the Benedict Option for several weeks now. As a homeschool dad, I’m intrigued and supportive. Today, you talked about retreat and engagement. Perhaps I missed it, but it seems to me that most of your emphasis to this point has been on the retreat side. Amen to that. But I would like to see a fuller exploration of the engagement side. I believe one of the most important ways we must respond to our present cultural deterioration is by seeking out those whose lives have been devastated as a result of the warp-speed breakdown of marriage and family. Whenever marriage has been redefined from its Biblical ideal, there is a tragic harvest of human pain and suffering, particularly among children. We can expect this to largely be ignored by the media, making the painful isolation and loneliness even more acute. Think of the countless children profoundly wounded in the wake of no-fault divorce. We can expect much, much more of this in the near future. Yet this provides an huge opportunity for Christians if we see it and embrace it. An opportunity to shine the light of Christ in the midst of darkness.

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52 Music Executive Mitchell Solarek Launches New Christian Record Label; Talks Moving on From Mary Mary
53 Franklin Graham Urges Obama to Secure Injured Pastor Saeed's Release From Iranian Prison, as White House Worked to Free Muslim Held in Egypt
54 'A.D. The Bible Continues': Not Every Story is a Conversion Story
55 The Senate Just Passed a Bill that Bans the Use of Torture
56 Puritans For Pastors Project | HeadHeartHand Blog
57 Ligonier Ministries
58 Former atheist Peter Hitchens, who set fire to his Bible, finds God.
59 Guest Post: Abortion – a Worldview Approach
60 Biola Apologetics on Twitter
61 Why These Nine Marks?
62 TIME.com on Twitter
63 More Doubling Down on Faulty Principles - Stand to Reason Blog
64 Dealing with Doubt
65 Christian Company Turning Unclaimed Baggage Into a 'Blessing' for Those Who Need It Most
66 Dealing With Doubt and Imposing False Patterns
67 18 Lessons from 18 Years of Marriage
68 How to Talk About Science and Faith (RJS)
69 Where Are They Now?
70 Is Belief In God A Rational Position?
71 Crossway on Twitter
72 WORLD News Group on Twitter
73 Islam Through the Eyes of Muslims: Nabeel’s Testimony | Open Biola
74 Escaped Tiger Shot After Killing a Man in Tbilisi, Georgia
75 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
76 Donald Trump Says He Will Defeat ISIS by Bombing the 'Hell Out of Them' and Taking Their Oil
77 Al Jazeera Debate Clip: Taunton vs. Dennett vs. Shakir
78 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala Thanks God for Golden State Warriors Win; Says Team Is 'Full of Believers'
79 WORLD | Church, Inc. | Emily Belz | June 27, 2015
80 4 Things I am Learning about Transition
81 WORLD | Your race, your sex, your choice! | La Shawn Barber | June 17, 2015
82 Daily Watchman
83 Burger King in Japan has Created a Terrifying Red Burger
84 No Purpose? No Problem
85 What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of Humans? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers