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The only way we’ll complete the Great Commission is if some of us accept God’s call to take the gospel to the unengaged and unreached peoples of our world.

Reasons To Believe : Protein-Binding Sites ENCODEd into the Design of the Human Genome

Most DNA-binding proteins recognize and bind to short stretches of DNA (4 to 10 base pairs in length) composed of highly specific nucleotide sequences. But given the massive size of the human genome (3.2 billion genetic letters), nonfunctional binding sites will randomly occur throughout the genome, for statistical reasons alone. To illustrate, many DNA-binding proteins target roughly between 1 and 100 sites in the genome. Yet, the genome potentially harbors between 1 million and 1 billion binding sites. The hundreds of sites that are slight variants of the target sequence will have a strong affinity to the DNA-binding proteins, with thousands more having weaker affinities. Hence, the ENCODE critics maintain that much of the protein binding measured by the ENCODE team was random and nonfunctional. To put it differently, much of the protein binding measured in the ENCODE assays is merely a consequence of random biochemical activity.

If Young Believers Are Our Priority, We Need to Develop a Forensic Faith (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

As parents, we are usually willing to put the needs of our kids ahead of ourselves. Are we willing to do this as a Church family?

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Book clearly describes, valiantly defends Biblical standards concerning marriage and more https://world.wng.org/2017/06/praiseworthy_publishing … @MarvinOlasky #SummerReads pic.twitter.com/6MtC8TU0Pr

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Orthodoxy and Frederica Mathewes-Green

On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank mentions that this is a unique broadcast focusing on Orthodoxy. Hank also mentions the article about him that was in the Charlotte Observer over the weekend. Hank's special guest today is Frederica Mathewes-Green. Hank and Frederica discuss her book, Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity.

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How Can Christ Be the Only Way to God? | Reasonable Faith

Now it would, indeed, be fantastically improbable that by happenstance alone it just turns out that all those who never hear the Gospel and are lost are persons who would not have believed the Gospel even if they had heard it. But that is not the hypothesis. The hypothesis is that a provident God has so arranged the world. Given a God endowed with knowledge of how every person would freely respond to His grace in whatever circumstances God might place him, it is not at all implausible that God has ordered the world in the way described. Such a world would not look outwardly any different from a world in which the circumstances of a person's birth are a matter of happenstance. The particularist can agree that people generally adopt the religion of their culture and that if many of those born into non-Christian cultures had been born in a Christian society instead, they would have become nominally or culturally Christian. But that is not to say that they would have been saved. It’s a simple empirical fact that there are no distinguishing psychological or sociological traits between persons who become Christians and persons who do not.

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| London City Mission

“We grieve for those who were caught up in this latest attack, who’ve been injured or lost a loved one, and we pray for peace and reconciliation, and for good news and hope to spread across London. As we are shaken as a nation and a city, we pray that we would be shaken to our knees and call out to the Lord for our city.”

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The Christian Apologist's Moral Compass

Apologetics is now hot stuff to more folks. For this, we should be deeply thankful, since the one, true gospel is being defended publicly as true and reasonable in churches, the public square, and on the Internet. 1 But with popularity comes the danger of zeal getting ahead of knowledge and character. Christian defenders need to know the arguments of apologetics, but they must also find their moral bearings to bear the truth nobly. After thirty-five years of studying, teaching, and writing about apologetics as a philosopher, I discern the need for some explicit instruction, especially since I know of no other treatment of the subject.

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Jesus Isn’t Looking for ‘Good’ People

Jesus said, “I have not come for the righteous, but for sinners.” None of us is naturally good or righteous (Mark 2:17, 10:18). Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for being hypocrites who saw themselves as sinless kings while they viewed everyone else as sinful, worthless peasants. They rejected Christ’s gifts and miracles because they felt they didn’t need them, but it was the outcasts and the needy who were humble and willing to receive His grace. Jesus even said:

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Interfaith Group urges Christians to reach out to non-Christians - Premier

An interfaith group has told Premier Christians need to reach out to people of other faiths to help combat hate crimes like the terror attack that took place last night in Finsbury Park.

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Why We Argue Best with Our Mouths Shut

If we have any hope for healing the divisions in our society, families, churches, and communities, it will serve us well to learn how to have better conversations. And mounting scientific evidence suggests that the secret may lie in the charge put forth by James: to make every effort to be quick to listen and slow to speak (1:19).

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The Uniqueness of University Evangelism

There’s one last reason why we should make university evangelism a high priority. Today there are enormous numbers of international students flocking to receive Western educations. One reason we should reach out to them has already been noted. Away from their home cultures and communities, they’re far more accessible and open to considering the claims of Christianity than they’ve ever been before or, possibly, will be again. Indeed, many students who opt for a Western education have every intention of weighing worldview options and other religions.

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15 Renewing Your Mind | Dying in Faith | Jun 21, 2017

There really are only two ways of dying. Today, R.C. Sproul explains what it means to die in faith.

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Deporting Iraqi Christians called 'death sentence'

Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. The original story can be found at http://www.bpnews.net/49087/deporting-iraqi-christians-called-death-sentence Deporting Iraqi Christians called 'death sentence' by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (22 hours ago) Tags: ERLCimmigration Tweet WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has joined other evangelical leaders in urging the Trump administration to stop its deportation of Christians to Iraq. Image: iStock/License purchase required Image: iStock/License purchase required Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and six others asked John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, in a letter Monday (June 19) to end the deportations until Iraq's government can protect religious minorities.

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Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

The student apologetics Bible first released in 2010 and has sold over 160,000 copies. To be honest, this has blown away my expectations. This shows the hunger for both relevant and practical resources that tackle the real questions students are asking. On July 1 we are releasing an updated, expanded, and improved version . Here are a few ways the update will be different from the first version:

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How Not to Argue About Which Bible Translation Is Best

A story from linguist and New Testament scholar Moisés Silva illustrates this principle. Silva’s mother tongue is Spanish, and when he was a student, one of his professors asked him whether he’d translate a Spanish theological article into English for him. Silva thought that he could do this quickly without a problem, but it ended up being a nightmare. He hadn’t translated much written material from Spanish to English before, and he quickly realized that an English translation simply can’t convey all the connotations of the Spanish original.

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Unbelievable? Interview with Justin Brierley about His New Book

BRIERLEY: Hopefully this book will be of interest to those who have listened to Unbelievable? as it will give you an insight into many of the conversations and people who have been on the show. For example, how I finally managed to bag an interview with Richard Dawkins after years of trying!

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Should Churches Keep Their Civil War Landmarks?

The goal of removal efforts is not to erase history, but to recontextualize it. The Confederacy with its vicious legacy of white supremacy should not be honored but lamented. … This debate extends beyond questions of who we were to who we want to be. Commemorating the past elevates it as an example to emulate in the future. David continues to be held in high esteem within the Judeo-Christian tradition because even when he failed, his heart was bent toward what was right. The Confederacy is not an honorable example of imperfect people trying to do the right thing, but a tragic warning of what happens when we pursue our interests at the expense of others’ humanity.

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Objections to Apologetics: Ultimately Fail

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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Megan Almon 7 - How are you using Apologetics?

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Evangelical leaders push for criminal justice reform

WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelical Christian leaders are spearheading a campaign for criminal justice reform, calling for equitable punishment, alternatives to incarceration and a different take on the “tough on crime” language of the Trump administration.

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Four Ways to Witness to Atheists

While we shouldn’t be arrogant or belligerent, it isn’t loving to concede rational superiority to atheism — because it isn’t true. The atheist position is intellectually vacuous. Atheism is not an intellectual problem, but a heart problem. But Jesus and the apostles showed that the path to the heart usually passes through the head.

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Evangelism, Iranian Style

The under-20 generation has the greatest potential to transform Iran. Most Iranian youth are secular in thinking, and the spirit of Islam has no control over them. They’re not afraid of Allah, the government, or death. They’re not interested in religion until they are presented with Christ, in whom they find salvation and purpose. Because of the killings after the 2009 election results, they are against public protest or violent uprising, but they’re open to the message that we share on satellite TV: Transform Iran without violence by first being transformed yourself, and then become an agent of transformation.

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Jesus Said He’d Return Soon, So Where Is He?

Jesus said his return was soon. So where is he? And why has the church had to wait for so long? It’s the question from a listener named Ron. “Pastor John, I’m writing from Switzerland and have been greatly blessed by your ministry. I have a question with regards to the New Testament belief that Jesus would come very soon. As I was studying with our children the need to evaluate prophets by biblical criteria the following thought hit me: The Bible says in Deuteronomy 18 that a prophet whose predictions don’t come true is not sent by God and that he should not be feared. However, in the New Testament we find repeated evidence of people whom we would call inspired who evidently believed — and sometimes claimed — that Jesus would come back soon, even during the writer’s own lifetime. Examples would be 1 Peter 4:7; Matthew 24:34; 26:64; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17; and 1 Corinthians 15:51. How can we still consider them authoritative while discarding modern-day messengers whose prophecies don’t materialize? I am a bit uneasy that at some stage our kids will tell us that Paul was wrong about 1 Corinthians 15:51 and so he’s not to be taken seriously.

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4 Promising Opportunities in University Evangelism

In an era that is arguably more open to the imagination than to rational argument, nothing is more effective than plunging a student into Gospel narratives until Jesus begins to appear in his or her mind’s eye. In years past, as with the John Stott university missions of the 1950s, presenting the biblical Christ to students could be almost the whole of evangelism. We believe that today this must be accompanied by more apologetics than was necessary in those times. Nevertheless, showing students Jesus is still the meat of the ministry meal.

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The Danger of “Easy Theism” | Cold Case Christianity

Not long ago, Oprah Winfrey interviewed distance swimmer, Diana Nyad , and inadvertently started an online firestorm over their comments related to atheism and theism. During the show, Nyad identified herself an atheist and said, “I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity. All the billions of people who have lived before us, who have loved and hurt and suffered. So to me, my definition of God is humanity and is the love of humanity.” After hearing this, Oprah responded, “Well, I don’t call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.” Nyad attempted to reaffirm her lack of belief in a Divine Being, but Oprah seemed to miss the point, attempting instead to rope her into some form of theism on the basis of Nyad’s admitted awe of God’s creation. Later in the show, Nyad spoke of her belief in the soul, in spite of her atheistic worldview: “We all have souls and I feel their (humanity’s) collective souls.

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5 Iconic Movie Lines That Don’t Work in Real Relationships

This sums up marriage pretty well. To paraphrase: “I love you and I choose you. We’re going to face some challenges in our future, but I’m so committed to you that I’m willing to sacrificially work through the difficulties to build something great with you.”

37 The Briefing 06-21-17 - AlbertMohler.com

With the arrival of warm weather, most of us are able to turn to a stack of books that had to wait for summer. The following is my list of ten recommended books for summer reading. This list must be seen for what it is — a recommendation of ten books I am eager to recommend — books that I found thought-provoking and fun.

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| London City Mission

“We grieve for those who were caught up in this latest attack, who’ve been injured or lost a loved one, and we pray for peace and reconciliation, and for good news and hope to spread across London. As we are shaken as a nation and a city, we pray that we would be shaken to our knees and call out to the Lord for our city.”

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5 Things You Can Do to Love Your Refugee Neighbor

One of the most powerful ways for us to love immigrants is to share our own immigrant story; a story the overwhelming majority of us have to tell. The Tenement Museum in New York City is an incredible space to learn about how immigrants came to the U.S. in the 20th century. They have launched a new campaign, Your Story, Our Story, featuring objects that capture the immigrant experience. The project uncovers the patterns that bind us, no matter where we came from or how long we’ve been here. Upload an object that carries meaning for your own family, and join the museum in telling the story of American immigration.

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The Supreme Court Will Hear a Potentially Landmark Case on Partisan Gerrymandering

Although a majority of the court has suggested that states can violate the Constitution if they draw legislative districts primarily to benefit one political party, the justices have never been able to identify the specific point at which states cross the constitutional line. In this case, a lower court held that Wisconsin had indeed crossed that line. If the justices agree, it would be the first time the court has articulated a constitutional rule in this context, which could—and likely would—have enormous ramifications nationwide.

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Your Kids Hear More Than Your Words

Deuteronomy 6:6–7 illustrates this principle. The nation of Israel at that time must have been at least a million people strong, if not larger. God spoke to Moses. Moses spoke to the people. But they had no public-address system to make his voice heard by all the people. How exactly were all the people to hear and learn the word of God? We do not know for sure all the ways that God’s truth may have been disseminated to the people, but we do know one primary way: “You shall teach [these words] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

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Crime on the Rise: Rogue Killer Whale Gangs Are Shaking Down Alaskan Fishing Boats

Yes, like pirates of old, orcas are banding together in schools and plotting their cruel strike. The National Post has reports of orcas biding their time, acting natural as a clam, before slyly robbing fisherman of their halibut. Some of them get aggressive, even forcing fishing vessels back to port.

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Victory over Porn Is Closer Than You Think

Fighting sin feels like this, doesn’t it? When we’re in the midst of temptation, all we can see is the next big wave looming in front of us. Surrounded and hopeless, we give in and face defeat, never knowing that just over the water ridge is the calmer sea of victory in Christ. If we only had eyes to see over, what freedom would we experience in the midst of temptation? What fresh strength and resolve would we feel, with God’s help?

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Authentic Christianity in a Post-Christian Culture - Christian Research Institute

I want to talk about something really quickly, and then to our callers, which is the reality that we live in a post-Christian culture. As Rod Dreher says in the Benedict Option , this is not sheer hyperbole; it is sheer reality. He talks about the “deep cultural forces” that are disintegrating Christianity in the West, forces that have created a spiritual crisis that we have not seen — think about this — since the fall of the Roman Empire. Christian conservatives must read the signs of the times. This is not about losing the culture wars, or potentially losing the culture wars. The game is over, as far as the culture wars are concerned. That does not mean this is a defeatist message, because the real solution is in finding your all in the Triadic One. In other words, being brought into the life of the Trinity.

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We All Need Adversity and Affliction

I grew up in Middle America, spending most of my childhood in the 70s, and coming of age in the mid-80s. Which means my life was easy. Not that it was altogether easy. My working-class family had, like most families, plenty of spiritual, physical, and relational brokenness, sin, and pain. But I had parents who loved me, some really good friends, a solid church, and a decent, if deficient, public education. Above all that, God mercifully brought me to faith in Christ around age eleven. This provided me a spiritual and moral keel as I sailed the volatile waters of adolescence.

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The Origin of Life, Self-Organization, and Information | Evolution News

A simple analogy will demonstrate why machinery and information were essential. Scientists often claim that any ancient energy source could have provided the needed free energy to generate life. However, this claim is like a couple returning home from a long vacation to find that their children left their house in complete disarray, with clothes on the floor, unwashed dishes in the sink, and papers scattered across all of the desks. The couple recently heard an origin-of-life researcher claim that order could be produced for free from any generic source of energy. Based on this idea, they pour gasoline on their furniture and then set it on fire. They assume that the energy released from the fire will organize their house. However, they soon realize that unprocessed energy creates an even greater mess.

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Prescription for Morality?

If atheists have no foundation for morality, does this mean they can’t be moral citizens? Of course not; many atheists are decent, moral people. But that’s not the issue. The point is that they are living inconsistently with their worldview. They claim we are just animals and that there is no absolute authority for morality, yet they live as if there is a moral code and moral absolutes. They are inconsistent because you can’t actually live with the belief that there are no moral absolutes. So they borrow from a Christian worldview of moral absolutes to support their own erroneous worldview.

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Wallace and Turek will discuss practical ways to become a better Christian case maker, based on Wallace’s research for his new book.

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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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53 How Does Growing Apostasy Prove That Christians Are Getting Closer to the Truth? | The Stream
54 Philippians 1:1: Do You Serve God or Man?
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56 Stand to Reason on Twitter
57 Four Testimonies for the Truth of the Christian Faith: Introduction
58 Adventure Is Good. But Planting Roots Is Essential
59 Your Doubt Doesn’t Make You a Bad Christian
60 Southern Baptists Publicly Condemned the Alt-Right. Here’s Why That Matters:
61 Otto Warmbier, Who Was Released From North Korea Last Week, Has Passed Away
62 Discovery Said to Show Dinosaurs Walked with Their Evolutionary Ancestors
63 Help Your Kids Hope in God
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66 Why Assumptions Can Be Hazardous to the Truth of Christianity | Cold Case Christianity
67 On My Shelf: Life and Books with Jen Pollock Michel
68 David French on Twitter
69 William Lane Craig vs Peter Millican | "Does God Exist?" | University of Birmingham
70 Republicans, Churchgoers, Have More Sex, Cheat Less Than Democrats, Independents: Scholar
71 How Do I Know When Someone Just Don't Care
72 Christian Faith and Emily Dickinson’s Doubt
73 How Refugees Revived One White Iowa Church
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75 The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel
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77 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
78 Teach Children the Bible Is Not About Them
79 Reasonable Faith on Twitter
80 What Is a Worldview?
81 There’s Something about Relativism - Christian Research Institute
82 What is circumstantial evidence?
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84 Does God Balance Blessings with Hardships?
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86 http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/think-clearly-about-what-you-eat1
87 Radiometric Dating - Part 2
88 There's no doubt that the disciples believed the truth of the resurrection
89 Six Simple Ways to Better Engage Generation Z - Growing Leaders
90 Progressive Christianity is as Much of a Threat to Your Kids’ Faith as Atheism
91 CRI on Twitter
92 Desiring God on Twitter
93 How to Deal with Guilt by R.C. Sproul | June 20, 2017
94 Hypocritical Responses to the Shooting of Steve Scalise and the Vehicular Killing of a Muslim | The Stream