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

Dylann Storm Roof and the scandal of forgiveness | Think Christian

It’s a shame our culture has such a poor generalized understanding of what real forgiveness is. Forgiveness is not the same thing as pardon—or regarding the offender as though nothing wrong had been done in the first place. Nor is it minimizing—or regarding the offender as though his acts were in any way less consequential than they actually were, or as though nothing concrete needs to be done to address them. Nor is forgiveness the same thing as reconciliation—as though the relationships that existed between the Charleston community and the offender (even the intangible ones) can somehow be simply restored to what they were before the offense. Forgiveness is none of those things.

This Police Officer Was a Moment Away From Being Shot and Killed, but Jesus Christ Saved Him!

When police officer Ali Perez received a call that an alleged criminal was suspected of hiding inside a woman's apartment, he led his team from room-to-room and eventually found the man who was holding a loaded gun and waiting for police to arrive.

Two Things "You Probably Won't Hear about Pope Francis' Encyclical"

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

Quite Possibly the Best Wedding Proposal Ever!

Popping the question is always an amazing and special experience for anyone. Some people prefer a quiet proposal with just the couple involved, while others have a big crowd waiting and all in on the surprise. Then there are super surprise categories, which this awesome marriage proposal falls under.

Will Ferrell’s 6 Most Redeeming Movies

"A Deadly Adoption" isn’t the only unique twist in Will Ferrell’s comedy career.

19-Year-Old Girl Gets on Stage to Sing a Powerful Gospel Classic and the Crowd Goes Wild!

In most cases when we see a 19-year-old girl get on stage, we think she will be singing a popular pop song. But not today. Deanna Johnson goes up on stage to sing a Gospel classic and the crowd goes wild!

Why Is Bruce An Exception? - Deeper Waters

What do you do when a man’s very being says he’s a woman? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out. My wife shared on her Facebook a meme of some soldiers going to say they were going to congratulate Bruce Jenner for his courage, obviously said in sarcasm. Some of her friends from … Continue reading Why Is Bruce An Exception?

A Christian Response to Bruce Jenner - Christian Research Institute

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Academic Freedom, You Say? Princeton Should Treat Peter Singer Like a Racist

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Charleston's AME Church Holds First Service After Shooting; Rev. Norvel Goff Appointed New Interim Leader

The Rev. Norvel Goff Sr., who has been appointed to lead the Charleston church days after its pastor and eight members were killed in a shooting incident, led the first service since Wednesday's massacre. Other AME churches in the country preached forgiveness.

Why You Should Read Moby Dick

It seems that every time a writer picks up a pen or turns on his word processor to compose a literary work of fiction, deep in his bosom resides the hope that somehow he will create the Great American Novel. Too late. That feat has already been accomplished and is as far out of reach for new novelists as is Joe DiMaggio’s fifty-six-game hitting streak or Pete Rose’s record of cumulative career hits for a rookie baseball player. The Great American Novel was written more than a hundred and fifty years ago by Herman Melville. This novel, the one that has been unsurpassed by any other, is Moby Dick .

The Big List of Christian Podcasts

Thanks Zachary! These are some good ones to check out; I have not yet listened to the Defenders podcast and will do so. You’re right, there is a ton of great content on iTunes U, but I don’t think they can be considered podcasts either. We have an older article on free seminary courses which covers those a bit, but it could be greatly expanded:

An Atheist Struggles To Account For Objective Moral Laws and Duties - And the atheist answer to all these moral dilemmas (Slavery, Child Abuse, Genocide, Molestation, Murder, Rape, etc.) is, "Well, it's all relative!" Dr. William Lane Craig and Ravi Zacharias tells atheist Dr. Bernard Leikind that if his morality rests upon relativism he cannot in principle label literally anything as absolutely wrong, be it slavery, child abuse, or child molestation, torture, genocide, racism, murder, etc., This clip comes from the debate "Is There Meaning in Evil and Suffering?": We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums:

5 Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 06-20-15

2) Is it normal to be intimidated by the idea of spending eternity in heaven?

6 The Briefing 06-22-15

1) National shocked by forgiveness given by families of Charleston shoot victims to shooter

Diary of a Life on the Brink of Eternity

Many great missionaries claim the book profoundly affected their faith and decision to serve as missionaries. This distinguished list includes Henry Martyn, who served in India in the 18th century; William Carey, who served in India in the 18th century; Adoniram Judson, who served in Burma in the 19th century; David Lyman, who served in Hawaii in the 19th century; and Jim Elliot, who served in Ecuador in the 20th century. Scholar Michael McClymond says, “The list of missionaries who testified to Brainerd’s influence is a who’s-who of Anglo-American missions in the last two centuries.”

What to Say When Your Gay Friend Says, ‘I Was Born This Way’ - Christian Research Institute

Keeping these truths in mind, how do we respond to a gay friend who says, “I was born this way”? When should we “speak truth in love” as a Christian? Most Christians’ first response is to run immediately to the Old Testament prohibitions (e.g. Lev. 18:22), or worse, the account of Sodom and Gomorrah. But they are often confounded by the pro-gay rebuttals, especially those who don’t know the Bible well. Put back on their heels because they are wearing a poly-cotton blend (Lev. 19:19), ate crab cakes last week at a restaurant (Lev. 11:10–12), love bacon and like throwing around a football on an autumn day (Lev. 11:7–8), their argument evaporates. But there is a better way to engage your gay friends!

9 Slaves of Righteousness

send to a friend #7  Posted by Gabriel Powell (GTY Admin)  |  Monday, June 22, 2015at 8:42 AM Hello Romario, What is the difference? The challenge in answering that is that we don't know who is regenerate and who isn't; only the Lord knows that. There are two things I would use in counseling someone who claims to be a Christian but doesn't seem to be able to change. First, I would focus heavily on the gospel to ensure that their profession of faith is based on a clear understanding of truth. Most of the people I've counseled who had continual and long-standing struggles with sin have had a very weak understanding of the gospel. If someone professes to be a Christian, I don't know their heart, but I can encourage them to develop a deep and rich understanding of the gospel and repentance. Second, I would work through a biblical process of change.

10 Why We Should Expect Witnesses to Disagree | Cold Case Christianity

Reliable Eyewitnesses Never Agree In all the cases I’ve ever worked, from simple theft and assault cases, to robberies and homicides, I’ve yet to have a case where the witnesses of the event agreed on every single detail. It’s never happened. I’ve learned that perspective is important, and it’s not just one’s physical perspective that determines what a witness did or didn’t see. When you’re staring down the barrel of a robber’s pistol, you have a tendency to miss certain details that are picked up by the witness who is watching from across the isle of the liquor store. There are many factors that contribute to one’s perception of an event. Physical location, past experience, familiarity with a feature of the crime scene; a witness’ physical, emotional and psychological distinctives play a role in what they see and how they communicate this testimony after the fact. No two people are alike, so no two people experience an event in precisely the same way. If you’ve got three witnesses in a murder case, expect three slightly different versions of the event. Don’t panic, that’s normal. In fact, when three different witnesses tell me the exact same thing, I start to get suspicious.

How to Conquer the Grumbles

Awareness of my grumbling showed me where I desire my kingdom, rather than God’s kingdom, to flourish. That is always the issue. When I grumble in response to circumstances, I am stating that the values of my kingdom matter more than the values of God’s kingdom. I am stating that people should work better for my sake, that systems should function in certain ways for my benefit, and that the weather should conform to my particular desires. I am the focus of my life.

738. What Is The Nicene Creed?

Bobby explains the purpose of this ancient creed and how it came to be.

13 The Briefing 06-22-15

1) National shocked by forgiveness given by families of Charleston shoot victims to shooter

WORLD | Southern Baptists plan religious liberty office in Middle East | Onize Ohikere | June 22, 2015

Christians in some parts of the Middle East have three options: move elsewhere, become Muslim, or pay the expensive Christian tax known as jizya.

‘A Message to the Demons in Hell’ — Charleston Church Reopens Doors Days After Deadly Shooting

CHARLESTON, SC – JUNE 21: The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of Pinckney and eight others at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Church elders decided to hold the regularly scheduled Sunday school and worship service as they continue to grieve the shooting death of nine of its members including its pastor earlier this week. (Getty Images/David Goldman-Pool)

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.

Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag -

Haley has previously rebuffed efforts to remove the flag from the grounds of the state legislature and has spoken out in support of the compromise in 2000 that saw the Confederate flag removed from the top of the state capital dome and moved to a memorial to Confederate soldiers just a few hundred feet away.

S.C. Gov. Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag near the state Capitol

“It’s time to end division in this state,” he said. “It’s time to move forward into the 21st century. There are many who cautioned us to wait, but those people are part of the status quo, and what we have to do is galvanize and use this window of opportunity in light of this horrible tragedy and come away with a solution and an agenda to rid this state of hate, division and racism. I think that ridding the flag from the front of the statehouse is a start.”

InterVarsity Regains Access to Cal State Campuses

InterVarsity’s Christian faith compels us to welcome all people. We support CSU in its commitment to serve the diversity of students on its campuses. In fact, InterVarsity communities are some of the most diverse groups on Cal State’s campuses. At the same time, we maintain our commitment to provide campus communities that are clearly Christian, where all students can experience and learn more about Christian community, theology, and practice. We’re grateful for this development and are looking forward to continued ministry on CSU campuses.

20 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 .

How Charleston’s Emanuel AME Spent Sunday after Massacre

“My prayer this morning was just thanking God for Emanuel AME and how they’ve been pouring out love in their time of grief,” said Emory Hiott, who works with the children’s ministry at First Baptist. “This situation shows us the necessity of the gospel. We can see that in Emanuel’s response, and in the family’s response, and in the city’s response.”


Romans 2:1  applies it in even a more definite way by saying that the one who criticizes another is guilty of the very same thing. God looks not only at the act itself, but also at the possibility of committing it, which He sees by looking at our hearts. To begin with, we do not believe the statements of the Bible. For instance, do we really believe the statement that says we criticize in others the very things we are guilty of ourselves? The reason we see hypocrisy, deceit, and a lack of genuineness in others is that they are all in our own hearts. The greatest characteristic of a saint is humility, as evidenced by being able to say honestly and humbly, “Yes, all those, as well as other evils, would have been exhibited in me if it were not for the grace of God. Therefore, I have no right to judge.”

Why Bible Study Isn't Enough

Jeff Vanderstelt is the visionary leader for the Soma Family of Churches and the lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington. When he isn't preaching or mentoring church planters, he and his family share life with their missional community. He is the author of Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life . Find out more and connect with Jeff at .

Tullian Tchividjian Resigns after Admitting 'Inappropriate Relationship'

A grandson of Billy Graham, Tchividjian cited "ongoing marital issues" as the reason for his departure from the PCA congregation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He said that his wife had an affair, and in response, he sought comfort in a friend and their relationship turned "inappropriate."

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Bernard of Clairvaux once mentioned an old man who, upon hearing about any professing Christian who fell into sin, would say to himself: “He fell today; I may fall tomorrow.” The apostle Paul commended the same mindset when he wrote, “let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). There is great wisdom in not trusting our own ability to stand. When I was a boy, my father would often say, “The person I trust least of all is myself.” It should shock us to hear a professing Christian say, “I would never do that,” or, “How could anyone do that?” The Scriptures record great sins of unbelievers and believers alike to instruct us in diverse ways. The former teach the unregenerate their need for the new birth. The latter teach the saints their need to distrust themselves. It is one thing to understand the sinful actions of unbelievers in Scripture; it is quite another to understand the sins of the saints.

Inside Out, Right-Side Up

Inside Out , the latest creation from Pixar, enters the mind of eleven-year-old Riley, and personifies her five dominant emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. The five characters in Riley’s head, led by Joy, man a control panel that guides her through life, forming memories, the strongest of which form islands of personality that define Riley (silliness, hockey, friendship, and family).

Same-Sex Marriage: Is Same-Sex Marriage a Good Policy Decision?

Whether or not government should adopt same-sex marriage into our culture is a serious policy issue, and it deserves to be looked at from all sides. While Christians largely get labeled as "bigoted" and "intolerant" when speaking from a biblical standpoint on this issue, there are actually many reasons grounded in nature and history that should be considered before altering a foundational building block of society. Please watch this video with an open mind, and feel free to share it with friends.


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7 Practical Things the Church Can Do for Veterans

As more psychologists and military leaders recognize that war hurts the soul as much as the mind, Warren Kinghorn and others say spiritual communities are a crucial resource. Beyond inviting veterans to receive healing in Christ, here are seven practical things churches can do. The following is based on our conversations with Kinghorn.


Can you think of a time in your life when you have been hurt by someone? How about when you hurt someone else? Or, a time when you hurt yourself? These moments happen to us all. Some of our deepest pains and anxieties come from refusing to let God heal us. Everybody needs healing from some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. That’s why Pastor Rick created the Life’s Healing Choices Study Kit to take you through the eight healing choices Jesus taught in the Beatitudes. The DVD and Study Guide include these eight- life changing sessions taught by Rick Warren.

Charleston victims wield power of forgiveness: Column

Charleston victims wield power of forgiveness: Column "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Check out this story on


“Americans have been turning to organizations, education, famous personalities, and ultimately government in an effort to address the on-going racial strife in our nation. In 2008 many hoped that the election of an African-American president would finally bridge this ongoing racial divide. Today, we are left wondering why racial tensions have not abated. John Piper argues from specific biblical texts that the only solution powerful enough to overcome racial strife and bring about racial reconciliation and harmony is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is this gospel that announces that, through his blood, Jesus has demolished the dividing wall that separates humanity along racial lines and has brought all ethnicities together as brothers and sisters into one body—the church. Yet Piper does not end there. He carefully shepherds us through the various implications of gospel thinking in relation to race and ethnicity. In this sense, the book you hold in your hands is so much more than a book about race and ethnicity. Bloodlines is a prime example of how we Christians are to do the hard work of renewing our minds by replacing old ways of thinking with gospel ways of thinking.

Catalyst Conversations

Our Catalyst Conversations series continues with David Crowder for a leadership discussion and Q&A centered around creativity and collaboration.

Christian Life Coach to the Stars Tim Storey Talks Pastoring Charlie Sheen, Kanye West and Creating the Hollywood Bible Study

California Pastor Tim Storey has been called a life coach to the stars with a ministry that has led him to speak into the lives of countless celebrities including rapper Kanye West and actor Charlie Sheen, who had a highly controversial breakdown in 2011.

Innovative Apologetics: Agnosticism Has Similar Rational Weaknesses as Atheism

For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015

Do we read by seasons? To some degree, we probably do. Summer promises the opportunity to pack a stack of books that otherwise might not fit in the schedule. Every serious reader needs to read some books just for the sheer thrill of reading. A good book brings more than pleasure, of course, but pleasure in reading is not to be taken lightly. In this list I suggest some new and current books that brought me pleasure and satisfaction as I read them, and as I now share them with others. The list is heavily weighted to history and historical biography. No apologies there — these are the books I recommend this season for summer reading. Each earned its way on this list. By the end of the summer, perhaps you will have your own list to share as well. 1. Erik Larson, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (New York: Crown Publishers).

Luther’s Mantle: Evangelium21 and the Church’s Mission in Germany

Although the relationship has been damaged by German liberal theology and shallow American entertainment church culture in the past century and a half, American Christians have another opportunity today to joyfully observe and pray for the leaders who have inherited Luther’s mantle in the land of the Reformation. I want to highlight a small, but formidably dynamic group, that is challenging German Christians to think deeper about the church’s identity and mission at the brink of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. Their message and efforts should also challenge believers outside of Germany to faithfully carry out the church’s mission—especially those who need a model in post-Christian cultures.      

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Catalyst unifies change makers — equipping you with impactful content and experiences that transform thinking, provoke action and cultivate community. We’re challenging leaders who love the Church to break the bounds of an ordinary existence and find the courage to embrace and radiate bold change.

CrossExamined (crossexamined)

CrossExamined equips Christians and challenges unbelievers with evidence that Christianity is true.

The Gospel According to Pixar

You didn't mention the most Christian Pixar movie ever: Finding Nemo. I even havea gospel text which ties it effortlessly to God's love for us. A father gives a loving command to his son, who rebels and is kidnapped as a result. His father, at great personal sacrifice and danger, travels far across the ocean to rescue his son from his captors. If that's not the Gospel, I don't know what is.

The Cross and the Confederate Flag

That sort of symbolism is out of step with the justice of Jesus Christ. The cross and the Confederate flag cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire. White Christians, let’s listen to our African-American brothers and sisters. Let’s care not just about our own history, but also about our shared history with them. In Christ, we were slaves in Egypt—and as part of the body of Christ we were all slaves too in Mississippi. Let’s watch our hearts, pray for wisdom, work for justice, love our neighbors. Let’s take down that flag.


As strong as Satan may seem, as powerful as sin’s pull may be, as enslaving as our shame feels, as dire as our circumstances appear, Jesus is stronger. He is stronger than Satan, stronger than sin, stronger than shame, stronger than any storm and fire of suffering and pain, and stronger even than death itself.

Charleston church reopens after shooting – Premier Radio

A South Carolina church reopened Sunday evening for a special service following a shooting earlier in the week.

The real problem of evil and suffering: Why do good things happen to bad people |

If people were basically good, Jesus would have had no need to talk of the necessity of repentance for all to avoid perishing. Jesus’s point was that the men who think the tragic events proved the people who died were worse sinners need to understand they deserve a worse fate than those who were executed and those who were crushed under the weight of the collapsed tower. Repentance only makes sense if grace is both necessary and available. Our starting point must be grace. We should live always asking in astonishment, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” We should be awed that we experience common grace things like sweet tea, BBQ, friendship, the laughter of a child, love, joy and the gospel grace of forgiveness of sins and adoption as children of God. The only answer to the fact we are sinners is grace–“None is righteous, no, not one” (Rom 3:10).

Renewing Your Mind | Protect Human Life! | June 22, 2015

Did Jesus change the commandment against killing? As the Good Teacher, He appealed to the word of God to correct the false teachings of men. But in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus seems to place the word of God in the same category as the traditions of the Rabbis. So, what is Jesus’ teaching about killing? Dr. Sproul discusses this in this message entitled “Protect Human Life.”

An Evening with Os: Fundraiser 2015

Directions to the venue : When at the Dana Point Harbor, proceed across Island Way at the intersection turn left motor on to the second driveway on your left and turn in.  When you reach the call box please punch in *05 and we will open the gate for you.  Once inside the parking lot turn left and proceed all the way down to the last building on your right.  Come inside and ascend the steps to the second floor we will greet you there.

Is God A Delusion? - Alister McGrath

This lecture by Christian apologist Alister McGrath is a critique of the book "The God Delusion" written by Atheist Richard Dawkins.

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Michael Brown - We're Not About To Crawl Into A Hole and Die

Over and over again we are told that we have lost the culture wars and that it’s time for us to throw in the towel and capitulate, especially as the Supreme Court’s decision on redefining marriage is about to be announced (or has even been announced by the time you read this article).

5 Ministers Who Are Better at This Than You

Whether this is somewhere in downtown Detroit, in a spider-ridden grass hut in Africa, or amongst the anti-airconditioning-cannibals-of-that-really-hot island-in-the-Pacific, this minister has it worse than you. He wants to tell you about his ministry, but he wants to tell you much more about how bad the toilet situation is where he lives. He has incredible stories of dangerous situations, insane people who were changed through his ministry, and how his family has suffered as a result of their calling.

51 22. Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
52 Charleston Sermon: ‘No Weapon Formed Against Us Shall Prosper'
53 The waves will wash us away
54 And they're all the right people
55 Apple Changes Royalty Policy after Taylor Swift Publicly Complained that It Was Unfair
56 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
57 Ex-Mars Hill Pastor on Repentance & Forgiveness of the Leader: Leadership Culture (Pt. 1)
58 Parents Television Council Calls on McDonald's to Stop Running Ads During 'Family Guy;' Says Show Humorizes Rape, Molestation
59 'It's Not Cheating, It's Sports Strategy': How Christian Parents Can Teach Kids to Choose Integrity
60 Pope Francis Prays Before Shroud of Turin; Calls Disputed Burial Cloth of Jesus 'Icon of Love'
61 New York Times World on Twitter
62 Pope Francis Calls for ‘Cultural Revolution’ to Fight Climate Change
63 The Chronicles of Narnia - Audio CD - Christian Research Institute
64 A Guide to Church Revitalization
65 Crossway on Twitter
66 Sanger Play
67 6 Leadership Lessons from Being a Father - Eric Geiger
68 5 Landmark Supreme Court Decisions That Didn't Resolve Anything
69 7 Christian Quotes That Will Brighten Your Day
70 ‘Inside Out’ Had the Biggest Opening Ever for an Original Movie
71 Midwestern Seminary on Twitter
72 80s Fantasy Movie Review: "The Black Cauldron"
73 Saturate
74 WORLD | Gov. Nikki Haley: Time for the Confederate flag to go | Leigh Jones | June 22, 2015
75 JP Morgan Chase tells employees to celebrate gay rights or else
76 How Will the Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision Affect Religious Freedom?
77 WORLD | European research confirms abortion increases risk of future preterm births | Bob Brown | June 22, 2015
78 Trusting: Let God Do the Driving
79 Models for the Relationship between Science and Religion (Christianity): Integration, Pt 2
81 Models for the Relationship between Science and Religion (Christianity): Integration, Pt 1
82 Guy Spends 800 Hours Making ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Blanket By Hand
83 WORLD | The car of the future and our future in cars | D.C. Innes | June 22, 2015
84 The Christian Post on Twitter
85 Thoughts on the Final Fantasy VII Remake
86 Billy Graham's Grandson Tullian Tchividjian Resigns as Coral Ridge Presbyterian Pastor After Admitting Affair
87 Innovative Apologetics: Dreams vs. Reality: A Problem for Atheism an Ally for Theism
88 FIFA’s PR-Stunt Movie Is Now the Biggest Flop Ever