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At CrossExamined.org we focus on Christian Apologetics. We seek to present evidence that the Bible is true. Our organization was founded in 2006 as a Christian Apologetic Ministry

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

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Sam Allberry on Ministering to Same-Sex Attracted Friends

In a series of short videos, Sam Allberry explains how you can minister to your friends and church members who are same-sex attracted.

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This Toddler Gloriously Recreates Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Do It’ Speech

Like Shia LaBeouf, this three-year-old knows how to inspire a generation. Now, what are you waiting for? Make your dreams happen. Just do it. Do it! ...

SES Conference

Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on October 16-17, as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences."  Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage in today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know how...to answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by sharing your thoughts on our facebook page --

Samsung Created a ‘See-Through’ Truck to Help Prevent Traffic Accidents

Every driver knows the frustration of being stuck behind a semi on a two-lane road, slightly drifting into the other lane occassionally to see if it’s safe to pass. Samsung is aiming to make that situation a lot less frustrating—and a lot more safe. The company is working on trucks with a camera that films the road in front of them and then projects that video feed onto the back of the truck, letting drivers essentially see through the truck. Samsung tested the truck in Argentina, and is now working on partnering with local nonprofits to put the trucks on roads around the world ...

Here’s the Trailer for the Documentary ‘He Named Me Malala’

The upcoming documentary He Named Me Malala, about young Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai, released its first trailer. The movie tells the story of the international activist promoting education rights for girls everywhere, and how she has been undeterred in her mission, even after being shot by the Taliban when she was just 15 years old. The film hits theaters in October ...

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What Your Church Needs to Know—and Do—About the Court’s Marriage Ruling

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, some churches may be approached by same-sex couples seeking to be married in the church facility. Churches should not feel as if they have to close their doors to the community just to prevent wedding ceremonies with which they disagree. Churches must continue to be a welcoming presence in the community and can do so through updating or revising their facility usage policy. The key point is to tie usage of the church’s facility to the statement of faith and religious beliefs of the church. And then to make clear that uses inconsistent with those religious beliefs will not be allowed. Alliance Defending Freedom has a sample facilities usage policy available in our  Protecting Your Ministry manual .

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Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

People trying to discover the truth about God would be wise to take a hard look at Jesus before looking anywhere else. While that may sound like a bold assertion in and of itself, it really isn’t when you consider Jesus is the one religious leader who is most frequently mentioned by religious groups, whether or not they happen to be Christian. Every major religious movement considers Jesus to be an important religious figure. Every movement makes some effort to account for His existence and teaching. This ought to give seekers a reason to pause and consider the life of Jesus seriously. For a more detailed look at how other religious systems describe Jesus, please reference my article at ColdCaseChristianity . Here’s a brief summary of how other faith systems describe Jesus:

3 More Resources for Understanding and Discussing the Marriage Decision - Stand to Reason Blog

As I’ve read the bits of literature and poetry he uses to paint the glorious picture of marriage as it’s meant to be, I’ve been moved to tears. I hadn’t realized how desensitized I’ve become to what we’ve done to marriage over the last sixty years. Seeing the stark contrast between the ancient Christian view of marriage and today’s common view is startling. It will grieve you. Read this book, and you will long to be part of restoring it.

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Grace to You on Twitter

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WORLD News Group on Twitter

Four dissenters predict what court decision will do to political/social systems @MarvinOlasky http://wng.org/2015/06/warnings_from_the_supreme_court … pic.twitter.com/EVkI6w0lug

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Jarrod McKenna // Becoming A Christian

Jarrod McKenna is an Australian pastor and activist. He spoke to Justin Brierley for The Profile. In this clip, Jarrod speaks of becoming a Christian as a teenager. Join us for an in-depth interview with a well known Christian speaker, author or public figure every Saturday afternoon. The Profile is broadcast every Saturday at 4pm on Premier Christian Radio and is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity Magazine. For more 'The Profile' interviews, visit: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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Charleston Church Attack the Deadliest in Decades

“According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve,” Obama told the audience of 5,000 gathered at the College of Charleston arena for the funeral of the former pastor and state senator. “Rather, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” [ Full speech ]

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Tim Keller, Apologetics, and Preaching

"What you ought to do is have apologetic sidebars.  You shouldn’t do apologetics as the main thing you do in a sermon, but when you get to a text or part of the text where non-Christians would probably object, then just take a little sidebar and mention the reasons why that is true.  Even if it’s all Christians, still do it.  No one will bring their non-Christian friends if you talk as if everyone in the room is a Christian."

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"Ordinary People" performed by M.D. Spooner // Premier Unsigned

M.D. Spooner is a music producer and composer. For Unsigned on Premier he performed this special acapella version of John Legend's Ordinary People. For the best of unsigned UK Christian music, tune into Unsigned with Loretta Andrews on Premier Gospel on Saturdays at 6pm and Premier Christian Radio, Saturdays at 9pm. http://www.premiergospel.org.uk/Shows... and http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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So-Called Same-Sex Marriage

The Bible is not silent about such decisions. Alongside its clearest explanation of the sin of homosexual intercourse (Romans 1:24–27) stands the indictment of the approval and institutionalization of it. Though people know intuitively that homosexual acts (along with gossip, slander, insolence, haughtiness, boasting, faithlessness, heartlessness, ruthlessness) are sin, “they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:29–32). “I tell you even with tears, that many glory in their shame” (Philippians 3:18–19).

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Top Ten Quran Verses for Understanding ISIS (the Islamic State)

http://www.answeringmuslims.com Jihadists fighting for ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) claim that they are following the commands of Allah and Muhammad. Yet Westernized Muslims, politicians, and the media claim that ISIS is violating the principles of Islam. Who's right? In the following video, David Wood presents the top ten Quran verses for understanding the beliefs and actions of ISIS.

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The Gospel is Not Clickbait

If you take little statements out of context and then exploit them just so people listen to you, you are lying. Lying happens all the time on the Internet and in life. But the Scriptures command us not to lie. Exaggerating to get people click on a stupid BuzzFeed list isn’t necessarily damaging, but lying to attempt to convince people that a famous person is a Christian doesn’t further the Gospel. It furthers an “us against them” mentality where "Facebook Christians" can have more fodder to say “Yeah! Look at this guy you like, he’s on our side!”

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President Obama Sings 'Amazing Grace' during Eulogy at Clementa Funeral Charleston Shooting Speech

Obama sings Amazing Grace at funeral of Charleston shooting victim Clementa Pinckney. President Barack Obama ended his at times solemn, at times rousing eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight other African-American churchgoers last week, by leading the congregation in “Amazing Grace.” After repeating those words, “Amazing Grace,” several times, the president paused before launching into the song as the mourners joined him. Related: President Obama Delivers Eulogy at Charleston Shooting Funeral of Clementa Pinckney [FULL SPEECH] Obama Addresses Confederate Flag During Charleston Funeral Service Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Friday eulogized the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims in last week's church massacre, calling him a "man of God who lived by faith." "We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith," Obama said. "A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would provide a better life for those who followed.

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Crossway on Twitter

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The Supreme Court Ratifies a New Civic Religion That Is Incompatible with Christianity

More marriage The Supreme Court Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage: Now What? Sweeping Aside Madison's Handiwork Constitutional Remedies to a Lawless Supreme Court For many believers, this new era will present a unique challenge. Christians often strive to be seen as the “nicest” or “most loving” people in their communities. Especially among Evangelicals, there is a naïve belief that if only we were winsome enough, kind enough, and compassionate enough, the culture would welcome us with open arms. But now our love — expressed in the fullness of a Gospel that identifies homosexual conduct as sin but then provides eternal hope through justification and sanctification — is hate.

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Should We Change How We Think About Missions?

I’m writing primarily to encourage the Church. I look at the Church landscape and I’m encouraged on some levels: Christians, particularly younger evangelicals, are passionate about issues like poverty and sex trafficking—issues that we should be passionate about; the Gospel compels us to be passionate about. But what I’m concerned with is when I see those same Christians not passionate and more passive about issues like marriage and abortion. So what I want to show to the Church is that we just don’t have that option of picking and choosing which social issues we’re going to address based on what’s most comfortable and least costly to us. I really want to strengthen and call the Church to action through the book. But then, at the same time, hopefully, non-Christians in our culture will see why Christians who actually believe the Bible are so passionate about social issues and hopefully see a compassion behind why we believe what we believe.

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“Audacity” Movie – Love Can’t Stay Silent

Many people are very familiar with the gift of sex, but are not so well informed about the Giver. This 32-page ebooklet will help you understand God’s wonderful design for sexuality—and for you. Featured in the movie, the ebooklet tastefully offers answers to several tough questions, such as:

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The next battle over same-sex marriage - CNN.com

(CNN) The battle over same-sex marriage may have drawn to a dramatic close Friday at the Supreme Court. But as several justices noted in forceful dissents, the war between religious and LGBT rights is far from over.

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Radio & Podcast - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Listen to CrossExamined with Frank Turek on American Family Radio network Saturday, 10-11 am Eastern on AFR network streaming audio and FM radio Tune in to our weekly call-in radio program hosted by Frank Turek on American Family Radio network. Join Frank as he discusses challenging topics, takes calls from listeners, and interviews dynamic Christian apologists. Sponsored by CrossExamined.org, this apologetics program is both informative and entertaining!  It is also available in podcast at the iTunes link below.

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The Danger of Being a Cynic

Look at the companies that aren’t only incredibly successful, but are also changing the world with their innovation—companies like Apple, Tesla or Google. The one thing they have in common isn’t just great products. It’s that they are led by people who genuinely believe the things they are doing can make the world a better place—or, as Steve Jobs famously aspired, they can leave “a dent in the universe." The same could be said of many leaders in politics, faith and activism: Often, the ones with the most influence carry themselves in a way makes others believe things will get better.

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Love Letter to a Lesbian

Now why did I just tell you about this? I gave you a glimpse of my story because I want you to understand that I understand. But I also want you to know that I also understand how it feels to be in love with the Creator of the universe. To want nothing more than to be with him forever. To feel his grace, the best news ever announced to mankind. To see his forgiveness, that he would take such a wicked heart into his hands of mercy.

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Peter Singer: If a House Were On Fire I’d Save 200 Pigs Before Saving One Human Child

Singer: The suffering of animals at some point so great that you should decide to free the animals and not the child. Whether this point is reached at 200 or two million animals, I do not know. But one must not be burned countless animals in order to save a child’s life.

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4 Terrible Reasons to Not Talk About Race

I am as guilty as anyone who says they are "colorblind." I grew up in the South, but in a very progressive family when it came to teaching us the value of the people we call Black. Early on my Aunt who was a pediatrician in the early 50's in a small Southern town didn't discriminate against patients and allowed all to be seated in her waiting room rather than in the hallway. I worked in her practice in the summers and she taught me that beneath our outer skin all human beings are the same. She taught me to respect them and their lives in an era when segregation was at its height. i worked in the office at the University of GA where the first Black American broke the barriers of working outside the maintenance jobs there. I later worked in Washington DC where I was in the minority and my best friends were Black Americans. All of that said, I wrote an article this week about Dylan Roof -- the alleged shooter in the Charleston church shootings. My heart has grieved over the loss of these lives there. The focus of my article was on another population that has been discriminated against since the beginning of time-- the mentally ill.

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The Supreme Court Redefines Marriage: What We Must Do | The Stream

To reverse the march of marriage to the gallows, we need a lot of repentance and healing bathed in prayer. The debate over marriage is not just a political or cultural or legal battle; it is a spiritual one. We contend not just against the flesh but against principalities and powers. We need an army of prayer warriors crying out to heaven for healing and renewal. If it weren’t for the supernatural power of God to transform cultures and people — to reverse trends that in human terms seem irreversible — we would have little hope. But we know from history and experience that God can do such things, that he wants to do such things, if only his people submit to him and his purposes.

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Why I Think American Civilization is Crumbling

Chris: I dont think Mr. Groothuis is being cavalier in the least. History is ALWAYS looked at in the context of the times. If I judge a man or nation based upon a standard thats improved today I will misapply myself as though if I were there at that time I would have been more advanced than those people, The times of the founders were ripe with slavery throughout the world. Much of the initial African slave trade was initiated by Blacks in Africa themselves. Does this justify the practice? Of course not. The only way slavery could be eradicated just like Jim Crow in the South was through reference to a Higher Power with authority. A LAW above the law so to speak. The United States as other western countries failed for decades to their shame BUT it was their form of government and belief and trust in the God of scripture that paved the way for the abolitionists and the end of slavery. To UNIQUELY attribute the US to some monstrous deed is not reasonable, Undoubtedly it was part of a larger system that was monstrous. We were part and parcel of that BUT we also were on the cutting edge of ending it.

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

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We're Not About to Crawl in a Hole and Die

I'm here to announce that no matter what the Supreme Court says, no matter what the president says, no matter what society says, we are not bowing down to anyone other than the Lord Himself. And with God's help, there's not a shred of a possibility that we will compromise our convictions when it comes to the meaning of marriage.

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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: http://rsnbl.us/1Gnu9hZ

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Same-Sex Marriage and the Future

There’s another form of court prophet of these times, too. This one has no problem identifying homosexuality as sin. He may do so with all sorts of bluster and outrage, but he still does what court prophets always do—he speaks a word that people want to hear. Some people want to hear that sexual immorality is moral after all, and other people want to hear that same-sex marriage is simply a matter of some elites on the coasts of the country. This prophet implies that if we just sign checks to the right radio talk-show hosts, and have a good election cycle or two, we’ll be right back where we were, back when carpets were shag and marriages were strong. I don’t know anyone in any advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.—and there are many fighting the good fight on this one—who is saying that. As a matter of fact, the organizations closest to the ground know just how dark the hour is.

31 Pastors.com

Pastor Rick Warren and Pastor Tim Harlow discuss what it takes to structure a church for long term growth...

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A Biblical View on Homosexuality

The biblical position on homosexuality is rooted in Genesis 1-3; this is where foundational principles for religion and relationships are laid out. God’s designed order for human sexuality is heterosexual monogamy. Male and female are equally called to serve God, love each other, and to develop and cultivate the good earth (Genesis 1-2). But through the fall, humans are alienated from God, from themselves, from each other, and from nature (Genesis 3). It is because of the fall that homosexuality exists; it has no root in creation. The Hebrew theocracy required the death penalty for those convicted of homosexual behavior (and for many other crimes as well). In the New Covenant, the civil laws of Israel are transcended, yet Paul teaches that homosexual activities are the result of sin and rebellion against God (Romans 1:18-32), and warns that those who persist in such activity will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9). Thus, the theological categories are clear cut. The Bible gives no positive examples of homosexual activity. Rather, homosexual activity is something to repent of, and repentance cannot be subtracted from the Gospel (Matthew 4:17).

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David Brooks Charts the Road to Character

Brooks joined me for a half-hour interview to discuss why sincerity shouldn’t impress, how suffering forms us, when responsibility shields us from honesty, and what truly matters in life—including whether he saved his soul in writing the book. 

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Michael Brown - Equivocating or Evolving, President Obama is Wrong Either Way

Since 2008, Obama has aggressively supported the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, decided to stop defending DOMA, appointed men like gay educational activist Kevin Jennings as his Safe School Czar, and appeared at fundraisers for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), even stating at their dinner in October, 2011 that progress comes when “a father realizes he doesn’t just love his daughter, but also her wife.” Yet it is only now that he can tell us that he endorses same-sex “marriage”? No wonder that Joe Solmonese, outgoing president of the HRC, said earlier this week that there was “no doubt in my mind that the president shares these values.” In other words, the president has not been forthcoming in his true position.

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Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision is unadulterated judicial activism - The Boston Globe

Friday’s Supreme Court decision is unadulterated judicial activism. As Chief Justice John Roberts said in dissent: “Today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own conviction that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry because they want to. . . . Whatever force that belief may have as a matter of moral philosophy, it has no more basis in the Constitution than did the naked policy preferences” in other rightly condemned activist decisions.

36 Marriage Decision Is a “Totalitarian Impulse to Redefine Reality” - Stand to Reason Blog

Ron, the government is already borderline totalitarian. This is just a painful reminder to us of what has already occurred. The U.S. government is a massive government that has used its power to hurt and (indirectly) enslave millions over the past 30 or 40 years. Iraq? Afghanistan? All so a few friends of the state could get rich. The U.S. for the past 30 or 40 years has been a Roman style mob-rule democracy where the rights of the of the individual get crushed, and most of the freedoms granted under the original constitution are ignored. There is this huge military industrial complex, which only benefits a few individuals, totalitarian torture or censership of those who try to stand up against the NSA (like Edward Snowden) or government agencies. Things are only going to get worse and spiral out of control. Just watch and see that we are right.

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Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

The Bible clearly teaches the enduring truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman. From Genesis to Revelation, the authority of Scripture witnesses to the nature of biblical marriage as uniquely bound to the complementarity of man and woman. This truth is not negotiable. The Lord Jesus himself said that marriage is from the beginning (Matt. 19:4-6), so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel, which marriage mysteriously reflects (Eph. 5:32). The Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage demonstrates mistaken judgment by disregarding what history and countless civilizations have passed on to us, but it also represents an aftermath that evangelicals themselves, sadly, are not guiltless in contributing to. Too often, professing evangelicals have failed to model the ideals we so dearly cherish and believe are central to gospel proclamation.

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Charleston Sermon: ‘No Weapon Formed Against Us Shall Prosper'

During a bond hearing last week, family members of the victims addressed Roof, telling them that they forgave him for his actions. During the service, Goff called for justice and said that they will “hold our elected officials accountable to do the right thing.” But he also said, “I'm reminded of some news media persons that wondered why the nine families all spoke of forgiveness and didn't have malice in their heart. It's that the nine families got it." He said they understood what it means to "love our neighbors as we love ourselves" ...

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Audio FAQ with D. A. Carson on the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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Top 10 Quotes from the Dissenting Justices on Same-Sex Marriage

But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003. They have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment a “fundamental right” overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since… These Justices know that limiting marriage to one man and one woman is contrary to reason; they know that an institution as old as government itself, and accepted by every nation in history until 15 years ago, cannot possibly be supported by anything other than ignorance or bigotry. And they are willing to say that any citizen who does not agree with that, who adheres to what was, until 15 years ago, the unanimous judgment of all generations and all societies, stands against the Constitution. -  Justice Scalia

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But What Does the Bible Say?

A very interesting read for sure that brings up a lot of interesting points. However, I do think that while the hesitance to question the bible is legitimate, it also brings up some issues that may also need to be discussed. As was stated in other comments, there are multiple other elements related to women’s rights as well as other highly controversial instances which the Church has sided against in the bible and has since supported itself with relatively week theology. The issue is whether or not we can say that any word of God is more true or more profound then any other. The ever illusory nature of God is one that is stated to be ever creative and constant in His ability to be ever present and outside of time. In a world where the church feels that the word of God has contradicted the word of God of the past is not something that should be dismissed as “one is wrong and the other is right”. Perhaps instead, we need to look at the plausibility that our God is a God who Speaks specifically, purposeful and directly to his People. That makes sense right? To the God who created the idea of holiness and glory and truth, He alone can decide what he desires of his people.

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‘Inside Out’ Had the Biggest Opening Ever for an Original Movie

Even though Inside Out got beat out by Jurassic World for the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office (it’s the first time a Pixar movie hasn’t opened at the top spot), the acclaimed animated film voiced by Amy Poehler, Bill Hadar, Mindy Kaling and others still managed an impressive feat. By taking in $91.1 million in the U.S. box office receipts, Inside Out had the biggest opening ever for an “original property.” The film took the title from Avatar (which had a $77 million opening weekend), having the most successful debut of a non-sequel or film not based on a previous work—like a comic book—of all time ...

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10 Resources To Help You Talk About Transgender/Homosexuality, Biblically.

People who claim to be followers of Christ have had two equally unloving responses to homosexuality: Either we have condemned homosexuals and told them to clean up their sin on their own, or we have enabled a sinful lifestyle in the name of tolerance. Here is an objective look at the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality and an appropriate, loving response from those who follow Christ. h ttp://www.watermark.org/media/homosexuality-and-same-sex-marriage-an- apology-an-answer-an-assignment/457/

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White House Lit Up With Rainbow After Marriage Ruling

The colors of the Pride rainbow were splashed across the White House Friday night after the Supreme Court granted equal marriage rights to all Americans.

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Post-SCOTUS Chatter. . . And Trying To Get It Right. . . .

For me, this isn’t about a “culture war.” I’ve never liked that language, I’ve never considered or seen myself as a soldier in a culture war army, nor do I think the “culture war” posture or language reflects a faithfulness to Christ’s calling on our lives. While I believe that politics maps and mirrors the spirit of the times, I don’t believe that politics solves anything or is ultimately salvific. I believe that the “culture war” posture creates and maintains division and anger. That’s why I find fundamentalism repulsive and counter-productive. Instead, I think we do need to adopt a posture of “faithful presence” in the world in a manner that is clearly marked by conversation and love. For those of us who are not happy with the Supreme Court’s decision, we need to look inside and evaluate whether we are angry or grieved. I think there’s a big difference between the two, with the latter being indicative, I believe, of being on the right track. Anger causes us to write off people. Grief is driven by a response of love, care, and concern due to the loss of something good.

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/create-a-spiritual-growth-chart

One way to do that is to believe God is working in your life, even when you don’t feel it. Spiritual growth is sometimes tedious work, one small step at a time. Expect gradual improvement. The Bible says, “Everything on earth has its own time and its own season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 CEV).

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The Doctrine Debate - Christian Research Institute

Your initial response might be, “Of course it is, heretics have been challenging the foundations of the church since its inception!” and that is true, but today’s attack not only targets particular doctrines held integral to true Christian faith (e.g. the Trinity, the Incarnation, the existence of a literal hell, the inerrancy of Scriptures) but also undermines the idea of doctrine itself, labeling it antiquated, irrelevant, and downright divisive. What’s more, this assault on the heart of creedal Christianity is occurring not only outside the church, but inside as well.

50 Daily Watchman

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52 4 Questions Christians Should Ask About Cultural Engagement
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54 Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally
55 It's time for Civil Disobedience | RedState
56 Healing Mission Field PTSD
57 The Most Popular Bible Verses for Debating Gay Marriage
58 A word to pastors preaching in the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges
59 Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Deadly
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64 After Obergefell: A First Things Symposium
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69 Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons
70 Professor threatened to fail student for citing Bible in presentation, attorneys allege - The College Fix
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72 The “Just-as-if-I’d” definition of Justification
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75 "Jurassic World"- A Christian Perspective: Gender, Dinosaurs, and Genetic Engineering
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79 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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87 WORLD | The courage to be on the wrong side of history: Lessons from Burke and Nietzsche | Ryan Shinkel | June 27, 2015
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