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2 What She Wishes She Had Known Before Going to College - Stand to Reason Blog

Remember that this young woman grew up in a home with regular family devotions and discussions about faith.  However, questions like: ‘How do I know that God exists?’ would send her parents into a tail spin of worry that she was losing her faith.  It became easier to conform to what they wanted her to be, than to openly question her faith under the safety of her parents’ roof.

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25 Photos That Prove Scotland Is The Most Beautiful Country In The World

With its castles, soaring mountains, lochs, glens and iconic wildlife, it’s hard to deny that Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world. Share if you agree…or if you simply want to visit these amazing places yourself one day!

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Grace to You

Looking back, how have you experienced growth in your total dependence upon the Lord? Though we are often so hard on ourselves and perhaps weighed down with undue guilt, our hearts should rejoice to see the Spirit taking up residence in our attitudes and practices. Worship with this in mind today.

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Evangelicalism’s major turn: the need for ‘generation replant’

For the past 30 years, evangelicals have been learning anew the importance of church planting. Excitement and passion for church planting come right from the New Testament, which is a manifesto for planting rightly ordered churches. A generation of young evangelical pastors have been righteously infected with the vision for church planting. Their heroes are church planters, their inspiration is church planting and their missiology is directed toward the birth of new churches. That must continue. Church planting must remain at the forefront of our mission efforts. The only documentable evangelistic and congregational growth experienced by evangelicals within America’s major urban areas directly traces back to newly planted churches — and replanted churches.

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Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood (New eBook)

Contrary to popular opinion, the Scripture’s distinctive roles for men and women are not the cultural fads of a bygone era, but integral aspects of God’s good design for humanity, and therefore integral aspects toward humanity’s end — to glorify God by enjoying him forever.

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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.

9 How to nearly always win at rock paper scissors

There’s a shared compulsion to one-up the competition, to have a trick or two up our sleeves. Prolific author William Poundstone (“Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?”) knows this fact well and exploits it in his book that shows how to game everything from the lottery to multiple-choice questions.

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The shocking truth about electric fish: Genomic basis for the convergent evolution of electric organs

"I consider 'exotic' organisms such as the electric fish to be one of nature's wonders and an important 'gift' to humanity," says Sussman. "Our study demonstrates nature's creative powers and its parsimony, using the same genetic and developmental tools to invent an adaptive trait time and again in widely disparate environments. By learning how nature does this, we may be able to manipulate the process with muscle in other organisms and, in the near future, perhaps use the tools of synthetic biology to create electrocytes for generating electrical power in bionic devices within the human body or for uses we have not thought of yet."

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Moody Radio | Up for Debate | This Week's Program

Moody Radio produces and delivers compelling programming filled with solid biblical insight and creative expressions of faith that helps you take the next step in your relationship with Christ. We desire to be the place where you turn—for truth, direction and hope. Through the power of the Word, you will hear and experience more of the life God intends for you in every moment, in every situation.

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Gaza rocket strikes Sderot factory, engulfing structure in flames

Group of employees manages to escape blazing building; three lightly injured; emergency crews working to quell fire; other rocket lands in open area without causing injuries, damage.

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How Scalia's prophecy became a moral crisis

The legalization of any gay behaviour is the actual problem. This is a thing God cannot tolerate, and this causes his infinite wrath. I am quite sure that the drought in California has something to do with the legalization of gay marriage there. This is the perversion of God's good orders. Why should a gay man or woman still repent, and return to God and his Church, when the secular society becomes a kind of pseudo-church where gays can be "happy" despite the absence of God's presence who is life and cure in himself (the great benefit of the true Church is the presence of God there who is life, cure and love in himself; the presence of God in the church causes real happiness)? If the secular tries to imitate the Church, she completely destroys Gods world order:

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Exclusive: Michael Brown Opens Up About His Upcoming Debate With Matthew Vines on 'Gay Christians'

He's familiar with the arguments which means he has hardened his heart to them, but I'm absolutely praying that the Spirit will convict and point him to the truth and that, perhaps this debate will be the beginning of a brand new journey for him. That being said—and I do not mean this in a condescending way, since I respect Matthew as a serious, thinking young man—he's closer in age to my oldest granddaughter than to my youngest daughter. So of course, I have a tender place in my heart for him and want to help him really know the Lord and make Him known, thereby bringing freedom and salvation to many LGBT-identified people.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: God Alone Supplies the Necessary Truth Conditions

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Ligonier.org

Throughout its history, the church has struggled with the concept of what is called the “intermediate state”—our position between the time we die and the time Christ consummates his kingdom and fulfills the promises that we confess in the Apostles’ Creed. We believe in the resurrection of the body. We believe there will be a time when God reunites our soul and our body, and that we will have a glorified body even as Christ came out of the tomb as the “firstborn from the dead.” In the meantime, what happens?

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God's Not Dead: God Exists: Information, Codes, and Organization

1. Because God is not only real, but necessary, the scientist who strives to analyze and evaluate evolution must utilize universal operating features of reason. This is the case since he is employing selected universal, immutable, and infinite features using his finite mind while he is not on a proper ontic ground to account for such and he lacks a proper epistemic position to discern truth. God is boundless in His knowledge, but humans are limited creatures who can never provide the infinitely-broad operational features necessarily utilized in all scientific research. One needs God as one’s ground for reason to account for all the implicit features of rational analysis. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for the analysis and communication of evolution? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in science; in principle materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground.

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Read: 1914 Tribune article on Ferdinand assassination

1914 Chicago Tribune article about Ferdinand assassination (PDF)

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Public Documents Refute New Mexico Science Museum's Attempt to Whitewash Atheist Collaboration

On October 30, 2013, Peavler sent another e-mail to NMMNSH staff, volunteers, and others. His purpose was to schedule a meeting to "discuss (and entertain) some ideas for programs, people or organizations we might invite to participate." He adds, "if you are surprised to be getting this e-mail [it] is because I've taken the liberty of inviting you to participate, audiences we would like to reach." One of the invitees was Dave Thomas, president of New Mexicans for Science and Reason (NMSR), a vocal "skeptics" group that is strongly hostile to intelligent design (ID) and, though they might officially deny it, has a basic orientation that's obviously atheistic. Thomas is a well-known anti-ID activist who is actively involved in "skeptic" activities. He would play an integral part in the planning process.

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Seven Factors That Are Hindering Evangelism in Churches

I think if we were to put the situation right-side up, we’d see that there is a perspective on church life that is grounded both in Scripture and Church history (in word, and in 2000 years of experience) that proclaims a different message than most Southern Baptist churches I’ve encountered. There have been many Baptists in history who have rightfully found their identity as the Covenant People of God (the Bride of Christ, the Church, the Elect, however you want to frame it) and thus, as the Covenant People, we are not called to supplement our lives with God. Rather we are called to place our full identity into being part of Christ’s Church, submitting every single aspect of our life to the service of this Covenant family (whether we are witness to someone, or simply cleaning our bathroom as an act of stewardship). Scripture gives us the clear precedence for the gathered worship to contain proclamation of the Word (expositional preaching), public reading of the Scriptures (and I don’t mean two or three emotional sounded inspirational verses), singing of Psalms (from the Bible) and hymns and spiritual songs (stuff we, the Church, have written), and the serving of the Lord’s Supper, as well as giving of offerings for the work of the Gospel.

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The future of gay marriage within evangelicalism

I suspect that we will put same-sex marriage into the same category. As someone who previously identified as gay (and don’t anymore), I suspect that the success of same-sex marriage will actually be its undoing. In fact, I suspect that a lot of people who identify as gay are simply reacting against our culture’s rather narrow social construction of masculinity. I was a skinny, youngish-looking, artsy kid who liked books and fashion and enjoyed sports like running, swimming, and yoga. I stood out in the conservative football-loving hyper-masculine culture in which I was raised. Everyone assumed that I was gay, and I just acquiesced in that judgment. Fortunately, I never acted out on it. A few years ago, I took a job that required me to spend significant time working in Europe, where social constructions of masculinity are not nearly as narrow as they are here. I came to see that, by continental European standards, I was perfectly straight. No longer feeling myself subject to a negative cultural judgment, I stopped identifying as gay and started identifying as straight.

23 Interview on the Need for Apologetics

Yesterday I was interviewed on the Bob Burney show. It is a local show here in Columbus, Ohio which has a lot of listeners.  I talked about the need for apologetics and what we do at the university level. Hope you enjoy it. It can be heard here by scrolling down to the Eric Chabot interview.

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WORLD | U.S. policy needs a religious liberty upgrade | Emily Scheie | June 28, 2014

In 1998, Congress unanimously passed the International Religious Freedom Act, which requires the United States to take steps, including negotiations and sanctions, to improve religious liberty in countries committing ongoing violations of religious freedom, known as Countries of Particular Concern. This year, USCIRF recommended the State Department keep the eight Countries of Particular Concern currently on its list, including Burma, China, Iran, North Korea, and Uzbekistan, and add eight more, including Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria.

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Weekly Specials – 6/23/14

Award-winning professor Hunter Baker has written this guide to the essential issues inherent in politics, helping students find a solid footing in understanding basic political thought.

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Renewing Your Mind | Aquinas vs. Kant | June 28, 2014

Other areas of Thomas' teachings are problematic. Take, for example, his discussion of sex. Thomas applies his paradigm of "grace perfecting nature" to the question of whether unnatural sins such as sodomy, masturbation, and fornication—indeed any sexual sins outside of marriage—are the greatest sins a person can commit. Thomas contends that these sins are an utter violation of the natural human process of procreation, and therefore constitute a violation of the natural created order as well as a rejection of the grace of Christ that blesses and restores the marriage covenant. Thus, Thomas argues, these sins are indeed among the worst sins possible. Not a few theologians have noted that Aquinas, along with other medieval scholars, ignored biblical teaching on the intimacy and pleasure of the marriage bed, and thereby paved the way for future Roman Catholic theologians to stress procreation as the essence of sex in marriage. It also, and more problematically, suggests an unbiblical gradation of sin by attempting to distinguish between "mortal" (serious) and "venial" (unintentional or small) sins.

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Do Ideas Have Consequences? Indeed They Do! - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

My article wasn’t mean to be a fully developed philosophy/theology of gender identity, but to point out the practical problems of nominalistic philosophy (i.e. we can now call ducks fish because we “feel” like it). I’m not saying that transgender advocates DENY that gender exists. My hangup is HOW they are defining gender… The most fundamental question is HOW should we “define” gender? If we define it with “nominal definition” then it certainly could begin in the mind (i.e. psychologically), but if we use a realist definition then it must correspond to reality (hence physical/biological reality – regardless of how one might “feel”) – We don’t get to re-defnine a lung and call it an “eye” because we “feel” like it… A lung was designed to oxygenate blood, not to see. Biological function is also an indicator of psychological makeup – the physical, biological, spiritual and psychological are intimately connected and the reason why so many transgender people are depressed is because they have been damaged psychologically not physically.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering

Western society seeks to avoid pain at all costs.  As medical patients, we have more comfort and are far less equipped to handle suffering and more traumatized by it.  Why?  Other cultures have provided answers to the purpose of life and suffering can be an important means of achieving such purpose.  But in Western secular culture, the purpose of life is the freedom to pursue the life that leads to the most happiness.  In this context, suffering can have no meaningful purpose except to completely interrupt happiness.  Therefore suffering should be avoided at all costs or minimized as much as possible.  The secular view does not have any resources to deal with pain and suffering.

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WORLD | Is today's civil rights movement marching backwards? | Emily Scheie | June 28, 2014

All speakers agreed that we must continue the Kings’ legacy, but how that should be done was less clear. Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, signed in 1965 to prohibit voting discrimination, is the subject of a current political debate, and some speakers used the Gold Medal Ceremony as a platform to back their stance on the issue. In addition, supporters of such issues as same-sex marriage and abortion have tried to portray them as an extension of the civil rights fight. Alongside information about an Indian rights march and anti-sweatshop campaign, the Smithsonian exhibit displayed a gay and lesbian rights protest sign as part of the legacy of the civil rights March on Washington.

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Saturday Quiet Time

Why not send us your reflective music suggestions to be included in Saturday Quiet Time – just drop us a line during the show - or fill in the form below - and we’ll do our best to play it for you. Just tell us the artist, track title and who it’s for.

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Is Punctuated Equilibrium Legitimate Science? - Christian Research Institute

Harvard’s Stephen Jay Gould posited that “a species does not arise gradually by the steady transformation of its ancestors; rather, it appears all at once and ‘fully formed.’ ” In other words, species remain relatively unchanged for long periods of time (equilibrium) followed by intervals of evolutionary change too rapid to be captured in the fossil record (punctuation). To say punctuated equilibrium is a leap of faith into a chasm of credulity would be to understate its deficiencies.

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WORLD | Propaganda bends the boundaries of Jesus PR | Jeff Koch | June 28, 2014

“Daywalkers” is a musical mash-up that expresses his diverse personal history. Snare drums snap, crackle, and pop while Propaganda describes the cross-cultural currents of his youth: “Broken families imposter / black rocking white Rasta / Jimi Hendrix, Courtland Urbano mocking all your preconceived.” Propaganda sees the simultaneous familiarity of Kingdom and culture as a huge asset. An early participant in secular “battle rap” contests, he extolls the redemptive impact of being “bilingual, bicultural / flowing in the King’s tongue / Elohim and human one / Rosetta Stone with a mic and Chucks on / All things to all men, so all men say ‘Amen.’” LeCrae—making a guest appearance—joins in to marvel that he is the “same dude reading Wayne Grudem / even though I grew up listening to Snoop and Ice Cube … I’m everything in one; I’m the product of great art / I’m a product of Decartes, Tim Keller, and OutKast.”

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Innovative Apologetics: Atheist Peter Boghossian Wants to Treat All Believers as Mentally Ill

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Why Does Biology Still Have the Ability to Surprise Us?

Perhaps a better question would be, "Why does biology have the ability to surprise us?" It's because life is much more sophisticated than anything we can imagine. We look at biology from our very limited perspective, and at almost every turn we are puzzled or amazed. You can even read it in the understated, carefully couched language of published articles, where words like "surprising" or "unexpected" appear often.

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Ida and Galatians 3:28

The new Polish film Ida begins in reverence and ends somewhere less obsequious, if still truthful. It’s the story of a novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who must reconcile with her past before making the vow that will decide her future. Among other things, her struggle allows for a reconsideration of what Paul’s letter to the Galatians might mean in our modern age.

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Lending a Hand

Cal wasn’t too much help. He may have thought he was being supportive by barking out instructions, but we really don’t need that kind of help. To support a friend means coming alongside to lift up a friend in need. Galatians 6:2 doesn’t say, “Tell others how to carry their burdens” or “Pray for someone to help others carry their burdens.” It says “Carry each other’s burdens” (niv).

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Souljournaler: In Their Own Words VI: We’re Replacing Your Religion with Ours

“…. a viable alternative [to Christianity] must be sought. That alternative is humanism. I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call “divinity” in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level— preschool, daycare, or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved. Then perhaps we will be able to say with Tom Paine that “the world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” It will undoubtedly be a long, arduous struggle replete with much sorrow and many tears, but humanism will emerge triumphant.

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WORLD | The struggle to remain Mission True | June 28, 2014

Some were overtly evangelistic, like InterVarsity, Cru, and Youth For Christ, an organization that first put Billy Graham on a stage and today still exists to introduce young people to Jesus Christ. Others were just as faithful, but fulfilled a different mandate. National Christian Foundation—now the third largest donor-advised fund in the world—is rooted and sustained by their conviction about the Gospel, but they operate much differently than the aforementioned organizations. We wish we could have featured all our favorite faith-based organizations in this book, but we limited ourselves to prevent it from becoming too lengthy.

41 Matthew Vines Michael Brown debate audio on Moody radio, with summary

Even heterosexuals who have not married are called upon to embrace lifelong celibacy. I am in my 30s and am a virgin because I have not married. I wouldn’t seek to reinrepret the Bible to allow premarital sex just because what I am doing is difficult. I would rather just do what the Bible says than reinterpret it to suit me. And it’s just as hard for me to be chaste as it would be for him to be. In short, it’s a character issue. He takes his right to recreational sex as non-negotiable, and reinterprets the Bible to suit. I take the Bible as non-negotiable, and comply with it regardless of whether it seems to make me less happy. With respect to the purposes of God for me in this world, my happiness is expendable. If I don’t find someone to marry, I’m going to be “afflicted” with the lifelong celibacy that Vines seems to think is torture, but let me tell you – God is happy with the contributions I am making for him, and if I have to be chaste through my whole life, I am 100% fine with that. I serve the King . And not the reverse.

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http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2014/06/the-aalc-passes-resolution-urging-the-elca-to-repent.html

Whereas, the foundation of Lutheran doctrine has always been "Scripture Alone;" and  Whereas, the ELCA has consciously departed from the clear teaching of God's Holy Word and denied "Scripture Alone" by chasing after the false spirit of the age, such as blasphemously affirming homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle and pronouncing God's blessing on same sex marriages and; Whereas, no church body claiming Christ Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords has the authority to deny or alter God's Word or modify God's expressed definition of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman;  and Whereas, silence as a church body can be misconstrued as a tacit approval of the ELCA's rebellion against the authority of God's Word; Be it resolved, that for the sake of the truth of the gospel and the salvation of souls, The AALC urges the ELCA, on the basis of scripture to repent of their false doctrine, renounce the spirit of the age, and seek forgiveness for their blasphemies through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, The AALC urges the ELCA to bear fruit in keeping with repentance by submitting to the highest authority in doctrine and life, namely the Holy Scriptures.

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Leadership in a Wireless World | Open Biola

I wince when I look at the photo. Don and I are standing in the sun with our firstborn son, flanked by Don's elderly grandparents. Grandpa has just lifted up our son toward heaven to give thanks. A...

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A Sneak Peek at Women of the Word Month

We hope this gives you a taste of what’s in store for Women of the Word Month. More importantly, we hope the daily email devotional whets your appetite for God’s Word, “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” (Psalm 119:105).

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Peter Brotzmann + Sonny Sharrock – Whatthef*ckdoyouwant? (2014) | Something Else!

“Being on the road with Sonny Sharrock — always a pleasure, a reliable, gentle man, never losing his countenance — until … It happened in Wuppertal near our night hang-out Cafe Congo. The night before we had played in town, we had to go 200 km down south by car with a driver/roadie from the UK. In the afternoon we met with our management Mr. X. Sonny had to discuss some business concerning a new band he wanted to set up and Mr. X had promised a lot of work for that. While working with Last Exit, Sonny finally got the recognition he deserved. The roadie and I were standing aside, waiting. The conversation got louder and louder; some verbal fight was on the way. Then, with a very fast move, Sonny took a razor blade out of the breast pocket of his sports jacket, unfolded it — all in one move — and shouted, “whatthefuckdoyouwant?, I slice you up, have done that before in Vietnam!” I never had seen before (and haven’t after) a face turning so grey and green, Mr. X — not used to exercise — turned around and started to run up the hill, the Obergrünewalderberg, quite a steeple chase, and never was seen again.

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WORLD | Holiday Inn on Sarajevo’s Sniper Alley | Marvin Olasky | June 28, 2014

Remember the commercials from a few years ago: “What do you think this is, a Holiday Inn?” Two decades ago the Sarajevo Holiday Inn was a target, and looking out a lit window could be fatal. It was possible to crouch by a window and peer out at residents desperate for daily bread zigzagging across the street (known as “Sniper Alley”) in the hope of evading death—but many bullets did find their mark, and more than 10,000 human beings perished.

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Ligonier.org

Join Dr. Sproul on a unique study tour as he explores the major themes, events, and people that are brought to life in the Bible. Dust to Glory provides a panorama of biblical truth and a starting point to help you understand the content of the Bible. Dust to Glory can energize your study of the Bible, provide you with new insights, and improve your ability to read, understand, and apply Scripture to your life.

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WORLD | Weekend Reads: Loving the law and combatting culture | Caleb Nelson | June 28, 2014

Ingram presents these conclusions peacefully, with apologies for the un-loving behavior of many Christians—but he still presents them. He also argues that the role of the church is not as a politically activist organization, but as a disciple-making organism. So “let the church be the church” by praying for government leaders—and don’t expect the government to make society righteous. God makes people righteous and thus makes nations righteous. And He does so by using His Word and His pastors to inform His people about the truth they need to know.  

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The Internet Never Forgets

In effect, the European lawsuit has much less to do with protecting privacy than preserving reputations. While the Bible says very little about modern day privacy issues, like whether or not the government should retain phone records or search the homes of private citizens, it does talk very pointedly about reputation. From Jesus' salt and light example in the Sermon on the Mount , to Paul's qualifications of elders in 1 Timothy 3 , to Peter's thoughts on submission to authority in 1 Peter 2 , our behavior as believers reflects as much about ourselves as it does about the Gospel. We do well when we honor both.

50 Really Recommend Posts 6/27/14- Bible Literacy Quiz, YA Lit, and more!

Another week, another slew of posts for you to add some extra reading to your plate! This time around, we have a comic about self-deception, a quiz for you to test yourself, some young adult literature, and more! Let me know what you thought of the posts, and if you liked them, let the authors know on their blogs!

51 White House review of VA finds "corrosive culture" to blame for poor patient care
52 The best explanation for the design of bird wings is intelligent design
53 Question of the Week: Great Movies of 2014?
54 Lecture, Dr. Edward Feser: “What We Owe the New Atheists”