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

Hear the Spoken-Word Harvard Graduation Speech Everyone Is Talking About

Last week, Donovan Livingston delivered what Harvard Graduate School of Education has called, “One of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!” Using a spoken word poem, the master’s degree recipient addresses the power of education, overcoming injustice and correcting problems within the education system itself. Since he first delivered the speech, it’s garnered millions of views online. Livingston explained to NPR that choosing poetry as a means of delivering his speech came naturally. I believe poetry is the best mechanism of communication I could have possible thought of. I have been doing spoken word poetry for the past 10 or 11 years, and it's been a huge part of my identity. And a spoken word piece was the best way to do my voice justice. You can hear his full speech below.

There’s Something Weirdly Satisfying About Seeing a Can of Silly String in a Hydraulic Press

The Internet is a magical place, where anyone with a specialized piece of industrial equipment can perform “science” experiments just for the fun of it. It’s a formula that’s worked for YouTube superstars like the team from “Will It Blend” and “The Slow Mo Guys.” Now, there’s a channel dedicated to putting random things into a hydraulic press for no real reason, and watching them as they are crushed. For reasons that are obvious, a video of a can of silly string getting the hydraulic press treatment has gone viral. Just be honest with yourself: You are going to watch this video even though it is the most pointless way you could possibly spend the next 90 seconds.

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8 Books to Read When You’re Struggling to Read the Bible

Of course, nothing can replace the Scriptures—nothing else contains the words of life—but I’m realizing that, more often than not, I need a gentle voice to guide my meditation. I need someone to speak the liturgy out loud so that I can repeat it. The metaphors and insights into the Bible that other writers offer in their books make me feel less alone. And by ushering me down the roads of their own faith journeys, they give me the courage to keep moving toward God.

Will Heaven Be Boring? - Christian Research Institute

An all-too-prevalent perception in Christianity and culture is that heaven is going to be one big bore. Pardon the golf analogy, but I’ve heard more than one person say that a never ending repetition of holes-in-one would make even Tiger Woods want to give up the game of golf. Of course, that is far from what heaven will be.

5 4 Reasons Your Kids Should Sit with You on Sunday

Not every instance of bringing our kids to the worship service is like that, of course, but it can be a difficult transition, both for our little ones and for us. So if it’s that hard, why would a church encourage kids (not necessarily babies) to sit in worship with their families? Here are four areas why I believe this is helpful: discipleship, education, tradition, and opportunity.

7 Questions to Ask an Older Mother

However, I also tell them it’s vitally important to have the advice and wisdom gained from moms who have spent years raising children. While they may not remember the specific details of how they got their baby to sleep through the night or what is developmentally appropriate for a 2-year-old, they are a goldmine of wisdom. As a mom of young children, I often focused so much on the momentary struggle that I didn’t take the time to ask the larger and more consequential questions of some of the older women in my life. Here are some of the questions I encourage moms of young children to ask (and the ones I’m asking the older moms in my life):

Seven Ways to Improve Your Preaching

This is a besetting sin for many preachers (including this one). Suppose you are preaching on idolatry and say something like this: “We are all idol-makers. We worship false gods that cannot save. They may be gods of money or sex or power or children or career or relationships or comfort or health.” I’ve preached like that dozens of times. It’s not wrong. But a list like that is liable to whiz by most people. For one, it sounds familiar to regular churchgoers. And second, it is too high up the ladder of abstraction to penetrate the human heart.

8 Are Atheists Afraid of God?

The question might seem silly, because atheists claim not to believe in God at all. But claims don’t always match behavior, as the reaction to a recent book illustrates. That book is “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens,” by Christian apologist Larry Alex Taunton, who tells the story of his remarkable friendship with Hitchens, the writer and ardent atheist who died in 2011. The book focuses on two long road trips during which they actually studied the Gospel of John together. (Mr. Taunton drove while Hitch, who had been...

When Your Pastor Preaches a Sermon Dud

Newton asks us to stop and consider the struggles and the sacrifices and the challenges your pastor faces on a regular basis. The demands of pastoral ministry and preaching are great. Not to mention family demands. And on top of the demands, in many cases the pastor carries within himself a greater desire to serve you than he has the gifts to make it happen. He wants to stir the affections of his people, and yet knows how hard this aim is in reality.

Eric Metaxas on 'The Faith of Christopher Hitchens'

Isn't the idea that someone can't value someone without valuing their views proof that some people can't tell the difference between zeal and fanaticism? Why should not a convinced atheist value the friendship of a Christian. If he values the best things that atheists claim to stand up for such as knowledge and intellectual honor, surely he can appreciate having a worthy sparring partner who can train him. He might become a better atheist presuming he does not want to become a Christian. Someone who values his cause so much that he cannot be gentlemanly toward his enemy is a bigot. Someone who values gentlemanliness so much that he has no cause is a mercenary. To much these days people have the first fault.

Dream Job Alert: Time Inc Is Now Hiring a Bacon Critic

Extra Crispy is seeking a freelance Bacon Critic to cover the bacon beat, spanning bacon’s role in food, drinks, and culture. Our Bacon Critic can live anywhere in the U.S. and will spend a three-month appointment researching, writing about, obsessing over, and critiquing bacon. Yes, this is a very real paid freelance position we’re looking to fill in the near future.


• As opening day for the 2015 Major League baseball season draws near, one of the biggest clouds ever hovers over New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. After defiantly denying in public that he had used banned performance-enhancing substances, baseball’s highest paid player reportedly told federal drug agents and prosecutors behind closed doors that he had indeed used steroids. Rodriguez received immunity from prosecution in exchange for confessing. His admission rang familiar to when Mark McGwire came clean five years ago. McGwire had previously misled Congress about his steroid use, but in the end, he acknowledged he had used the drugs, even as he eclipsed baseball’s single season home run record in 1998 while playing with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Can You Be a Gay Christian Rock Star? | The Stream

Trey is hopeful that he’ll be able to continue his career unaffected, but that will only happen to the extent that his audience is not made of committed Christians. Otherwise, his group’s popularity will quickly wane, just as has happened to other Christian artists who have come out as gay.

Breathe in the Happiness of Heaven

I grew up in an unbelieving home, and first heard about Christ as a teenager. Initially, Bible stories seemed no more true than the Greek mythology and comics I loved. Then I read the Gospels, and believed that Jesus was real, and then superheroes became mere shadows of him. When Jesus rescued me, I experienced a profound happiness I’d never known, and have never gotten over. My heartfelt gladness was the result of being born again, forgiven, and indwelt by God’s Spirit. “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psalm 32:1, NRSV).

Another Muhammad Ali? Probably Never

Sports is unlikely to have a repeat of the epic figure, whose place in history is cemented by his actions in and out of the boxing ring

New Report Finds that Nearly 46 Million People Are Currently Living in Slavery

India was far and away the worst offender in terms of sheer numbers. There, more than 18 million people live in slavery. However, when it comes to the most slaves per capita, North Korea—which is ruled by a tyrannical dictator—was actually worse. Because of the country’s massive labor camps that house hundreds of thousands of political prisoners, more than 4 percent of the entire population lives as slaves.

The Briefing 06-03-16 -

Now here we need to go a bit further as Christians and come to understand that human moral responsibility is not only affirmed in Scripture, but also affirmed in Scripture is the fact that every single human being, made in God’s image, is what is described rightly as a psychosomatic unity—that is the unity of body and of soul, that God has made us spiritual beings, that a part of what it means to be made in His image is indeed to possess a soul that is not merely a physicalist reality that is tied only to our brains but is something that will survive us. And you see that’s where we come to understand that in rejecting the grand truth claims of Christianity rooted in Scripture, the modern secular worldview doesn’t disagree with us, doesn’t come into conflict with the biblical worldview only at isolated points where collision might happen, but in virtually every single point, now coming down to the very definition of what it means to be human and the question as to whether or not humans are morally responsible.

A Quarter-life Crisis Survival Guide

When God asks us to give up our dreams, we’re instantly disheartened. It's not an easy thing to do. But we have to remember that Jesus came to earth for us to have life and have it abundantly. You can have lots of dreams and desires in your lifetime, but we all know that not all dreams are beneficial. Some of man's desires are selfish and futile that may lead to self destruction. Society will convince you to chase dreams that aren’t fruitful. They will keep you busy with thoughts of all the things you “need” to be happy. Sometimes there are still matters of the heart that is needed to be settled and that’s why we haven’t achieved that huge goal we’ve set for ourselves. That is how faithful our God is: He desires for us to fully enjoy our blessings, giving it to us when our character and heart are ready to handle it.

'Casual Dating' Can't Stay That Way

I really appreciate this article and I've been trying to learn how to navigate the whole, millennial dating world and I'm learning that 'casual' is the current climate. If you want something more than that, people think you're too clingy or needy. I think for me, I've been learning that it's not that I am either of those things, but that I know that I'm worth your undivided attention and time. If it doesn't work out, fine. But let's not try and pretend that it didn't work out because of anything the other person did--it didn't work out because you lacked commitment and decisiveness--give it your all or don't. Let's stop playing around with people's hearts and just be honest with them and ourselves.

New Emoji Bible Recalls Age-Old Translation Debate

These religious-themed options actually rank among the most-misconstrued emojis, according to computer science researchers at the University of Minnesota. NPR reported on their findings, indicating that praise hands rank No. 2 on the list of most-confusing emoji, and prayer hands rank No. 6. (One reason is that the emojis look different on various platforms; what looks like two hands pressed together on Apple devices turns up as a grey—almost alien-looking–figure on Microsoft .)

If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be.  The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

Biblical Giving

Hank answers the question, how should we tithe? Are we required to tithe to the local church, or can we just give to the needy?

Some Experts Think Donald Trump Could Be a Threat to the Constitution

Trump said of the judge, "They ought to look into Judge Curiel, because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace,” Mr. Trump said. “O.K.? But we will come back in November. Wouldn’t that be wild if I am president and come back and do a civil case?”

James Robison: My Amazing Encounter With Muhammad Ali | The Stream

When Muhammad Ali died Friday at the age of 74, I thought back to the day when I was privileged and very surprised to meet with him privately not long before his retirement from the ring. I was in Southern California for an interview on a television network, and I was riding with publicist Duane Ward, one of those people who can open any door and who sees every challenge as an opportunity. We were somewhere between Hollywood and Beverly Hills when the driver pointed to a house we were passing and said, “There’s Muhammad Ali’s house.”

Is Bernie Sanders Religious?

Senator Bernie Sanders has advanced further in the presidential campaign than any other Jewish citizen before him. (In 2000, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut was the vice presidential candidate on Al Gore’s ticket.) Some have commented on how little has been made—and how little Sanders has made—of his Jewishness. Yet many others are trying to understand the relationship of Judaism and Jewishness to Sanders and the positions he advocates. Judaism, and membership in the Jewish people, fit no category of faith and religion familiar to most Christians. Ironically, Sanders’ own untraditional relationship to his faith and faith community actually presents an opportunity for America to learn some unique, aspects about Judaism and the Jewish people.

British missionary reunited with baby after hospital swap - premier

A Christian missionary couple have been reunited with their baby after they were given the wrong child in hospital.

Germany recognises killing of Armenians - many of them Christian - as genocide - premier

The German parliament has voted to label the killings of Armenians, many of them Christians, by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide.

"Lord, I Thank Thee That I am not Like Those Evangelical Trump Supporters"

We can a different view—and state that view. But, what we can’t do is pray, “Dear Lord, I thank Thee that I am not Like those Evangelical Trump Supporters.”

Nuts. David French says he will not run for president.

Well, nuts. David French has just announced that he is not going to run for president after all. When word leaked last week that he was Bill Kristol’s mystery candidate, there was an initial thrill at the prospect of having an honorable alternative to enter the race. But I have to say that French’s explanation for not running is wise. I can’t say that I disagree with any of it. It is too bad that we live in a country in which you have to be fabulously wealthy to consider a run at this point. But that is the reality. French explains:

Nancy French on Twitter

@NancyAFrench loved reading this. The real war on women (and marriage) has always been waged by the left. Thanks for the service!

How to Be a Woman Who Waits Well

Howard spotlights the redemptive role waiting plays in the Christian life. Her case for waiting passionately and hopefully has no trace of the trite, empty assurances women commonly pass among themselves. She isn’t ending the conversation with “as soon as you’re content, the Lord will give you the desires of your heart!” Instead, she compassionately and thoughtfully guides us into God’s intent, as revealed in Scripture. God’s ultimate goal in making us wait, she says, is to give us himself. He also uses our waiting to tell certain stories again and again until history is complete.

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Larry Taunton: The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

Eric Metaxas interviews Larry Taunton about his friendship with Christopher Hitchens, which Taunton writes about in his book titled, THE FAITH OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS. Filmed at the Union League Club in New York City.

Reasons To Believe : Was Jesus’ Arrival Accurately Predicted in the Bible?

We must also decide how to define the arrival of the Messiah. Do we use Jesus’ birthdate, the date he began his ministry, the date of his crucifixion, or some other date? The date that many scholars have accepted as the time of the Messiah’s arrival is Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The reason for choosing this date is that this is when Jesus publicly declared that he was the Messiah. Before then, he told only select people, like his disciples, and he often reminded them to keep his identity secret. History chronologists have estimated that Jesus’ triumphal entry fell on Monday, March 30, AD 33.

How to Go Deeper in Bible Study

In addition, it is good to focus on some unit of Scripture for going deeper, like a book or the Sermon on the Mount, or Romans 8. To go deeper, one way is to memorize it. I did that with the book of Philippians a couple years ago and then recited it in my January sermon on the importance of the Bible. Few things take you deeper into God's word like memorizing large portions of it.

Larry Taunton: The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

Eric Metaxas interviews Larry Taunton about his friendship with Christopher Hitchens, which Taunton writes about in his book titled, THE FAITH OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS. Filmed at the Union League Club in New York City.

Good Parents Connect, Not Just Correct

Far from squashing our children’s interests or suffocating the spirit in them, we’re charged as parents to cultivate their hearts, and direct them in ways that are true, beautiful, and good. Surely, this will include the pruning of discipline, but our first pursuit is not to hunt for the evil in them and attack it, but look for the good and instruct them. It is far too easy to fall into a kind of merely reactive “discipline” that tries to kill off the weeds of sin by chopping aggressively at the heart of the plant. But true discipline carefully identifies the bulb and gently pulls away at the weeds of sin, so as not to harm the heart of a fledging plant before it ever has the opportunity to blossom.

RELEVANT Podcast: Malachi Kirby

This week on the podcast, we talk with the star of the hit new miniseries Roots, Malachi Kirby . He discusses the legacy of the show, what it’s like playing Kunte Kinte and the role his Christian faith plays in his acting career. Also, our old friend Adam Smith joins us for discussions about bacon, Chance the Rapper and meteors, and to play the toughest Australia-themed game you’ve ever heard. Trust us, this is a fun one.

Chizor Akisanya // Having a Disabilty and a Purpose in Life // The Profile

Chizor Akisanya is a Pastor at Jesus House. She has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Warwick and a master’s in International Law from the University of Nottingham. She is qualified as a Barrister in Nigeria and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She is also author of 'Complete in Him: Finding Hope in Disability and Child Loss'. In this clip, Chizor tells Premier's Muyiwa, about feeling loved and having a purpose in life, despite being born with a disabiliy. 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: | For more video and audio content: | Like us on Facebook | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

The End of Philosophy of Religion | Reasonable Faith Video Podcast

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Your Mission Trip Selfies Aren't Helping Anyone

You make some really good points here, that I, as a missionary having served 10 years in eastern Hungary, fully concur with. Still, we must be cautious in our criticism. The orphans we worked with loved the pics with new friends. Those new friends were dramatically changed by the experience some returning as long term missionaries. Others committing to serious, long-term prayer for those kids for years to come. Yes, it is difficult for the abandoned to say goodbye after such fun and such love and acceptance. But is it better that these children never experience such things at all? Americans especially must learn to minister in humility, and not make impulsive promises that they cannot keep, but these kids need to witness healthy relationships between husband and wife, parent and child. They have never seen what that looks like. And a week of seeing how that is supposed to work can impact them in incredible ways. All your warnings are spot on. But let us be wary is discouraging everyone from ever doing short term missions because they are afraid of messing things up. We must be wary of the pitfalls, but also willing to go and listen to the direction of those who are in it for long haul -- the local Christian leaders, treating them with the honor they deserve.

The Truth about Ramadan (David Wood) Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. "Sawm" is the Arabic word for “fasting” (derived from a Syriac term meaning “to abstain”); however, in its religious context, sawm refers specifically to Islamic fasting as prescribed in the Qur’an and the Hadith. When fasting, Muslims are required to abstain from food, beverages (including water), and sexual intercourse during daylight hours (from dawn to sunset). Sawm is especially associated with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims who are physically able and not otherwise exempt (e.g., while traveling or waging jihad) are required to fast from dawn to sunset for the entire month. Islamic fasting, however, is actually a series of feasts. Most Muslims celebrating Ramadan eat a tremendous amount of food before sunrise and have a feast after sunset. Numerous reports have shown that Muslims consume far more food during Ramadan than during other months. The results are obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. In this video ("The Truth about Ramadan"), David Wood discusses Ramadan-related health problems and what they teach us about Islam.

13 Reasons We Need Church History

A robust doctrine of divine providence reminds us that human history is a giant canvas on which we see God paint his sovereign plan. History is not cyclical in any Marxian sense; rather, it is all leading to one grand summation in Christ.

New Atheists now claim that Bible prophecies have failed!

Many of the “new” atheists are now making a lot of noise about Bible Prophecy. Theologically liberal scholars have long fuelled the atheists’ assertions that Bible Prophecy is really just fabricated history made to sound like predictive prophecies. But now they’ve gone a step further! In fact, for some of them, they’ve made these new claims about “failed” Bible prophecies central to their arguments for atheism…

4th-Generation Atheist Becomes A Christian After 2 Years of Weekly Investigative Studies

Prepare to be encouraged, because I have a great story to share. In the fall of 2012, our College Ministry kicked off a new semester at the University of Delaware, with an activity at The Campus House. The game was Texas Hold’em, which is always attended by a handful of guys. Nick Costanza – a sophomore who went on to become our student president the following year and who will serve in the same role this coming year – invited his roommate, Pieter.

The problem of evil is a bigger problem for atheists than Christians

Lots of people, when asked why they don't believe in God, will say something like, "Because there is so much evil in the world". It wasn't the case for me. One of the reasons I became a Christian was studying the horrors of the Holocaust. I visited Auschwitz for the first time last year. It was so upsetting. If there is no God, then to me, this world is hell. What's often used as a reason to not believe in God can be used as a reason to believe.

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