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Would Your Religion Be Different If You Were Born In Another Culture?

Is your religion just a reflection of your culture? Are religious beliefs accidents of culture? Sean briefly responds to these Qs by reflecting on truth.

Hear 15 National Anthems Mashed Up into One Inspirational Song

Even if you’re not a fan of the actual summer Olympic sporting events, the Olympics themselves remain a inspiring feat of global collaboration and unity. It’s that spirit of unity that is captured so well in this new commercial from Samsung, which features 15 national anthems mashed up into one “International Anthem.” It’s pretty great.

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“The Atheist Delusion” – Why Millions Deny the Obvious

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Christians, You Don't Have to Speak Into Everything

Does it honor God? David had two opportunities to kill Saul and become king. David refused both times. He didn’t kill Saul because it wasn’t his place and it wouldn’t honor God to do so. Sometimes what looks like the right thing to do, what seems reasonable and justified in our minds is not the Godly thing to do. Our primary concern is honoring and obeying God. Don’t skip this step. Spend some time in prayer to figure out if God is convicting you to speak or to remain silent. Let Him guide you.

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The Myth of Maternal Bliss

But most days I feel more like a fish out of water. I love calm and quiet, reading and thinking. I often like ideas more than people. I like an ordered, methodical existence. I am not a great cook, nor am I motivated, in the least, to decorate or design. I will never have an Etsy shop because I have no marketable skills in the craft department.

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8 The Condom Conundrum

Now Buckles and Hungerman are quick to point out that they believe the effects of teen fertility would be less alarming if the condom-distribution programs were also accompanied by mandatory sex-ed counseling. But New says such education efforts would not totally offset the jump in teen fertility caused by condom distribution. There would still be more births to teenaged mothers, and presumably more teen STDs, than if there were no condoms in the schools in the first place.

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Is your brain playing mind games with you? For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

How Self-Help Can Become Self-Hurt

So should we trash all self-improvement efforts? Surely not. We should absolutely learn as much as we can in an effort to better ourselves. Much practical advice is helpful. We should learn effective time management, goal-setting, and leadership tactics. These are good things. But we must not place our hope in them. Instead, we must anchor our hearts on the rock of Christ. We must not let self-help become a false gospel or a counterfeit god.

Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect

“We don’t know yet how these laws will be implemented, but it is already clear that they are achieving their goal of creating an atmosphere of fear and suspicion within society, while allowing the government to restrict freedom in violation of the Constitution and international norms,” he wrote. “Believers will soon need to make a very important choice: whether to obey God or these new Russian ‘laws.’”

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THE GOOD LIFE “Another modern trend is a change in what we mean by “the good life.” From Old Testament times and ancient Greece until this century, the good life was widely understood to mean a life of intellectual and moral virtue. The good life is the life of ideal human functioning according to the nature that God Himself gave to us. According to this view, prior to Creation God had in mind an ideal blueprint of human nature from which He created each and every human being. Happiness (Greek: eudaimonia) was understood as a life of virtue, and the successful person was one who knew how to live life well according to what we are by nature due to the creative design of God.

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Why Neither Candidate Has Hispanic Christians Convinced This Election

Hispanic Democrats—some 60 percent of registered Hispanic voters—are asking when their candidate will respond more fully to this 55 million person and growing minority. To begin with, when will the party’s leaders follow through on their lingering promise to reform our broken immigration system? Though we often hear that immigration ranks fourth among issues (after the economy, education, and health care) for Hispanic voters, it is clearly the “gateway issue” for many Hispanics, who are calling on Clinton to deliver what Obama did not. Clinton is saying all the right things. She will create “the first ever Office of Immigrant Affairs.” She is “committed to introducing comprehensive immigration reform and a path to legitimate citizenship within the first 100 days of [her] presidency.” She will “end family detention, close private immigrant detention centers, and help more eligible people become naturalized.” Instead of advocating for building a wall, she promises to “tear down barriers” that have kept Hispanics from succeeding more fully.


Satan’s Favorite Weapon Against You

Ferocious battles with demonic unbelief are part of the normal Christian life. This is war. If the fighting doesn’t get fierce, we are likely not engaged or doing anything threatening to Satan. But if Satan is fighting us with the Kryptonite of unbelief, he perceives a threat. When you feel yourself wilting, take heart. Through the promises of Jesus, the Spirit of Jesus will help you overcome your enemy’s most lethal weapon (John 16:33).

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Like the Republican Party, Is American Christianity Collapsing?

With a contentious Republican National Convention now underway, an evangelical author is arguing that "evangelical Christianity in America as we have known it is on its way out."

7 Ways to Deal with Doubt

Doubt is not unbelief. Again, doubt is the bridge that connects current faith to perfect faith. And that bridge will stand until our death or Christ’s return. When we go through a faith crisis, though, we don’t naturally see things this way. Once doubt enters and infects our lives on a conscious level, we may interpret it as outright unbelief. We simply don’t know how else to process it. We think we’re on an inevitable road to complete unbelief.

Mormon Leader Opens RNC Evening By Praying That God ‘Will Bless Our Enemies’

Please bless all of our leaders father that they may have wisdom and humility as they serve. ... We ask, Father, that thee will bless our enemies and we pray for those who oppose our ideals and seek to do us harm that their hearts will be softened. ... And Father, we pray for healing. Healing for our society. Healing for the family. Even that healing that comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We pray that he who is the great physisican may mend our division and contention and bring us peace in our world, in our communities and in our homes.

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Dems hoping for Trump nomination need to take note of today. Trump will be merciless to Sec. Clinton. She will beat him, but at great cost.

Three Reasons Every Christian Should Attend A Christian Apologetics Conference Once A Year

I am sorry I missed the first one. Since 1993, Southern Evangelical Seminary has had an annual Christian apologetics conference. I have attended all of them since 1994. Admittedly, for about half of them, my attendance was related to work. Nevertheless, even before that, I can remember eagerly awaiting the conference, encouraging my friends and family to attend, and buying my ticket. For an old or young eager Christian apologist, there is nothing else like it. Nowhere else can you g

How Donald Trump Divided and Conquered Evangelicals

Over the course of the program, Brody alternated between presenting himself as a star-struck tourist ("Me and the Donald, can you believe this? There we are, in Trump Tower") and evangelical voters' vetter-in-chief. "Talk to me a little bit about how you see God?" asked Brody, serving Trump an opening to ramble vaguely about Christianity and to praise the Bible as "the book, the thing." They talked about how often Trump attended church ("as much as I can") and his views on civil unions (a muddled, "there can be no discrimination against gays. I'm against gay marriage.") Brody asked Trump about what he called "the Muslim problem," noting that evangelicals have "some concern about the teachings of the Koran." The Koran, Trump replied in a prelude to the Islamophobia that marked his 2016 campaign, teaches "some very negative vibe."

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When God Seems Silent

All of God’s saints, if allowed to live long enough, are led into the lonely, disorienting, weary wilderness. And while there, we lament. And since laments are often better sung than said, it’s always been the poets and songwriters who help us most.

Donald Trump Tells Jake Tapper He Won't Denounce David Duke or The KKK

On CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, when Donald Trump was asked whether or not he would denounce the support he had gotten from David Duke and white supremacist groups, the presidential candidate said he did not know enough about Duke or the KKK to denounce them.

You Cannot Out-Dream God’s Plans for You

One of my favorite promises in the Bible is Psalm 16:11: “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” No greater joy. No expiration date. We cannot out-dream God’s good plans for us. “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). To receive it, we simply have to daily come as open-handed seekers, looking to Jesus and not the world to meet our deepest longings.

Why Did Police Shoot This Unarmed Black Man With His Hands Up?

There is preliminary information that North Miami Police Officers were dispatched to the scene after a 911 call was received of an armed male suspect threatening suicide. Arriving officers attempted to negotiate with two men on the scene, one of whom was later identified as suffering from autism. The other man was later identified as an employee of an assisted living facility. At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking the employee.

Lay Aside the Weight of “Not Feeling Like It”

So today, don’t let “not feeling like it” reign as lord (Romans 6:12). Rather, through it see your Father pointing you to the reward he has planned for all who endure to the end (Matthew 24:13). Let it remind you that his call is not to indulgence but endurance.

Volunteers in India Planted Almost 50 Million Trees in Just One Day

In 24 hours on July 11, more than 80,000 volunteers planted 49.3 million tree saplings throughout Northern India on public land and along roads and railways. The tree saplings were from 80 different species of tree that are all native to local nurseries.

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A US Air Strike in Syria Killed 85 Civilians

This devastating event appears to have been caused by an accident. Apparently, those involved mistook citizens for ISIS militants.

Why Mark Burns’ RNC Benediction Was Terrible

Wonderful, we’re back to this nonsense. First, I think you meant to pray that God would keep us united and not divided, although the Freudian slip is rather fitting given the context of your prayer. Second, Pastor Burns, if you want to defeat the forces of godlessness that swim in the waters of the Democratic Party, get off the stage in Cleveland and go do the things that God says will actually drive sin from the hearts of both Republicans and Democrats.

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Trump is Right: Repeal the Johnson Amendment That Muzzles Pastors | The Stream

“Free exercise” includes engaging in commerce, participating in politics and pursuing liberty and happiness as a full participant in the American polity. The Free Exercise right was meant to protect citizens’ deeply held moral and religious beliefs, even outside the walls of their places of worship. It was also meant to give the church a robust freedom to influence and serve the common good. It was never meant to empower the government to censor the church or restrict its participation. If it had, the churches could not have led the fight against slavery in the 1840s, eugenics in the 1920s or segregation in the 1950s and ’60s. Had the Johnson Amendment been in place during those decades, and read to their advantage by political appointees, we would live in a much bleaker, less human country today.

Can Natural Processes Explain the Origin of Life?

When considering how life began, there are only two options. Either life was created by an intelligent source (God) or it began by natural processes. The common perception presented in many textbooks and in the media is that life arose from nonlife in a pool of chemicals about 3.8 billion years ago. The claim by evolutionists is that this formation of life was the result of time, chance, and natural processes. One widely used example of how life could have formed by natural processes is the Miller-Urey experiment, performed in the early 1950s.

Trump Delivers Eulogy As Republican Party Formally Laid To Rest | The Babylon Bee

“We gather here tonight, first of all, to pay our respects, and to lay to rest the Grand Old Party, gone from us at age 162,” he said. “Since a great man, Abraham Lincoln, was the first Republican President, it only seems fitting that an even greater man, Donald J. Trump—me—officially bid it farewell, and see it off to the eternal campaign in the sky.”

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Tim Keller and John Inazu: How Christians Can Bear Gospel Witness in an Anxious Age

“Christianity as a social phenomenon,” wrote theologian Lesslie Newbigin, “has always and necessarily been conditioned as to its outward form by other social facts.” When Newbigin wrote this in 1941, one of the main “social facts” in the United States was that public norms were dictated by a distinctly American Protestant culture in the white middle class. As such, Protestant churches provided many Americans with a great part of their social identity. The majority of Americans, whether or not they were devout, identified with some church and its basic teachings. These teachings—for better, and sometimes for worse—contributed to a largely monolithic way of thinking about religion and morality. By the middle of the 20th century, that way of thinking had made room for some Catholic and Jewish influences, but little else.

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Renowned scholar William Lane Craig offers a readable, rich training manual for defending the Christian faith. This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life. This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe, but why they believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.

Christopher Hitchens makes a shocking confession

These are the last two minutes of Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens's documentary, Collision. Christopher's final comment is stunningly unexpected and most thought-provoking.

Prayer: How to Do the Humanly Impossible

The reason I say it should be the visible engine, not just a private act that nobody in the family or the ministry knows is happening is, first, because the New Testament makes prayer a public act as well as a private one, and second, because visible prayer is a statement of our helplessness and our utter dependence on God for the outcomes of life and family and ministry that we long for. God is glorified when it is plain to people that we consider him a trustworthy Father who is eager to hear our prayers. And he is glorified when Christians humble themselves openly as people who are not ashamed to beg for help.

Misunderstanding first cause arguments

Generally speaking, the “New Atheists” haven’t shown any natural genius for philosophy. Grayling, though being a professional philosopher, does not prove to be the exception here. Instead, he shows that even when they have the benefit of philosophical training, it does them very little good when they engage in debates over God’s existence. I think it would be pretty uncontroversial to say that Rowe won the debate rather decisively. Grayling often seemed so far out of his depth that it was even making me uncomfortable. I can’t imagine how Grayling must have been feeling.

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Apologetics and Your Kids: The Price of Truth

We have all read the statistics of young people who flee the Faith in which they have been reared soon after hitting college. There is more than one reason for this defection. The first and most obvious issue is probably the state of the heart. Is this individual actually saved? I’m not asking, “did they think they were saved?” I’m asking “were they saved?”

Intolerance in the Name of Tolerance

Even committed Christians feel the pull of living outside of God’s moral truth. But we also acknowledge that our greatest act of trust is to believe that God’s ways are best. The joy we experience in submitting to him makes it unsatisfying to live in ways that doesn’t bring him glory. This week, have a discussion with your kids. Where are they currently finding their moral compass? To what degree are they committed to God? How closely are they walking with him? Help them to understand that labels like “intolerant” hurt, but they’re tolerable when our hearts are committed to learning to know God.

The Origins of Aggressive Atheism

TIM STRATTON: Hi. My name is Tim Stratton. I’m a Reasonable Faith Chapter Director here in Kearney, Nebraska. About ten years ago I was hired here at the Kearney Evangelical Free Church to be the Youth Pastor to work with high school and college students. I started Life Group - a Bible study - for young men. It didn’t take long for me to realize that although I was passionate about sharing the Gospel and telling people about Jesus many young people were having a hard time accepting it, having a hard time believing it. In fact, one young man who was the son of an elder at the church became an atheist in front of my face. He came up to me after a couple of years of being in my Bible study and said, “Tim, I’m not coming back to youth group this year. I’m not coming back to Bible study either.” I said, “Why?” He said, “I’m an atheist now.” And I said, “You know that is not true!” He said, “No, I don’t know that, Tim. I really don’t think God exists.” And I said, “You know that’s not true!” And he said, “I don’t know that, Tim. I’ve been reading Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking and Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens over the summer.

Unicorns in the Bible?

The importance of the biblical unicorn is not so much its specific identity—much as we would like to know—but its reality. The Bible is clearly describing a real animal. The unicorn mentioned in the Bible was a powerful animal possessing one or two strong horns—not the fantasy animal that has been popularized in movies and books. Whatever it was, it is now likely extinct like many other animals. To think of the biblical unicorn as a fantasy animal is to demean God’s Word, which is true in every detail.

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