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35 persecuted Christians released from prison - Premier

A Christian charity has welcomed the release of 35 Christians who were imprisoned for their faith in Eritrea.

Can American Democracy Survive the New Atheism?

Here is my latest video discussion from the New Walden Book Club.  It is probably my last episode on the Eric Metaxas book If You Can Keep It.  The focus of this episode is Eric’s discussion …

Two kinds of people who have tried to shame me away from Christianity

In my last job, I had two interesting encounters, first with a secular Jewish leftist man and second with a New Age prosperity gospel feminist Christian woman. So let’s talk about the two peo…

MLB Star Daniel Poncedeleon Makes Miraculous Comeback After Fast Ball Brain Injury: 'I Found Courage Through God'

St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon made a miraculous comeback Monday night, one year after suffering a severe head injury which almost ended his career, and he is giving God all of the glory.

Maxine Waters Declares at LA Megachurch She Was 'Sent by God' to Fight Against Donald Trump

Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California declared in a speech on Sunday at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles that she feels "sent by God" to oppose President Donald Trump and all the harm she says his administration is doing.

'Moses' to Hit Theaters: Movie Takes Bible Hero 'Off Pedestal' and Introduces the Man (Trailer)

Sight & Sound Theatres has brought epic Bible stories to life with their productions over the past 40 years and now its is bringing the epic musical "Moses" to the big screen in hopes of highlighting the man behind the tablets.

Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity

I don't know how Justin Brierley does it, but he gets the most fantastic guests on his show Unbelievable. In this clip from a forthcoming episode, Tom Holland explains to Tom Wright why he changed his mind about Christianity: specifically, how he came to realise that his assumptions about liberty, equality, human rights, international law and the like do not trace their roots to Greek or Roman concepts, as he had previously thought, but rather to the influence of Christian thinking, and that of Paul in particular. It's a wonderfully concise and eloquent explanation, both in what Holland says about the Greco-Roman world and in what he says about Paul, and you can watch it all in four minutes:

Want to Weep? Here's the Final 'Christopher Robin' Trailer

We know, we know: Hump days are always emotional. Well, to pile on top of your mid-week mountain of feelings we present to you the final trailer for Disney's Christopher Robin,

Watch Andy Mineo Channel His Inner Rocky in the Video for 'I Ain't Done'

'I Ain't Done' is the most hype track off Andy Mineo's last EP, I: The Arrow, so it makes sense that he's bringing the hype for the song's video. This one is

Watch Jesus Culture's Incredible Live Performance of 'Defender'

'You picked up all my pieces, put me back together / You are the Defender of my heart'   Talk about powerful. Jesus Culture takes the stage to perform 'Defender'

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Christian Paradigm Power: Atheism is Impossible

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Lori Alexander is right: serious Christian men prefer debt-free virgins without tattoos

Tattoos are a problem for serious Christian men for several reasons. First, they cost money and for no gain, and can even cause you losses in your career. Second, most people get them because of low self-esteem or vanity or to look rebellious or to look dangerous. None of these motivations should be acted upon by someone with a robust Christian worldview. The money could be better used on charity, or investments, etc. Women show what their priorities really are by how they spend their money and time. Show me a woman’s bookshelf, and I’ll tell how seriously she has thought about what it means to be a Christian in all areas of life. Instead of showing me your tattoos to demonstrate your “spirituality”, show me your apologetics books, to demonstrate your intellectual engagement. And tell me how you used that information to engage in conversations, and write blog posts answering challenges to your faith. That way I’ll know that you use your money to train do hard things in order to have an influence for Christ in serious, practical, effective ways. A woman who can defend her faith and discuss Christianity with non-Christians is demonstrating her ability to raise Christian children in a secular society.

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All of Us Ought to Agree on the Fallen Nature of Humans | Cold Case Christianity

While the concept of “Human Depravity” is an historic Christian doctrine, it’s also a condition I recognized as an atheist. My career as a police officer and my time as a parent settled the issue for me. If people are “basically good” shouldn’t we be able to verify this claim in the lives of infants? My toddler children needed to be taught about patience, kindness and unselfishness; these virtues were missing from their default nature. And it didn’t take long as a police officer to recognize the depth and complexity of our fallen citizenry. Most people who believe humans are “basically good” simply haven’t spent much time in the world as an experienced law enforcement first responder. So I was grateful when my ministry partner and fellow law enforcement professional, Aaron Brake, posted an article on the doctrine of Human Depravity . Aaron did an excellent job as he established two important truths:

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Does Evolution Disprove God's Existence?

Dr. William Lane Craig answers the question of Darwinian evolution and the existence of God. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/

6 The Lost Art of Gratitude: Discipling Women Towards Thankfulness

The fact that we too have received Christ Jesus the Lord changes everything. Our calling is to walk in him. The best way to do that is to daily read God’s infallible word and then carry it out to the best of our ability down the path set forth specifically for us. Clearly, some believers have much rougher paths than others, but our Lord will equip us to walk boldly. Paul reminds the Colossians of the privilege they have to be “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith.” He states earlier, in Colossians 1:7, that he is aware of how they have learned from Epaphras, a “beloved fellow servant” and presumed minister in the church there. What a joy to be rooted in the faith!

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What’s the Mission of God? See the Church

One of the key rationales for church planting is this: It puts the Christian community at the heart of mission. If individuals were at the heart of God’s purposes, then it would be natural to put the individual at the heart of mission. But at the heart of God’s plan of salvation is a family and a nation . So the church should be at the heart of mission. Together, the church demonstrates the reconciling power of the gospel . Our different life experiences give texture and color to our message. Our diverse gifts complement one another. We show that life together under the reign of God is the good life. The church should be at the heart of mission, and that happens naturally and inevitably in church planting. Scattered Communities of Light It is often said that mission in the Old Testament was centripetal , but that mission in the New Testament is centrifugal . Clearly, mission in the New Testament is centrifugal in a way that wasn’t the case in the Old Testament. We are to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). And yet at the same time, mission in the New Testament has not ceased to be centripetal.

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Facebook Banned a Famous Picture of Jesus … for Nudity?

A Belgian tourist board has posted an open letter to Facebook after they say the site took down several images of famous paintings, saying they violated the site’s policy that prohibits nudity.

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Did Moses Author the Pentateuch?

Though modern skeptics challenge that Moses wrote the books (some even doubt he existed), there is plenty of evidence throughout the Bible, as well as external texts, to give us confidence that he did. Old Testament and New Testament references clearly and consistently testify to Mosaic authorship, authority, and influence.

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Episode 082: Pros and Cons of Labels - Christian Research Institute

“A recent trend, which gained traction with a piece released by Planned Parenthood a handful of years ago (“Moving Beyond Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice Labels, You’re ‘Not in Her Shoes’”), is attempting to do just that. There is a growing desire that the terms pro-choice and pro-life be abolished because they do not adequately express feelings about abortion. Most people “just don’t want to be labeled,” proponents claim. They may very well be on to something, but they’re taking things too far…Simply put, labels come with pros and cons. Some labels are associated automatically with stereotypical meanings, which can be exacerbated further by any number of factors that influence individuals — culture, education, loyalties, circumstances, media. When labels are thrown out haphazardly, they oftentimes unfairly corral others into groups according to the audience’s perception… It may be that the call for abolishing the label pro-choice comes from the fact that many identify themselves as personally pro-life, while others label them pro-choice. These individuals play the moral relativism card by reducing moral truth to mere personal preference.

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Book Review: Science and the Mind of the Maker by Melissa Cain Travis

The fine-tuning of the universe was touched on in chapter 3, but chapter 5 takes it a step further by identifying the many ways in which the physical world is fine-tuned for scientific discovery. Fire is necessary for metallurgy, which is necessary for science. The earth’s atmosphere is not only optimal for respiration and radiation protection, it is also optimal for clear skies, making stars visible on the surface of the earth. Solar eclipses are only possible with a moon that is just the right size and the right distance away from the earth, and it happens to be that human beings exist on this planet at precisely the time when this is the case. None of these phenomena had to be the case, yet each is required both for habitability of the earth and for scientific discovery.

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BreakPoint: Why Some Christians Embrace LGBT Theology

In the pamphlet, a woman who describes herself as a lesbian Christian says she had an “encounter with God,” and that He told her “You’re gay. I made you this way…This is who you are.” She was shocked to find that her church wasn’t buying this. “[T]hey wanted to know how I could scripturally justify what I was telling them,” she says. “They didn’t care so much about this spiritual encounter I’d had with God.” But isn’t that the same thing we ask of Mormons or Muslims or cult leaders who justify explicitly anti-biblical stances based on their experiences?

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Twitter promotes itself as an equal opportunity thing, yet this is unfair bias. Regardless if you’re pro-choice or pro-life, you should know that this is wrong.

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The "Sandlot" actor explained, "Said nice shirt to this dude walking by us and he had no idea what we were talking about." Of course, he had to get a picture. relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/t…

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Hate Sin and Its Effects

In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemn danger. He who would be safe from acts of evil must haste away from occasions of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes not even to look upon the cause of temptation, for such sins only need a spark, to begin with and a blaze follows in an instant. Who would wantonly enter the leper’s prison and sleep amid its horrible corruption? He only who desires to be leprous himself would thus court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it. Cautious pilots have no desire to try how near the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a safe channel. . . . The devil I am to resist and he will flee from me, but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, or they will surely overcome me.

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There's a Difference Between Evidence and Proof | Cold Case Christianity

How can Metzger come to such a different conclusion than Ehrman? Was he looking at different evidence? No. Both men are examining the exact same set of facts, yet coming to two very different conclusions. How can this be? All of us, as fallen humans, are at war with the God who created us. All of us have an enmity toward God that must first be removed if we are ever going to see the evidence clearly. Only God can do such a thing. So, while I am always delighted to examine the evidence with someone, I recognize that I am only one of several means by which God can reveal Himself to those He has already called. I am prepared to make the case, but only God can turn the evidence into proof.

22 The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith (and Not Developing Their Own)

Hhmmm…I don’t think I agree with this. My husband and I are life long Christians. I don’t think I necessarily asked any deep questions as a teenager and I was quite committed. We have seven children- five adults, one who just turned eighteen and a sixteen year old. I don’t recall any of them engaging with questions but maybe because they all went to parochial school or were homeschooled so got plenty of engagement on doctrine on a daily basis with teaching. They are all still in the faith, some more strongly than others. While their father and I taught them the Scriptures, their faith was never our job– it’s the job of the Holy Spirit.

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Jesus Christ vs. Muhammad

Jesus Christ compared to the founder of Islam, Muhammad. what does the bible reveal and what does the Qur'an declare about Jesus and Muhammad. There are very few similarities and their differences begin at the ontological level. Pls subscribe here and our Podcast http://gospeltruthshow.podbean.com/

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Counterpoints: Peter S. Williams and Richard Dawkins on Science and God

Richard Dawkins - "God cannot be proved by any scientific hypothesis. Therefore he does not exist." 1 Peter S. Williams - "...neither can the proposition that 'unless something can be proved by a scientific hypothesis it does not exist' be proved by any scientific hypothesis.  By Dawkins' own standard, his objection to theism doesn't even exist!  Dawkins' scientistic attack-plan begins with lopping off his own sword arm." 2 Check out the rest of our "Counterpoints" series here . Courage and Godspeed, Chad Footnotes: 1. As quoted by Peter S. Williams in C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists, p. 46.  The quote originates from Dawkins' article  in the Daily Telegraph, August 31, 1993. 2. Ibid. Related Posts Article: Five Arguments for Theism by Peter S. Williams Solving the "Who Made God?" Problem Article: A Universe from Someone: Against Lawrence Krauss by Peter S. Williams

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Bible Taken to Moon in Apollo 14 Mission Will Be Up for Auction This Week

The starting price for the miniature King James Bible is going to be set at $50,000, though it could end up selling for significantly higher than that. A small Bible that reached outer space when it was taken along for the Apollo 13 mission was sold for $62,500 last year.

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Report: Smoking Cigarettes Reaches an All-Time Low in the U.S.

Back in 1944, up to 41 percent of U.S. adults smoked cigarettes. This figure stayed pretty steady for the next several decades, even with the government’s warning in the ’60s that smoking was a major health threat.

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A New York Times piece said: “Have you considered becoming a plant parent? It’s much less work than parenting actual children or tending to pets, plus you get the benefit of adding vibrancy to your home and the pride that comes with each new bloom.” bit.ly/2v3lmC3 pic.twitter.com/dKkreNqFol

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The Bible Is True, But …

No book is misused, misunderstood or collects more dust than the Bible.  Much of this stems from some misconceptions about what it is. While the Bible is 100 percent true, there are a few “buts” to consider. It’s important that we understand these buts so we can have a better understanding of the Bible and the message it’s communicating. Not only what the Bible is, but also what it isn’t. The BUTs are important.

31 Chance the Rapper’s Beautiful F Word | Think Christian

There’s something beautiful, after all, about joining God in the restoration of his kingdom—even when that work sometimes emerges from a place of indignation and expresses itself with vehemence. At one point near the end of “I Might Need Security,” Chance describes himself as a “kingdom builder.” Given his demonstrated knowledge of theological terminology in his other songs, it’s safe to assume that he’s speaking of God’s kingdom, not his own. “I Might Need Security,” then, could be described as both prophetic and eschatological. In that chorus, Chance blends an angry rebuke at broken reality with the joyful noise of anticipated harmony. Don’t be surprised, despite the vulgarity, if it’s music to your ears.

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I wish Christians weren't so insensitive to the fact that many Christians are attracted to the same sex. Living in denial, not being true to oneself at the core level leads to depression, suicide, & anxiety. Sadly, many John 3:16 Christians will say, "So what?"

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Pastor Andrew Brunson Released From Turkish Prison, Placed Under House Arrest

The news comes after a Turkish court ruled last week  at Brunson's third hearing that he was to remain in prison until his next hearing in September. According to the Daily Sabah, the new order for house arrest comes after a plea by Brunson and his lawyer over his poor health. The court reportedly came to the conclusion that Brunson's could be effectively detained under house arrest.

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Today marks the 185th anniversary of a monumental achievement brought about by a great man of faith. In fact, Chuck Colson called him his hero, and he’s mine too. William Wilberforce, a true giant of the faith, who lived from 1759 to 1833. bit.ly/2A6RNpe pic.twitter.com/wDIszCY3YD

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Why Jesus Calls You In

“As an embassy of the high king of heaven here at Third Avenue, we have been given a mission. Yes, we have been called to get the gospel right , and if you are a member of this church, we have ensured that you can get the gospel right. But we’ve also been called to get the gospel out .” — Matt Smethurst

37 Four Warnings for Your Twenties

In 1 Corinthians 10, the apostle Paul sits down with us, like a room full of grandmas, to explain how to read Moses in our daily fight against sin and for joy. He begins by reminding his readers of the Exodus and Israel’s wandering in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1–5). He explains that their hope was ultimately in Christ, even though Jesus would not be born for more than a thousand years (1 Corinthians 10:4). Then he writes, as if speaking to a crowd of twentysomethings today, “Now these things took place as examples for us , that we might not desire evil as they did” (1 Corinthians 10:6).

38 For Every Scar That Mothers Bear

This is my imaginary aftermath redo. Yet the unadulterated scar has turned to joy. Motherhood is not for perfectionists and is certainly not pain-free. But our scars are temporary and, more importantly, pointers to our Chief Scarbearer whose blood has washed away our sin. We will soon bid our painful scars farewell (Revelation 21:4).

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Black Hebrews Israelites, Time Travel, and Proof for God

Cross & Crown Radio host Mike Robinson shares his unique approach regarding the Black Hebrews, time travel, and proof for God in this fresh show. check out Robinson's book 'How Jesus Became God In The Flesh: The Proper Exaltation Of A Prophet From Nazareth: Bart Ehrman Refuted' on Amazon

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John interviews Dr. Matthew Sleeth about his book “24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier Happier Life.” Dr. Sleeth shares how giving God one day out of the week and observing “Sabbath practices,” revolutionized his life and the life of his family. bit.ly/2uLMBSg pic.twitter.com/ubAccKATvu

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Christian group issues warning on IVF anniversary - Premier

The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) has warned that clinicians are adding to the heartbreak and misery of thousands of infertile women by not identifying IVF myths.

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First the florists, then the bakers, then the pharmacists—now, soccer players? So, once again, religious convictions are being labeled hate, and those who hold them are being forced off the field of play—no matter the arena, so to speak. bit.ly/2mEXjpd pic.twitter.com/ROnfk1Gr0i

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The #HumanRightsCampaign released a “faith guide” that offers a glaring example of this kind of thinking. It’s full of the same bad "arguments" that are trotted out over and over. Still, they’re worth discussing because people are still falling for them. bit.ly/2LKwjzC pic.twitter.com/yaB4zU9DDi

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Radical transformation

)! When a churchgoer is transformed into someone who understands reality and knows that Christianity is true, the “compartmentalized” problems of the modern church come to an abrupt end. That is to say, churchgoers will do so much more than only act like a Christian on Sunday mornings. Rather, they will strive to live for Jesus Christ all the time — even when no one else is watching.

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One Spirit, One Faith, Many Opponents

There was a time when believers often spoken of the Christian faith using military language. “ Onward Christian Soldiers ” may sound antiquated now, but not long ago it was known and loved. Yet martial language is quite common in the New Testament, and Paul relies on it to communicate key realities. He describes Christians as being like soldiers in a battle. Their heavenly nation is under attack and they, as its citizens, must rise up to protect it. Wave after wave of enemies is coming toward them and they must resist. They must stand firm. In the opening chapter of Philippians he tells these Christian soldiers there are three things they must do if they are to remain undefeated in this great spiritual battle.

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Michael Ruse talks with John Lennox

The most recent session was filmed live in London in front of an audience, and featured philosopher of science Professor Michael Ruse, of Florida State University, talking with Oxford mathematician, Professor John Lennox. Michael Ruse is well-known to anyone with an interest in philosophy of science, but he has also written an introduction to atheism, called Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know . John Lennox, while a mathematician, is known for books such as God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? . So the scene was set for a great discussion on science and religion. The PA was there, and filed this report.

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Kevin Costner Kicked Off Project After Allegations Surface That He Starred In 'Waterworld'

While it wasn’t a complete secret that Costner had starred in a number of odd, costly flops when he was younger, the renewed attention seemed to catch the Paramount Network off guard. They released a statement saying that while they “wish Costner the best”, they simply can’t be associated with someone who played a protagonist who “had gills and drank his own pee” and that they can’t rely on the judgement of someone who would take such a role.

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Religious Affiliation of American Emerging Adults: 1996 to 2014

As shown, both Mainline and Catholic denominations have decreased significantly over this period. Mainline denominations have decreased from 18.5% down to 12.0%, or by almost a third. During the same time period, Catholics have reduced from 28% to about 17%, a reduction of almost 40%. By 2014, almost half (46%) of young adult Catholics were Hispanic. At the same time, only about 37% of emerging adult Hispanics (18–29) reported being affiliated with a Catholic church as compared to over 55% of those Hispanics over 40. Seven years earlier, in 2007, well over half (55%) of emerging adult Hispanics reported being affiliated with the Catholic Church, highlighting a dramatic drop by 2014. So, we find this interesting mix of trends:

51 Three Spiritual Journeys of Millennials - Barna Group
52 It's Time to Take the Bible Seriously - Capturing Christianity
53 Species, Speciation, and the Genesis Kind
54 F4F | Is Brian Simmons Promoting the Mark of the Beast?
55 The Christian Post
56 Why the Gospels are the center of the Bible (and your life) – Jonathan Pennington
57 Beijing Churches Cry Out Against Communist Authorities as Religious Crackdown 'Gets Worse and Worse'
58 Answering Smug Atheist Mocking Points
59 Jesus: The Great I AM
60 Ted Cruz Wants Five Debates With Democratic Challenger Beto O'Rourke
61 What is intellectual doubt?
62 My Partner Came Out As a Man – And I Struggled With Losing My Lesbian Identity - Everyday Feminism
63 Adam and Eve: Real People or Representative Hominins?
64 Is the definition of atheism “a lack of belief in God”?
65 Who Was Ludwig von Bertalanffy and Why Does He Matter? | Evolution News
66 Sam Allberry on Teaching Scripture in a Secular Context
67 Science and the Bible: Does the Bible Contradict Scientific Principles?
68 How Can We Be Sure of Our Salvation?
69 My Wedding Was Supposed to Be Today
70 Oral Origins of the New Testament (RJS)
71 Steadfast in the Midst of Scoffers
72 Believers may unwittingly assume a special burden of proof is on them
73 The Christian Post
74 Planned Parenthood Can't Conceal Ugliness of Abortion
75 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily
76 Suspect charged following spitting attack on priest - Premier
77 The Religion of Nature: Social Darwinism
78 Depraved Puppetry: Is There Any Good News in Dark Humor?
79 Pop Culture Primer: Video Games | Think Christian
80 My Partner Came Out As a Man – And I Struggled With Losing My Lesbian Identity - Everyday Feminism
81 Missionary Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Pastor's 5-Y-O Son, 15 Minors
82 UK chaplains deployed to Greece following deadly wildfires - Premier
83 Episode 474: Matt Perman // How to Get Unstuck
84 How the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation falsified atheism
85 Some Uber Riders Are Paying High Fees in 'Vomit Fraud' Scam
86 This Tiny Bible That Went to the Moon Could Be Yours for About $50,000
87 Out of the Nest and Off to College: A Time for Exploration - Christian Research Institute
88 The Forgotten Reformer—Ulrich Zwingli
89 A 'Frasier' Reboot Could Be Happening With Kelsey Grammer Onboard