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Computing the "Best Case" Probability of Proteins from Actual Data, and Falsifying a Prediction of Darwinism

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Earliest Comb Jellies Wore Armor

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Lexus Releases Another Glimpse at Its Hoverboard

Could the Marty McFly dream soon be a reality? Carmaker Lexus has released another look at its hoverboard, which it plans to formally unveil on August 5. Like the first video, the second brief clip leaves a lot of unanswered questions about the Slide, like how it works and if it is actually usable in real-life conditions, though the teaser does look pretty darn cool.The future we’ve been promised is almost here.

One of these things is not like the other: Augustine, Lewis, Schaeffer, and... G.S. West?!?

The full quote that the author of the post refers to can be found on TPE here , and if you Google it, you’ll also find that it’s also made its way onto a few other websites and blogs. Why the author chose to quote me, a mere mortal among such intellectual giants, is a mystery to me—but it’s likely that it just struck a chord with him and fit in with the point he was making. He could have from picked a number of similar quotes that say basically the same thing from other sources who would seem less out of place, but regardless of that fact, I’m really stoked that he chose to include mine. I’m tempted to print out the page and hang it on my wall; not just out of some warped sense of pride, but as a reminder that you don’t have to be such a brilliant and profound thinker or a renowned scholar to have an impact on people’s lives. Not all of us can be a C.S. Lewis or Francis Schaeffer, but we can all learn to be solid, critical, and careful thinkers. Seriously folks, it’s not rocket surgery, but it does take some effort.

Evolution Appears to Converge on Goals -- But in Darwinian Terms, Is That Possible?

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Master of Arts « Apologetics « Biola University

The Master of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics is designed for individuals who desire academic and practical preparation for proclaiming and defending the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. Through this program, students are prepared to articulate a Christian worldview reverently, with intelligence, confidence, and compassion. The program fosters personal spiritual growth and maturity through guided study of the Scriptures and theology, mutual encouragement in the Christian life, and intellectual rigor. The M.A. in Christian Apologetics differs from the M.A. in Science and Religion in its emphasis on the theological and philosophical groundwork of defending the Christian faith.

5 Misconceptions About Evangelism

Don’t get me wrong, salvation is important, but the evangelism process doesn’t just stop when people accept Christ. Our intent should be a proclamation of good news that allows us to progress along with them in a journey, not just a one-step process where we leave them once we achieved our goal of “saving them.”

Learning Apologetics: This one's a no-brainer!

I’m thrilled that the publishers of the Apologetics Bible for Students have chosen to offer it (for a limited time) at the ridiculously low price of only $2.99, so please take advantage of this special offer while you can! Pick up a copy for yourself, and while you’re at it, gift a copy (or 2 or 3) for the students in your life to help equip them to stand strong in their faith and to boldly share the Gospel with others.

The Stress Test Method of Apologetics

A few weeks ago I was driving to work, when all of a sudden there was a sharp pain in my chest. It persisted for several minutes--long enough that I pulled the car over. I had never felt anything like that before. I figured that it was probably just the result of anxiety. After all, this time of year I work nearly 70 hours a week between teaching and coaching. I have a 2 year old son who does not have an off switch or volume control. I also run this website and volunteer as chapter director for the Ratio Christi student apologetics group at University of Georgia. On top of that I am taking classes to complete a doctorate. Finances are very tight, stuff needs to get done around the house, etc etc. So yeh...anxiety seemed like a pretty safe assumption. But just to be on the safe side, I went to see the doctor. They checked my cholesterol (which is high) and did an EKG on my heart. The doctor said that he was a bit

3 Things to Look for in a Youth Minister

“Young adult” is not a requirement, nor is “wildly entertaining.” I’m not looking for someone who has a huge bag of tricks, unless they are particularly skilled in using those tricks to teach students about God’s grace. While the effective youth minister will have people skills broad enough to speak intelligibly to both youth and adults, I want someone who desires to make themselves available to students and their families, who can listen, who can teach the Bible in a compelling way, and who can teach others to do the same. I don’t want someone who just likes going to high school football games, but one who goes to high school football games intent on building relationships with students to the end that these relationships might lead students to know King Jesus. 

The Sword or the Cross? How Islam and Christianity Grow

Muhammad and Jesus shook the world and shake it still. Muslims and Christians seek God’s will for all of life and for the entire world. At the center of their faith is a personal being who is due worship and sacrifice. This God is the source of hope, in this world and the next. Islam and Christianity are the two great missionary religions, but their missions do not agree. Their deities are not in accord. Their creeds contradict each other. Their vision for the world cannot be aligned with any other religion. Islam’s greatest competitor is Christianity. Christianity’s greatest competitor is Islam. Ecumenical solutions are impossible, even absurd. Allah is not the Trinity. Jesus and Muhammad did not serve the same God, teach the same principles, or enflame their followers in the same way. This chasm cannot be bridged.

Guarding Sexual Purity

However, the Lord did not establish marriage as a mere preventative against immorality. He views marriage as honorable (Hebrews 13:4) and a glorious symbol of Christ’s love for His church (Ephesians 5:22–33). And He desires that we would esteem it just as highly. We can do that in several ways. First, we honor marriage when the husband fulfills his duties as the head: “Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman” (1 Corinthians 11:3). Second, we honor marriage when wives submit to their husbands, as Sarah did to Abraham (1 Peter 3:1, 6). Third, we honor marriage when we make sure it is regulated by mutual love and respect, as the apostle Peter instructs us:

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Can hipster Christianity save churches from decline?

Many don’t want the church to be like a sceney bar or a stylish boutique. They want the church to be the church: an institution that embraces awkward people, confronts sin, transforms lives, subverts the sovereignty of self, serves others and provides meaning more substantial than the ephemera of fickle fads.

Nature Valley 3 Generations - #RediscoverNature

Our relationship with nature is disappearing. That is what we found out when we talked to 3 generations and asked them one simple question: What did you like to do for fun as a kid? At Nature Valley, we believe childhood belongs in nature. Join us on our mission to pass on the joy of nature to the next generation. #RediscoverNature

11 Grace to You Radio

Fake. Not a word you’d want applied to your faith in Christ! So what does it mean to live an authentic Christian life—how can you make sure you’re Living Real ? Let John MacArthur show you.

She’s Having a Fetus

I’m pregnant. At what point in my pregnancy is it called a baby? Women have different feelings about when to call it a baby. For some women, it is a baby from the first moment the pregnancy is confirmed or even suspected. For other women, the pregnancy doesn’t become a baby until much later. What’s most important is how the woman feels about it. Most medical authorities, including Planned Parenthood, agree that it becomes a baby after birth when it takes its first breath. But we value women’s differing feelings about when to use the words embryo, fetus, or baby. 

Is There a God?

I was an atheist at one time. And like many atheists, the issue of people believing in God bothered me greatly. What is it about atheists that we would spend so much time, attention, and energy refuting something that we don't believe even exists?! What causes us to do that? When I was an atheist, I attributed my intentions as caring for those poor, delusional help them realize their hope was completely ill-founded. To be honest, I also had another motive. As I challenged those who believed in God, I was deeply curious to see if they could convince me otherwise. Part of my quest was to become free from the question of God. If I could conclusively prove to believers that they were wrong, then the issue is off the table, and I would be free to go about my life.

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Question: "Is Jesus God? Did Jesus ever claim to be God?" Answer: The Bible never records Jesus saying the precise words, “I am God.” That does not mean, however, that He did not proclaim that He is God. Take for example Jesus’ words in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” We need only to look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement to know He was claiming to be God. They tried to stone Him for this very reason: “You, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33). The Jews understood exactly what Jesus was claiming—deity. When Jesus declared, “I and the Father are one,” He was saying that He and the Father are of one nature and essence. John 8:58 is another example. Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I am!” Jews who heard this statement responded by taking up stones to kill Him for blasphemy, as the Mosaic Law commanded (Leviticus 24:16). John reiterates the concept of Jesus’ deity: “The Word [Jesus] was God” and “the Word became flesh” (John 1:1, 14). These verses clearly indicate that Jesus is God in the flesh. Acts 20:28 tells us, “Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Charred Remains of 1,500-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll Deciphered

“The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When any of you bring an offering of livestock to the Lord, you shall bring your offering from the herd or from the flock. If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you shall offer a male without blemish; you shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, for acceptance in your behalf before the Lord. You shall lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be acceptable in your behalf as atonement for you. The bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer the blood, dashing the blood against all sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. The burnt offering shall be flayed and cut up into its parts. The sons of the priest Aaron shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the parts, with the head and the suet, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar.

Read the Letter Planned Parenthood Sent News Outlets Warning Them Not to Air Undercover Videos

A regional branch of Planned Parenthood warned reporters in a new letter Monday against airing recent sting videos that purport to show the abortion provider’s employees discussing the sale of aborted fetus parts.

How to Fight Fairly with Your Spouse

But “happily married” couples are not the ones that never argue or fight. Happy marriages—strong marriages—are ones where each spouse understands how to not just survive those fights, but how to use them productively.

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Pls read & RT! Will #PP make a video of the procedure they do to help women (aka "abortion")?? …

Overflow Today | How to Answer, "There Is No Proof of God"

For more resources visit: Overflow Today is a free 3 to 5 minute video/audio podcast for Christians which teach us how to naturally “overflow” into our non-Christian friends’ lives with the gospel. In this short clip, Dr William Lane Craig has an answer for anyone who feels there's no proof for the existence of God: "Look at these contemporary scientific discoveries!" For more information on Overflow Today: We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page:

Human Capital - Episode 1: Planned Parenthood's Black Market in Baby Parts

Background track “Cylinder Four” by Chris Zabriskie ( ) used under Attribution License ( ). CMP claims no ownership of this track. Fetus animation adapted from Nils Tavernier, "L'odyssee de la vie" ( ) under fair use. CMP claims no ownership of this artwork. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #PPSellsBabyParts EX-CLINIC WORKER REVEALS PROFIT MOTIVE IN PLANNED PARENTHOOD BABY PARTS SALES, VP MEDICAL DIRECTOR PRICES BODY PARTS “PER ITEM” “We Can See How Much We Can Get Out of It,” says Planned Parenthood Affiliate VP; Whistleblower Who Harvested Aborted Baby Parts Details Traumatic Job in Planned Parenthood Clinics in New Documentary Web Series Contact: Peter Robbio,, 703.683.5004 LOS ANGELES, July 28--The first episode in a new documentary web series features a woman who once worked in Planned Parenthood clinics describing the profit motive involved in Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts, and includes new admissions from top-level Planned Parenthood leadership about the illicit pricing structure.

Human Capital - Episode 1: Planned Parenthood's Black Market in Baby Parts

Background track “Cylinder Four” by Chris Zabriskie ( ) used under Attribution License ( ). CMP claims no ownership of this track. Fetus animation adapted from Nils Tavernier, "L'odyssee de la vie" ( ) under fair use. CMP claims no ownership of this artwork. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #PPSellsBabyParts EX-CLINIC WORKER REVEALS PROFIT MOTIVE IN PLANNED PARENTHOOD BABY PARTS SALES, VP MEDICAL DIRECTOR PRICES BODY PARTS “PER ITEM” “We Can See How Much We Can Get Out of It,” says Planned Parenthood Affiliate VP; Whistleblower Who Harvested Aborted Baby Parts Details Traumatic Job in Planned Parenthood Clinics in New Documentary Web Series Contact: Peter Robbio,, 703.683.5004 LOS ANGELES, July 28--The first episode in a new documentary web series features a woman who once worked in Planned Parenthood clinics describing the profit motive involved in Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts, and includes new admissions from top-level Planned Parenthood leadership about the illicit pricing structure.

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Babies whose organs and tissue are harvested cannot be given feticide. They are killed while alive.


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How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Christian Analysis Defeats the Skepticism of Bart Ehrman: How Jesus Became God in the Flesh

"There is no conflict between religion and science; Only the conflict between two sciences, that of the 4th century BCE and the science of 2014." Joseph Campbell. Your thesis irresponsibly confuses evolution and human progress with God-- with a fallacious Post Hoc ergo Propter hoc rationale. Since there is vast scientific proof of the former and none of the latter, we can readily dismiss it as just more sciolistic confirmation bias. A third grade understanding of the tens of thousand of years of human progress from the paleolithic, Iron age, Bronze age to the high Neolithic more than proves the evolution of human reason from the Hunter gatherers to Planting societies, to the stargazing Zigurat builders and the early foundations of the "good society". Sadly, what you are arguing requires an astonishing campaign of ignorance, or denial of history, science, and logic -- again negating the very point of your thesis. Belief in god presupposes nescience, not reason. Ironically, by arguing for the opposite you undermine your entire premise: Reason is not born of god, but of MAN and we have the entire anthropological record of man to prove it.

Is Our Stance on Abortion Too Flimsy?

The last few weeks have sparked outrage among Christians and any who advocate for the rights of unborn children. These videos on Planned Parenthood’s work expose them for the horror they are. The grim truth, though, is that still many Christians are not really bothered by it all. Even with more ghoulish footage to come, even when there’s incontrovertible evidence that Planned Parenthood is making money from selling the body parts of aborted babies, too many Christians just don’t care.

Keeping Gossip Out of Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can get muddled very fast. If the situation is not something potentially shameful, getting the facts wrong may not be a big deal. If it gets reported that “Cheryl is having her tonsils out,” when Cheryl is really going to have her wisdom teeth removed, it’s embarrassing to the one with the incorrect facts, but not embarrassing to Cheryl. But if we report that “Cheryl got cut from the softball team” or “Cheryl lost her job” or “Cheryl broke up with Jeremy,” and it’s not true, then it could be very damaging.

Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition

For the first time in Los Angeles—The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display. This special exhibition explores the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts written and hidden in caves 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947. The exhibition also features sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half never seen before in the U.S., including parts of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.

The Pity of Christ - Crisis Magazine

Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect.   It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. That is why he may seem from our fallen state in a singularly ill-contrived world as both severe and merciful, ethereal and common, rebellious and routine, rustic and royal, solitary and brotherly, young and ageless.  His perfection is a stubborn enigma to the imperfect, but if there is to be one hint of the art that moves his mind, it will be in his pity.  It will be in his pity for the whole world when he weeps over Jerusalem; but most wrenchingly it will be in his pity for each soul when he sees us scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd.

From the Lunch Table to the Dissection Table: The Latest Planned Parenthood Pricing Parts Video

StemExpress, a for-profit company partnered with over 30 abortion clinics, including Planned Parenthood, to harvest and sell aborted baby parts and provide a “financial benefit” to Planned Parenthood clinics, is attempting to use meritless litigation to cover-up this illegal baby parts trade, suppress free speech, and silence the citizen press reporting on issues of burning concern to the American public. They are not succeeding—their initial petition was rejected by the court, and their second petition was eviscerated to a narrow and contingent order about an alleged recording pending CMP’s opportunity to respond. The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights and suppress investigative journalism.


“The Bible is full of stories not just so we have something to read to our children at night, but to help us understand what it is like to walk with God in a broken world. Jon Boom revives the age-old tradition of using biblically informed fictional additions to creatively retell the Bible’s most familiar stories. He also intersperses pastoral insights as a skilled soul physician. This book will stir and encourage your faith.” Adrian Warnock , author,  Hope Reborn  and Raised with Christ

Cecil the Lion

I am an Englishman.  We are notorious for caring more about our dogs than our neighbours.   On the whole, we prefer animals to people.  So make no mistake, I find the shooting of big game to be a distasteful thing.  But in the grand scheme of wickedness, the death of a lion - even a lion called Cecil -- barely registers on the most sensitive Richter scale.  The pathetic tears of a Kimmel and the predictable verbal violence of the hashtag wielding rent-a-mobs of the internet merely witness to the complete lack of any real moral compass and proportion in modern society.  It no doubt makes them all feel good and righteous to stand up for a lion.   It is just a pity that so few of them actually care as deeply about other human beings.

Two CCCU Colleges to Allow Same-Sex Married Faculty

At the recent meeting of the CCCU Board of Directors, which includes the president of EMU, the board engaged in thorough deliberations regarding this policy change. The president of EMU recused himself as appropriate. As a result of their discussions, the board has reaffirmed its commitment to a deliberative and consultative process. Therefore, in the coming weeks and months, the board will be calling all member presidents to discuss this issue. This plan is consistent with feedback from CCCU members, the vast majority of whom are supportive of the board following a good and respectful process before making any decision.

Ligonier Ministries

The great nineteenth-century Princeton theologian Charles Hodge said, “The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.” The gospel is absolutely fundamental to everything we believe. It is at the very core of who we are as Christians. However, many professing Christians struggle to answer the question: What is the gospel? When I teach, I am astounded by how many of my students are unable to provide a biblically accurate explanation of what the gospel is, and, what’s more, what the gospel is not. If we don’t know what the gospel is, we are of all people the most to be pitied—for we not only can’t proclaim the gospel in evangelism so that sinners might be saved, but we in fact may not be saved ourselves.

Why Religious Liberty Arguments Aren’t Working - Crisis Magazine

It depends on what you mean by the “Catholic Church”. If you are speaking as a theologian to theologians, then it is an overstatement. But, most people refer to their pastors, parish priests and bishops as “the Catholic Church” and they are right in the sense that these are the “face of the Church” for most of us. And it is definitely not an overstatement to say that the Church, in the sense most lay people mean by that term, has been in sync with the secular message of “I’m ok, you’re ok” regarding cohabitation, fornication without cohabitation, divorce, remarriage without a first marriage annulment, and abortion in some cases. The real message of God’s mercy is diluted in homilies. Priests don’t want to scare people away. Poverty is understood as being strictly material; therefore, social justice is misrepresented as secular social work. The things many priests say to people in the confessional cry out to heaven. Cardinals Kasper and Marx are not exceptions that have sprung out of nowhere. They are examples of the logical outcome of a large crop of church representatives that have long abandoned Christ’s teachings in favor of secular beliefs under the guise of giving “pastoral care to the wounded”.

Why We Fail at Family Devotions

Finally, we also fail because we get proud. Here’s what I mean: We try family devotions. It goes well for a week. Then we forget all about it. A couple of months later we try again, feeling a little sheepish this time. We explain to the family “It’s my fault, but I really want us to commit to this and to make it work.” This time we do it for a couple of weeks, but then stop again. The third time around we feel even more embarrassed about telling our family that yes, we are doing this again and that yes, it’s dad’s fault again. Pride rears its ugly head and it seems easier to just succumb to the failure than to rise to the challenge. We get proud and allow pride to withhold a blessing from our family.

20 Truths from Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

I've known J.D. for a long time, and I am thankful for his ministry. His new book is a helpful resource for churches who are working to create a culture of mission. I'll be at The Summit Church preaching on mission later this month—and will be sure to quote him to his congregation!

Getting The Words Of Jesus Straight On Gay Marriage | RedState

Of course, if Jesus was fully human and fully divine, then we have a problem with the above characterization. Was Jesus’ human thinking dynamic and always on the move, or was it His divine thinking? Did Jesus have two minds? Two different memories that were compartmentalized so that they did not interact at all? Did the Divine part of Jesus not keep the human part of Jesus from making mistakes? And if the human part of Jesus made an error, and since Jesus is supposed to be fully human and fully divine, doesn’t it follow that God made an error too? And if God made an error, how can we trust Him? He could have made any number of errors for all we know. That means, we are just going to have to pick-and-choose what we want to believe, and then just call ourselves Christians, like everyone else. But, if I choose to hold to inerrancy of the Bible, and if I choose to believe all of it, don’t treat me like I’m a leper. Don’t tell me that it’s stupid, or unscholarly, or anti-intellectual to believe the way I do. If I want to believe that homosexuality is morally wrong, and if I want to believe that the Bible teaches that, don’t I have the right to believe this? Then don’t bomb my house, or threaten my family; all actions that have befallen those who have come out against homosexuality.

Joe Rigney - Slaying the Abortion Giant

We’re entering the third week of the Planned Parenthood video marathon. Two videos are out with more to come. And yet the ghoulishness of the videos hasn’t stopped the White House from standing by them, Hillary from defending them, and the DOJ from investigating those who exposed them for the callous barbarians that they are. Those of us who are appalled by the videos are trying to figure out what to do with the present opportunity.

How to Talk to Your Pro-choice Friends About the ‘Fetal Parts’ Video

The recent “fetal parts” video provides an excellent example of Emanuel’s point. The public’s reaction to the video is a “crisis” for Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice cause. But it provides an opportunity for pro-lifers to do things we could not do before. One thing it helps us to do is to have an honest discussion about the act of abortion.

Ebook: 25 Actionable Social Media Strategies to Try Today

The full ebook includes 25 social media strategies that we’ve pulled from some of the most popular Buffer blog posts. Each of the 25 is something that we’ve personally tried or currently have on our to-do list. In every case, these are strategies that we greatly recommend trying. Here’s the full list:


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Give Your Suitor Some Grace

Before I got married, I was hard on men because I knew the Bible laid out high expectations for biblical manhood. This mentality served me well at weeding out the “bad ones” in the dating world, but held me back from going forward with the “good ones.” My lack of graciousness was my Achilles’ heel — the one place of weakness and vulnerability amidst my strength and pride.

Scalia Gets It Pretty Much Right

Whatever the problems with the traditional definitions of either conscientious objection or marriage -- and there are many -- they at least provided a formula for adjudicating individual cases: If you're a man and a woman, you can get married; if you believe in God and belong to an established church, you can get an exemption. By departing from tradition and becoming more inclusive and less doctrinaire, the court has deprived itself of any brakes that might stop the train it has set in motion. Many will think this is a good thing. The question Scalia and the other dissenters raise is whether it is a legal good thing.

WORLD | The lost art of thinking | Andrée Seu Peterson | July 29, 2015

Recently a friend visiting from Florida asked me to meet her at Dunkin’ Donuts, so I went at the appointed time but she was late. I received her text upon arrival, an apology that she had hit a snag and would be there in 30 minutes.

Renewing Your Mind | God's Will and Your Vocation | July 29, 2015

When it comes to the gifts God has given, we find important teaching in Romans 12:1-8 on gifts in their relation to service in the church. Note how Paul indicates that not all Christians have the same gifts. Some are gifted to teach. Some have a particular aptitude for generosity. Others might be particularly gifted in serving the physical needs of their fellow believers. This list of gifts and graces is not exhaustive but representative, so there are many other ways that our Creator may gift His people. Moreover, as the Lord has always gifted people for service outside the church, we can make a secondary application to vocations that are not church offices. Just as God has not given the same spiritual gift to every believer, He has not granted the same skills and desires to everyone. No one is qualified for every job in the church, and no one is skilled to do every job in the world.

Anxiety, Depression, and Hidden Graces

The writer was the promising young pastor of a large, thriving church in Saint Louis. Having secretly battled depression for a long time – having sought help through prayer, therapy, and medication – his will to claw through yet another day was gone. In his darkest hour, the young promising pastor decided he would rather join the angels than continue facing demons for years to come. The sign-off to his note, “Yours in the Name of Our Blessed Lord, Our Only Hope in Life and Death” brought a strange comfort, because grace covers all types things, including suicide. Yet grief and confusion remained.

Arsonists Still Love to Burn Churches

Since the law was passed, the ATF has investigated the origin of all reported fires at houses of worship for possible arson. The motivation for an arson is not always clear. But there are many instances where racism, religious hatred, or vandalism play a big factor. African American churches are more frequently targeted than other houses of worship. The ATF's results have been reported to a national database of church fires.

Crossway on Twitter

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WORLD | Untroubled and fearless Christians | La Shawn Barber | July 29, 2015

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ( John 14:27 )

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