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How Can We Make Sense of An Immaterial Mind Creating the Material Universe?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On April 18th, 2012 William Lane Craig and Klemens Kappel debated the topic "Does God Exist?" in Cop...

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South Dakota Mother Thanks God After Good Samaritan Pays for Diapers at Walmart

A South Dakota mother is thanking God after a stranger paid for her son's diapers at a local Walmart. The generous deed was filmed by another customer and has gone viral since it was posted to Facebook.

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Share Your BreakPoint Stories!

. Now, before anyone pounces on me for sharing a BreakPoint story here rather than via email as Mr. Tucker requested, let me remind them there are “stories” and there are “STORIES”. What follows is the latter – a STORY. The former I have already submitted to Mr. Tucker, via email. You're welcome. Drumroll, Regis. Our STORY begins quite a long time ago; much farther back than anyone can recollect. Not to put too fine a point on it, dinosaurs were still on the drawing board when the idea of Chuck Colson came into the benevolent mind of our wondrous Creator. (The reader will forgive any anthropomorphic language; it is the only tongue in which the author is conversant. As for other petty inaccuracies, I remind the reader this is a STORY. Some people.) Howe'er it went, the Creator, strongly desirous of blessing everything and everyone beyond even customary measure, decided Chuck (some would call him Charles) was precisely what the world needed. And so, smiling fiercely with delight and joy at the prospect of a cosmos many times more greatly enriched, He planted the Chuck seed in His well-watered Garden, that in the proper season it might burst into breathtakingly beautiful kaleidoscopic bloom.

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Stories of Freedom

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” - 1 Timothy 2:1-3

4 QA: Is Christianity a Science Showstopper?

I would be interested in how you think the "creation model approach...will lead to scientific advance." Your book clearly showed that science does not have all the answers to how life may have begun, and of course I agree with that conclusion. What this means to me is that we have some beautiful open questions to work on to try to find the answers. But in your book, at the end of each chapter, you typically ended with the creationist answer to open questions: God did it. This is what I meant by stopping the questioning process. If the answer is that God did it, where do we go from there?

5 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

6 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet

Paul wrote 1 Timothy 6 with the hoarders and spenders in mind (1 Timothy 6:7). I doubt there’s any question that in America today this is the most prevalent breed of our love affair with money — the kind of infidelity in which we build bigger homes, buy more of the world’s best stuff, and chase lives of greater comfort and luxury. A lust for more and more money to buy more and more things is evil, and it ironically and tragically steals and murders the life and happiness it promises.

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‘Feed my sheep’: A shepherd’s call to war

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”  (John 21:15-17, ESV)

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High court blocks contraception mandate for Christian college

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Wheaton College doesn’t have to abide by the Obamacare contraceptive coverage requirement as long as the Christian school tells the Obama administration that it has a religious objection to providing birth control to its employees and students.

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Be the Opposite of a Hypocrite

Knowledge doesn’t terminate on the knower. We don’t learn in order to conceal, just like a lamp isn’t lit to be put under a basket (Matthew 5:15). We learn in order to express — to lead others in seeing and savoring what we have seen and savored. And that means we don’t merely say it, but that we say it effectively .

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It’s a (tbd)!

While this is certainly outside of the frame of reference for many of us, I don't think it needs to be absurd as you make out and, in fact, the opposite can be found to be just as absurd. I (and many others) lament a lack of a gender-inclusive pronoun in the English language. I think it is deeply important that we respect the self-identification of those with whom we come into contact and recognize that there is a broad range of many gender expressions. It's a shift away from "brothers and sisters" language and towards "people of God" language (an observation I owe to Jes Kast-Keat). Where does our theology of humanity begin - with the idea that two biological sexes are the norm and all derivations are a result of sin or with the idea that God created a range of gender expression? At the very least, I don't think we have to exclude it entirely. What do we do with children born with three X chromosomes or an X and two Y chromosomes? Can we definitively say based on a poetic expression of the creation of humanity in Genesis 1 that genetic anomalies are outside of what God declared to be good? In some ways, I think that the opposite of this is equally absurd.

12 Why the Outrage over the Hobby Lobby Ruling? - Stand to Reason Blog

While much outrage is over the misinformation that it was about enabling women in fulfilling their "right" to reproductive freedom, I have no doubt that some want to stick it to Christians out of a perception of Christian morality that has been conflated with real or imagined experiences with practices of moralism that were particularly prevalent a generation ago. What most people who do this don't realize is that they have become what they despise because they have adopted their own brand of twisted moralism and are actively trying to force people to conform through legislation, litigation, education, and propaganda. In the words of their hippie forbears, they vie to become the institution so they can punish the old institution the way they believe old institution punished them.

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Free E-Book - "The Case for Life" by Scott Klusendorf

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Missions for a post 9/11 world

MDS:  I pray that every reader of this book will not finish it in the place where he or she started. I pray that each reader will grow theologically, missiologically and evangelistically. I pray that each reader will be more committed to missions, read the Bible through a missiological lens and understand whether God has called him or her to international missions service. And I pray that reading this book will move readers right around the world as God uses it to stir hearts and mobilize his church.

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7 Reasons Man Is Embarrassed of Jesus

After all, we are led to believe we "have the right" to do just about anything we feel like doing. That is, as long as it's not illegal. But wait a minute? What about God's laws? What about those actions which are "illegal" in God's kingdom? The worst transgression before God is the rejection of His Son. No other sin is as bad as that one, and no other sin is the source of more embarrassment. The sin of rejecting Jesus keeps people out of heaven for eternity. And that reality is deeply embarrassing to those who write off the biblical teaching concerning heaven, hell, and God's one road to eternal salvation. (see John 14:6 & Matthew 7:13,14)

16 Should We Keep the Sabbath? - Christian Research Institute

Some groups today, such as the Seventh-day Adventists, teach that keeping the seventh-day Sabbath is a perpetual moral law meant for all people, and that not keeping it is a sign of apostasy and disloyalty to God. They base their belief on Genesis 2:1–3, which tells of God resting after His creative work and then sanctifying the Sabbath day, and on the fourth commandment. They also argue that the New Testament teaches the continuity of seventh-day Sabbath observance by Christ’s followers, even after Christ’s death. These beliefs, however, are misguided. There is no universal moral obligation given in Genesis 2 to keep the Sabbath. Christ’s finished work on the cross, moreover, abrogated the Mosaic law, and thus the fourth commandment no longer applies to Christians. Paul made this clear in his epistles, primarily in Romans, Galatians, and Colossians. Apostolic practice in Acts also confirms it. To be under the Jewish law, furthermore, brings its curse, for one cannot choose just a part of the law — he or she must obey every precept of it (Gal. 3:10). The Jews kept the Sabbath, but after Christ’s resurrection no biblical data suggests that Christians kept the Sabbath.

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Pastor Fights Deportation After Lying on Immigration Papers

A North Carolina pastor may be deported following his arrest in June for lying about his immigration status on job application papers.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

July 4th is the day we commemorate the Continental Congress’s declaration of independence from the nation of Great Britain. People still debate over whether or not Britain’s offenses warranted colonial secession and war. Regardless, it was a bold, very risky move for the signers of the Declaration .

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Arctic Monkey’s Singer Is Writing a Superhero Movie

The frontman for the band Arctic monkeys is turning his attention to a new creative endeavor: screenwriting. Singer Alex Turner is teaming with his bandmate from the side project Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, to write a superhero movie together. Kane told Digital Spy , "It's gonna have a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the '60s, but I can't give anymore away than that." At this point, their retro X-Men film doesn’t have any projected release date, but at the very least, we can look forward to a good soundtrack ...

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Happy Independence Day 2014!

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.

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Pennsylvania Port Authority Agrees to Pay $60K to Atheist Group Over Bus Ads

After reaching a lawsuit settlement, the Port Authority of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $20,000 plus $40,000 in legal fees to an atheist group that wanted to advertise one of its affiliates on local buses, but was banned from doing so.

22 Tim Howard, Animal Rights, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

Hank comments on American soccer goal keeper Tim Howard’s endorsement of PETA. In contrast to the radical animal rights movement, Hank explains a biblical view on the treatment of animals.

23 Book Review: "The Poverty of Nations" by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus

The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution  is an ambitious book. Wayne Grudem (theologian) and Barry Asmus (economist) claim to put forward a list of 78 traits which, if incorporated at a national level, will bring about a solution to poverty. The book is an economic and moral/biblical treatise aimed at stamping out poverty through the production of goods and the integration of morality into global economic practice. Here, I’ll analyze it from its two primary thrusts: economic and moral. Then, we’ll discuss some of the issues involved in a book of this scope.

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William Lane Craig and Paul Helm discuss Calvinism and Molinism on the Unbelievable radio show

I don’t understand Helm’s last statement “It is intellectually mystifying to introduce this strong view of human freedom…” Don’t humans desire to be autonomous, often in a bad sense, in which case we certainly wish it to be true that we have a strong form of free will? So, introducing a theology (Molinism) which provides a strong form of human freedom (provided it is Biblical, of course) is not, in the least, intellectually mystifying, right? Or perhaps I am thinking of emotionally satisfying. Nevertheless, it certainly appears we have free will, and thus, a free will component would not go against what looks like conforms to reality.

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Check out | HeadHeartHand Blog

One of the post-blood-clots changes at the blog is that I won’t be doing daily Check out posts, at least for the time being. However, as I’d still like to connect you with many of the fantastic articles and wonderful resources that appear every week on the Christian blogosphere, I’m going to use the end-of-week post to give a longer list of links (minus descriptions). But first some books you may want to consider, the first ones with a July 4th flavor.

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RIP, Incredible War Hero Louis Zamperini

As a boy, Zamperini set a high school record for running the mile and competed as a long distance runner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where Hitler complimented him on his "fast finish." He would have competed in the Tokyo games, but instead ended up in World War II as a bombardier. He was lying over the Pacific on a mission when his plane crashed and he was believed to have perished. President Roosevelt sent his parents his official condolences but, unbeknownst to anyone, Zamperini actually survived on a raft in shark-infested waters before being picked up by the Japanese some 2,000 miles from where he crashed. The Japanese imprisoned and tortured him for two years.