Muslim American: I Am at War With Anyone Who Supports Islamic State
Millions of Muslims around the world are insisting that Islamic State extremists don't speak for Islam, including American Muslim activist Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
This Former Porn Star Felt Worthless Until She Heard God's Voice and Changed Her Forever!
Ex-Porn Star, Shelley Lubben, had gone through many traumatic experiences in her life. As a child she was left feeling alone and unloved after being sexually harassed. She then turned to pornography because of these life experiences. Until one day when Jesus saved her life!
REBOOT | Youth Apologetics
Once a year, REBOOT meets in the centre of London to explore questions such as ‘How can we know God exists?’, ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ and ‘Hasn’t science disproved God?’. REBOOT provides a place for young people from 12-18 years old, with or without any faith or church background, to raise their objections and investigate different perspectives.
Through its annual conference, online resources, and speaking invitations, REBOOT aims to equip young people to understand and be able to answer some of these big questions for themselves.
Our team from the Zacharias Trust and the OCCA [the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics] want you to have confidence in what you believe, and the chance to be honest about your doubts. Since its launch in 2013, REBOOT has welcomed over 1000 young people, and this year we are excited to see more of you than ever!
If You Want (Stripped)
Filmed at UNCG School of Music in Greensboro, NC. "If You Want" is featured on Citizen Shade’s debut pop-soul EP, One for the Evening.
Al Mohler: Work Is Not a Result of the Fall | Acton PowerBlog
In the latest video from Made to Flourish, Al Mohler reminds us that it’s our job as Christians to discover God's original design for work and recover it f
Science Illiteracy Watch: Genetic Literacy Project Pushes "Plant Rights"
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Understanding Cardiovascular Function: A Challenge to Evolution from Coronary Artery Disease
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
The Un-Junk Industry
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Heartbreaking Video Shows How Technology Addiction Is Changing Childhood
Is a generation of kids missing out on a childhood of exploration and outdoor fun because of technology? The granola bar company Nature Valley has released this ad that asks three generations of people in several different families the same question: When you were a kid, what did you do for fun? While parents and grandparents talked about things like fishing, forests and baseball, many of today’s children discussed the hours they spent on mobile devices and playing video games. Sure, it’s a granola bar ad (and not exactly a scientific survey), but it’s still pretty a sobering commentary on how technology is changing the ways we spend our time.
This Video of a Guy Dominating a Drumming Arcade Game Will Cure Your Case of the Mondays
It doesn’t matter how your day has gone up to this point or how bad your case of the Mondays is, watching this video of a man in a Japanese arcade absolutely dominating the Guitar Hero-like game Taiko Master will turn everything around. Watch on repeat, and feel the stress melt away.
Nike Brought ‘Space Jam’ Characters Back for This New Online Ad
Space Jam is back—sort of. Nike has released this commercial for its new Jordans, that feature NBA superstar Blake Griffin as well as a few familiar animated faces. The ad stars Marvin the Martian and Bugs Bunny, who—along with being classic Looney Tunes personalities—were both featured prominently in the classic ‘90s basketball adventure/comedy Space Jam. Could this be a hint at that a franchise reboot staring modern NBA stars, including Lebron James, is the works? It’s looking increasingly likely.
Defending Planned Parenthood: Do The Arguments Work?
Much has been said about Planned Parenthood over the last few weeks due to the release of numerous behind-the-scenes videos. These videos have revealed what Christians have know (and said) for years, namely that abortion is one of the most barbaric, callous, and tragic practices of the modern world.
New Season of ‘The Mindy Project’ Will Hit Hulu on Sept. 15
Mindy fans have another reason to be excited about the new season as well: Without the restrictions of primetime network TV, each episode will now be a few minutes longer. Don’t expect too many changes to the tone of the sitcom though. As Kaling explained at the Television Critics Association press tour this weekend, “We always say the character can only change 5 percent at a time. And things like motherhood will bring out aspects of her personality ... which we've not seen before, obviously. But maybe this is a little cynical, but we feel people don't change."
‘The Great Emoji Challenge’ Is the Game Show Our Generation Has Been Waiting For
Have you ever received a complex text message comprised entirely of emojis, and thought, “Wow, deciphering these should be the subject of a televised competition, with millions of dollars in prize money at stake?” Well that dream may soon be a reality. The studio behind the reality hit Undercover Boss is developing a new game show called The Great Emoji Challenge in which contestants will compete for a million dollars by decoding messages written entirely with emoji icons. There’s no word yet on which network will bring the series to primetime or if the buzzers will just be massive iPhones.
Are Moral Truths Human-Specific Biological Facts? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
Even if we are only interested in the well-being of an isolated group, should we be more concerned about total well-being or average well-being of the group? Those concerned with total well-being prefer a world in which the most people possible are able to live with at least moderate well-being. Those concerned with average well-being prefer a world in which smaller groups maximize their well-being, even if others suffer, so the average for the species is elevated. If we derive moral value from an action’s impact on the well-being of the entire species, why should I, as a law enforcement officer, care at all about murdered gang members such as Jesse’s victim? Shouldn’t I be more focused on the fate of those better educated, wealthier or more intelligent contributors to our society than those who are actually preying on our society? Aren’t those in the first group more likely to contribute to the well-being of our species than those in the second? Assessing an action’s moral value on the basis of its ultimate consequence is nearly impossible to accomplish and leads to disturbing discrimination.
The Briefing 08-10-15
Atheist minister vows to fight removal from United Church due to her beliefs
Black Pastors Demand Smithsonian Remove Bust of Racist Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger From Its 'Struggle for Justice' Exhibit
Black pastors are calling on the Smithsonian Institution to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery's "Struggle for Justice Exhibit" in Washington, D.C.
Master Penman Jake Weidmann | HUMAN
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Hero SAS sniper saves father and eight-year-old son from being beheaded by ISIS maniac
A HERO SAS sniper gunned down a knife-wielding Islamic State (ISIS) maniac just as he was trying to brutally behead a father and his young son.
The Bird Still Sings: Why Christianity Cannot Be Silenced | RZIM
In America now it is fashionable to mock the bird of evangelicalism and try to silence it. But the song is being sung on other boughs and historic movements are taking place. In China, Korea, and the Middle East, places where once the gospel’s saving message seemed to be extinguished, churches are packed with hungry hearts, the youth listening to the gospel message with rapt attention. In countries where there was once hostility, crowds fill the auditoriums. In Romania, where to believe in God was once to put one’s life at risk, ten thousand filled the auditorium in which I spoke. From senators and other political leaders there we heard of the dark days of the past and of the shining hope of the future. We prayed in chambers once inhabited by a tyrant and were told this was probably the first time a prayer had been publicly uttered. They have witnessed what Christ-less lives can birth, shattering their countries and their hopes. They can now see that the only possible hope for transforming a heart is Jesus Christ.
Grace to You Radio
If you’re a Christian, you’re in a battle — a spiritual conflict you can’t avoid. What will make the difference between victory and defeat? In his study Spiritual Boot Camp , John MacArthur looks at fundamental disciplines that can lead you to victory over sin and a deeper relationship with Christ.
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
In Matthew 13:44 Jesus tells a short parable to explain how people come to experience God’s kingdom: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” The point is that God’s saving presence and sovereign rule are extraordinarily precious treasures, more valuable and more desirable than anything else. The man in the parable is not motivated by duty but delight—“in his joy he goes and sells all.” This is the nature of genuine conversion, when we are awakened to the stunning glory and satisfying fullness of King Jesus. We would gladly sell our baseball card collection, iPad, and Honda hatchback to gain the Hope Diamond—provided we recognize that it’s more than a glittery rock. How much more the kingdom of heaven?
Marco Rubio: Life begins at conception - CNN Video
Sen. Marco Rubio discusses his views on abortion with CNN's Chris Cuomo after being questioned about it at the first Republican presidential debate.
The Most Important Ear in Worship
But whatever the ambient volume of the sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. And it is one of the most glorious truths in the universe. It is implicit in our worship, but too seldom is it mentioned. When we gather to worship at our local churches, behind all our prayers and all our songs, behind all our exhortations and all our encouragements, is this stunning truth: God hears.
The Atheist Who Didn't Exist
Yet when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments used to prop it up quickly unravel. The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is designed to expose some of the loose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognise lazy scepticism and bad arguments. Be an atheist by all means: but do be a thought-through one.
Worry is unnecessary. Matthew 6:30 says, “If God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?” (TLB) If you trust in God, you don’t need to worry. Why? Because he has promised to take care of all your needs: “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).
It Is Well
The key to suffering well, at least for Horatio Spafford, was Christ. This father had met, and loved, and enjoyed, and worshiped the man, his Savior, Jesus Christ. And that love was able to carry him across the most violent waves of life. He knew the heart of Philippians 1:21, where Paul — a man who suffered more than most — wrote, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Cessationism: Understanding the Sign Gifts
Now there are, in our day, any number of people, and some fine godly people, who don’t believe that the sign gifts that God gave in the early church and in the Old Testament have ceased; they are “non-cessationists.” I, on the other hand, am a cessationist; a leaky cessationist, but a cessationist nevertheless. We will get back to that leaky cessationism before we are through. But this doctrine of cessationism holds that, essentially, the function of biblical sign gifts and the reason we call them sign gifts is because they were a sign of God’s authority. They were given as a kind of imprimatur, a royal stamp upon the message of those who performed those sign gifts.
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Dozens of Assyrian Christians Kidnapped or Detained By ISIS
About 230 people, “some of who were taken from a church,” were kidnapped or detained by ISIS when the terrorist group captured the Syrian town of Qaryatain on Friday. Prior to the start of the civil war, about 18,000 people lived in Qaryatain, about 2,000 of them Syriac Catholics and Orthodox Christians, reports The Telegraph .
Tips for Studying the Bible - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
That’s why for me, as a new Christian, apologetics websites were just as important as the skeptic sites I had been visiting. I wanted to get some balance and some clear thinking on the issues we know are inherent to the Christian worldview. I found myself applying the same skepticism I had as a detective, and an atheist, to my own examination of Scripture. Here is my approach to answering some of my own questions about Christian doctrine, and Christian evidence. These are principles and tools that may help you sort out the truth for yourself. To help you remember, each of them start with the letter “D”. First, some qualities I think are important as a student of the Bible:
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Was the Civil War About Slavery?
What caused the Civil War? Did the North care about abolishing slavery? Did the South secede because of slavery? Or was it about something else entirely...perhaps states' rights? Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, settles the debate. You can support Prager University by clicking https://www.prageruniversity.com/dona... Free videos are great, but to continue producing high-quality content, even small contributions are greater. Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can feel even better about it! Click http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1763901 and a percentage of every Amazon purchase will be donated to PragerU. Same great products. Same low price. Charity made simple. Visit us directly! http://www.prageruniversity.com LIKE us! https://www.facebook.com/prageru Follow us! https://twitter.com/prageru If you are an educator and are interested in using material like this in your classroom, click https://www.prageruniversity.com/educ...
After She Was Raped, My Mom Went for Two “Illegal” Back-Alley Abortions. Thank God I Survived
I’m so blessed to have people say many profound things to me as a travel around the world sharing my story. I get to hear things which many people don’t get to hear in everyday life — things like, “I’m so glad you were born!” I’m so very grateful for those words, but I believe that everyone deserves to hear them like I do, so I make a point of it — whenever someone shares their personal story with me, or whenever I see it’s someone’s birthday on Facebook, or when someone tells me it’s their birthday, I make a point of telling them, “Happy birthday — I’m so glad you were born!” I’m amazed at how moved they are — many responding with “Wow, thanx so much! No one has EVER said that to me before.”
Why Increasing Racial Diversity in Denominations Is a Math Problem
If increasing diversity within our denominations is a goal—and I believe it should be—we need to come up with more advanced metrics that can help us determine exactly what a realistic level of diversity would look like. That will require more number-crunching and analysis of regional demographics than we are used to doing. But it may be the only way to truly determine both whether a denomination’s minority outreach is effective and whether they are becoming more diverse.
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Why Church History Matters
The women and men of faith who came before us, those “saints who from their labors rest” were our fellow people of the Way, our spiritual ancestors. Reading, understanding and retelling their stories is vital to the health of the Church and should indeed be exciting and encouraging as we ask similar questions, face similar dilemmas, and—above all—worship the same triune God through the preaching of the same Word and the administration of the same sacraments.
Finding Your Way in the Evangelical Fog
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I could not applaud or agree with you more ! I have been busy as I can making copies on CDs of "We Will Not Bow" and also "Hope for a Doomed nation" and "The Ordinary Church" sending them to family,friends, and leaving at Churches * in my S.W. Ohio Community. (Very Commonly one service per week churches !) Also Posting these and other Good articles and Videos on internet sites. I need to Pray more. I think as a senior citizen and older saint I get more than a little bitter seeing what is overtaking the Church, My Wife * our country and my Children (4) Grandchildren (12) and Great Grandchildren (4) I Pray for a Church ( like "Grace" ) to attend that my dis-abled wife could attend evening services I have Prayed and Searched in vain for at least a Decade * I have Prayed, considered and have written "Grace Advance" in trying to somehow assist starting a Church in our area.
How to Pastor an Evangelistic Church
This is the current climate in which your people are asking questions (or not) about how they share the gospel. They want to know both about evangelism and how to encourage those who may be weak in their faith. They will learn best from you as you model the evangelistic life.
7 Powerful Bible Verses That Can Help Us Practice Our Gift Of Edification
The misuse of words and actions toward another person can destroy them spiritually, mentally and emotionally. We do not know what that person has been through, so we should not judge. In the Church, which is built on the foundation of Christ's love, we learn to treat one another with love and respect. Therefore, being a hurtful person to someone who attends Church or is a follower of Christ is not right, especially if they treat you with respect.
In a first, California agrees to pay for transgender inmate's sex reassignment
California is first in the nation to agree to pay for a transgender inmate's sex reassignment operation, but the state's settlement of a recent court case sidesteps the question of whether such surgery is a constitutional right.
Conflicting Thoughts of Grace
I am sure my mother was embarrassed and mortified, but I don’t remember any worried questions or concerns about why her little nine-year-old girl had already begun a career in adult publishing. I am not sure if she knew I had discovered The Basement, but the current issues of The Magazine(s) were always left on the coffee table in plain sight, so it really shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. But still, I don’t remember there being any indication that it was anything, outside of something bad in me, that brought that cute little comic into the world. This was my most shameful secret for many, many years.
The End of the Gospel
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
What is Connectedness Doing to Us?
Plan your consumption. Smartphones are useful and always with us. But that doesn’t mean we really need to check them 50 times a day. Constant checking interrupts our flow, thinking, prayer, conversations and work. I consciously connect just two to four times per day. Define how many times you’ll pull out your device, when those times will be and how long you’ll be on. I actually set a timer, and every time it goes off, I swipe to close Instagram or Twitter or Facebook or Snapchat. I’m growing in the self-discipline I should have as a follower of Christ.
33 Top Global Leadership Summit Books of 2015
Which of the top 33 Global Leadership Summit books of 2015 do you plan to read? Or at least add to your “must read” list! It may be difficult to know where to start. We recommend you pick one of the Global Leadership Summit books of 2015 and get started right away.
'The Anti-Tebow'? ESPN Celebrates Atheism of NFL Star Arian Foster
If 2014 was the year of the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, the count 2015 as being the year of the first open nonbeliever to come out in the NFL. Tim Keown of ESPN The Magazine interviewed star Houston Texan running back Arian Foster for its upcoming August 18 issue.
Book Review - "God’s Crime Scene," by J. Warner Wallace
The force of the book lies in Jim’s consistent reminder to readers of the methodology for making every day decisions based on the available evidence. Jim addresses the evidence for the existence of God in eight easy to read chapters by posing a multitude of questions that lead to a rational, logical, and reasonable conclusion that the evidence for God’s existence far outweighs reasons for unbelief.
Ex Fashion Model: Victoria's Secret Photoshopping Incident Led Me to Jesus Christ (Video)
Many young girls often fantasize about becoming a fashion model, but for one young woman who spent eight years living "the dream," seeing the perils of the industry was enough to turn her off for good. She hopes that her story about finding Christ in Hollywood will inspire others.
Tullian Tchividjian Says Christian Leaders Disappear When They Fall, but Gospel Allows Him to Be Seen at 'Most Embarrassing Worst'
Tullian Tchividjian, the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Florida, has said in a message to his supporters that although many Christian leaders often disappear when they fall from grace, he believes the Gospel message allows him to be seen at his "most embarrassing worst."
Rubio and Huckabee Find Life In the Constitution
"Chris, I disagree with the idea that the real issue is a constitutional amendment. That's a long and difficult process. I've actually taken the position that's bolder than that," the 59-year-old Southern Baptist minister responded. "A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that's a huge game changer. I think it's time to do something even more bold. I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother's womb is a person at the moment of conception."
A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion
Third, and most importantly, the picture Burge presents of ancient slavery could be misleading. There certainly was a significant variety of slave experiences in ancient Rome, but the horror of the institution is lacking. Even the experience of Tullus’s capture is quickly forgotten as his new owner protects the young slave from soldiers who mean to do him harm. Later in the story, Appius takes Tullus out on the town for a kind of “guys day out” in which they attend a gladiator event (70–76). They appear more like buddies than master and slave. (Burge’s reason for this portrayal is clear by the end of the story.) Also, Livia’s isn’t so much an exploited young slave as she is a cherished girlfriend, mistress, or even wife. I hope there were many masters like this in ancient Rome, but I suspect the average slave hearing “slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling” (Eph. 6:5) wouldn’t have had it so well. Burge likely wanted to keep the story’s content rather tame so as to not limit readership, but this portrayal perhaps could’ve been balanced with the addition of another slave character whose master wasn’t so sympathetic.
Pastor and Wife Who Lost Two Sons in Car Crash Share How Faith Has Helped Them Grieve
A North Carolina worship leader and his wife, who lost their two baby sons in May after a box truck rear-ended their minivan, have opened up about their struggles during the grieving process and share how they've sustained their faith in God throughout the pain and sorrow.
1 Year Later: US Bombings Fail to Weaken Islamic State; IS Has Over 20,000 Fighters, $360M
A year after the United States started its campaign to attack Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, there is little change in the numeric strength of the terror group or its ability to execute terror attacks, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.
ISIS Uses New Execution Method of 'Inhumane Brutality' to Kill 10 Afghan Prisoners
The Islamic State terror group has released a video showing what appears to be a new method of execution to kill 10 men accused of apostasy in Afghanistan. The graphic footage shows the prisoners being forced to kneel down above bombs that have been buried in the ground, before the jihadists detonate the charges.
Ben Carson Shares With Iowa Church How He Became Christian
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke at LifePoint Assembly of God in Osceola, Iowa, on Sunday, telling the congregation how he accepted Christ as he spent three hours locked in the bathroom as a teenager in Detroit.
Planned Parenthood's Clergy Advisory Board: Killing Babies is 'God's Work'
While the Advocacy board members (listed below) claim to be "faith leaders committed to justice, honesty, and liberty." Their utmost concern, they emphasize, is "the decades-long campaign of harassment against Planned Parenthood and those they serve." Harassment over what? Dismembering babies or Planned Parenthood's commitment to eugenics?
Young women, like the rest of us, were created to worship. The sirensong of the world entices them to believe that outward beauty, popularity, and the right boy will satisfy, but it never does — no matter how she pursues these gods, not even if she marries Mr. Right. Like us, she will never be satisfied with worshiping and serving the creation because there is a Creator who has already claimed His place as Husband. He not only deserves our worship, He’s the only One grand enough to captivate our hearts and turn our futile idolatry, our chasing after the wind, into joyful worship. Our young women need to be dazzled by the beauty of their Redeemer King. They need to hear His story, His beauty, His love, His excellencies over and over again so that the images they are tempted to worship will pale in comparison.
Stuffing the Pita of Life: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
Crooked. That’s a good word. This is Solomon’s way of explaining the fact that we, and our world, are cursed. Something has gone terribly wrong and no matter how many organizations we start, elections we hold, wars we fight, dollars we spend, attempts we make, protests we hold, medications we prescribe, bad guys we lock up, or tears we shed, the world is hopelessly crooked and cursed. This bothers us, so we want to straighten it out. The problem is that not only is everything on the earth crooked, so is everyone on the earth. We are all crooked. Every one of us.
Faith Meets the Entrepreneurial Spirit
There are some studies that say microcredit hasn’t been as effective with actual poverty alleviation as many hoped it would be. But I think there is often a positive impact regardless. In my experience, I’ve seen other kinds of changes in people’s lives. I’ve visited with women, pre-loan, who speak quietly and don’t make eye contact. After they ask for a loan, they are much more confident and can see what is possible in their lives in a different way. They’ve had the opportunity to work outside the home and to build new relationships as a result. That, to me, is real change. Even when microcredit operates as relief rather than development, there is still value there.
Pastors, Counseling, and Mental Health: 6 Guidelines for Pastors to Consider
When church members struggle with mental health issues, they often first turn to their pastor for help. The pastor then has to decide what sort of counseling is appropriate for the presenting issue. Questions, such as, “Do I have training in this area?” and “What is my relationship with this individual?” should be circulating in the pastor’s mind. Some issues may warrant counseling solely conducted by the pastor, while other issues may require more expertise in mental health issues. So, how does a pastor know when engaging or continuing in counseling is appropriate or when a referral to a mental health professional should be made?