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One in seven church leaders have skipped services to watch football - premier

A survey of church leaders across the UK has found one in seven have skipped services to watch their favourite football team.

‘All Glory to God’: Watch U.S. Swimmer Simone Manuel’s Emotional Reaction After Her Historic Gold Medal Victory

With her performance in the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night, Simone Manuel became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. The 20-year-old upset world-record holder Cate Campbell of Australia and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada for first place. Manuel and Oleksiak...

Here’s the New Trailer for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

The latest trailer for Rogue One has arrived. As we previously reported, Rogue One actually takes place before the original 1977 Star Wars film, and it tells the story of the rebels' missions to steal the Death Star and has some heavy religious themes. The movie hits theaters this December.

Use Your Brain: Scientific Controversies and Intelligence

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

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Lay Aside the Weight of Moodiness

But we’re not only manipulated by our moods; we also use them to manipulate others. We know that others dislike and resist unpleasant emotions just like we do. So our sinful, selfish natures seek to use this to our advantage. We leverage our bad moods to make others unhappy in order to get them to do what we want or to punish them for hurting us.

What I Learned Through 10 Years of Life Not Going 'According to Plan'

I wouldn’t tell her how much she would eventually enjoy teaching science to rowdy high school students. I wouldn’t divulge how incomparable California sunsets and thunderstorms are to Nevada ones. I wouldn’t tell her about all the adventure, passion and growth that singleness has afforded. I wouldn’t tell her about a best friend whom God will use to change her life. I wouldn’t tell her about yesterday, when I hung out with an amazing group of students and cried ugly tears all the way home because one is leaving for college.

3 A Flood of Evidence

But several new dig sites have unearthed inscriptions that refer to just such a flood along the Yellow River, almost 4,000 years ago. And a team of geologists led by Qinglog Wu of Peking University in Beijing says they’ve found evidence in the rocks of a natural dam that trapped several cubic miles of water. When the dam collapsed, it sent a deluge downriver large enough to wipe out a civilization—just as the Chinese legends suggest.

"God Made Me for China" - Eric Liddell Beyond Olympic Glory -

Later, Eric and his brother would be sent to boarding school near London and would know their parents only through correspondence and brief visits. But China was always on Liddell’s heart. As a student at the University of Edinburgh, Liddell became very well known as both a runner and a preacher. He was especially powerful as a preacher to young men. Liddell spoke passionately but conversationally, explaining that the best preaching to young men took the form of a simple talk, in Duncan Hamilton’s words, “as if chatting over a picket fence.” But Liddell’s clear biblical and evangelical message came through, and powerfully.

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Contested Bones: Is There Any Solid Fossil Evidence for Ape-to-Man Evolution?

We conclude that the hominin bones do not reveal a continuous upward progression from ape to man, but rather reveal a clear separation between the human type and the ape type. The best evidence for any type of intermediate “ape-men” derived from bones collected from mixed bone beds (containing bones of both apes and men), which led to the assembly of chimeric skeletons. Therefore, the hominin fossils do not proof human evolution at all. Those hominin bones classified as Homo actually suggest that highly inbred human populations underwent a type of reverse evolution (genetic degeneration). We suggest that the field of paleoanthropology has been seriously distorted by a very strong ideological agenda and by very ambitious personalities.

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This is the kind of brilliant reporting that comes from a newspaper that understands there’s a big story here. How in the world would a group like the Amish respond to the candidacy of someone like Donald Trump? Actually the story is also about how they would consider the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, and they don’t support her either. They simply can’t imagine a woman candidate running for President of the United States. It doesn’t fit their theological worldview. The Amish are, as the newspaper notes, very committed to family structure and to a traditional understanding of biblical sexual morality and, for that reason, they generally would support Republican rather than Democratic candidates at the national level in particular. And they would especially hold many of the moral positions that are far more Republican than Democratic in terms of the party platforms. So this group would traditionally be more encouraged by the Republican candidate. And yet, as the reporter says, that,

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Is Hillary Clinton an 'enemy' of religious liberty?

Is Hillary Clinton an 'enemy' of religious liberty?

Gay Activists are Attempting to Dissolve the First Amendment | The Stream

Yes, these gay activists are calling on the NCAA not to allow this Mormon university to be part of the Big 12 football conference because of their prohibition of homosexual practice. To paraphrase this new version of the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, unless, of course, the practice of that religion is considered discriminatory by homosexuals.”

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12 Scan Again

With ever-cheaper technology and minimum wage hikes looming, more retailers are installing self-service checkouts, where customers scan items and pay without ever seeing a cashier. Like all technology, it doesn’t always work. And a new report by criminologists at the University of Leicester finds that automated checkouts often turn honest shoppers into thieves.

Failure-Avoidance Isn’t the Same Thing as Success

But the love and truth of Christ sets us free from the need to protect our self-worth. In Christ, we don’t have to do anything to make ourselves lovable or accepted—he has already done everything necessary, through his life, death and resurrection, to secure our eternal love and acceptance in God. Our self-worth isn’t based in our failure or in our success; it’s based in who we are in Christ .

Feet of Clay and Medals of Gold - R.C. Sproul Jr.

As we record today, we are still in the midst of the Olympic season. One of the big stories of this Summer Olympics has been, actually, a little story when you think about it. I suspect for some of you, you’re not old enough to remember a Summer Olympics without Michael Phelps. This time, the ageless wonder has already secured his 19th gold medal, which is of course, a record. I find the story of Michael Phelps interesting because it tells us something about our heroes. You see, when Phelps first burst onto the scene, I don’t know how many Olympics ago, there was a great hue and cry and celebration of his skill, and determination, and efforts. He became sort of an emblem of the American team.

6 Problems With Media's Reaction To Trump's ISIS Comments

First off, let’s note for our hyperliteral media that Trump says “I’m a person that doesn’t like insulting people” a few seconds before Hewitt asks about the ISIS comments. (Fact check: Pants on fire, amiright?) In this minute and a half, Trump says “I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.” Hewitt pushes back, saying that Obama is trying to kill ISIS. Trump says:

Celebs from Michael Phelps to Kim Kardashian Want a Purpose-Driven Life

(Warren) wrote a book called The Purpose Driven Life , a genre of book that is known in the religious-publishing business as “Christian Living,” and that typically sells thirty or forty thousand copies a year. Warren’s publishers came to see him at Saddleback, and sat on the long leather couch in his office, and talked about their ideas for the book. “You guys don’t understand,” Warren told them. “This is a hundred-million-copy book.” Warren remembers stunned silence: “Their jaws dropped.”

You Want to Be a Good Apologist?

If you need to get started in this habit by following a one-year plan, then by all means do so. However, the best way to do this is to read as large a chunk at one time as you can manage. One book in one or two sittings is ideal. I can remember the first time I read through the Bible. I used a one-year plan and read such a little amount per day that I couldn't keep track of the story. Characters would be referred to later on in one of the longer books and I wouldn't remember who they were. I had no understanding of the overall history of Israel even after finishing. It wasn't until a class assignment forced me to read the entire Old Testament in four months (and therefore, in large portions per sitting) that the text opened up to me as a full, meaningful, unified story.


When someone offers this type of objection they are unwillingly demonstrating that they fail to fully understand the deity of Christ or the Triune nature of the Christian God. Nabeel Quershi explains: "Christian do not believe that God is punishing a random victim.  Jesus is God.  The Judge is Himself voluntarily paying on behalf of the criminal...a more apropos illustration is shared by Brennan Manning in his book Ragamuffin Gospel .  In 1935, Fiorello LaGuardia, the major of New York, presided over a court case in which an old woman had been caught stealing bread to feed her grandchildren.  Although LaGuardia wanted to offer her mercy, the shopkeeper demanded justice.  LaGuardia judged her guilty and imposed a fine of ten dollars, but in the same moment he took ten dollars from his own wallet and paid the fine on her behalf.  Acknowledging the woman's guilt, the judge himself paid the penalty and let her go free. This is a beautiful illustration of mercy and justice, but if we tweak one minor detail it will accord better with the gospel: if LaGuardia had not just been the judge but also the shopkeeper from whom the woman stole.

Parenting in the Age of Binge-Watching

It pays off for them because they do not have to do the hard work of socializing with others, or learning to share, compromise, and play by the rules. Their world is their own, and it goes wherever Netflix, Amazon, or YouTube will take them. And it pays off for us too. We do not have to worry about the constant nag for entertainment, the coordination of schedules and events, or the disorder of a well played-in room.

Cannes' Mayor Bans Women From Wearing Burkini at the Beach

Anyone wearing the burkini will be asked to either change into something else to swim or leave the beach. The penalty for not doing either one is 38 Euros, or about $42.

Today's Moment of Truth: Is Life an Accident?

Consider, for instance, how our sun and moon are essential for life on earth. Without the sun, water would remain frozen, and neither plants nor animals could live. And the moon plays a vital role as well. But isn’t our sun an ordinary star, and isn’t our moon just like countless others in the solar system? Are the factors that contribute to life on our planet really so unusual?

The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran - Christian Research Institute

The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy.


But where Christians differ from Mormons and others is that they have a whole toolbox of apologetic arguments at their disposal. A strong testimony and a godly life since conversion must be supplemented with the ability to give honest answers to the unbeliever’s honest questions about the existence of God, the problem of evil, the reliability of the Bible, the claims of other religions, and so forth.

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A Conversation with Nate Parker about 'The Birth of a Nation'

It was a really interesting way to deal with the natural and the supernatural in a way that hadn't been done, and to really deal with some of the spiritual battles we're having here in 2016, when it comes to what it's like to be Christlike. I thought it would be very interesting to bring Christians to a crossroad. When you think about Nat Turner and what he did, if you're able to view this film without the baggage of racism, then it's very clearly a story of someone that was compelled by his faith to act as the hand of the God through his interpretation. There's black people killing white people, but with [Turner] very, very explicitly saying, “I have to cut the head from the serpent. I have to kill the evil. I have to destroy the evil that is subjugating us.”

Habitability for Redemption

member at Southern Evangelical Seminary , and the minister of apologetics at Sierra Madre Congregational Church. I have a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of British Columbia, a PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto, and conducted five years of postdoctoral research on quasars and galaxies at the California Institute of Technology. I have authored or co-authored 16 books on apologetics. At this year’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics , my talk, Habitability for Redemption , will be a condensed version of one part of my latest book, Improbable Planet . Here is a summary:

Christian charity "praising God" after sex club plans rejected - premier

A team of Christian legal experts are claiming victory after plans for a new sex club in South Wales were overwhelmingly rejected on Thursday.

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Q&A: Are There Transitional Intermediates in the Fossil Record?

Evolutionary biologists will often use this second definition when they have no real understanding of the precise evolutionary pathway that connects two organisms. Yet, in spite of their uncertainty, they are convinced that an evolutionary pathway must exist. They are equally convinced that they will eventually identify that pathway. In the meantime, they deem all the organisms that exist between two time points in the fossil record as transitional forms, irrespective of whether or not they are actually part of an evolutionary sequence.

Health update on US Evangelist Billy Graham - premier

The famous American evangelist Billy Graham who has been living with Alzheimer's disease for a number of years is "very frail", his staff in the UK have told Premier Christian Radio.

9 Proverbs Every Voter Should Read

In a recent conversation with pastor Rick Warren, author of the international bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, he pointed out that we often miss how pertinent many of the Bible's Proverbs are. He thinks we get distracted by references to “kings” and “princes” and rulers that seem far removed from 21st-century America. But, Warren told me, when we take a look at many of the Proverbs in a modern-language translation, we see freshly the kind of leaders and officials the Bible endorses.

Can We Know Anything About God?

For more resources visit: If God is so big, can we really know anything about Him at all? In this clip Dr William Lane Craig answers this question during the Q&A time of his debate with Dr Alex Rosenberg. On February 1st, 2013 at Purdue University, Dr Craig participated in a debate with Dr Rosenberg on the topic, "Is Faith In God Reasonable?" Over 5,000 people watched the event on the Purdue University campus along with tens of thousands streaming it live online from around the world. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook:

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

The making of peace is one of the most important motifs of all of Scripture. In fact, the whole drama of redemption involves the pursuit of peace in the midst of a war that spans the whole world and almost all of history since creation. In Genesis 3, we read of the fall of the human race; this is not only an isolated historical event but the beginning of a worldwide situation of hostility and estrangement. In the New Testament, the gospel is articulated in terms of reconciliation: God in Christ was reconciling the world to Himself, and we who believe in Him have been given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18–20).

Eternal Security

Is it possible for Christians to fall away and lose their salvation? If a professing believer appears to reject the faith, was he ever really saved to begin with? What does the doctrine of eternal security say? In this teaching series, Dr. Sproul examines the Scriptures to answer these questions and offers a balanced view of perseverance and reminds believers of the security that all true Christians enjoy.

Renewing Your Mind | How to Deal with Anxiety | August 12, 2016

What does this have to do with worry? Everything! As a result of sin, no longer do we attach our inner peace to a God who is the definition of wisdom, power, and love and who will never, ever change. No, without realizing what we have done, we begin to look for identity, meaning and purpose, and our inner sense of well-being horizontally. We look to the broken and ever-changing situations and relationships of this fallen world for our purpose and our inner rest. Things that were not designed to give us peace and over which we have no control become our replacement messiahs. We ask them to do for us what only God is able to do. You see, here is what happens: important things (like family, work, housing, money, etc.) become all too important to us because they become the places we look to for rest. When they do, they not only do not give us rest, they become the reason for the endless cycles of worry, anxiety, and fear that, frankly, are in the daily lives of too many believers. Your job is important, but it must not be the source of your identity, and when it is, it becomes the cause of endless anxiety.

“The Atheist Delusion” – Why Millions Deny the Obvious

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Nickelodeon Is Bringing Back ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ for a TV Movie

Murray told EW , “What I have found by bringing these characters back is that it’s not so much about nostalgia, but a sense that they still feel relevant and fresh to me, and after 20 years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say.”

39 The Election and the Judgment of God

We've (we Christians, that is), have had an unrepentant habit of linking the fate and history of America to our theoretical status as "God's country." That tends to lead us down a series of false ideological paths about why America's moral and political condition is inextricably tied to our inevitable decay. What American - forget Christians, for a moment - could have remotely conceived even 10 years ago that we'd have a country with legalized Gay marriage? That 1-2% of the population (maybe) would be demanding - and getting - moral equivalency with heterosexual marriage? Sweeping changes to drug laws, abortion on-demand, streaming high-def pornography into our children's smart devices, unrelenting electronic distractions generally for all of us, and now two of the least likable and least morally acceptable humans in recent political history have stepped up to be our next President. But is any of this really anything new under the sun? Not really. What was worse than Sodom and Gomorrah after all? There have been many "civilized" societies in history that have done enormously depraved things like sacrifice children.

Hey reporters: Faith plays a key role for Simone Manuel, Simone Biles and many others

“It means a lot, especially with what’s going on in the world today, just with some of the issues with police brutality,” Manuel said. “This win kind of helps bring hope and change to some of the issues that are going on in the world. I went out there and swam as fast as I could, and my color just comes with the territory.”

A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper)

Shane Barnard understands this truth. After the untimely death of his father, he and his family desperately looked to God for comfort. They clung to God’s word, and in the deepest moments of grief, they were led to worship. The song below, “Though You Slay Me,” was born in that experience.

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CrossExamined Radio w/ Dr. Frank Turek

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Jesus Christ Egomaniac? What Piper Said at Google

Here is the end of the matter: God is the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation is not the act of a needy ego, but an act of infinite giving. The reason God seeks our supreme praise, or that Jesus seeks our supreme love, is not because he’s needy and won’t be fully God until he gets it, but because we are needy and won’t be fully happy until we give it.

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The Best One-Sentence Answer to Show Why God Is True

I would like to offer you, in a nutshell, what I think is the simplest, most powerful way, strategically, to make your case as a Christian. I have been using it a long time in a variety of ways, though it really came together for me quite by accident recently when my eldest daughter, then about eight years old, asked me an important question.

James Corden’s ‘Drop the Mic’ Segment Is Now Going to Be Its Own Spin-off Show

Based on the popular Late Show segment, the series will feature four celebrities rap battling each other, as a live studio audience chooses the winner. Corden will serve as an executive producer for the 16 episodes that will air in 2017.

Overcoming Rejection to Live in God's Love (Part 2 of 2)

And that's our hope for you today, as you listen along. We want you to get in touch with those parts of your heart that maybe the Lord's been knockin' on the door, sayin' open up. I want to help. Ephesians 3:18 tells us, "Grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you." And that's coming through loud and clear from Lysa last time and I know it will today as we talk about her book, Uninvited and she reminds all of us that the love of God cannot be taken from us. And Lysa, let me welcome you back to "Focus on the Family."

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63 How a Christian Worldview Influenced America's Founding Fathers
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