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How one of music's most exciting outfits is putting the soul back into rock and roll.

Ben Carson Is 'Sickened' by 'Pathetic' Attack From Abortion Advocates; Says I've 'Spent My Entire Life Caring for Children'

Famed retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Thursday night that he is "sickened" by allegations that he has done research on fetal tissue and dismissed them as untrue and "pathetic," while noting how he has spent his "entire life caring for children."

Do You Have a Few Minutes to Listen to Matt Chandler on Abortion?

An insightful and powerful sermon clip from Matt Chandler.

Heroic Boy With Autism Saved His Mother From A Burning Car

This 18-year-old is being hailed a hero after pulling his mother from a life-threatening car accident. Tyler, who has Autism, didn't think twice when he was involved in a car accident with his mother Susan. Nothing was going to stop him from pulling her from the burning wreckage and saving her life.

Gay Teens Have Higher Rates of Pregnancy Than Straight Teens

Joe Carter on the pregnancy rates of LGB teens.

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WORLD | What’s happened to Amazing Grace the musical? | Marvin Olasky | Aug. 14, 2015

In the May 1 issue of WORLD Magazine I happily wrote about a triumph of perseverance. After about 18 years of writing and rewriting, planning and publicizing,

Trailer: Natalie Portman’s Movie About the Formation of the State of Israel

Even though it’s not in English, the trailer for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the autobiographical Amos Oz novel A Tale of Love and Darkness is still pretty powerful. The film, which was directed by and stars Natalie Portman, is set in the 1940s during the time the modern state of Israel was established. The movie is completely in Hebrew, and for now, an English-subtitled trailer hasn’t been released.

Blind Faith, Politics and Apologetics - Saints and Sceptics

For Christians, faith simply means a deep personal trust in God; and trust can seem a little naive when we have been failed by those in authority so many times. However, we are not called to have faith in the Church or churchmen, but in Christ. This trust is not blind – indeed, faith is rational because it is illuminating: it makes sense of the world and our lives. Christianity even makes sense of the mess that our society is in and points us in a better direction.

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Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on  October 16-17 (the final lecture is on Saturday at 4:30pm) , as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences."  Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by following our Facebook page! 

Watch This Insane Dude Set a World Record By Slacklining Between Two Mountains

You may be familiar with slacklining. It’s sort of like tightrope walking, except the line is less taut, allowing walkers to do cool tricks on it (as demonstrated here during the Super Bowl halftime show and, even more impressively, by Andy Samberg in this image). Insane daredevil Spencer Seabrooke recently set a new world record by slacklining—without being tethered to the line—between two huge mountains in Canada. Watch if your nerves can handle it.

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'Real Housewives of Miami' Star Joanna Krupa Says Husband Romain Is 'Proud' of Jordan River Baptism; Model Tells Critics: 'I Don't Pretend to Be Perfect'

The second time's a charm for "Real Housewives of Miami" star Joanna Krupa who was baptized in the Jordan River in Israel last week. Krupa, a Catholic who hails from Poland but lives and works on the East and West Coasts of the U.S., said she wanted to be re-baptized as an adult to confirm her faith and beliefs.

Lamentations: A Bottle for the Tears of the World

Lamentations, as O’Connor says, provides a bottle for the tears of the world. We cry out to God for those who suffer so terribly from the effects of sin and evil and sheer folly: in wars, racial conflicts, and all manner of injustice and oppression. Lamentations holds up to God the sheer horror of what this suffering feels like, and appeals to him to act justly, to demonstrate his faithfulness. The book affirms God’s sovereignty—his throne is still in heaven even as the devastation of his temple happens on earth—in its closing verses.

3 ISIS Truck Bomb Kills at Least 62 in Baghdad

There are varying reports about causalities, but at least 125 were injured and 62 killed when a massive truck bomb exploded in the busy Jameela market in Baghdad this morning. The radical Islamic group ISIS has claimed responsibility in a statement to Reuters, saying that it targeted the crowded market because it was a known gathering place of Shiite Muslims, which they referred to as “the charlatan army.”

Gary Habermas and James Crossley discuss the minimal facts case for the resurrection

James Crossley is my favorite atheist ancient historian, such a straight shooter. He’s on the skeptical left, but he has a no-baloney way of talking that I really like. I was so excited to summarize this, and there’s not a speck of snark in this summary. Crossley dates the gospel of Mark 37-43 A.D., far earlier than most scholars. Justin Brierley does a great job as moderator. Gary Habermas is OK, but he is not familiar with any useful arguments for God’s existence, (kalam, fine-tuning, origin of life, Cambrian explosion, etc.), and that is a problem in this debate.

5 Your Berean Battle Plan: Remember

Jude urges his readers to remember what was prophesied. . . . Jude is stressing that God is sovereign and has not lost control. He’s reminding his readers once more that the influx of false teachers into the church doesn’t mean the plan of God has gone awry. God is not surprised by this development; it is what His Word prophesied. Even in the worst of times, we can be certain that nothing is happening that wasn’t already foreknown by God. He even told us we should expect an influx of apostasy. We were warned about it, and here it is.

Zach Galifianakis May Play The Joker in ‘Lego Batman’

Zach Galifianakis may soon be squaring off with the dynamic duo of Will Arnett and Michael Cera in Lego Batman . According to The Hollywood Reporter , Galifianakis is in talks to voice supervillain The Joker in the upcoming animated comedy. The Lego Movie spin-off hits theaters in February 2017.

Can Naturalists Explain Where Life Originated? | Cold Case Christianity

Every good detective learns the importance of simple investigative questions that start with “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and “how”. Scientists investigating the origin of life simply cannot answer the “where” question, but that isn’t the only question they can’t answer. In God’s Crime Scene, I also describe their inability to answer the “when,” “why,” and “how” questions. One reason these questions are so difficult to answer may simply be there refusal to ask another important investigative question beginning with “who”. The impersonal laws of physics and chemistry cannot account for the origin of life. There is, however, a personal force who better explains the existence of life in our universe. A personal, all-powerful Creator God best explains the incredible, otherwise inexplicable presence of life in our universe.

Report: Will Smith Is Rebooting ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

It’s time to blast your Tom Jones album and start doing the Carlton dance: The Fresh Prince is Coming back. According to a report in TVLine , Will Smith may be producing a reboot of his iconic ‘90s sitcom about a kid born and raised in West Philadelphia, who got in one little fight and his mom got scared, only to be informed later that he would be moving with auntie and uncle in Bel-Air. Though, according to TVLine, the reboot in such early stages that the new plotline and characters are still being worked out. No network has signed on to pick up the sitcom at the moment, but an NBC executive told reporters, they'd “be happy to talk to Will [Smith] about it.”

More Women Come Forward Alleging Abuse by Bill Cosby

A lawyer representing 21 women who have said they were victims of sexual abuse by comedian Bill Cosby introduced three more alleged victims at a press conference this week. More than 40 women have accused Cosby of abuse that occurred over the course of several decades. One of the women says that after having a drink with Cosby in a hotel room in the ‘70s, she became unconscious. (Many of the previous allegations involve Cosby drugging victims before sexually assaulting them.) Another said Cosby forced her into committing a sex act with him in 1971, and the third woman claims she was sexual harassed in 1989 while working on his popular sitcom. One of the women described in graphic detail how Cosby made obscene comments after physically forcing her into a sexual act. She told reporters, "He gloated over my humiliation. He had planned it. I was in shock." Though Cosby has not been charged, a criminal investigation is currently open.

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A Case for Public Baptisms

Last April as I stood on the southern steps to the Temple in Jerusalem I wondered to myself if the ritualistic baths that had been chiseled into the stone were the same ones used on the Day of Pentecost to baptize 3,000 new believers. If so, the site of their baptism was a hustling, bustling place. After all Jews and God-fearing Gentiles came from all over to celebrate this ancient Jewish festival. These steps were most-likely full of spectators coming back and forth from offering sacrifices at the Temple as they witnessed thousands of new believers declaring “Jesus is Lord!” (the original baptism declaration) before or after they got plunged into the water.


Psalm 104 describes how the natural world glorifies God, saying in verses 5 and 6: “He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.” Later verses describe God’s power over winds, waters, the sun, moon, wild and domestic animals, wild and domestic plants, the oceans and its creatures. The psalmist gives glory to God for providing for the earth and all the creatures in it, not only humans, claiming, “He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate — bringing forth food from the earth” (v.14). The works of God are vast and show the wisdom of God, we are told. “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (v.24). Similar sentiments are expressed in the book of Job and elsewhere in the Bible. 1


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15 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.

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Why Don’t You Like the Christians You Know?

In three minutes, John Piper asks why so many Christians don’t enjoy other Christians. In fact, many of us, if honest, would rather spend time with our nonbelieving friends. Piper gives us all two important and practical questions to ask about our feelings toward other believers in our lives.

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God Will Give You More than You Can Handle

If you give your children boxes to load into the car, you make visual and weight assessments that factor in their ages and strength. You don’t overload their arms and watch them crash to the ground with stuff splayed everywhere. That would be unfair. The saying “God will never give you more than you can handle” strikes a tone of fairness we instinctually like. There’s something pleasing about the idea that the scales are in balance, that God has assessed what we can handle and permits trials accordingly.

The Suicide of the Liberal Arts

His response was to put his arm across the door. “Agresto,” he said, “I have a question I’ve been thinking about and maybe you can help me.”

The 10 Best (and Worst) Performing Words in Email Subject Lines

I've seen fairly good open rates with "Good Morning/Evening, first-name". I believe the subject line should be personal, rather than a "50% off on coffee mugs!" to improve open rate. Sometimes, a simply "Hey!" can do wonders. I've also noticed another trend - till about 2-3 years back, a sense of urgency in subject lines made people open emails but that is steadily declining. I think that's primarily because every business now bombards people with promos, discounts and coupon codes that shout "ONLY FOR TODAY!" "RUSH NOW!" etc. and it has become too much of an everyday phenomenon.


“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


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The Expository Genius of John Calvin

I really wanted to appreciate this book. I picked it up, read some, and put it down. Then I picked it up again hoping that my second attempt would give me a fresh perspective. This time I managed to read it all in one sitting (during a flight across the Atlantic from the Sates to Ireland). I am sad to report that this book tells us far more about the personality of the author than about the mind and genius of John Calvin. The real Calvin, from what I have read of his work, was thorough, clear-sighted, aware of his detractors, loved his congregation(s) and was first and foremost committed to loving God. He was also aware that he was a wretched sinner (not just theoretically, but in reality). Whereas, the Calvin presented in this book is a polished up version of what most pastors aspire to be - a performing rhetorician who pretends he knows of what he speaks and attempts to "edify" his listeners with a smattering of religious jargon and a few references to certain obscure words found in the original languages. If you truly desire to be a "great" preacher, don't waste your time reading this.

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What I Learned from Pastoring a 106 Year Old Widow

Brian Croft has served in pastoral ministry for twenty years and is currently senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also the founder of Practical Shepherding, a nonprofit organization providing practical resources for pastors and church leaders all around the world. He has authored over a dozen books and travels all over the world, speaking at conferences, preaching at local churches, and training pastors. He is the coauthor (with Austin Walker) of Caring for Widows: Ministering God's Grace .

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2': Why Did Sequel Take So Long? Will There Be a Third Film?

So why did it take Vardalos — who based the first film on her own life growing up in a Greek household and marrying a non-Greek — so long to do a sequel? It turns out she felt like she couldn't authentically write about Toula and Ian's next step of starting a family because she hadn't experienced that for herself.

Court Rules Baker Must Design Cakes for Gay Marriages

Tedesco noted that Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian legal aid group, had supported the right of three other Colorado bakers to refuse to make a custom cake for a Christian who asked for it to express his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Let’s Be Honest About Our Racial Biases

Race is a lie that exists for one purpose: power. Ethnicity is natural by-product of God’s command to multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). I think if all of us began to forsake racial categorization and return to ethnic group identity, then there could be transformation of the power structure in America.. The theological rejection of a spiritual lie that we have lived with for hundreds of years, in fact, could help bring about a more just world. As a Church, we would be declaring, “This is a lie, and we refuse to live by it anymore.”

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Contextualize. Don’t Merely Theologize.

In our first scrimmage game, the teacher told me to kick off the ball. Since I attended school in America, I knew what a “kick off” is. So, I naturally ran up to the ball and kicked it as far down the field as I could to the other team. The problem was that we weren’t playing American football; we were playing international “football” (i.e. soccer). Accordingly, I was supposed to lightly kick the ball to my own teammate, not the other team.

The Racist Views of Planned Parenthood’s Founder

In the wake of the recent and ongoing Planned Parenthood scandal regarding the harvesting and sale of baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other organs, late last week a group of black pastors requested that a bust of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, be removed from a temporary Smithsonian exhibit named, ironically, “Struggle for Justice.”

ISIS 'Theology of Rape' — strong New York Times story retreats from Quran details (UPDATED)

The Times claims that this "theology of rape" essentially began on Aug. 3, 2014, with the invasion of the Yazidis communities on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. Among those captured, men and older boys were forced to prostrate and then were sprayed with machine guns. Women and younger children were separated and taken elsewhere, with other goals in mind. Much of this reporting is based on documentation from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Family Christian Stays Open, $127 Million in Debt Erased

On Friday, Family Christian Stores’ creditors, many of them Christian publishers and vendors, voted 162 to 7 in favor of the sale. According to court records, Family Christian owed about $108 million to the creditors who approved of the sale. It owed about $97,000 to the creditors who opposed the sale.

What Is CIA? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

CIA is an intense three-day program where you will learn how to present I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist—which involves four main topics: Truth, God, Miracles and the New Testament—and how to answer questions about those topics in a hostile environment. During those three days, in addition to hearing lectures and participating in discussions, you will be asked to present a portion of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and answer questions from several instructors including Frank Turek, Greg Koukl, Richard Howe, and others.

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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.

What Is Reformed Theology?

Dr Sproul has presented a wonderful review of Reformed Theology which will challenge the listener in relation to how they understand both the word of God and their theological understandings. Of grest value in this series is the the historical roots of Reformed Theology with the church fathers and the discussion of church heresies and debates. Dr Sproul explains how Reformed Theology developed to combat misunderstandings or heresies within the church so as to provide a correct understanding of both God and His word. Chris Ross. Australia

The Institute for Expository Preaching: Mobile

We live in a day in which there is a famine in the land for the hearing of God's Word. In response to this spiritual drought, the ministries of OnePassion and Ligonier are devoted to calling those who stand in pulpits to the high standard of biblical preaching. If we are to see a new reformation in this day, there must first be a reformation of the pulpit. Only then can the church experience transcendent worship, authentic godliness, and true evangelism.

No More Love for Christian Author’s Holocaust Romance

Set during World War II, For Such a Time features a brave heroine who risks her life to try to save her people from being killed during the Holocaust. Along the way, she wins the heart of a handsome older man. The book, like Breslin's heroine, seemed bound for happy ending. It earned rave reviews, strong sales, and was a finalist for major awards.

Want More As A Leader? 5 Signs You're Ready to Handle It - Carey Nieuwhof

This could be one of your best posts so far as it is such a valuable insight. A leader naturally wants to move ahead and expand and think “down the road.” It is easy for a leader to imagine the “what will be” with a high-powered church staff or a vibrant volunteer corps. I find myself wanting all of these things in place and because I am “seeing” it, I want to train and develop and forget that I need to spend some time developing and preparing myself for a new leadership dynamic.

Living in Our Stories

My parents are wonderful parents. They took me to Disney World when I was a kid; they took me to Sea World when I was a kid. We went to the beach and we went to Washington D.C. and I have all sorts of these kinds of great memories, but do you know what I remember about my childhood? I remember those very ordinary afternoons when my friend Randy, from up on the hill, would come down to my house and we would get out the football and my dad would come out into the yard with us and he would be the quarterback and one of us would be the defensive back and one of us would be the wide receiver and we would run our pass patterns and he would throw the football to us. It might have been 20 minutes or it might have been two hours, but those are the things that I treasure from my childhood. Not the unusual spectacular events, but those ordinary things.

Are You Living in a Post Christian America?

The percentage of Americans who are categorized as "post-Christian" has increased from 37 percent in 2013 to 44 percent in 2015, with the highest percentages residing in urban areas of the northeast and Pacific Northwest, according to a Barna Group study published this month.

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.

The Faith of Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina has surged in recent polls after what many believed was a strong showing in the first of the night GOP debate in Cleveland. A former chief executive at Hewlett Packard, Fiorina lost a 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Barbara Boxer.

Pull the Mask off of Fear

We live in a broken world where really bad things really do happen, even (and sometimes especially) to people who really love Jesus. Fear exists because sin has broken this world and distorted it, leaving much beyond our control. We are finite creatures, and fear has become part of our makeup. We can’t avoid fearful feelings in our dependent state.

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