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For those of you in the Philadelphia area, Robert Spencer and I will be debating Sakhawat Hussain and Sayyid Atiq Ebady this Saturday. H...

Raised to New Life: The Symbol of Baptism

Baptism has no saving power in itself, but it is an important symbol that demonstrates our covenant vows to Jesus.

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Christians never outgrow their need for the gospel. We need simple gospel truth every single day.

How Do You Measure National Greatness? | Larry Alex Taunton

Are there better places in the world to live than America? If we were to establish an objective standard for national greatness, what would it be? The reality is, there are better places to live in the world than others. So why not test the theory? Our second official trailer for Around the World in ... Read more

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White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Who Complained Trump Gave His Daughter to Jew Banned From OKCupid

White supremacist Chris Cantwell who called for the creation of a white "ethno-state" and complained about President Donald Trump giving his daughter Ivanka to a Jew has been banned from free online dating website OKCupid .

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Charlottesville, White Supremacism, and Q&A

On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank mentions that a number of people have asked why he hasn't commented on the recent events in Charlottesville, VA. Hank affirms that he rejects and abhors white supremacism and violence. Hank also answers the following questions: Our church is opening a Christian meditation center. How do I express my objections to this? How do Romans 4:17 and Mark 11:22 fit with Proverbs 18:21, that says that death and ... See More life are in the power of the tongue? This seems to sound like positive confession. Does 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 impact the rejection of truth and history in the destruction of the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA?

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Britain's youngest sex swap patient reveals why she's undergoing surgery to switch gender for the third time

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Why are you a Christian? // Yemi Adeshina // Youth Apologetics

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Take Up and Read: Mere Christianity

Given its dependence on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible, historic Christianity has always been a textual and literary religion. Because of their belief in a verbal, propositional revelation in Scripture (Old and New Testaments), Christians, like Jews before them, have been known as People of the Book. With that bookish past, I think Christians have good reason to be vigorous and dedicated readers.

Matthew 18:18 and Binding Satan in Prayer - Christian Research Institute

I sometimes wonder how many times a day the words “I bind you, Satan” are declared. Through popular books, widely viewed blogs, and YouTube clips, prayers binding Satan or other malevolent spiritual forces have become routine in various circles of the Christian church. Generally speaking, the idea behind prayers of binding and loosing, whether for one’s self or others, is often expressed as enabling the “breaking of spiritual strongholds” and as achieving a more “effective ministry” in light of perceived demonic incursion and activity. On some occasions, the focus of binding and loosing prayers seem related to one’s own experience of achieving freedom and wholeness. On other occasions, the focus of such prayers relate to those who seem troubled, held back, or otherwise rendered impervious to Christian truth. In one particular manual, binding and loosing prayers are encouraged on a daily basis and are applied not only in the face of alleged spiritual attack but also for a host of situations and conditions ranging from financial hardship, tormenting thoughts, and sexual sin to protection before anesthesia, blood transfusion, or surgery.

7 Friday, August 18, 2017 — The Briefing

Now, let’s pause again. Here we are told that there is a success sequence. The sequence is: Get at least a high school diploma, get a job, then get married, and then have your first child. Now one the things that comes immediately to my mind is that if this is new, it’s certainly not new to those who been watching these issues for a very long time. Furthermore, it’s not new to anyone who’s even passingly familiar with a biblical worldview because one of the things that we are told over and over again in Scripture is that marriage is the arena for human sexual activity and that the family —  meaning that it begins with a married couple, a man and a woman —  we have the family as the unit for the reproduction and the raising of children. But what’s so important about the biblical worldview is that this is not merely grounded in terms of human experience, or sociological research, it’s grounded in God’s purpose and glory in creation, in giving us these gifts for the good of humanity, and as a platform for human flourishing. But nonetheless wherever you find a testimony to the truth, you should be grateful.

Where to Bring Your Broken Heart

Instead, the key is to marry an emotional outlet with hope. This does not mean that we always, at every single moment, need to sustain a conscious feeling of hope alongside our grief — God makes room in Scripture for passages like Psalm 88 and Job 3. He does not ask the believer to take a Pollyanna view of the believing life. But Paul reminds the Thessalonians that their grief is different from a mere emotional outpour (1 Thessalonians 4:13). It is grounded in the truth of the gospel which is the spring of hope and life itself (Romans 15:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:14–17). Gospel hope is the foundation of healthy grief. We may not always see it or focus on it, but it is there, and it will rise again (Psalm 51:12).

How to Stay in When It’s Hard: Making Disciples in Difficult Places

“The Ring-bearer is setting out on the Quest of Mount Doom. On him alone is any charge laid: . . . the others go with him as free companions, to help him on his way. You may tarry, or come back, or turn aside to other paths, as chance allows. The further you go, the less easy will it be for you to withdraw; yet no oath or bond is laid on you to go further than you will. For you do not yet know the strength of your hearts, and you cannot foresee what each may meet upon the road.”

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3 Things Every Single Person Needs to Stop Doing

Being single could be one of the best times of our lives or the worst. Of course, we love the idea of spending time with someone, and some—you know who you are—even have our weddings planned with no future bride or groom in sight.

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Evolving Icons of Evolution

Peter and Rosemary Grant, the husband and wife pair from Princeton University, have spent 40 years studying four species of ground finch on one uninhabited island of the Galápagos archipelago. They are to be commended for their dedication, and for details that they have published over the years about the birds made famous by Darwin. (Design advocates appreciate the Grants for their findings that undermine neo-Darwinism , although they would not see it that way.)

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Theology Learned in the Flames of Adversity

In 1527, Martin Luther experienced a trial so severe that church historian Philip Schaff described that year simply as “the disastrous year.” It was the time of Luther’s “severest spiritual and physical trials.” As the leading figure of the Reformation, Luther paid a high price in the struggle for truth, and his physical condition deteriorated under the movement’s mounting demands. On April 22, 1527, Luther was so overcome by dizziness in the pulpit that he stopped preaching and was forced to retire. Other physical problems followed for the Reformer, including severe heart problems, digestive ailments, and fainting spells. He also began to wear down emotionally, suffering bouts of discouragement and depression.

Charlottesville This Morning, and Your Church's Response Tomorrow

For the first time in a long time, the masses of this movement are proudly showing their faces (no hoods this time). And we must be willing to acknowledge that they have been emboldened by the rise of Donald Trump and the values and rhetoric surrounding his 2016 Presidential campaign. Although the President seems to teeter-totter between silence and condemnation, the table has been set. The truth is, it is clear that many in the alt-right movement feel as though a door has been opened for their supremacist worldview, and that “Make America Great Again” was about their warped definition of a great nation.

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Student Testimony: Apologetics as an Aid to Faith's Renewal

Student Testimony: Apologetics as an Aid to Faith's Renewal by Joshua Johnstone My name is Joshua Johnstone, and the following is my testimonial concerning my renewal of faith in Christ. First, a bit of background: Born and raised in North Carolina, my family sporadically attended an Episcopal church as I was growing up. I participated actively in the church as an acolyte and cross bearer, and was confirmed at the age of fifteen. Towards the end of high school and into my undergrad years at NC State University, I fell out of practice with my faith, and grew more and more distant from God. I tend to think very analytically, and I started to ask myself difficult questions. Why does suffering exist if there is an active, benevolent God? Why do we ask God for things through prayer if He already has a plan? How could Christ have performed miracles, and how could he have been raised from the dead? Is there a need for God when science can explain such a great deal? Faced with such questions, I gradually transitioned from Christianity to atheism. I became indifferent about faith and religion.

The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Inherently Evil

This is not the place to argue the fine points, but it is the place to reiterate that we stand in that stream of Christians who find no justification for the use of nuclear weapons. This is not a politically radical view. Some of the most conservative of Christians and politicians, including evangelist Billy Graham, have also concluded that nuclear weapons are inherently evil or, to not put too fine a point on it, “totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly destructive of life on earth and civilization” ( Ronald Reagan ).

Opinion | Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O.

That is a blatantly dishonest characterization of the memo. Damore wrote nothing like that about his Google colleagues. Either Pichai is unprepared to understand the research (unlikely), is not capable of handling complex data flows (a bad trait in a C.E.O.) or was simply too afraid to stand up to a mob.

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Steve Bannon Out; Source Says Trump Fired Chief Strategist

President Donald Trump has fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon, a person familiar with the decision told Reuters on Friday.

Where Is God’s Love in Loss?

For the next several years, I struggled to reconcile the truth that God loves me with the reality of my family’s pain. It took over a decade for me to find the answers I was looking for, but when I read through John 11:3–6, I finally began to properly interpret my pain through the lens of God’s love. The answers in this passage are not easy, but when we take these verses at face value, they are extremely beautiful and healing. These four verses hold the answers our hearts are looking for as we seek to embrace God’s love while also being honest about the pain we each experience.

Ascension by R.C. Sproul | August 18, 2017

Christians spend a great deal of time thinking about the birth, death, resurrection, and Second Coming of Jesus, but the ascension of Christ is often overlooked. Yet the ascension was the event that marked Christ’s enthronement, His return to glory. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains why the ascension of Christ is so significant.

Jesus' Authority Was Based in His Deity | Cold Case Christianity

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . .” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” And the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe. (Matthew 9:1-8)

'House of Cards' Keeps Scraping the Bottom of Evil’s Barrel

This sense of predictability casts a shadow over the entire season, which begins with Frank’s campaign race against Republican newcomer, Will Conway. But any dramatic possibilities this competition might hold quickly evaporate as Frank and Claire settle into their familiar roles. In short, we already know how the race will end. We know that the couple will stop at nothing to consolidate their power, that they view the entire justice system as nothing more than an elaborate obstacle course, that votes will be rigged, and innocent blood will be shed. It’s not just that Frank’s ill-gotten victory over Conway is a foregone conclusion; it’s that we no longer care. Invulnerable characters are boring characters.

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Like you, I’ve been watching with dismay and disgust as events have unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. There has been a naked display of racism and white supremacy. If ever there were a time for evangelical Christians to speak with biblical conviction and moral clarity, now is the time.

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The War Within: Flesh Versus Spirit

Verse 17 says, “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other to prevent you from doing what you would.” The main thing to learn from this verse is that Christians experience a struggle within. If you said to yourself when I was describing the flesh, “Well, I have a lot of that still left in me,” it does not necessarily mean you aren’t a Christian. A Christian is not a person who experiences no bad desires. A Christian is a person who is at war with those desires by the power of the Spirit.

9 Things You Should Know About Alcohol Abuse in America

2. The DSM-IV-TR defines alcohol dependence as a maladaptive pattern of drinking, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three or more of the following occurring at any time in the same 12-month period: (1) Need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect; or markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of alcohol; (2) The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for alcohol; or drinking (or using a closely related substance) to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms; (3) Drinking in larger amounts or over a longer period than intended; (4) Persistent desire or one or more unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control drinking; (5) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities given up or reduced because of drinking; (6) A great deal of time spent in activities necessary to obtain, to use, or to recover from the effects of drinking; (7) Continued drinking despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to be caused or exacerbated by drinking; (8) No duration criterion separately specified, but several dependence criteria must occur repeatedly as specified by duration qualifiers associated with criteria (e.

Weakness and Wonder: How to Worship Like a Child

How many times have I approached the throne of grace with protective walls built around my heart? More times than I know. Corporate worship is a time for authentic vulnerability before God and others. We must come as we are, not fearing judgmental glances from others in the pew, but looking together to our gracious Savior. To Jesus, our walls are paper thin anyway: “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

Podcast 65: Who Was Adam? with Dr. Fuz Rana of Reasons to Believe - A Clear Lens

On today’s episode, Nate and Gene play a Genesis trivia game, analyze a television clip from ABC’s The View on being a “pansexual homorantic”, and they welcome biochemist and apologist Dr. Fuz Rana (of  Reasons to Believe ) on the show to discuss his recent book:  Who Was Adam? A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Humanity


It doesn't matter how much you work out or how healthy you may eat, if you're not feeding and exercising your spirit… you're going to feel run down and tired – you’ll run out of gas. You’ve got to do more than just take care of your body. You’ve got to energize your spirit! And the best way to do that is with God’s Word! That’s why we’ve put together this new interactive guide called Re-Energize Your Life! In this first-of-its-kind guide, created from Pastor Rick’s most practical teaching, you will learn everything you need to know to re-energize your life the way God intended. Step by step, you will begin a journey of restoration and renewal. It’s a hands-on guide you take at your own pace. No need to rush! In fact, we encourage you to stop and linger where you want to spend more time. You’ll benefit from biblical wisdom and learn how to apply it to your life in practical ways. We’ll send you the “Re-Energize Your Life - A Life Change Book” when you give a gift to support Daily Hope. This is a limited time offer; request your copy today.

Run the Race to Finish

The race of faith is life’s journey for the Christian. Imagine what would happen if we looked to Jesus every day. Every weight would fall off and every sin would untangle from us. Each look at Jesus would strengthen us to endure and finish well. He waits for us on the other side. He is our crown, and we will be with him forever. Every huff, every twinge of pain, and every prolonged day on earth is worth patiently enduring the journey to get to the finish line — to get to Jesus.

Dear College Freshman: 5 Ways to Stay Strong in the Lord

Dear freshman, it is the glorious gospel of grace that will drive you to find a solid church home, foster a strong devotional life, establish healthy friendships, and pursue sexual purity. Good intentions, personal resolutions, and parental expectations may inspire for a time. But only by abiding in the incomparable love of Christ will you remain steadfast and immovable during your first year in college and beyond.

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2017 Regional Conference in Wittenberg: Highlights

In this historic year, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we hosted a regional conference in the city where Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses. Today, Christians from around the world gathered in Wittenberg, Germany, to consider “ Luther Today .” This was a time of great encouragement as we not only remembered the past, but looked to how it informs our future.

Can Robots Be Sexist?

However, our desire to attribute humanity (and even spirituality) to machines reflects the intense complexity of artificial intelligence (AI) and the existential questions that come with it: What does it mean to be human? What characteristics define a healthy relationship with another being? If humans have a soul that is, in principle, independent of the body yet also functionally integrated, then how do we understand robots? And, as Christians, how can we best honor the imago Dei in a world where man and machine are sometimes hard to distinguish?

The Eternal Shore: Five Things We Forget About Heaven

We tend to think about the spiritual joy of heaven more than its physical pleasures. But I think heaven will have both. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know how to imagine all the details, but I don’t think God created waterfalls, raspberries, relationships, and art only to destroy them forever so we could float in an ethereal, cloudy realm. And I’m pretty sure the “pleasures forevermore” at God’s right hand (Psalm 16:11) are not exhausted by an eternity of singing praise choruses.

The Gospel of Mark Zuckerberg

Americans are forever forming associations. There are not only commercial and industrial associations in which all take part, but others of a thousand different types—religious, moral, serious, futile, very general, very limited, immensely large and very minute. In every case, at the head of any new undertaking, where in France you would find the government … in the United States you are sure to find an association.

Possession, Theology and the Real Horror of 'Annabelle: Creation'

The movie is (very) loosely based on an alleged true story of Lorraine Warren, a grandmother who bought a Raggedy Anne doll for her granddaughter in 1970. Lorraine claims the doll levitated and tried to strangle members of the family. A Catholic priest drove the doll to a local museum to be kept behind glass (a very odd move, if you think something is possessed by an evil spirit) and claimed the doll kept tying to take over the car, and he had to throw holy water on it. Local lore has passed down stories of people who have tried to break past barriers to touch the doll, and later died in auto accidents.

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50 Friday, August 11, 2017 — The Briefing

We must speak the truth in love and seek to be good neighbors to all, but we cannot abandon the faith just because we are told that we are now on the wrong side of history.

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