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Images of a Rescued Syrian Boy Remind the World of the Horrors of the Syrian War

Last year around this time, an image captured the world's attention: a child who was the victim of the ongoing war in Syria. It was Aylan Kurdi, a toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish shore after the boat his family tried to escape on capsized. This year, another evocative image (and video) is reminding the world of the horrors of the war. It's of a young Syrian boy who is bloodied, wounded and dazed in the aftermath of an airstrike, released by Aleppo Media Center. Omran Daqneesh was pulled from the rubble of his bombed home in Aleppo, Syria this week. He is no older than 5 years old—which means that the war in Syria is as old as he is. Video shows Omran sitting silently in an ambulance waiting for help after he's just been pulled from the rubble of his home. According to reports by CNN, everyone in Omran's immediate family—his parents, a brother and sister—all survived. In Omnar's case, the good news is that he is in stable condition, according to reports. However, in Aleppo alone, more than 18,000 civilians have been killed, with almost 5,000 of them being children. CNN's Impact Your World Team has compiled a list of organizations helping during this crisis.

A Sense of Balance: Understanding the Vestibular Apparatus

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

More than 30 Christians hacked to death in DRC - premier

The United Nations (UN) and Pope Francis have urged immediate action after at least 36 Christians were hacked to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

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Why is there Evil? Frank Turek speaks from his book Stealing From God

Why is there Evil? Frank Turek speaks from his book Stealing From God

Doctrine of the Trinity Part 5: The Historical Survey

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Eating Cake With Hillary Clinton

I still remember an incident from my first year of grad school, where two students were mocking “rednecks.” One of them screamed, in a bizarre mock-hillbilly accent, something about “illegals taking our jobs.” The other laughed. I don’t remember if I remained silent or responded with some uncomfortable forced chuckles, but I remember being appalled by that level of condescension. These were people who, I’m sure, would not have hesitated to (rightly) condemn a white person who said something in mock ebonics. That’s when I realized how widespread elites and their mentality were. Previously, I had thought of elites as few in number and as secretly plotting things in dark corners with secret handshakes and whatnot. I was so wrong. These folks absolutely deserve a rock thrown through their collective window.

Top 10 Things I Wish Worship Leaders Would Stop Saying

For #2 (“let’s give God a hand”), I think it is worth considering how statements such as this one communicate differently in different cultural contexts. For example, I recently did a summer internship at a multiethnic church that is largely Hispanic and African-American. There, it is common for the worship leader to say something like “Let’s give God praise,” which the audience responds to with applause. At first, it felt inappropriate to me. But as I learned more about the cultures of the church, I came to see that it is meant as a public acknowledgement of and response to who God is. Predominately white churches are often much less expressive in their worship than Hispanic or African-American churches, so I think it is important that we do not impute motives or attitudes to other styles of worship that are different than our own. I’m not accusing you of doing this; but I’ve realized it is something I have to be careful of myself, so I thought it an appropriate caution to share.

Church Power & Dissent by W. Robert Godfrey | August 20, 2016

As the Middle Ages progressed, the Roman Catholic Church became one of the most powerful institutions in Western Europe. People responded to the church’s growing influence in a number of ways. Many supported the church, considering it to be God’s ordained means of governing medieval society. Certain political figures voiced opposition to the church’s influence, contending that the Pope’s authority was over spiritual matters and that he had no right to interfere in politics and other societal affairs. Others, especially the common people, expressed their concern over corrupt practices and mistaken beliefs that were becoming increasingly common within certain sectors of the church. While the twelfth century represented the height of the church’s power, it also foreshadowed dramatic changes that would take place centuries later.

4 Ways to Help a Hurting Friend

In this delicate space, we will feel the tension of both truths—God’s deep love and the tragic suffering of the world. There's freedom for the one who offers agenda-less hope without having the burden of trying to explain the pain and for those who receive it as they wade through their suffering and come to a unique understanding of what it means in their story.

#Blessed in the Age of Global Poverty

Whether it's a wedding, summer vacation or an Instagram-worthy dinner party, our tendency in an always-social world is to focus on the highlights of our lives and the lives of people we know. But for the majority of the world, perfectly filtered images resting above #Blessed captions are the farthest thing from reality.

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11 BreakPoint This Week: When the Media Don't Care

Media ignore devastating Louisiana floods : Rod Dreher covers in-depth the story many mainstream news outlets seem uninterested in telling. On The Point Radio, John Stonestreet praises the unsung heroes of the Louisiana floods, good Samaritans who’ve assisted their neighbors and shown what true patriotism is about. During this week’s broadcast, John and Ed explore the reasons behind the media’s apparent disinterest in one of the worst natural disasters in years, and suggest for us to call attention to the stories that really matter. They also suggest Neil Postman’s book, “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” for a look at how the sensational has overtaken the meaningful, and why no one is without fault.

3 Things to Learn from Olympians David Boudia and Steele Johnson

Only the gospel frees us from “building our house on the sand” (Matt. 7:26–27). Rather than staking our sense of worth and identity on fleeting pleasures, fickle pursuits, or faulty self-made righteousness, our Savior invites us to be fully known and fully accepted exactly as we are. Jesus powerfully states that he knows us better than we will ever know ourselves: “I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father” (John 10:14–15). The beauty of the gospel is that, even knowing the darkest corners of our broken lives and twisted hearts, Jesus is pleased to do everything necessary to bestow on us an everlasting identity: “I know my own and my own know me . . . and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

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Who Needs God - Videos

Americans are migrating away from religion at an unprecedented rate; Christianity in particular. But not because atheism is more appealing. People are leaving because religion has lost its appeal. Once upon a time Americans believed religion offered solutions. Today, religion is viewed by many as the problem. 

If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty | tothesource

This has manifested itself differently between liberals and conservatives. For example, conservatives have sometimes felt that America’s greatness was indeed that kind of chest-beating pride that people have misunderstood as “American exceptionalism,” and have forgotten that we have an important role to play in reaching out to the rest of the world, in welcoming others to our shores and in sharing our blessings — whether ideas regarding freedom or material blessings — with others. They’ve sometimes acted as though greed were indeed good, as though laissez-faire capitalism didn’t require a moral component to work as it should. And they’ve sometimes acted as though self-government didn’t require virtue — and a people and ethos that prized virtue and hailed it as a social good. On the other hand, liberals have mostly in recent decades misunderstood the role that faith has played in our history and will continue to play if we allow it to do so. People of faith have been at the forefront of the Abolitionist movement and the Civil Rights movement. These were not secular movements. Our history in doing good could not and did not happen without people of serious faith playing a vital role, so to allow a new secularism to push people of faith out of the cultural conversation is to deny our history and to prevent our future together in any meaningful sense.

Is the Gospel a Pair of Sunglasses or a Bulletproof Vest?

A recent poll indicates that Christians typically fail to share their faith, in spite of what is universally understood as an essential command from Jesus (the Great Commission). Why is this the case? Might there be something about the nature of our culture that has influenced our actions as Christians? Is it something about our cultural understanding of “truth”? Is it something about our personal understanding of the nature of the Gospel? I think all of these factors are involved.

If You Can Keep It: America's Greatness Depends on This One Thing

As Benjamin Franklin was leaving one evening during the drafting of the Constitution in 1787, he was approached by a woman who asked, "Well, doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

How Could God Command Killing the Canaanites?

“Only in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes. But you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the Lord your God”(Deuteronomy 20:16–18, NASB). 1

Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use

Why would we advise against using some arguments that appear to support creation? Simply put, some arguments are wrong, even if what they are arguing for is ultimately right. We would do a disservice to our witness for Christ by knowingly using bad argumentation—effectively bearing false witness—even if those arguments are used to support the truth of the Bible.

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If Your Copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’ Has a Typo, It Could Be Worth a Lot of Money

If you own a copy of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, there’s a chance it could be worth tens of thousands of dollars. How do you know if yours is one of the 500 hardbacks with the rare mistake? Go to page 53, and look at the list of school supplies recommended for incoming Hogwarts students. If “1 wand” is on there twice, you could be sitting on a small fortune (that is, if your copy is still in good condition). As Time and The Independent note, one copy might bring more than $30,000 at an auction this fall.

Apologetics Is What?

Most dictionaries use the word apologist to mean any person who argues in defense of some position or cause. If we use the word in this broad sense, it is obvious that some people act as apologists for such things as democracy, communism, capitalism, vegetarianism, and aerobics. While almost any position or belief may have its apologists, I use the term to mean the philosophical defense of the Christian faith. Someone engaged in apologetics intends to show that A (some believer) is within his rights in believing the essential tenets of the Christian faith, or that B (some unbeliever) is mistaken in rejecting essential Christian beliefs.

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What Every Parent Wishes They Knew Before They Had Kids

As a working parent, I need to make whatever time I have with my daughter count—be it three hours on a weekday or 12 hours on a Saturday. I need to be engaged. That means putting away my phone and interacting with my daughter—giving her my undivided attention. Not just my presence, but focused attention.

Will The Big Screen Narnia Reboot Finally Get CS Lewis Right?

There’s a second reason I don’t think the Narnia reboot will get Lewis right. I think the sorts of things they will try to correct or improve upon from previous films are not at the heart of what the previous movies got wrong. The earlier film adaptations didn’t get Lewis right either—some were worse than others—Prince Caspian worst of all. In the Caspian movie, Lewis’s vision of redemption is turned into something that Lewis wouldn’t recognize, let alone endorse.

Medal-Winning Swimmer Maya DiRado: My Faith Frees Me to Dream Big

First-time Olympian Madeline (Maya) DiRado has already earned a trio of medals—gold, silver, and bronze—as part of the US swimming team. She says it’s the “quiet confidence” of her Christian faith that allows her to be a grateful, joyful, and goal-oriented athlete, even at the highest levels of competition.

31 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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11 silly things that some atheists say

Introduction: The atheist that this blog article is briefly referring to is the fundamentalist head-in-the-sand, fingers-in-their-ears type, which contrary to atheism makes up the majority of religion hating New Atheists. My last point, point 11, addresses Stephen Hawking but I want to make it clear that I do not view him as a fundamentalist atheist like Richard Dawkins, or Sam Harris would be. Although I, alongside many, disagree with Hawking and his conclusions, I don’t take anything away from his brilliant intellect, or his skillset. By head-in-the-sand atheist I mean the ones that prove irrational, close-minded, and hyper critical by demanding ridiculous evidential experiences (such as God writing his name on the moon or in the clouds, and then having him appear to them in their bedrooms to convince them, for instance).

Contradictions: Can a Thief Go to Heaven?

The thieves crucified with Jesus are a fitting picture of all mankind. They show us the only two possible options for entering eternity: to receive Christ’s free gift of salvation or reject it. So there’s good news! When a thief receives Christ as Lord, he is no longer a thief in the eyes of God; his sin is covered and he is able to enter heaven. Scripture makes that plain and without contradiction.

Vacationing President Obama Dedicates 18th-Hole Birdie To Louisiana Flood Victims | The Babylon Bee

OAK BLUFFS, MA—Carrying a 47-over-par performance to the 18th tee at Farm Neck Golf Club during his vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, President Obama told golfing buddy Larry David that he was determined to “get one back,” sources reported.

Two Runners Showed Us the True Spirit of the Olympics Today

Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D'Agostino of the US were about a third of the way into the 3.1-mile competition when D'Agostino fell running in a group of athletes. As she fell, she clipped the heel of Hamblin, who was in front of her, causing Hamblin to fall as well.

Eric Metaxas: ‘Michael Phelps Was Contemplating Suicide. And Then He Was Given a Famous Christian Book.’

“Michael Phelps’ story is a reminder that no matter how big a mess your life may be, and no matter how dim the last embers of hope may glow, God is still there,” Metaxas wrote.

What Is CIA? |

As you know, 75% of churched youth leave the church after high school. Intellectual skepticism is a major reason they leave, much of which they get at college. This will be the last Christian generation in America unless the Body of Christ acts immediately. exists to engage primarily colleges, but also high school campuses and churches, with a reasonable and engaging case for Christianity. We do that by conducting I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist seminars at college, high schools, churches and other venues to which we are invited. Due to the magnitude of the problem, we are training a team of other qualified people to do this as well. That’s why we have established the CIA.

Answering the Bias Objection

There's a concept held by many today that neutrality is to be valued when discussing important ideas or events. It seems to pop up in diverse conversations about abortion, the reliability of the Gospel accounts, or the debate over creation versus evolution. The claim that because one holds a particular position makes them "biased" and therefore unqualified to objectively weigh a matter is widely assumed, but it's completely mistaken. While biases can lead people to ignore or deny certain facts, biases are absolutely necessary to be an informed human being.

The 10 Best Evidences from Science that Confirm a Young Earth

The earth is only a few thousand years old. That’s a fact, plainly revealed in God’s Word. So we should expect to find plenty of evidence for its youth. And that’s what we find—in the earth’s geology, biology, paleontology, and even astronomy.

12 SBTS Alumni in Christian Higher Education — Resources

“One of the greatest, and not-so-obvious blessings, of Southern Seminary is its liberality with resources. By keeping the Great Commission its focus, Southern has never felt like a competitor — which is rare in the world of higher education. It is obvious that Southern wants to be a blessing to many folks — especially its alumni. “Just yesterday I called the library to speak to someone about research information. I could have called from any institution and the desire to serve would have been just as evident. We spent several minutes on the phone, after which time I was led in the right direction. It is a joy to know that I am part of an organization that is free with helping me in my questions on how to improve systems and protocols just as much as it is eager to help others who did not attend Southern.”

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6 Ways to Smash the Approval Idol

This is my new favorite line (mainly because my spiritual gift is making things awkward ). It’s from the  Before movie trilogy ( Before Sunrise , Before Sunset , Before Midnight ). From beginning to end, life is awkward. Life isn’t as it should be, and neither are we. Let’s not pretend life isn’t hard, or that any of us has it all together. Let’s admit to ourselves (and one another) that we’re broken and can’t fix ourselves. Resigning yourself to the awkwardness of life means being vulnerable about all your weakness and weirdness. Awkwardness is an invitation to vulnerability. And vulnerability is where friendship is born. It’s also where God becomes big. And not until he becomes big will people become just the right size: big enough to matter, small enough to not be enslaved to what they think.

Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Ask Presbyterian Pastors to Marry Them

There’s less consensus about the roles LGBT people can play in church. “More pastors are open to LGBT people serving in their church than being married there,” he said.

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Q & A With Dr. Craig: Establishing the Gospels' Reliability

Q: I noticed that in many of your debates and articles, you put a lot of stock and faith in the Gospel narratives. I do consider myself a Christian but have a big doubt. How do we really know if those Gospel narratives are really all that reliable? Sure, they are historical, but are they true or not? I could write a paper about how big foot, the Easter bunny, and Santa Claus came to my house and watched TV with me, then thousands of years later people stumble upon my documents and consider them to be true. The discovers of the ancient Joe documents then say, "Well, we consider it truthful because there are about 26,000 complete copies and fragments of these ancient documents that have been found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Plus, there are only about 680 copies of the Odyssey by Homer, which makes the Joe narratives completely reliable." Sure, they are historical but, definetly not true. What makes the Gospel narratives truthful and not fake? If I can get this question answered, I can finally have faith that God has truly risen Jesus from the dead, and know that I will go to heaven.

Report: Boko Haram Has Kidnapped 10,000 Boys and Turned Them Into Child Soldiers

“What is happening here in northeastern Nigeria is part of a disturbing rise in child jihadism. Young boys and at times girls are being indoctrinated into violent fundamentalism and used as fighters, suicide bombers and spies,” WSJ said.

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