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

Conversations with David Berlinski: Is Math Discovered or Created?

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

"Archetypes of American masculine virtue: handsome, strong, modest" | HeadHeartHand Blog

I've been enthralled by the remarkable heroism of the three American men who, using only their hands and hearts, overwhelmed a heavily-armed Islamic terrorist.

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Before showing his baptism, Sean interviews his friend Gavin, a former skeptic, with three questions about his journey and about sharing your faith.

Watch the Foo Fighters Rickroll Protestors from Westboro Baptist Church

You're probably all-too familiar with the egregious and inflammatory protests by Westboro Baptist Church (which is neither Baptist nor a church). They've famously picketed the funerals of fallen soldiers and pretty much anyone who doesn't deserve picketing. Online, there's a tried and true way to deal with Internet trolls when all else fails: Rickrolling. And that's exactly what the Foo Fighters did to a Westboro group protesting outside the venue before the band's concert this weekend—a real-life, driveby Rickroll.

Here’s the 90-Second LEGO ‘Jurassic World’ You’ve Been Waiting For

A stop-motion LEGO wizard has distilled the entire plot of Jurassic World into one glorious 90-second YouTube comedy. There is nothing LEGOs cannot do.

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People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends....

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5 Things We Can Learn from the Ashley Madison Scandal

I'm a counselor, working quite a bit with the issue of sexuality and pornography in relationships. One of the things that continues to surprise me is how Christian young women are NOT being educated about the realities of pornography use today. I hear this story over and over: "I love my boyfriend, he's great, we're talking about getting married, but he just told me he's been looking at porn since age 10. What am I supposed to do?" After answering that question individually many times, I wrote a little ebook to empower young women with information, with conversation starters, with tools to make healthy, informed decisions in their dating lives. It's called Porn and Your Boyfriend, available at Amazon. http://amzn.to/1hDa53t

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Organic Food, Essential Oils, and the Gospel of Grace

While eating organic foods and using non-traditional medicine certainly can be valuable, the danger comes when we develop a sense of superiority to go along with it. In our attempt to create a more organic, natural lifestyle, it can be easy to begin looking down our noses at someone who isn’t on our bandwagon. When promoting our own choices for food and medicine is becoming the latest form of evangelism, we are showing where our hope really lies — and that we are close to forgetting the gospel we say we hold dear.

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Captive Movie - Official Trailer

Based on an inspiring true story, WATCH the official CAPTIVE movie trailer starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo. http://www.captivethemovie.com/

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What Criticism Should Actually Look Like

The subtitle is, “Fighting for grace in a world of impossible standards.” That is the current throughout the entire book. I just find that women spend a lot of time feeling guilty for what they feel like they’re not doing well. They feel like no matter how hard they work, it’s never enough. There’s just this chronic sense of being not enough at all times. I just think it’s absurd and it’s not true. It’s a lie.

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Mayim Bialik: Faith Will Never Be Trendy in Hollywood

Bialik, who recently launched a website called Groknation.com about faith, parenting and culture, also said that just because she dresses conservatively, she shouldn’t be labeled a prude. “Being a modest dresser, that for me is a certain amount of my religious faith—privacy and chastity. Just because I have a body doesn’t mean it means to be on display … It's important, especially for children and men and my sons to hear I'm not ashamed of my body, I just don’t feel the need to display it with two tiny pieces of fabric when I want to go swimming."

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Union U. Quits CCCU Over Mennonite Members' Same-Sex Marriage Moves

Last month, the two Mennonite schools changed their policies on marriage. Both now allow faculty and staff to be in same-sex marriages. The CCCU board is consulting with the presidents of all member schools on what to do next.

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A Call for a More Reflective Christianity

The mindset the psalmist suggests is hard to maintain. It is contrary to the technique-driven life. In order to live a reflective life, then, you must be okay with the tension of not always having immediate answers and quick fixes. You must be patient with people, with prayer, and with the Spirit of God for wisdom. You must be comfortable with failure and with repentance. You must be okay with other people’s successes while you are tangled in trials. None of us are good at those things, naturally.

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You Are How Much You Work

And then there’s the Amazon way, recently documented in a scathing exposé by Th e New York Times . The report, one of The Times ’ most commented-upon articles ever, paints an appalling picture of a brutal work environment: “At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are ‘unreasonably high.’ ”

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Porn Channels Will No Longer Be Available at Hilton Hotels

We are making immediate changes to our global brand standards to eliminate adult video-on-demand entertainment in all our hotels worldwide. While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts. We believe in offering our guests a high degree of choice and control during their stays with us, including Wi-Fi on personal devices. However, we have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.

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Crossway on Twitter

One day, everything will be just as it should be. Perfect. http://cway.to/1PhuQMm  pic.twitter.com/bJ6Qjr0xYO

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For 2015, we are still are praying for more partners in this work of carrying out the Great Commission as we seek to help everyone understand and embrace the gospel for all of life.  We still have $200,000 left in raise in 2015 from reaching our goal of $600,000 in new Friends of TGC support.

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Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together

Chapter 6 concludes the book with “some possibilities for incarnational seminaries.” This chapter applies all House has observed in Bonhoeffer’s life and writing. It also encapsulates his own burden for reforming seminary education. He holds Bonhoeffer’s seminaries as models from which modern educators can learn and selectively imitate. In discerning what is “transferable to our work today” (184), he answers a handful of objections and proceeds to make applications at a variety of levels (e.g., large seminaries, small seminaries, seminary enrichment programs, university theology departments, etc.). This is the most unique part of the book, and the one to which theological educators should give the most consideration.

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How to Develop Opinions Worth Having

We know that not every opinion is a good one, but we generally only say so when we’re confronted with someone else’s faulty thinking. Finding people who are willing to say, “Here’s what I think, but I could be wrong” is extremely rare. 

The way we view our own assumptions will help us create the best opinions in the long run. Here are five tips for helping Christians form informed, thoughtful opinions.

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'Serial' Update: Attorney Claims New Evidence Could Overturn Adnan Syed's Conviction

There’s hope still for Adnan Syed—the mysterious central figure in the Serial podcast. Today, his attorney, C. Justin Brown, filed a motion in court claiming that the cellphone data used to convict Syed was unreliable. If you remember, in the trial, incoming calls to Syed’s phone seemed to place him at the scene of crime where Hae Min Lee died. Brown now says that back in 1999, only outgoing calls could track locations, not incoming ones. A fax cover sheet from AT&T reads: “Outgoing calls only are reliable for location status. Any incoming calls will NOT be considered reliable information for location,” according to Brown’s motion. “If properly raised at trial, much of, if not all of, the cellular evidence would have been rendered inadmissible,” he wrote. He told The Baltimore Sun , “We feel that the fax cover sheet from AT&T is an extremely important piece of evidence and we are bringing it to the court's attention as quickly as possible. We hope the court considers it.”

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Islam vs. Islamic extremism: How should we speak about them?

The speech of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last Saturday at the memorial for the five unarmed servicemen killed in Chattanooga demonstrates the difficulty, uncertainty, and confusion among politicians in dealing with Islam and Islamism. The speech shows the apparent dissonance among the various voices in the same political party.

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Sound Advice for Today's Parents (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical advice to parents who need help in disciplining their children effectively. (Part 1 of 2)

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15. How can you really know what is true?

Nathan Betts ( http://bit.ly/nathanbetts ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "How do I know what is true?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out Dallas Willard's book, "A Place for Truth" ( http://bit.ly/1Blkd6C ). This video is episode 15 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/

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Renewing Your Mind | Hebrews | August 24, 2015

Here the supremacy of Christ is His preeminence over the Old Testament prophets. Those prophets spoke the Word of God — but Christ is the Word of God. He is not merely a prophet in a long line of prophets. He is the Prophet par excellence. This supreme revelation comes from Him, the One who is more than a prophet — the very Son of God. In this opening passage of Hebrews there is enough weighty Christology to occupy the most astute theologians for their entire lives without exhausting its richness. Here Christ is seen as the Creator of the world and the One who upholds it by His power. He is the Creator of all things and the Heir of all things. He is the very brightness of the glory of God. Again, it is not enough to say that He is the supreme reflection of divine glory. Nay, He is the brightness of that glory. He is the express image of God’s person, the one who bears the imago dei supremely.

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The Wisdom Chronicle - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

MERCY AND GRACE “There is a difference between mercy and grace. Mercy is not getting what we do deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. Jesus’ love is always manifested in His grace. Consistently in Scripture we find Him extending this undeserved and unmerited favor upon sinners. Even at the cross we find Him praying for the forgiveness of those who were persecuting and killing Him. The Word, who became flesh, truly was “full of grace.”

21 Challenge: If Jesus Had Risen, Everyone Would Have Converted - Stand to Reason Blog

It's a non-sequitur to say everyone would have converted if Jesus had risen and since everyone did not convert we can assume Jesus did not rise from the dead. This view incorrectly assumes a miracle always results in a conversion. This view has been incorrectly assumed in scripture and corrected. In response to the rich man's supposition that sending a resurrected Lazarus to his family would result in their conversion he's told "if they didn't listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." How can one be fairly certain a resurrected Christ would have convinced the religious leaders when Christ's disciples were not convinced? When he appeared to the startled and confused disciples he said "why do doubts arise in your minds? Why are you troubled?" If those in Christ's inner circle were given to self-deceit, what of those who were antagonistic to Christ? Thomas said he would not believe unless he saw the nail marks in his hand and could touch his side. What stipulations would Pilate have for belief? What hoops must the risen Christ jump through to pass the validity test of the religious leaders? Christ knew that even after rising from the dead he'd be rejected by the leaders of his day whose hearts were hardened and whose minds were set in their ways.

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Priest halts Mass to take calls from African migrants on sinking boats in Mediterranean – Premier Premier

A priest in Switzerland has set up a special SOS network to take calls and find the location of people crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

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Russell Moore on Twitter

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Premier Christian on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Prayers following death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson – Premier Premier

Prayers are being said for the family of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson who has died after he was hit on the head by crash debris during a race in Pennsylvania.

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/why-do-you-think-you-don-t-have-time

Here’s the secret: Whatever you need more of, take the little you’ve got and start using it to serve other people unselfishly, and God will multiply it. You say, “I don’t have time to serve other people. I don’t have time to minister. I already don’t have time to get all the things done I need to. How could I add anything else?” Why do you think you don’t have time? Because God never meant for you to spend all your time on yourself! Why would God give you more time if you’re just going to spend it on you?

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Quarter of British parents feel isolated, says Christian charity – Premier Premier

Premier consists of Premier Christian Media Trust registered as a charity (no. 287610) and as a company limited by guarantee (no. 01743091) with two fully-owned trading subsidiaries: Premier Christian Communications Ltd (no. 02816074) and Christian Communication Partnership Ltd (no. 03422292). All three companies are registered in England & Wales with a registered office address of 22 Chapter Street, London, SW1P 4NP.

28 Sean McDowell: How Do I Motivate Students Who Don't Seem to Care?

One of the most common—and frankly one of the toughest—questions I receive is how to motivate students who are apathetic. How do you make students care? If you are expecting an easy answer, then you might as well click away now. Students are not robots and so we can’t force them to care about anything! But there are a few things I have learned from my experience and research that may help you motivate students who don’t seem to care about spiritual issues:

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Tim McGrew debates Peter Boghossian on the definition of faith

Peter Boghossian teaches philosophy and is the author of ‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’. He believes that faith is a ‘false epistemology’ (way of knowing things) and even describes it as a ‘virus of the mind’. Tim McGrew is a Christian philosophy professor specialising in epistemology. He contests Boghossian’s definition of faith and debates the merits of his recent book. To cast your vote on the definition of faith visit  www.facebook.com/unbelievablejb .

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Erik L on Twitter

@DrMichaelLBrown @JeremyInChrist @charismamag @DrOakley1689 seeing you so civil with one another in spite of differences is pretty cool!

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Lee Strobel on Twitter

RT @MattSmethurst : Moralism: God will treasure us if we change. Gospel: God will change us because he treasures us.

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B. Tyler Ellis on Twitter

Hey @MarkMittelberg , keep an eye out for my direct message. I took 23 students through your Faith Path questionnaire. Excited for next week!

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Desiring God on Twitter

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Truthbomb Apologetics: B.O.M.B. Book Review- God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe by J. Warner Wallace

B-Background J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker, and author of Cold-Case Christianity (our review is here ).  He's been featured repeatedly on Dateline , Fox News, and Court TV and is a member of a three-generation law enforcement family.  J. Warner and his wife have four children and live in Southern California. O-Overview It was with great anticipation that I began reading J. Warner's Wallace's latest offering God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe .  It is my conviction that Wallace is one of the most practical, intelligent and passionate apologists writing today.  His work is easy to grasp, intellectually challenging and spiritually rewarding.  Further, Wallace always makes his points in a way that make them applicable to real-life conversation.  His latest effort is no exception. As a former atheist and a cold-case homicide detective who became a Christian largely because of the abundance of evidence he encountered, the manner in which the author examines the evidence is utterly unique because he does so through the eyes of a homicide detective.

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Chris Rosebrough on Twitter

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

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When Should I Get Rid of My Smartphone?

We asked for your questions on technology and you have responded. We have a lot of them (and they keep coming in — and please keep them coming in). Josh in South Carolina wants to know, When is it time to give up our smartphones and revert to a dumb-phone? Arlene from North Florida asks, “Pastor John, I have heard Matt Chandler say on numerous accounts how our love (and addiction) to technology is making us angry and impatient. I’ve seen it in my marriage and in my mothering. Could my iPhone be the reason I don’t persevere in the faith? And if so, how do I keep that from happening?” So two important questions on the table.

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Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted In Mid-Air

Introduction More and more it seems that society and culture are attempting to jettison objective morality in favor of their own moral autonomy. It is a challenge that takes place at both an individual level and a political level. The Christian worldview holds that certain actions and behaviors are right or wrong regardless of who believes or does not believe that they are. Christians need to be able to defend this position in their everyday discussions with friends, family, and coworkers; otherwise, they may cave to the "wisdom of the world." Greg Koukl and Francis Beckwith wrote Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air ( soft cover , Kindle , GoodReads ) precisely with these everyday Christians in mind. The book is divided into five parts (sixteen chapters) and 170 pages. This review will be a part-by-part review (rather than my usual chapter-by-chapter, due to the short length of some chapters) to provide the reader with a quick summary of what they can expect from the book. My thoughts will conclude the review. While both Koukl and Beckwith are in agreement with all the content in the book, they each were the primary authors of certain parts, so I will refer to them by name (even though both authors are represented).

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Russell Moore on Twitter

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Answers in Genesis on Twitter

Christians need to rescue children from the teaching of those who compromise God's Word. http://ow.ly/PHEgY  pic.twitter.com/4XlvmSUi8b

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Dull preachers.

“A preacher who preaches the truth uncompromisingly will be asked, ‘Does your preaching always have to be so pointy? Does it always have to be so sharp?’ And of course the answer is no. He can blunt his message if he’d like and become just as dull as the average preacher.” Jesse Morrell

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Planned Parenthood, the KKK, and Black America

Dr. Brown blasts Planned Parenthood for its part in Black Genocide, explaining how the nation is turning against the abortion industry.

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Lisa Adams on Twitter

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44 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.