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A Billion Genes and Not One Beneficial Mutation

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Theresa May: I believe in life after death - premier

Prime Minister Theresa May has once again spoken about her Christian faith in a new magazine interview.

Pastoral Ministry Does Not Have to Be Sedentary

Pastors spend a lot of time in a chair but it is probably more than they need to. Here are some tips for a more healthy, efficient ministry.

Is the Satanic Temple Right?

How the controversial group is challenging ideas about religious liberty.

This Video Will Make You Never Want to Text and Drive Again

The campaign #ItCanWait has released a new, emotional video, showing the potentially deadly results of texting and driving. In the clip, after confessing to doing everything from SnapChatting to texting while behind the wheel, young people meet a victim of a horrific accident, caused by texting and driving. From there, things get emotional. The video is a good reminder of just how dangerous the temptation to use our phones behind the wheel can be.

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The Bishop of Salisbury has released a YouTube video to call on Christians to pray for the environment.

New film to show Jesus crucifixion in virtual reality - premier

The story of Jesus is to be told using the newest virtual reality technology around.

Trump cuckholds low information alt-right voters by reverting to 2013 pro-amnesty view

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When "Quality of Life" Means "Not Worthy of Life"

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Is the Earth the Most Special Planet in the Universe, After All?

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

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A Mad Lego Scientist Makes Objects That Rotate to Make Three Different Shadow Art Images

It just doesn't matter how much time you spent with Legos as a kid (or as an adult), because this guy's creations won’t be topped. Scientist John V. Muntean creates pretty boring looking sculptures out of Legos. No big deal, right? But when he shines a light through them onto a wall or screen, it’s the object casts a shockingly detailed shadow. What's crazier, is when Muntean rotates the sculpture, a totally different image appears. Madness. Seriously, watch this (and while you’re at it, enjoy the smooth jazz piano background music): There’s more here. Here’s how Muntean describes his work: As a scientist and artist, I am interested in how the perception influences our theory of the universe. A Magic Angle Sculpture appears to be nothing more than an abstract wooden carving, skewered with a rod and mounted on a base. However, when lit from above and rotated at the magic angle (54.74º) it will cast three alternating shadows. Every 120º of rotation, the amorphous shadows evolve into independent forms. Our scientific interpretation of nature often depends upon our point of view. Perspective matters. Let's be real, this is probably the coolest Lego thing ever.

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Is Apologetics Really Needed? Answering Objections to Apologetics

Apologetics, the study and practice of defending the Christian faith, has always been a part of the historical church. In fact, it dates back to the New Testament when the Apostle Paul entered the Greek city of Athens and debated the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers (see Acts 17). The Apostle Peter even commanded his readers to always be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15; NASB). Defending the faith continued on after the apostolic era with Christian theologians and philosophers developing arguments for God’s existence, defending miracles, and providing good reasons to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he was raised from the dead. Even today, especially in the last several decades, Apologetics continues to thrive as apologists like William Lane Craig and the popular Lee Strobel develop and write about the arguments and reasons for faith in God and Christ.

3 Redefining the First Freedom

We all know about the battles over the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase “under God,” the battles over manger scenes on public property. These are important, but they're skirmishes, mere skirmishes. The real battle is about whether God is Lord, or whether government is Lord. And make no mistake, if government can redefine or restrict our freedom of religion, our first freedom will be gone.

What is the Meaning of the Cross? | Cold Case Christianity

The Cross Reconciles (Pays) Our Debt The Bible acknowledges an important truth: all sin must be punished. God is just, and justice requires wrongs to be punished. We know this is true, even in our temporal experience as humans. When we break human laws, we expect to be punished in some way, and this punishment is proportionate to the authority we’ve offended. When we break our parent’s rules, we received one level of punishment; when we break the laws of the federal government, the punishment is appropriately harsher. God also has a set of Holy laws (called “Commandments”). When we violate these laws we offend the greatest of all authorities. Justice must be satisfied if God is to remain just, and the Bible reminds us of the gravity of our violation : our sin is punishable by death. The cross provides a solution, however, and demonstrates the mercy of God, even as it accomplishes His justice . The cross is the place where Jesus (God) paid the price for us, and in doing so, He offered us a way to be united to God, in spite of our moral imperfection:

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Frank Turek Answers Atheist's 3 Objections to Christianity

At UT Dallas, Christian Apologist Frank Turek from CrossExamined.Org has an enlightening exchange with an atheist named Carter. Frank discusses the following objections: The moral argument is offensive because it says atheists can't be moral! Why can't the universe be the uncaused first cause? If we don't believe in God, He will send us to Hell!

Millennials Don't Want Your Sex for Now. Here's Why

Many of us made purity vows, and youth group conversations revolved around burning questions: “How far is too far? What [sexual behavior] is and is not OK?” Some held to their vows. Others tested limits without actually having sex (defined as intercourse). And many rushed to the altar believing it better to marry than burn with passion (1 Corinthians 7:9).

Why the Term 'Missionary' Can Fail Missionaries

Missionaries often aren’t given the freedom to be real people because they’ve been placed on a pedestal they never asked for. On my bad days, during the times I felt like I was making no difference whatsoever, I didn’t know who to turn to because everyone back home was convinced I was changing the world.

An Artist Left a Gown in the Dead Sea and It Came Out Even More Beautiful

If you've ever wondered what would happen if you left a dress in the Dead Sea, wonder no more.

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“The Atheist Delusion” – Why Millions Deny the Obvious

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I wrote, "HOWEVER, for an atheist like yourself, regardless of whether atheism is true or not, you are foolishly wasting your time and your life no matter what." I should have also ADDED that as an atheist YOU CAN KNOW IT TOO. You can know that you're wasting your time objecting to Christianity. That's what makes atheistic objections to theism that much more foolish and idiotic! Some atheists think they are making the world a better place if they can diminish the negative effects of theism on the world by their anti-theistic efforts. But atheism can't even account for the concepts of "better" and "worse" or why one should prefer improving the lives of human beings rather than dolphins. Given atheism, there is no basis upon which to say humans have priority or greater dignity than any other species. Everything is ultimately without any ultimate or transcendent meaning or value in atheism. Moreover, given atheism it's likely that all individual creatures and all species will one day die or go extinct. So, there's no real point to an atheist's life.

5 Conversations You Need to Have Before Getting Married

If you want to live with your spouse until death separates you, you need to be headed in the same direction when it comes to the most important aspects of life. Marriage is hard enough when you agree on things. Disagreeing on the essentials will jam a wedge between you and your spouse.

Research: Most People Looking for a New Church Are Looking for Better Preaching

According to the data , almost half of Americans will look for a new church or congregation at some point in their (adult) lives, mostly because they moved to a new location. Some people do leave their congregations because of theological disagreements, but somewhat surprisingly that’s not a significant percentage. What's interesting, though, is what people searching for a new church are actually looking to find.

The Resurrection: Christianity's Most Dangerous Idea

This line—from my favorite book in C. S. Lewis’s remarkable children’s series—makes it clear that Aslan, the Christ figure of Narnia, is no tame lion. But his being dangerous does not rule out his profound benevolence.

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From Liberal Church to Greater Love

If you are fond of saying that Jesus was a good teacher, a kind figure, make sure you know the whole story. Simply admiring his kindness falls woefully short of beholding his glory. Pray to God earnestly that he would open the eyes of your heart to see the radiant glory of Jesus Christ that pulses in the pages of Scripture (Ephesians 1:15–23).

How to Talk to Your Kids About Hell

Hell, as in eternal, no second chances, no atonement, just endless torture (of whatever kind) seems harsh as a “punishment” for even murderers. About the only thing that seems deserving of Hell is putting people in Hell. But I assume God knows better than me. And hopefully we won’t know that our loved ones are suffering in Hell, because in Heaven there are no tears. But if a murderer murders a Christian they’re just sending them to Heaven, so it’s a good thing. Even the worst crime, rape, only damages someone for a lifetime, so strictly eye for an eye maybe 100 years of similar torture for each person you heart. That could add up, but have an ending somewhere. But really if you just died when you died, who would want to stay alive? I mean maybe some people would think heaven was worth it, and maybe some people who enjoy life wouldn’t die right away. Either way I’m definitely teaching my daughter about Hell, even if I continue doubting God, ’cause I definitely don’t want her suffering forever. And we’re supposed to fear the one who can put us in Hell anyways.

Do Objective Moral Truths Exist in Reality?

Yes, I’ve read your post several times. And I still see this as a sleight of hand. You’re not bringing anything new to the table here. It’s the same old argument. “Objective moral values and duties exist because otherwise OH THE HORROR! YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING IS BAD OR GOOD!” You make up a staw universe in which the basic concept of “better or worse” can’t exist because there isn’t a god. A person wants a drink from a stream. They try to dip water out with two things, a flat rock and their cupped hands. They decide that their cupped hands work better than a flat rock and apply the label good to using cupped hands to drink water from a stream. Is it such a hard idea to grasp and extend to other scenarios? Who would be “hard-pressed” to see how notions of better or worse came to be? How would that have no basis in reality? The fact of the matter is that you can’t explain that objective moral values exist without explaning how you know that they do. This is a garbage debate tactic. “They exist, and I do

22 Worldwide Outrage Causes France to Overturn Burkini Ban

The Conseil d'Etat overturned the ban specifically in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet—but the decision will also apply as a precedent in 26 of the country's towns and cities—after weeks of scandal and international outrage at the law.

Is God the Center of Your Marriage?

Knowing God means knowing the service of the Son. Although he was one with God, same in substance, equal in power and glory, yet he willingly took on human form subjecting himself to weakness and to God’s law (Philippians 2:5–8). Christ perfectly obeyed that law even though he was personally tried and tempted by Satan on multiple occasions (Luke 4:1–13). And though he deserved to be treated like a king, he was mocked, beaten, betrayed, abandoned, tortured, murdered, and endured the wrath of hell. He completed all of this so that he might then clothe his people in his own righteousness, and so that they may become not just serfs in the kingdom of God, but members of the royal family, co-heirs with Christ himself (Romans 8:17). Rather than using his authority to force others to serve him, he freely sacrificed himself (John 10:18). Without question, he bids us do the same (Matthew 20:25–28).

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28 More Companies Sign White House Pledge to Close Gender Wage Gap

Facebook is a longtime supporter of equal pay. We regularly review our compensation practices to ensure pay equity, and have done so for many years. We complete thorough statistical analyses to compare the compensation of men and women performing similar work. As such, we are proud to share that at Facebook, men and women earn the same. We encourage efforts to establish methods to close the wage gaps around the world.

27 We’re Seeing a Clash of Worldviews, Not an Inevitable Force of Progress

In his analysis of David Gushee’s recent article exhorting Christians to not be “left behind” by all of the other American people and institutions on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, Jake Meador calls attention to (and argues against) the idea that this revolutionary change in our society is the result of some kind of inevitable force:

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God’s Solution to the ‘Nones’ Who Have Left the Faith | The Stream

With regard to divine encounter, it is very possible, if not highly probable, that many of those who left the faith never were truly in the faith, meaning, they may have attended religious services and participated in religious rites, but they didn’t know the Lord for themselves. And religion without God can be boring, empty, dry, and even dangerous. As the German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke once commented, “Christianity, boring? So is television … if we don’t plug in.”

Clerical Garb – R.C. Sproul Jr.

I am regularly concerned, and regularly speak and write about our sort of romantic notion that the only way to be real, true, and authentic is to be casual, and to flatten out every relational connection with everyone. Again, I’m not asking people to call me the Right Reverend Dr R.C. Sproul, Jr. The congregation at my church calls me Pastor, just as I call the other pastor Pastor. But that office, it’s not an elevated office, but it is a significant office. So let me just encourage you to not have a knee jerk reaction when you see someone in a robe and think “Well he must be haughty” or to think “He must be halfway across the Tiber River and becoming a pseudo Roman Catholic.” Rather what we are doing is trying to elevate the role of the shepherd and trying to elevate more still the significance and the authority of the Word rightly preached in the local church.

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32 The Marriage Killer

We didn’t really need a study for this. Christians have long included lust among the deadliest sins, and now science is catching up. But as the world realizes porn isn’t harmless fun, now’s not the time to say “no, duh.” It’s time to offer the grace and mercy of the cross, and demonstrate why God’s design for sex is not only right, but good.

Man Oh Man! My Response to Princeton U Banning the 'M' Word | The Stream

It looks like Princeton has more work to do, and I offer this challenge to the school’s HR department: Prove yourself to the world and answer the question: Are you an individual or are you a mouse? (Hey, since I can’t say, “Are you a man or are you a mouse,” and since we’ve now eliminated “human” as well, what are we left with? Perhaps, we could ask, “Are you a person or a mouse?”, but that also loses that m-m alliteration in the process, plus some ladies are afraid of mice. This is getting tough!)

Is Not Voting an Option for Christians?

This is an election where people really have the opportunity to send a statement by voting for third parties, and you're encouraging people to stay home and do nothing? Its the Republican or Democrat or stay home mindset that put us in this awful position in the first place. No, a third party (probably) won't win anytime soon, but the more power the people give them the more sway they can have on the platforms of the two parties. Its a far better protest than just staying home.

Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis?

Anyone who has read the Bible very much will recognize that there are different kinds of literature in the Old and New Testaments. There are parables, poetry, prophetic visions, dreams, epistles, proverbs, and historical narrative, with the majority being the latter. So, how should we interpret Genesis 1–11? Is it history? Is it mythology? Is it symbolic poetry? Is it allegory? Is it a parable? Is it a prophetic vision? Is it a mixture of these kinds of literature or some kind of unique genre? And does it really matter anyway?

Should Filmmaker Nate Parker's Rape Allegations Stay in the Past?

In the past two weeks, however, Parker has come under scrutiny after Variety reported that the woman who accused Parker and his college roommate of raping her while they were students at Penn State in the late 1990s had committed suicide. That accusation had led to Parker’s arrest and trial. In 2001, he was acquitted of the charges of sexual assault, and has maintained recently that what happened was consensual. His roommate—who is also the film’s co-writer—was convicted, but the conviction was later overturned on appeal after the accuser declined to testify for a retrial.

Suspect confesses to murder of nuns - premier

A man being questioned over the murder of two nuns in Mississippi has confessed to their killings according to the local sheriff.

Really Recommended Posts 8/26/16

Hello, dear readers. I have another round of Really Recommended Posts to share with you this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Church leaders and their congregations could have information on the whereabouts of a vulnerable teenager missing for more than a year.

What If Someone You Love Is Addicted to Drugs?

I always assumed my faith needed to be the greatest of all in order for my dad to break free from his addiction. I thought that if I prayed harder and believed more, God would move my prayer request to the top of His list. But Jesus said that all you have to do is have faith the size of a mustard seed and that would be enough. (Matthew 17:20)

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A Welsh vicar won't be accompanied by his dog to Church this Sunday after he banned her for bad behaviour.

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Liverpool football manager Jurgen Klopp says the problem with being a Christian and managing a Premier League team is that you like to see others have success.

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Alister McGrath on Atheism, Christianity, Religion and Science

Spiritually, God is the oxygen of my existence; I would find it very difficult to thrive without a belief in God. Of course, the word "God" needs some clarification. It means different things to different people, even though there are often clear areas of overlap. To clarify: I believe in the God who is made known and made available through Jesus-that is, a personal God who I believe knows me as an individual, cares for me, and enables and inspires me to live my life with a firm sense of purpose and a deep satisfaction in the service of others. That situates me within the generous parameters of Christianity.

The Louisiana Flooding: On The Ground With Relief Agencies And Why Christians Are Uniquely Suited To Help

Yesterday we ran Part One in a series on how large denominations and organizations are meeting the needs of the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana. We heard from Send Relief (NAMB), Convoy of Hope, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College (Illinois) on what they are doing in terms of rescue and relief work and how you can get involved. Today we ask about the specific role of Christians in disaster relief.

3 Ways ‘The Blind Men and the Elephant’ Story Backfires

One thing that always strikes me about the Elephant parable is that someone had to lead the blind men to the elephant. The way it is often used, the assumption is that they all somehow found the same thing. I’d rephrase the parable this way: “Three blind men were out where they’d never been before, and thought that maybe there was an elephant nearby. One touched a pond and said that the elephant was like water, one touched an ant and said that elephants were small and prone to biting, and the third touched the elephant’s leg and said the elephant was big tall and sturdy. The elephant, being a wild animal and not really liking people, bellowed out and ran away, leaving the blind man who touched it knowing that the elephant was more than he had originally thought, while the other two blind men were confused at what that strange noise was since it obviously couldn’t have been the elephant.”

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It is at this point of commitment that most people miss God’s purpose for their lives. Many are afraid to commit to anything, and they just drift through life. Others make half-hearted commitments to competing values, which leads to frustration and mediocrity. Others make a full commitment to worldly goals, such as becoming wealthy or famous, and they end up disappointed and bitter.

The Long Road to Building Israel's First Post-Statehood Church

Eventually, they landed on three architectural principles: “The first principle was that we wanted to have a building that portrays the light of Christ. If you go to the old churches in Jerusalem, many are very dark. But we said, ‘Christ has risen, and we want to show his light.’” Second, David said, “we wanted something halfway between a church and a synagogue. That’s why it has a dome. And it has arches in various parts of the building and outside, which is very Jewish, reminding us of the covenant God made with Noah.” Third, they wanted a place that served their community, open for events and public use seven days a week.

Confessions of a Recovering Christian Know-It-All

I now get the privilege of sharing other people’s questions as my life’s work, of giving them a safe place to be real without judgment. I’m part of an amazing global community and a loving local church family that both allow me to unearth the uncertainty and be OK with it all. And I believe I have a God who understands everything I know and don’t know.

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