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This Former Porn Star Felt Worthless Until She Heard God's Voice and Changed Her Forever!

Ex-Porn Star, Shelley Lubben, had gone through many traumatic experiences in her life. As a child she was left feeling alone and unloved after being sexually harassed. She then turned to pornography because of these life experiences. Until one day when Jesus saved her life!

Stephen Colbert Gets Celebrity Faith Right

He navigates faith and fame with humility—and humor.

14 Artists You Didn't Know Covered 'Amazing Grace'

As the new Broadway musical shows, there’s an enduring power to the centuries-old hymn.

Conversations with David Berlinski: Is Math Discovered or Created?

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Gospel singer gets 4 'yeses' at X Factor audition – Premier Premier

A Gospel singer has made it through to the next stage of TV talent show The X Factor after her rendition of Mary Mary's Shackles.

Here’s a New Trailer for Banksy’s ‘Dismaland Bemusement Park’

A new trailer for Banksy’s creepy, high-concept art installation has been released, and it’s expectedly dark. The renowned street artist recently opened a sinister take on Disneyland called “Dismaland,” which features numerous “attractions” devoted to the evils of mankind and the darker side of modern pop culture. The faux park, in the beachside community of Somerset, England, is open to visitors through Sept. 27.

Here’s the Trailer for a TV Show Called ‘So You Think You Can Preach’

It’s hard to know what to make of this trailer, evidently for an upcoming TV show called So You Think You Can Preach. As the name would suggest, the reality competition would feature amateur preachers delivering sermons in front of judges, ultimately attempting to win a cash prize of $25,000, a new car and a “Lifetime Opportunity Preaching at two or more Mega Churches across America.” According to The Christian Post, no network has signed on to air the show, though, on the show's website, the organizers appear to be receiving applications from, ah, contestants(?) and will be holding auditions in October. If the YouTube comments are any indication, though, the concept isn’t exactly being received well in ministry crowds.

Watch Ellen DeGeneres, Alanis Morissette, and Natalie Maines Join Taylor Swift on Stage

Last night Taylor Swift continued her quest to bring every living human being on stage at her show. (Recent live performances have featured everyone from Kobe Bryant to Julia Roberts.) Joining Swift on the third night of her LA Staples Center residency were newly minted BFFS Alanis Morissette, and Natalie Maines, who performed '90s staples “You Ought to Know” and “Goodbye Earl.” Comedy queen Ellen DeGeneres also stopped by to walk the runway during “Style,” out-Swifting Swift in a sparkly blouse and tutu. Check out video of all three concert cameos below. Night four of her Los Angeles shows is up next, so place your cameo bets now.

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.

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Don’t Take It from Me: Reasons You Should Not Marry an Unbeliever

Full disclosure: One of our sons began spending time a few years back with a secular woman from a Jewish background. He heard us talk about the sorrows (and disobedience) of being married to a non-Christian for years, so he knew it wasn't an option (something we reminded him of quite forcefully). Nevertheless, their friendship grew and developed into something more. To his credit, our son told her: “I can't marry you unless you are a Christian, and you can't become a Christian just to marry me. I'll sit with you in church, but if you are serious about exploring Christianity you will have to do it on your own—find your own small group, read books, talk to people other than me.” Fortunately, she is a woman of great integrity and grit, and she set herself to looking into the truth claims of the Bible. As she grew closer to saving faith, to our surprise our son began growing in his faith in order to keep up with her! She said to me one day, “You know, your son should never have been seeing me!” She did come to faith, and he held the water when she was baptized.

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How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Revived Modern Myth-Telling

“The qualifications … are a tendency to write, and Christianity.” Thus explained Lewis in a letter to Williams in March 1936, inviting him to a session of the “informal club” that had begun convening every Thursday night in his rooms at Oxford’s Magdalen College (and then again, still less formally, at the Eagle & Child pub on Tuesday mornings). The letter was a fan letter; the two men didn’t know each other, but Lewis had found himself compelled to inform Williams that reading his fantasy novel The Place of the Lion —in which comfy England is burst upon by unruly celestial essences—had been “one of the major literary events of my life.” Lewis was an Oxford fellow and tutor in English literature, and a relatively fresh-baked believer: after an arduous wrangle of a conversion, he had arrived at the knowledge of a personal God while sitting in Warnie’s sidecar on a motorcycle ride to Whipsnade Zoo. Williams worked in publishing, wrote feverishly, smoked like a chimney, delivered whirling literary-metaphysical lectures, and indulged in the overheated cultivation of female disciples.

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The Duggars and the Evil Outside

While I agree with much of what the author states here, I find it troubling that the central point is based on the idea of protection or sheltering being to keep children “ignorant” of sin and that an attitude of protection and sheltering must be motivated from an improper understanding of theology and original sin. This type of argument becomes an excuse for some parents to accuse others of being too protective or improper in their parenting choices. It also can be used to defend a more “hands off” parenting style that would essentially expose children to anything without much regard for baseness, evil and depravity and the ability of children to process and respond to such things. I agree with so much here; I was raised in a very protective home at times very similar to the Duggars (though not quite to the same degree) and I saw firsthand that such sheltering did nothing to prevent certain “taboo” sins in either myself or any of my siblings. But now that I am a parent I am faced with decisions about how much to expose my own 4 daughters to and I find that this issue isn’t nearly as simple as this author is suggesting for one important reason: much of the protection, guidance and “sheltering” we provide for our children isn’t merely to prevent them from “knowing sin” or acting out sinfully…clearly they are born into a sinful nature and all that entails.

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The Wrong Response to Scary Headlines

Personally, I want to shut it all off, not because of fear, but because everyone immediately begins turning tragedy into support for an agenda - media tell the story to reflect their agenda, social media erupts into fights over political views. Like today - I don't know the people who killed in Roanoke, but it really saddened me and I just wanted a little while to process everything and grieve in my own way. But I couldn't because while trying to follow the news updates, all I see is fights over gun control and in one instance that turned into fights over abortion rights. Can we please just take like 24 hours to mourn those who lost their lives before using the situation to push or defend an agenda???

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Why Is Having Friends As an Adult So Hard?

The last 11 years have been challenging for me in my friendships. I am a 51 year old bachelor who enjoyed the friendships that I developed during my years at Bible College. I have learned over the years that true genuine friendship requires 100% mutual initiative which is almost impossible with those who have married and begun families. Despite what many churches promise with their “community ministries”, they simply cannot deliver the level of friendship they suggest is required for true community. I have concluded that maintaining the few close friends I have developed over the years through occasional dinners together is the only venue possible in this season of my life.

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7 Sins the Church Ignores

I disagree. This article takes seven different sins and says that the church as a whole ignores them; these aren't ignored by the church as a whole. Many churches I've visited over the years have spoke on nearly everything sin on this list, many individuals I know refrain from such things (the best they can).

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How to Survive World Religions 101

Many students can relate. Churches often have a hard time preparing their youth for a secular university environment. They equip them on a moral level, which is good and important, yet fail to prepare them intellectually and doctrinally. So how can churches better brace young people for the day their faith will be challenged, attacked, and deemed intellectually indefensible by professors and peers?

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Whom Do Tim Keller and Don Carson Look Up To?

The second intervention came a couple of decades later, when I was convicted about the shallowness of my prayer life. In response, I began to dig into the Psalms, and the two resources I relied on were Derek Kidner’s Tyndale commentary and Alec Motyer’s brief but luminous treatment of the Psalms in the New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition . Dr. Motyer’s compact description of the psalmists—that they were people who knew far less about God than we do, yet loved him a great deal more—is a crucial guide for interpreting the anguished cries, shouts of praise, and declarations of love we meet in God’s own Prayer Book. It is clear at some points that we are reading authors who were writing about God’s salvation before the “fullness of time” had come and the Cross laid bare God’s plan for saving the world. And yet the psalmists—with their less granular understanding of the outworkings of it all—did indeed grasp the gospel of salvation by grace, substitutionary atonement, and faith. Across the 150 psalms we see virtually every human condition and emotion set before God and transfigured by prayer.

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Lazy Writing, Cheap Restoration

War Room follows the increasingly dreary pattern familiar to anyone who has seen more than a handful of Christian films. Karen Abercrombie and Priscilla Shirer are easy to like as a spiritually mature senior on the one hand and a beleaguered housewife on the other whom the older woman teaches to pray. T. C. Stallings plays a flatter character: Tony, the not-yet philandering but not exactly faithful husband to Shirer’s Elizabeth. The women deliver lines like “Devil, you just got your butt kicked!” and “Go back to hell where you belong, and leave my family alone!” with the requisite earnestness to make viewers believe that they believe.

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How Christians Can Guard Against Online Infidelity

You can be a fully formed human being, with goals and a career and friends and activities of all kinds—and still be open about your social media and unafraid of being exposed. My wife and I each have a great deal of independence and personal freedom and time alone. We are independent, but in ways and areas that don’t have to do with our affections and attractions and desires and our deepest selves.

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The contagious madness of the new PC

Welcome to the not so brave new world of mindless Matrix bots. These ‘students’ are so full ot it with their faux Maoist cultural revolution acts. Like spaced-out groupies of a cult -indoctrinated courtesy of your local government approved public skewl (sic intended) -they show as much tolerance as Mao’s brainwashed Red Guard once did. Only the Western version isn’t maddeningly waving a little red book, but rather a red flag to call out fantasmal feelings of pain and grief from non-existent threats. False fear and phony pain that is at once confirmed and comforted by the at the ready grief counselor army. Thereby the aggrieved is sent a ‘positive’ feedback loop and the march towards madness is complete. A madness aimed at the world at large manifests itself in this sick exercise of fighting phantoms. This entire PC construct is a long-term project weened off the fruit (and nuts) of the Marxist bent Frankfurt School, which then exported their acolytes and tyrannical views to the United States. Well, it looks like its come full circle. Some very psychologically damaged young people are walking the streets and crusading for a victory against reality.

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http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/08/prweb12931924.htm

Church officials say they are pleased with the project’s outcome. “We are so excited to be at this place in the history of Harvester Christian Church,” said Brian Jobe, Harvester’s Senior Pastor. “This building is a blessing… A ministry tool to help us fulfill our mission for Jesus in the community and all around the world. The gifted designers and builders at Visioneering continue to play a vital role in helping create the kind of sacred space that honors God and draws people to Him.”

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https://www.crossway.org/books/date-your-wife-tpb/

Most men don’t know how to date their wives. They did it before, but they’ve forgotten how, or they’re trying but it just doesn’t seem to be working. Justin Buzzard helps men re-learn this all-important skill from a position of security in the gospel of grace. As a father of three boys and husband to a very happy wife, Justin offers guys a helping hand, good news, and wise counsel, along with:

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Crossway on Twitter

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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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CrossExamined (crossexamined)

CrossExamined equips Christians and challenges unbelievers with evidence that Christianity is true.

17 Trinity Monotheism Once More: A Response to Daniel Howard-Snyder | Reasonable Faith

Cases of this sort typically involve such conflicting intuitions that no solution stands out as clearly correct, and those that are offered all seem counter-intuitive. I have far more confidence that I know a two-headed animal when I see one than I do in the truth of any particular solution to the puzzles posed by such thought experiments. Hence, objections to the existence of a three-headed dog like Cerberus based on such puzzles are not at all compelling objections. Indeed, Howard-Snyder will find himself confronted with puzzles parallel to those that he raises. For there are a variety of canine species. Suppose that Cerberus looks something like a three-headed wolf. On Howard-Snyder’s view Cerberus (if there is such a thing at all) is despite appearances not a wolf but a pack of three wolves. Now suppose that Bowser is reconstructed by the surgeons using collie parts and that poor Spike, once a vicious guard dog, wakes up from the surgery to find that his brain has been incorporated into the body of a chihuahua. It would seem that a new collie and a new Chihuahua have begun to exist, or at least new collie and chihuahua hybrids, even though Bowser and Spike survive the operation.

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The Mark of Christianity That is Disappearing from Our Worship

I was embittered at the Church and fell away for 20 plus years God used a good friend to bring me back to himself through Jesus I went to several churches here in Lincoln NE Led by the Spirit to make a PCA Presbyterian Church of America church my church home We have communion and corporate confession of sin every Sunday I wish we would always have it right before comingto the LORD’S Table but they sometimes have it earlier to prevent it becoming too routine or ritualized I think it is the responsibility of each worshiper not to let anything become routine in their hearts and minds but I feel blessed to have corporate confession and communion very week so not having confession just before communion every week does not bother me very much This was a great article and one the Church as awhole needs to read and think about

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Rex Pflueger on Twitter

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20 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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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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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

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Standing on the shoulders of giants: The preacher and his books

One of my favorite quotes is from Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the law of gravity. In a letter to Robert Hooke on February 5, 1676, Newton wrote, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Newton saw farther than anyone had before, precisely because he was willing to learn from those who had gone before him. Just imagine what life would be like if all anyone ever knew was the knowledge they accumulated on their own. There would be no electricity, no light bulb, no telephone, no computers, no cars, no airplanes, no space travel, and, gasp, no iPhone. But because men learned from those who had gone before, these inventions and many more were possible. Sadly, many preachers like to work in an anti-intellectual vacuum, gleaning nothing from the God-gifted men who have gone before them. God has especially equipped the body of Christ with teachers, evangelist, and pastors. I thank God for men like Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Augustine, Anselm, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Newton, John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and a host of others, who are, without a doubt, God’s gifts to the church.

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A Minor League Baseball Team Is Going to Wear These Sweet ‘Portlandia’-Inspired Uniforms

Minor league baseball team the Eugene Emeralds are soon going to wear custom uniforms made to appear like skinny jeans and a flannel shirt, inspired by the TV comedy Portlandia . They are spectacular. Seriously, look at those things. If you are fortunate enough to be in Eugene on August 27, the team is hosting “Portlandia Night” at the ballpark, where the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off after the game. We have no idea why the player modeling these killer threads looks so glum, because those crazy-pocketed pants are a work of uniform art.

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Leading Your Leaders Retreat

I am entering the twelfth year of pastoral ministry at the church, and in almost every one of those years I’ve helped to lead two retreats: a staff retreat and an elders retreat. They aren’t elaborate. They aren’t groundbreaking. They aren’t terribly long. But they are definitely worth it. The most important reason to do a leaders retreat–and every church no matter the size has some group (or groups) of formal or informal leaders–is to spend time with those leaders. Yes, the size of retreat, the structure, and the location all matter, but what matters most is simply being together to share, laugh, eat, and pray. If you never get away with your key leaders (whether staff, elders, trustees, fellow pastors, small group leaders, whatever), you are missing out on an extremely valuable opportunity to strengthen relational bonds and build up relationship collateral.

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Ashley Madison and the Death of Monogamy

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” One of the most striking aspects of the Seventh Commandment is its utter simplicity. Without equivocation or evasion, God’s law is clear and self-explanatory. The very fact that God included adultery in the “thou shall nots” of the Ten Commandments indicates its particular evil and danger. Moses did not have to provide further elaboration.

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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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10 facts about religion in America

Your reproducible problem is indicative of your fundamental lack of understanding of how science works. The reason why you can type this comment on the internet through a computer is because science evolved to enable you to. Along the way to developing your laptop and the internet many scientists made mistakes, research was flawed, and papers were published that were later were found to be wrong… but as a whole the science continued to self correct and evolve… technology advanced. There is a fundamental belief amongst the scientifically illiterate that a scientist making a mistake makes science as a whole “wrong.” So a scientist making a claim that is later refuted by other scientists somehow makes his whole field wrong. This is an absolute fallacy. You wouldn’t even know the difference if there weren’t other scientists to tell you so in the first place. As more is discovered more knowledge is gained. I would much rather have a self correcting process where the latest and most correct information is followed than an archaic system that never evolves.

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Church, We Must Go to War Against Porn

In regards to the Bible comparing sins, I both agree and disagree. In Matthew 11 it seems Jesus is much more referring to the judgement of their sins than the sins themselves. I’m unsure about 23:23 in reference to the leaders making sure they tithe every little bit from their gardens while they neglect fairness and justice. It feels more like Jesus is calling them out on their duties as leaders and upholders of the law, and how hypocritical they are behaving. In Luke, this one is about people being aware of what the laws are and whether they are breaking them willfully or unknowingly. The response post from “War?” had full awareness in both scenarios, which is what saddened me to hear. As for John 19, you got me there! I’m excited to look more into this and the context around it. From the onset, it almost looks to line up more with the verses in Luke. Pilate didn’t know much about Jesus or his teachings, and didn’t seem to understand the laws of the Jews, making him look much more bound to the laws set before him by Caesar. Caiaphas on the other hand was the high priest at the time, which means he knew very well what he was doing and how he was breaking and bending the very Jewish laws he was accusing Jesus of breaching.

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Still Up For Grabs: Wu-Tang Clan’s $5 Million Album

And now in news of the rich, several months after putting it up for sale, the Wu-Tang Clan still hasn’t sold their new release, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin . Why no buyers? One lucky fan could be the sole proud owner of the iconic hip-hop group’s final album. (Yup, there’s only one in existence.) And thanks to a copyright clause designed by group member RZA, you could be the only person to hear the 31 tracks for 88 years. All those bragging rights for a mere $5 million. Time to start doing a deep dive into sofa cushions for change. Feeling flush? Join the bidding here .

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Six Characteristics of Adolescent Atheism

5. The [intentional?] failure to include important historical details–which sometimes results in a grand irony.  On Christmas day this year, atheist scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson tweeted , “On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.” What Tyson conveniently omitted was the fact that Newton was a Christian theist who wrote reams of material on theology (perhaps even more than he did on science) and took an unmistakably theistic view of the cosmos. In his famous scientific treatise, The Principia , Newton said, “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being…This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God…” A couple of days ago, in a comment thread of a news article about Tyson’s tweets, someone listed other famous scientists of Western history who were Christians, and a self-described atheist responded that Galileo lied about being a Christian so that he wouldn’t get in trouble with the Catholic Church.

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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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6 Reasons to Pray the Bible

To learn more and sign up for a free, 5-day email course on praying the Bible, visit crossway.org/PraytheBible .

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Study by UCLA neuroscientist Jeffrey Schwartz falsifies materialist determinism

Schwartz provides a nonmaterialist interpretation of neuroscience and argues that this interpretation is more compelling than the standard materialist interpretation. He arrived at this position as a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD sufferers recognize obsessive-compulsive thoughts and urges as separate from their intrinsic selves. For instance, after a few washings, the compulsive hand-washer realizes that his hands are clean and yet feels driven to keep washing them. It was reflection on this difference between the obvious truth (the hands are clean) and the irrational doubts (they might still be dirty) that prompted Schwartz to reassess the philosophical underpinnings of neuroscience.

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What Kind of Faith Helped People Survive Hurricane Katrina?

I saw faith spur congregations and organizations into action, from mucking out houses to providing much needed spiritual care. I heard clients report how central their faith was to their recovery. I met an out-of-state volunteer as we were both peering over the edge of what was left of the US 90 bridge in Biloxi. He remarked that it looked like Katrina had tossed the giant concrete slabs that had once been a bridge into the water, much like one might toss down a losing hand of cards in disgust. I asked him why he was volunteering and he replied, “My faith.” Lastly, I observed instances where faith either had the potential to or did cause significant distress. I remember attending a large congregation where the pastor taught that emotional struggles after Katrina were nothing more than signs of a weak spiritual life.

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30 tips for new seminary students

Take the languages early and often. Not only is this vital for any pastor or teacher’s tool belt, but it also allows you to slow down and look more closely at the biblical text in Greek/Hebrew as well as English. It is hard work but well worth it. Once you take the languages, consistently read in them. You will begin to gain more proficiency the more you read. Personally, I find it best to set a time goal rather than a verse goal. In the beginning set a goal of 5-10 minutes a day and gradually build on that. In my experience, when you set your goal via verses or chapters you can get stuck on a verse and spend more time than planned trying to make your way through it.

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Woman to Woman 2015 – Premier Radio

A one-day event to rejoice in the Lord followed by a life-transforming worship evening to celebrate faith in everyday life!

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What difference does God make to the questions of meaning and purpose?

Dr. Neil Shenvi has had a successful career in the field of theoretical chemistry, but in his spare time, he thinks about faith questions. One of the questions he’s thought about is the difference that God makes when we are asking questions of ultimate meaning and purpose in life. And he’s even done a lecture on it.

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Gender, Marriage, and the Bible: What should a Christian think?

This four part teaching series is excellent for families, small groups, and classes. John answers common questions about same sex marriage, gender and the Bible. The sessions include:

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The Red Cross Suspends Work Yemen City After Break-in Threatens Staff

Yesterday, the International Committee of the Red Cross—a global humanitarian organization— suspended operations in the Yemen port city of Aden. Around 2 p.m., a group of gunmen stormed the organization’s compound, held the staff at gunpoint and stole vehicles and cash, along with some laptops. A spokeswoman said the Red Cross relocated the 14 staff members in Aden, which could negatively affect the area in a big way: The group’s Aden operations include supporting a surgical hospital and providing clean drinking water to the city.

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Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing - The Local

Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday.

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

In the legacy of C.S. Lewis, the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal & public life.

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Persecuted, Abused, Displaced: The Christian Women Who Somehow Still Stand Strong

Years ago, I interviewed women in Syria for a research project involving faith and security. In a Damascus café, I met with the leader of an underground women’s rights movement. Her demeanor was subtle and her actions calculated. Yet over time, she told me stories about being imprisoned (once while eight months pregnant), public shaming, physical harassment, and on and on. I had to ask directly: “How do you do it? How do you keep fighting?” She said, “I know who I am.”

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Listen to Sylvan Esso’s Radiolab-Inspired New Single

It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten new music from Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. The synth pop duo—better known as Sylvan Esso—recently dropped a new single, their first since last year’s self-titled debut album. Written for and inspired by a recent episode of WNYC podcast Radiolab , “Jamie’s Song” is the story of living with bipolar disorder, and contains actual quotes from the person in question. Listen here at the 22:50 mark. Or better yet, listen to the whole show. Because science rules.

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Prison Inmates Construct Chair that Will Be Used By Pope Francis

When Pope Francis visits inmates at Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility next month, he’ll be presented with a special gift: A chair constructed by prisoners currently serving time in the city’s jail system. The director of one of the jail industry shops told Mashable , "I really don't know how it will be presented to him, or at what point will he actually sit in the chair. But the fact that I got the privilege to do the chair is good enough if I never see him sit in the chair. So I'm happy." The pope will visit 100 inmates and their families during his time in the city on Sept. 27.

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Donald Trump Kicked a Univision Reporter Out of a Campaign Event

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump continues to be a dramatic one. At a campaign rally in Iowa yesterday, Trump’s security team removed Univision reporter Jorge Ramos after he attempted to ask the GOP hopeful about his controversial immigration policy. Trump has previously said he plans to deport 11 million people and build a giant wall on the American/Mexican border, and force Mexico to pay for it. After repeatedly demanding that Ramos sit down, he told him to “Go back to Univision.” Ramos was then briefly removed from the event. Trump is currently engaged in a $500 million lawsuit with the Spanish-language network after it killed its contract to air the Miss USA pageant, which Trump co-owns. The decision came after Trump claimed Mexico is intentionally sending criminals to the U.S. (“They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people.”)

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How Should We Define Faith?

For more resources from Reasonable Faith visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org For more resources from Unbelievable? visit: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... In July of 2014, Dr Craig flew to the United Kingdom to participate in the Unbelievable? Conference. Now in its 4th year, Unbelievable? is the UK's leading apologetics and evangelism conference. The conference host, Justin Brierley, hosts the popular UK discussion show and podcast Unbelievable? on Premier Christian Radio. He is also the Senior Editor of Premier Christianity magazine. Other conference contributors included Os Guinness, Tim McGrew, Craig Hazen, Tanya Walker, Ruth Jackson, Jeff Zweerink, Clay Jones, and David Robertson. For more information on the event visit: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.

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Morrissey Announces Debut Novel 'List of the Lost'

Two years after penning his poetic autobiography, and one year after the release of his solo album World Peace is None of Your Business , former Smiths frontman Morrissey has announced his debut novel. List of the Lost streets late September on Penguin Books UK. (A U.S. release date is still forthcoming.) There's still no word on a plot, but we have our guesses. Stay tuned for a story of a heroic pop musician who escapes the clutches of his evil corporate record label while convincing us along the way that meat really is murder.

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What Did Noah’s Ark Look Like?

Ancient shipbuilders usually began with a shell of planks (strakes) and then built internal framing (ribs) to fit inside. This is the complete reverse of the familiar European method where planking was added to the frame. In shell-first construction, the planks must be attached to each other somehow. Some used overlapping (clinker) planks that were dowelled or nailed, while others used rope to sew the planks together. The ancient Greeks used a sophisticated system where the planks were interlocked with thousands of precise mortise and tenon joints. The resulting hull was strong enough to ram another ship, yet light enough to be hauled onto a beach by the crew. If this is what the Greeks could do centuries before Christ, what could Noah do centuries after Tubal-Cain invented forged metal tools?

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Sunday Quote!- We Influence Toward... or Away From Christ

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

51 Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter
52 United Solo » Angry Conversations With God
53 Truthbomb Apologetics: Book Preview: Keeping Your Kids on God's Side by Natasha Crain
54 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
55 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
56 Andy Bannister and Michael Ruse discuss how atheists find meaning in life
57 Ligonier Ministries
58 Patrick Garr on Twitter
59 J. Warner Wallace on Twitter
60 ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Was Cable’s Biggest Season Premiere Ever
61 Desiring God on Twitter
62 WORLD | Telling of God’s works: Hope Award for Effective Compassion | Marvin Olasky | Aug. 29, 2015
63 Crossway on Twitter
64 Russell Moore on Twitter
65 Star Trek: TNG Season 5 "The Masterpiece Society" and "Conundrum"
66 Reaching Out to Students and Skeptics
67 INTOY2014 on Twitter
68 Here Are All the Guests for Week 1 of Colbert's 'Late Show'
69 The Christian Post on Twitter
70 Could Jesus have sinned?
71 Frank Turek on Twitter
72 Ravi Zacharias on Twitter
73 Ligonier Ministries
74 WORLD | J. Budziszewski: Generation disordered | Marvin Olasky | Sept. 5, 2015
75 Pope Francis enters migrant crisis and asks God to stop truck deaths – Premier Premier
76 Crossway on Twitter
77 Christian reality star Josh Duggar heads for rehab after admitting Ashley Madison affair – Premier Premier
78 Abuse accused Papal nuncio Jozef Wesolowski 'died of a heart attack' – Premier Premier
79 Huge mural of Pope to welcome Francis to America – Premier Premier
80 Egypt: Report on life of Christians used to convict three journalists of 'broadcasting false news' – Premier Premier
81 Matt Mellema on Twitter
82 25. Why do bad things happen to good people?
83 Southern Seminary on Twitter
84 http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/generosity-leads-to-joy