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A Reasonable, but Incomplete, Account of How Humans Mastered Fire

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

How Fearless Faith Conferences Can Help You Defend What You Believe (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #68) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner shows several clips from the Fearless Faith Conferences featuring Professor Mike Adams and Dr. Frank Turek.

Pat Robertson Tells Trump to Stop Debating Father of Fallen Muslim Soldier

Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson believes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump needs to focus on the economy and stop his back-and-forth with the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier.

John Cleese mocks church in new YouTube video - premier

British comedian and actor John Cleese has used a new video on his YouTube channel to poke fun at the Church.

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1 Metaxas Speaks Out, So Can You

Second, with that confidence, we can respect those with whom we disagree. After all, the Christian worldview establishes that the most important thing about any person is not their views, but their identity as bearers of God’s image. So we respect those with whom we disagree, even as we have the courage to disagree with them.

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Complaining Doesn't Change Culture. Engaging It Does.

All the time I hear and read people talking about what’s wrong with the church: “We don’t really need the church,” “This isn’t what the church is supposed to be,” “I’m not being fed,” or “It’s full of hypocrites and fakes,” yet the biggest problem is the people who care enough to complain but not enough to act. That attitude is a blight on Godly community.

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Catalyst Leadership Essentials

Essentials are qualities fundamental, inherent, and indispensable in defining the essence of something. What are the essentials of leadership? What are those building blocks that enable the greatest growth, expansion of influence, and create the spark to move a vision forward? Sign up today at catalystsimulcast.com

4 Liberals and Conservatives Can Freak Out Together

As Judith Shulevitz of the New York Times put it, liberals like to chuckle at culture-warrior conservatives. For example, she writes, the Republican platform calls pornography a public health crisis—while ignoring global warming and guns, which she says “could destroy the lives of millions.”

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The Briefing 08-04-16 - AlbertMohler.com

This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Thursday morning, January 8, 2015. The war on terror took on a savage new face…

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1 John 2:19: Can A True Christian Fall Away From God?

Once saved, always saved? If so, how do we explain friends, family, and even church leaders who walk away from the faith? In this lab, John Piper explains eternal security and what it means for those who have walked away from the faith.

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Ask RC: What Is a Liturgy? - R.C. Sproul Jr.

Liturgy is one of those words that manages to be both rather vague, but also, in the right place, the perfect word. It is simply a tool of remembrance.  Such tools can include everything from the yearly flow of the feasts God established for His people Israel, to the order of worship at your local church, to returning thanks before a meal, or even my own habit of always breaking my bread before eating it.

8 http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/08/article-3-key-things-skeptics-will-say.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

As I have said before, it is my conviction that Natasha Crain is doing some of the most important writing in apologetics today.  She understands the challenges our kids face and does an outstanding job equipping parents to teach their children why there are excellent reasons to believe Christianity is true. Her latest blog offers answers to 3 claims that skeptics will direct at young Christians in an attempt to shame them.  It is my experience that not only are these charges leveled at young Christians, but adult believers as well!  I personally have had these directed at me by "fundy" atheist types. Crain deals with the following three claims: 1. “You’ve been indoctrinated.” 2. “If you allow yourself to think critically, you’ll see there’s no reason to believe in God.” 3. “Christians are less intelligent than atheists. Studies show it.” I found all of Natasha's answers helpful, especially her response to #3.  She writes: "The Implied Shame Claim: You’re stupid if you’re a Christian and that’s not just my opinion—it’s been proven.

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Is Evolution a Religion?

We are sure that many people will find the question posed as the title of this chapter a little strange. Surely, evolution is about the origin and development of life-forms on earth—what has this got to do with religion? Evolution is science, isn’t it? And we are told that it has got to be separate from religious belief—at least in the classroom! Well, let’s see if evolution fits the bill as a true science as opposed to a religious belief. In order to do so, we must define some terms.

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Contrary to Popular Claims, Jesus Did Not Prophesy About Barack Obama | The Stream

Is it true that a Hebrew prophecy about Barack Obama is hidden in the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18, where He said to His disciples, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”?

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Let’s Teach Our Kids ‘Beautiful’

We might talk about why an overheard word is wrong, or why acts of violence in our world are so contrary to God’s character, or what that TV commercial is trying to sell us and how. The light shines through far brighter in the darkness. Use discretion, but make sure they understand that it’s the gates of hell that shall not prevail against Christ and his church — not the other way around.

12 Is God a Moral Monster? with Paul Copan - Part 1 - Christian Research Institute

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank is joined by Dr. Paul Copan to discuss his book, Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God . Many people today raise objections to the Bible because they read it anachronistically. Dr. Copan sheds light on some of the prevalent misconceptions regarding the nature of God and unpacks some of the complexities of Old Testament law and how to contextualize difficult passages.

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How Fearless Faith Conferences Can Help You Defend What You Believe

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The Roots of Endurance

In Book 3 of the series, “The Swans Are Not Silent,” best-selling author John Piper looks at the lives of these three great men and focuses on how they not only endured great opposition, but that they did so with joy and without bitterness. Their lives exemplify how to set a pace and finish the race before us, encouraging every heart that it is possible to clear the hurdles in our paths.

15 Newsletters: Cultivating Confidence, the Orlando Shooting, and Theistic Evolution

Are Christians to Blame for the Orlando Shooting? by Alan Shlemon: “Our response to homosexuals is not one of violence, vengeance, or malice. Rather, it is love. We’re called to love those who identify as LGBT. Love, biblically speaking, means that we care so much about them that we tell them about God’s message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-20). Since every human being has committed crimes against God, every one of us deserves to be punished. That means we are all destined to be separated from Him. God, however, offers to pardon anyone who turns from his rebellious life and submits his life to Him. That message of hope is what Christians are commanded to share with all people, whether it's the Muslim who fights for Allah or the one who identifies as LGBT.” ( Read more .)

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Reasons To Believe : Failures to Philosophize

A solid Christian theology actually frees science from such paradigmatic restraints. Since God created life on earth with a capacity to adapt to changing environments, we must experiment to discover what underlying mechanisms may contribute to similarities and unique differences in order to know how various organisms function. We cannot (nor should we) assume that God was limited to a gradual accrual of complexity through unguided changes at genomic or epigenomic levels via common descent. Although that is a very fruitful way to understand aspects of molecular adaptation, such as microbial evolution (to an extent) and even species radiation events, it fails again and again in forced applications to account for life’s origins or the vast diversity of Earth’s orders, classes, and phyla. A Christian mindset opens wide the door of scientific inquiry without necessitating erroneous conclusions, such as believing that the vast majority of the human genome is nonfunctional, evolutionary artifacts. It’s time to shed the shackles of the neo-Darwinian paradigm of life’s diversity and history.

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Erin Brownback on Twitter

On the @EricMetaxasShow at 2 pm EDT talking about messaging the Pro-Family Movement. @ericmetaxas pic.twitter.com/zOTSVGyg7l

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Transmission Microscopy with Nanometer Resolution Using a Deterministic Single Ion Source

(a) A circular hole structure is scanned using one ion at each lateral position, with a resolution of 100×100  nm2 per pixel. The red circle shows the result of a maximum likelihood fit to the data. (b) The same structure is measured using the Bayes experimental design method. For the plot, the x and y positions of the hole were set to zero. The blue and red dots represent the positions where an ion was, or was not, detected, respectively. The final location and radius of the hole structure is depicted by the dashed circle. The initial guess of the Gaussian-shaped PDF for the position is depicted as a gray shade in the background. The dark gray line follows the progression of its mean value, i.e., the assumed center position of this distribution as a function of the number of extracted ions. Within the first four iterations, no ion is transmitted. The spatial information of these blocked particles shifts the assumed position, since it excludes that specific areas are transmissive. After the first ion is transmitted, the assumed position makes a step towards its location. (c) shows a histogram of detected and not detected events dependent on r the distance to the center of the structure.

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Is it not the height of arrogance to think we are the only ones who’ve got it right? // FAQ Sessions

Every Thursday afternoon at 5pm on Premier Drive, Loretta Andrews asks the experts about some of things that we've all had questions about; It could be prayer, the Bible, or even learning how to walk with the Lord in a more practical way. From May 2016, Premier Drive will team up with Evangelical Alliance directors Gavin Calver and Dr Dave Landrum to tackle some of the biggest questions on evangelism - has the Church lost its way or has it simply just lost touch with how things should be done? More questions and answers from the Premier Drive FAQ Sessions: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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WORLD News Group on Twitter

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LGBTQ Contradictions | The Stream

Suppressed truth has terrifying implications because power rather than reason is the currency of influence for those unwilling to follow the truth. If you don’t think so, just begin to articulate a rational case against LGBTQ political goals. You won’t get any rationality back, just hysterical cries that you must be forcibly shut up because you are the next Hitler! That’s what we see out of many in the LGBTQ movement — from the bullying by the misnamed Human Rights Campaign on corporate and sports America all the way to the Supreme Court, which has ignored its oath to uphold the true meaning of Constitution.

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Where Christianity is growing the fastest

It’s a simple story that can be summarized in just two sentences: Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, the church in Iran has become the fastest growing in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ.

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Media Quiet About Dismissed Charges Against Planned Parenthood Whistleblowers

When pro-life journalists who revealed Planned Parenthood's organ harvesting were charged, media loved it. When charges were dropped, the media went quiet.

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Timothy Keller on Twitter

Movements. The Gospel. And You. ||| A special FB Live event at noon tomorrow via my page at http://facebook.com/TimKellerNYC  pic.twitter.com/D2mhymsV75

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Grace to You Radio

What would Jesus say if He wrote a letter to your church? Would He praise it, or condemn it? John MacArthur’s new study, What Jesus Wants Your Church to Know , shows you what Jesus wrote to first-century congregations, and how His letters can help your church experience God’s blessing and avoid His rebuke.

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Did God Betray You?

Thessalonica doesn’t sound so bad. But we must remember: Wherever we go, whether it’s Southern California, Thessalonica, or deeper inward into our shells of self-protecting bitterness toward God — anywhere but God’s face — we will take our tears with us. We will carry our suffering in our hearts. And we will find someone else to blame — ourselves, a friend, a boss, or a spouse. This life is a life of tears because we live in a world of sin. And one day, every Thessalonica will be burned up with the chaff, and God, the one we blame, will be the one — the only one — to wipe away our tears: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

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Christians, You Don't Have to Speak Into Everything

I'm not too sure what to make of this... yes, it's true that some issues are more directly related to Biblical teaching than others... and it's true that we should choose our battles wisely. But I guess I've just never been a fan of the idea that I should not speak my opinion on a matter out of fear that someone who disagrees with me will think I don't have any credibility on more important things. I guess part of it is that my experience has been that those who will dismiss you based on Opinion A will be just as likely you dismiss you based on Opinion B or C, likely cos they're just more dismissive in general. Dancing around things won't change that; you just have to deal with it. People who are more open-minded will still think you credible even if they vehemently disagree (I think of a friend I have where we disagree on nearly every political, social and religious "issue", but we still are good friends and can talk about these things calmly. She also still listens to my opinions - which is how I know there are a few we DO agree on, haha).

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Discernment Blogger Makes Compelling Case That Jesus Was A Heretic | The Babylon Bee

HICKORY VALLEY, TN—From behind the screen of his computer, in the humble makeshift office in his unfinished basement, discernment blogger and self-described polemicist Keith Frye takes on all of Christendom, exposing dangerous, unsound teachings for the edification of his hundreds of readers—“separating the wheat from the chaff,” as he puts it.

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Christians Need to Recover the Lost Art of Patience

So how do we learn patience? Patience is about love and value. The more we love others, the easier it is to be patient with them. The more we value and respect someone, the longer it takes them to get on our nerves. What often makes us impatient is that the person we love the most, in many scenarios, is ourselves. The time we value most is our own. The dreams we care most about fulfilling are ours. Impatience comes because, especially as Christians, we care and think way too much about ourselves. A little humility, a little consideration and value for others would go a long way in building the foundation of our patience.

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A Confession of Pastoral Malpractice

I worked hard to equip our members to be godly people and to serve the church well. This is important, but I failed to equip them for what they are doing in most of their life. As I studied the Scriptures, I began to see that my understanding of the gospel was inadequate. For the gospel does not just speak into explicitly Christian activity on a Sunday—it speaks into all of life. The gospel applies to all of our lives—especially our workplaces—and I had failed to see it.

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"You're Only a Christian Because of Your Birthplace!"

A popular criticism of Christian belief, and religious belief in general, is that it is an accident of birth. Typically, the argument goes something like this: If you are a Christian, the chances are that your parents were Christians too. If you had been born to Muslim parents in Saudi Arabia, you would almost certainly have been a Muslim. This shows that your Christian faith is unjustified since it is simply an accident of birth. And, of course, the same point would be made about other religious beliefs too.

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Five Natural Ways to Get to the Gospel

Categories are so helpful for me when I’m talking with people about Jesus. Consider these common categories or starting places for the next time you’re in conversation with a not-yet-believing friend or stranger. If you listen carefully, you’ll likely hear one of these five themes emerge, at least in some form. If we think and pray carefully through how the gospel addresses each, we will be that much more effective at helping unbelievers we love see their need for Jesus.

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Christians Have to Care About Injustice in the World

This is why Christians like John Newton (who penned "Amazing Grace"), William Wilberforce, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and others considered it their Christian duty to fight to challenge the injustice of slavery. To do justice today is to follow the widow and the abolitionists’ example and work to undo the ways that we, in our fallen humanity, deny access and opportunities (economic, political, social, etc.) to the vulnerable. Whether it is the right to freedom that is taken in human trafficking or the right to due process in the criminal justice system, doing justice means securing these rights and opportunities “with liberty and justice for all.”

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Franklin Graham Moves World Persecution Summit Out of Russia Over New Bans on Evangelism

Leading evangelist Franklin Graham announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will no longer host the "first-of-its-kind" World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Moscow following Russia's passing of new laws that severely restrict religious liberties.

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Hugh Ross on Twitter

Study shows that human activity lowers wildfire rate & extent below optimal levels. http://bit.ly/2ayrgC8  pic.twitter.com/VkZN5vR6eP

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Case-Making 101: How do we know that we can trust the Bible?

Jesus directs us as His followers to go out and share the Gospel with the world (Matthew 28:18-20), and Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends, teaches that we should always be able to give an answer to those who ask about our faith (1 Peter 3:15). In order to do that we need to know what the Gospel is and we need to know that what we believe is true and worth defending. The only way I see that happening is by making a lifetime commitment to learning what the Bible teaches and knowing that we can have the highest level of confidence that it is the Word of God.

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Doctrine of the Last Things Part 12: What Happens When We Die? | William Lane Craig

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Defenders is Dr William Lane Craig's weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. This video is Part 12 of the Doctrine of the Last Things. Be sure to check out more doctrines as well as the audio of Defenders: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/defend... 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 short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it. Listen here....

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New Group Wants Women to Brag About Their Abortions: “Spiritually and Abortion are One” | LifeNews.com

The group says privileged middle and upper class heterosexual white women often are the ones whose abortion stories get attention. We Testify wants to give a voice to women who don’t get an opportunity to justify their abortions through storytelling – such as racial minorities, low-income women and transgender individuals.

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Tim Keller - Your $10 Can Accelerate A Gospel-Movement

Tripling the body of Christ in New York City will take much more than a single church or a single denomination. It will take partnership between many gospel-centered church leaders and the start of many more churches to reach our neighbors. We’ve developed a strategic plan to plant 100 new center city churches in the next 10 years. We need to start with at least 10 churches this year and we need partners to help us fund them.

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A Florida Startup Will Be the First Private Company to Land on the Moon

The Moon Express 2017 mission approval is a landmark decision by the U.S. government and a pathfinder for private sector commercial missions beyond the Earth’s orbit. We are now free to set sail as explorers to Earth’s eighth continent, the Moon, seeking new knowledge and resources to expand Earth’s economic sphere for the benefit of all humanity.

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What Really Happened at Nicea?

The council of Nicea was famously convened on May 20, 325 AD, at the request of Emperor Constantine. What did the council of bishops meet to discuss? Contrary to common misconception (popularised particularly in Muslim circles) that has been widely circulated via the internet, the council of Nicea did not meet to discuss the canon of Scripture — that is, the decision about which books should make up the New Testament. In fact, there is not a shred of evidence that the canon of Scripture was even brought up at Nicea. Another misconception is that the council of Nicea, at the encouraging of Constantine, “invented” the deity of Christ or, at the very least, that the bishops in attendance at Nicea were significantly divided on the issue, the matter being decided with a vote. This too, however, is completely inaccurate. In 325 AD, when the bishops convened at Nicea, the deity of Christ had been affirmed almost unanimously by the Christian movement for close to three hundred years!

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Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea? Probing Into What the Earliest Christians Really Believed

One of the most common objections to Christianity is that the divinity of Jesus was “created” by later Christians long after the first century.  No one in primitive Christianity believed Jesus was divine, we are told.  He was just a man and it was later believers, at the council of Nicea, that declared him to be a God.

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Paying Pastors, Church Buildings, and Weekly Sermons?

This is simply cheating. Ben, a podcast listener writes in with a bundle of three questions for the price of one: “Dear Pastor John, I recently came across a website called: ‘We Are Church,’ Francis Chan’s new calling, in which we read the following question: If someone asked you to describe ‘church’ using only the Bible, what would you say? Then it’s explained that their church structure includes no salary for pastors. Tithes and offerings are collected, but all money is set aside for missions, and people meet in homes. I have great respect for Chan, and I know you do too, but it forces me to ask three questions: (1) Is it biblical for a pastor to draw a salary from the church? (2) Is it biblical for the church to gather together in a church building? And (3), is it biblical to use a weekly rhythm for sermons?”

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Contradictions: War and Peace

Romans 15:33 calls God a God of peace, but Exodus 15:3 calls Him a man of war. Is this a contradiction? Bodie Hodge, AiG–US, explains.

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You Are Invited to Pastors School

In an effort to grow as a pastor, I traveled around the country to learn from several pastors and churches that I admire. Each had wisdom where I needed to learn, and were kind enough to let me follow them around to observe and listen. As a result, I was honored to stay in some of their homes, eat dinner with their families, get to know their friends, sit in on staff/board meetings and leadership classes, and attend services, prayer meetings, and conferences.  What made numerous of these even more meaningful was that my wife Grace joined me, allowing us to learn, pray, and process together.

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ISIS Executes Pregnant Mother, Kidnaps Her 4 Children for Trying to Escape

The Islamic State terror group has reportedly executed a pregnant woman and taken away her four children, punishing the family for trying to flee the village of al-Marir in Iraq.

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