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1 Did your science textbook teach that embryo drawings prove evolution?

Charles Darwin thought that “by far the strongest” evidence that humans and fish are descended from a common ancestor was the striking similarity of their early embryos. According to Darwin, the fact that “the embryos of the most distinct species belonging to the same class are closely similar, but become, when fully developed, widely dissimilar… reveals community of descent.” 2 To illustrate this, German Darwinist Ernst Haeckel made some drawings in the 1860s to show that the embryos of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) look almost identical in their earliest stages.

2 Wayne Grudem debates Richard Glover on the Bible, poverty and foreign aid

A great episode of the Unbelievable podcast. This is a great debate. I really enjoyed it. All three speakers were excellent putting forward their points. It’s nice to hear an American voice, a British voice and an Australian voice debating an important issue. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

3 Chronicle of Higher Education: Stop Accrediting Christian Colleges - Stand to Reason Blog

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education argues that accreditation ought to be denied to Christian colleges that require professors to sign statements of faith or otherwise “draw lines around what is regarded as acceptable teaching and research.” This seems like an obvious next step in the current march of secular intolerance, so I expect we’ll be hearing more arguments like this in the future:

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The Last Days of Christianity in Iraq

The fall of Christian Mosul loomed in the beginning of the twentieth century. Kurdish raids and bandit attacks repeatedly hit the monasteries and devastated their libraries. During World War I, the Ottoman Turks inflicted on local Christians the same attempted genocide they directed against the Armenians. By the 1920s, the once transcontinental Church of the East was reduced to about 40,000 survivors in the Mosul area. The church’s patriarch today is based in Chicago. But even then Christians did not forsake Mosul. The population included Assyrians, Catholic Chaldeans, Syrian Orthodox and Orthodox Arabs, who hoped to benefit from the state secularism promised by Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath regime. If their ancient glories were long past, they hoped to remain unmolested in the land of the prophet Jonah and of the great patriarchs and abbots. The Ba’ath regime was shaken by the 1991 Gulf War and then overthrown in the 2003 invasion led by the United States, which brought Islamist resistance to the fore. The ISIS campaign will presumably spell the end of a Christian presence.

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I will not teach my kids about safe sex because there is no such thing - The Matt Walsh Blog

In this nation, we are concerned about the integrity of our produce and our peanut butter, so we only buy them if they have words like ‘organic’ and ‘raw’ on the packaging. But, when it comes to human sexuality, we’ll sip whatever chemicals we need in order to stave off the natural emotional and physical consequences of our behavior. Imagine the college students who have to chug 6 rum cocktails and 8 Natty Lights between them before they can anonymously copulate in someone’s dorm room. But they require more than booze; they also need pills and condoms and explanations the morning after about how this was all just for fun and it didn’t mean anything.

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Chaldean Christian leader: ISIS 'Systematically Beheading' Children in Iraq

A prominent Christian leader of the Chaldean community unveiled the "systematic beheading of children" and other horrendous crimes committed by ISIS. He said that the Sunni extremists are committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and with the aim to instill the Sharia Law as the law of the land.  

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Expositors Summit

Preaching is not an advisory role based in religious expertise but a prophetic function whereby God speaks to his people. For this reason the Expositors Summit is designed to strengthen and instruct preachers and students for the glorious task of expository ministry. You’re invited to join R. Albert Mohler Jr., John MacArthur and H.B. Charles Jr. for the explication of God’s Word and gospel fellowship.

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Crucial Questions: 20 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul

To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions  series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added  Are These the Last Days?, What Is Repentance?, and  What Is the Relationship between Church and State?

9 #Christian Reason Today

#Christian Reason Today, by Arthur Khachatryan: The Christian apologetics e-paper highlighting the best of reasons for the Christian faith.

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Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter

Kristof argues that we should be very appreciative of these two American missionary doctors and others from the western world who are fighting this contagion in Africa because if the disease is not stopped there, it will indeed come here. That is an argument that is certainly superior to the argument of Ann Coulter, but it is also an argument that is far short of the Christian worldview. These two American missionary doctors did not go merely as humanitarians. They did not just join some kind of merely humanitarian effort. They were sent by American Christian missionary organizations. Their concern was not just the bodily health of those they would serve through medicine, but the spiritual condition and indeed the spiritual fate of those they would meet as they went to West Africa. We certainly should appreciate all of those that were fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa because it is certainly true: if it is not contained and the outbreak continues, that Level 1 alert may be for the United States one day, not just for West Africa.

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Peter Frampton Throws Fan's Cell Phone During Concert

Eventually, someone from the venue intervened, and the couple stopped. But only briefly. During ‘Do You Feel Like We Do,’ Frampton had finally had enough. “As he neared the end of the song, you could see the absolute look of desperation and frustration on Peter’s face. I have never seen an artist so upset before. Once, and he stormed off the stage. At his breaking point, and the guy in the front row unrelenting – apparently with no self control considering he’s already flipped Peter off and turned around and called the rest of the audience a bunch of deadbeats – Peter ends the song, walks over and with a huge smile on his face bends down and says, ‘Hey can I see that? Can I see the photos you’ve been taking?’ The guy hands him his phone and Peter stands up, spins, and flings for the rafters! Yes! The phone went flying to the back of the stage and we all erupted in cheers! With years of experience playing guitar, we just knew he had a great arm!”

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10 Resolutions for Mental Health

On October 22, 1976, Clyde Kilby, who is now with Christ in Heaven, gave an unforgettable lecture. I went to hear him that night because I loved him. He had been one of my professors in English Literature at Wheaton College. He opened my eyes to more of life than I knew could be seen. O, what eyes he had! He was like his hero, C. S. Lewis, in this regard. When he spoke of the tree he saw on the way to class this morning, you wondered why you had been so blind all your life. Since those days in classes with Clyde Kilby, Psalm 19:1 has been central to my life: “The sky is telling the glory of God.”

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Radio & Podcast - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Listen to CrossExamined with Frank Turek on American Family Radio network Saturday, 10-11 am Eastern on AFR network streaming audio and FM radio Tune in to our weekly call-in radio program hosted by Frank Turek on American Family Radio network. Join Frank as he discusses challenging topics, takes calls from listeners, and interviews dynamic Christian apologists. Sponsored by CrossExamined.org, this apologetics program is both informative and entertaining!  It is also available in podcast at the iTunes link below.

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Grace to You

The point is clear—“the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Essentially the Lord says, “I will again demonstrate My power to heal disease. There may be no tangible results of My forgiveness, but there are tangible, visible results when I heal.” If in the minds of the Jews disease and sin are always connected, then it follows that healing and forgiveness are always connected. Therefore, so they might know He could forgive sin in the heart, which is unseen, Christ would do what they could see—heal the physical side-effects of sin, as represented by the paralytic.

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7 Shows That Should Have Gotten a Second Life Like 'Community'

Difficult premise? On HBO? Not enough dragons? Who knows why nobody tuned into either season of Enlightened , Mike White and Laura Dern's exquisite look at a woman attempting to piece her life together after a mental breakthrough with her psychiatrist. The show was about Amy (Dern) and her attempts to convince her former community that she has turned over a new leaf, but it was really about our perceptions of ourselves and others. Amy believes she's changed, and she believes others should know that she's changed, but she has a hard time proving it. And even though she feels "enlightened," her friends and family find themselves unable to shake their perception of the old Amy. It's as true a look at our own attempts at self-improvement as you were likely to find and, unfortunately, like most attempts at self-improvement, altogether too short-lived.

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Faith, Science and Culture

On Thursday, August 28th at 7:15 PM – at Calvary Church of Santa Ana  – Come enjoy an evening of thoughtful discussion with talk show host Dennis Prager, leading intelligent design philosopher Dr. Stephen Meyer of The Discovery Institute  and the author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt , and cultural commentator John Stonestreet of The Chuck Colson Center as they examine the role of both faith and science in our lives, the universe and human flourishing.

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Four Moments I’m Preparing Students to Face

As a result, in our ministry we try to monitor the expectations students have of the Christian life. We acknowledge that some people have a more emotional faith with real spiritual experiences, while others have a more cerebral faith without mystical moments. We do not want kids to think that getting a “Christian high” validates whether or not God is real.

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6 Reasons We'll Miss The Civil Wars

Sadly after just two (very good) albums, The Civil Wars are no more. Here’s our look back at six of their best songs from a brief—but certainly memorable—career as a duo.

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Grace to You

The Greek also conveys the idea of stacking or placing something horizontally, as one stacks coins. When something is stacked, it is not being used—it is in a passive condition. Conversely, whenever the Greek has the idea of a vertical sense, it speaks of an active use—being invested for some worthwhile purpose or goal. Jesus is here referring to wealth that is being placed in stacks—simply being stored for safekeeping; it is stored that way to make a show of wealth or to create an environment of lazy indulgence (cf. Luke 12:16-21).

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Judge Rules Ten Commandments Monument Must Go

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.

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The Lord Is My...

Salvation, in its broadest terms, means deliverance from evil. Even though it seems as if the bad guys are winning, the Bible declares that evil will not succeed. There will be a day when we’re all invited to the funeral of sin and death.

22 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter

Kristof argues that we should be very appreciative of these two American missionary doctors and others from the western world who are fighting this contagion in Africa because if the disease is not stopped there, it will indeed come here. That is an argument that is certainly superior to the argument of Ann Coulter, but it is also an argument that is far short of the Christian worldview. These two American missionary doctors did not go merely as humanitarians. They did not just join some kind of merely humanitarian effort. They were sent by American Christian missionary organizations. Their concern was not just the bodily health of those they would serve through medicine, but the spiritual condition and indeed the spiritual fate of those they would meet as they went to West Africa. We certainly should appreciate all of those that were fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa because it is certainly true: if it is not contained and the outbreak continues, that Level 1 alert may be for the United States one day, not just for West Africa.

24
The Irony of an Arrogant Calvinist — Highlands Ministries

The truth that leads us astray is that we are, when considering election, entering into some deep waters. Which makes us think we are rather accomplished swimmers. We are tempted to believe that because we not only look into such deep doctrines, but have the courage to embrace them, that such makes us a better class of believer than those who are neither as heady nor courageous as we — I thank you Lord that I am not like other men. I know the five points of Calvinism and know the difference between an Arminian and an Armenian.

25
The Staying Power of Emotional Abuse

“At least he didn’t take your virginity,” the leader of my Bible study group murmurs sympathetically, handing me a tissue to wipe away the tears brought on by my choked confession of a previous abusive relationship. I tense, mutter “that’s true,” and escape the conversation feeling just as broken and empty as before I worked up the courage to talk to her.

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More Studies Show Children Are Wired for Religious Belief: A Brief Literature Review

What the review of recent cognitive developmental research reveals is that, by around 5 years of age, children understand natural objects as non-humanly caused, can reason about non-natural agents' mental states and demonstrate the capacity to view objects in terms of design. Finally, evidence from 6- to 10-year-olds suggests that children's assignments of purpose to nature relate to their ideas concerning intentional non-human causation. Together, these research findings tentatively suggest that the description "intuitive theist" may accurately characterize children's explanatory approach -- a characterization that has broad relevance not only to cognitivists or the growing interdisciplinary community studying the underpinnings of religion (Barrett, 2000), but also, at an applied level, to science educators since the implication is that children's science failures may, in part, result from inherent conflicts between intuitive ideas and the basic tenets of contemporary scientific thought.

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The 'Christian Mingle' Movie Is Real.

T his is a movie called Christian Mingle , that was made by Christian Mingle and is about Christian Mingle. It is real, it stars Gretchen Wieners, this is the trailer and it is coming to theaters ...

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Don't Be Ashamed to Listen to Your Heart

The notion of "holy desire" is at the very heart of the book, as Michel distinguishes between desire aligned with God and desire aligned with self. The latter is the kind of "wanting" that churches rightly rebuke, but we must be careful not to dismiss wanting altogether. The book's title is a kind of prayer: Michel wants to show us a right understanding of desire, a holy wanting, an effortless orientation of our own wills with the will of God. We need a full redemption of our small and selfish desires. When that happens, when we become aware of God's presence in our daily habits, our desires are actually good cues to follow. That is the whole aim of spiritual formation, after all: to recognize God in every moment of our lives so that God might orient us toward himself.

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Why Are People So Upset About What Gungor Said?

Sadness grips my heart as I read these posts. So often, present posting included, the comment section becomes a shouting match with less love than rival teams in high school sporting events. You know, when the cheerleaders proclaim, "We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, how 'bout you?" We must remember, as my friend Ken Rideout says, this book (Bible) is a ministry of the Spirit. We must always look to the precious words inside to try and capture at least a hint of God's Love and Grace. Wrestling with the text is a wonderful freedom we've been given and trying to flesh it out with opposing views can truly help all of us. But, some of the sarcasm and bitterness and outright cruelty needs to be put aside. I myself have a difficult time with a literal 6 days, as I have a difficult time with many of the writings in this ancient book but what I do NOT have a hard time with is seeing that there is truly not a better way to live than the way of Jesus Christ, the one who was prepared before the foundations of the world, the one who taught to love one another as He loved (a sacrificial love) and by this all will know you as His disciples, the one who conquered the grave and presented us with a new humanity.

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Let's All Sign the Petition for Weird Al to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

A few days ago. NFL fan and musical genius Ed Ball launched a petition on Change.com to get "Weird Al" Yankovich for this year's Super Bowl halftime show. The petition has picked up a little steam and now, with over 51,000 supporters, it's time for the rest of us to sign it because it's a great idea. As Ball notes, "Having [Weird Al] headline the Super XLIX Halftime show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event."

32 Greg Welty

Adam Omelianchuk’s rejoinder to my reply to his response to my criticism of Plantinga’s ‘free will defense’ (whew!) contains many interesting thoughts on monotheletism, dyotheletism, anhypostasis, and Nestorianism. But I think I can assess our exchange without having to further descend into those details. It now occurs to me that when I wrote that student […]

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Devastatingly Beautiful Photos of Japanese Tsunami Victims in the Ruins of Their Homes

That photo album became an integral part of Chaskielberg’s series. After photographing his subjects in black-and-white, Chaskielberg chose one of the photos destroyed by the tsunami with which to create a custom color palette on his computer. He then used the colors of the destroyed photo to add color to the black-and-white images. “It’s a reflection on the tragedy as a whole—the losses, the memory—and my way of seeing the world. These historic images are the bridge to the past I create through the use of colors,” he said. “These photographs speak to the way the Otsuchi inhabitants decided to record their lives. From my viewpoint, I try to build a story about the city and its people.”

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Baptists called on to provide aid to Iraqi Christians, Yazidi Kurds -

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) -- As U.S. military forces launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, IMB and Baptist Global Response (BGR) are asking Southern Baptists to help provide humanitarian relief for tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidi Kurds forced from their homes. Most pressing is a situation the White House calls a "looming humanitarian catastrophe" unfolding on a mountaintop near the Iraqi city of Sinjar, home to the country's Yazidi religious minority, where some 50,000 Yazidi refugees are trapped with limited food and water. On Aug. 3, Sunni extremists known as Islamic State or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) seized the city as Sinjar's Yazidi population fled fearing massacre. Many Iraqis without transportation escaped to the nearby Sinjar Mountains, a barren heap of rock where daytime temperatures can top 120 degrees. While the U.S. has begun airdropping water, food and other supplies to Yazidi refugees in the mountains, BGR representatives are focusing efforts on helping the reportedly 200,000 internally displaced Iraqi refugees who have fled ISIS militants' rapid advance.

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Renewing Your Mind | Self Existance | August 9, 2014

Using his famous illustration of a pool table, Hume stated that we never perceive the immediate cause of anything that happens. True, we strike a cue ball with a pool stick and believe the ball moves because of the impact. However, this does not prove striking the ball causes it to roll across the table. All we have seen for sure, Hume said, is a relationship of contiguity ­— a relationship where one event follows another in sequence. We assume the cause behind the effect but cannot be certain that something else did not cause the ball to move. Perhaps an unseen force was the actual cause of movement (as Christians, we answer Hume’s skepticism by saying both the cue stick and the unseen force of God’s decree make the ball roll).

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http://www.crossway.org/books/the-wonder-working-god-tpb/

“ Finally , a treatment of Jesus’s miracles that presents them more as a ‘preview of coming attractions’ and less as God’s attempt to convince skeptics of his existence—as though God has ever ‘attempted’ to do anything. As Jared shows us, Jesus’s miracles are more normal than we realize—an indicator of the way things used to be, before sin and death invaded God’s story, and a precursor of the way things will be one day, when Jesus returns to finish making all things new.” —Scotty Smith , Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

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Why Does "Am I Called?" Exist?

Each week all over the world, there are men – often younger but sometimes middle aged or beyond – who earnestly wrestle with a nagging question. They have dreams and drives. They query friends, consult pastors, exhaust mentors, and sometimes even apply to Bible schools and seminaries – all to discover the answer to the question that refuses to be ignored:

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The Single Man’s Journey to Sexual Happiness

God revealed to me that my major problem was that I was believing the lie which taught me that the journey to sexual happiness would be achieved through the route of self-gratification. I was viewing sex, relationships, even marriage as a way for someone to complete me, to satisfy me, to make me happy, and to make me whole. Though sex in marriage is a great gift from God to be experienced as a gift to a husband and wife to serve one another, I had only seen it as a means of experiencing my own selfish gain.

39 The PleaseConvinceMe Apologetics Podcast : The Problem with the Problem of Evil

The Cold-Case Christianity Podcast is hosted by J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Biola University and author of Cold-Case Christianity (A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels). Jim examines the case for the Christian Worldview from an investigative, evidential perspective. With the rules of evidence clearly in mind and over 25 years’ experience as an investigator, Jim examines the case for the existence of God, the reality of dualism, the reliability of the Biblical text, and the deity of Jesus. Join us each week as Jim sorts through the evidence for the Christian Worldview, and please visit our website at www.ColdCaseChristianity.com.

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Acts 29 Removes Mars Hill, Asks Mark Driscoll To Step Down and Seek Help

It is with a mix of sadness and relief to see that Acts 29 has taken these actions. We hope and pray that the call for Mark Driscoll to step down from ministry is heeded. We would therefore rather wait and withdraw our plans to file new charges if he steps down, or file them in due course if he chooses to ignore the call of the Acts 29 board. We are in prayer for Mark and his family. We pray that he will find comfort, restoration, and hope in the Christ that he loves. We are committed to love him well and stand ready to support him and his family through these difficult days. We echo the call of the Acts 29 board.

41 The Doctrine Debate - Christian Research Institute

Your initial response might be, “Of course it is, heretics have been challenging the foundations of the church since its inception!” and that is true, but today’s attack not only targets particular doctrines held integral to true Christian faith (e.g. the Trinity, the incarnation, the existence of a literal hell, the inerrancy of Scriptures), it also undermines the idea of doctrine itself, labeling it antiquated, irrelevant, and downright divisive. What’s more, this assault on the heart of creedal Christianity is occurring not only from outside the church, but from inside as well.

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The Commonweal Conference

The Commonweal Conference is an annual conference designed to encourage Christians to integrate the Gospel and the biblical worldview into all areas of life.  In particular, The Commonweal Conference engages issues of work, vocation, economics, and general human flourishing from a robust biblical and theological perspective.  While recognizing the radical effects of the sin on human life in this age, this conference also recognizes mankind’s high calling as the image of God to glorify God through obedience to the Creation Mandate (Gen 1:26-28). The Commonweal Conference celebrates the many ways Christ intends to use his people in the world as salt and light (Matt 5:13-16), doing good to all to all as we have opportunity (Gal 6:10).  The Commonweal Conference challenges Christians to embrace work, individual vocation, and economic exchange as key areas for disciples to glorify God by promoting human flourishing.  The Commonweal Conference also aims to equip pastors and teachers (present and future) on these issues so that they may in turn more effectively equip the church.

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Answering Muslims: Muslim Admits That Islam Allows the Rape and Impregnation of War Captives

In contrast, the Torah lays out ethical and humanitarian treatment of captives. Conquered females must not be abused or raped. If a soldier violates a woman in war, she is taken to his home, where she shaves her head, cuts her nails, and makes herself unattractive to men. She is treated as a guest and may not be touched again for a period of time so that she can mourn her lost loved ones. After the hiatus, if the soldier still finds her attractive, and if she is willing to convert to Judaism, they may get married. If she or he are not interested, she is given freedom. She may not be sold as a slave or servant. She is a free woman to do as she pleases. Complete opposite to Islam's rules of war.

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HOME BLOG

Yes, there are arrogant non-Calvinists, and abusive non-Calvinist complementarians. We find much of the abusive activity in legalistic and fundamentlist circles, such as Pensacola Christian College and Bob Jones University, for example. Complementarianism can be a dangerous weapon in the hands of men with feelings of inadequacy and lack of control. They seem to exhibit abusive control issues not from their view of God, directly, but from their supposed mandate from God: being the authority figure in the home and in the church or pulpit. This sad state was evident even in secular society in this country even sixty years ago. I point this out in order for people who read it to better understand the origins of control and abuse. Ideas have consequences, so we are told, and in reality we are reminded of it daily. Our ideas of God, the manner in which He works, and how we are to behave ourselves in His world matters immensely.

45 Question of the Week: Paradigm Shifting Books

Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.

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WORLD | The doctor who refused to abort | Daniel James Devine | Aug. 9, 2014

For that exercise of conscience, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz announced in July she was dismissing Chazan from his position at the government-run hospital. She said Chazan did not have the right to refuse the abortion, and said Polish law obliged him to offer the woman an abortion referral. An investigation by the mayor’s office accused Chazan of ordering unnecessary tests that delayed the woman’s abortion request, prolonging her pregnancy beyond 24 weeks of gestation, the time when doctors generally consider an unborn baby “viable.” After viability, abortion of a handicapped baby in Poland is illegal. The hospital was also fined $23,000, and Chazan was given a three-month job termination notice and placed on leave.

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WORLD | Advice to non-millennials communicating with millennials | Warren Cole Smith | Aug. 9, 2014

When you are 60 years old and have children and, possibly, grandchildren, you begin to care much more about how the world will look 50 years from now. A half-century hence doesn’t seem like the distant future when you have lived a half-century or more and have vivid memories of your own youth. You know that the world of the future is one that will be on us in an instant, and it is a world your children and grandchildren will have to live in. The problems they will have to solve will be ones we create today, and you care about what kind of world you will leave for them. That’s why I would add to Churchill’s reputed old saw that if you are 60 years old and do not feel the weight of that responsibility, you have neither a brain nor a heart.

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Can the Mosaic Law Be Reconciled With Gender Equality?

If the surviving brother didn’t want to marry the widow, he could allow himself to be humiliated by her by the sandal method and this freed the widow to seek a husband elsewhere? How much do you think the surviving brother would be humiliated and how easy would it be for the widow to find a husband when she was now considered tainted goods, more than likely had children and lived in a culture in which opportunities for women to work were scarce? Who gets off the hook and who gets the shaft? That is a rhetorical question and demonstrates that God didn’t write that rule because men, like Judah, weren’t even ashamed of soliciting a prostitute (or he thought he was with Tamar), not honoring the laws to begin with when Tamar waited for another husband, someone like Lot is willing to throw his virgin daughters to the masses, etc. Why are you defending these things? Why do you believe these things? If the Bible isn’t supposed to be taken literally because it would be disrespectful, why do you believe some of these laws are factual and you are taking them literally? Every time I write questions about issues such as these, one of the following happens….

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Holy Relics: A Focus on the Family Movie Review

This week’s Holy Relic is a found poem made of lines taken from Focus on the Family’s Plugged In movie reviews.

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WORLD | Teaching: A labor of love | Emily Scheie | Aug. 9, 2014

A little before 8 a.m., the lights were off in all but the back classrooms, as smiling, sleepy teachers trickled into school for a day of training. At the end of every summer, we meet to discuss the year ahead. It’s a sign that summer break is coming to a close and it gets us in gear for the school year. But more than anything it is a chance, before our daily duties absorb our attention, to reflect on our responsibility as Christian teachers.

51 WORLD | Memo to House Republicans readying to sue Obama: Read The Federalist | David Corbin and Matthew Parks | Aug. 9, 2014
52 Answering Muslims: Eighty Percent of Saudis Blame Sexual Harassment on Women
53 Ligonier.org
54 WORLD | Genocide unfolds again in Iraq | Mindy Belz | Aug. 8, 2014
55 WORLD | Bucket List Books: Darkness and glory in Flannery O’Connor | Rachel Lynn Aldrich | Aug. 9, 2014
56 Researchers Suggest Molecular Machine Is Irreducibly Complex
57 Carefree Highway Big Loop - James White's 130.1 kilometers bike ride
58 Contentment Free E-Book
59 Why Does God Allow Evil?
60 http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/scripture-catechesis-and-prayer-august-9th.html
61 Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
62 Video: Robert Marks Speaking to the American Scientific Affiliation on
63 WORLD | Continental catastrophe | Marvin Olasky | Aug. 23, 2014
64 Phys.org: Specialized Retinal Cells Are a
65 From Mormonism To Christianity Conference 2014
66 The Divine Mathematician and His Image-Bearers
67 More Studies Show Children Are Wired for Religious Belief: A Brief Literature Review
68 What Is the Argument from Desire?
69 The Three Things You Need to Read this Week (08/08/14)
70 UPDATE: Grace City Church says “Thanks!”
71 In the Human Genome, Function Is There When You Look for It
72 5-year old Noah Ritter gets "apparently" gets songified into pop culture greatness
73 The Day I Discovered Japanese Military Science Fiction
74 Church of Bacon, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute
75 ISIS Militants Undeterred After US Airstrikes; Say They Are Motivated by Allah's 'Promise of Heaven'
76 Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 "Peak Performance" and "Shades of Gray"
77 Check out | HeadHeartHand Blog
78 Truthbomb Apologetics: When the Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses Come Knocking
79 Civilization and Its "Malcontent" - Christian Research Institute