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Andy Bannister and Michael Ruse discuss how atheists find meaning in life

Is it possible to dispense with God’s advice on your decision-making and achieve something that affects a lot of people, or makes people like you, or makes you famous, etc., and then have that  please God? “Look, God, I did something I liked that affected a lot of people, and made them feel happy as they were on their way to Hell because they rejected you”. Will rap musicians answer God by pointing to 50 years of leading people away from chastity with godless music? A lot of people went to see the “NWA” movie that celebrated musicians who have an anti-Christian view of women and violence. Can NWA present their “artistic work” to God and claim that God should be pleased with their successful efforts to get rich and famous? Having feelings of achievement doesn’t mean anything to God.

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Candace Cameron Bure Is the Newest Co-Host of ‘The View’

Cut. It. Out. There are some new faces headed to the daytime talk show, The View . Along with ABC News’ Paula Faris and the return of comedian Joy Behar, Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure is joining the cast of the show, which kicks off next week. Bure—who played D.J. Tanner on the ‘90s sitcom Full House and in the upcoming Netflix reboot—is an outspoken Christian. On her website, she explains, "God has changed me in ways that words can't describe. He has transformed the way I think and live my life. Things that were once important to me are no longer. I can't help but share the Good News with everyone!" Bure has previously been a guest on The View, but will now be featured as a regular co-host. In a statement , she said, “I am thrilled to be joining The View as a regular co-host this fall. I am honored to be a new addition to such a strong group of bright and opinionated women, and I look forward to sharing this exciting journey with viewers new and old.”

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Ask Pastor John

Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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“The New Testament is the only model we need!” There, I went ahead and said that for you. It’s...

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The Most Important Thing Your Church Is Probably Missing

I went back to our church and confessed that I had been leading them wrongly. “Our goal,” I said, “should not be to build a great big church. It is to reach our city with the Gospel and get the Gospel into places around the world where Jesus is not known. If God grows our church in the process of that, so be it. But if He takes from us some of our best resources and people and sends them out to start new works, that’s OK, too.”

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A Secret Life of Prayer Will Prevent a Secret Life of Sin

There always seems to be some sort of news of a scandal or shameful practices concerning professing Christians. Somewhere a pastor or professing Christian’s secret life of rampant sin gets revealed. As a result, we all (rightly) lose our collective breaths and our stomaches turn.

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8 Books to Read When You’re Struggling to Read the Bible

Of course, nothing can replace the Scriptures—nothing else contains the words of life—but I’m realizing that, more often than not, I need a gentle voice to guide my meditation. I need someone to speak the liturgy out loud so that I can repeat it. The metaphors and insights into the Bible that other writers offer in their books make me feel less alone. And by ushering me down the roads of their own faith journeys, they give me the courage to keep moving toward God.

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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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‘My Husband Is on the Ashley Madison List. What Now?’

Knowing your spouse has had an affair is like being told they have died. All that you have thought to be true about your marriage and your spouse is now dead. It is okay to be angry! It is okay to feel depressed! It is okay to feel confused! It is okay to feel hopeless. The grieving process is a gift from God. Feeling these emotions doesn’t change who God is and the love he has for you. Grieving is the start of the restoration process, maybe not for your marriage but for you as a person and child of God.

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The Difficulty (and Beauty) of Vulnerability

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance darling finds its protagonist in Greg (played by Thomas Mann), a teenage loner who spends his free time producing parodies of classic films. Greg is an enigma. Like the layout of his Pennsylvania high school divides into multiple sections, Greg’s life is purposely compartmentalized. He is on a first-name basis with nearly every group in school—he is just as comfortable bumming it with the drama club as he is high-fiving the senior class drug dealer—but his relationships are shallow and superficial. He makes small talk, and there’s little more.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan and Union U. Quit CCCU Over Same-Sex Marriage Moves

"We understand not all schools agree with the process we have chosen to take, as was demonstrated through the Aug. 3 withdrawal of Union University," noted the CCCU, which has finished consulting 90 percent of its member school presidents. "It is our prayer this issue will not further divide the CCCU, but rather result in clarifying our identity as an association and fostering supportive unity of each other in our respective missions and calling from the Lord."

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A Christian College President Falls

Fields had interviewed Epting several times while working for the college newspaper as a student. He said Epting was well-loved on campus. The first time they met was when Fields was on a campus tour as a prospective student. Epting ran into the tour group and welcomed them warmly with hugs, he said. That one encounter made North Greenville feel like home from the start. Now his feelings for the school have begun to sour.

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Christian Movie ‘War Room’ Was the No. 1 New Film at the Weekend Box Office

A faith-based movie had a big weekend at the box office. Even though, for the third week in a row, the musical biopic Straight Outta Compton was America’s No. 1 draw, bringing in $13. 2 million, it was closely followed by the latest from Christian filmmakers the Kendrick Brothers. War Room —which cost just $3.5 million to produce— brought in $11 million , beating out Owen Wilson’s No Escape ($8 million) and Zac Efron’s We Are Your Friends ($1.8 million) to become the weekend’s biggest new film. Like the filmmakers’ other movies—including Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous—War Room was mostly panned by critics (it has a 29 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes) , but managed to draw in large Christian audiences when it hit theaters.

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This Story Isn’t About Marriage

This story isn’t about two men who want to get married, but about two men who want to force their neighbor to violate her constitutionally protected religious beliefs. 

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Here’s What’s Really Holding You Back from Your Calling

Jesus said He is the Good Shepherd. When the sheep run past the Shepherd, He calls them to come back. You are His sheep, and He will do it in a way you can hear it. If He should have to call you back, it’s not a sign of going outside of God’s will. It’s a sign that there is something better in a different direction.

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Kanye West Will Run for President of the United States in 2020

Kanye wants to make America great again. Last night during MTV’s VMAs, Kanye West was presented the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, and was given a microphone and a stage, virtually assuring something memorable would happen. During the 12-minute acceptance speech, Kanye addressed the 2009 VMA controversy when he interrupted Taylor Swift (he still feels bad about it), his disdain for award shows in general (successful artists shouldn’t be labeled “losers”), the confidence of milliennials (“I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands!”) and finally, his own political aspirations . Before he left stage, Kanye confirmed a suspicion literally no one had been considering. “Yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020, to run for president.” It’s hard to know if he was serious, but at this point, there is nothing Kanye West could do that would surprise anyone.

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Minnesota bog study turns up the heat on peat

Despite its goals, SPRUCE itself has a sizeable carbon footprint. The electricity bill soars to more than $1,000 a month in the summer, and the experiment will be even more costly to run through the cold Minnesota winter. If ambient temperatures fall low enough — to about −26 °C — the propane gas running through the heating pipes will no longer be able to maintain the necessary warmth. “We’re planning to run year-round,” says Hanson, “unless it’s so cold the engineering portion of the system can’t keep up.”

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America’s One Enduring Legacy in History

And as we do, we will not put our trust in the horses and chariots of earthly powers. As our nation chooses its next head-of-state, we will remind ourselves that the United States is subject to the King of kings (Revelation 19:16) whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom (Daniel 7:14). And we will remind ourselves that the main thing happening in the world is not the preservation or advancement of American democracy, but the fact that the King is at this moment gathering into one holy nation (John 11:52, 1 Peter 2:9) people from every tribe and tongue (Revelation 5:9) that he bought with his own blood (Acts 20:28).

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Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb

Suffering is not unique to Christians, but the way in which we experience it differs greatly from the way the rest of the world does. The Bible says we have been united to Christ in his death and resurrection (Rom. 6:5, 2 Cor. 4:10, Gal. 2:20) and that we, as his church, are members of his body (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:23). The unity between Jesus and his ransomed people greatly affects the way we suffer because it means we do not suffer alone. We face loss, pain, and death as those loved and comforted by our holy Savior. Jesus tasted death (Heb. 2:9) and experienced grief partly for the purpose of personally sympathizing with us . (65)

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Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Team Up For A New Film

This just in: Jennifer Lawrence ( Hunger Games , Silver Linings Playbook ) and Amy Schumer ( Trainwreck ) are currently writing a comedy and plan on starring in it. A chance to see Katniss smile? Count us in! No word yet on plot, but we can only hope that America’s newly minted dream team channel some of their manically charming interview charisma .

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Ashley Madison Claims Site Is Growing by ‘Hundreds of Thousands’

The owner of Avid Life Media—the company that owns the online infidelity service Ashley Madison—says the affair website is growing rapidly, even though hackers recently stole and released data from more than 30 million accounts. Just days after the business’ CEO resigned, the company released a statement claiming it gained hundreds of thousands of new accounts in recent days, adding “Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform." They also boasted that despite the hack, “Ashley Madison is the number one service for people seeking discreet relationships."

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Evidence for Astrophysical Muon Neutrinos from the Northern Sky with IceCube

Results from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory have recently provided compelling evidence for the existence of a high energy astrophysical neutrino flux utilizing a dominantly Southern Hemisphere data set consisting primarily of νe and ντ charged-current and neutral-current (cascade) neutrino interactions. In the analysis presented here, a data sample of approximately 35 000 muon neutrinos from the Northern sky is extracted from data taken during 659.5 days of live time recorded between May 2010 and May 2012. While this sample is composed primarily of neutrinos produced by cosmic ray interactions in Earth’s atmosphere, the highest energy events are inconsistent with a hypothesis of solely terrestrial origin at 3.7σ significance. These neutrinos can, however, be explained by an astrophysical flux per neutrino flavor at a level of Φ(Eν)=9.9−3.4+3.9×10−19  GeV−1 cm−2 sr−1 s−1(Eν/100  TeV)−2 , consistent with IceCube’s Southern-Hemisphere-dominated result. Additionally, a fit for an astrophysical flux with an arbitrary spectral index is performed. We find a spectral index of 2.2−0.

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Renewing Your Mind | God of the Bible vs. God of Philosophy | August 31, 2015

So how does this affect the Christian in his struggle with the doubts that assail faith? The content of Christianity, in all its parts, cannot be reduced simplistically to Cartesian syllogisms. The lesson we learn from Descartes is this: when assailed by doubt, it is time to search diligently for first principles that are certain. We build upon the foundation of what is sure. This affects the whole structure of apologetics. It is a matter of order. It seems astonishing to the lay person that anybody would go to the extremes Descartes insisted simply to discover that he existed. What could be more self-evident to a conscious being than one's own self-consciousness? But Descartes was not on a fool's errand. In a world of sophisticated skepticism, Descartes sought certainty for something that could serve as a foundation for much, much more. He moved from the certitude of self-consciousness to the certitude of the existence of God, no small matter for the doubt-ridden believer. Descartes and others like him understood that to prove the existence of God is prior to affirming the trustworthiness of Scripture and the birth and work of the person of Christ.

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Pres. Obama Is Going to Star in an Episode of ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

President Obama is having quite the press tour. Just weeks after visiting the garage of WTF podcast host Marc Maron for an extended, casual, one-on-one interview, the POTUS is going to tape an episode of the wilderness reality series Running Wild with Bear Grylls . In each edition of the NBC show, survival expert Bear Grylls takes a celebrity along with him on a dangerous expedition through some remote locale, talking about life, personal struggles and overcoming adversity along the way. The pair will tape the show while President Obama is in Alaska this week, and it will air before the end of the year.

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The Long Rise of the Secular Faith

Rather than a consequence of “a broad rethinking of church and state,” as Abramson puts it, the delegitimization of biblically-rooted religions that has been taking place over recent decades reflects a thoughtless enactment of the progressive vision that has been steadily gaining momentum in America for at least a century and a half. The threat to religious liberty that Abramson deftly examines, moreover, is only one front—albeit an exceptionally important one—in a more general assault on liberty in the name of an intolerant alliance of secularism and statism.

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28. Can we be good without God?

Dr. Andy Bannister (bit.ly/andybannister) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Can we be good without God?" For more on this question, check out Andy's book, "The Atheist Who Didn't Exist" (especially chapter 8): http://theatheistwhodidntexist.com . This video is episode 28 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/

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Moving Forward to Lasting Change

Jim: John, today I think we're all gonna discover some new thought patterns and ways of thinking things in our relationships—our marriages and beyond, our friendships in every place we touch another human being. And Dr. Cloud, I think he's gonna teach all of us ways to avoid the old way of doin' things, which likely led to the very problems you may be facing in your marriage right now. If it hasn't been workin', why go back and do it the same way again? And today, you're gonna hear how to recognize those patterns and then how to change those patterns. I think it's gonna be really valuable.

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Christianity Today on Twitter

Another Christian college leaves association over members' same-sex marriage policies http://bit.ly/1Ts1gdu  #update

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The One Percent: Why So Few Evangelical Pastors Quit A 'Brutal Job'

The phone survey of pastors of evangelical and black Protestant denominations was conducted March 5-18, 2015. The calling list was a random sample, stratified by church membership and denominational groups, drawn from a list of all evangelical and black Protestant churches. Each interview was conducted with the senior pastor, minister, or priest of the church called. The completed sample is 1,500 pastors. Responses were weighted by region and denominational group to more accurately reflect the population. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 2.7 percent. This margin of error accounts for the effect of weighting. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups. The study was sponsored by the North American Mission Board and Richard Dockins, M.D.

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Wes Craven Passes Away at 76

Yesterday, Wes Craven passed away in Los Angeles. He was 76 and had been suffering from brain cancer.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

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33 Check Out the Wacky New Apple Music Commercial

Last night during the VMAs, Apple Music premiered a strange and ambitious new commercial. In it, R&B lothario The Weeknd leaves a decadent afterparty, only to discover a fiery car wreck right outside the door and a waiting limo. Inside, his driver is ... John Travolta? Yup, things just got weird. There’s a “to be continued” at the end of the clip, so expect more adventures from our unlikely new buddies.

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Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics

“In your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

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The Gospel Coalition on Twitter

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Compared to a great lion.

Pharaoh compared himself to a great lion. He exalted himself and was cut down because of pride. God resists the proud (see James 4:6). He humbles those who become great in their own eyes.

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WORLD | Supreme Court rejects emergency appeal in marriage license case | Lynde Langdon | Aug. 31, 2015

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Little girl gets in trouble for Wonder Woman lunchbox. Guess why?

  Jonah Goldberg writes about a little girl who got in trouble with school authorities for bringing a Wonder Woman lunchbox to school (front and back pictured at right). Why the trouble? Because the school’s policy is that children may not wear clothes or carry gear with pictures of persons who use violence to solve problems. So Wonder Woman was ruled out of order. Jonah Goldberg’s commentary is spot-on. He writes:

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Crossway on Twitter

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40 The TC Apologetics Daily

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