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When Adam saw Eve for the first time, he said, “this is bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh” — he was saying, you’re equal to me, you’re the same substance as me. In Galatians 3;28, Paul helps us understand our equality in Christ: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Paul isn’t saying, “in Christ you lose your ethnicity, your job status or your gender,” but he is saying that those things don’t give you additional status with God — it’s Christ alone.

2 IRS auditing conservative news provider

As you know, the Breitbart News Network LLC is a conservative-leaning press outlet. It has editors and reporters who cover daily political news and regularly breaks stories that are critical of the Obama Administration’s policies. To conduct this audit, Breitbart News Network, LLC was asked to provide the IRS with all of its organizational documents, financial records, W-2s, W-4s, 1099s, and K-1s filed, personal income tax returns for each member of the company, payroll tax forms, information regarding properties and assets acquired by the company, bank statements, and array of other records documenting revenues, expenses, and depreciation costs.

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Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage

6 Things the Happiest Families All Have in Common

Did we do every one of those things every day, every week, every month? No, that’s not that point. But the point is, when it goes wrong, you have that goal out there. “We want to be a family that has fun together. Have we made time to play recently? No, we don’t. So let’s make time to play. Let’s go bowling or hiking or roller skating.”


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On 9/11 US fighter jets took off on a suicide mission. Meet the pilot willing to give her life…

In September 2001, Heather “Lucky” Penney was a young, inexperienced F-16 pilot with the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard. As the first female pilot in her squadron, it was a dream come true; her father had served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, so when Congress opened up combat aviation to women, she was the first in line:

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Johnny Cash, the Father of American Christian Zionism

In the opening moments of Gospel Road , Johnny Cash reenacts his wife’s vision of him preaching to the multitudes in Galilee. We see him on a mountaintop (it is Mount Arbel near the Sea of Galilee) holding a Bible and inviting the film’s viewers to join him in a journey through the Holy Land in the footsteps of Jesus. The film then moves to the retelling of Jesus’ life. But Cash’s introductory remarks serve to remind us that American evangelical enthusiasm for Israel was about Jesus and the history of Christianity, not about the modern Jewish experience—though the Jewish “return to the land” is understood by many Christians as the fulfillment of prophecy. For the hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims who visit Israel each year, the Holy Land is primarily a Christian Holy Land and only secondarily a Jewish homeland. For these Christians the state of Israel is significant because of the Bible, not because it is the realization of the ideas of Zionist thinkers like Theodor Herzl.

WORLD | Missing children | Bethany E. Starin | Sept. 20, 2014

Cockroft said her caring church family didn’t know how to respond to her repeated losses, and she couldn’t articulate her feelings. She withdrew, working through much of her pain privately and with a small circle of friends. As time went on, she realized that many people thought their lack of children indicated a lack of interest in having them: “People are not taking into consideration that perhaps we had trouble having kids.”

14 John Piper’s Message to Ray Rice (Special Episode)

On Monday of this week, new video surfaced of NFL football player Ray Rice — perhaps we can say at this point, former NFL football player — seen knocking his fiancée unconscious in a casino elevator with punches to her face. It’s very disturbing, and it undermines his previous story that he slapped her and she hit her head. When this bombshell video clip released online this week, there was a chorus of outrage, of course, and it has been unanimous. Rice has been suspended indefinitely from the NFL. He played for the Baltimore Ravens, who are playing the Steelers right now. The Ravens organization now admits to a total failure in addressing the situation prior to the video release. The football commissioner himself is under fire right now over the timing of when he was made aware of the graphic elevator video. Pastor John, from a creation standpoint, we believe God created men and women distinctly. So why do we know inherently that men are not to mistreat women, but to protect and serve them? And in this situation, what do complementarian Christians say to Ray Rice?

Iraqi Christians Say Obama's Plan for ISIS Will Not Be Enough - NBC News

ERBIL, Iraq - Christians who have fled the bloody campaign of ISIS in Iraq said U.S. plans to snuff out the Sunni militants will not be enough and that American combat troops are their only hope.


“Daniel Patterson, a native Tennessean, serving as my chief of staff is a blessing from God,” said Moore. “Patterson has what the Scriptures said of David, ‘integrity of heart and skillfulness of hand.’ He is a convictional leader, with the organizational genius to carry out vision to reality. As a lifelong Southern Baptist, Daniel knows and understands our churches, our heritage and what the 21st century will demand in terms of gospel fidelity. Married to the daughter of career missionaries, Daniel’s family is deeply committed to connecting the ethics of the kingdom to the mission of Christ, and he has has served in college ministry at Belle Aire Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. I am thrilled that he is joining me at our ERLC .”


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The Cure for Our Envy

The only cure for our envy is the love and grace of our jealous Husband as found in the gospel. Only the righteous jealousy of Jesus, seen in the redeeming grace of the cross, can cleanse our envious hearts. Time and again, he forgives our wandering ways. No matter how far our hearts might go, his grace can go farther. While our love for him ebbs and flows and is often fickle, his love is constant and unwavering. When we find our heart wandering in envy, we need to remember and return to him, the One who is always jealous for his Bride.

19 Christianity's Uniqueness - Stand to Reason Blog

In such a world [the polytheism and syncretism of ancient Rome], the gospel was an outrage, and it was perfectly reasonable for its cultured despisers to describe its apostles as “atheists.” Christians were – what could be more obvious? – enemies of society, impious, subversive, and irrational; and it was no more than civic prudence to detest them for refusing to honor the gods of their ancestors, for scorning the common good, and for advancing the grotesque and shameful claim that all the gods and spirits had been made subject to a crucified criminal from Galilee – one who during his life had consorted with peasants and harlots, lepers and lunatics. This was far worse than mere irreverence; it was pure and misanthropic perversity; it was anarchy. One can see something of this alarm in the fragments we still possess of On True Doctrine by the second-century pagan Celsus (preserved in Origen’s treatise Against Celsus, written many decades later). It is unlikely that Celsus would have thought the Christians worth his notice had he not recognized something uniquely dangerous lurking in their gospel of love and peace.

When Your Campus Ministry Is “Derecognized”

Those 250 students involved in the ministry weren’t all smuggling themselves into a secret, off-campus warehouse for a rally-style meeting. For most, their involvement was characterized by a relationship with a student (or ten) they had met on their floor, or in the dining hall, or at the rec center, who wanted to show them the love of Jesus Christ. It was characterized by a one-on-one Bible study with a Campus Outreach staff person who had taken interest in their life in some not-so-random conversation on campus. They would learn how to impart that Bible, that love, to their friends and classmates and teammates, and they would, in the power of the Spirit, go do so. That kind of movement is hard to police.

21 God's Idea of A Happy Meal | HeadHeartHand Blog

Here is God’s idea of a happy meal and it’s a much healthier happiness than the usual box of carbs and sugar. Although it doesn’t include a plastic pink mermaid, it has much deeper and longer-lasting pleasures. So what makes such plain fare taste so good?

Book Review: Same-Sex Marriage

Those who will find the book helpful are going to be those people who are interested in thoughtfully exploring a biblically-based Christian approach to sexuality and marriage.  In this category: For those who disagree with the idea that marriage is defined exclusively as between male and female, they will find well reasoned thoughts that consistently anticipate and tastefully respond to anticipated objections.  For those who aren’t quite sure what to make of this current political and social hot topic, they will discover the aforementioned plus a nice history of the pro-same-sex movement written without ad hominem or strawman fallacies.  For those who have already determined that they concur with Scripture’s consistent stance on the topic of human sexuality, they will find the aforementioned plus helpful hints on how to take care of their own heart and love others.

23 Mark D. Linville: does Darwinian evolution make morality rational?

But even if we are assured that a “normal” person will be prompted by the social instincts and that those instincts are typically flanked and reinforced by a set of moral emotions, we still do not have a truly normative account of moral obligation. There is nothing in Darwin’s own account to indicate that the ensuing sense of guilt—a guilty feeling—is indicative of actual moral guilt resulting from the violation of an objective moral law. The revenge taken by one’s own conscience amounts to a sort of second-order propensity to feel a certain way given one’s past relation to conflicting first-order propensities (e.g., the father’s impulse to save his child versus his impulse to save himself). Unless we import normative considerations from some other source, it seems that, whether it is a first or second-order inclination,one’s being prompted by it is more readily understood as a descriptive feature of one’s own psychology than material for a normative assessment of one’s behavior or character. And, assuming that there is anything to this observation, an ascent into even higher levels of propensities (“I feel guilty for not having felt guilty for not being remorseful over not obeying my social instincts…”) introduces nothing of normative import.

The Fun-Giver

Most of the kids Evan invited to church said yes. And lots of them agreed that church was a good place to be-and that following Jesus was great! But Troy had a whole other attitude. He assumed that the only people interested in obeying God’s commands were mean old hags with their hair pulled back into too tight buns. Troy seemed to think that God’s biggest goal for the universe was to zap the fun out of life.

25 What are Boltzmann brains, and what challenge do they post to the multiverse hypothesis?

Now apart from objections to (i) of a direct sort, this alternative faces a very formidable objection to (ii), namely, if we were just a random member of a World Ensemble, then we ought to be observing a very different universe. Roger Penrose has calculated that the odds of our solar system’s forming instantaneously through the random collision of particles is incomprehensibly more probable that the universe’s being fine-tuned, as it is. So if we were a random member of a World Ensemble, we should be observing a patch of order no larger than our solar system in a sea of chaos. Worlds like that are simply incomprehensibly more plentiful in the World Ensemble than worlds like ours and so ought to be observed by us if we were but a random member of such an ensemble.

Wayne Grudem coming to SBTS

Wayne Grudem has to be one of the most significant figures in the evangelical movement. He has published more books than I could attempt to count off the top of my head. But the one that he is known best for is his Systematic Theology , a text where innumerable young students have cut their theological teeth. That has certainly been the story on the campus of Southern Seminary and Boyce College where I teach. It would be difficult to overstate the influence of Dr. Grudem on an entire generation of theological students.

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WORLD | Air Force won’t let atheist airman skip God in enlistment oath | Andrew Branch | Sept. 11, 2014

The Air Force has given an atheist airman until November to take his enlistment oath, which includes the phrase “so help me God.” If he refuses, he will not be allowed to rejoin his unit. Atheist groups have taken up the unnamed airman’s cause, but he may find himself caught in a battle over the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.

29 Are atheists right to say that you can't prove a universal negative like "God does not exist"?

The first claim is, ironically, usually found on the lips of atheists, who thereby seek to excuse themselves from bearing any share of the burden of proof in the discussion. Usually, the claim is that a universal negative cannot be proved, and therefore the claim that “There is no God” is unprovable. The second claim is typically given as the reason why a universal negative cannot be proved: no matter how much knowledge you have acquired, there will always be more facts that you do not yet know, and perhaps the exception is among them. So one can never prove that there is no God. Perversely, this is somehow interpreted, not as an admission that atheism is indefensible, but as a demonstration that it is in no need of defense!

WORLD | Lessons learned from Benghazi, two years on | Kent Covington | Sept. 11, 2014

Are we safer in America today than we were on Sept. 10, 2001? I’d say, unequivocally, no. We’re more aware of the threats. We have a beefed-up security posture and intel-gathering capability, but, unfortunately, there’s a heck of a lot more threats out there than there were on Sept. 10, 2001. Al-Qaeda has metastasized and grown all over the world with its so-called affiliates, some of which are pretty darn capable. We have ISIS, which is now described by us at Heritage and a lot of other folks as the most dangerous and capable terrorist organization that anyone has ever seen because of its size, its funding, its equipment levels, and the number of experienced fighters it has. We’re safer on one hand in that the good guys are better at what they do. Unfortunately, that’s mitigated by the fact that there’s a lot more bad guys out there who are still coming at us who are not amenable to negotiation or recess or anything else. They just still want to kill us. Overall, I’d have to say we’re not safer than we were then. It’s not from us not trying. It’s because there are a lot more bad guys that are coming after us.

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WORLD | Why do some feminists oppose nail polish that prevents date rape? | Caroline Leal | Sept. 11, 2014

The startup company Undercover Colors, which markets itself as “the first fashion company to prevent sexual assault,” is currently developing a nail polish capable of detecting the presence of common date-rape drugs like Rohypnol and Xanax, which are generally colorless and odorless, in beverages. All a woman has to do is dip her nail into a drink and see if the polish changes color. What the product may lack in discretion (or good table manners and hygiene, for that matter), it makes up for in ingenuity, its developers claim. 

WORLD | Driving Miss Tracy | Marvin Olasky | Sept. 20, 2014

But class and racial tensions are always present. The New Orleans city administration spent $3.7 million renovating the St. Roch Market, a beautiful, historic building, but a dispute now rages about whether the building should feature fancy shops selling wine and cheese, or shops affordable to long-time neighborhood residents. At one neighborhood meeting, young hipsters voiced their outrage about police flashing blue lights and not letting them drink beer on boulevard median strips (in New Orleans parlance, “neutral ground”). Older African-American men responded, “Are you joking me? Do you have any idea what we’ve experienced from police harassment in our lives?”

WORLD | Israel: ‘The pool into which the world spits’ | Marvin Olasky | Sept. 11, 2014

Friedman’s conclusion: “You don’t need to be a history professor, or a psychiatrist, to understand what’s going on. Having rehabilitated themselves against considerable odds in a minute corner of the earth, the descendants of powerless people who were pushed out of Europe and the Islamic Middle East have become what their grandparents were—the pool into which the world spits. The Jews of Israel are the screen onto which it has become socially acceptable to project the things you hate about yourself and your own country. The tool through which this psychological projection is executed is the international press.”

Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent. What about you?

My oldest is 9 and we were so proud of him typing in his name for a password and playing games when he was 3. With my younger children I just think it’s sad when they want to be on the computer. We don’t have an iPad. We have a 3rd gen iPod touch that they get for special situations, a few times a year. I consider it a good day when they’ve gone the whole day with no movie or computer time; we don’t have cable or a broadcast signal. When they’re in a media cycle (aka I’m being really permissive and it’s too hot to go to a park), that’s all they want. 3 year old + media withdrawal = ugly.

The Briefing 09-11-14

1) President Obama neglects reality of worldview in conflict with ISIL, international terrorism

WORLD | Missouri lawmakers override veto to enact abortion wait period | Courtney Crandell | Sept. 11, 2014

The legislature also overrode a veto of legislation that increases funding available to pregnancy resource centers through tax credits. Like the wait-period bill, it also passed with a bipartisan vote. “More and more women are choosing life and are in need of help and services,” Fichter said. “These bills work together to protect the women of Missouri and ensure that, in this matter of life and death, they don't make a decision that will have a detrimental effect on them both physically and emotionally.”

WORLD | Man challenges Belgium’s euthanasia law after mom’s death | Andrew Branch | Sept. 10, 2014

ADF also is challenging the larger issue of euthanasia, arguing it is illegal based on European human rights law. Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights declares that “everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law,” and “no one shall be deprived of his life intentionally” unless ordered by criminal conviction. But Article 8 gives Europeans a right to a private life—a clause used by pro-euthanasia activists to justify allowing people to take their own lives.

WORLD | A verse to carry us into the real world | Chelsea Kolz Boes | Sept. 11, 2014

Sensing its pacific potential, I wrote the verse down on my sacred list of “qualities my future husband must have.” I had undergone a major theological shift already in my life, and was accustomed to hearing men I admired parse words and deconstruct complex spiritual arguments. Some were sincere defenders of the truth. Others liked the sounds of the smart words coming out of their mouths. They liked to believe that everyone who disagreed with them had done them a profound wrong and deserved their scorn. They felt no need for discussion or charity, and simply separated from those who saw things differently. With this guidance, and with a teenager’s ideological polarity, I found myself falling into the ungentle pit of the zealous moral convert. My best friend called my new manners my “theological frying pan”—intended for bashing “wrong Christians” over the head. Once I realized that this method of relating drained the life out of me and made me blind to parts of the world I might have enjoyed, I resolved that I did not want the man full of his own words; I wanted the gentle man, and I wanted to be a gentle woman.

WORLD | Thirteen years of perseverance | Emily Belz | Sept. 11, 2014

NEW YORK—For the 13th time, the family members of 9/11 victims gathered this morning to read the nearly 3,000 names of those who died at Ground Zero. Three New York City mayors listened: Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor on 9/11; Michael Bloomberg, who took office soon after the attack and oversaw the first ceremonies; and current mayor Bill de Blasio, attending his first ceremony as mayor.

WORLD | Maine backs down in fight to end baby’s life | Kiley Crossland | Sept. 11, 2014

Last week, Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage declared support for a mother in a battle with child welfare officials over a do-not-resuscitate order they imposed on her infant daughter. 

WORLD | Midday Roundup: Cruz walks out on gala to protest anti-Israel hecklers | Lynde Langdon | Sept. 11, 2014

Walkout. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walked off the stage at a gala dinner for Middle Eastern Christians after some in the crowd booed his pro-Israel remarks. “I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America, that those who hate Jews also hate Christians, and that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ,” Cruz said in a statement after the speech. He was speaking at a dinner hosted by the recently founded group In Defense of Christians (IDC), which seeks to call attention to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. When the hecklers would not quiet down, Cruz reportedly said, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you” and walked off the stage. IDC has denounced the disruption, saying a small group of political opportunists caused it. 

The Gospel at Ground Zero

In America, we debate our wars not just with heated speeches but also with dueling banjos. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the radio dial seemed to lurch between the children of Woodstock and the heirs of the Grand Ole Opry. Besides visiting the expected themes of war and peace, post-9/11 popular music plucked at an issue we are now revisiting a decade later: whether television networks ought to broadcast the fiery images of the collapsing Twin Towers.

WORLD | The sacking of Ray Rice | Cal Thomas | Sept. 11, 2014

The “indefinite suspension” of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic violence and what the National Football League tolerates when it affects a star player.

WORLD | Grumbling in our tents | Andrée Seu Peterson | Sept. 11, 2014

Your Cape Cod or ranch-style or little A-frame house is the equivalent of an ancient Jew’s tent. What goes on inside it is also equivalent to what went on in tents for time immemorial—and it is infinitely consequential. As part of his summary of life among believers in the B.C. era, God said:

WORLD | Web Reads: Can a little knowledge be a dangerous thing? | Susan Olasky | Sept. 11, 2014

Painful histories. The personal genome-mapping company 23andMe markets itself to family history enthusiasts, promising to “bring your family to life.” But this fascinating article in Vox shows that in at least 7,000 cases, “users have discovered that their parents weren’t who they thought they were, or that they they had siblings they never knew existed.” In the past, users had to opt-in to discover those family connections, but now it will happen automatically, leading to more possibly painful discoveries.


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49 14-year old Yazidi girl tells story of being "awarded" to an ISIS commander

The Washington Post has a first-person account of a 14-year old Yazidi girl who was kidnapped by militants and “awarded” to an ISIS commander. Her tale begins with her account of being kidnapped by ISIS troops. She writes:

WORLD | New York churches look to Iraq on 9/11 | Emily Belz | Sept. 11, 2014

Last month, members at churches in the city set up a prayer chain for Iraq. One member from Apostles Church, an evangelical church with multiple parishes in the city, set up a Google spreadsheet of prayer needs and emailed it to his church, and those members forwarded it on to other church email lists throughout the city. People from various evangelical churches—Apostles, Redeemer, Trinity Grace, and others—signed up for 15-minute slots to pray over the course of five days.

51 Why A Christian Counselor Loves His Job | HeadHeartHand Blog
53 Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
54 Christianity's Uniqueness - Stand to Reason Blog
55 New Student Tip #10: The How of Note-Taking | HeadHeartHand Blog
56 WORLD | Obama outlines his ISIS strategy | J.C. Derrick | Sept. 10, 2014
57 What are the symptoms of depression? | HeadHeartHand Blog