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Natural Genetic Engineering? Natural Popcorn? Or Something More Important?

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

Bernie Sanders Spoke Out About Racism During Liberty University Speech

This morning, democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at America’s largest Christian college, addressing issues of injustice. Sanders was the featured speaker at the traditionally conservative Liberty University, and as The Daily Beast notes, he spent some of the speech addressing racism. He told the students, “We have got to stand up and say, 'In America you’re not going to do that.' Racism is unacceptable.” Sanders also told those at the event that while they likely disagree on some issues, he hopes they can find common ground when it came to an issue like economic inequality. Sanders, who is a self-described socialist, praised the students for using their faith to make the world a better place. He said, "Liberty University is a religious school, obviously. And all of you are proud of that. You are a school which, as all of us in our own way, tries to understand the meaning of morality— what does it mean to live a moral life?— and you try to understand in this very complicated modern world that we live in what the words of the Bible mean in today's society. You are a school which tries to teach its students how to behave with decency and honesty and how you can best relate to their fellow human beings. And I applaud you for trying to achieve those goals.” You can watch the full speech below.

Church Bans 103-Y-O Member Over 'Holy Rolling' Dispute, but She Says 'I Intend to Die Right There'

Law enforcement officers in Elberton, Georgia, are now keeping a close eye on Sunday services at Union Grove Baptist Church after an enduring feud between longtime members, led by a 103-year-old woman, and their new pastor, Rev. Tim Mattox, came to a head in recent weeks.

Donald Trump Cites Proverbs Ahead of CNN Republican Debate, 'Never Bend to Envy;' Says He'll Try Toning Down

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump heaped praise on his favorite book, the Bible, just hours ahead of the CNN Republican debate Wednesday night, citing the Book of Proverbs to excoriate envy just three weeks after he came under fire for refusing to name his favorite Bible verse.

Intelligent Design in Action: Optimization

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

Christians Should Be 'Masters' of Racial Reconciliation, Says Rapper Thi'sl (Part 2)

St. Louis-based rapper and Christian activist Thi'sl addresses racial tensions in his latest album, "Heavy is the Head," in which he criticizes Christians for turning their backs on the Great Commission by failing to share the Gospel with those who live in their own backyards — inner city youth.

Mother With ALS Shares an Emotional Dance With Her Son on His Wedding Day – Tissues!

Luke and Kristeena are newlyweds who are celebrating their wedding reception with friends and family. During the festivities, Luke requests to dance with his mother and it is a very emotional moment. Not even a wheelchair would stop Luke from sharing this once-in-a-lifetime moment with his mother.

What These Kids Say Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Much of what we see broadcast about world news and events is negative, and many believe that this generation of kids has no hope. Even the parents in this video seem skeptical. But when the children are interviewed, their words can restore every doubters' faith in humanity.

Listen: More from Evolutionary Biologist Richard Sternberg on the Problem of Whale Origins

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Preview Day | Admissions

What type of ministry is God calling you to?  What and where is your mission field?  What spiritual gifts do you have for ministry?  Southern Seminary takes seriously the call to the ministry and training of ministers of the gospel.  Our Southern Preview Day gives us the opportunity to hear from you and help explore different options for how to most effectively develop the gifts God has given you for ministry.

Ready to Fix Public Schools? So is Steve Jobs’ Estate

Ready to help fix the American school system? So is Steve Jobs’ estate. Announced recently, $50 million of the late Apple visionary’s money will be put into a new vision called XQ: The Super School Project. Organized as a competition, the project will give teams a chance to pitch their ultimate, innovate high school. In the end, several groups will receive funding to execute their vision. Pitches will be accepted until Nov 15. Judging will begin April 2016, with a winner announced next August.

Orange County, CA | Give to Biola University

Join the Biola community in Orange County for an evening to celebrate God's faithfulness toward Biola and learn more about  A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University!

Here’s the First Trailer for Disney’s Live Action ‘Jungle Book’ Remake

Disney has released a new look at its upcoming remake of the classic Rudyard Kipling book The Jungle Book. The Jon Favreau adventure is one of two new movies in the works based on the novels, and both have stellar casts: Disney’s boasts the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Wyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Kingsley, and another version from Warner Bros.—called Jungle Book: Origins—features Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Andy Serkis. The Disney one (teased below), hits theaters in April.

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Comedian Steve Rannazzisi lied about being in World Trade Center on 9/11

“We are disappointed to learn that Steve Rannazzisi lied about being in the World Trade Center on 9/11, said John Solberg, the network spokesman, said in a statement. "It is upsetting that he would fabricate a story about having survived that horrible tragedy. It is also unfortunate that he did not admit to the truth sooner. That said we believe Steve is sincere in his apology and will do everything he can to make amends moving forward.”

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Battling Giants in Everyday Life (Part 2 of 2)

Malcom: And as I got deeper and deeper into it and I, you know, I read the story of the Huguenots and I met Wilma Derkson and I kept on getting exposed to these stories and realizing and being drawn back to the world I was raised in and the faith that I was introduced to as a child and realizing [and] finally understanding it on a deeper level, that you know, you can't sit and talk to Wilma Derkson for three hours and not believe that faith is the most powerful thing in the world. You just can't, right? I mean, it's like, so, it was. I was fundamentally affected by [it]. This book was a, you know, it was a blessing for me. I mean, even if it had never sold a single copy, I would have considered it to be the most important book I've ever written, you know.

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The Bully Pulpit: When Gay Teens Commit Suicide, Are Preachers to Blame? - Christian Research Institute

The recent tragic rash of suicides among homosexual teens, who’d been bullied by classmates and peers, has raised the question of whether Christian teaching about homosexuality inspires bullying and violence against homosexuals. Although no evidence suggests that religious teaching inspired the suicide incidents, and no evidence indicates that Christian teaching influenced the youths who bullied the homosexual teens, a number of celebrity figures have nonetheless accused pastors and Christian leaders of inspiring teens to bully gays. Because this accusation has been repeated often, and through popular media outlets, a number of people seem to believe that biblical teaching on human sexuality inspires some unstable teens to mistreat homosexuals.

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Is the Apparent Fine-Tuning of the Universe Simply An Observational Phenomenon? | Cold Case Christianity

While scientists may stipulate to the appearance of fine-tuning “in the room,” this does not mean they agree on the existence of an external “Fine-Tuner”. Some scientists believe we observe fine-tuning because, if not for such fine-tuning, we wouldn’t be here to observe the universe in the first place. According to this explanation (sometimes referred to as the “Anthropic Principle” or the “Observer Selection Effect”), any humanly observable universe would display the conditions necessary for human life, so we shouldn’t be surprised to observe such conditions. As theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Lawrence Krauss, says, “Put another way, it is not too surprising to find that we live in a universe in which we can live!” Anyone who exists and inspects their environment will, of course, discover a world encompassing whatever it takes for them to exist. If they didn’t discover a world of this nature, they wouldn’t exist to examine it in the first place. But this explanation of cosmic fine-tuning fails for two reasons:

5 Frequently Abused Verses: Is Judgement Always Forbidden?

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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Shocking! NPR talks to actual evangelical leaders about Donald Trump and ...

For starters, the "Religious Right" label says more than "evangelical voters." It implies that top leaders on the moral right are jumping onto the Trump mini-bandwagon (with 30-plus percent in polls) in the swarm of GOP White House candidates. It implies, at the very least, that some leaders of big evangelical organizations -- think Concerned Women for America or groups linked to the Southern Baptist Convention -- must be offering muted praise for Trump.

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The Briefing 09-16-15

1) Bernie Sanders addressing Liberty University encounter collision between two worldviews

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ACTION ALERT: Defund Planned Parenthood

The “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015” (H.R. 3134) will stop the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood ― the nation’s largest abortion seller ― while Congress investigates its alleged sale of fetal baby parts. This will, hopefully, lead to the permanent defunding of this abortion business, which is responsible for more than 300,000 abortions per year and receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars annually.

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A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.

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What Your Pastor’s Jeans Say About Their Theology

Instead, we’ve elected to run a valuable piece of journalism and insight to edify and enlighten our readers: After months of research, investigation and study, we’ve uncovered an issue that the Church must reckon with: Our team of reporters and theologians has finally been able to determine what your pastor’s jeans say about their theology.

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Christian Billionaire Wants to Buy an Island for Syrian Refugees

Sawiris’ idea is ambitious, and even he admits there are some challenges to making it a reality. He explained , “The challenge for this idea is not just finding the island and buying the island.” Sawiris said that logistics, like getting consent from the prime minister of Italy or Greece, getting customs agencies on board and getting the legal aspects in place, could be difficult. “After that, the rest I can do ... I would build temporary housing and temporary school and temporary hospital ... Then we will use these people and provide them jobs to build a new city on the island, to build this island ... I'm here in Belgrade and I met the minister of interior today and he was telling me that his biggest fear is that the winter is coming, it's going to be snowing and how will they sustain this weather and everything? I mean, we need to move fast.”

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1500' TV Tower

Check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/prairieaerial To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Viral Spiral: contact@viralspiralgroup.com Somebody has to change out that lightbulb at the top of those tall TV towers! This is tower climber Kevin Schmidt making the climb to the very top of the now inactive KDLT TV analog broadcast antenna near Salem, SD. It was a beautiful fall day for a climb and the views are stunning! I would suggest watching at 1080 HD in full screen to get a small taste of the experience.

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1 Peter 1:3–5, Part 1: Born Again to a Living Hope

According to the Bible, every believer in Jesus Christ is born a second time by the Spirit. In this lab, John Piper looks at this beautiful and spectacular mystery, asking what it means and how it happens. He also draws out the implications of serious study of the Bible for our worship.

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Danish teenager murdered her mother after watching ISIS beheadings

Killer: Danish teenager Lisa Borch (pictured left and right) was aged only 15 when in October last year she spent hours on YouTube watching footage of the savage decapitations of David Haines and Alan Henning

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The Secret Enemy in Your Marriage

Honest confessions and authentic apologies aren’t weapons to keep in your back pocket for a time when you’ll need to whip him back into shape, or keep her quiet about one of your weaknesses. An attack against one of you is a threat to both of you. Marriage isn’t about winning, but moving forward together.

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Investigative Footage

Watch the summary videos of specific undercover meetings from CMP’s Human Capital project documenting Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts. Full footage for each encounter is also available.

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Raising a Child in the Lord: The Art of ‘Conferencing’

As we think about family devotions, I think conferencing provides parents with a good model. The goal isn’t handholding, but imitation. We need to press our children beyond their current knowledge by helping them grasp the breadth of biblical revelation, but we must also help them learn that the Lord is sovereign over their hearts as well as their minds. We need to create a context where our children can be angry with God, and lament the reality of this broken world and God’s seeming absence from it. And we need to avoid simple and clean solutions when they’re not justified. As my mentor used to frequently remind me, what we do with our children in the intimacy of their deepest questions will teach them how to pray. Prayer isn’t taught to a child simply by teaching them what to say in prayer. Prayer is a way of relating to another, one who knows their heart and can handle their sin. If a child has never known this intimacy with their father and mother, prayer will turn into a place to hide from God rather than be with him. My mentor’s words still resonate with me: “Prayer is not a place to be good, but a place to be honest.

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

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

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9 Reasons Christians Should Welcome Muslim Refugees

Historically, Christians have been on the forefront of caring for orphans and widows. Now is the true test of our faith. Will we also care for immigrants, refugees and foreigners, or will we turn our backs, saying it’s too hard?

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Why Bad Feelings Can Be Good for You

These are two examples where we are actually commanded by God to "be angry". We are also given instructions on how to keep our anger in check. God gave us every emotion for a purpose. Anger is considered a warning emotion that something is wrong. Often times that something wrong is legitimately wrong, not just a skewed perception on our part. We have done ourselves a disservice to ignore these emotions as if the emotion itself is a sin. Unfortunately for many years, we have seen a shift in the portrayal of Christ as an always mild, calm, gentle, passive, affirming Christ. This is just not accurate. When Jesus violently turned tables over the tables in the temple because of the horrible misuse of God's house, He was showing great emotion, including anger and it was very justified and certainly not sinning since we know Christ was without sin. What we take away is that being an imitator of Christ means we include all aspects of Christ, not just the aspects (including emotions) that seem more safe, recognizing only the positive, feel good parts. That isn't presenting all of Christ, not representing the fullness of His Character.

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States Succeed in Restricting Abortions

As a result, analysts say, it's more difficult to get an abortion today than it was when President Barack Obama, a pro-choice Democrat, first took office. The shift, they add, is principally due to one organization – the relatively low-profile Americans United for Life – and its ALEC-like strategy of offering cookie-cutter model legislation for state-level conservative lawmakers.

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Crossway on Twitter

“Quietude, some men cannot abide,” Spurgeon says, “because it reveals their inner poverty.” http://cway.to/1UEvtqo  pic.twitter.com/eqZetsPUe7

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Mike Adams - Life and How to Live it, Part XII

One afternoon in early August, I got off a plane in Gulfport, Mississippi with my friend J. Warner “Jim” Wallace. We were scheduled to speak at a church up in Hattiesburg with our other friend Frank Turek. We had about three hours to make the one-hour drive so we had plenty of time – even though our flight had landed thirty minutes late.

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'Game of Thrones’ Heroine Thinks There’s Too Much Sex on TV

“Sex scenes should be more subtle,” she explained to Daily Mail . “I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway. I can’t stand it… I don’t want to have sex thrown in my face and I’ve always thought the suggestion is so much more titillating than the act itself … Most sex scenes you see in films or on TV are gratuitous and they’re usually just to attract an audience.”

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Crossway on Twitter

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My Top 5 Books for Becoming a Better Neighbor

Too often, evangelism feels like an exercise in guilt, fear, and trying to convince others to join our “team.” Instead of “selling” others on Christianity, Medearis asks us to simply point to Jesus—who he was, what he did—and watch people be transformed. This book was truly liberating. It made me want to soak in the Gospels, then go out and share what I was learning with my neighbors—a witness to the Good News in my life, without all the pressure that can come with witnessing.

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Why Don’t Churches Talk About Health?

This is such an important issue! Thank you for bringing this up! My church actually started a fitness group last year after our pastors invited a certified doctor to come and speak at our church. It has made such a difference! People in my church, who formally dealt with many health issues (from back pain to failing organs), have radically changed the way we view health & fitness. Whole families are changing their diets, getting active, and generally just feeling better. I'm telling you - joy and peace are absolutely connected to taking care of our physical bodies. I don't sell anything... I'm just a huge advocate for health because I've seen what it has done in my friends' and family's lives. It's about way more than losing weight. It's about living an abundant life. The more we educate ourselves about our physical bodies and adopt a healthy lifestyle, the more effective our testimony will be in spreading the gospel. Health is His will--it should be ours, too!

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Assisted Suicide and Real Death with Dignity

Our society is quickly becoming comfortable with the notion of death on demand rather than life in all its complexity. About 7 out of 10 Americans self-identify as Christian. And, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, 69 percent of Americans say doctors should be legally allowed to end a patient’s life if the patient wants it. That means that at least 40 percent of self-identified Christians believe people should be allowed to control the circumstances of their deaths. Much like arguments that have fueled the abortion and gay-marriage movements, we have accepted that each individual has full, unfettered rights to their own bodies, their own lives and loves, and, now, to their own deaths.

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30 tips for new seminary students

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

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Renewing Your Mind | What Is Calvinism? | September 16, 2015

12. I must admonish the reader carefully to attend to the mystery which he boasts he is unwilling to conceal from them. For after contending with great prolixity that we do not obtain favor with God through the mere imputation of the righteousness of Christ, because (to use his own words) it were impossible for God to hold those as righteous who are not so, he at length concludes that Christ was given to us for righteousness, in respect not of his human, but of his divine nature; and though this can only be found in the person of the Mediator, it is, however, the righteousness not of man, but of God. He does not now twist his rope of two righteousnesses, but plainly deprives the human nature of Christ of the office of justifying. It is worth while to understand what the nature of his argument is. It is said in the same passage that Christ is made unto us wisdom, (1 Cor. 1: 30;) but this is true only of the eternal Word, and, therefore, it is not the man Christ that is made righteousness. I answer, that the only begotten Son of God was indeed his eternal wisdom, but that this title is applied to him by Paul in a different way, viz.

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I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book)

Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith. 

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Assisted Suicide and Our Society of Autonomy

Autonomy is the sunrise and sunset of our lives. It gives us the ability to do what we want, and the explanation for why what we do is good. Its enemy is dependence, not because the two are at war but because dependence provides a silent, robust alternative. If society accepted dependence, we would still be able to do what we want, and we would also have a better explanation for why what we do is good. Dependence is a threat to our love for autonomy because it is better, stronger, and speaks more deeply to our nature. Against this strength, it is futile for the lovers of autonomy to say their way is superior, so instead they say their way is inevitable. The irony is that their prophecy requires laws to be implemented.

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The Only Escape from Our Boasting

Why do you want to be forgiven? Because it feels good not to be guilty or to escape hell? Those are both true and desirable, but that is not what makes it good news. What makes forgiveness good news is that it gets out of the way everything that keeps you from enjoying God. Because the only ultimate joy that fully satisfies is God.

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FULL FOOTAGE: PPCAPS Deb VanDerhei

#PPSellsBabyParts TOP PLANNED PARENTHOOD EXEC AGREES BABY PARTS SALES “A VALID EXCHANGE,” SOME CLINICS “GENERATE A FAIR AMOUNT OF INCOME DOING THIS” Contact: Peter Robbio, probbio@crcpublicrelations.com, 703.683.5004 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15–The fourth episode in a new documentary web series and 10th video by The Center for Medical Progress features several top-level Planned Parenthood executives discussing the organization’s secretive practices around aborted fetal parts harvesting. The video includes comments from Deborah VanDerhei, the National Director of the organization’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, describing the harvesting of fetal body parts as “donation for remuneration.” The “Human Capital” documentary web series, produced by The Center for Medical Progress, integrates expert interviews, eyewitness accounts, and real-life undercover interactions to explore different themes within Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal tissue. Episode 4, “Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Criminal Enterprise,” launches today at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9EU_..

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The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography

In  The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography , Alan Jacobs has produced a useful overview of the Anglo-Catholic approach to Anglican liturgy and the history of its prayer books. The professor of humanities at Baylor University makes clear his own love for this tradition and follows faithfully its practice of daily prayer (230). He rejoices in having reared his own son in its sacramental rhythms (202). He welcomes the rise of the Oxford Movement, since the “flamboyantly emotional and wholly word-based” approach to spirituality which preceded it could only be “effective in the short term” but in the long run was “disastrous” (127)—a conclusion so many evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail have reached in our own day. Consequently, Jacobs notes with approval how the Anglo-Catholics worked to restore more ceremonies to Anglican worship, since liturgical aesthetics are a key to spiritual vitality (141, 147). 

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The God Particle - Christian Research Institute

The reaction among some atheists to the recent, remarkable empirical confirmation by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) of the existence of the Higgs boson (AKA “the God particle”) is bewildering. The fact that nonscientists would take this as a disproof of God or as another victory in the warfare between science and religion can be written off to the deplorable state of science education in our country, which has frequently been lamented by professional scientists. But when scientists themselves, who must know better, go on the air also making statements to similar effect, then the suspicion arises that much more than ignorance is to blame for such reckless statements.

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Your Neighbor Knows About the Wrath of God

Winning people to Christ involves the recognition of a need that only Christ can meet. There is one need, among many, which, if not met, will nullify the good of any other needs being met. We all need to escape the wrath of God, a wrath which is coming on the world. If we don’t, all other blessings come to nothing. Therefore, one indispensable truth of the good news of Jesus Christ is that he — and he alone — delivers believers from the wrath to come.

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The Wonderless World of Dismaland

So what do we make of the Grim Reaper’s ecstasy at riding a bumper car? How should we respond to a mass of artists who have banded together to mock one of America’s most iconic images of fantasy and imagination? It may assuage our uneasiness to disengage, to pretend that ignoring evil is the same thing as resisting it. Disney has built an empire on this principle, regularly stealing from the Grimm Brothers’ treasury and adapting fairy tales to suit our modern sensibilities. We like our stories sanitized, following a formula that is predictable and happy and safe for children. But the problem with this reluctance to look evil in the eyes—besides the cowardice it betrays—is that such a view of reality is not complete. Dismaland firmly holds our gaze to make us face the fact that we are in real danger. We are continuously bombarded by threats to our health, safety, and happiness. Even if we manage to survive these perils, at the end of a handful of decades, death waits to collect us all.

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The Soul’s Final Feast

In the end, the heart longs not for any of God’s good gifts, but for God himself. To see him and know him and be in his presence is the soul’s final feast. Beyond this there is no quest. Words fail. We call it pleasure, joy, delight. But these are weak pointers to the unspeakable experience:

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Jesus and the Story of Osiris and Horus (William Lane Craig)

http://reasonablefaith.org - Dr. William Lane Craig answers the question: Is Jesus' life parallel to the story of Osiris and Horus? We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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The Most Invisible Christians in Washington

—a longtime bête noir of Republicans who love to tie him to Bill and Hillary Clinton—was funding the conference, and that key presenters, including the patriarchs of the Syriac and Maronite churches, had been rabble rousers against the state of Israel and Zionism for years. The article pointed out that members of the Hezbollah party in Lebanon, which has been part of the government there since 2005, would be in attendance. By the time Cruz stepped on the stage, the event had morphed into a “snake pit of pro-Islamists,” “Iran linked” and “an Axis of Evil” summit, according to the right wing blogosphere.

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AfterLife - Christian Research Institute

If there was ever a need-to-know book, AfterLife is it. On his daily call-in radio show, the most common questions Hank fields are about the hereafter. For instance, millions are voraciously reading about the near-death experiences of young children. Consumers are desperate for knowledge and reassurance about what comes after life on this earth. Hank Hanegraaff, one of the most remarkable theological minds of the twenty-first century, explains the marvelous way this physical life connects our past to our eternal future. AfterLife gives readers a clear and concrete understanding about what happens after death to us and to those we love.

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I Want to Change the World, But I Don’t Like Asking People for Money

I’ve recently accepted for a job at a large, youth evangelism organization. This is a big step for me, as I assumed I’d be an architect by now, but apparently God had other plans for my life. Here’s the thing though: I'll have to raise support. And to be totally honest, I feel really odd about asking my friends and family for money. Any thoughts on how to resolve this tension that I’m feeling?

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The Ebola Crisis Isn’t Over

Amber: I was becoming increasingly worrisome. Seeing Kent become sicker and sicker and his fever increased over days. I anticipated that they were doing his lab work and testing him for ebola. He called me as soon as he found out. And I cried. I wanted to come up with something that would be an encouragement to him, something to say that would strengthen him or give him a reason to hope, but I didn’t have those words. I could just say that “I’m so sorry. We’re all praying for you.”

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The tools your church needs for effective family ministry

In the first place, help parents to see that if they are believers in Jesus Christ, God has already equipped them with his Spirit, his Word and the community of faith (John 16:12–14; Eph 4:11–16; 2 Tim 3:16–17; Heb. 13:21). Through these gifts from God, it is possible for the gospel to reshape every part of life, including practices of parenting. In whatever problem parents may face, the gospel is foundational to the answer. If the gospel is not foundational to the answer, either we don’t understand the problem, or we don’t understand the full implications of the gospel.

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http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2015/09/cnn-poll-finds-that-58-believes-abortion-should-be-illegal-in-most-circumstances/#.VfmKpp1Vikp

One other important point. The change from almost a month ago was the increase in the percentage that said abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances–from 37% to 40%–with a concomitant drop in those who said abortion should be legal in all circumstances–from 30% to 26%.

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Doctrine

Putting felt needs before biblical truth, though usually not done intentionally, still happens far too much.  Feeling our way through the Word of God and asking questions like "What does that verse mean to you?" is a pretty good "felt-needs" way to end up in error.  Who cares what it means to us?  The question is, "What does the verse SAY?"  Good biblical examination is concerned with the doctrine of the word, the teaching, what it actually says.  Then, once that is known, we are to change to meet its truth.  Feel-good and felt-needs Christianity, so rampant in churches today, bends the word of God to the needs of the individual.  This is dangerous.  Biblical examination should be based on sound principles, doctrinal clarity, and how we need to change to meet God's truth.  This is a God-centered approach.  The felt-needs method is man-centered.

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Letter From Hank - Christian Research Institute

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