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Pittsburgh Steelers player Alejandro Villanueva became somewhat of a lightning rod this weekend after he appeared to stand alone outside of the players’ tunnel with his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. The team’s coach, Mike Tomlin, had previously said that the entire team would not come out onto the field during the National Anthem: “We decided to sit it out, to not take the field, to remove ourselves from it, to focus on playing football.” The NFL saw mass protests and demonstrations on Sunday after the President called players who knelt during the anthem to raise awareness

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5 MORE Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer

John 8:58 : This is Jesus' most explicit claim to deity. One day, some Judeans asked Jesus, "Who do you think you are?" He answered: "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." In this verse, Jesus wasn't just claiming to be God, but He was also claiming to be the actual God of the Old Testament: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ( Exodus 3:14 ).

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The Morning Star of the Reformation: John Wycliffe (c. 1330–1384)

Darkness dominated the horizon in the fourteenth century, the century of Wycliffe, who was born in 1330 and died in 1384, almost exactly one hundred years before Luther was born. By his teenage years, Wycliffe was at Oxford. Thomas Bradwardine (known as “Doctor Profundus”) taught theology and William of Ockham (famous for “Ockham’s Razor”) taught philosophy. Before long, Wycliffe took his own place among the faculty. Appointed the Master of Balliol College, Wycliffe lectured and wrote in the field of philosophy. But the tug of biblical studies pulled on him. He applied himself rigorously to the study of theology and Scripture. As he did, he realized how much the church had veered off in so many wrong directions.

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8 False Assumptions about Christianity

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 — The Briefing

Now there are those on the left who will simply champion this as a sign that the old etiquette was based upon a worldview that had to go, but it’s also just very awkward that there is no new etiquette here nor I would argue can there be. Because when you’re looking at the moral revolution we are experiencing, the forces behind it are not even agreed on where that revolution should go not to mention what kind of moral judgments should be reflected in etiquette. In the meantime, we are stuck with the awkwardness of the fact that there is no way to escape the awkwardness of this kind of conversation. The awkwardness we face when a discussion takes place on this issue between a parent and a child, between the teacher and a student, between colleagues in an office, between a pastor and his congregation or even just people looking at a news story like this think there ought to be some way to talk about this. But of course far more important than the social awkwardness we face in the absence of any sustainable etiquette is the reality that we know that what’s changing here and what’s challenged here is something far deeper than etiquette can ever touch.

5 Trump is right, Newsweek. Socialism doesn't work

Most industrialized countries, for example, have implemented universal health care.  Moreover, Norway was recently ranked the happiest country in the world, and it pointed to its strong state-support programs as crucial to achieving this accolade….  Several other Scandinavian countries, including Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, were also among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the most recent figures….  The U.S., however, can't even make it into the top 10 happiest countries.  It’s ranked at No. 14.

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Books - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .

7 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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Science, Engineering, and Medicine as Careers

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Evidence That Demands A Verdict- Book Signing

Award-winning Dallas author Josh McDowell will be signing copies, Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World at The Hope Center on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The event will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Hope Center, located at 2001 W Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075.

14 Apologetics Press - Si es Solo un Buen Libro, Entonces No es el Libro de Dios

Decir que la Biblia es simplemente un �gran libro� escrito por �hombres buenos� transforma a los escritores b�blicos en mentirosos que repetidamente reclamaron que Dios fue la fuente b�sica de sus documentos (cf. 2 Samuel 23:2 y Hechos 1:16). Por ende, la Biblia es el producto de Dios o el producto de mentirosos. No existe otra opci�n. Si estos hombres fueron mentirosos, ellos pronunciaron insensatamente su propia destrucci�n, ya que afirmaron que mentir era equivocado y que todos los mentirosos ser�an arrojados al infierno (cf. �xodo 20:16, Colosenses 3:9 y Apocalipsis 21:8). Adem�s, si estos hombres fueron mentirosos, no se puede explicar el misterio de por qu� el hombre moderno, con todo su aprendizaje acumulado, no ha podido producir un libro comparable que tenga la habilidad de hacer a la Biblia obsoleta.

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Does God Really Save Us by Faith Alone?

Paul calls this effect or fruit or evidence of faith the “work of faith” (1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11) and the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5; 16:26). These works of faith, and this obedience of faith, these fruits of the Spirit that come by faith, are necessary for our final salvation. No holiness, no heaven (Hebrews 12:14). So, we should not speak of getting to heaven by faith alone in the same way we are justified by faith alone.

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Post-Modern Science: The Illusion of Consciousness Sees Through Itself    | Evolution News

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — The Briefing

Delivered daily to your inbox, this is one of the best ways to stay on top of current events from a Christian worldview perspective.

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Bible Answer Man on Twitter

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Do You Wish You Could Read Faster?

I’m generally a slow reader, not because I couldn’t speed myself up in some measure, but because I want to enjoy reading, and genuinely profit from it. I want to be changed by what I read. I’m not typically looking just to run new data between my ears, but as a rule, I want to feel the emotional significance of each moment, and let it have its full effect.

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Looking for God in Nature

One of the biggest misconceptions in the discussion about science and faith has to do with our ability to explain natural phenomena and what those explanations imply about God's actions in the universe. This is a misconception that is explicitly held by many who don't believe in God and implicitly held by many who do believe in God. The result of believing this idea is a complete misunderstanding of God and biblical teaching, and leads to false conclusions about God's involvement in the natural world. The misconception is the idea that if science has developed a naturalistic explanation for some phenomena then that removes God's involvement from the process. A closely related corollary to this misconception is the idea that if there is a phenomena that we can't explain, then God must be the explanation. This latter corollary is called the "god of the gaps". We invoke God as an explanation for things we don't understand.  Both of these ideas, a god of the gaps argument or the idea that a scientific explanation removes God, are false, unbiblical, poorly reasoned, and lead to incorrect conclusions.

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Coordinators promptly present conference subject

“I think one of our goals this year was to make Torrey more user-friendly. We wanted students to get information as information comes in. We want to make sure that Torrey Conference is accessible and is something that people are aware of,” said Megan Collins, Torrey coordinator and senior Christian ministries major. “But we also want there to be excitement and opportunities for conversations even before the conference starts.”

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The Goal of Apologetics: Come and See

How long after becoming a Christian should one wait before engaging in apologetics? Three years? Four? The disciple Philip waited only two verses! In John 1:43 Philip becomes a follower of Christ. In verse 45, he’s found sharing the gospel with Nathanael!

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The King’s College is a Christian liberal arts college in New York City’s Financial District. King’s seeks to educate the next generation of leaders. #tkcnyc

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Evidence That Demands A Verdict- Book Signing

Award-winning Dallas author Josh McDowell will be signing copies, Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World at The Hope Center on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The event will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Hope Center, located at 2001 W Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075.

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The Point: What Constitution?

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Atheistic Quagmire | Reasonable Faith

I don’t think you need my help, Matthew! Your responses to your friends are dead on. I couldn’t help but smile at the self-referentially incoherent quagmire into which some nihilistic types work themselves. What is baffling is how blind such persons can be to their own incoherence.

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Philippians 1:15–18: Do You Proclaim Christ from Envy?

How Jesus obeyed commands and how we ought to might not always be the same (because he is God and we are not). But searching for intersections between what God expects of us and Jesus’s life gets us thinking more about his amazing life (as opposed to merely about principles to obey), and inclines us to give glory to the God-man for his perfect obedience on our behalf.

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The Real Jesus

Though this man probably hasn’t gained much of a following, the Bible does predict that in the last days, false Christs and false prophets will come and deceive many. Many people these days are putting their faith in false or imaginary Christs who cannot save them. You might meet two of these false Christs—introduced to you by the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God https://buff.ly/2xDurUH  by @jwarnerwallace pic.twitter.com/tJ1tVDK7Mk

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The Difference Between Speaking the Gospel and Sharing the Gospel

Not long ago, I found myself listening patiently as Mark, a friend of mine, described a difficult conversation he had with a non-believer named Cindy. Mark said he met Cindy at a party and intentionally directed the conversation toward spiritual matters; he hoped to share the gospel with her at some point in the evening. When Cindy learned Mark was a Christian, however, she became very defensive and eventually told him that she was disgusted with Christians and their pro-life position related to abortion. Cindy believed that women should have a right to choose. Mark was prepared to talk about the Gospel but unequipped to navigate the issue of abortion. He was undeterred, however, in his desire to talk about Jesus and the salvation offered on the cross. He pressed on, even though Cindy repeatedly ignored his presentation and grew ever more frustrated as Mark refused to address her concerns about abortion. I wish I could say the story had a happy ending, but Cindy grew so irritated with Mark that she eventually excused herself and avoided him for the rest of the party. Mark told me that he was disappointed Cindy refused to talk with him any further, but he said, “At least she got to hear the Gospel.

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Alan Jacobs: Hating Your Neighbor Will Make You Dumb

An important category for Jacobs is the repugnant cultural other (RCO). “Everyone today seems to have an RCO, and everyone’s RCO is on social media somewhere.” Every cultural subgroup can identify some other subgroup as beyond the pale. The tribal instinct is deep: We are naturally drawn to those in the in-group, and we feel disgust at those in the out-group. “Anyone,” Jacobs argues, “who claims not to be shaped by such forces is almost certainly self-deceived. Human beings are not built to be indifferent to the waves and pulses of their social world.” Yet, like other universal human traits such as rage, panic, or lust, we should resist the lure of hating the RCO, as it inhibits real thinking. If you want to think well, says Jacobs, you “will have to practice patience and master fear.”

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What Do You Really Love Most?

Jesus’s call to the Ephesians to repent was not mere warning, but gospel. Repentance is an escape from the bondage of sin, whatever it is. The very fact that repentance is possible, because of what Jesus has done for us in the cross, is astoundingly wonderful news! The call to repent is a call not to have our shame exposed and bear God’s stern frown on us. It’s a call to return by the grace of God to the place of greatest hope and fullest joy.

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7 Ways that Pastors Can Help Their Congregations Grow in Ethnic Diversity

In the midst of blatant injustices inflicted upon the Negro, I have watched white churches stand on the sidelines and merely mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard so many ministers say, “Those are social issues which the gospel has nothing to do with,” and I have watched so many churches commit themselves to a completely otherworldly religion which made a strange distinction between bodies and souls, the sacred and the secular.

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Does Your Pastor Need a Friend?

My pastor recently asked me, “Why is it so hard for people to see pastors as friends and not just pastors?” In one respect, the question caught me by surprise. He is part of a large pastoral staff of a big and vibrant church with a reputation for being highly relational. How can someone whose life revolves around forming caring relationships have a lack of friendship?

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The Morning Star of the Reformation: John Wycliffe (c. 1330–1384)

Darkness dominated the horizon in the fourteenth century, the century of Wycliffe, who was born in 1330 and died in 1384, almost exactly one hundred years before Luther was born. By his teenage years, Wycliffe was at Oxford. Thomas Bradwardine (known as “Doctor Profundus”) taught theology and William of Ockham (famous for “Ockham’s Razor”) taught philosophy. Before long, Wycliffe took his own place among the faculty. Appointed the Master of Balliol College, Wycliffe lectured and wrote in the field of philosophy. But the tug of biblical studies pulled on him. He applied himself rigorously to the study of theology and Scripture. As he did, he realized how much the church had veered off in so many wrong directions.

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The Gift of Mom Guilt

Scripture teaches us to lean into God rather than into our own capabilities (see Prov. 3:5–8). The Bible reveals that God places people into insurmountable circumstances to test their faith, to demonstrate his sovereignty and goodness, and to draw people to himself. David does not defeat Goliath because he’s a great shot. Daniel does not scheme and strive to escape the jaws of lions. Moses does not extract water from a stone through his own talents—in fact his personal flourish in the moment denies him access to the Promised Land! These stories and others highlight not our human strengths and independence, but rather our frailty, our limitedness, and the singular hope we have in the God who rescues us. In the most breathtaking example, God sent his Son to die for our sins because we lack the power, the wisdom, and the courage to redeem ourselves.

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The Lord’s Supper — Somber or Cheerful?

Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast, with longtime author and pastor John Piper. Today’s question comes from a listener named Morgan. “Dear Pastor John, it seems to me that some churches are more solemn when they ‘celebrate’ the Lord’s Supper. Other churches seem to be more cheerful in the reminder of what Jesus has done for us. Is this a false dichotomy? What is the proper tone of the Lord’s Table — solemn or cheerful?”

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Iraqi Christians At Odds with World on Kurdish Referendum

Perhaps the only clear thing is this: The Kurdish referendum, wrapped up as it is with ambitions of autonomy among Christians and other minorities, is a complicated affair. Approaches stretch far beyond a simple pro-Erbil or pro-Baghdad dichotomy. Racism between Arabs and Kurds—and a history of violence between Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and their Kurdish populations—muddy the waters of any shifts in governance.

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Could Mainstream Media Get Religion More Wrong?

Another reason for this sort of coverage is the media’s—and the public’s—penchant for the sensational. We need to face the reality that journalists wouldn’t produce such junk food if we wouldn’t buy it and eat it. For instance, most mainstream outlets won’t show executions, suicides, or other moment-of-death video on-air, but they often come dangerously close, and flirting with that line sometimes produces unintended consequences. On Sept. 28, 2012, five years ago this week, Fox News coverage of a car chase ended in a suicide—all broadcast live.  Fox later apologized for the incident, but given the nature of the 24/7/365 news cycle, such incidents are likely to happen again.

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Feel the Love: Muslims Respond to the Death of Nabeel Qureshi

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Why We Neglect Our Bibles

The Bible is relevant for the life and work of any man. But really it comes down to this. Does he want to see the greatest treasure in the universe? Does he desire to know Jesus and enjoy Jesus more than anything? Does he love people so much that he grieves over the fact that they don’t know Jesus and will be lost forever without him? That is the question. If Jesus is supreme in this person’s life, if the passion is to know him above all, if the passion is to desire him and enjoy him and treasure him more than anything, if the passion is to bring as many people with you as you can into that experience, then you can’t live without the Bible. It is the most relevant book in the world.

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Pastor vows to knock down satanic monument with sledgehammer - Premier

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Hugh Hefner Did Not Live the Good Life - Russell Moore

Overnight, we learned of the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Hefner is the iconic figure who not only made pornography socially respectable (and even more lucrative), but also spent a life constructing a “playboy philosophy” of sexual freedom that would supposedly undo the “Puritan sexual repression he saw in American life.”

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 — The Briefing

Now there are those on the left who will simply champion this as a sign that the old etiquette was based upon a worldview that had to go, but it’s also just very awkward that there is no new etiquette here nor I would argue can there be. Because when you’re looking at the moral revolution we are experiencing, the forces behind it are not even agreed on where that revolution should go not to mention what kind of moral judgments should be reflected in etiquette. In the meantime, we are stuck with the awkwardness of the fact that there is no way to escape the awkwardness of this kind of conversation. The awkwardness we face when a discussion takes place on this issue between a parent and a child, between the teacher and a student, between colleagues in an office, between a pastor and his congregation or even just people looking at a news story like this think there ought to be some way to talk about this. But of course far more important than the social awkwardness we face in the absence of any sustainable etiquette is the reality that we know that what’s changing here and what’s challenged here is something far deeper than etiquette can ever touch.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 — The Briefing

Now there are those on the left who will simply champion this as a sign that the old etiquette was based upon a worldview that had to go, but it’s also just very awkward that there is no new etiquette here nor I would argue can there be. Because when you’re looking at the moral revolution we are experiencing, the forces behind it are not even agreed on where that revolution should go not to mention what kind of moral judgments should be reflected in etiquette. In the meantime, we are stuck with the awkwardness of the fact that there is no way to escape the awkwardness of this kind of conversation. The awkwardness we face when a discussion takes place on this issue between a parent and a child, between the teacher and a student, between colleagues in an office, between a pastor and his congregation or even just people looking at a news story like this think there ought to be some way to talk about this. But of course far more important than the social awkwardness we face in the absence of any sustainable etiquette is the reality that we know that what’s changing here and what’s challenged here is something far deeper than etiquette can ever touch.

51 India welcomes freed priest - Premier
52 Colson Center on Twitter
53 Premier Christian on Twitter
54 http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/godly-discipline-leads-to-success
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56 My Half of the Sky coffee shop opens in Wheaton
57 BreakPoint on Twitter
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59 Thought-free blogs
60 Confession by | September 26, 2017
61 Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation: Michael L. Brown PhD, James Robison: 9780718091804: Amazon.com: Books
62 Josh McDowell on Twitter
63 Exegesis without Embarrassment
64 Intelligent Design in the Dirt | Evolution News
65 He’s memorized 42 books of the Bible and you can, too — Southern Equip
66 Give Up Trying to Measure Up
67 Who Wrote The Book Of Revelation?
68 Josh McDowell on Twitter
69 Renewing Your Mind | Sola Fide | Sep 26, 2017
70 Exegesis without Embarrassment
71 Greg Interviews Sean McDowell 9/26
72 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
73 Reformation Trust on Twitter
74 How to Live Under an Unqualified President
75 DoD paid $53 million of taxpayers' money to pro sports for military tributes, report says
76 Michael Brown Explains How to Save a 'Sick America': New Book (Interview)
77 Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation: Michael L. Brown PhD, James Robison: 9780718091804: Amazon.com: Books
78 Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — The Briefing
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80 ZachariasTrust on Twitter
81 Sean McDowell's Favorite Chapter in Evidence That Demands a Verdict
82 Bible Study Fellowship Rewrites the Rulebook
83 Exegesis without Embarrassment
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85 Elisha’s Prophetic Message for Millennials: Stop Leaving Your Options Open
86 Scientific Evidence for the Beginning of the Universe
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88 Christian Leaders React to This Weekend's NFL Protests
89 Prince of Translators: William Tyndale
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91 What Is Doctrine and Why Is It Important? - Tim Challies
92 “Poetic Naturalism” as a Religion | Evolution News
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