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Pre-order a signed copy of Eric Metaxas’s book “Martin Luther" and join him from anywhere for a virtual book signing and discussion.

Columbus and the Architecture of Worship | Think Christian

If we pause to ponder our environments, perhaps we might see them as sacred spaces.

Charles Darwin, Michael Behe — Two Revolutionary Scientists | Evolution News

Here’s a great insight and juxtaposition by historian and philosopher of science Michael Keas.

Joy the World Can Never Steal

Only a hope that holds fast to Jesus can rejoice in the trials and troubles we are bound to face in this life.

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What is the easiest way to memorize Scripture? — Southern Equip

VIDEO: Memorizing it is hard, but the real secret, if there is one, is simply this: Repetition over time.

DeVon Franklin on Hollywood Commandments: 'God Ordained Secular Success for People of Faith'

"I've been in Hollywood for 20 years and God has just opened up doors of unprecedented success not because I'm special, it has nothing to do with that. We all serve the same God, we all have the same faith and I want to encourage every single reader to unlock the power of your faith by going into whatever industry He's called you to go into. This book will show you how to be successful once you've arrived," he said.

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Countering Muslim Claims, Episode 6: The Rapid Growth of Islam

Subscribe to Al Fadi's channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zG... According to some studies, Islam is the world's fastest-growing religion. Many Muslims use these studies to argue that Islam must be true due to its rapid growth. But does a movement's growth show that it's from God? Al Fadi and David Wood discuss the issue.

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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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Is Biblical Teaching on Sex Hateful and Repressive?

Despite the cultural narrative that biblical guidelines bring repression and harm, medical doctors Joe McIlhaney and Freda McKissic Bush conclude, “It appears that the most up-to-date research suggests that most humans are ‘designed’ to be sexually monogamous with one mate for life. This information also shows that the further individuals deviate from this behavior, the more problems they encounter, be they STDs, non- marital pregnancy, or emotional problems, including damaged ability to develop healthy connectedness with others, including future spouses.” [1]

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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective - Kindle edition by J. Warner Wallace, Susie Wallace. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true. In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids , detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children's companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity , detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website (coldcasechristianityforkids.com) where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

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Hugh Hefner’s Legacy of Despair

H ugh Hefner didn’t invent pornography, and it would no doubt be thriving today even if he hadn’t founded Playboy magazine those many years ago. After all, man is fallen, and somebody would have filled that depraved niche in American life. Hefner, however, played his part, and the part he played was immensely destructive to our nation’s cultural, moral, and spiritual fabric. Hefner mainstreamed porn, he put it in millions of homes, and he even glamorized it — recasting one of America’s most pathetic industries as the playground of the sophisticated rich. He then grew to a ripe old age, consorting with women young enough to be his granddaughters. He was America’s most famous dirty old man.

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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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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 .

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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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One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions: The Pitiful Legacy of Hugh Hefner

It is tragically appropriate that Hugh Hefner will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was not merely the inaugural centerfold of Playboy Magazine; she became and remains the poster girl of 20th century American sexual objectification. Nearly sixty years after her suicidal death, she remains a sexual icon in most people’s minds, not a broken soul who knew the despairing loneliness of being a sensual image desired by millions, yet a person truly loved by very few. Hefner encouraged millions and millions of men and women to view people in the very way that destroyed Marilyn Monroe.

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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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Kepler Pursued God. He Found Him in Pomegranates.

Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), the talented astronomer whose work paved the way for Newton’s Law of Gravity, ate pomegranates with curiosity. Rather than simply eating the fruit mindlessly—as an animal might—Kepler was drawn to the shape of its seeds. He was intrigued by the fact that they tended to have 12 flat faces and wondered what the cause might be.

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The Great Marriage Killer

What is the difference between unholy anger and holy anger, and does that difference have any application to our own lives? This is the question from a listener named Renee. “Pastor John, hello and thank you for taking my question. I hear the phrase ‘righteous anger’ used a lot, but I am not 100% clear on what that looks like or what makes anger righteous or sinful. I understand we are to feel anger towards sin. Jesus overturned tables in his anger, but I don’t think we should respond to sin by breaking things. So how does righteous anger play itself out for the Christian? What does it look like toward people, toward sin, and toward the devil?”

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Is Donald Trump a Christian?

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Rapid Response: "You Can't Be Certain About the Claims of Christianity" | Cold Case Christianity

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone made the following statement: “No one can be absolutely certain about ancient historical claims, and the Bible can’t be proven beyond a possible doubt. The claims of Christianity are dramatic and critical. If you want me to believe these kinds of claims you’d have to be able to prove them beyond any doubt.” How would you respond to such a statement? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

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Friday, September 29, 2017 — The Briefing

The pornographic revolution he began was a pornographic revolution represented by his magazine. He sought not only to begin that revolution, but to control it, but once pornography went mainstream and once the profits began to roll and by the multiple millions per year, Hugh Hefner found himself and his magazine left behind. Once the original boundary of pornography was transgressed there were always further boundaries that someone else would later cross. Just considering the mainstream media’s coverage of Hefner’s death, yesterday’s edition of the New York Times included an article by Laura Mansnerus she said, “Hefner the man and Playboy the brand were inseparable. Both advertised themselves as emblems of the sexual revolution, an escape from American priggishness and wider social intolerance. Both were derided over the years,” She writes, “as vulgar, as adolescent, as exploitative and finally as anachronistic. But Mr. Hefner,” she said, “was a stunning success from the moment he emerged in the early 1950s.” Her final sentence in this paragraph: “His timing was perfect.” With reference to his role as the pioneer of mainstreaming pornography, there can be no doubt that at the intersection of his ambition and the sexual revolution he indeed had perfect timing, but we also need to note that that very timing reflects the fact that this pornographic revolution came with some horrifying effects for, which Hugh Hefner deserves at least the majority of the blame as pioneer.

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Fazale Rana on Twitter

A serious challenge to the evolutionary explanation for eukaryotic cells (the #EndosymbiontHypothesis ) http://www.reasons.org/articles/complex-protein-biogenesis-hints-at-intelligent-design … pic.twitter.com/OwvAlvIdH9

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/stand-true-to-what-you-believe

Do you want to thrive in every circumstance? In the Bible, Daniel and his friends rose to top positions of leadership because they were unshakeable in their faith even though they were surrounded by a corrupt culture. Today, the world’s value system increasingly drifts further from God. To thrive, no matter what, you need to dive into scripture and learn how to be unshakable in your faith.

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

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Playground Apologetics Tactics Question 2: 'How did you arrive at that conclusion?'

Welcome back, Mama Bears!  We are enjoying sharing this series with you.  Currently we are moving through Greg Koukl’s three questions for guiding apologetics conversations.  They are:

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Reason and Logic flow from God's Being

The Laws of Logic: Laws of thought and reason that are immaterial, aspatial, universal, obligatory, necessary, immutable, and absolute. Some academics identify them as the laws of thought, the laws of truth, or the laws of reason. Various scholars strongly prefer to name them the laws of logic because they are independent of human minds and are ubiquitous throughout all experience. All rational thinking (and communication) presupposes and uses the laws of logic. The Law of Identity (LOI) is A=A. The most well-known law is the Law of Non-contradiction (LNC): A cannot be A and Non-A at the same time in the same way (A~~A). A man cannot be his own father. The laws of logic “are basic principles of reasoning” (Frame: CVT). The laws of logic reflect the nature and mind of the God of the Bible; thus, they have ontological grounding—that is, they are grounded in the very nature of truth itself and cannot be reduced to human convention, opinion or psychology. Without these laws, knowledge and rational thinking are impossible. To deny the laws of logic, one must use these laws in one’s attempt to deny them.

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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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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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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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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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Jesus on the Problem of Evil

Right, we don’t know everything. That doesn’t change anything I’ve said, it seems. If someone punches you in the face, the immediate result is pain. Whether there is a long term point/value/benefit remain to be see. None of that changes the conclusion that, as far as we can tell at the time, the punch was not justified, but unkind. Likewise, the Holocaust did great harm. Hitler was greatly unloving. As far as we can tell, there are many negatives to it, but not many positives that show that it is for the greater good/justified. Our current assessment should be that it was unjustified. If we learn more later, we might change that assessment. That’s how we do all things: judge as we go, modify our judgments as we learn new things. Some evils are due to free will, and some are not. Yes, humans do mean things sometimes. And sometimes, they are so mean, that kind, loving humans try to stop them, even if that means ruining that person’s free will. Free will, while pretty important, is not always so important that it is for the greater good to never interfere with it. So yes, a loving god would let us have some free will, but it doesn’t follow that a loving god would never interfere with it.

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Conversations About Heaven and the Soul (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this podcast, J. Warner converses with Frank Sontag and Janet Mefferd about the nature of heaven and the soul. Have popular movies and books distorted the truth about Heaven? What really happens to the soul when we die? Why should we believe in the soul in the first place?

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The Day of Atonement was a Copy of Christ's Atonement

It is common to think of the Old Testament ritual as providing the model that Jesus’ priesthood subsequently copied and fulfilled. But Hebrews sees things differently. The Old Testament ritual of the high priest moving through the tabernacle—with its various rooms and furniture, especially the Holy of Holies and the ark with the mercy seat—is not the model but the copy (Heb. 8:5).

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Breathing New Life into the Christian University

The moment is ripe, then, for a book like Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in A Fragmented Age . The authors are three professors, Perry L. Glanzer, Nathan F. Alleman, and Todd C. Ream (the first two from Baylor University, the third from Taylor University). As I pondered this stimulating book, I began to glimpse the outlines of a renewed vision for the future of the broken university. This book is sweeping in concept, grounded in historical research, utterly relevant to contemporary concerns. The focus is ultimately on the Christian university. And the animating question can be put like this: What if the unifying center of the university, its soul, were reclaimed by a winsome faith in Jesus Christ? There is plenty of warning here for the Christian university, with all of its success, not to become complacent. But there is even a suggestion that the secular university might benefit as it examines the consequences of hollowing out its own soul.

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How can I know that my child is saved? — Southern Equip

It‘s common to mistake spiritual fruit with positive aspects of a child’s personality. We need to know, then, the different personality traits in each child before we can discern true spiritual fruit. For example, my son is an extrovert, loves people, and has always loved those in our church. Therefore, love for the local church, although a fruit of conversion, wasn’t the best place to discern my son’s conversion since he’s naturally wired to love people anyway. My oldest daughter, however, didn’t naturally love people the same way—something that noticeably changed after her conversion. In short, it’s important to honestly assess your child’s personality and look for evidences of supernatural fruit that would appear contrary to it.

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Philippians 1:15–18: Why Was Paul Nice to Bad Preachers?

Why was Paul patient with those who displayed envy, rivalry, and selfish ambition in Philippians 1:15–18? What does he say about this later in the letter (Philippians 2:3–4)?

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NHCLC: Thousands of Puerto Rican Churches Wrecked by Maria

About half of Puerto Ricans go to church at least once a week, according to the Pew Research Center. (Most of the island’s 3.4 million residents are Catholic, and about a third are Protestant.) But some churches haven’t had power since Hurricane Irma hit earlier in the month. Without power, or due to other damage to their buildings, they’re forced to skip regular services or to worship unplugged outside.

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10 Things to Say When Your Child Says They Don’t Believe in God Anymore

Because we love our kids so much and want to quickly bring them back to truth, there’s a temptation to immediately start offering a response with reasons to believe in God. But imagine for a moment that you go to the doctor when you don’t feel well and the doctor starts prescribing medicine for a wide range of illnesses without first asking you questions or running tests. That, of course, would be crazy. In the same way, if we don’t know the source of our kids’ doubts and how they’ve come to their conclusions about God, we can’t have meaningful conversations to specifically address their concerns. Use this question to get the conversation going and ask as many follow up questions as needed to be confident that you truly understand what has led them to doubt God’s existence.

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Meet the Mother of Modern Missions

Sensbach writes, “Much that we associate with the black church in subsequent centuries—the anchor of community life, advocate for social justice, midwife to spirituals and gospel music—in some measure derives . . . from those early origins.” He concludes, “Though hardly anyone knows her name today, Rebecca helped ignite fires of a new kind of religion that in subsequent centuries has given spiritual sustenance to millions.” We could well call Rebecca Protten the “mother of modern missions.” 

48 Renewing Your Mind | Soli Deo Gloria | Sep 29, 2017

To God alone be the glory. Today, Derek Thomas considers the purpose behind everything that God does.

49 How Can Christ’s Death Satisfy Divine Justice?

How is it that we are so represented by Christ? In virtue of Christ’s incarnation (and, I should say, his baptism, whereby Jesus identified himself with fallen humanity), Christ is appointed by God to serve voluntarily as our proxy before Him. It is of little consequence if there is no parallel to such an arrangement in our criminal justice system; indeed, God may even forbid such substitutionary punishment of human persons. No one else has been assigned such a role. But God is free to make such an arrangement Himself. The Logos, the second person of the Trinity, has been appointed to serve voluntarily as our proxy before God by means of his incarnation and baptism, so that by his death he might satisfy the demands of divine justice. We authorize Christ to be our proxy by accepting him as our Savior and placing our faith in him.

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Euthanasia for Alzheimer’s Patients? | Wesley J. Smith

51 The Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature
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56 Called a Pervert for Advocating Purity | The Stream
57 Christian to head Syria parliament for first time in decades - Premier
58 The World Needs More One-Woman Men
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60 The Search for Terrestrial Intelligence – An Exercise in Intelligent Design | Evolution News
61 Begotten of the Father before All Ages - Christian Research Institute
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64 Why Democrats Wants No Walls—And Why We Must Build Them
65 IS suspect held over Christian beach killings - Premier
66 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
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69 What Matt Chandler and Tim Keller’s Churches’ Transitions Mean for the Multisite Movement
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72 Q & A with Dr. Craig: Atheistic Quagmire
73 5 Earth-Shattering Events Linked to the Bible
74 Faith That Changed the Culture: How Luther Inspired Music, Charity, and Abolition
75 The TC Apologetics Daily
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77 From 'Playboy' to Purity: Reversing the Sexual Revolution
78 Essential C.S. Lewis on Twitter
79 Feel the Love: Muslims Respond to the Death of Nabeel Qureshi
80 BreakPoint on Twitter
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82 Pastor vows to knock down satanic monument with sledgehammer - Premier
83 Hugh Hefner Did Not Live the Good Life - Russell Moore
84 Thursday, September 28, 2017 — The Briefing
85 Science, Engineering, and Medicine as Careers
86 India welcomes freed priest - Premier
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