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The 12 Best Songs of 2015 (So Far)

A roundup to help on the way to this year's best albums lists.

Go For a Nice Distracting Drive With Stephen Colbert

In the promotional push that comes with taking over The Late Show throne, it seems like Stephen Colbert is everywhere these days. Including ... your car? Yup, the Colbert Report/Daily Show alum has lent his voice to navigational system Waze, for a limited period of time. In addition to his dulcet tones guiding your car’s every move, you’ll get classic quips like “Ugh, traffic, my least favorite kind of jam.” Check out the promotional video below. Like everything the comedian does, he may drive you crazy—but at least you always know who’s behind the wheel.

A Powerful Christian Testimony About How This Woman Overcame Alcoholism and Adultery!

Cheryl grew up around a household of alcoholics. This led to a life surrounded by alcoholism, loneliness, abuse, addiction and adultery. In her first marriage the abuse was so bad she had to leave. After finding the man she truly loved and going through many struggles, God had spoke to Cheryl and turned her world around. Through all the dark times, Cheryl was guided by the light.

Biochemist Larry Moran Denies Darwin's Doubt, and We Doubt His Arguments

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

http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-true-freedom?utm_content=buffer5a0f6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Sean was recently asked what he believes to be the greatest lie of this generation. He answer relates the the question: What is true freedom?

Stephen Colbert Didn’t Appreciate Jeb Bush Running a ‘Late Show’ Contest, So He Launched a Bush Contest

As you may have heard, Jeb Bush is among the guests scheduled to appear on Stephen Colbert’s debut as the host of The Late Show on Sept. 8. In the world of entertainment, the event—Colbert taking the reigns of a late night institution—is kind of a big deal. That’s why he was a little miffed when he found out that Bush was using the appearance as a campaign fundraising opportunity, without even notifying Colbert. Bush sent out an email to supporters encouraging them to make a special donation that would enter them into a raffle to attend the taping and have dinner with Bush and Jets owner Woody Johnson. In response, Colbert posted his own video and Omaze fundraising campaign, encouraging fans to donate to the military charity the Yellow Ribbon Fund, entering themselves in a raffle to attend the show, as well as, the opportunity to write one “non-obscene” question that Colbert will ask Bush. This should be fun to watch.

Will Provine (1942-2015): A Personal Remembrance

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

Identifying Impostor Christianity: The Danger Of Being Deceived (video) | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

"Lenny Esposito's work at Come Reason Ministries is an invaluable addition to the realm of Christian apologetics. He is as knowledgeable as he is gracious. I highly recommend booking Lenny as a speaker for your next conference or workshop!"

William Provine Versus the ACLU-NCSE

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

Did Justin Bieber Just Beat Questlove in a Drum-off?

Justin Bieber visited The Tonight Show this week, and for the second time, went one-on-one with Questlove in a drum battle. As far as drum-offs go, this one is pretty darn impressive. Maybe Quest was just being nice to the show guest, but Biebs seems to have handily won this round.

The National/Ramona Falls Supergroup Proves Hanging Out is Awesome in Their New Video

With their powers combined, The National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf became EL VY. The band’s first act of heroism? Proving that hanging out with your friends is every bit as cool as you think it is. They do just that in the video for “I’m The Man to Be,” goofing off in Venice Beach and Santa Monica. “There’s this great Schoolboy Q song ‘There He Go’ which samples Menomena’s ‘Wet and Rusting.'” Says Berninger of the track. “I thought it would be funny to re-sample the same sample and do it from the perspective of a pathetic self-aggrandizing rocker alone in a hotel room. Something I know a lot about. That’s how it started but then Brent took the sample out and we wrote an entirely new song.” Check out the clip below. Their debut album Return to the Moon is due out October 30.

Spoon, Arcade Fire and Superchunk Talk Songwriting at SXSW

Last year, SXSW, the Austin festival/music conference, hosted a meeting of musical minds, as Spoon's Britt Daniel, Arcade Fire's Will Butler, and Superchunk's Mac McCaughan joined up during a panel to discuss songwriting. Each of music’s coolest dudes also performed during the hour-long event—as though simply hearing their thoughts on the creative process wasn’t enough. (Easter Egg for the super indie fans: Big Star’s Jody Stephens just “happens” to be in the audience, and joins in on the fun.) Check out footage from the full event below.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "How Wonderful" by Leeland

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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God's Crime Scene: Following the Evidence of Creation

Entering the room with other detectives, Wallace, quickly surmised that the man had killed himself. But he hadn’t looked closely enough. Wallace’s more experienced team leader found clues indicating someone had come in from outside the room: a piece of mud on the floor, footprints, and the fact that the murder weapon was lying on the left side of the victim even though he was right handed.

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Marital neglect: should a wife deny or withhold sex from her husband?

Again, this is the common mistake that many younger women today make in thinking that love is a one-way street – flowing from men and children to the woman. If men and children DON’T do what the woman wants, or if they make demands on her, then they don’t “love” her and she is justified in ignoring them. Feminists are taught to reject responsibilities, expectations and obligations in relationships with men or children. The “victim mentality” of feminists helps them to justify their selfishness in their own minds. Very often, women are taught that life is so unpredictable, and they are so special, that somehow they can act selfishly and that they can escape the normal consequences of this. This attitude of “I’ll do it if I feel like it” is not compatible with a stable marriage.

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The Place and Purpose of Parachurch Ministries

My concern with parachurch ministries on college campuses is that they often don’t simply come alongside the churce; they replace it. In the middle of the 20th century, men like Bright and Dawson Trotman rightly recognized that churches weren’t effectively engaging students. They rightly wanted to fix this problem. If not carefully monitored, however, their ministries may inadvertently strip our Lord’s disciple-making mandate from the very institution to which it belongs.

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The Scientific Case for Forgiveness

But, it's important to define forgiveness well. Forgiveness is accepting what happened and moving on without wishing harm on the one who hurt you. It is not placing yourself in situations where you will continue to be hurt or abused. You can forgive someone and still maintain necessary boundaries in a relationship. In cases of severe abuse, that boundary may need to be no further contact.

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Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce

In order to continue to protect Pastor Tullian and his family, as well as the integrity of the message he preached, we have decided to pull his sermons for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, we have already seen the misuse of his messages in the media and on the Internet. We will be prayerfully considering how and when they can be available again at an appropriate time so that they can be used to declare and demonstrate the liberating power of the Gospel. We appreciate your patience and prayers during this time.

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Yes, God Is Calling You to Be a Missionary

Perhaps you are full of ideas that can change your community and the world. Just remember you need to be connected to actual living, breathing people with souls. This is why we pray, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, [in your place] as it is in heaven.” Staying in one place and working for its good might be the most countercultural thing we can do. It’s time for the people of Jesus to live for Him right where we are.

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Your Newsfeed Is Not New

And then I look back at Judges 19, and see the woman being destroyed. I see the sexual predators getting their way. And I see the bloody body parts being passed around. And with an eye on Judges 19 and an eye on Twitter, the question is no longer “How did we get here?” but “How haven’t we left?”

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The Story of the Bible: How the Good News About Jesus Is Essential

The Bible begins with God making the world “very good” (Gen. 1:31)—without the corruption, decay, and death that now dominate the world (Rom. 8:20–21). He placed human beings in the world as his masterpiece, made in his image to reflect his own glory (Gen. 1:27). We were created to adore and serve God and to love others. If we had chosen to live like that, we would have enjoyed a completely happy life and a perfect world. But instead, we wanted God to serve us and do what we wanted because we made our will the sovereign measure of all things. Instead of living for God and loving our neighbor, we turned away to live self-centered lives (Gen. 3:1–7). And because our relationship with God has been broken, all other relationships—with other human beings, with our very selves, and with the created world—are also ruptured (Gen. 3:8–19). The result is spiritual, psychological, social, and physical decay and breakdown. “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” (William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”)—that describes the world under sin now.

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Crossway on Twitter

This might just change your prayer life. How to pray through the Psalms: http://cway.to/1K13eXV  pic.twitter.com/XVA0iFbAHq

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The Latino Protestants In Our Backyards

Most Hispanics speak English, but the expectation of a language barrier still prevents many white families from making friends with Latino families. Segregated cities mean some don’t cross paths with Latinos. They may even believe there are no Latinos in their community… even though Hispanic grocery stores, restaurants, and businesses tell another story. And so does the church landscape. Protestant Latino congregations are thriving in our backyards, if only we’d take time to notice.

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Nickelodeon Might Bring Back ‘Doug’, ‘Rugrats’ and Other Classic Shows

Nick's president of content and development wouldn't give Variety any details as to which shows they were planning on revisiting (or if they would be coming back as series or TV movies), instead simply explaining, “We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way.” He said now is the time to revive the shows, because many of the millennials who grew up on Nickelodeon now have kids themselves. He said, “We are getting ready to bring back some of the ones they’ve told us multiple times they want to have brought back.” Quail-Man will fly again!

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The secret of Mother Teresa's greatness | Fox News

My old boss Chuck Colson, who founded Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint, greatly admired Mother Teresa. In fact, he corresponded with her and kept a plaque on his desk with one of her sayings: “Faithfulness, not success.” When President Ronald Reagan was asked what he told Mother Teresa at the White House in 1986, he said he had listened instead; New York mayor Ed Koch said it was impossible to say no to her when she wanted something. Mother Teresa never thought she was too important to scrub toilets at the motherhouse in India; and she so disliked spending money on plane tickets that she wrote to one airline offering to work as a flight attendant in exchange for being allowed to fly free.

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The secret of Mother Teresa's greatness | Fox News

My old boss Chuck Colson, who founded Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint, greatly admired Mother Teresa. In fact, he corresponded with her and kept a plaque on his desk with one of her sayings: “Faithfulness, not success.” When President Ronald Reagan was asked what he told Mother Teresa at the White House in 1986, he said he had listened instead; New York mayor Ed Koch said it was impossible to say no to her when she wanted something. Mother Teresa never thought she was too important to scrub toilets at the motherhouse in India; and she so disliked spending money on plane tickets that she wrote to one airline offering to work as a flight attendant in exchange for being allowed to fly free.

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On Guard

This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life. This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe, but why they believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.

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The Mark of Christianity That is Disappearing from Our Worship

The problem, is not that we need to keep a continual attitude of repentance but that we need to keep the continual attitude and perspective that we have been washed and made clean and forgiven and God sees me as pure and holy and blameless in his sight because of the blood of Jesus and then we live accordingly to that. It’s the perspective and the truth of how God sees us in our true identity in Christ. Dwelling “continually” on that truth creates the incredible thankfulness that draws us into his heart, into his goodness and into the freedom from ourselves we so desire. The problem with most of the church is that she doesn’t believe this or preach this therefore many keep struggling with their sin.

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6 Costs of Real Friendships

We often think of friendship as hanging out and having fun. That’s certainly part of it. But the test of our love comes when our friend wants to do something or needs something from us that isn’t so fun. This is when we must be willing to put aside our personal preferences and value others as more important than ourselves (Phil. 2:3). Maybe they’re going through a hard season and need us to listen. Perhaps they need a favor we find burdensome.

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I Didn’t Ask Trump 'Gotcha Questions'

Some very experienced journalists like David Gergen thought I had asked the dreaded and very unprofessional “gotcha questions” of Donald Trump, though Carly Fiorina handled them easily enough (both interviews were prerecorded and Fiorina has no idea what the question set was or how Donald Trump had answered them.) Most other serious journalists disagree with David. There’s an old Irish saying “When everybody says you’re drunk, you’d better sit down.” Thus far not too many journalists think I’ve gone wobbly. Most think I’m stone cold sober and consistently focused in on national security and defense issues. But David’s got a good eye and an experienced ear so I’ll take his critique under advisement. Cocooning or getting defensive doesn’t lead to better journalism, but to strident defensiveness.

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Beware of These Preaching Shortcuts

2. Beware of the shortcut of second-hand interpretation. When listening to others we must not just copy others. Ash tells the story of how early in his ministry he heard a famous preacher nail a sermon and figured that he and his hearers would be better served if he just copied the sermon and delivered it as his own. The result was a true failure. Why? First the context was completely different, so the style didn’t translate well. Secondly, the sermon was terribly superficial. He had not been gripped and shaped by the passage. In short it wasn’t in them. You can’t expect to put the sermon in someone else if it is not in you first.

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Crossway on Twitter

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21 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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

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

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Lessons I Learned While Trying to Save the World

As a twentysomething right out of college, I packed those dreams with me as I traveled through Africa to launch a nonprofit focused on the HIV/AIDS and water crises. But it didn’t take long before I was blindsided by the painful truths about how hard it is to do a good thing in the world—and to stick with it through the hardship, burnout and disillusionment.

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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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Being Biblical and unChristian

Chuck, I understand where you are coming from, I use to be like the person Eric is describing in this article, and some would contend that I still am though I think I have at least moderated some. In addition, since becoming a leftist activist, it would be easy for me to treat those who support the status quo in the same way that some hardcore Biblicists treat those they disagree with as Eric described above. Eric called it channeling one’s “inner Saul,” I call it being the Pharisee from the parable of the two men praying. In either case, the people we are following at that time were not considered to be friends of God.

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Ashley Madison Exposes More Than Just Names

While many millions of men make those careful choices every day, others grow weary of the struggle. They give in. They secretly look at what is always just a click away. Many, especially in the church, know it is wrong and are ashamed. The hard truth is that porn reels in men who would have never set out to devastate their wives and families. Pornographic images are like a gateway drug to videos, chat rooms, and, for some, Ashley Madison. Men can find themselves in the grip of addiction. And since Christian men usually are ashamed of and hide the first step into temptation, the rest of the progression also stays hidden – and the men stay trapped.

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College Doesn’t Change Your Heart, It Reveals It

To an extent matched by no other time in the life course, emerging adults enjoy and endure multiple, layered, big, and often unanticipated life transitions. They move out, they move back, they plan to move out again. They go to college, they drop out, they transfer, they take a break for a semester to save money, some graduate, some don’t. They want to study architecture, they hate architecture, they switch to criminal justice, a different career path. Their parents separate, make up, get divorced, remarry. They take a job, they quit, they find another, they get promoted, they move. They meet new friends, their old friends change, their friends don’t get along, they meet more new people. They get new roommates, their roommates don’t work out, they find a new apartment. They buy insurance, they wreck their car, they cancel their insurance, they borrow a car. They find their soulmate, they get involved, their soulmate dumps them, they are crushed. They believe in saving sex for meaningful relationships, they hook up, they get angry with themselves, they look for a meaningful relationship.

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Is it Wrong to Choose Career Over Kids?

I'm sorry but it seems the basic premise to the response to this woman is deeply flawed. There is a biblical mandate to procreate. Being fruitful and multiplying is part of the purpose that God created mankind. As his image bearers we are to fill the earth with offspring. Having children goes down to the very core for why we were created. You see this in Gen chapter 1 verse 28, and again after the flood in Gen 9:1 as God is refocusing mankind toward original purpose and design. Being fruitful and multiplying is also one of the ways God blesses people. That's one of the reasons why when you read scripture women were ashamed when they were barren. It was viewed as being a curse from God not to be able to have children. Psalm 127:3 says, Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. What you are saying to God when you are closing yourself off to parenthood, is "God I don't want your blessing." Children are a blessing in many ways, but the true blessing comes, because they require you give yourself up for a higher purpose. As one commentator stated earlier, people say the desire not to have children is viewed as selfish.

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The Power of Pro-Life Women

But on the level of hearts and minds, politicians don’t have the last word. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, and Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, are shaping pro-life federal and state legislation. Lila Rose and Abby Johnson are younger activists exposing the brutalities of the abortion industry. Together, they show that you can understand women’s experience from the inside out, and still believe that women deserve better than abortion. As Yoest told CT, “One big reason I’m in this movement is that I’m offended by the idea that abortion is foundational to women’s power.”

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Brace Yourselves … Netflix’s September Lineup is Coming

Netflix might have lost a slate of movies when Epix moved their catalogue to Hulu, but there’s still a mountain of interesting movies and television shows headed to the streaming behemoth. Among them? Coming of age film Moonrise Kingdom , travel tragi-comedy Up in the Air , and everyone’s favorite pack of zombie survivors, The Walking Dead . Netflix and chill? Yes please. Below are some of the highlights. You can check out the full list of forthcoming titles here .

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The Power of Pro-Life Women

But on the level of hearts and minds, politicians don’t have the last word. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, and Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, are shaping pro-life federal and state legislation. Lila Rose and Abby Johnson are younger activists exposing the brutalities of the abortion industry. Together, they show that you can understand women’s experience from the inside out, and still believe that women deserve better than abortion. As Yoest told CT, “One big reason I’m in this movement is that I’m offended by the idea that abortion is foundational to women’s power.”

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Two Brothers Wrongfully Imprisoned for 30 Years Receive $750K Each from State

DNA found at the scene was later shown to belong to another man, who is currently in prison for a different murder. Both men say they were violently attacked while in prison, and Brown, who was just 15 when he was falsely convicted of rape, was repeatedly sexually assaulted. McCollum told reporters, "My family, they have struggled for years and years. It's hard out there for them, and I want to help them.” Brown, however, did not make a public appearance because he is currently hospitalized after suffering psychological problems and PTSD.

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Angus Menuge's ontological argument against naturalism

This is really good, WK – thank you for putting the hard work into this and providing the links. Is there somewhere that the argument is put into premise-conclusion form? I seem to have missed it. I have found that merely presenting 3-5 premise-conclusions is the most that many people can handle – although my secular ontological argument for the existence of Hell has 10 – and it is hard to keep people to stay on the premises anyway. If I don’t have that kind of form, it will be nigh impossible to present this. Thanks so much – I never get to tell you how many hundreds of times I link to and excerpt from your posts, per week.

34 Image of Drowned Syrian Refugee Toddler Grabs the Internet's Attention

You can see the photos here , but warning: They are graphic. The boys’ father told the AP , “My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful. They wake me up every morning to play with them.” Fighting in Syria has displaced millions in the country, and there are currently tens of thousands attempting to escape to Europe. You can go here to see a list of organizations assisting Syrian refugee families.

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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.

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7 Bible Verses to Look Over When You Are Having Trouble Sleeping

After a long day of work, whether it be stressful or not, it is important we all sleep and recharge our batteries. For some it is very easy to fall right asleep, and for others it can be very stressful. Sleeplessness, insomnia, and stress may cause us to stay awake longer than expected. We sometimes have trouble finding a relaxed state of mind. So we look up to God, and He helps put our minds to rest.

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Ligonier Ministries

Paul continues his list of things that are needed for communication of the gospel for those who are God's elect. Dr. Sproul asks the question did God send His Son only to make possible or certain the salvation of His chosen? The benefits of the gospel may be proclaimed to all but only offered to those who believe.

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Still Fronting for Fidel at the New York Times

Matthews’ page-one, three-part series on Castro first appeared in the New York Times on February 24, 1957. It was a blockbuster. I cannot give all the details here. For more, read my chapter in my short book, All the Dupes Fit to Print . But in short, it was a horrible piece of “journalistic” work. Matthews upheld Castro to the American public (and wider world) as a sort of blessed hybrid of George Washington and FDR. Castro, according to Matthews, offered “a new deal for Cuba, radical, democratic and therefore anti-Communist.” He framed Fidel as not just a democrat and anti-communist, but a constitutionalist, a beacon of liberty, an advocate of freedom and free elections, an anti-colonialist, an anti-imperialist, a champion of social justice … and an extraordinarily eloquent one at that. Wrote Matthews:

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Is It Possible for an Infinite Number of past Events to Exist?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In February 2015, Dr William Lane Craig visited Rutgers University in New Jersey at the invitation of the campus Christian group Ratio Christi. He gave an evening lecture on the subject “The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe” to a packed auditorium of several hundred students. Although some pushback was anticipated, the audience, which was composed of both believers and nonbelievers, proved to be very open, and a wonderful time of interaction for an hour and a half afterwards took place. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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Why Did God Create Mankind if He Knew Man Would Sin?

I know the pat answer. God knew that man would sin, but by allowing it to happen He was able to show the redeemed how much He loved us. But that answer seems incomplete to me because the pain of sin is so great, both in this life and in the next. I suspect that I’m missing some information that I probably won’t discover until after I die. But not having the complete answer now doesn’t worry me. Let me tell you why.

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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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Ashley Madison and a Taste of the Future

Rarely are we given a tangible taste of secret sin brought into the light on such a massive scale. We hear of individuals every now and then who have fallen—church leaders, family men and women, politicians—but I doubt we’ve ever experienced the exposure of secret sin like we have with the Ashley Madison scandal.

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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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Live Mas Alert: Taco Bell Is Now Selling Tacos with Shells Made Out of Fried Chicken

It’s a wild time to be alive. With McDonald’s now offering breakfast all day and Burger King creating a fast food alliance among rival restaurants, Taco Bell had to make a bold move. This “Naked Crispy Chicken Taco” is just that. The new offering at select Taco Bell locations is mostly a standard taco, except instead of a tortilla, its shell is made of fried chicken. So far, the only reported sighting of the experimental menu item is at a store in Bakersfield, California. Who’s ready for a road trip ?

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Legislating Morality: Is it Wise? Is it Legal? Is it Possible?

Winner of the Gold Medallion Award! All laws legislate morality. The only question is "Whose morality will be legislated?" Turek and Geisler give compelling answers as they reason from the Moral Law.  Keywords: 9781592441525, Frank Turek, Legislating Morality, ethics, moral, morals, morality,  politics, government,   Relativism, Legislating Morality: Is it Wise? Is it Legal? Is it Possible? - Frank Turek and Norman Geisler

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Drone video captures monk sunbathing atop wind turbine

The blades on the turbine, which supplies the entire school complex nestled on the edge of Narragansett Bay with power, only turn when the wind speed reaches 12 miles per hour or greater. There wasn't even a gust of wind that morning when the drone showed up.  So, Byron figured he'd climb up to the top for some peace and quiet. 

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Can Atheism be true if Atheists can't agree?

On July 11, 2015, Unbelievable , hosted by Justin Brierley, presented a discussion with Andrew Whyte and Nabeel Qureshi on the subject “Can Christianity be true if Christians can’t agree on doctrine?”  As I was listening, I couldn’t help but wonder why the accusation being brought against Christians wasn’t itself applicable if applied to atheists.  To wit: if Christianity is false because Christians can’t agree on doctrine, then is atheism false because atheists can’t agree on…atheism?

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Ligonier Ministries

I was preaching at a church in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2007. The church met in an old warehouse, and although the congregation was rather large, it was quite poor. After my sermon, I met with several pastors from around Bogotá who gathered to discuss gospel ministry in Colombia. The pastors were interested in knowing more about Reformed theology and how they could begin to teach it in their churches.

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Kim Davis’s Martyr Complex

To the rest of you a little background. As I’ve mentioned on some othr threads, I actually lived and then worked in Rowan County when I was oig my grad work and thn later teaching at Morehead State. Morehead is a tiny little community with a medium small public university. It’s on 1-64 in the foothills of the Appalachians and backs into the Daniel Boone national forest. Often the air smells heavily of the forest. It’s also a retail center for much of the surrounding area. From Morehead it’s about an hour on 1-64 to either Lexington or Huntington WV. The cost of living is very low and even when she was a deputy clerk Davis was being very well compensated. All that is to say no Davis may not have had all the opportunities Rod has, (and remember Rod wasn’t born in to a literary family of Boston Brahmins but into a family a lot like Davis was born into) but she’s not someone that we should reflexively pity. She had a good, well paying job, in a beautiful place with access to high culture at low cost.

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https://www.crossway.org/books/designed-for-joy-tpb/

Designed for Joy includes fresh contributions from fourteen young leaders, casting a unified vision for Christian manhood and womanhood. Whether discussing the significance of gender, the truth about masculinity and femininity, the blessing of purity, or the challenge of raising children in a confusing world, this practical resource challenges us to embrace God’s good design—for his glory and our joy.

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