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I want to start crying, TV presenter's response after Hillsong performance - premier

A presenter on a popular US morning television programme said she wanted "to start crying" after watching a performance by the Christian worship band, Hillsong United.

Kings of Leon Has Just Released the First Single Off Their Upcoming Album

After teasing the release of their new album Walls this week—their first in three years—Kings of Leon has released its first single “Waste a Moment” day. It sounds, well, like a Kings of Leon song: Driving guitars, a big chorus and a southern rock-meets-The Strokes vibe. The new record drops on Oct. 14.

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Are Angels and Demons Real? 2 Minute Video Response.

Do supernatural beings really exist? What's the evidence? Sean offers three quick reasons for the reality of angels and demons.

Meet the Celebrities Who've Spoken Out Against Porn

Terry Crews, Pamela Anderson, Kirk Franklin and more.

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Will Netflix’s New Amanda Knox Documentary Be the Next Great True Crime Film?

Netflix has released two new trailers for its upcoming documentary Amanda Knox, that follows the true story of the American student accused of a grisly murder in Italy. One trailer is from the perspective of the defense. The other, from the view of prosecutors. (Just a heads up, because of the nature of the crime, the trailers do contain some mature themes.) With Making a Murderer, Netflix has shown it is capable of creating compelling, informative and thought-provoking looks at the criminal justice system. But, with a case as already well-known as Knox’s, it may be difficult to present new information. However, from the looks of the trailers, the filmmakers are asking tough questions, that may challenge how viewers think about the case.

Challenge Response: There Is No Evidence for God

Here's my response to this week's challenge:

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3 The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Case for ... Series): Lee Strobel: 0025986345860: Books

Like many American Christians, I was brought to church most Sundays and endured countless sermons and lessons. Despite this seemingly rich education on Christian principles, I never was exposed to a lesson or class on the existence of God; God's existence was assumed as fact. As I matured into my twenties and went to college, the existance of God was no longer taken for granted. I encountered many agnostics and atheists among my many college professors. The net result of their influence was to question my faith in the existance of God. I never lost my faith, but I found it was a faith that could not withstand scrutiny. Reading Lee Stobel's "The Case For Christ" began in me my search for the certainty of my faith. Strobel's book is an excellent place to start. He presents interviews with several Christian apologetics that involve issues related to the veracity of the Biblical account of Christ, the Son of God. The issues are as follows: The trustworthiness of the Gospel accounts. Historical evidences for Christ outside of the Bible. Archaeology and the Life of Christ The "Jesus Seminar" account of the life of Christ.

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Our Prison Ministries Are Too Small

“Churches have created a cone of silence around this issue. It becomes so stigmatized. I can’t tell you all the times I go and preach or teach at a church and the pastor is completely unaware that people are dealing with this,” said Gilliard, who is writing a book about restorative justice . “People are lined up after service to come to talk to me because this is the first time that they heard their church talk about this.”

Can Christians Learn from Colin Kaepernick?

While Christians should submit to the state, pray for its leaders, and render qualified obedience to its laws, to pledge allegiance is a profoundly religious act. It’s a religious statement infused with divided loyalties and borders on syncretism. I think the burden of proof rests on those followers of the crucified Lamb to show that citizens of heaven can truly pledge allegiance to anyone other than Christ--and that's something Christians need to think about deeply.

Why the Historical Jesus is the Best Starting Place for Apologetics

If you start a discussion with a skeptic on arguments for design, for example, your first premise (typically something like “Design present in the world supports the presence of a designer”) is dependent on facts that can be interpreted in different ways.  I, as a Christian, believe that theism is the most reasonable conclusion from these arguments, but must concede that alternative explanations (no matter how unlikely) are indeed possible.  But when your first premise is that of the historical Jesus, this is not the case.  While the laws of thermodynamics don’t necessarily point to Jehovah per se, historical evidences for the existence of a literal Jesus, including but not limited to his presence in extrabiblical historical accounts, a physical, known tomb, and multiple eyewitness accounts from known historical people, the first premise is hard to reject.  This progresses the discussion quicker, instead of getting hung up on the first premise.

Protecting Planned Parenthood in California

John 3:19 says "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." The proof of this is the very existence of Planned Parenthood, who's sole purpose, in my opinion, is to hide the truth of what abortion really is; the murder of human beings. I am learning to never underestimate man's ability to hide the truth despite the obvious hypocracy of their actions. This Califorinia Bill is a classic example of this.

Book Preview: Cold Case Christianity for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace

About the Authors J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity , God’s Crime Scene , and Forensic Faith . J. Warner has a master’s degree in theological studies, and Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology. About the Book Children between 8 and 12 are at the critical age when they start to ask if Christianity is true. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows the thrill of high-stakes investigation and presents the case for Jesus in a compelling way while training kids “how to think, not just what to think” as they examine their faith intelligently. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids includes author illustrations, and is supported by an interactive website that allows kids to download chapter activities and “case note” fill-in sheets. When these are successfully completed and assembled in an “Academy Notebook,” readers will be qualified to earn a Cold-Case Academy “Certificate of Merit.

Loving Your Enemy, Even When It's ISIS

Sadiq knows what it feels like to stare death in the face, to know your next breath could be your last, to contemplate dying at the hands of ISIS. He knows what it’s like to be hiding in fear, praying for a miracle that the enemy will move on before they spot you.

Record numbers of Danes leave Church amid atheist campaign - premier

A record number of people left the Church of Denmark in the past three months, with a campaign of the Danish Atheist Society being blamed.

Christian ex-Paralympian reveals how to handle pressure ahead of Rio - premier

A Christian former-Paralympian who represented Great Britain at London 2012 has told Premier Christian Radio how he coped with the pressure of competing before crowds, ahead of the Rio Paralympics opening ceremony on Wednesday night.

Calais wall won't stop migrants, warns Christian refugee charity - premier

Plans by the British government to build a 4m-high wall to try and stop people climbing on board UK-bound lorries at Calais will not solve the problem, a Christian charity for migrants and refugees is warning.

Stop the Revolution. Join the Plodders.

It’s sexy among young people—my generation—to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church. Besides being unbiblical, such notions of churchless Christianity are unrealistic. It’s immaturity actually, like the newly engaged couple who think romance preserves the marriage, when the couple celebrating their golden anniversary know it’s the institution of marriage that preserves the romance. Without the God-given habit of corporate worship and the God-given mandate of corporate accountability, we will not prove faithful over the long haul.

15 Hit the Book. Every Day

Whatever tool you use to get into Scripture every day . . . do it! But of course, don’t forget to ask the Lord to give you ears to hear and eyes to see what He wants you to.

16 Running Scared of Mother Teresa?

Fast forward to this past weekend, when Teresa was canonized by Rome. The media had to cover the story, but weren’t about to let her conservative views off the hook. CNN accused her Sisters of Charity of shoddy care for the sick (which the sisters fervently deny), and questioned her hero status because her strong stance against contraception and abortion. And, horror of horrors, they accused her of trying to convert those she helped to Christianity.

Buying Secondhand Stuff Will Change How You See the World

But this kind of savvy serves a greater purpose than pre-bankrolling a future, comfortable stage of life. As you form simple habits of buying secondhand, you create new liturgies for your everyday life. Over time, these daily rhythms actually form and remake two important elements of the world: your heart and the systems you live in.

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It's Time to Remove the Mental Health Stigma

Look at other things: There’s not a stigma with breaking your arm; there’s not a stigma with getting the flu, or even with something like dealing with cancer. But when it comes to mental health or thoughts of suicide, there very much is a stigma. We don’t approach it the same way; we don’t talk about it the same way.

Too Many Settle for Too Little in Bible Reading

Just because you’ve looked at your Bible — even memorized it — doesn’t mean you’ve seen what’s there, much less understood its meaning and significance for your life. Most of us are far to quick to run to commentaries or other aids to understand the meaning of the text in front of us, but such Bible study produces a shallow, second-hand payoff.

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22 Three Things You Need to Reach Muslims

Some people think that since I’m an apologist, I always lead with an apologetic point when talking to a person who doesn’t share my faith. That’s not true. I don’t believe apologetics is an end in itself. Rather, it’s a means to an end. The end is the Gospel and that’s the first thing I present to someone when I share my faith. Sometimes, though, people don’t accept the Gospel for various reasons. Only when they reject it do I try to discover the reason or cause. I start asking questions to try to find out, as Francis Schaeffer said, “what is troubling their heart and mind.”

23 How Do I Interpret General Relativity Theory?

Your friend’s assertions that “ it is impossible to have a derivation of GR without using the principles of Einsteinian SR ” and so a neo-Lorentzian interpretation of special relativity “ does not allow a pathway to GR and thus no theory of gravitation ” makes it evident that he mistakenly believes that general relativity is an extension of special relativity. It’s true that Einstein  tried  to extend his principle of relativity to cover not only uniform motion (special relativity) but accelerated and rotational motion as well (general relativity). But this is the part of Einstein’s paper that is generally recognized to be a failure. He did not succeed in enunciating a general principle of relativity or in relativizing all motion. What he did do was discover a new theory of gravitation to replace Newton’s. The name “general theory of relativity” is thus recognized to be a misnomer, a historical vestige. It is a gravitational theory, not a relativity theory. That Lorentz’s interpretation of special relativity is not incompatible with general relativity should be evident by the fact that Lorentz, long after Einstein’s publication of his general theory, continued to lecture on both theories while never abandoning his commitment to absolute time and space.

The Price Isn’t Quite Right

Mr. Money-love says that learning a life-hack lifestyle in the world helps you become a more efficient and effective Christian. It’s not unlawful, therefore, it’s lawful — to get a rich wife, with good customers, and good gain is “most wholesome and advantageous” (117). “Why wouldn’t God want that for us?” he asks. “Why wouldn’t God want me to be Tim Ferris?” Interrogate your heart’s financial infatuation as you become a skilled “getter” — don’t easily allow a Christian justification for money-love without eyes wide open toward who you’re becoming.

Is A Divine "Intelligent Designer" Just a "God of the Gaps"?

In my new book, God’s Crime Scene: A Homicide Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe , I make a comprehensive case for the involvement of a Divine, Intelligent Designer based on eight attributes of design seen in biological organisms . Many skeptics believe intelligent design inferences are premature and impulsive, however, driven primarily by those who are impatient with the explanatory power of science. As our scientific understanding has increased in the past two centuries, much of what was once a mystery is now a matter of scientific knowledge. Skeptic Michael Shermer argues, “Just because Intelligent Design theorists cannot think of how nature could have created something through evolution, that does not mean that scientists will not be able to do so either.” When we infer the existence of an Intelligent Designer, are we simply inserting such a Being because we presently have a gap in our scientific understanding? Are we defaulting irrationally to a “God of the gaps”? No:


Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek: Top 25 Moments, Times Two #5-1

Readers of this blog know that I’m a huge science fiction fan. Science fiction is a genre that has more worldview seeping into it and through it than almost any other one, in my opinion. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, I have teamed up with Mike Poteet of The Sci-Fi Christian (an excellent site and podcast you should follow in all forms) to share our top 25 moments each (50 total!) from all of Star Trek on screen. That’s right, from The Original Series all the way through Star Trek Beyond , we’re bringing you our favorite moments. Some of these are steeped with worldview, and some are just fun or interesting. Check them out, and let us know  your  favorites in the comments.

28 Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (09/02 - 09/09) - Apologetics 315

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Strong Families, Successful Schools | Institute for Family Studies

Broward County, on the southeast coast of Florida, is the second most populous county in Florida, and the 18th most populous county in the U.S. Its county seat is Fort Lauderdale. With nearly 30 percent of adults having college degrees, it ranks among the top ten counties in Florida in terms of adult educational attainment. It is also above average with respect to median family income. It is below average in terms of the formation and maintenance of two-parent families, however, with 58 percent of households with school-aged children consisting of married-couple families. It has only a middling rank with respect to four-year high school graduation rates, with an average rate of 74.8 percent during the 2011-2015 time period. It has shown an upward trend in graduation rates in recent years, but the annual rate of gain has been below average for Florida school districts. Eighth grade students in the county have shown an upward trend in their scores on standardized tests of reading skills, but not math skills. Broward is a “majority minority” county, and as of the 2009-2013 time period, two-thirds of its public school enrollment was comprised of African-American (37 percent) or Hispanic-American (29 percent) students.

Why Andy Stanley is Right About the Foundation of Christianity and How to Defend It

#1 Clearly we cannot believe in Jesus being the Messiah if we never knew that a Messiah was going to come? Where do we learn this from? From the Bible or the Old Testament. #2 One of Frank’s point’s in knowing that Jesus was God is prophecy. We know He is God because He does what only a God could do which is fulfill prophecy. What prophecy? Where is this prophecy written? It’s found in the Bible! So often when we read the gospels we see the writers state, “and this was done to fulfill what was written.” What was written? Where was it written? It was written in the Old Testament. #3 The church fathers quoted scripture so we know (even though the 66 books of the bible were not yet put together) that there were manuscripts that existed that people read and used for guidance. These manuscripts eventually became part of The Bible! This is an argument again Frank makes in His book, which most atheist and even Muslims argue against stating that the Bible came into existence after 325 A.D. The problem as Frank points out is that we have manuscripts that people read and again these manuscripts became part of our Bible! #4 If we reach nonbelievers on the idea of “Who Jesus is and pin Him against the Bible” because that’s exactly what Andy does (I’m sorry but I don’t see this any other way).

Why Are You Thrilled to Be Loved by Jesus?

It seems to me that too many songs and sermons leave us with the wrong answer. They leave the impression that the heights of our joy would be in the recurrent feeling of being loved. “He loves me!” “He loves me!” This is joy indeed. But not the heights and not the focus.

You’ll Never Outgrow Your Need to Meet with God | Stand To Reason

Never be deceived by the temptation to think that with the increasing spiritual maturity you expect to come with age, the less you will need to feast your soul on Christ through the Bible and prayer. What Jesus prayed in John 17:17 for all His followers—“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth”—applies to us all throughout our lives.

Podcasts - The Eric Metaxas Show

The King's College President Greg Thornbury drops by the studio for a recap on Ocean Grove, NJ. Pastor Mark Batterson discusses his latest book 'Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small'.

The Extraordinary Nature of Murder and the Evidence for God | Cold Case Christianity

After weeks of testimony, the jury deliberated for only 4 ½ hours. They found the defendant guilty. The family was still unconvinced. The media was equally unmoved. They wanted direct evidence before they would be willing to accept that this kind and gentle man could do something this horrific. Many of them wanted direct evidence before they would even accept the victim was truly dead! As we were preparing to tape the Dateline episode (and prior to the sentencing hearing), skepticism reigned supreme. I was peppered with questions from the interviewer casting doubt on the verdict of the jury. The nature of our evidential case was under fire from every direction. This is an extraordinary charge after all; shouldn’t there be some extraordinary evidence before we lock someone up for the rest of his life? Well, that’s the nature of homicide cases. Thankfully, they are extraordinary and rare. In spite of this reality, jurors draw reasonable conclusions from evidence that is both ordinary and nominal. As a result, I’ve learned that extraordinary claims don’t actually require extraordinary evidence.

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Apologetics Isn't the Whole Ball Game

What I suspect happened to this man is that he took off in so many directions, he became a superior generalist. What I mean by that is he became someone who knew a small amount about everything and had no depth in any one subject. Because of this, atheists had an easy time boxing him in.

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Now Britain Is Building a ‘Great Wall’ to Keep Out Refugees

Officials in Britain have announced plans to build a massive wall bordering a refugee camp in Calais, in an effort to prevent refugees—fleeing violence in Syria and unrest throughout the region—from entering the U.K. Their goal is to stop residents of Calsis’ large refugee camp in northern France from entering into the U.K. through a tunnel that connects to Britain, and from attempting to cross the channel.

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The Haunted Hayride of Human Approval

To Paul and Barnabas, the allure of human approval — acceptance, esteem, and intense admiration — seemed more dangerous than enticing, more threatening than tempting. And they knew the roots of the crowd’s flattering idolatry would eventually kill each and every one of them. So they confronted them, risking their skyrocketing social statuses, with a brave call to worship the living God and live.

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44 Progressively Regressive Sexuality

The Christian worldview brought a revolution to the Roman culture of sexual licentiousness. There's certainly no reason to revisit that page in history, so as Eric said, let's demonstrate to our own culture God's beneficial plan for human sexuality. For further reading, click on the link below to get a copy of Matthew Rueger's book "Sexual Morality in a Christless World."

1 Thessalonians 3:11–13: What Does It Mean to Be Holy?

Without holiness you will not see the Lord. Without knowing what holiness means you may never attain it. In this lab, Pastor John helps us understand what it means to be holy.

Obama Admin Proposed Rule Prohibiting States From Defunding Planned Parenthood |

She continued: “Now, they have taken the unprecedented step of thwarting states’ rights with a shady proposed rule change that prevents states from funding the providers who will best serve their citizens.  In the coming days, I intend to lead a letter expressing the deep concerns of Members of Congress on this proposal, but we won’t stop there. We must use the full force of Congress and the grassroots strength of the national pro-life movement to defeat this absurd rule and prevent the Obama Administration from acting unilaterally to carry out political favors and prop up a scandal-ridden abortion provider.”

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The Dangers of Theological Pettiness

This struck me as very true because the "who" is more important than the "who" To be in the curing business, we have to rely more on "what." The message went on to say that looking for a cure is the result of a formulaic or if/then type of faith. The formulaic faith works perfectly if there is only the What. We can take a set of beliefs, doctrine or principles and manipulate them enough to come up with a cure to almost anything. We can arrange them just right to make them work to our advantage.

49 Observatory Earth

And of course, all of these conditions must be met on a planet that also supports intelligent life capable of appreciating the eclipse. The Earth, conclude Gonzalez and Richards, is uniquely suited as an observatory for such astronomical wonders—almost as if it were designed for that purpose.

Car on terror watch-list found outside cathedral loaded with gas cylinders - premier

A car on a terror watch-list has been found outside a French cathedral loaded with gas cylinders.

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52 The People We Really Want to See Moderate Presidential Debates
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54 Do Some Christians Pray with More Power?
55 Tampons in the Men’s Room and Other Campus Insanity | The Stream
56 'Building Christian character': Prince discusses the role of sports in Christian discipleship — Resources
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62 Friday's Featured Sermon: "An Uncompromising Life"
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64 Marine Fighter Pilot Jason B. Ladd on God's Existence
65 What Is Reformed Theology?
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67 Taking Back Christianese #4: “We Have Freedom in Christ”
68 Who Needs Apologetics?
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75 EpiPens for Everyone – R.C. Sproul Jr.
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85 There Are Currently 50 Million Children Displaced By Global Crisis
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