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April 25-26, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

If we love God’s fame and are committed to magnifying His name above all things, we cannot be indifferent to world missions. —John Piper

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April 26

More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,500 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets.   

US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance
With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act…the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans’ calls and emails. …The Patriot Act expires on June 1, and Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow continued collection of call records of nearly every American.   

FBI probes possible ISIS-inspired threat
The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist threat in the United States, law enforcement officials said Saturday. The investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works, the officials said. …It’s not clear whether the threat is real or aspirational.   

Did exaggerated records make global warming look worse? Scientists to investigate whether ‘adjusted’ temperatures skewed data
An international panel of scientists will today launch a major inquiry to discover whether official world temperature records have exaggerated the extent of global warming. The panel, convened by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)…will focus on thousands of ‘adjustments’ that have been made to temperature records kept at individual weather stations around the world.   

Baltimore Freddie Gray death protest turns violent
More than 1,000 protesters have marched in Baltimore over the death of a black man in police custody a week ago. But after hours of peaceful demonstrations, some protesters smashed police windows and shop fronts. At least 12 people were arrested. Freddie Gray was arrested by police on 12 April and then suffered spinal injuries leading to death a week later.   

IDF search and rescue team, field hospital to depart for Nepal tonight
An IDF Home Front Command search and rescue team and a fully equipped field hospital will take off for Nepal on Sunday night, army officials have said. Col. Yoram Laredo, commander of the Home Front Command’s conscripted battalions, is heading the Israeli assistance team, and said some 260 personnel will board an air force cargo plane and an El Al Boeing 737 for a 12 hour journey to the earthquake-stricken country.   

Tremors, aftershocks, strike India and Nepal sparking fears of further deterioration
A strong earthquake aftershock struck India and Nepal on Sunday, shaking buildings in New Delhi and triggering an avalanche in the Himalayas. The United States Geological Survey said the tremor was 6.7 in magnitude, less than the 7.9 quake that struck the region on Saturday killing at least 1,900 people.   

Obama Makes Fun Of Those Who, Somehow, Still Think He Is A Muslim
President Barack Obama poked fun at those who still suggest he is a Muslim during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. “Being president is never easy. I still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with Iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day,” Obama said.   

Islamic State suicide bombers kill Iraqi soldiers at Jordanian border
Suicide car bombings by Islamic State militants at an Iraq-Jordan border crossing left at least five Iraqi soldiers dead Saturday and crippled the movement of trucks between the two Middle East nations.   

Nepal steps up rescue efforts as quake toll jumps to 1,800
Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. People used their hands in many places to dig for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings.   

Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists trade accusations as Minsk deal frays
The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine traded accusations on Saturday, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in February may collapse, although monitors said the violations were still relatively limited.   

Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say
Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.   

Bombshell Interview: Obama’s Brother Says Barack Is ‘Cold And Ruthless…Dishonest And A Schemer’
In an interview conducted earlier this month, film maker Joel Gilbert, who produced the film “Dreams from My Real Father,” (which suggested that Obama’s Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, may be his real father) talks to President Obama’s brother Malik, who has some very strong views about his half-brother – including his own doubts as to Obama’s parentage.   

Syrian Town Jisr Al-Shughour Seized By Rebels In Major Blow To Assad
Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province.  


Headlines – 4/26/2015

Marco Rubio Files Amendment to Force Iran to Recognize Israel as Jewish State

Republicans blast White House for ‘imperiled’ Israel ties, pledge improved relations 

Obama quips at strained US-Israel ties, jokes Boehner booked Netanyahu to speak at funeral 

Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

Four police officers wounded in Jerusalem terror attack

100,000 in Gaza still homeless after war with Israel

Car bombs hit Iraq-Jordan border crossing at Tureibil, killing 4 

FBI investigating possible ISIS terror plot in the US 

Syrian Town Jisr Al-Shughour Seized By Rebels In Major Blow To Assad

Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemeni capital, ending lull 

Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

Ukraine’s DIY drone war: Self-taught soldiers facing up to Russian-backed war machine

Deep Support in Washington for C.I.A.’s Drone Missions

Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.’s Warrantless Spying 

Twelve arrested in Baltimore after march to protest black man’s death 

Rich get richer in UK index of wealthiest people

Nepal earthquake: death toll approaches 2,000 as rescue attempts continue

Nepal quake triggers avalanche on Mount Everest; 17 dead

Magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits Nepal, causes panic 

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Chongdui, China

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ambunti, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yonakuni, Japan

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Asosan volcano in Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled

Chilean authorities urge 2,000 people near volcano to evacuate as precaution

Locals baffled by expanded coastline in eastern Hokkaido

‘High level’ of radiation detected in Tokyo park

Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures

Whooping cough increase related to current vaccine

Mitochondria editing tried in mice

An Estimated 780,000 Americans in Same-Sex Marriages

Thousands march in US capital against gay marriage


Headlines – 4/25/2015

Israel reportedly hits Hezbollah, Assad targets in Syria

‘IAF struck missile bases in Syria,’ Al-Jazeera report says 

‘Hezbollah built airstrip for Iranian-made drones in Lebanon’

Israel says it won’t tolerate ‘a dribble of rockets’ from Gaza

IDF troops shoot, kill knife wielding Palestinian near Jerusalem checkpoint

Israel shocked by ultra-Orthodox mob assault of IDF officer in Jerusalem

100 Palestinian doctors authorized to work in Israeli hospitals, reversing intifada ban

Family of Jewish victim of US drone attack ‘disappointed’ in Obama

Obama vows ‘we’re going to review what happened’ in hostage death case

New York transit agency may change rule to block ‘Killing Jews’ ad

Mideast arms sales surging to record $18b in 2015, with Saudis in lead

Former Yemen president calls for political dialog to end war

More fighting, air strikes in Yemen, civilian death toll exceeds 550

Yemen conflict: Over 115 children killed in month – UN

Saudi Arabia foils ISIS-backed plot on its grounds 

UN aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help

U.N. Refugee Official Calls Situation in Syria and Iraq ‘Unsustainable’

Al-Qaida suspects may have been targeting Vatican

Faith turns Christians into terrorist targets

Admiral Warns: Potential for Islamist Raids on European Islands

Taliban launch spring offensive with rocket attack on US base

Turkey says ‘rejects and condemns’ Putin calling 1915 Armenian massacre ‘genocide’

Putin Aims to Destabilize Ukraine, Former US Envoy Says 

Statue Of Liberty, Liberty Island Evacuated Over Bomb Threat

Close call between drone and plane landing at Dulles airport

Military holds decontamination exercise in city

Major Greek bank says to wipe debts of poorest clients

Veteran defense lawyers see possible criminal inquiry for Clintons

Deadly 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal triggers avalanches in Mount Everest region

Powerful Nepal quake kills at least 449, toll expected to rise 

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Lamjung, Nepal

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bella Bella, Canada

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Xegar, China

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kodari, Nepal

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yigo Village, Guam

Magma intrusion is likely source of Columbia-Ecuador border quake swarms

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Volcanic Ash Grounds Flights in Costa Rica’s Capital City

Flights grounded as Chile volcano erupts

More activity expected from Calbuco Volcano in Chile

Israel’s Mount Hermon Gets ‘Snow You Only See in January’

Nevada’s Lake Mead on track to reach record low water level amid drought

Drought Hypocrisy: San Francisco Using Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

California Drought Drawing Rodents Into Homes During Breeding Season

Researchers Discover New Tick-Borne Disease

HIV outbreak in Indiana grows

Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

Could virtual reality bring your loved ones back from the dead?

Security Experts Hack Teleoperated Surgical Robot

America’s transgender moment

Parents Share 5-Year-Old Son’s Transgender Journey

Supreme Court to hear arguments on same-sex marriage 

Same-sex marriage debate forces GOP contenders to tread carefully

Straight pride fliers removed from YSU campus

FYI Orders Spouse-Swap Series ‘The Seven Year Switch’

Sex club seeks Nashville blessing by vowing to be a church

Dear Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome


Protesters against gay marriage shout slogans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 26, 2013. (photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether states have the right to determine their own definition of marriage, or whether the Constitution requires all 50 states to make same-sex ‘marriage’ legal. Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court, both viewed as potential swing votes on the right of gay couples to marry, raised doubts about California’s gay marriage ban on Tuesday as they questioned a lawyer defending the ban.

Religious leaders from a wide array of denominations have released a joint statement reaffirming their support for traditional marriage ahead of the Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments on Tuesday. The Christian leaders have said that reaffirming marriage as being between one man and one woman is vital for protecting children and offering them both a father and a mother.

“As religious leaders from various faith communities, we acknowledge that marriage is the foundation of the family where children are raised by a mother and a father together,” the statement reads, in part.


April 25

Earthquake in Nepal Kills Hundreds and Levels Buildings
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu. By midafternoon the United States Geological Survey had counted 12 aftershocks, one of which measured at a magnitude of 6.6.   

Everest hit by avalanche after Nepal earthquake
A powerful earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, climbers said, raising fears for those on the world’s highest peak a year after another avalanche caused the deadliest incident on the mountain. An official from the Nepal tourist board confirmed that part of Everest base camp had been buried, and that eight people had been killed.   

Syria conflict: Islamists ‘capture Jisr al-Shughur’
Islamist rebels in Syria have taken over much of the key north-western town of Jisr al-Shughur, activists say. It is the last major town under government control in Idlib province and correspondents say it could give them a route into the heartland of the ruling elite’s power. The Islamist forces, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, began the assault on Thursday.   

Russia and Argentina agree framework energy deals
Russia and Argentina have signed a series of framework agreements on economic and energy co-operation following talks in Moscow. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Russian leader Vladimir Putin hailed their co-operation as a “comprehensive strategic partnership”. The agreements include Russian investment in a hydroelectric plant and a nuclear power plant in Argentina.   

‘IAF struck missile bases in Syria,’ Al-Jazeera report says
Israel Air Force fighter jets struck Syrian military bases housing long-range missiles on Friday, the Qatari Al-Jazeera satellite television network said on Saturday. According to the report, the bases, near the Syrian-Lebanese border, belong to Assad regime brigades that possess weapons such as Scud missiles. The attacks allegedly targeted multiple targets in the area.   

Nevada’s Lake Mead on track to reach record low water level amid drought
Nevada’s Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.   

Putin Aims to Destabilize Ukraine, Former US Envoy Says
A former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says recent military moves by Russia show that President Vladimir Putin’s “minimal goal is to destabilize the current government” in Ukraine. John Herbst, who now directs the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank, said from Kyiv that Putin is seeking to ratchet up the pressure on Ukraine, “and in order to do that, he can’t simply sit behind the cease-fire line. He needs to move forward to cause additional instability in the country.”   

U.S. may revamp overseas hostage-rescue program
The White House is considering revamping its overseas hostage-rescue program after CIA drone strikes that mistakenly killed an American and an Italian held captive by terrorists in Pakistan, the latest incident to reveal gaps in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.   

Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian armed with knives
Israeli troops shot and killed a young Palestinian man wielding two knives on Saturday as they gave chase after he tried to attack the troops near a checkpoint in the Jerusalem area, police said. The incident occurred at around midnight near the A-Zayyim checkpoint at the outskirts of East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians seek for a state.   

Brian Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand
An NBC News internal investigation into Brian Williams has examined a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts, two people with knowledge of the investigation said.   

Major Greek bank says to wipe debts of poorest clients
One of Greece’s largest banks says it will wipe away the debts of clients who owe up to 20,000 euros ($21,600) in a one-off gesture to ease the burden on its crisis-hit customers.   

40 Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at $18,112,975,000,000
According to the Daily Treasury Statement for Wednesday, April 22, which was published by the U.S. Treasury on Thursday, April 23, that portion of the federal debt that is subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed the day at $18,112,975,000,000—for the 40th day in a row.  


The Incredible Story Of How Kim Kardashian’s Ancestors Escaped The Armenian Genocide

Between 1915 and 1917, 1.5 million Armenians (most of them Christians) were slaughtered by the Turks. Armenians were systematically abducted, tortured and marched to their deaths just because of who they were and what they believed. At one point, 60,000 corpses were found in a single mass grave. It was one of the greatest genocides in history, but it didn’t end in 1917. Between 1920 and 1923, Turkey either deported or wiped out almost all of the Armenians that had survived the first wave of persecution. This genocide was one of the most horrifying examples of how evil humanity can be, and yet to this day the U.S. government continues to refuse to call it a “genocide”. Because of the sensitive nature of our relationship with the Turkish government, Barack Obama absolutely will not use the “g word” when speaking of what happened to the Armenians. And as I wrote about the other day, Obama also seems to care very little about the Christian genocide that is going on in parts of the Middle East controlled by ISIS today. But whether Obama ever recognizes the Armenian genocide or not, it is vitally important that the world remembers what happened to those precious people. One very prominent celebrity that is leading the call to remember the Armenian genocide is Kim Kardashian. In this article, I am going to share the story of how her ancestors were able to escape the genocide. I promise you, it is a story that you are not likely to ever forget. (Read More…)


Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Biggest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History?

Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver? Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver. Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver is a great investment. But in recent times, the price of silver has actually fallen quite a bit. As I write this, it is sitting at the ridiculously low price of $15.66 an ounce. So up to this point, JP Morgan’s investment in silver has definitely not paid off. But it will pay off in a big way if we will soon be entering a time of great financial turmoil. (Read More….)


Students Asked to ‘Pretend to Be Muslim’

A school district in Wisconsin has received dozens of complaints after high school world history students were recently asked to “pretend” to be a Muslim in an essay that was to include an outline of the hardships an Islamist might face in the United States.

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A Look Back at Israel’s Miraculous Rebirth

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Backgrounder: The Armenian Genocide


Why Iraq’s ISIS Escapees Are Coming to Christ in Droves

According to Klein, this trip was the hardest trip he’s ever made. It forced him to ask an important question. “I thought: ‘Could this happen to us in America? Could we be forced with a decision? Are we going to follow Christ or walk away from everything we own?’ I pray that the church in America would love him passionately, that we would not lose our first love.”

The spread of ISIS is also impacting nominal Muslims who are helping refugees. Klein says, “A lot of people—Muslims—are saying, ‘If this is what Islam is, we don’t want to be Muslims anymore,’ and they’re opening up to the gospel.”

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America: On a Collision Course with God

Jan Markell and Eric Barger talk to White House correspondent Bill Koenig about America’s collision course with God. Koenig has been a White House journalist since 2001 and shares insights in the third in our series of our Washington watch. Koenig connects some more final days dots and concurs with Franklin Graham that there is an “antichrist movement” in Washington now. He offers insights listeners will not hear other places. We use the mobile app at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Dear Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome

In our time this means local churches that do not embrace same-sex marriage would find their legal status shaky or non-existent, as well as parachurch groups, conservative Christian colleges, church-based humanitarian agencies, and all other religious institutions – Christian and otherwise – supporting the traditional view of marriage.

Without state-recognized corporate status everything from mortgages and building permits to employment and hiring practices is threatened – all of them essential for institutional function.

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Obama ‘Obscured’ Iran Nuclear Breakout Time for Years

Obama stressed breakout time of 1 year, but knew Iran only needed 2-3 months to obtain enough fuel for a bomb.

Writing in Bloomberg View on Monday, journalist Eli Lake says US President Barack Obama has known for years that Iran needed only 2-3 months to produce enough fuel for a nuclear bomb, but purposely avoided saying so publicly, stressing instead that a full year was needed for Iran to build a nuclear bomb.

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Hillary: Change ‘religious beliefs’ of nation

More from the Godless Left . . .

More to point, she said, “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to give women full access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth,” the news outlet said.

“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” Clinton said. “As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone – and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.

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The Christian Post: Watch 5,000 Years of Religious History in 90 Seconds to See the Amazing Impact of Christian Missions

An animation map showing 5,000 years of religious history in 90 seconds shows the effect of Christian missions on the spread of Christianity. (Nazworth, The Christian Post)

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Baltimore Becomes War Zone As #BlackLivesMatter Protest Goes Ultra-Violent (VIDEO)

As Obama dined sumptuously with the Washington elites mere miles away racial violence engulfed the city

BALTIMORE, Maryland — Racial protests supposed to be peaceful quickly turned into violent riots on Saturday evening, closing down the city of Baltimore for some time—and creating a panic for thousands of people as just 50 miles away elites in Washington partied with President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

They were protesting the death of Freddie Gray, who Agence France Press newswire wrote “died last Sunday from spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in the city’s impoverished west side.”

“In a press conference Friday, officials acknowledged Gray should have received medical help at the moment of his arrest, when he was seen by bystanders — and caught on video — howling in apparent pain,” AFP wrote, providing the background of the simmering tensions in the mid-Atlantic port town. “They also revealed that Gray, contrary to police department policy, was not buckled into his seat in the van, which made at least three unexplained stops on its way to the Western District police station. Gray died Sunday with 80 percent of his spine severed at the neck, lawyers for his family have said. His funeral is scheduled for Monday. Six officers have been suspended with pay as the police investigation inches closer to a May 1 deadline to submit findings to a Maryland state prosecutor, who could decide to press charges.”

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All of a sudden, everything went haywire. What were peaceful marchers holding up signs turned into violent rioters. Innocent fans standing by were confronted by the rioters, who physically and verbally threateningly engaged many of them—and then the protesters got even more violent.

All of a sudden, beer bottles and cans, and other projectiles were lobbed by the protesters into the crowds of fans. To get those projectiles, the protesters stole them forcibly from the bartenders and vendors set up outside each of those three bars. One beer can whizzed by my brother’s face, missing him by about six inches, and more flew all over the crowded area.

The crowd of protesters then stopped a blue station wagon carrying a white family as they tried to drive past Pickles, Bullpen and Sliders along a narrow one-way stretch between the bars and the main road. As a horde of them smashed their open and closed fists on the hood of the car—while impeding them by standing in front of them—the driver backed up on the one way pass in a desperate attempt to get out of dodge. Then, stopped on the other side with nowhere to go, protesters ripped open the passenger door of the car and began reaching around inside the vehicle. As hundreds of people looked on, including several police officers who didn’t engage the violent protesters, the white woman in the front seat—middle-aged and a little heavyset with dark hair—was visibly terrified. The group of black men who ripped open the car door suddenly realized they were separated from the larger group of protesters and abandoned their quest to seemingly either carjack the station wagon or rob the people inside in front of hundreds, driving out of the one-way street back onto the main road and presumably out of dodge.

As projectiles continued flying everywhere from each part of the crowd—like a war-zone—another black man then charged into the crowd of Red Sox and Orioles fans standing outside Pickles Pub and tore the metal barricades apart throwing them into the now-crowded one-way pass where the assaulted station wagon was a moment ago. source

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Texans blame secret military takeover for Walmart closings, secret tunnelsPosted: 25 Apr 2015 08:00 PM PDT

Texans blame secret military takeover for Walmart closings, secret tunnelsNews of the Army’s operation Jade Helm stirred up widespread fears and deep mistrust of the American government in a sizable bloc of the public. Thousands of tweets, dozens of online publications and plenty of Chron.com commenters sounded the alarm of an impending military takeover. Now the virtual world of alternative news has added a new twist to the tale: Walmart is in on it, and there are secret underground tunnels. Multiple websites drew links between the suspiciously swift and simultaneous closure of a half dozen Walmarts nationwide and the military training drill that will have some of America’s most elite units–Green Berets and Navy SEALS among them–trying to blend in to the civilian population in Texas and the Southwestern states. It may seem crazy, but the fearful aren’t a totally marginal crowd. Online outcry over the original plans to hold the so-called realistic military training in American cities drew an official response from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Stars and Stripes, the news publication of the U.S. military, ran an article titled “Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise,” The Washington Post wrote “Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking out the Internet—and why it shouldn’t be” and VICE News reported “conspiracy theorists think an army training exercise will bring martial law to the US this summer.” MORE

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37 tons of dead fish removed from Rio Olympic rowing venuePosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:54 PM PDT

37 tons of dead fish removed from Rio Olympic rowing venueRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fish continued to die by the ton Thursday in a Rio de Janeiro lake that’s slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off. Rio’s Comlurb waste management company said that as of Wednesday night, it had collected more than 37 tons of dead fish from the Rodrigo de Freitas lake since the die-off started late last week. Garbage collectors were out in force again on Thursday to rake dead fish off the water’s surface, and Comlurb said the effort would continue till the die-off subsides. The decomposing fish, a small silvery species called twaite shad, were trucked to the city’s main dump. But an overwhelming stench still enveloped the lake, sparking complaints by angry neighbors and passers-by Such die-offs are common in Rio, where rivers, lakes and even the ocean are blighted by raw sewage and garbage. In February, twaite shad died en masse in the blighted waters of the Guanabara Bay, where the Olympic sailing events are to be held. Rio’s environmental secretariat insisted Thursday that the latest incident is the result of a sudden change in water temperature. MORE

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Bakers face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay weddingPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:43 PM PDT

Bakers face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay weddingThe owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a wedding cake. As a result – Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they own — including their home. The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. The controversy started in 2013 when Aaron Klein declined to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding. Later that year, the women filed a complaint against Klein and his wife, Melissa. “The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants,” read a statement by the BOLI to the Oregonian. “Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot turn customers away because of race, sex, disability, age or religion. Our agency is committed to fair and thorough enforcement of Oregon civil rights laws, including the Equality Act of 2007.” MORE

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Magnitude 3.4 Earthquake strikes near Cobb, CaliforniaPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:38 PM PDT

Magnitude 3.4 Earthquake strikes near Cobb, CaliforniaA shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Saturday morning two miles from the town of Cobb in Northern California’s Lake County wine country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:05 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.2 mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 12 miles from Clearlake, Calif., 14 miles from Healdsburg, Calif., 17 miles from Windsor, Calif. and 68 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author. Los Angeles Times

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New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scramblingPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:34 PM PDT

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scramblingThree highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat. One of the viruses, H5N2, has already led to the slaughter of millions of turkeys and chickens, as commercial farms try to control the spread of the virus. No humans have yet become infected, but scientists say it is possible that someone in direct contact with sick birds might catch the virus, though it is extremely unlikely that an infected human could pass the disease on to another human. “Most of the time, these viruses don’t have human disease potential, but obviously you need to be very careful,” said Dr. Stephen Morse, an expert in emerging infections at Columbia University. “Nowadays, you can’t say anything about flu with certainty ” MORE

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Los Angeles Airport Security Boosted Amid Possible ISIS ThreatPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:28 PM PDT

Los Angeles Airport Security Boosted Amid Possible ISIS ThreatBREAKING NEWS – Security is being stepped up in Los Angeles, its area airports and other parts of Southern California amid new ISIS-related threats calling for attacks on uniformed personnel, several U.S. officials told NBC News on Friday. ISIS, which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq, has long called on its sympathizers to attack Western interests around the world.  Los Angeles had already started using two-man patrols as a precaution. Upgraded measures were extended to Los Angeles International Airport this week, officials said. Investigators said there was no specific plot but concerns increased as result of intelligence from overseas as well as ongoing monitoring of suspected radicals inside the United States. FBI Director Jim Comey has said investigations into suspected ISIS sympathizers are underway in all 50 states. Fears revolve around threats to uniformed personnel or locations that lone actors may want to target, the sources said, speaking on a condition of anonymity. MORE

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Bruce Jenner Tells Diane Sawyer He’s a WomanPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:23 PM PDT

Bruce Jenner Tells Diane Sawyer He's a Woman“WE’RE GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING” – BRUCE JENNER

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” 1 Corinthians 6:9 (KJV)

Bruce Jenner sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, and finally admitted that he feels that he is a woman in a man’s body. His hair is very long, his lips are filled with silicon plumping material, and his fingernails are long and polished. The man once called the “world’s greatest athlete” now says he can no longer hide the fact that he is, in fact, female.Jenner fully intends to use his situation to, as he says, “change the world”. MORE

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Sentencing of Christians explodes 10,000% in ChinaPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:16 PM PDT

Sentencing of Christians explodes 10,000% in China China’s sentencing of Christians exploded more than 10,000 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to a new report from China Aid Association, an organization that exposes religious freedom and human rights abuses. The group’s annual report notes that it tracks six categories of religious persecution, and since it obtains information directly from Christians inside China, most of its information concerns the Christian house church movement. The “Year of ‘Persecution and Endurance’” report said persecution rose, sometimes dramatically, in all six categories studied. For example, the number of citizens sentenced for their beliefs rose from 12 in 2013 to 1,274 in 2014, up 10,516.67 percent. The organization collected information on 572 cases of religious persecution, an increase of 300 percent. “Of the 17,884 people who were persecuted for their religion, more than 1,592 were church leaders, which represents a 140.89 percent increase over the previous year. The 2,994 people who were detained constituted an increase of 103.67 percent over the previous year. The CPC sentenced 1,274 people, a 10,516.67 percent jump over 2013.” MORE

 

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2 U.S. agencies warn on imminent ISIS attackPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:11 PM PDT

2 U.S. agencies warn on imminent ISIS attack While the FBI investigates a possible ISIS terror attack on the basis of intercepted chatter and intelligence information, the TSA issued a classified warning that ISIS is planning an attack on U.S. soil. Little is known about the nature of the attack other than its imminence, which has prompted the TSA to deploy its new Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, or VIPR, to various undisclosed locations. The VIPR teams include airports, train stations and other busy transportation hubs.One law enforcement source suggested parts of California were of special concern. As a result of the FBI warning, some cities have increased security as a precaution, but those cities have not been disclosed. The TSA classified warning was issued Friday. The FBI investigation was confirmed Saturday. MORE

 

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Chile volcano ash cloud reaches BrazilPosted: 25 Apr 2015 07:05 PM PDT

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches BrazilAsh from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Calbuco, considered one of the most dangerous along Chile’s chain of around 2,000 volcanoes, erupted twice in 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, sending up a spectacular 17-km-high (11-mile) cloud and coating nearby towns in a thick layer of gray ash. Authorities have set up a 20-km (12-mile) cordon around Calbuco, in the scenic Los Lagos region, around 1,000 km (620 miles) south of the capital Santiago, evacuating more than 6,500 people in the area. “The dangerous nature of volcanic activity like this, plus the volcano’s current instability that could lead to more intense activity in the short term, indicates we should maintain the perimeter,” Chile’s national office of emergency said in its latest report. MORE

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Nepal Earthquake Triggers Deadly Mount Everest Avalanche

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 06:34 AM PDT

Nepal Earthquake Triggers Deadly Mount Everest AvalancheClimbers on Mount Everest ran for their lives on Saturday when a massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and set off at least one avalanche. At least eight people died and more than two dozen were injured in the avalanche on the world’s highest mountain, according to The Associated Press. Jelle Veyt was just getting back to base camp when suddenly the earth “shook for a couple of seconds — badly,” the Belgian climber told NBC News. A sherpa just a few feet ahead turned and pointed behind him, Veyt recalled, saying he then turned around himself and saw a “huge cloud of snow” heading his way. “I started running for my life….trying to be in a tent before it hit me,” he said, telling NBC News he wasn’t thinking about “much” other than running “as fast as I could to the tents” which were only about 200 feet away. Before he could reach the tents Veyt said he felt a “huge blow.” “It felt like a wind in the back but more powerful,” he said. Then, he said, he was “just surrounded by snow then. I couldn’t see my own hands.” While Veyt said he first tried hiding behind a rock, he “felt like I couldn’t breathe” so tried to make his way to the tent despite the “very low visibility.” MORE

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Two earthquakes rock North Idaho, Cluster ContinuesPosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:39 AM PDT

Two earthquakes rock North Idaho, Cluster ContinuesSANDPOINT, Idaho – The Inland Northwest was rocked by two earthquakes on Thursday night, both which had epicenters in North Idaho. “I heard a sound and then felt it a little bit,” said Allura Livingston, who was performing in a play in Sandpoint when the first one hit. “I thought like a lightbulb blew or something until someone was like, ‘Oh my gosh that was just an earthquake.’” According to United States Geological Survey, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit just southeast of Sandpoint near Lake Pend Oreille at 7:32 p.m. Their website shows that more than 350 people from 51 area codes reported feeling shaking. A second earthquake occurred just hours later and north of Sandpoint’s quake. According to USGS, at 10:43 p.m. a magnitude 4.2 hit near Ponderay. Their website shows almost 600 people from 75 zip codes said they felt it. “I did feel a little bit of shaking and it wasn’t anything major, but it was definitely something there,” Gabriel Marithew said. People in areas as far south as Orofino and all the way up to the Canadian border, as well as in Washington with residents Colville and Spokane reporting feeling movement. “It felt like the seats were shaking, I mean it felt like a base,” Jo Livingston, Allura’s grandmother said. “I thought something was wrong with the speakers because we were in watching a play, but I could feel it.” MORE

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Town centre brought to a standstill after 15-foot sinkhole opens up in street – almost swallowing up carsPosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:33 AM PDT

Town centre brought to a standstill after 15-foot sinkhole opens up in street - almost swallowing up cars A busy town centre was brought to a standstill this afternoon after a mysterious 15-foot sinkhole opened up in the road without warning – almost swallowing a number of cars in the process.  Motorists had to swerve out of the way of the giant hole after it appeared on the residential Earl Street in Northampton at around 2pm, just hours after part of a London pavement collapsed, swallowing a pedestrian. Shocking pictures show the gaping chasm – which was around eight foot (2.4 metres) wide – with a section of surrounding road also looking on the verge of collapse. Police quickly closed off Earl Street, causing traffic chaos and leaving locals without water following damage to a water main. A barmaid from the Charles Bradlaugh pub, opposite the hole, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘We saw it from inside the pub. ‘It was weird. It just collapsed but it gave way really slowly. It was gradual. ‘I am not at all sure why it happened. It was really strange.’ Eyewitness Matthew Green, 24, was in the pub when he heard a loud bang. He said: ‘I was just having a drink with my mate when there was this loud crashing noise. ‘I thought there had been an accident but when I went outside, I saw the road had collapsed. ‘The hole is massive. It must nearly cover half of the width of the whole road. ‘Police were here pretty quick but cars had to swerve out of the way until we went out and stopped them. MORE

 

 

 

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India rushes aid to the east after storm kills 48, displaces thousandsPosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:28 AM PDT

India rushes aid to the east after storm kills 48, displaces thousandsThe Indian authorities were rushing food rations, clothes and cooking utensils to villagers in the east of the country on Thursday after a storm killed at least 48 people and left thousands more homeless, government officials said. With wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour (43 mph) and heavy rains, the storm struck Bihar state late on Tuesday, uprooting trees and electricity poles, ripping through farmland and destroying over 25,000 mud-and-thatch homes. State officials said 12 of Bihar’s 38 districts had been affected, including Purnia, Madhepura and Saharsa. “Now we are rushing relief, food items and utensils to the affected families,” Anirudh Kumar, a state disaster management official, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. As well as ripping apart homes and destroying possessions, the storm also flattened banana plantations and maize and wheat fields, causing many villagers to lose their livelihoods, he said. Officials said they were still assessing the scale of the devastation, a process hindered by snapped telecommunication lines and villages cut off by uprooted trees blocking roads. “The damage is huge although we cannot provide the exact figure because we are still assessing the extent of damage,” said Sudhir Kumar, a senior official in Purnia. MORE

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The ash cloud from Chile’s volcanic eruption blankets much of the continentPosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:20 AM PDT

The ash cloud from Chile’s volcanic eruption blankets much of the continentWhen Volcano Calbuco erupted in Chile on Wednesday for the first time in five decades, everyone within a 12 mile radius was evacuated immediately. The ash cloud from the explosion, however, reached 9 miles into the sky and has already covered much of the continent. Flights from Argentina have been canceled as experts say the ash is heading over the Andes mountains and could reach as far as the Buenos Aires province — 1500 km to the east — by next week. The volcano itself is still puffing out ash and smoke, Reuters reported. A 2011 volcanic eruption in Chile sent ash so high up into the atmosphere that flights flying out of Australia were canceled as a safety precaution. The small village of Ensenada, Chile and some towns in Argentina have been blanketed with a thick layer of ash and soot capable of causing respiratory infections and contaminating water, the Guardian reported. The weight of the ash has caused roofs to cave in. While most of Ensenada has been evacuated, about 30 people have remained behind, not wanting to leave their homes or their animals. “We woke up today with a blanket of fog and it hasn’t cleared,” a resident of Puerto Varas, Chile told the Guardian. “We have a layer of smoke above us.” Officials have warned residents of the affected towns that a third “and even more aggressive” explosion is likely, “We are praying that the volcanic activity will be as short as possible,” said Villa La Angostura, Argentina mayor Roberto Cacault. MORE

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Dust storm, lightning kill five in UP – epidemic of suicides reported, as climate unravelsPosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:17 AM PDT

Dust storm, lightning kill five in UP – epidemic of suicides reported, as climate unravelsUTTAR PRADESH, India – Five people including a woman were killed late Friday after a dust storm and lightning hit many parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Saturday. While two people died in Jaunpur after being struck by lightning, two others died in Pratapgarh and a woman lost her life in Azamgarh. Police said Afroz and Preeti were struck by lightning in Jaunpur and died later on way to a local medical facility.  Heavy rainfall and lightning in Pratapgarh killed two people while a woman, identified as Ramawati was killed in Kamharia village of Azamgarh when her mud house caved in due to the dust storm. Extensive damage to vegetable yield and wheat crop has also been reported. Hailstorm has been reported from Rasra in Ballia, leading to damage of crop and many vehicles. Extensive damage to vegetable yield and wheat crop has also been reported. Unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm in the past 40 days led to crop damage in the state, leaving the farmers devastated. Hundreds of farmers have committed suicide while many died due to shock over losing the harvest. Extinction Protocol

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Military holds ‘Dirty Bomb’ drills in MI CityPosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:11 AM PDT

Military holds 'Dirty Bomb' drills in MI CityA fake rental truck with a fake dirty bomb inside triggered a practice military response Friday in Battle Creek. Army National Guard members converged on a parking lot outside ABC Warehouse at 5700 Beckley Road for training and an evaluation of their response to a critical incident. A similar exercise was held earlier this week at C.O. Brown Stadium and and more will be next week again at the stadium and at the former W.K. Kellogg Middle School. About 160 members of the 460th Chemical Company of the Army National Guard based at Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta participated Friday as well as civilian volunteers who played victims of the incident. The parking lot was filled with military vehicles and decontamination tents as members of the unit dealt with people posing as victims and evaluated the threat posed by a chemical weapon. The military units are trained to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents, according to the 460th’s executive officer, First Lt. Travis Williams of Midland. The exercises this week and next are to determine whether the units are prepared to respond quickly to an incident. He said the operation was set up in 21/2 hours. It was designed to evaluate the incident and begin treating and decontaminating about 40 ambulatory patients and 20 non-ambulatory patients per hour. MORE

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STARBUCKS Hit With Nationwide OutagePosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:07 AM PDT

Starbucks systems back up after nationwide outageA widespread systems outage which hit Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada Friday night, leading to some stores giving away free drinks, has now been resolved. Shortly after midnight eastern time, Starbucks posted an update on Twitter which said that the issue has been resolved and stores will open normally on Saturday. Many stores closed early Friday, according to a statement posted on Starbucks’ website. An earlier statement said that the point-of-sale systems at company-operated stores went down during a daily update. The outage also affected Evolution Fresh and Teavana stores. Twitter and other social media lit up late Friday with reports that stores’ computer systems were down. Media reports suggested the outage began just after 7 p.m. ET. CNBC News

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Catastrophic 7.9 Earthquake Strikes Nepal, 688 Plus Deaths, Worst Quake in 80 YearsPosted: 25 Apr 2015 05:01 AM PDT

Catastrophic 7.9 Earthquake Strikes Nepal, 400 Plus Deaths, Worst Quake in 80 Years

BREAKING NEWS –  A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, leaving at least 688 people dead, as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. It is the worst temblor to hit the nation in more than 80 years. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck the country before noon and was severely felt in the capital as well as the densely-populated Kathmandu Valley. A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour later, and smaller tremors continued to ripple through the region for hours. The Home Ministry initially said in a statement that 71 people were killed in Nepal, but did not give any more details. One Chinese citizen was killed on the border, two Bangladesh and six in Tibet in the quake. Dozens of others were being brought to the main hospital in Kathmandu. One laborer, Pashpa Das, ran from the house when the first quake struck but could not escape because a wall collapsed, injuring his arm. “It was very scary. The earth was moving … I am waiting for treatment but the (hospital) staff is overwhelmed,” he said, gingerly holding his right arm with his left hand. As he spoke dozens of more people showed up with injuries, mostly from falling bricks. FULL REPORT

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Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Biggest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History?Posted: 24 Apr 2015 09:21 PM PDT

Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Biggest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History?Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver? Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver. Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver is a great investment. But in recent times, the price of silver has actually fallen quite a bit. As I write this, it is sitting at the ridiculously low price of $15.66 an ounce. So up to this point, JP Morgan’s investment in silver has definitely not paid off. But it will pay off in a big way if we will soon be entering a time of great financial turmoil. During a time of crisis, investors tend to flood into physical gold and silver. And as I mentioned just recently, JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon recently stated that “there will be another crisis” in a letter to shareholders. Some things never change — there will be another crisis, and its impact will be felt by the financial market. The trigger to the next crisis will not be the same as the trigger to the last one – but there will be another crisis. Triggering events could be geopolitical (the 1973 Middle East crisis), a recession where the Fed rapidly increases interest rates (the 1980-1982 recession), a commodities price collapse (oil in the late 1980s), the commercial real estate crisis (in the early 1990s), the Asian crisis (in 1997), so-called “bubbles” (the 2000 Internet bubble and the 2008 mortgage/housing bubble), etc. While the past crises had different roots (you could spend a lot of time arguing the degree to which geopolitical, economic or purely financial factors caused each crisis), they generally had a strong effect across the financial markets. MORE

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Hillary Clinton Says Christianity Must Change To Accommodate Abortion-On-Demand (VIDEO)

“Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed to provide reproductive health care for all women”

“Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13 (KJV)

That Hillary Clinton is a lying, duplicitous, cold-as-ice political game player has long been established beyond discussion. She will say anything, do anything, and be anything she thinks you want her to be in order to win votes and fill the coffers of the Clinton Foundation.

But she also is an abortion-on-demand advocate who, if elected to president, will raise the number of babies killed in this country to never before seen levels of slaughter. About Abortion vs. Christianity, Clinton says that things must change. Drastically.

She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.” “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said.

“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she explained. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

Whenever a woman talks about “reproductive rights” it is always about having access to abortion-on-demand. Make no mistake about it, she is not any type of Christian found in the bible. She loves to throw the label around, but she is as liberal and as apostate as they come.

When Hillary said that “religious beliefs and structural biases have to change”, that is nothing more than politician-speak to say that Biblical Christianity must step aside to allow for the killing of the unborn on demand. In any trimester, right up to the moment of birth. And why stop there?

No, if Hillary gets elected in 2016, you better prepare for the blood of the unborn to run in the streets with the ferocity of a summer storm. She is every bit as evil as Obama, and perhaps even more so.

 

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Obama’s Greatest Legacy Just Might Be The Queering Of America

It’s only April, but 2015 may be remembered as the year the term “transgender” fully entered mainstream consciousness.

EDITOR’S NOTE: No other president in United States history has done more to force the LGBTQ agenda down America’s throats than Barack Hussein Obama. As a direct result of his unfettered support of the queer agenda, the floodgates have opened for all manner of immorality and perversion to go mainstream. It was never about tolerance, certainly not just acceptance, but it’s about controlling the narrative to reward those who will further the LGBTQ agenda, and to punish those who oppose it.

In January, President Obama condemned the persecution of “people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” becoming the first president to utter the word in a State of the Union address.

“Transparent,” about an aging father who begins living as a woman, won two top awards at the Golden Globes, while transgender actress Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black” — who made the cover of Time magazine last year — was just cast in a new CBS drama.

The May issue of Vogue has a photo spread with transgender model Andreja Pejic, who said on Instagram this week that she “was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none.” A transgender character had a recurring storyline on the just-wrapped final season of “Glee,” while transgender activist and YouTube star Jazz Jennings will star in a reality show debuting on TLC this summer.

And then there’s Bruce Jenner, whose physical appearance has become more feminine in recent months amid reports — yet to be confirmed or denied by him — that the Olympic hero turned reality TV star is exploring a very public gender transition.

We’ll learn more Friday night, when Diane Sawyer’s long-awaited interview with Jenner — conducted in February — airs on ABC.

Whatever Jenner says it’s clear that transgender people, long relegated to society’s shadows, are finally stepping into the light.

“We are at a social inflection point on transgender issues,” says Riki Wilchins, a former transgender activist and author of three books on queer theory, who believes all the attention could have a positive impact. “Civil rights for minorities come in fits and starts. We’re on an upswing now.” source

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Islam In America: Lawfare And Sharia Law Compliance

Recognizing the second of the three phases of Islam is critical for concerned American citizens to stop the ongoing subversive expansion of Islamic and Sharia Law throughout America.

All phases of Islam evidence regulation of religious, political, legal, and social norms, through judicial, militia, and/or military means under Shari’a law.

In phase two, the shorter chapters located towards the back of the Qur’an supersede the earlier transcribed texts, according to the Islamic doctrine of abrogation. They parallel the time in Muhammad’s life when he formed alliances with groups outside of Mecca and began fighting non-believers who rejected Islam (22:39,40).

Mirroring this time in Muhammad’s life, these texts apply to Muslims who have become or are becoming a majority in a neighborhood, city, or region. They outline the groundwork necessary to develop a totalitarian political system that eliminates a country’s existing laws.

One predominant approach of defensive Jihad is legal. Muslims seek to de-legitimize existing laws, redefine legal terms related to human rights, and silence and punish free speech through “lawfare.” Threats increase against non-Muslims via lawsuits and dissemination of false and/or misinformation.

For example, Dearborn, Mich., “protesters” assert that their “civil rights” justify stoning Christians. Muslim communities argue their “civil rights” enable them to use their own de facto legal system (Islamic tribunals) instead of state law. Muslims successfully and intentionally censor media coverage while promoting shari’a on public school property—without consequence due to intimidation, legal threats, and blatant discrimination.

The ultimate goal is to eliminate constitutionally protected rights under the guise of “Shari’a compliance.”

The Center for Security Policy reported earlier this year that in 32 states, 146 cases existed where litigants sought to resolve a dispute applying Shari’a law instead of state law. Previously, in 2011, it discovered that in 23 states, American courts applied Shari’a law to rulings that infringed the constitutional rights of women and/or children.

Last month, Michigan’s Taylor City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting a campaign for shari’a under the guise of “hate based on religion.” Last year, Michigan’s transit authority, SMART, banned “Leaving Islam?” bus ads designed to help Muslim girls (American citizens) who are threatened and killed—on American soil— according to Shari’a apostasy and blasphemy laws.

Eliminating constitutional rights extends to the public school classroom. Under the guise of “world religions,” Common Core teaches Islam, violating at a minimum the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Taxpayers fund “Arabic Immersion” for public schools, teaching even kindergarteners in Arabic 50 percent of the time and about “Middle Eastern culture.”

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Bruce Jenner Tells Diane Sawyer That He Is A Woman

“We’re going to change the world with what we are doing” – Bruce Jenner

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” 1 Corinthians 6:9 (KJV)

Bruce Jenner sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, and finally admitted that he feels that he is a woman in a man’s body. His hair is very long, his lips are filled with silicon plumping material, and his fingernails are long and polished. The man once called the “world’s greatest athlete” now says he can no longer hide the fact that he is, in fact, female.

Jenner fully intends to use his situation to, as he says, “change the world”. This is fully in line with the mandates of the Obama administration to continue with the queerification of America. In 2015, it is all about change. This is the “change” that Obama promised America, and boy, is ever ever making good on that promise.

The Bible says that during the time of the Tribulation, people will be wholly-given to idolatry, idol worship and manifold, sexual perversion.

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Revelation 9:20,21 (KJV)

We are rapidly approaching that time. If you are saved, you will be pulled out in the Rapture. If you are unsaved, then you will experience the Great Tribulation.

The choice is yours, God is not a Calvinist. You have free will, choose wisely.

 

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What Heaven Will Be Missing

by Marsha West

Nathan Busenitz of The Cripplegate paints a picture of heaven as a place of: “vibrant color, good food, loud music, close friendships, as well as physical activity.”

But what will be missing from heaven? Busenitz puts forward a list of 17 items that the Apostle John reveals in the book of Revelation that will be missing in heaven. It’s reassuring to know that “Each of these represents some aspect of fallenness, rebellion, or divine judgment connected to this present world. And there will be no sign of corruption or judgment in the world to come.”

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‘You Cannot Stop Me’: Televangelist Creflo Dollar Defies Opponents in Effort to Buy $65 Million Jet

by Marsha West

According to Christian News Network:

Televangelist Creflo Dollar defied opponents of his global effort to purchase a $65 million dollar jet in a recent message delivered to his congregation.

“Let me tell you something about believing God. I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to,” he states in a video posted to YouTube by a group not affiliated with Dollar. “If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming.”

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‘You Cannot Stop Me’: Televangelist Creflo Dollar Defies Opponents in Effort to Buy $65 Million Jet

(CN) — Televangelist Creflo Dollar defied opponents of his global effort to purchase a $65 million dollar jet in a recent message delivered to his congregation.

“Let me tell you something about believing God. I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to,” he states in a video posted to YouTube by a group not affiliated with Dollar. “If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming.”

Alabama Senate Opens With Prayer Seeking Forgiveness for ‘Allowing Sexual Perversions’

(CN) — The Alabama Senate was opened with a prayer on Tuesday that sought forgiveness for the nation’s embrace of sexual perversion.“Forgive us for allowing sexual perversions to be considered as normal,” prayed David Gonnella, pastor of Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore.

Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Urges Pastors to Preach About Biblical Marriage

(CN) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has sent a letter to tens of thousands of pastors nationwide, urging them to preach about biblical marriage the weekend before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments over states’ rights regarding the definition of marriage.“On Tuesday, April 28, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in favor of ‘same-sex marriage.’ How will the American church respond?” he asked. “The prophet Daniel described the people who know their God as people who do two things: display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32).”

‘You Will Not Have Safety Until You Accept Islam’: ISIS Kills 30 Ethiopian ‘Followers of the Cross’

(CN) — A gruesome new video released by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, shows approximately 30 Ethiopians, who they identified as “followers of the cross,” being massacred in Libya.The 29-minute video, entitled “Until It Came To Them—Clear Evidence,” begins with what is called a history of relations between Muslims and Christians, followed by footage of Islamists destroying churches, smashing gravesites and destroying religious icons.

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New Christian Zionists Seek Distance From ‘Wild, Crazy Popular Apocalypticism

Many popular Christian books about the end times were based upon some dispensational-type teachings. In the 1970’s, for instance, Hal Lindsey’s The Late, Great Planet Earth was a best selling book, which led to a cottage industry of end times books. There were also popular fictional works, such as Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ Left Behind series, which have been made into films. A recent example is Pastor John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons. Christianbook.com currently has a “Prophecy & End Times” section with 1,458 works.

This pop-apocalypticism was also on display recently when former congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on a radio show that the end times were near and associated that prediction with President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

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GoFundMe blocks fundraiser for Christian bakery

In the wake of what many are viewing as a crushingly punitive and unfair judgment, former bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were ordered by administrative judge Alan McCullough to pay $135,000 in fines to a lesbian couple. The Kleins declined to bake a wedding cake for the couple due to their religious beliefs.

Almost immediately, supporters set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of the family. Within seven hours, at approximately 6:30 pm Pacific time, it had received nearly $80,000 in funding.

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2 U.S. agencies warn on imminent ISIS attack

FBI, TSA issue back-to-back alerts based on intercepts

While the FBI investigates a possible ISIS terror attack on the basis of intercepted chatter and intelligence information, the TSA issued a classified warning that ISIS is planning an attack on U.S. soil.

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

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April 25-26, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Christian Blogroll Collection

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The Seed of Divorce

“It may be that in your marriage, you have allowed the seed of divorce to grow. Perhaps it has already put down roots and is digging in. Maybe it has already poked its head through the soil and begun to grow to full bloom. Do not despair. There is still hope for your marriage. A marriage is not ruined by the presence of such seeds but by accepting, ignoring, or embracing them.”

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Don’t Be Scared off From Reading the Puritans

“I have been leading my small group through one of these works, The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes. It is a Christian classic for a reason. If you haven’t read it, buy a copy and reward your soul.”

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Using Your Tongue for God’s Glory

“We can counter the effect of a bad tongue by modeling a good tongue. We should speak honestly but lovingly. Also, we should speak kind words to others and go out of our way to compliment people who deserve it. How many times have we complimented our children this past week? How often did we tell them we love them?”

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Calvin the Exegete

“When passages of Scripture are taken up at random, and no attention is paid to the context, we need not wonder that mistakes of this frequently arise. Yet it was an instance of very gross ignorance, to imagine that Lucifer was the king of devils, and that the Prophet gave him this name. But as these inventions have no probability whatever, let us pass by them as useless fables.”

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Why Is Sola Fide So Important?

“In the medieval and later Romanist program, God was said to recognize as just those who are completely sanctified. The Protestants rejected that scheme as contrary to the biblical teaching that sinners are justified by divine favor alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide) which rests and trusts in Christ alone as the Righteous One.”

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Dangerous Calling – A Review

“Paul Tripp, in his book Dangerous Calling, takes a look at Christian ministry from another angle. His contention is that there is something desperately wrong with ministers and ministry culture. The book is really trying to expose the danger of hypocrisy in the life of the Pastor. Many have found this book hugely helpful and it has made it on to a variety of top 10 lists of Christian books.”

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Al-Shabab, Christian Persecution, and Psalm 23

“Today, I remember the Good Shepherd in light of the persecuted church. As I write, headlines tell of the murder of some 147 students in Kenya. At 5:30 AM on Thursday, April 2, students attending Garissa University College—a school seated near the Kenyan/Somali border—were battered by gunfire.”

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Christological Ultrasounds

“The Old Testament is filled with “ultrasounds” of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, I believe–as our own David Murray has said–“on every page”, we will find our Savior, if we only have the eyes to see Him. He does however, appear in the rough and sometimes two-dimensional form that ultrasounds present our children in the womb.”

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Annihilation versus Eternal Torment: What Does the Bible Really Teach?

by JC Lamont

Entire books on this subject have been written, as well as innumerable articles, with both sides claiming Bible verses to support their interpretation. And while this topic will likely be debated until Jesus returns, it is one that I feel I cannot be silent on as the very character of God is at stake. Please […]

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U.S. Military ‘Hostile’ To Christians Under Obama; Morale, Retention Devastated

Mr. Berry said he thinks the “hostile work environment” that is forcing the most religious persons out of the military is only getting worse, and that while in the past problems were mainly in the Air Force, religious liberty issues have spread throughout all the services. “The problem is getting worse, not better, despite our efforts,” he said. “There is a culture [of] hostility [toward] religion in the military right now.”

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Shaken Family

During Josh’s civil and criminal trials, a total of five doctors testified in his defense, arguing Naomi’s medical condition was not conclusive for abuse. They pointed to a crucial factor: Naomi’s traumatic birth. Brenda labored for four hours before hospital staff unsuccessfully attempted to extract Naomi with a vacuum device. When the baby finally emerged during an emergency cesarean section, she had a baseball-sized bruise on her scalp. The birth likely caused initial, unnoticed bleeding on the membrane surrounding her brain.

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Faith No More: How The British Are Losing Their Religion

For the past two or three hundred years, at least since the civil war, most British Christianity has been like that. Then, in the last 50 years, it fell off a cliff.. In the last 30 years alone attendance at mainstream churches has just about halved. The way this has happened is also important: adults did not stop going to church, but they failed to transmit the habit to their children and now they are dying out. The culture has changed and the Christianity which was so deeply rooted in the old culture has had its roots torn up.

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‘OPC Singles’: A Place for Singles in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to Meet

Many smaller congregations seem to have too many single men or too many single women. But by making the pool of potential spouses a bit larger, Bressler believes that the Internet can increase fellowship with others by providing a godly environment for single adults in the OPC to meet and build God-blessed relationships.

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Bells, Loneliness and Scripture

This is what Scripture is meant to do. It is written for our encouragement (Romans 15:4) and our “instruction” (1 Corinthians 10:11 cp. 2 Timothy 3:15). We ignore what Scripture teaches about God’s intention for human sexuality at our peril. We will end up in the lonely place of an imploded cultural wasteland with only pagan-inspired spiritual navel-gazing, “without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). That is the dreadful state of metaphysical loneliness.

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My Father Was Gay. Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage.

When same-sex marriage passed in Canada in July 2005, parenting was immediately redefined, removing parentage from its biological origins. Canada’s gay marriage law, Bill C-38, included a provision to erase the term “natural parent” and replace it across the board with gender-neutral “legal parent” in federal law. Now, all children have “legal parents,” as defined by the state, which means parental rights have been usurped by the government. In effect, same-sex marriage permits state powers to override the autonomy of biological parents.

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Christians Thrown Overboard By Obama

Religious persecution of Christians is rampant worldwide, as the Pew Research Center has noted, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where followers of Jesus are the targets of religious cleansing. Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the persecution and begged the world for help, but it has had little impact. Western leaders — including Obama — will be remembered for their near silence as this human rights tragedy unfolded.

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Shepherding: The Rest Of The Story

To say the Lord is my shepherd is to say more than the Lord is my guardian. It is to say the Lord is my captain, and He is the captain of others conscripted to serve with me. He leads me not only beside still water and into green pastures, he leads me into battle for His name’s sake. With Jesus at our side we lack nothing, not only for living but also for striving for the sake of His kingdom.

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For All Intents and Purposes, I’m a Platypus

by Bill Muehlenberg

People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life – it is part of me. That platypus side is part of me. That’s who I am.

OK, maybe not. But I might as well come out and say something this idiotic. After all, if Bruce Jenner can say much the same, why can’t I? The former hero of athletics, and more recently a big part of the travelling circus known as the Kardashians, he is now making a whole lot of media noise – and money – telling us he is a woman.

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Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

by C Michael Patton

Definition of Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura: the reformed Protestant believe that the Scriptures alone are the final and only infallible authority for the Christian. This does not mean that Scriptures are the only authority (nuda or solo Scriptura), as Protestants believe in the authority of tradition, reason, experience, and emotions to varying degrees (after all, “sola scriptura” itself is an authoritative tradition in Protestantism). It does mean that Scripture trumps all other authorities (it is the norma normans sed non normata Lat. “norm that norms which is not normed”).

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Controversy of Sola Scriptura

Sometimes people get the idea that sola Scriptura was a 16th-century invention. While it was definitely articulated a great deal through the controversies during the Reformation, its basic principles can be found deep in church history. Take a look at some of these early church fathers who seemed to believe in the primacy of Scripture:

Related Resource: Six Myths About Sola Scriptura by C. Michael Patton

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Russell Moore answers this question: What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?


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Nabeel Qureshi on Truth
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5 Mistakes Apologists Make
Why is Apologetics Important?
The Case for the Resurrection
Street Epistemologists – On Guard
Master of Arts in Apologetics with HBU
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Debate: Frank Turek vs. Michael Shermer
Evolution and Design: Articles and Resources
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Common Objection #25- “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.”
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This ‘n’ That

  • “Too many pastors use illustrations as a substitute for exegesis, rather than as something that illumines or applies their exegesis.”
  • I think I’ve asked this before, but how do we get Roma Downey to stop?
  • I’ve had the privilege of sitting under the teaching of Dr. Greg Harris, and, even though I do not have nor plan to have children, I still especially enjoyed this article where he shares what he prays for his children.
  • “Pope Francis…will pray in front of the shroud [of Turin] on June 21.” The blind continues to lead the blind.
  • Really, why has it taken the medical community this long to accuse Dr. Oz of being a quack?
  • Why is John MacArthur #82 on this list? Also—Gavin MacLeod? The Love Boat captain? (HT to Ray for this one.)
  • Oh, brother. Creflo Dollar says the devil is stopping his dreams of owning a private jet. Do people like this ever actually hear the ridiculous things they say?
  • The lordship of Christ is essential for salvation.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • The seeker-driven movement has rejected sola Scriptura.
  • My church had the privilege last weekend of welcoming Pastor Steve Kreloff of Lakeside Community Chapel and Verse by Verse ministries to preach at our Spring Bible Conference. We were immensely blessed by his preaching and I knew I wanted to add him to the roster of preachers featured here each week. I think you’ll agree with that choice:

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Articles of the Week

Four Things the “Hate Psalms” Teach Us, Wendy Stringer. The Psalms are usually one of people’s favorite books of the Bible. And it’s no surprise why: Israel’s ancient songbook contains the most profound and moving poetry ever written. But it’s not all rosy: there are also the so-called “imprecatory” psalms, those unsavory psalms that invoke God’s wrath and revel in his violence. Feel like skipping them? Stringer urges us not to.

A Theology of Sports, David Roark. In case you’re curious: yes, theologians are allowed to simply add “theology of” in front of whatever term they like. But even though you’re not likely to find a theology of sports in your average systematic textbook, it’s worth pondering. We Americans tend to either make sports an unhealthy idolatry or to disparage them completely. Is there a more excellent way? Roark gives us a start.

Every Pastor Should Be An “Iceberg” Pastor, Andrew Haslam. There is one rule that I think ought to underpin every pastor’s understanding of his calling, which is that he needs to be an iceberg. What do I mean? Simply this: that whatever public ministry he engages in (that bit above the surface) needs to be built upon a lifetime of preparation, growth, character, learning, and reliance on God (the mass under the surface). Public prayers ought to be a taste of how he prays in private. Preaching ought to be the cream scraped off the top of his brain.”

“But Jesus Never Talked About …” Karen Swallow Prior. The argument has becoming vogue of late—in discussions ranging from homosexuality to street preaching—to appeal to Jesus’ silence. The argument runs roughly like this: “If Jesus never addressed it, then we shouldn’t either.” As Prior beautifully points out, this is a wildly inconsistent and unhelpful hermeneutic.

Twelve Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline, Chuck Lawless. Church discipline has to qualify as one of the clearest parts of New Testament . . . that is regularly ignored by most churches. Lawless seems to have put his finger on the biggest reasons they avoid it. It’s understandable but sad how many of these boil down to something like, “They don’t do it because it would be really difficult.”


Reaching Youth While remaining True to the Gospel
Apr 24, 2015 06:24 am | Mike

What “version” of Christianity are we passing down to our next generation?  Biblical Christianity built on the solid rock of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the infallibility of the Bible?  Or a “Christianity” that can be formed and molded into a religion that suits the beliefs and desires of the individual, allowing them to […]

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Is Christian Persecution Coming to America?
Apr 20, 2015 08:32 am | Mike

Every day it seems comes news of more murders of Christians in Africa and The Middle East.  In fact it has become so common, many media outlets seem to think it is no longer “news worthy”. In America we are still safe.  But for how long?  Is it just a matter of time before Christians […]

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Repentance as a path to joy

Every person experiences feelings of guilt over sinful actions and choices, and every person responds to those feelings in some way. The Bible explains that a Christian response to guilt over sinful actions ought to be rooted in faith and repentance.


The Daily Discovery (April 25-26, 2015)

Oceanic Dispersal Rafted Worm Lizards Around the World – “Worm lizards, burrowing reptiles native to continents and islands around the globe, appear at about the same place in the fossil record all over the world, just above the K-T (Cretaceous-Paleogene, aka Cretaceous-Tertiary) boundary. These creatures are not particularly mobile, so how did they get there? The solution to this biogeographical mystery is startling to evolutionists but supports an idea long held by many Bible-believing scientists.”

How Blue the Sky Was – “All right. I suppose I should explain to you all what was up with my near-week-long involuntary hiatus from blogging. There were various factors in play, but the central one was my misguided belief that I was somehow included in all that free speech business that Madison wrote about in the First Amendment. You see, say I were to write a ‘controversial’ post about the homo-jihad, and say this post went nuts on Facebook with people reading it and stuff, suppose something like that. One of the things that usually happens when I misbehave like this is a series of cyberhack attacks on my server, conducted by the Anarchist Brotherhood in their ongoing fight for the Free Exchange of Ideas.”

Gospel Irony: When the Gospel Prevails in Unlikely Places – “What better symbol of Roman strength and power than the awe-inspiring Praetorian Guard. These were the Navy Seals of their day. These were the renowned Seal Team Six. So powerful were they that the Caesars feared a military coupe by them at any time. Ironic, since the Praetorian Guard was established to serve as the personal protection team for the Caesars in the first place.”

Thank God for Life, and Ask for More – “As the earth screams through space, balanced exactly on the edge of everyone burning alive and everyone freezing solid, as we shriek through deadly obstacle courses of meteor showers and find them picturesque, as the nearest fiery star vomits eruptions hundreds of times bigger that our wee planet (giving chipper local weathermen northern lights to chatter about), as a giant reflective rock glides around us slopping the seas (and never falls down), and as we ride in our machines, darting past fools and drunks and texting teenagers, how many times do we thank God?”

Turretin On Merit In The Covenant Of Works – “The covenant of nature is that which God the Creator made with innocent man as his creature, concerning the giving of eternal happiness and life under the conditions of perfect and personal obedience. It is called “natural,” not from natural obligation (which God does not have towards man it is also called “legal” because the condition on man’s part was the observation of the law of nature engraved within him; and of works because it depended upon works or his proper obedience.”


SERMON:

Steve Lawson – The Invisible War


VIDEOS:

Sproul: Questions and Answers

Todd Friel on Benny Hinn


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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Notable Voices: April 25, 2015

10 Pointers for Evangelistic Preaching — Peter Mead

Continuing his “10 Pointers” series, this week Peter turns his attention to evangelistic preaching.

 


Four Common Lies We Believe About Looking for a New Job — Sarah Newsome

Whatever your vocation, whether it is a secular job or in ministry, there are a handful of misnomers when it comes to looking for a new position. Sarah explains four of these lies and how to not be fooled by them.

 


No, Hanging Out With Your Friends Is Not the Church — Aaron Earls

In what appears to be a fad among Millennial Christians, some are choosing spiritual hangouts with friends over corporate gatherings of believers. Aaron explains why this is both concerning and unbiblical.

 


8 Reasons Church Change Is so Difficult — Charles Stone

Change is inevitable in churches. Charles explains how our brains process change and how best to communicate it to your people.

 


7 Basics for Better Staff Meetings — Eric Geiger

Staff meetings, when led well, can be incredibly productive and helpful. When they are led poorly, they can be a miserable waste of time. If you leda staff meetings at your church or office, these tips will help you lead a more effective meeting.

 


In Praise of Hymns — CBS Sunday

Keith and Kristyn Getty were recently featured in a report about hymns and modern hymn writing on CBS Sunday.

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What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

Russell Moore:

Bruce Jenner, of course, is a symbol, a celebrity spokesperson for an entire mentality that sees gender as separate from biological identity. So is there a word from God to the transgender community? How should the church address the Bruce Jenner in your neighborhood, who doesn’t have the star power or the Malibu mansions but who has the same alienation of self?

The Holiness of God: the app

Ligonier has introduced a new free app version of R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God teaching series for the iPhone and iPad. Enjoy! (P.S.: an Android version is coming soon.)

Martin Luther’s Definition of Faith

This is a really great excerpt from Luther’s An Introduction to St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

How to Practice a Gospel-Centered Spirituality

Donald S. Whitney:

However, the common perception of spirituality is not the biblical one. I’m writing from the perspective that spirituality includes—but transcends—the human spirit, and involves the pursuit of God and the things of God, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with God’s self-revelation (that is, the Bible).

You Have Just Enough Time

Jon Bloom:

But to call busyness (meaning a frenetic, distracted lifestyle) “moral laziness” suddenly makes us uncomfortable. It means that busyness is not something that merely happens to us. It is something we choose. As objections begin to rise in our minds, it is helpful to remember what Jesus said to busy Martha: “Mary has chosen the good portion” (Luke 10:42). Martha, you have chosen something else.

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This Week in Calvinism – April 24, 2015

  • Calvinism refuted. *Sigh* Again.
  • Calvinism cannot be true because damnation is infinitely evil. Wait…what?
  • Atheists love to make moral arguments about God. Regarding these moral arguments, atheist Reddit user Terraplanetommy notes, “I’ve never really come across one that can’t be jettisoned in favor of the calvinst (sic) viewpoint of god (sic).”
  • Roger Olson praises the book Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation, calling it “a welcome addition to contemporary Arminian literature.” It’s the book about which Terry L. Miethe, former dean of the Oxford Study Centre, said, “I cannot think of a more dangerous unbiblical teaching than Calvinism! I recommend this book highly.” Looks like a must-read.
  • A brief review of the booklet What is Experiential Calvinism? from Pastor Dave.
  • Regarding the purpose and goal of debating and challenging Calvinism, Arminian William Birch writes:

    We believe that Calvinism is error. But we can in no sense whatsoever know objectively if this is God’s absolute truth — that Calvinism objectively is, in fact, error. We must, in humility, confess that we believe that Calvinism is in error, and that Arminian theology rightly divides the word of God’s truth, while also declaring the possibility that we could be wrong. Therefore we do not seek for Calvinism to be entirely eradicated, even if, at the same time, we seek to challenge its assertions and limit its converts. Because if Calvinism is true, and we are, in our fallen state, blind to its truths, then to eradicate Calvinism altogether would be to eradicate the truth of God’s word. Therefore we seek God’s truth, God’s glory, and, of course, a most diverse unity among all believers.

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Kings Of The North And South Update

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Commentary by Jack Kelley

Over the past five years or so I have written several times about the middle eastern kings of Daniel 11 known as the kings of the north and the south. In these studies I’ve shown how these two kings will become prominent again in the end times as the Shiites (king of the north) and the Sunnis (king of the south) vie for supremacy in the Islamic movement. Before getting a look at what’s currently happening in this coming clash, let’s have a quick review of their origins.

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First Resurrection

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Q.  Revelation 20:5 refers to the “First Resurrection.” I myself am a Pre-tribber and see the many strong arguments supporting a Pre-trib rapture. However, I can not satisfactorily resolve for myself the fact that Revelation 20:5-6 calls the Post-trib resurrection the “first resurrection” and the Pre-trib rapture seems to be, apparently, not counted as a resurrection for one reason or another. I am much looking forward to your insight on this. Can you clear it up for me?

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The Multitude Of Rev. 7

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Q.  Recently I started reading your book, Understanding Revelation. Coming to chapter 7, you commented that perhaps the multitude of believers that John sees who have come out the great tribulation came to faith from knowing the Rapture had taken place. I have always taken the position that those who heard the Gospel before the Rapture, but rejected it because they did not come to love the truth (2 Thess. 9-12) will then be forced to believe the lie, whom I see as the anti-christ. No doubt there are millions of people who have not heard the Gospel, who will be given the chance to come to faith as a result of the faithful Jewish witnesses of chapter 7.

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Does God Cause Bad Things To Happen?

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Q. My husband is a commuter and listens to the Christian radio station on his way home from work.  Tonight he said there was a preacher on saying that God causes bad things to happen for the “greater good”.  I told him that is a false teacher because God is light and there is no darkness in Him the bible tells us.  We started talking and he brought up things like the flood and Exodus 11, where the first born Egyptian males were killed.  I told him the angel of death killed them not God but then I looked it up.  God
says in verses 4-7 that in essence it was Him.  Then I thought that was the old testament and since Jesus came, it’s different.  But  God is the same and doesn’t change the bible tells us. How exactly do I answer him based on God’s word?

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Another Forgiveness Question

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Q.  I’ve been having thoughts of past hurts in my life caused by others. I have handed it over to God and have forgave them and have prayed for them as well. But at times when things get tough for me I resort back to the past hurts.  I don’t want to blame others and I believe I’ve gained knowledge and strength over it. But since I think of it when things start going wrong or I feel overwhelmed, it makes things worse for me. So is it unforgiveness I’m holding on to or the devil taunting me to make me hurt worse?  I’ve tried everything. Is it a sin if I can’t control it?

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Dominionism

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Q. I recently heard two Christians say, “Who cares when the Rapture occurs?  We should be busy tearing down the devil’s strongholds.”  Something about this really bothered me. Isn’t there a crown for those watching and waiting for Jesus to return?  And doesn’t the devil have his day with the AC until Jesus Himself returns to tear it down?

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Christian Guilt

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Q.  Hebrews 10:1-2 reads, “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.  Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.”

If we flip this verse around it’s also saying, promising actually, the reverse, i.e. that those who have accepted Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf and have accepted Him as Personal Savior will no longer experienced guilt.  Why then are so many Christians tortured with guilt?

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Creflo’s 65 Million Dollar Theological Tantrum

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Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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GTY Blog: The Unshakable Love of a Godly Husband

Ephesians 5:25-32

Code: B150424

by John MacArthur

Imagine how precarious your relationship with Christ would be if He only loved you when it was convenient for Him, or only when you were most attractive to Him. Everyone knows what it’s like to be loved imperfectly—and, if we’re honest, what it’s like to love someone else imperfectly.

Believers ought to be perpetually grateful that God’s love for us isn’t conditional, and that He loved us even while we rejected Him (Romans 5:8). In Ephesians 2, Paul wrote about God’s transcendent love for us in the midst of our rebellion.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins. . . . Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-6)

So moments later, when Paul penned the instruction for husbands to love their wives “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25), he was not speaking about God’s love in vague terms. His original audience understood that he was not telling husbands to love their wives if the wives deserved it, or if the husbands felt like it.

He gave an absolute command. Biblical love is a willful commitment to self-sacrifice, and it is not at all based on how we might “feel” at any point about the object of our love.

Sacrificial Love

A husband who is unwilling to sacrifice for his wife does not even know what true love is. Those who regard their wives as servants under their sovereign headship haven’t begun to appreciate the true biblical pattern for marriage and family. Selfish husbands therefore will never know what it is to have a fulfilled marriage and family. True happiness in marriage is possible only to those who follow the divine pattern.

Properly understood, Ephesians 5:25 demands that the husband die to self. In effect, he is called to crucify himself for the sake of his wife. It’s not talking about some petty sacrifice, such as helping with the dishes now and then. It means the husband must devote his entire life—and quite literally even be willing to die—for the good of his wife.

Remember, genuine love “does not seek its own” (1 Corinthians 13:5). The man who is concerned only with getting what he can from marriage is sowing the seeds of destruction in his family. To love your wife as Christ loved the church is to be preoccupied with what you can do for her, not vice versa. After all, Christ loves us not for selfish gain, but because He is a gracious Lord who delights to bestow His favor on us.

Protective Love

The love of a godly man for his wife is not only sacrificial, it also safeguards her purity. Paul said Christ’s sacrifice for the church had this ultimate object in mind: to sanctify and cleanse her “that she would be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:26–27). Her purity was His primary concern.

Likewise, in marriage, it is every husband’s solemn duty to guard his wife’s purity. No one would ever deliberately defile someone he really loves. How could a loving husband ever delight in something that compromises the purity of the one he loves?

On the contrary, the husband who loves his wife as Christ loves the church will naturally hate anything that defiles her. He will guard her from anything and everything that might dishonor her, degrade her, demean her, or tempt her to sin. He will never knowingly lead her into any kind of sin, but protect her against any threat to her virtue. He won’t deliberately provoke or exasperate her so that she succumbs to anger or any other temptation. And he himself will be an example of purity, knowing that whatever defiles him will ultimately defile her too.

Notice the primary way Christ maintains the purity of the church: “by the washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26). Husbands have a duty to ensure that their wives are regularly exposed to the cleansing and purifying effect of the Word of God. The husband is to be the spiritual leader and priestly guardian of the home. It is his duty to make sure the Word of God is at the center of the home and family. He ought to lead his family in participation in a church where the Word of God is revered and obeyed. And above all, he himself needs to be devoted to the Word of God and proficient enough in handling the Scriptures that he can be the true spiritual head in the marriage (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:34–35).

Caring Love

Genuine love also involves tender care, and Paul expressed that idea this way: “Husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies” (Ephesians 5:28). We take care of our bodies constantly—giving them whatever food, clothing, comfort, recreation, relaxation, or rest they need. We’re attentive to our own bodies, concerned with their needs, sensitive and responsive to whatever they desire.

That is the kind of love Paul commanded husbands to show their wives. Notice, once again, Scripture is not describing love only as an emotion. This sort of love is active, voluntary, dynamic—something we do, not something we passively “feel.”

It’s only reasonable that a man would love his wife the way he loves his own body, because in marriage, “the two . . . become one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31). That is the way God designed marriage. Paul was actually quoting from Genesis 2:24, which describes how God first ordained marriage itself. It applies universally and it has been true from the beginning. Husbands ought to love their wives with the same care they give to their own bodies because, after all, the two are one flesh.

Enduring Love

Since the husband’s love for his wife pictures Christ’s love for the church, it must also be the kind of love that outlasts every trial and overcomes every obstacle. When Christ was questioned about divorce, He quoted the same verse Paul referenced from Genesis, then underscored the permanence of the union: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:6).

Every marriage is consummated in an earthly sense by a physical union: “The two shall become one flesh.” Children conceived by that union will literally bear the genetic pattern of two people who have become one flesh. But marriage also involves a spiritual union. God is the one who joins husband and wife together. Marriage is the union of two souls knitted together in every aspect of life. Their emotions, intellects, personalities, desires, and life goals are inextricably bound together.

Naturally, then, God also designed marriage to be a permanent union, unbroken and uncorrupted. The biblical terminology of Ephesians 5:31 stresses the permanence of the marriage union: “A man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife.” The word translated “be joined to” is a Greek term (proskolla) that literally speaks of gluing something together. It describes a permanent, unbreakable bond. That is an apt description of God’s ideal for marriage. It’s a union held together by lasting love that absolutely refuses to let go.

Christlike Love

Scripture is clear: God’s plan for the family begins with life-long monogamous marriage, which is grounded in sacrificial love. Why is this of such supreme importance? Paul gave the answer in Ephesians 5:32: “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” In other words, the husband’s love for his wife is a sacred duty because of what it illustrates.

Christ is the heavenly Bridegroom and the church is His bride (Revelation 19:7–8; 21:9). Because marriage pictures that union, the husband must be Christlike in his love for the wife, and she must be submissive to his headship. Otherwise, the divine object lesson is destroyed.

What higher motive could there be for a husband to love his wife? By loving her as Christ loved the church, he honors Christ in the most direct and graphic way. He becomes the embodiment of Christ’s love to his own wife, a living example to the rest of his family, a channel of blessing to his entire household, and a powerful testimony to a watching world.

(Adapted from The Fulfilled Family)


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Ryan T. Anderson: background on the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court

WINTERY KNIGHT

This Daily Signal article is a great summary of everything that a lay-person like me or you ought to know about the case that is going to be decided by the Supreme Court.

Here are a few of the points I thought were most interesting:

2. The overarching question before the Supreme Court is not whether a male–female marriage policy is the best, but only whether it is allowed by the Constitution. The question is not whether government-recognized same-sex marriage is good or bad policy, but only whether it is required by the Constitution.

Those suing to overturn male-female marriage laws thus have to prove that the man–woman marriage policy that has existed in the United States throughout our entire history is prohibited by the Constitution. They cannot successfully so argue.

3. As Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito pointed out two years ago, there are two different visions of what…

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William Lane Craig debates Alex Rosenberg: Does God Exist? Video, audio and summary

WINTERY KNIGHT

Below, please find my summary of the Craig-Rosenberg debate, which occurred on February 1st, 2013 at Purdue University.

Brian Auten has posted the MP3 audio of the debate at Apologetics 315.

The debaters

Below is the summary.

Dr. Craig’s opening speech:

The topic: What are the arguments that make belief in God reasonable or unreasonable?
First speech: arguments for reasonableness of belief in God
Second speech: respond to arguments against reasonableness of belief in God

Eight arguments:

  1. Contingency argument: God – a transcendent, personal being – is the explanation of why a contingent universe exists.
  2. Cosmological argument: God is the cause of the beginning of the universe, which is attested by physics and cosmology.
  3. Applicability of mathematics to nature: God is the best explanation for the applicability of mathematics to nature.
  4. Fine-tuning argument: God is the best explanation of the fine-tuning of the universe to…

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The Biological Basis For Religion?

The Reformed Reader

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, Douglas Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics has many strong points.  One part I appreciated was his section on neurotheology, which is the study of the biological basis for religious beliefs.  Some scientists today believe that religious beliefs (e.g. belief in God) can be explained “on the basis of certain functions in the brain.”  In other words, the only reason people have religious beliefs is because of the way our brains work – there is no external or objective basis for religion and faith.  Religion is a figment of our biological and neuro makeup – so they say.

The first thing Groothuis mentions about this is that it is begging the question since these scientists start with a materialistic presupposition: “Since we know there is no God and no sacred realm (all is material), we need to explain (and explain away) why so many have religious…

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