Would You Go To Jail For Your Basic Beliefs, Like This Chinese Pastor?

Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, is in jail, accused by the Communist government in Beijing of “inciting subversion of state power.”

The pastor absolutely denies the charges, which are based on the fact he preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ, including His claim to be “the King of Kings” and His injunction to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and the things that are God’s to God.”

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What Are You Living For?

Not sure of the answer to the question of what are you living your life for? Check your bank account and time sheets. Whatever you think you live for, the truth is your heart is wherever your money and your time are.

If you work on the Hill, maybe it’s status or recognition of some kind. Or becoming influential, an “insider.” Could be having a certain title linked to your name. Or perhaps having as much fun as humanly possible.

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Why Is It All We Want For Christmas Is MORE?

Now that the presents are unwrapped, the pretty bows and paper have all been picked up and the kids are out playing with their new delights, take a few minutes of the fleeting quiet time and give some thought to the question posed in the headline above.

Free-Thinking Ministries’ Timothy Fox (a former student of Prof. Sean McDowell at Biola University) cuts to the chase:

“It’s truly the season of More. Kids want to receive more toys than last year. Businesses want to make more money. People want their decorations to be bigger and better than ever.

“We want more holly, more jolly, more rest and relaxation, more, more, More. Of course this can all be attributed to greed, to our culture obsessed with consumption and excess. But I think there’s something deeper going on.”

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Five Reasons Christmas Is All About Jesus Or It’s Just Another Day Off

Have you ever noticed how few people get upset when the names of the various founders of the world’s religions are spoken in public forums and private discussions?

Mention “Mohammed” or “Buddha” or “Confucius” and nobody gets their shorts in an uproar. But say “Jesus” and the reaction will range from quizzical impatience to cold stares, pursed lips to rude retorts, or worse. Why is this? What is it about Jesus that sparks such reactions?

Above photo by Chris Sowder on Unsplash.

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Here’s How Football Can ‘Prove’ God Exists

Why do teams play football games? To win, of course. But what if there’s no difference between winning and losing, scoring a touchdown or intercepting the other team’s quarterback?

Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek shows in this short video how understanding the purpose of football tells us something about the purpose of life and in turn about God. Check it out. It might be the most important 1:47 of your life!

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No, The Human Mind Does Not ‘Work Just Like A Computer’

It’s a truism that’s often heard among smart people in conversations on Capitol Hill and elsewhere and it goes something like this: “The human mind thinks and processes just like a computer.”

Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? After all, minds, or our brains, and computers use logic to process information – “inputs” –  and then produce “outputs,” typically in words or numbers.

But here’s something to think about: If the human mind “thinks” like a computer, that’s really odd because, according to The Stream’s senior editor, Tom Gilson, computers don’t in fact think. They can’t think.

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Yes, God Can Even Use Pink Floyd To Bring You To Truth

Rock legend Pink Floyd probably isn’t the first name that would come to mind if you were to ask 100 randomly selected professing Christians working on Capitol Hill or anywhere else who led them to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The Poached Egg founder Greg West isn’t just anybody, however, and here he explains the role of one of the cuts on the band’s classic album, The Dark Side of the Moon, played in his journey from atheist to one of this generation’s most significant Christian apologists.

But before you click on the “here” link above, watch and listen to the cut below and see if you can detect what it was in the lyrics that launched West on an epic spiritual journey. Yes, there is a hint in the above photo, which is by George Fitzmaurice on Unsplash: