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1. “Predestination & Free Will?” – John Hedryx answers a question from a reader about free will and predestination as it relates to salvation. (Reformation Theology)

2. Two Articles from Christian News:

“Church Elder Threatened With Arrest for Sharing Faith in California Mall Files Suit” – Church elder files lawsuit after police threaten to arrest him for sharing his faith at a shopping mall.

“Vermont Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Assisted Suicide Bill” – Assisted suicide bill championed by Governor Peter Shumlin is approved by the Vermont senate committee.

3. “From Prison to the Pulpit: A Stunning Story of God’s Grace” – Testimony of Mez McConnell who was formerly homeless, abused, addicted, and a Christian despising criminal is now currently the senior pastor at Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, and founder of 20 Schemes, a ministry dedicated to building gospel-centered churches for Scotland’s poorest communities (The Gospel Coalition):

Mez McConnell’s Testimony from 20 Schemes on Vimeo.

4. Articles by Ray Rhodes:

“Future Fruitfulness” – Ray on how to grow old fruitfully.

“Dr. Mohler and The Conviction to Lead” – Review of Al Mohler’s new book “The Conviction to Lead”. Includes story on Ray meeting a young Al Mohler.

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1. “The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat” – Former Marine Ryan Smith’s Wall Street Journal article describes the realities facing women in combat now that the restriction has been lifted banning them from serving in the front lines of combat. Denny Burk also responds to Ryan Smith’s Wall Street Journal article.

2. “Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice” – A 2007 article from John Piper commenting about women in combat. (Desiring God Ministires)

3. “Andy Stanley: President Obama Should Be Called Pastor-in-Chief” – More from Ken Silva and Erin Benziger on Andy Stanley’s pre-inaugural sermon. (Apprising Ministries)

4. “Do People, by Nature, Have a Free Will to Come to Christ?” – John Hendryx answers a question about free will as it relates to salvation. (Reformation Theology)

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1. “American Christianity Vs. Biblical Christianity” – John Hendryx answers a question from a visitor by explaining the differences between American Christianity and Biblical Christianity (Reformation Theology).

2. “European Courts Rule Against Christians on Gay Marriage Issue” – Two articles from The Christian Institute related to European court rulings concerning the gay marriage issue:

“Daily Mail: Europe cases spell church gay marriage trouble” – The Christian Institute reports on the Daily Mail’s article regarding the European Courts rulings against two Christians. (The Christian Institute)

“Christian registrar loses European court case” – European Court rules against Christian registrar who lost her job because of her stance against gay marriage.

3. “Episcopal Gay-Affirming Pastor Chosen to Replace Louie Giglio for Obama Benediction” – Gay affirming pastor Rev. Dr. Luis León of St. James Church has been chosen to replace Louie Giglio at Barack Obama’s presidential inaugural. (The Christian Post)

4. “Ten Suggestions For My Unbelieving Friends” – R.C. Sproul, Jr. gives ten wise suggestions to his unbelieving friends. (Highlands Ministries)