But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 08:37

Bifurcating the Parousia? Featured

Bifurcating the Parousia? Is that what pretribulationists do? During a fairly recent protracted exchange on Facebook someone commented that pretribbers “bifurcate the singular future Parousia of Christ into two events,” among other grievances. It came from a proponent of the prewrath...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 23 January 2020 08:15

288- Stan Deyo – Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Solar Storm and Climate the Change Scam – News

Episode 288 of the A Minute To Midnite Show. Tony is joined by Stan Deyo, who reveals some troubling signs occurring  with the sun and planet earth.  

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Thursday, 23 January 2020 08:04

LGBTQ+P For Pedophile Advocacy Group ‘Garden State Equality’ Begins Forced Reeducation Of New Jersey Public School Teachers In Gay Curriculum

Garden State Equality, an advocacy group that pushed for the mandate, developed a model curriculum and selected districts to launch the first phase of the program.

The advance of the end times agenda of the LGBTQ+P for Pedophile Movement is not only swift but stunning to the degree in which they...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Thursday, 23 January 2020 07:58

Leontius of Byzantium (Works) Featured

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Brian Daley has published (2017) his edition of Leontius of Byzantium’s Complete Works. in a handsome 600-page volume from Oxford Press (at a handsomely huge price, of course). It’s got Leontius’ Greek on the left pages and Daley’s English translation on right, plus a...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Thursday, 23 January 2020 07:58

How strange is the Trinity?

Is the Trinity an apparent contradiction? Let's take a comparison. It's natural for humans to reason counterfactually. Indeed, the ability to contemplate hypothetical scenarios is part of what makes human intelligence human.
That includes self-referential counterfactuals. I can say I'd turn out...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 23 January 2020 07:34

Life Begins at Forty! – Acts 4:22-31

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https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Acts4.22-31.mp3

 

Summary:

Peter and John gave a lame man a new life when they healed him at age 40 (v. 22).  40 is the number of testing(Ex. 24:18; Num. 14:33,34).  So the healing of this...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 23 January 2020 06:58

Word and Work: New Stained Glass at the Seminary

In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, President Dr. Dale A. Meyer explores the new stained glass windows that are being installed in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, thanks to a generous gift from the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Memorial Trust, with project...

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Written by Editor
Thursday, 23 January 2020 06:54

01/23/2020

•Theologians arguing politics; why does their opinion matter?
•Aaron Rodgers has left Christianity
•Attractional, relatable, fun Church doesn’t bear fruit
•Is it wrong to have a binary view of the world?
•Churches are kicking out the old people in hopes to attract the young
•Which disgusting story is worst?
•Does gender reassignment make child predators less likely to offend?
•Austin professor advocates pederasty

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Written by joey
Thursday, 23 January 2020 06:33

Jonathan Merritt Uses Slavery as a Cover for Slander, then Bart Ehrman’s Ideal God

Responded to the following slander from Jonathan Merritt, provided the context, etc., and discussed a great deal (nearly an hour) on slavery, historical contexts, Biblical interpretation, etc., and the fact that, basically, you just aren’t allowed to let the Bible speak for itself any longer....

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Written by James White
Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:58

How to Teach and Preach from Hosea

I enjoyed chatting with Nancy Guthrie about how to teach and preach on Hosea. It was part of her Help Me Teach the Bible podcast. You can listen here and also access additional resources on Hosea.

Authors: David Murray...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:23

Behind Death's Grinning Mask (Luther)

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Many Christians for many years have been comforted by Paul’s words in his letter to the Philippians: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21 NIV); [ἐμοὶ γὰρ τὸ ζῆν...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:00

Be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure Featured

by Mike Ratliff

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 23 January 2020 04:52

Teaching Hosea

Nancy Guthrie talks to David Murray about teaching Hosea here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 23 January 2020 04:52

Why is the Spirit the Spirit ?

Why is the Spirit of God called the "Spirit"? I've discussed this before, but I'd like to be a bit more discriminating this time. Seems to me that "ruach/pneuma" trades on several connotations, all of which are germane to this member of the Trinity:
1. In Biblical usage, a spirit is:
i) A personal...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 23 January 2020 04:28

Tooting his own Horn

Catholic apologist Trent Horn has a running commentary on Mike Winger's critique of Catholic authority:
Horn is one of the best younger-generation Catholic apologists, so he's a good foil. I'm going to selectively comment on Horn's responses. For...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 23 January 2020 04:22

Responding to Trans Questions

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What’s your response when someone tells you their daughter is now a boy?

At a pastors’ breakfast this morning the hot topic issue of transgender came up in conversation. This wasn’t a subject that would have been raised a few years ago but is now something we are all having to...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Thursday, 23 January 2020 04:21

Davenant Hall Course on Reading the Bible

Only a few days left to sign up! $99 for ten weeks of interactive classes. Recordings of all classes included.

Sign up for Davenant Hall courses here!

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 23 January 2020 03:52

A New Year’s Sermon to Our Young People Featured

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Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”. – Ecclesiastes 12:1

Authors: Mack Tomlinson...

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Written by Mack Tomlinson
Thursday, 23 January 2020 03:36

The Future -- "The Signs of the End: What Remains to Be Fulfilled?" (Conclusion)

Here's the audio from our Wednesday Night Bible Study.  This lecture concludes our series, "The Future."

The Future -- "The Signs of the End" (Conclusion)

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 23 January 2020 03:30

FRANCE: Smoke Pot, Kill a Jew, Skip the Trial, GO FREE

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Jewish flesh is cheap. It always has been.

On April 4, 2017 in Paris, France, a 66 year old Jewish woman Sarah Halimi was thrown from her third-floor balcony.  Before the plunge to her death, neighbors had heard her screams for at least an hour.

She was being tortured by a Muslim migrant, Kobili...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 23 January 2020 03:08

Voddie Baucham Says Churches with Two Services are Actually Two Separate Churches

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Voddie Baucham is one of the most prominent Reformed leaders in today’s church and is a sought-after speaker and preacher in both Reformed Baptist and Presbyterian circles.

Todd Friel recently discussed on his program a conversation he had with Voddie Baucham who said that dividing the church...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Thursday, 23 January 2020 03:00

Agglomeration

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The Good - For Education and/or Edification
No, the communion wafer isNOT the flesh of Christ, regardless of what Francis Chan says.
HMMMM
Tongue-speaking Mormons.  Just shows that “tongues” with...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:46

Epic: Elizabeth Warren Gets Owned by Father in Question Over Student Loan Forgiveness

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Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is best known for pretending to be a Native American when she really wasn’t — is running her presidential campaign primarily on the issue of student loan forgiveness. Critics of student loan forgiveness often cite the debunked socialism behind it...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:58

BOONDOGGLE IN PARADISE :RUSSELL MOORE AND SBC ARE HIGH ROLLING WITH PAUL SINGER ON LGBTQ RIGHTS. Featured

PAUL SINGER IS THE HEDGE FUND BILLIONAIRE WHOSE FOUNDATIONS AND POLITICAL PACs INFUSED ENOUGH MONEY INTO THE GOP AND THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN TO END REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION TO GAY MARRIAGE.
NOW SINGER HAS TURNED HIS FOCUS ON EVANGELICALS AND FOUND EAGER PARTNERS IN RUSSELL MOORE’S FRIENDS AT &...

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Written by revcoltom
Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:45

SBC2020: Rescind Resolution 9 Featured

Over the last several months I have had hundreds of exchanges with Southern Baptists who are deeply concerned about the direction of the SBC generally and things going on inside of some SBC entities specifically. The adoption of Resolution 9, “On Critical Race Theory and...

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Written by Hannah Ascol
Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:09

A Breakthrough in Our Family Devotions

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I’m excited about our Bible reading plan for the year. It’s like we’ve had a breakthrough in doing family devotions. It’s yielding fruit and personal encouragement. After talking with several friends, I decided to write this article that perhaps it might bless others looking...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:08

Worship Involves Participation Featured

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After concluding a conference devoted to the theme of worship and reading for a full year in preparation for this past G3—I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about how we worship, why we worship, when we worship, and the ultimate goal of worship. As we study the subject of worship...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:02

Use your good anger for good Featured

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Anger is a whistle-blower emotion.

Whistle-blowers spill the beans on what’s really going on in the company or organization.

In South Africa, former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, dropped bombshells at the State Capture Commission of how our ex-President allegedly accepted bribes – although...

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Written by Pastorfish
Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:02

Suffering and the Sovereign Featured

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Jan 23, 2020
One of the first people that I hope to meet in heaven is the Scottish theologian Thomas Boston. I admire the man for the depth of his theology; Jonathan Edwards said that Boston's work on the covenants distinguished him as a "truly great divine." I...

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Written by Philip Ryken
Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:37

VA Legislators Introduce Anti-Free Speech Bill to Criminalize Online Criticism of Government Officials

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After Virginia’s recent anti-second amendment legislation was successfully passed, the state legislature is now going after the first amendment. Virginia House Bill No. 1627 was introduced on January 16 which could effectively make it illegal to criticize government officials anywhere in the...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

The Mod | “Imagining Judeo-Christian America: Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy” by K. Healan Gaston

Motherhood, apple pie, and the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United States of America: three indisputably good things, right? But what if I explained to you that “the term Judeo-Christian was always deeply contested and served a wide range of political and religious purposes”? (231)...

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Written by Joshua Schendel
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:41

№ 105: Cleansing and Personal Revival

Q. Frances Ridley Havergal experienced personal revival through understanding 1John 1:7, seeing that the word “cleanseth” is in the present and continuous tense. The way of holiness opened to her and changed her life. Could you please comment on this verse, explaining how one may enter...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:40

Climate Alarmists Have Nothing to Say About Glyphosate

My wife and I recently watched a documentary called “What’s with Wheat?” It’s available on Vimeo for a small rental charge or if you are Prime member on Amazon, it’s included there with no additional expense. The documentary is a few years old from 2016 and I’m...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:00

Transgender activist arrested for assault, also faces civil suits

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I’m learning about transgenderism by reading about this transgender activist from Canada. Previously, I blogged about how the transgender activist (named Y4n1v) had tried to force women to wax Y4n1v’s genitalia. Y4n1v also tried to get female gynecologists to perform...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:00

How Can We, As Believers, Help Seekers Who Have Experienced a Tragedy? (Video)

In this video, J. Warner joins Stand to Reason’s Amy Hall to answer questions in an episode of #STRAsk. They answer a question submitted through Twitter: Many of our non-believing friends have experienced terrible pain and suffering. How can we help them believe in an all-loving and...

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Written by J. Warner
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:33

Mike Gendron: the Gospel, Decline of Discernment, and the One World Religion

Believers are told to know the truth, and hold fast until the end so we will not fall for strong delusions, but few would deny the rapid decline of discernment in the church today. The gospel must be preached without compromise to those who are perishing or they cannot be saved. We know the truth...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:27

John--The Man Who Saw, now at RC

I have a new blog post on John's reliability as a guest blog post at Ratio Christi. In the interests of time, I'm not going to cross-post the entire thing, with links, but I will post the beginning here and put it under the "John" tag so that readers who browse the "John" tag here at W4 will find...

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What's Wrong with the World
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:24

Video: "He Won't Back Down" by Alistair Begg

Rather than repent for his failed attempts to kill David, Saul repeatedly refused to back down. The Lord’s perfect plan, however, would not be thwarted. As Alistair Begg demonstrates, God protected His servant through Jonathan’s intervention, David’s skillful evasion,...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:55

The Regularity of Family Worship

Guest writer Jeffrey Jou is a Chinese American effect pigments research scientist as well as a student at Reformed Theological Seminary, New York City. He has been married to his wife, Jamie, for three years, and they are expecting their first child sometime in January. They attend Redeemer...

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Written by Reformed Margins
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:26

Decide

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Decide. The perpetual maybe, the angst and anxiety, the push-it-off, the come-back-later—these are not life. History is won, yes, in many ways, but never by those who won’t decide. “Can’t decide,” you say? No, ability isn’t the issue. You can. Decide. Weigh the...

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Written by Gunner
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:00

Jesus not like fake healers today

Jesus instantly healed the sick and raised the dead immediately... He healed multitudes of “lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others,” (Matt 15:30) and it was instant and conclusive... not like the NAR fake healers of today who pretend that your leg grew a half inch or your back pain...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:00

Book Review: Where the Conflict Really Lies by Alvin Plantinga

image The preeminent Christian philosopher presents his major statement and most popular position in this great work of Christian philosophy. It is not a short work and definitely not an easy work to digest. It will take the amateur philosopher (like this author) quite a bit of work and concentration to...

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Written by Samuel Ronicker
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:29

Bible Contradiction? Did Saul inquire of the Lord?

imageFor today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Saul inquire of the Lord?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Saul inquired of the Lord.

When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him,...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:08

Abusing Peter's Weaknesses To Establish A Papacy

I want to expand on Steve's recent discussion of Luke 22:32 and the papacy.The passage is addressing Peter's restoration after a fall, not some sort of strength he had as a Pope. The work Peter is described as doing, in strengthening his brethren, not only is common to all of the apostles (Acts...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:00

The First Hours of the Morning

The first fresh hour of every morning should be dedicated to the Lord, whose mercy gladdens it with golden light. –– Charles Spurgeon

Authors: NCFIC Blog...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:00

10 Things You Should Know about the Lord’s Supper

January 23, 2020 by: Tim Chesterimage

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.

1. We partake of the Lord’s Supper as embodied beings.

The Communion meal involves us in and embraces us in God’s grace. We are not mere observers. We do something. We eat something. We...

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Written by Tim Chester
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:00

Introducing the ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions

January 23, 2020 by: Crosswayimage

Key Truths of the Faith

Creeds and confessions have been used throughout Christian history to summarize the Bible’s teaching, distilling the key truths of Scripture into concise and succinct propositions. The ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions contains...

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:44

Throwback Thursday: No Meat On Friday Nonsense

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is only a month away, so for this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment I thought it would be appropriate to revisit this post that was originally published back on August 2, 2015 and has been revised.

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Back when I was a young tyke growing up...

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Written by Tom
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:12

Being led by the Spirit: What does it mean exactly? Should I expect to hear directly from Him? part 1 Featured

By Elizabeth PrataOn Facebook recently I'd posted a mini-discernment lesson regarding a tweet a well-known self-described Bible teacher had written advocating a process for distilling whether a prompt from the Holy Spirit is legitimate or if it's your own imagination.imageYes, the Spirit does convict us...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:00

Help the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum Win “Best Religious Museum” 2020

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USA Today is featuring a “10 Best” contest for their “Reader’s Choice 2020,” and one of the categories is “Best Religious Museum” in the US. Twenty religious attractions are featured, and two you will probably recognize: the Ark Encounter and the Creation...

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Written by Ken Ham