From The New Normal: You Are Not Alone In Your Sin

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Let’s face it – the story of Adam and Eve is pretty universal. Even people who haven’t opened a Bible in their lives have heard the account. I even recently read a book where an atheist used the example of Adam and Eve to make a serious point (one that I’m getting ready to make).

I wanted to find a fresh angle on such a familiar passage – which isn’t always easy. But I noticed three distinct observations from this chapter. Here we go…

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From PJ Tatler: Middle East Christians Wonder Where The West’s Response To ISIS Is

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As ISIS suffered a couple of setbacks in their conquest in the Middle East and as leaders in the region gear up to fight them, the terrorist group captured at least 90 Assyrian Christians, and many people in that part of the world are wondering the same thing many Americans are: where is a response from the West?

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From PJ Tatler: Testimony Concludes In Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Trial

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On Tuesday, testimony concluded in the trial of 20 educators in the Atlanta Public School system who are accused of cheating on standardized tests. The defense called its final witness, and the Judge Jerry Baxter gave instructions to the jury and attorneys. Closing arguments will begin on March 16 after a longer-than-usual recess.

Closing arguments will put the finishing touches on a truly bizarre trial, with accusations of teachers insulting and even threatening students and holding parties where they would change the answers on standardized tests.

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From PJ Tatler: Iran’s Supreme Leader Claims That Religious Minorities Are Safe In His Country

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei recently told a group of religious minority leaders in the country that they are safe and have always been under Iran’s watch.

Naturally, Khamenei’s statements hold no water whatsoever when stood up against the facts.

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From The New Normal: Spiritual Horticulture: What Soil Are You?

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Here’s my confession for today: I have a terrible record with just about any kind of plant. Flowers, vegetables, you name it – other than a cactus, I’ve pretty much killed any green thing in my possession.

So needless to say, with my black thumb, I don’t know much about soil. But you don’t have to be a horticulturist to know that seeds will not become mature plants in bad soil.

Jesus gave his disciples sort of a lesson in spiritual horticulture in Luke 8. Ever the storyteller, He uses a clever parable to demonstrate the importance of “good soil” to spiritual growth.

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From PJ Tatler: India’s Prime Minister Promises to Protect Religious Minorities

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally broken his silence on attacks by Hindu militants against Christians and other religious minorities. He made a promise to protect these minorities at an event honoring two new Catholic saints from India.

In a nation with a large Hindu majority – nearly 80% of Indians identify as practicing Hinduism – Modi’s remarks represent a shift toward protection of those who practice other faiths, and it’s a welcome change to critics of the Modi administration.

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From PJ Tatler: Congressmen Jump Into The Fray In Georgia’s Religious Freedom Fight

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When Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed dismissed fire chief Kelvin Cochran over a book the latter wrote, he ignited a firestorm of controversy that led to a renewed call for a religious freedom law in Georgia. And now, six members of the state’s congressional delegation have gotten involved in the fight.

Cochran has filed suit against the City of Atlanta and Reed with assistance from Alliance Defending Freedom. The former chief’s firing has become a cause celebre among certain circles in Georgia, with multiple petitions popping up on is behalf and supporters such as Ralph Reed and Erick Erickson.

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