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Why Are Jews Today the Leaders in Almost Every Field?
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Years ago, I came across an amazing statistic on Wikipedia.

“As of 2017, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 902 individuals, of whom 203, or 22.5% were Jews, although the total Jewish population comprises less than 0.2% of the world’s population. This means the percentage of Jewish Nobel laureates is 112.5 times, or 11,250% above average.”

That is a statistical anomaly that cannot be ignored! In spite of the fact that the Jewish people did not have their own country from roughly 70 AD to 1948, and were some of the most persecuted people on earth for 2,000 years, how is it they have managed to dominate almost every field from science to business?

I have an idea.
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Do Christians Who Commit Suicide Go to Heaven?
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I’ve had the privilege of meeting a half a dozen or more Christians in my lifetime who were seriously contemplating ending their lives. These weren’t just average people going through depression. One young business owner, whose family called me late one night, had a gun in the drawer of his desk in his office. Another successful professional, whose wife frantically called me had been contemplating ending his life for weeks. They and the rest were dead serious about putting an end to it once and for all.

Every single one of them asked me The Question, “Do Christians who commit suicide to go to heaven?” I was afraid if I told them what I really believed, they might just do it. So I lied. “I’m not sure,” I told them. And if that was a sin, I was willing to commit it to scare them into choosing life.

On this topic, theologically, I’m way over my pay-grade. So the following are the views of Pastor John Piper, one of the most conservative and respected pastors and theologians in the country.
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What Does it Mean to Become More Like (the Actual 1st Century) Jesus?
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This is a guest blog by Dr. Preston Sprinkle. Preston has a PhD in New Testament, taught at Cedarville and Eternity Bible Colleges and co-wrote a book with Francis Chan. He’s also a close friend and co-founder with me of The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender. www.centerforfaith.com. Preston and his amazing family living what he teaches.

I’m one of those guys who has an extra sensitive Christian cliché antenna. Some call it a BS meter. It picks up on all kinds of chatter through the church airwaves and demands a concrete explanation. So when I hear Christians say “I want to become more like Jesus,” my meter goes nuts. Not that it’s a bad thing. Becoming more like Jesus is a good thing. But what is this good thing? What does it look like? What does it smell like? What does it mean to “become more like Jesus?”

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