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1 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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A Conversation With John Mark McMillan

I don’t think people realize how much the commercial side of things has created people’s definition of what is and isn’t worship. I don’t think people realize how much big companies have to do with what they consider to be worship music and not worship music. So I really like to push people’s buttons when I can, just to make them think about what really is worship. So I like that, though it is a little frustrating sometimes from a practical standpoint with how to explain to people what we do.

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Lecrae: 'Christians Have Prostituted Art to Give Answers'

Artists and musicians and pop stars often seem to exist in their own elevated sphere, totally separate from regular people. This is because they have a lot of power to influence others with their ideas; as Lecrae put it, "I need to be a great steward of what comes out of my mouth." But if you accept the premise of Christianity, the difference between famous rappers and their fans seems flatter—no matter what you do to make money, the way you live in the world is necessarily an expression of your beliefs. This is true for crunk rappers, Christian rockers, and call-center clerks alike: Regular life doesn't necessarily have to be an act of proselytization, whether for Chandon or Christ; it will always be an act of expression. As Lecrae put it, "In the same way that Jesus was a carpenter, I don’t know if he put his message into all the things he built with his hands—I think he wanted to make good quality craftsmanship."

4 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. 

5 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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Cosmos Revives the Scientific Martyr Myth of Giordano Bruno

But there's one problem: Bruno's execution, troubling as it was, had virtually nothing to do with his Copernican views. He was condemned and burned in 1600, but it was not because he speculated that the Earth rotated around the sun along with the other planets. He was condemned because he denied the doctrine of the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, and transubstantiation, claimed that all would be saved, and taught that there was an infinite swarm of eternal worlds of which ours was only one. The latter idea he got from the ancient (materialist) philosopher Lucretius. Is it any surprise, then, that, as a defrocked Dominican friar denying essential tenets of Catholic doctrine and drawing strength from the closest thing to an atheist in the Roman world, he might have gotten in trouble with the Inquisition? Yet a documentary series about science and our knowledge of the universe fritters away valuable airtime on this Dominican mystic and heretic, while scarcely mentioning Copernicus, the Polish guy who actually wrote the book proposing a sun-centered universe.

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The Vindication of Antonin Scalia — A Sad Milestone for Marriage and Morality

A giant milestone in the moral revolution passed today when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down every single appeal from several states on the issue of same-sex marriage. This decision not to take at least one case under consideration stunned both sides in the same-sex marriage battle. Last weekend’s edition of USA Today featured a front-page story that declared the virtual certainty that the Court would take at least one of the cases and declared same-sex marriage to be “a cause whose time has come.”

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Food Blogger Has Figured Out How to Deep Fry a Pumpkin Spice Latte

T his whole Pumpkin Spice thing has officially gone too far. The food alchemist behind the blog Ohbiteit.com has posted this recipe , showing brave readers how they can soak pieces of pound cake in Pumpkin Spice Latte to make the deep-fried creation for themselves. We live in fascinating times ...

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Report: Which states give the most to charity? The ones with church-goers.

Poor and middle-income Americans are reaching deeper into their pockets when donating to charity, while the nation’s wealthiest are giving less, according to a report by Chronicle of Philanthropy that analyzed taxpayers’ IRS data.

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6 Great Reasons To Study Doctrine

Fourth, doctrine leads to unity. I once attended a church where I heard a pastor use that old phrase, “Doctrine divides.” He told the church that the path to unity was to hold a very low and basic level of doctrine, because he was convinced that knowledge would breed arrogance and division. But he was dead wrong and that church splintered because of lack of unity—a lack of unity that flowed directly from a lack of sound doctrine. Churches are bound together by the beliefs they share. Of course there will be certain minor variances in a church on lesser matters, but the greater the shared beliefs on the essentials, and the greater the emphasis on the essentials, the greater the degree of unity. In Ephesians 4 Paul talks about the way God gives leaders to churches and says they are given, “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

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Some Final Notes on "Left Behind"

Jack's argument is that in his view, the property does none of those things well, settling more to be a “Jesus juke” of other popular genres. They are, in other words, copies of things that already exist, with “Christian” stuff stapled on in order to make them more palatable to a particular market segment with money to spend. (As Jack notes in his two-paragraph note at the end of the review, he recognizes that the authors of the books were doing something a bit different, and that people may have found the books more meaningful or helpful than he did. He felt the books were a “shallow interpretation of an endlessly deep faith.” For the record, I agree, and have since I read them myself as a teenager.)

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Innovative Apologetics: God Created the Universe: Non-directed Evolution is More than Implausible

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Bible or the Qur’an: There's No Comparison

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Franky Schaeffer and Russell Moore on Religious Liberty

Schaeffer's cynical claim was in my mind this evening as I listened to Southern Baptist public policy advocate Russell Moore, speaking to the Christian Legal Society here in Boston, observe that "most of our opponents [on religious liberty]…don't really believe that people are motivated by religious conviction." Instead they "assume there must be some motivation of economic benefit or political power."

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4 Ways G. K. Chesterton Engaged His Culture and Why He Still Matters Today

Now I can scarcely remember a time when the image of Our Lady did not stand up in my mind quite definitely, at the mention or the thought of all these things. I was quite distant from these things, and then doubtful about these things; and then disputing with the world for them, and with myself against them; for that is the condition before conversion. But whether the figure was distant, or was dark and mysterious, or was a scandal to my contemporaries, or was a challenge to myself–I never doubted that this figure was the figure of the Faith; that she embodied, as a complete human being still only human, all that this Thing had to say to humanity.”

17 Gregg Davidson vs. Andrew Snelling on the Age of the Earth

This statement is ridiculous, to be blunt. Nowhere have I claimed the Bible must be “made to fit the declarations of science.” I am, in fact, saying the opposite. It is you who are trying to fit the Bible into a paradigm that it does not teach. My argument has been, and continues to be, that the Bible does not tell us the age of the universe. Your argument is that it does. Presumably, you think that the natural record somehow reflects a young earth. If so, then who is the one who is making the Bible fit science? I’m saying it doesn’t tell us about it; you’re saying it does and have a specific claim about the age of the universe. I’m sorry, but you are the one trying to fit the declarations of science into the Bible (or vice versa). Also, I have nowhere declared science infallible. You are completely misrepresenting my position. Please stop. Nowhere have I claimed these things. You are being utterly disingenuous.

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Nurse treating Ebola priest catches disease – Premier Radio

A Spanish nurse who helped treat a priest who died from Ebola has contracted the illness.

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The argument from irony against credo-baptism

Jones, however, would have me and other Baptists set all of that aside in favor of his scripture-free arguments defending open communion. And I really do mean “scripture-free.” Jones is not taking his stand on scriptural teaching, but rather on what he perceives to be the ironies of the Baptist position. I will be the first to admit that there may be some ironies in the credo-baptist position. But no one should let their conscience be bound by another person’s perception of irony. At the end of the day, this should be a discussion about what the Bible teaches, but that is not what you will find in Jones’s essay.

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Archaeology and the Historical Reliability of the New Testament by Peter Williams

Charlotte Allen observes that “Archaeology, which was then a young science, was by and large ignored by the academic biblical scholars of the [nineteenth] century. For the great German exegetes of the era … a voyage to Palestine was beside the point, as the life of the historical Jesus was for them solely a matter of interpreting texts.”[2] Today, scholars know that archaeological data can be a valuable aid to interpreting texts, as well as providing independent adjudication of a text’s historical veracity. Allen affirms that archaeological excavations in the Holy Land have “tended to support the historical value of the Gospels, at least as sources of information about the conditions of their times.”[3] As Nelson Glueck states, on the one hand “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever contraverted a biblical reference”, whereas on the other “Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible.”[4] Archaeologist William F. Albright observes:

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Why Morality Must be Objective

My son is a big Disney fan. He loves the movies, the theme parks, and just about everything Disney.  Walt Disney really knew how to not only tell a good story, but reflect the way many people feel. Pinocchio is a great example of this. In Disney's version, one of Pinocchio's temptations is to go to Pleasure Island, where there are no rules. You can break things, get in fights, smoke, drink, or do anything your heart desires and never get in trouble. It seems a morality-free setting. In reality, we know that it would be impossible to live out life morally free. If such a place existed, you could never be sure that someone else wouldn't strike out and kill you just for his own enjoyment. We rely on laws as well as the generally accepted ways of behavior so we can have order in our society. But these laws are not merely practical from a survival standpoint. They are essential . Defining Morality: Commands for how we should live When I talk about moral principles, I make the claim that they are objective and prescriptive . By objective, I mean that human beings don't invent morality out of nothing.

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‘Between two good things’: Shawn Wright chose the seminary classroom

Southern Baptist churches in New England during the 90s faced an “importation of Southern cultural Christianity,” in addition to liberal moderates escaping the South and heading to the Northeast, Wright said. Due to the lack of theological depth in New England churches, Wright wondered how he could be involved in training and equipping pastors. Wright called Dever, also his wife’s former youth pastor, for advice. Dever recommended Southern Seminary. Wright and his family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, and Wright finished his Ph.D. in 2001 with a renewed desire to go overseas.

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No, Nobody's Discovered a New Eyewitness Account of Jesus' Miracles

A nother day, another dumb fake news site getting its ill-gotten clicks by exploiting the natural human desire to trust his fellow man. Time was, reporting the news was an honorable profession in which great journalists took joy in informing the public of the truth. Today, any joker with a router can pass off "the truth" as a modern way to crank call millions with downright cruel chicanery. One of the most egregious peddlers of these pranks is World News Daily Report, who recently posted an article titled "Newly-Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle." If the unnecessary hyphen wasn't enough to tip you off, the story is a total fake. The picture used is actually from Wikipedia's article on the Vindolanda tablets . The alleged historian who found the mystical document, Ignazio Perrucci, is not real.

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Simplify: Ten Practices To Unclutter Your Soul | HeadHeartHand Blog

My wife put me on to this one after hearing Hybels interviewed on Moody Radio one day and I’m glad she did. It’s an enjoyable read, with lots of anecdotes, outlining ten practical ways to unclutter your soul.

25 About the Author

Lenny is an in-demand speaker, teaching at conferences, churches, and schools across the nation. He is a contributor to the popular Apologetics Study Bible for Students and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Southern California Christian Times. He has debated many topics on faith and reason and the rationality of the Christian worldview; his most recent debate being against well-known atheists and author Dr. Richard Carrier on the question "Does God Exist?"

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http://frcblog.com/2014/10/inescapable-and-irrepressible-conflict/

There are a number of dimensions to this issue, one of which was articulated by Dr. Al Mohler of Southern Baptist Seminary in an article on September 24: Homosexuality is “now inescapable for every congregation, every denomination, every seminary, and every Christian organization. The question will be asked and some answer will be given. When the question is asked, any answer that is not completely consistent with the church’s historical understanding of sexual morality and the full affirmation of biblical authority will mean a full embrace of same-sex behaviors and same-sex relationships. There is no third way, and there never was.”