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2 The Pastors.com Daily

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

3 Free Calvin eBooks

In addition to the short Reformation Day video we made available today, we're offering three free ebooks to help you dig deeper into the life of John Calvin.

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Why There's No Such Thing As a Soul Mate

Not believing that there isn't a perfect person for you, that the Lord will place in your life as your spouse in his timing, is in fact doubting his abilities and doubting his vastness. There is a perfect person for each and everyone of us. I think the point where people go wrong is the fact that he or she is going to be perfect, thats not the point, he may not ride in on a white horse but i know that the Lord has a specific imperfect person for each and everyone of us so that we can be imperfectly perfect serving our Lord's perfect will together. Don't take it into your own hands by seeing and seeking who would be best for you, if its the Lords will he will show you, humble yourself, do you really want to mess up the Lord's will for you by trying to rush the process? i don't think so. If impatience is the problem at hand, the Lord will show you what patience looks like. I would encourage everyone to read every single relationship in the bible, you're bound to find some answers.

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'Duck Dynasty' star gets dissed

Some faculty members walked out on Louisiana Tech’s commencement ceremony Saturday in protest of the university’s honored guest, “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.

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When Life Feels Terribly Ordinary

Not forgetting the ordinary moments and removing the fillers are great advice. Will we ever put the flesh to rest and just be happy and be still and know that He is God. If you want a life less ordinary then step up, use your God given gifts to serve, don't sweat the small stuff, do something, anything and serve. You will be so blessed and involved in serving The Lord you won't have time to think about the ordinary. Thanks for this article. Joe Identityfulfilled.com

7 The TC Apologetics Daily

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The Ethos of Christian Hedonism: Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing

As he has more holy boldness, so he has less of self-confidence . . . and more modesty. As he is more sure than others of deliverance from hell, so he has more of a sense of the desert of it. He is less apt than others to be shaken in faith, but more apt than others to be moved with solemn warnings, and with God’s frowns, and with the calamities of others. He has the firmest comfort, but the softest heart: richer than others, but poorest of all in spirit; the tallest and strongest saint, but the least and tenderest child among them. ( Works , Vol. 2, Yale, 364)

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God Will Give You Everything You Need

“All these things” include what we eat and drink and wear — all the practical needs of this present world (Matthew 6:25). Jesus tells us that we don’t have to worry about them because we have a sovereign Father in heaven who cares for us. Just look at the birds, he explains, and the lilies of the field. Birds have food to eat because God provides for them — “he gives to the beasts their food and to the ravens that cry” (Psalm 147:9). The lilies are dressed more beautifully than even King Solomon because God clothes them. And we, God’s children, are more valuable to him than birds and lilies.

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Don’t Waste Your Summer

This summer only, students will pay the full $250 fee only for their first online summer course. To help students take as many courses as possible, the online fee for each student’s second online summer course will be cut in half to $125. And, beginning with their third summer online course, students pay no online fees at all. Note that this discount applies to the online fee, not to tuition rates. Since these are online courses, you can complete them from anywhere you happen to be this summer.

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Questionable Judgments in Piketty's Inequality Data

Giles’ most explosive accusation is that Piketty chose data sources that were friendliest to his own preconceived ideas. For example, both the United States and the United Kingdom have two potential data sources for wealth: estate tax records and surveys of living households. In the U.S., Piketty uses the household survey, which showed rising wealth concentration. But in the U.K., he chose to use the inferior-quality estate tax data, which also showed rising wealth concentration. If he’d flipped both choices, he would have found falling inequality in the U.K. and steady inequality in the U.S. Giles is correct when he says, “Choices matter.” Giles’ estimates of U.K. wealth inequality in recent ecades are much lower than Piketty’s, and Piketty will need to defend his choices if we are to believe that U.K. wealth inequality has been rising.

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What Are Sam Harris' Metaphysical Presuppositions? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

It is impossible to ground a theory about the source of objective moral values and duties without recourse to metaphysics. Philosopher David Oderberg reminds us that it is “impossible to know how the world ought to go, more specifically how one ought to act (or what makes a state of affairs or action good, or worthwhile, praiseworthy, etc.) without prior knowledge of how the world is.” Metaphysics tells us how the world is.

13 Is the Gospel of John History or Theology? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Over the years, biblical scholars have challenged the historicity of the canonical gospels on a number of fronts.  But, no gospel has taken it on the chin like the Gospel of John.  Ever since Clement of Alexandria’s famous statement that the gospel of John was “a spiritual Gospel” (recorded in Eusebius, Hist. eccl . 6.14.7) critics have suggested that John has very little to do with history and has much more to do with theology.

14 Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.

15 God, Black Holes, and Stephen Hawking - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Until recently Stephen Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and is now Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. He is a renowned scientist and a victim of motor neurone disease — a familiar figure on TV, seated in his motorised wheel-chair and speaking with a synthesized voice. In all, he is a remarkable man — a scientist to be honoured and respected. But that doesn’t mean he is right when he talks about God.

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Militant Atheists and the 'Other' Holocausts - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

To think that that any group today would desire atrocities on a scale with the Holocaust is unthinkable, but maybe it is time to wake up from our slumber and evaluate the disparaging language and personal animosity being propagated by these new atheists and their followers.[1] Their religion is scientism, and their orthodoxy is materialistic naturalism, creating striking similarities to the USSR’s militant atheists.  They are a ‘cult of reason’, but reason is narrowly defined to mean materialistic empiricism. Their main targets for evangelism are students at the universities and uncritical internet followers, and it is with great evangelistic zeal that they try to convince people that God doesn't exist and that atheism alone is reasonable.[2] Since eventually a nation’s philosophy will dictate a nation’s laws and actions, the outcome of their effort is a very serious issue.

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What Is Sam Harris' Moral Theory? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Morality and values depend on the existence of conscious minds— and specifically on the fact that such minds can experience various forms of well-being and suffering in this universe. Conscious minds and their states are natural phenomena, of course, fully constrained by the laws of Nature (whatever these turn out to be in the end). Therefore, there must be right and wrong answers to questions of morality and values that potentially fall within the purview of science. On this view, some people and cultures will be right (to a greater or lesser degree), and some will be wrong, with respect to what they deem important in life.

18 The Trilemma: Lord, liar or lunatic? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Before discussing the critique of the Lord, liar, or lunatic (LLL) argument, I think it is important to have a proper understanding of the LLL argument. The first step in understanding the LLL argument is to recognize that it is not a stand-alone argument and should not be used as such. It is highly dependent on the reliability of the Bible, and the Gospels in particular, and is limited in scope and application. If the Gospels do not give a generally reliable account of history, then it does not even make sense to discuss the LLL argument. There would not even be a need to critique it because it would be a work of fiction, not truth. This is why McDowell uses the first six chapters of Evidence That Demands a Verdict to build a case for the reliability of the Bible. In chapter 7, when McDowell introduces the LLL argument, he says "We have already seen that the New Testament books are historically accurate and reliable; so reliable, in fact, that Jesus cannot be dismissed as a mere legend." The LLL argument assumes that the New Testament offers an accurate description of Jesus and His words.

19 Why Study Apologetics? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Second, we are called to be able to give an answer for the hope within us. 1 Peter 3:15-16 teaches, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” This passage involves three parts: 1) Live with Christ as Lord, 2) Be prepared to answer, and 3) Answer with gentleness and respect. All three are important, but it is essential to understand that to give an answer we must know an answer. Our personal testimony can serve as a powerful response, but so can other information about the existence of God, the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, and the evidence for the accuracy of Scripture.

20 Like it or not, Every Christian is an Apologist - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

“there is a second meaning [of philosophy] that we must not miss if we are going to understand the problem of preaching in the twentieth-century world. For philosophy also means a person’s worldview. In this sense all people are philosophers, for all people have a worldview.”

21 You may as well just live as you please - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

If life ends at the grave, then it makes no ultimate difference whether you live as a Stalin or as a Mother Teresa. Since your destiny is ultimately unrelated to your behavior, you may as well just live as you please.

22 Religion and Violence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

We are often told that religion, including Christianity, is the cause of great evil in the world. That in the words of Christopher Hitchens - “religion poisons everything”. It is claimed that if religion is removed violence will be greatly diminished. In his book, God Is Not Great, the late Hitchens outlined in the second chapter entitled “Religion Kills” various conflicts and atrocities that he blamed on religion. (2)

23 Q and A With Max Andrews: Why Do You Believe in God in the Absence of Good Arguments? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Question : Why do you believe in God when the Genesis creation account and the bible have been discredited? Why do you believe when there are no good arguments that don’t have some sort of counter argument? There is not one irrefutable proof or argument for God whether it be from archeology, history, textually,  philosophy, theology, prophecy, science, mind, miracles and the supernatural. Not one. How can it be true if nothing stands up to critical thinking? Why believe? - Luis

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Where Same-Sex Marriage Stands in the 50 States

If you look closely at the map there is one state that remains untouched and it is not because of its size. North Dakota is considered to be one of the strongest economy’s in the whole of the USA right now. Why has this state remained untouched because of the hard working folks who still hold to the traditional values they brought with them to settle that land. They got it right on the abortion issue last year and so far they are getting it right on the issue of homosexual marriage. Makes me glad I married a North Dakota girl.

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Theological trigger warnings

Blanket trigger warnings will cause more problems than not, I think. I agree that students generally need to learn to grapple with tough content. There are some exceptions; which in my experience in higher education can usually be handled exceptionally. As Christians, God arms us very well to discuss His Word, even the hard to accept material. Stephen mentions a problem of openly discussing David's adultery, for example, but shying from his polygamy. I personally haven't seen much shying like that. But these are things that give great weight to scripture and affirm that God is author and not men: we see all the warts of the men and women of scripture. Polygamy was the custom in those days...but I challenge you to find Sister Wives "happiness" in any polygamous marriage described in the Bible. The weaknesses and failures of Abraham and Sarah are aggravating to read, but what comfort we have as weak and failing people when we see Abraham's and Sarah's faith is counted as righteousness, broken people though they were. Trigger warnings will cause students to miss these testimonies to God's authorship and His ultimate goodness.

26 Getting Away With Murder? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment[i] features Raskolnikov - a highly intelligent man who begins to question morality and wonders why he should do as society dictates. He longs to become a ‘superman’ character with the power to break free and rise above the moral restraints that bind all of humanity. Raskolnikov begins by callously committing two murders, he kills an old woman and her half sister, but interestingly, almost immediately, he begins to wrestle with something he had not accounted for… his conscience:

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Code Busting: Genomes Where a "Stop" Sign Means "Go"

How did the scientists spot this phenomenon? According to the  Science Daily article describing this work , they found a genome where, if the canonical three stop codons were used, many reading frames were about 200 nucleotides long. These very short reading frames would make proteins only 60 to 70 amino acids in length, which is much shorter than the norm. They also noticed that many short reading frames terminated with the same stop codon UGA. If they reassigned UGA to glycine, however, all the genes became normal in length. Now that they knew such a thing might happen, they looked for other examples in the wide wonderful world of genomic samples and they found many other cases where it appeared organisms had non-canonical genetic codes.

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"Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe" by Harry Lee Poe

It is interesting to note that from the time he died, Edgar Allan Poe’s person was the target of a character assassination which would give rise to the popular portrayal of him as a dark, haunted drunkard. Rufus Griswold, a man who portrayed himself as a minister despite having never been ordained, published a work which has remained in the popular consciousness through the present day. In it, he falsified information about Poe and heavily edited a number of letters from the author in order to portray him as the dark, fearsome man he is often imagined even today. Harry Lee Poe exposes this mythos by noting the work of Arthur Hobson Quinn, who in 1942 published the letters Poe wrote alongside the altered letters Griswold used to make the image he created.

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Two Men Whose Lives Exploded Stereotypes about Science and Religion | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

When Anderson and Barclay first turned their attention to questions of science and faith, the outlook for a positive relationship between the two fields seemed bleak. During the opening decades of the century, notable figures in both science and theology sought reconciliation between discoveries about the natural world and traditional Christian doctrines. Soon after World War I these efforts virtually ceased and were overshadowed by the antievolutionary crusades of the 1920s. From the 1930s to the 1950s, while most trained scientists and theologians were ignoring each other, antievolutionism was incubated in America’s fundamentalist subculture, and by the 1960s began reemerging as “modern creationism.”

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Reading a Chiasm Helically

“In a book happily back in print, John Breck argues that chiasms are not ‘balanced structures, but instead are dynamic literary devices. He suggests that chiasms should be read ‘helically,’ moving not just from A to B to C to B’ and so on, but from A to A’, B to B’, C to C’, and so on. Read in this way, the text has a centripetal pull toward the central section. The corresponding sections, Breck argues, are related in the same ways that the strophes of a verse of Hebrew poetry are related. He says there is a ‘what’s more’ relationship between the corresponding lines: A and, what is more, A’.”

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Download the new JBMW for free

The Spring issue of The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood has just been released. You can download the entire issue for free from CBMW.org . This issue includes articles from Owen Strachan, Andrew Walker, and more. Strachan’s article takes a critical look at the moniker “gay Christian.” Walker has an insightful piece about religious liberty and current debates about sexuality. This issue also includes David Schrock’s interview with the author of True Sexual Morality , Daniel Heimbach. This issue is filled with helpful material, and you can read the full table of contents is below.

32 Is “Animal Rights” a Biblical Concern? - Christian Research Institute

10 Thy (Animal) Kingdom Come, Our Will Be Done: Animal Rights Theology in the Twenty-First Century by Wes Jamison Ethical Discernment/Apologetics (Viewpoint): The animal rights movement has garnered much publicity but made little difference in the way animals are treated in America. In this first part of a point–counterpoint discussion of animal rights, Wes Jamison offers a critical look at the movement’s claims and the efforts of some Christians to develop a theology of animal rights.

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One Former Disney Star Who Is Not Taking Off His Clothes to Grow Up

This is not, however, the path of David Henrie, who fomerly acted alongside Gomez on "Wizards of Waverly Place." Recently the filmmaker of the new short "Catch," Henrie told The Christian Post last week that maturing in Hollywood did not imply that child and teen actors hoping to reshape their careers had to go to extreme lengths to alienate former fans.

34 Some Rich Twitter User Is Hiding Money Around Northern California

If you live in Northern California and follow the Twitter profile @HiddenCash , you could soon be $100 richer. The person behind the tweets has been posting clues pointing to locations of envelopes filled with cash throughout San Francisco, and will soon be taking the online scavenger hunt to nearby cities. In an anonymous interview with Bold Italic , the person behind the cash giveaway (who is involved in the real estate industry) says that they are going to continue to hide at least $1,000 a day for the “foreseeable” future as a way of giving back to the community. “I’ve made millions of dollars the last few years, more than I ever imagined, and yet many friends of mine, and people who work for me, cannot afford to buy a modest home in the Bay Area. This has caused me quite a bit of reflection. I am determined to give away some of the money I make, and in addition to charity, to do it in fun, creative ways like this" ...

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Tim McGrew debates Peter "Bogo the Clown" Boghossian on the definition of faith

Peter Boghossian teaches philosophy and is the author of ‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’. He believes that faith is a ‘false epistemology’ (way of knowing things) and even describes it as a ‘virus of the mind’. Tim McGrew is a Christian philosophy professor specialising in epistemology. He contests Boghossian’s definition of faith and debates the merits of his recent book. To cast your vote on the definition of faith visit  www.facebook.com/unbelievablejb .

36 Seeker Small Groups: Engaging Spiritual Seekers In Life Changing Discussions - Christian Research Institute

It is difficult to know how to reengage when a previous conversation has ended so abruptly, but a seeker small group provides a built‐in “excuse” for ongoing dialogue about spiritual matters. Hosting a seeker small group is like having a set appointment every week with a group of non‐Christians to talk about faith‐related issues. It is far easier—for both the leader and the seeker—to strike up spiritual conversations on a regular basis when they are already scheduled. In fact, I’ve had seekers tell me they were working on a whole list of objections to Christianity and could hardly wait to bring it to the next group meeting for discussion. For them, the group became their own special opportunity to engage fully in the seeking process. It was something to which they really looked forward!

37 The Ken Ham–Bill Nye Debate with Casey Luskin, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank welcomes Casey Luskin, Research Coordinator for the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture to discuss his article the Christian Research Journal titled, “The Ken Ham–Bill Nye Creation Debate: A Missed Opportunity.”

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Maintaining Unity when doctrine can be divisive: 5 mistakes pastors make

Mistake 5 : A failure to love. A pastor must never forget that God sent him to love the people, not merely to imbue them with biblical facts. When a congregation hears a pastor’s love for them, they will accept his teaching much more readily. Loving pastors will still face occasional opposition, but it will usually be much less angry in its tone and also less able to stir up others. Jesus said that the greatest mark of our discipleship is that we love each other. No pastor can make disciples of his people if he lacks the most significant element of discipleship himself.

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Philosophy News | Mystery of Go

Go, the ancient board game, has long been a favorite of computer scientists. Yet no computer has yet defeated a top human player. Does it matter?… more»

40 Here’s What It Looks Like to Fly Over New York City in a Wingsuit

The insane team behind the “Red Bull Air Force” recently had the opportunity to fly over New York City in those crazy squirrel suits to promote the upcoming Bethpage Air Show. The perspective from the GoPro cams strapped on the heads of the stunt divers looks exactly like what you would think the view of a professional wingsuit flyer sponsored by an energy drink going 120 MPH should look like ...