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1 The Pastors.com Daily

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Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting

Sure, you’ll find your exceptions here and there. Some pockets even prize the countercultural enough to steer their vehicles into the ditch of asceticism. But they are vastly outnumbered by the rest of us veering toward the opposite shoulder. The dangers of asceticism are great — surpassed only by those of over-indulgence.

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Why Was Judas Carrying the Moneybag?

Last week we focused on Mary , who poured a year’s wages on Jesus’s feet, and Judas, who saw Mary’s worshipful act as huge waste, because “he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6).

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A Biblical Case for Awesome Beards

Yet, despite a clear Biblical and historical bias towards beardliness, a number of Christian institutions and Bible colleges have, throughout the years, created policies that expressly forbade the cultivation of facial manliness. Historical anti-beard institutions include Bob Jones University, Moody Bible Institute, The Salvation Army, and Pensacola Christian College. Liberty University's dress code stills insists that "facial hair should be neatly trimmed." So much for liberty.

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Life as a Shepherd Leader

1. Shepherd leadership calls for feeding the flock . The primary responsibility of the shepherd is to provide nourishment for the flock (Ezek 34:2). So it is in church life, the pastor must consider that his leadership is most strikingly demonstrated through his teaching and preaching ministry. The Chief Shepherd was known as one who taught with great authority (John 1:29; Matt 7:28-29). Remember when Jesus invited his disciples to retreat to a deserted place? When they arrived, the spot was no longer deserted because the people had anticipated where Jesus might be headed. Compassion welled up within Jesus when he saw the people because “they were like sheep without a shepherd.” His immediate response is telling: “he began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34).

7 The TC Apologetics Daily

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9
Phil and Alan Robertson Announce Release Date for New 'Duck Commander' Bible

Two cast members of the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" have announced the release date of their most recent book, a Duck Commander-themed Bible slated to be released online and in retail stores on Oct. 28.

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Balancing family and ministry: Part 1: priority and capacity

I am much more productive in the morning when I am rested and the day is fresh. This is also the time when there are classes to teach and meetings to have, so I end up not spending a lot of this time in isolated productivity. I might wish that it were different, but it’s not. God didn’t make me like my very gifted friends, and I’m ok with that. I don’t have to be able to read as much, write as well, and have as many gifts as other people. I just have to be faithful with what God has given me.

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British vet bolts nursing home to join D-Day tribute

British vet bolts nursing home to join D-Day tribute Determined to join the D-Day commemoration in Normandy, Royal Navy veteran Bernard Jordan went AWOL -- from his nursing home Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1hmtELx

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See What Happens When a D-Day Veteran Returns to Normandy for the First Time (VIDEO)

See What Happens When a D-Day Veteran Returns to Normandy for the First Time (VIDEO)

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The New Trailer for ‘The Giver’ Is Intense

In case you don’t remember how creepy the dystopian novel The Giver is since you first picked it up from the book fair in fifth grade, this new trailer for the big screen adaptation is here to help. The Giver hits theaters this August ...

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Science, History and the Myths of New Atheism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Douthat is wrong. The cracks are not in the edifice of secularism, but in the temples of faith. As he should know if he reads his own newspaper, secularism is not cracking up but growing in the U.S. He and his fellow religionists are on the way out, and his columns are his swan song. It may take years, but one fine day our grandchildren will look back on people like Douthat, shake their heads, and wonder why some people couldn’t put away their childish things.”

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Sarah Ankenman: Why I am a Christian - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

So, there are good days and bad days in the life following divorce, even years afterwards. When the bad days come, it is hard to stay focused on the Lord because sometimes you can't understand why God allows things to happen to you and you can get angry at Him. I have been struggling to remain content in my singleness the last couple days and so of course, today a girlfriend comes to me today and is like, "I need advice on how to remain content in my singleness and have patience for God's perfect will." I was in the middle of something, so I stopped, and without any preparation, turned to her and gave her the perfect textbook, Biblical, Christian-ese answer ever. And we prayed, and she left the conversation encouraged. And then I just sat there for a minute and was like, how in the heck can I know exactly what to say to someone else in my mind, but it is so hard to take to heart myself? Why do I struggle with stuff when I know sooooo well what the true answer is? And then I realized that is how people can recognize the truth and still refuse to take it to heart. Because it's hard to live in the pursuit of truth.

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XX, XY: Sex, Marriage and Unfashionable Beliefs - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Evangelical Christians have some explaining to do. The secular world does not understand our commitment to “traditional values” which seem quaint, obscure and oppressive. When we’re worrying about the rise of online pornography, the prevalence of cohabitation or the legalisation of ‘gay marriage’ we are portrayed as prudish, judgemental and moralistic. This strikes evangelicals as unfair: after all , we argue that moral propriety saves no-one. We can’t consistently judge others as less worthy than ourselves when we believe that everyone has fallen short of God’s standards.

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God Didn't Create Moral Law, It Is Simply a Reflection of His Character - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

“It’s the rare atheist who will honestly admit what their world view would wreak, taken to its logical conclusion. To know that you are simply an accidental conglomeration of chemicals at the same time that such a thing as morals even exist is oxymoronic statement and yet I hear it all the time from fellow atheists.  …Be consistent. Acknowledge that the Universe is an uncaused accident, ethics is an illusion, and act accordingly. Or acknowledge the possibility of another possibility.  Stop trying to have it both ways.  Can you be an ethical atheist?  Yes.  But you won’t be a logical one.”

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What to Expect When the Evolution Bubble Is About to Pop - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

At first these big shot defectors are given some respect (e.g., Margulis). But then, many rank-and-file proponents of the original idea (e.g., in stocks, these would be investors; in evolution, they are scientists who have invested their own most precious capital, their own lives, in the idea) respond to the defection by "ridiculing" or "demonizing" the big shots who broke ranks. The investors fear that thanks to the mavericks, their investment is in peril and they react accordingly, in a fury. This is exactly what we saw with Thomas Nagel, Jerry Fodor, and many others. In essence those within the establishment fear attack from those who have broken rank .

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No Evidence for God? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

To say that you do not find the evidence for Christianity sufficient, compelling, or convincing is one thing, but to repeatedly deny ad nauseum that there is any evidence at all only goes to reveal two things: The first being your intellectual laziness, and second, the depth of your rebellion towards God.

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A Deeper Look at If the Bible Is Reliable - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Scholars devote entire books to the question of the Bible’s historical reliability. For the sake of space and time, this essay will merely sample some work on three parts of the Bible: the time of the patriarchs; Israel’s history as recorded in 1 and 2 Kings; and Jesus’ time.

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The Cosmological Argument: Some Fresh Insights - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Thomas Aquinas’ version of the Cosmological Argument is often miscomprehended, misrepresented, misinterpreted, and misapplied. The following is an unrefined summary: nothing that has a cause comes from nothing, thus everything that has a cause must come from something; all finite things lead back to a more original form.

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Don't ask questions, just believe? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Many people operate as though the definition of faith were, Don’t ask questions, just believe. They quote Jesus himself, who taught his followers to have the faith of a child (Mark 10:15). But I once heard Francis Schaeffer respond by saying, “Don’t you realize how many questions children ask?”

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How We Got the Bible - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Millions of people around the globe put their faith in a collection of books called the Bible . They consider it to be the Word of God, endeavor to live by its standards, and fervently believe its stories. Indeed, even nonreligious people value the Bible’s accounts of ancient history and admire many of its moral teachings.

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TBN Saw Over $30 Million Drop in Total Revenue in 2012, IRS Form Shows

Koper, former CFO of TBN, filed a lawsuit in 2012, claiming that the board of directors at the TV network illegally took advantage of more than $50 million in "charitable assets" for their own good. The lawsuit wasn't against TBN, however. It was against attorneys of Davert & Loe who do some work for TBN. Koper claimed that the attorneys advised her to falsify public financial disclosures and government records after she discovered illegal financial practices taking place.

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Beginning to argue effectively - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In my previous post , I discussed the need for Christians to engage others by using argumentation. We use argumentation while looking for fallacies for flaws to determine unsound or invalid arguments and assertions by others, all the while seeking to find the truth of a matter. Arguing in a logical, thoughtful manner helps us look for the flaws in other people's stances and helps us to effectively assert our own. Arguments highlight those things that can change a belief.

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Lawrence Krauss debates "A Universe From Nothing" with an astrophysicist

Lawrence Krauss is a Cosmologist at Arizona State University who describes himself as an “anti-theist”. His latest book “A Universe From Nothing” has received both acclaim and criticism for its attempt to answer the question “Why is there something rather than nothing?” Debating the issue with Krauss is Rodney Holder, Course director at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge. An astrophysicist and priest by background. In a lively exchange they debate whether Krauss’ “nothing” is “nothing”, fine tuning and multiverses, scientific knowledge, miracles and the usefulness of theology and philosophy.

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Job, Evil and an Argument for Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

When God wishes to increase our suffering he sends theologians. At least, this is one lesson Job learned; his infamous comforters were well informed and had undergone deep, mystical experiences . Yet, all their learning taught them nothing. They lacked the wisdom that life requires; they thought that Job’s suffering was a philosophical conundrum and that his questions were academic. So they gave the simplest answer available to them. God punishes the guilty by making them suffer: therefore, Job’s suffering was evidence of guilt.

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Tullian Tchividjian Clarifies Why He Apologized Following Gospel Coalition Row

Tullian Tchividjian clarified on Thursday that he was neither backing away from his theological position nor recanting his critical remarks on the Sovereign Grace Ministries sex abuse scandal when he released an apology last week.

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Star-Crossed Newlyweds Driving Separate Cars Kill Each Other in Head-On Collision; Three Kids Orphaned

Three young children are now orphans after their newlywed parents from Texas ended their bliss tragically when they slammed their cars into each other while traveling on County Road 87 near a small community called Odell, Wednesday morning.

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Public Apologetics Part 3: Be Patient! - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:13-16 ESV)

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A Look at Some Obstacles in Getting Apologetics Into the Local Congregation (Part Two) - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

“I’ve heard plenty of Christians try to answer the why question by going back to the what. “You have to believe because Jesus is the Son of God.” But that’s answering the why with more what. Increasingly we live in a time in which you can’t avoid the why question. Just giving the what (for example, a vivid gospel presentation) worked in the days when the cultural institutions created an environment in which Christianity just felt true or at least honorable. But in a post-Christendom society, in the marketplace of ideas, you have to explain why this is true, or people will just dismiss it.” – Tim Keller

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Christian Student Wins $25K Against School After Being Banned From On-Campus Preaching

The defense team for the Virginia Community College System cited its policy on student demonstrations that had been used on all 23 of its campuses since 1968. The policy designated certain "free speech zones" where students could congregate, and students could only speak on these parts of the campuses if they were a member of a student group. Additionally, students needed to receive permission to hold a demonstration from the president's office at least four days before the gathering.

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18 More Veterans Reported Dead in VA Scandal

A new report on the ongoing Veterans Affair scandal has revealed that another 18 veterans who were kept off an official electronic appointment list have since died.

34 A Christian Response to Hacktivism

I recently did a half-hour interview on Issues, Etc. on internet activism (hacktivism).

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2014 West Coast Conference — Day 1

Dr. Steven Lawson closed the first day of our West Coast Conference by walking us through 1 Corinthians 1:22-24. Despite the world craving a certain kind of message, the church is called to faithfully preach Christ and Him crucified. The world considers it foolishness, but in truth there is no greater display of God’s wisdom than in the cross of Christ. It is this message that we are to preach for it is the power of God for salvation.

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Pakistani Teen Survives Being Shot, Thrown in Canal by Family for Marrying Wrong Man

An 18-year-old Pakistani woman survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family in an attempted honor killing for marrying the man that she loved.

37 A Quote from my book, Christian Apologetics (InterVarsity Press, 2011).

One reason Christianity has failed to exert much influence in the major intellectual institutions of America is that too many Christians hold their beliefs in an uninformed and precarious fashion. Instead of pursuing answers to the toughest questions an unbeliever world could marshal, they attempt to preserve certainty through ignorance and isolation, relying on platitudes rather than arguments.

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Joel kontinen: New Challenge to Neo-Darwinism: Scientists Launch New Site Critical of Darwinian Mechanisms

Biology is more complicated than proponents of Darwinian evolution assume. Image courtesy of the National Institutes of Health. Joel Kontinen An international group of well-known scientists have launched The Third Way, a new website critical of Darwinian mechanisms. While they do not embrace creation or intelligent design, they are dissatisfied with evolutionary explanations that often rely on “sheer luck” . The majority of the 17 contributors to the site are university professors and researchers. They include James A. Shapiro, Denis Noble, Eva Jablonka and Eugene Koonin. They state, among other things: “ Neo-Darwinism … has elevated Natural Selection into a unique creative force that solves all the difficult evolutionary problems .” They do not believe that the evidence supports this kind of thinking: “ The DNA record does not support the assertion that small random mutations are the main source of new and useful variations. We now know that the many different processes of variation involve well regulated cell action on DNA molecules.

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A Mysterious Grand Piano Is Sitting on the Banks of New York’s East River

If you misplaced your grand piano somewhere near the banks of Manhattan’s East River, we’ve got good news: It’s been found! A BuzzFeed editor spotted the massive instrument while heading to work, and posted some images online. Since then, it’s become a mini-tourist destination and the source of a weird little mystery. Seriously, who throws a piano into a river? ...

40 3 Common Routes to Self-Deception

Pop culture is full of misdirection. Whether as seen in the lyrics of a song or the plot of a movie, the world’s assessment of the state of the human heart is that it is good and trustworthy in every decision. In contrast, my years of intimate, personal experience with the human heart prove to me that scriptural truth that it is evil.

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Remembering D-Day

“Our children will be the last generation who will be able to meet those who had participated in an event that really did change the course of history,” says Guy Walters in The Telegraph, referring to D-Day war veterans. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which Winston Churchill called “the most difficult and complicated operation that has ever taken place.” It was the turning point in World War II and a single event that, as the article says, truly did change the course of history. This event that may seem far removed to many of us is brought to life and reality by the still living veterans of “the longest day.” Let us take the time to commemorate the day and “listen while we still can, to hear the words, and to reflect on how lucky we are to be able to shake the hands of the men who gave us our freedom.” Image Credit: The U.S. Army Related Posts The World Through Stained Glass WindowsWas the Resurrection a Hoax?The Demise of a Culture

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