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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.

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Of 10 highest IQ's on earth, at least 8 are Theists, at least 6 are Christians

Have you ever heard the claim "all smart people are atheists", or maybe its inverse: "people who believe in God are dumb"? It's quite a pervasive urban legend, and one which I've known is false for a long time, but I didn't realize just how false until the other day. I recently decided to do a quick cataloging of the ten highest IQ's on earth, and discovered that it's nearly the exact opposite of the truth!

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A Movie about the Friendship Between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Is in the Works

They are two of literature and Christianity’s greatest modern writers, and now, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien will be the subject of their own movie. According to the studio, Tolkien & Lewis —which will have an $18 million budget—is “a drama fantasy set in war torn Britain in 1941 revealing the faith, friendship, and rivalry between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis,” the British authors of iconic books including the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Chronicles of Narnia . As EW notes and fantasy fans are well aware, both writers were teachers at Oxford, fought in WWI, were prominent Christian thinkers and later rivals. Though no casting details have been released yet, it will be directed by Simon West, the man behind blockbusters including Con Air and The Expendables 2 , so we should probably expect a lot of explosions ...

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‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which  they might be thought threatening.”

6 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant

There was another couple sitting beside him, another older man and woman, probably married, and the angry gentleman was splashing water on them now. Actually, it was mainly the woman at this other table who bore the brunt of it. The angry gentleman, not paying any attention to anyone else, was splashing water on another man’s wife. Not once or twice, but at least three good slaps came across the surface of that table, water and ice raining sideways on an innocent stranger five feet away. Then the gentlemen at this other table got angry and yelled at the original angry gentleman to stop, to watch what he’s doing, to quit flinging water. Is this a movie? I laughed to myself. Is there fixing to be a fight?

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A Deadly Vaccine: 3 Reasons Catholics Leave the Church

“So,” I started, a bit nervously. This was our first real conversation about the faith. “Are there any particular books of the Bible you’d like to learn more about?”

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Raising future men and women

There are no generic people. There are men, and there are women. Consequently there are no generic Christian people. There are Christian men and there are Christian women. In Genesis 1-2, Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, we find clarity about the primary roles of men and women. There are differing ways in which men and women will live out the Christian life. For instance, when giving specific instruction and admonition to men, the Bible usually does so within three key categories: leading, providing and protecting. In other words, biblical masculinity involves a heart that is inclined to obey God within this particular context of leadership, provision and protection. This may take place predominantly as husbands and fathers, but it still should be cultivated, encouraged and instilled in boys as they mature into manhood.

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Young, Settled, and Traditional | Rev. Allen Rea

This is real interesting post. It seems we put more energies into building our own theological straw men than sharing the gospel with others. Just starting out as a pastor 43 years ago I wanted to see people saved more than anything else and witnessed to them constantly. I wasn’t concerned if I was a Calvinist, Arminiain or Zebra. I just wanted to see people saved. In studying the Anabaptist we find no intricate theological system. I believe the early martyrs were orthodox but they didn’t develop their emphasis. I for one wish there was more writings on the church and baptism, but they were on the run, being martyred and the only time they seem to have had they preached the gospel and baptized believers by immersion. I am grateful for those who try clarify doctrine. I am not saying we ought to be theologically ignorant but we shouldn’t let our systems get in the way of bringing people to Christ. If it does there is something wrong with our system or the way we are interpreting it. If we make preaching the gospel priority everything else will fall into place. It worked pretty good for Paul and you my dear brother.

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https://hashtagpros.webconnex.com/faithscience

The goal of this event is to allow prominent religious voices in the public square to engage in an open, honest and entertaining dialogue about the important issues we face as a nation and civilization. This is about asking and answering tough questions in a God-honoring and purposeful way.

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Campbellsville University has Not Changed...and THAT is the Problem

Over the past week a long-percolating, yet mostly quiet, rift between the leadership of Campbellsville University (CU) and the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) boiled over into a very loud & public divorce. It takes two to tango, but I am very disappointed with the CU leadership who publicly, frequently, and recently stated they were committed to maintaining the partnership with the KBC, while privately working hard to do the exact opposite of what they were saying. (Something about let your “yes be yes and your no be no” comes to mind.) The end result is a unilateral decision, without dialogue, by CU Trustees to turn their backs on the Convention who elected & entrusted them to hold the University in trust;  and to jettison all accountability to the churches to which the school owes its present strength.  The average CU alum, Kentucky Baptist pastor or church member is left with many questions. Chief among those questions is “Why?”

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Why do we love taking internet quizzes? — Highlands Ministries

I don’t know. More importantly, neither does anyone else. The better question is, why would anyone think anyone could know? Though they have been with us for some time I’m seeing more and more quizzes on sundry social media feeds promising to tell me not just what pizza topping I am but which castaway on Gilligan’s Island, which 80’s pop diva, which former Secretary General of the United Nations. I’m not such a grumpus as to argue that there is something sinful about taking such quizzes. Nor am I inclined to believe that anyone takes these quizzes too seriously. I do believe, however, that one reason we are tempted to take the time to take such quizzes is wrapped up in what I call authority lag .

14 New study lends support to Michael Behe's "Edge of Evolution" hypothesis

However, at the time the book’s chief, concrete example — the need for multiple, specific changes in a particular malarial protein (called PfCRT) for the development of resistance to chloroquine — was an inference, not yet an experimentally confirmed fact. It was really an excellent, obvious inference, because resistance to chloroquine arises much, much less frequently than to other drugs. For example, resistance to the antimalarial drug atovaquone develops spontaneously in every third patient, but to chloroquine only in approximately every billionth one. About PfCRT I wrote, “Since two particular amino acid changes [out of four to eight total changes] occur in almost all of these cases [of chloroquine resistance in the wild], they may both be required for the primary activity by which the protein confers resistance.” The result would be that “the likelihood of a particular [malarial] cell having the several necessary changes would be much, much less than the case [for atovaquone] where it needed to change only one amino acid. That factor seems to be the secret of why chloroquine was an effective drug for decades.

15 Survey finds conservative and religious students feel discriminated against

Students with different political ideologies and religious beliefs feel the most discriminated on campus, according to a survey conducted by the University of Colorado.

16 Under the Needle - Christian Research Institute

Is it possible that Paul’s brand-marks mentioned in Galatians6:17 may have violated the conscience of a “weaker brother” and caused disunity? Probably not, since they were involuntarily inflicted. Someone would only discover the meaning of Paul’s marks if he explained it to them. The meanings behind tattoos and piercings need to be discussed and explained openly among Christians on both sides of the issue to preserve unity. I hope they will seek to understand one another’s concerns and make appropriate conciliations. Those who believe tattoos and body piercings are a desecration of the image of God may have their conscience strengthened by realizing the spiritual truths that these decorations can portray; whereas those who believe tattoos and body piercings are a demonstration of the image of God may regulate their freedom in Christ by not decorating themselves to look like circus performers or walking tackle boxes.

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"The Greatest Failing of The American Church Today" | HeadHeartHand Blog

A Great Failure (But Not The Greatest Failure) I don’t agree with Greg that “the failure of the American church to affirm the goodness of civilizational life is our greatest failing today.” That’s overstating a good case. I do agree with him that it’s a great failure, even a very great failure. And I also agree with him on the need to prioritize affirmation for all five reasons that he gives.

18 King of Creation with Lad Allen - Pt. 2, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank welcomes back director, producer, and writer Lad Allen to discuss two of his films, King of Creation: Meditations on God’s Wisdom & Works , and Flight: The Genius of Birds . Hank and Lad underscore how the majesty of creation points unmistakably to an intelligent designer.

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"America: What Would the World Do Without Her?"

What is America? What role has she played in history? Has she been a force for more good than for evil or a force for more evil than for good? This well-produced documentary-drama featuring politico Dinesh D’Souza attempts to answer this question by using the anti-American left as its foil. Interviews and various footage are interspersed with historical reenactments of scenes from the lives of George Washington, Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and even Hillary Clinton.

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What If Your Kids Don't Think Christianity is Cool?

What If Your Kids Don't Think Christianity is Cool?

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When God Seems Silent

So you desire God and ask for more of him and what do you get? Stuck in a desert feeling deserted. You feel disoriented and desperate. Don’t despair. The silence, the absence is phenomenological. It’s how it feels, it’s not how it is. You are not alone. God is with you (Psalm 23:4). And he is speaking all the time in the priceless gift of the objective Word so you don’t need to rely on the subjective impressions of your fluctuating emotions.

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Some Tips On Research

As Christians, we are to be people of the truth, and therefore we need to check as much as we can and find out if it is true or not. If we say something that is false on a major issue at one point or something that is easily disproven, then it damages our testimony when we proclaim Christ as the risen Lord.