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Free Twitter Management Dashboard | Twitter Marketing Tool | Commun.it

Kiva uses Commun.it to measure its impact and engagement on Twitter. But the service goes far beyond that. It gives us all the tools we need to listen to our most influential fans and followers..

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Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On the Church

One of our Sunday messages recently was about ministry and how it is the responsibility of everyone and not just the pastors, leaders, etc of a church. Too many times, I have heard the phrase "this church doesn't meet my needs". If someone is recovering from being beat up at another church, or is newly discovering church, this would play out differently. But for many of us that have been around church for a while, God calls us to participate in His community with more than just the consumerist mentality that is so easy to have in our society. As we talked about on Sunday, He calls us to go from being a taker, to a participant, to a giver. I am still working on this myself. I am a programmer by trade and am not part of full-time ministry. Over time though, I have observed that when I am part of various ministries at my church or elsewhere, I experience as much if not more ministry/connection from God and others around me than the people to which I am ministering.

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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

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Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay

“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love,” said the 35-year-old Anglican, who recently left the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) world to become a TV news commentator, but still makes a living from royalties when American churches sing her worship songs. “I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people.”

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Robin Williams, Jonathan Edwards, and Heaven on Earth

Heaven is a world of love because, as Edwards noted, “God is the fountain of love, as the sun is the fountain of light.” Heaven is different from earth because unlike us, God “is an unchangeable and eternal Being,” thus “he is an unchangeable and eternal source of love.” Earthly love can be fickle, selfish, short-lived, and tainted, but love in heaven is perfect because God is present in his glory. “Most of the love which there is in this world is of an unhallowed nature,” Edwards wrote, but “in heaven, the love which has place there is not carnal, but spiritual; not proceeding from . . . selfish motives, and to mean and vile purposes; but there love is a pure flame. The saints there love God for his own sake, and each other for God’s sake.” The amount of love will be full and the exercise of love will be perfect, unspoiled by earthly hardship. Unlike our world, there is no fear of love failing, not being satisfied or reciprocated, or coming to an end.

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Mighty in the Scriptures

Years later, when Broadus delivered the last words he ever said in the classroom, he knew his death was approaching. He was completing a course in New Testament and, after reviewing the lesson, he turned to his students, “Young gentlemen,” he said, “if this were the last time I should ever be permitted to address you, I would feel amply repaid for consuming the hour and endeavoring to impress upon you these two things: true piety and, like Apollos, to be men mighty in the Scriptures.”

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HISTORY IN MAPS

I was recently looking at some older maps of Africa in the colonial period. Now, maps can be quite deceptive in telling stories, but one in particular struck me forcefully. This is a c.1913 map of the African religious scene . The Muslim regions are quite familiar, and the mapmaker has done his/her best to show some kind of emerging Christian presence – although the effect looks more like spiritual measles than a sustained campaign of expansion.

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Innovative Apologetics: Jesus Christ vs. Muhammad: There is No Comparison

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What Do I Use to Write in My Bible?

Like William McCoy, I used to use a four color Bic, but here’s what I found: marks I made, particularly with the red pen, would bleed and smear; it took a few years for it to happen, but it would bleed through the paper and would smear on the original page. So, I’ve switched to the Sakura Pigma Micron Pens. I like the archival ink; never worry about bleed through or smear. I also like the Prismacolor Premier colored pencils for highlighting. I find that their Spanish Orange is best. Prismacolor also makes pens that are similar to the Microns—I have one that is Sepia and it’s nice for subtle notes in the margins. I wrote a blog on this topic: http://denster57.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/on-bibles-and-markings/ if you’re interested.

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Our Wonderful and Weighty Responsibility

A deficient view of the word of God will result in a deficient view of God. Do not neglect this wonderful and weighty responsibility to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to your people. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Timothy 4:16).

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Seven Positive Ways Christians Can Use Social Media

I am incredibly grateful for so many of you who are positive witnesses for Christ on social media. It can be tempting to go negative since negativity draws attention and creates greater traffic. I would love to hear how you are using social media to share the gospel, encourage others, demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit, and to show Christ’s love in a multitude of ways.

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Home Sweet Home, Again

And frankly, I’m scared of being lonely. Introvert though I am, I like the feeling of having other people in the house. As blogger Julie Rodgers recently wrote , most of us want, even need, our lives to be “witnessed” in some way. It’s a bonus when those other people are people I love, and who love (and put up with) me. I could try to go the roommate route, but roommates, as I learned in college, are a lot like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes, as Forrest neglected to point out, you can get a pretty bad experience. I’m not ruling that option out completely, but it’s one that I would undertake only with great care and caution.

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Think Rightly & Feel Deeply — The Magic of Music — Highlands Ministries

A song that is merely sound (orthodox) is not a song but a lecture. A song that is merely emotive is not a song but emotional pornography. These temptations often frame the whole of our lives, even in the church. There are elements in the body of Christ that are given to great emotional displays, created by emotional manipulation. There are elements in the body that are given to great theological precision, chained to cold hearts. The solution, however, is never to dial down the care of our thought, nor the fervor of our emotions. Instead we are to think rightly, feel deeply. Perhaps if we gave greater care to the music that enters our ear gates we might do better. Perhaps if we fed our souls nutritious ideas and expressions we would not have such gaunt souls.

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One shot, seven arrested as chaos erupts after curfew in Ferguson

Baden’s autopsy found that Brown was shot at least six times — twice in the head — and that all of the bullets struck him in the front, the New York Times reported late Sunday. The bullets did not appear to have been fired from close range because no gunpowder was found on Brown’s body, the newspaper reported. Dorian Johnson, a friend who was with Brown and ran from the scene during the shooting, has said through an attorney that Brown was shot in the back.

16 The doctrine of the Trinity: one being and three persons

It is this definition that I am going to assume in the discussion that follows. Succinctly, then, the doctrine of the Trinity may be defined thusly: Within the one being or essence that is God, there exists three co-equal and co-divine distinct persons — namely the Father, Son and Holy Spirit — who share that essence fully and completely. This concept is not to be confused with polytheism, which maintains that there are multiple gods. While orthodox Christianity emphatically holds there to be only one God, we nonetheless understand God to be complex in his unity. The concept is also not to be confused with the ancient heresy of modalism, which maintains that God exists in three different modes. The Son has never been the Father and the Holy Spirit has never been the Son or the Father. Modalism is refuted by the picture given to us in all four gospels (Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:32-34) in which the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus in the form of a dove and a voice is heard from Heaven “This is my beloved Son. With him I am well pleased.” Similarly, it should be noted that the Father, Son and Spirit do not each make up merely a third of the Godhead.

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McConnell discusses religious liberty at forum with Mohler, evangelical leaders

McConnell participated in a forum discussion at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention; and Bob Russell, retired senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. The Democratic challenger for McConnell’s seat, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, did not respond to the invitation, which remains open for two other events.

18 Book Review: "The Poverty of Nations" by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus

The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution  is an ambitious book. Wayne Grudem (theologian) and Barry Asmus (economist) claim to put forward a list of 78 traits which, if incorporated at a national level, will bring about a solution to poverty. The book is an economic and moral/biblical treatise aimed at stamping out poverty through the production of goods and the integration of morality into global economic practice. Here, I’ll analyze it from its two primary thrusts: economic and moral. Then, we’ll discuss some of the issues involved in a book of this scope.

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Should Expository Preaching Edify or Evangelize? - Prince on Preaching

Almost eleven years ago, when I became the pastor at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, a well-meaning church member came to me with a request, “When you are going to preach an evangelistic sermon, will you let me know? I would like to bring lost friends on those Sundays.” I responded, “Sure, I can take care of that right now, I’m going to preach an evangelistic sermon every Sunday.” He said, “You know what I mean; I’m talking about a really evangelistic sermon.” I hope that eleven years later he would say I have kept my promise and that I preach a really evangelistic sermon every week.

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Innovative Apologetics: The Third Commandment: Honoring God’s Name Some Apologetic Thoughts

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What criteria do historians use to get to the minimal facts about the historical Jesus?

Notice that these “criteria” do not presuppose the general reliability of the Gospels. Rather they focus on a particular saying or event and give evidence for thinking that specific element of Jesus’ life to be historical, regardless of the general reliability of the document in which the particular saying or event is reported. These same “criteria” are thus applicable to reports of Jesus found in the apocryphal Gospels, or rabbinical writings, or even the Qur’an. Of course, if the Gospels can be shown to be generally reliable documents, so much the better! But the “criteria” do not depend on any such presupposition. They serve to help spot historical kernels even in the midst of historical chaff. Thus we need not concern ourselves with defending the Gospels’ every claim attributed to Jesus in the gospels; the question will be whether we can establish enough about Jesus to make faith in him reasonable.

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Mann's Word: Apologetics in a Postmodern Age

The disciples had been accused of being drunk at 9 AM as they spoke in tongues on the morning of Pentecost. Understandably, Peter sought to prove that it wasn’t drunkenness that was producing this great outpouring but the Holy Spirit. Instead, Pentecost was divine evidence of the validity of the Christian faith. Firstly, he quoted Joel 2:28-32 to prove that what they were hearing was in fulfillment of God’s plan. The he quoted Psalm 16:8-11 to prove that the resurrection of Jesus was also in fulfillment of the prophecy that God’s “Holy One” would not remain in the grave. Lastly, Peter provided the evidence of Psalm 110:1 to prove that what Jesus had spoken about His ascension had also been prophesied.

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Ligonier.org

Dr. Sproul relates an event when he was teaching at Conwell School of Theology where he met Henry Barraclough who wrote the hymn "Ivory Palaces" and the author's reason for writing the hymn. From there he moves into an investigation of Jesus requests. Dr. Sproul gives a detailed explanation of the purpose and meaning behind the atonement and to whom it is efficient and includes a comparison with the non reformed view. Lastly Dr. Sproul discusses Jesus ensures the salvation of the elect.

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Cladistics Made Easy: Why an Arcane Field of Study Fails to Upset Steve Meyer's Argument for Intelligent Design

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.

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10 Things Every Christian Should Know About Islam

Islam is a fast-growing religion, especially in the Western world. Christians increasingly need to be aware of Islam and, most importantly, how to engage its adherents with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are 10 things I learned about Islam during my 20 years as a missionary in a Muslim-majority country.

26 Sunday Quote!- Modern Warfare and the Power of God

The so-called secularization of war has not somehow cleansed it of evil, but rather made the work of our hands the sole credit and often reason for war. Salvation comes not from others, but we turn to the work of our hands–cruise missiles, drone strikes, and the like–to wage war for resources, land, money, and the like. Has war become more or less justified? Is it somehow sanctified through “secularization”? I think this quote speaks powerfully to these notions. I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book now and I really have enjoyed it. It hasn’t quite been about the topics I expected, but it’s been more challenging and expanding in its vision for that reason.

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Arguing God's Existence Even When There are No Atheists

Today, Christians can run into many people who doubt God's existence. While books by the New Atheists like Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris are the most well-known, many "Internet atheists" will comment about the lack of evidence for God's existence or the supposed incredulity of a Supreme Being. Most Christians who defend God's existence have quite a few different arguments from which to draw upon. Apologists can recount arguments based on the fact that something exists rather than nothing (cosmological arguments), the design evident in creation (teleological arguments), the existence of moral values and duties (axiological arguments), as well as the argument from contingency, the argument from reason, the argument from consciousness, and even arguing that the greatest possible being must exist (ontological arguments). The amazing thing isn't that as veritable smorgasbord of arguments for God's existence exist within Christianity, it's that arguments for God's existence have existed for millennia, while atheism as we know it is a relatively new phenomenon. In his book, Atheists: The Origin of the Species , Nick Spenser writes that while some of the seeds of atheism had developed through the Renaissance, it really wasn't until ‘the end of the eighteenth century, in which a handful of pioneers, most prominent in France, put forth the first openly and unapologetically atheist arguments since the classical period.

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Mann's Word: Universalism: Its Popularity and Biblical Implausibility

READ this book and then flush your perversion down the toilet... You don't know what you're talking about. This book is irrefutable and the truth it holds is irresistible. ROSS The All Mankind Bible Commentary: A Study of Universal Reconciliation of All Mankind by Ross S Marshall 520 pages https://www.createspace.com/4949875 The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to what is believed to be the original atonement teaching of first century Christianity. It has a close relationship of the two traditional modern theological positions of today, but varies greatly in the “end result” or final destiny of humanity. A thorough view of the subject is presented with sufficient scriptural quotations and detailed commentaries. Emphasis is placed upon those concepts of immediate value to the student, pastors, theologians and other persons who are dissatisfied with contemporary doctrinal creeds and who are still seeking the truth. This book brings to light the positive “good news” of the message as trumpeted by the angel of the Lord and leaves the negative verses for another time in the unveiling of Christ in these last days.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering

While philosophers (and non-philosophers) decry an all-powerful and all-good God, the Bible goes beyond these abstract ideas.  God is not just all-powerful he is sovereign over every event in history.  God is not just all-good he entered into this world and experienced greater evil, pain and suffering than any of us have experienced.  Sometimes this doctrine of sovereignty is called compatibilism.  He is in complete control of what happens yet exercises that control through the free choices and actions of human beings who are responsible.  His plan is worked out perfectly through our choices and willing actions, not despite them.  He never forces us to do anything, we always do what we want to do and our choices have consequences.