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Five Ways to Flourish in Journaling

But don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t expect that your records and reflections on life will one day be sought by the general Christian public. It is very likely that no one else will ever read your journal. Better if they don’t. The best of journals are just for yourself and God, without constantly looking over your shoulder to think about what someone else would think if they were reading it. Settle the issue in your own heart now, and write for your own good. Don’t alter the course of a lifetime’s worth of private journaling just in case someone reads it someday.

Ex-Clinton official Robert Reich delivers lecture on greed while earning $240G to teach one class

“It’s definitely hypocritical,” said Dan Mitchell of the Washington-based Cato Institute. “And not only does he earn that salary, but I’m sure he pulls in a lot of money from consulting and from giving speeches. But he’s obviously in the top 1 or 2 percent, so if he really thinks that society mismeasures these things, then why isn’t he giving some of his money away?”

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Top 20 Christ-centered expository preaching checklist

David Prince serves as assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Seminary. Is is also the pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington Ky. You can read more by David Prince at his blog: Prince on Preaching . Also follow him on Twitter at:  @davideprince . This article originally appeared on his blog .

You Don’t Have to Know a Lot of Things

The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count . . . you don’t need to have a high IQ. You don’t have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things — or one great all-embracing thing — and be set on fire by them. ( Don’t Waste Your Life , 44–45)

It’s Time for the Church to Start Taking Gun Violence Seriously

Interesting approach. I haven't seen this view mentioned before. In America, as in most countries, guns have been a part of its history. Yet even when guns are banished, as in England, there is still violence, because the heart of a person is still towards sin. Whether we agree with guns, we need to address the result of gun violence, just as in drunk driving and drug addiction. Whether the actual possession or ownership is legal (guns, drugs, alcohol), when the end result is negative consequences towards themselves or other people, Christians should seek out to help a hurting people.

Innovative Apologetics: Atheist Peter Boghossian Wants to Treat All Believers as Mentally Ill

Innovative Apologetics: 'The Essential Trinity: Defending the Biblical Truth and Necessity of the Triune God' new book

The Son Rising in the East—Cultural Transformation

I was reminded of this odd juxtaposition several years ago when I had the opportunity to travel to Burma to teach and train a group of godly pastors and elders who ended up teaching me. Burma is a country that is also in the grip of two great enemies of the reign of Jesus Christ, two fearsome institutions that will not kiss the Son (Ps. 2). Most people know that Burma is a military dictatorship. A military junta has ruled there for decades. That concept, of course, we’re used to. Though Burma is far less famous, we are familiar with North Korea, with Cuba, with China. What is odd is that Burma not only suffers from a military dictatorship, it suffers from a prevalent, widespread false religion. Burma is ninety percent Buddhist.

God's Not Dead: God Surely is Not Dead: Some of the Powerful Evidence

We see evidence of God’s fingerprints in every known corner of the universe. Mankind discovers the proof and affirms many of the facts that the Bible records and announces. The greatest miracle is the resurrection of Jesus. The Lord Jesus is alive! He is the only religious leader to rise from the dead. He is the only one who promised a resurrection and duly kept His promise. You can visit the tombs of all the deceased religious leaders and find their remains still in the grave. However, Jesus is alive because God is not dead.

"Hey wanna go to a movie?" | HeadHeartHand Blog

Wooing increases prayer. A text costs nothing – no money and no emotions. But wooing is so terrifying and potentially humiliating that you cannot but pray without ceasing – even if only to get some sleep in the meantime. You’re putting yourself, your ego and your reputation on the line. Instead of spraying the local female population with texts in the hope that one of them bites, you’re left utterly dependent on God inclining her eyes, ears and heart towards you.

From PNAS, a Scathing Rebuke to Hype over Homo Floresiensis, Lost "Hobbit" Species

The population that has become known as Homo floresiensis has been described as "the most extreme human ever discovered." Specimen LB1 from Liang Bua Cave is unusual, but craniofacial and postcranial characteristics originally said to be diagnostic of the new species are not evident in the other more fragmentary skeletons in the sample that resemble other recent small-bodied human populations in the region (including the Andaman Islands, Palau, and Flores itself). Here we demonstrate that the facial asymmetry, small endocranial volume, brachycephaly, disproportionately short femora, flat feet, and numerous other characteristics of LB1 are highly diagnostic of Down syndrome, one of the most commonly occurring developmental disorders in humans and also documented in related hominoids such as chimpanzees and orangutans.

Becoming Fifth Gospel Christians, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute

Hank shares troubling statistics that claim seven out of ten teenagers will end up leaving the church. In light of this tragedy, Hank underscores the importance of what it means to be a Fifth Gospel Christian; a reproducing disciple-maker of Jesus Christ.

3 questions with Peter A. Lillback, President of Westminster Theological Seminary

Three aspects of Washington’s leadership are models for my leadership at Westminster: character, concern for the good of the whole institution and self-denial. First, Washington’s life showed that character matters. Honesty, humility, perseverance, conviction for and adherence to core values were all aspects of his renowned leadership that emerged from his character. Those qualities are timeless for leaders and are aspirations that I long for in myself and my community. Second, Washington consistently asked what was best for the “good of the great whole” when making a difficult decision. As I’ve led Westminster, I’ve tried to consider not just what’s good for the professors, or the students or the staff, but what’s best for Westminster Seminary as a whole. Third, Washington’s self- denial is seen when he refused to become king, as he was urged to do by his officers. A leader who leads to serve others creates the healthiest and most stable institution humanly possible.

WORLD | Coats makes friends, not enemies in Indiana | Russ Pulliam | Aug. 6, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS—While other Republican senators across the nation keep getting primary challenges from the right, Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana may get a free ride to his party’s nomination in two years.