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1 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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The appeal of unhappy cities

The differences between the happiest and least happy cities aren't huge, but they're significant. And some clear patterns instantly jump out. Unhappiness looks like it's concentrated in some wealthier, urban areas (New York ranks 318th out of 318), and also throughout the Rust Belt (Detroit, Akron and Pittsburgh).

3 The Counter Culture Daily

The Counter Culture Daily, by Alex Murashko: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Ligonier.org

The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now

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7 Ideas for Your Next Christian Tattoo (and Some to Avoid)

The Bible was never intended to be a rulebook. It’s a book with rules in it, yeah, but the Bible first and foremost is a story: an account of events. Like you have a story and I have a story, God has a story as well, and that is what the Bible is. The Bible, like my story and your story, has progression. When I was a kid, there were rules that I had to follow: I couldn’t go into the water at the beach unless my parents were there, I couldn’t pretend to play with the stove, I couldn’t cross the road unless somebody was with me, I couldn’t drink alcohol, etc. But because my story has progressed, because the circumstances have changed, so have the rules, y’know? I can go swimming without my parents watching to make sure I don’t drown, I can cook using the stove (even though so many people are convinced that I’m unable to), I can cross the road by myself, I can order myself a drink. There’s been progression.

6 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: An Impossible Hurdle for Darwinian Evolution to Overcome

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Innovative Apologetics: A Large List of Bible Verses Relating to The Trinity

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Facebook Finds Bible, C. S. Lewis Have Affected Many Users

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series topped the list of influential books, with more than 20 percent of examined users naming the series. But the Bible placed No. 6, listed by more than 7 percent of those answering the meme. And C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia placed No. 10, with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe itself placing No. 19.

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Mike Adams - The Abortion Bucket Challenge

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with your recent actions as Ohio University’s (OU) student senate president. In my constitutionally protected opinion, you have exhibited some serious anti-Semitic tendencies. You have also come across as an unprincipled opportunist. Of course, I am referring to the manner in which you responded to the charge from OU President Roderick McDavis to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of taking it seriously, you decided to douse yourself in fake blood in order to make a grossly ill-timed political statement.

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City On A Hill Church

City On A Hill, located in Federal Way, WA, is a local community church of Jesus Christ that seeks to engage in the diverse Northwest culture with a purpose to reach and impact the local community. The church uses every Christ-honoring means to pursue, win, disciple and equip people. City On A Hill strongly emphasizes teaching the Word of God, authentic fellowship, practical and innovative outreach, and every believer’s personal relationship with Christ through prayer, worship and the study of the Word of God.

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What the Bible teaches about spanking

Webb’s argument is not that hard to understand. He looked at some of the then current teachings on spanking and found seven ways that they reduced/changed what the Bible text said and interestingly he agreed with all of these changes. But then he asked why not add an eighth change and eliminate corporal punishment altogether, at least as an allowed choice of parents? If you are going to make seven changes to what the text says (in order to get to the current conservative evangelical view of “Biblical” discipline), why not make an eighth?

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Catalyst East 2013 Experience Kit

The Catalyst Experience Kit contains all you need to keep the Catalyst experience going! Fresh perspectives on today's culture, with monthly contact through the Catalyst Filter, and the Known Path, keep your anticipation alive and growing! Up-to-date spiritual insight triggers your creativity for the glory of God and the growth of His Kingdom.

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The Maltreatment of Early Christians: Refinement and Response

Download PDF Many individuals have a simplistic view of the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. As Laurie Guy laments, “Despite mountains of contrary evidence, many myths are so deeply embedded in consciousness that they are almost impossible to dislodge. Such is the case with the mountains of myths surrounding the topic of the persecution of the early church.”1 For example, many individuals retain thoughts of Christians being hunted down until they take refuge in catacombs, popular lore abandoned by historians.2 Joseph Lynch declares, “Countless modern books, films, and sermons have found a theme in the Roman persecution of the Christians. But the history of persecution is more complicated than it might seem.”3 In reality, neither the situation of early churches nor the approach of the Roman government nor the social-cultural milieu remained static. A year ago, Professor Candida Moss of the University of Notre Dame amplified the conversation with her book The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom.4 The tenor of her provocative volume is directed by a desire for a specific modern application (254–56), summarized in a recent interview: “As I say in my book, the myth of persecution gives Christians that use it the rhetorical high ground, and using the myth makes dialogue impossible.

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Obama delays amnesty by executive order until after midterm elections

The White House waited until a dead spot in the news cycle on Saturday to leak that President Obama won’t be handing out amnesty to five million illegal aliens before the election after all.  That’s how a craven political operation tries to control the spin surrounding an act of cowardice.  Obama’s style of “leadership” is mostly about keeping his media plates spinning, managing crises and scandals until the news cycle moves on and they die of old age.  That’s the essence of his non-strategy for dealing with ISIS – he just needs to keep them from pulling off any massive terror attacks, genocidal rampages, or major military advances until the media loses interest in them.

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The Commonweal Conference

The Commonweal Conference is an annual conference designed to encourage Christians to integrate the Gospel and the biblical worldview into all areas of life.  In particular, The Commonweal Conference engages issues of work, vocation, economics, and general human flourishing from a robust biblical and theological perspective.  While recognizing the radical effects of the sin on human life in this age, this conference also recognizes mankind’s high calling as the image of God to glorify God through obedience to the Creation Mandate (Gen 1:26-28). The Commonweal Conference celebrates the many ways Christ intends to use his people in the world as salt and light (Matt 5:13-16), doing good to all to all as we have opportunity (Gal 6:10).  The Commonweal Conference challenges Christians to embrace work, individual vocation, and economic exchange as key areas for disciples to glorify God by promoting human flourishing.  The Commonweal Conference also aims to equip pastors and teachers (present and future) on these issues so that they may in turn more effectively equip the church.

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WORLD | Book bag | Susan Olasky | Sept. 20, 2014

Every day WORLD receives copies of new self-published or print-on-demand (POD) books. We collect the books and when we have a big stack, we start reading. This year students helped in going through more than 100 books to find the most interesting and well written. As in year’s past, the best books grew out of personal expertise and experience.

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Brent Bozell - David Limbaugh's Case For Christianity

David Limbaugh has written a book that departs dramatically from his recent tomes on the worst excesses of the Obama presidency. "Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel" explores his journey of faith, from believer to non-believer and back.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Psychology of Atheism | September 13, 2014

Answers to questions concerning the existence of God are continually demanded by atheists. Why is that? Is it that not all of the atheist’s questions have been answered? Actually, they have all the answers they need, and they understand them. So if there is a God, then why are there atheists? In “The Psychology of Atheism,” Dr. Sproul explains that it is not a lack of information that is keeping the atheist from believing, it is something else.

21 Question of the Week: Least-Read Bible Book

As a whole, my least read book of the Bible is Leviticus. Why? Probably because it is so focused on the law, or maybe because it also focuses on the sacrificial system under the Law. Since Jesus is our perfect sacrifice, and we no longer have a need for the blood bulls, lambs, or doves, I guess Leviticus loses some significance for me. Now, having said that, I have read Leviticus a number of times, but I confess that I have only read chapter 1-9 of 1 Chronicles once in my life, and that was just to prove I had done it. The endless genealogy bores me out of my skull.

22 Christians: Intolerant Haters Since AD 33 - Stand to Reason Blog

But guess what? We’re still here. And we’ll still be here 500 years from now, if Jesus hasn’t returned by then. I think our culture still does not know our God-enabled stubbornness and inflexible obstinacy. They still have hope that some pressure will convince us. But once it sinks in that they’ve met an immovable force…well, what happens next has not, in the past, proved to be fun for Christians. If a rock can’t be convinced to move along and stop impeding traffic in the middle of the road to progress, then the only thing left is to work at removing it.

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Biology's Quiet Revolution

I second that. Although Toretsky and Wright do not get into larger issues in their article, their work is part of a quiet but far-reaching revolution in biology--one that is discrediting the notion that "DNA makes RNA makes protein make us," and along with it the "securely founded" Darwinism of Jacques Monod. If something other than DNA determines an organism's RNAs and proteins, then that "something"--not DNA mutations--is the source of raw materials for evolution. Indeed, the evidence from embryology is consistent with this: No matter how much we mutate the DNA of a fruit fly embryo, the only possible outcomes are a normal fruit fly, a defective fruit fly, or a dead fruit fly. Natural selection cannot produce anything from these raw materials except a fruit fly. Not a housefly, a dragonfly, or a butterfly.

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Really Recommended Posts 9/12/14- science and faith, questioning leaders, and more!

The ‘how’ questions can be investigated by anyone… as long as one leaves the religious method out of it and uses only the scientific method. This is HOW religious people can still do great science… by leaving their religious beliefs (the ‘answers’) out of the inquiry altogether. But as soon as soon as one tries to include the religious method necessary for Christian belief – decisions-based evidence-making – the honest inquiry comes to an abrupt end because cart is put before the horse, namely, using the ‘answer’ to find the ‘answer’! The evidence for this religious pollution detracting from honest inquiry is very strong (in subjects available to verification using the scientific method versus religious beliefs for claims such as creationism, the Flood, Adam and Eve, and so on… all of which are models of Christian ‘answers’ that are easily shown to be incompatible with overwhelming evidence). It is this recalcitrance by Christian believers to recognize the difference between a reasonable ‘answer’ that fits the data and one imposed on the data for religious reasons that gives credence to point that Christian belief is a science stopper because the ‘answer’ is not allowed to be altered but held firmly in place by faith… no matter how powerful and convincing some contrary explanatory model may be.

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Basement Tapes #151: Spiritual Constipation — Highlands Ministries

We who are Reformed are known for care with our theology and for the coldness of our hearts. Something isn’t getting through. The question is why, and then, what can be done about it? This conversation considers how we can unclog the passage from our heads to our hearts, and from our hearts to our fingers, considering the root causes of our malady, and the gifts God has given us to combat them. We explore how to embrace sound doctrine with emotion, and how the glorious truths of the gospel ought to change us from head to toe.

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