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What Gossip Says About God

What we say reveals what we believe. We can’t hide it. Fresh water, salt water, and the like (James 3:11–12). Some forms of speech reveal in a more straightforward manner: “I believe the sun will rise tomorrow.” Thanks. Others are more complex, like gossip. “Can you believe that about Laurie and John? What she said? How he reacted? You know Amber overheard them, right? And she knows Laurie, and she said that. . . .” What does that reveal?

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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Look at the Book

Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it.

4 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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Why Christian parents should not want good, happy, safe kids

That incredulous assertion is an all too familiar response from parents (including myself) who discover a child has sinned. But for Christian parents, such an assertion is anti-Christ because it constitutes speaking as if the gospel is not true. It represents the response for a parent who desires to rear a religious Pharisee. If a parent’s goal is to keep up appearances and maintain an external image of righteousness, then it is right to myopically focus on outward performance. After all, we too often reason that we are not like “those people” who do things like that. We are the “good people.” Such parenting is not cruciform even if the parents are Christians. It is not uncommon for Christian parents to begin with good intentions then subtly fall into serving the dream of what they want for their children’s lives rather than what God would want. Rather than loving God by loving their children, they begin loving their vision of what raising successful children will look like. A child successfully living out the parents’ aspirations can grievously become the way parents validate themselves.

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14 of Rock and Roll's Best ‘Hallelujah’ Covers

This year, the song turns 30 years old, and it remains one of the most-loved pieces of writing in pop culture. With its biblical references, hypnotic melody and themes of brokenness and surrender, “Hallelujah” is one of music’s unique songs that allows artists to do more than just cover it: It lets them reinvent its sounds and find new meaning to its poetry.

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4 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Christian Persecution

Yes, persecution often spurs exponential growth. Paul even says we should rejoice in suffering (Romans 5:3); in it we are following Christ’s example. We can always rejoice in the fact the Gospel is spread, even if it’s through persecution (Paul did as much). But that doesn’t mean we let our brothers and sisters take a beating when we can do something about it. When Peter was thrown in prison, the early Jerusalem church didn’t say, “Go get ‘em, Pete!” and then go back to their own lives. They earnestly prayed for him, and he was miraculously freed (Acts 12:1-19).

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Should you hope to die at 75? Absolutely not.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Christian World View: Rational Predispositions That Support Truth

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Lying vs. Honesty

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

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TV Politics and Proximate Justice

The pragmatist believes not so much that the end justifies the means as that the means determine what justice even is. Things become "true" because they work. By contrast, the idealist has a set of absolute external values (derived, perhaps, from an ideology or religious framework) that are applied to situations. For the pragmatist, there is nothing outside the situation from which we might conclude that a political action is right or wrong. It's right if it works. But for the true idealist, compromise of any kind is unthinkable.

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If just 1 in 7 atheists are anti-religious, who speaks for atheism? An interview with Dale McGowan - Faitheist

If that is true, why are the most visible atheists generally anti-religious? I decided to ask McGowan, who may be one of the busiest people in atheism—he is the Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief, National Director of Ethical Education for the American Ethical Union, has published five books in the last seven years, and is the new managing editor of the Patheos Atheist channel. Below, he shares his thoughts on why so many people conflate atheism with anti-theism, how to lift up more representative voices, why atheists should participate in interfaith initiatives, and how to make relationships between believers and nonbelievers work.

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Is Religion Evil? An Answer by a Former Atheist

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Lay your life down for your wife | A guide for husbands

How is your marriage doing? Where are you strong and where do you still need to grow? An important aspect of living with your wife in an understanding way is routinely setting aside time to review your marriage at a big-picture level. Some couples do a quick version of this once a week or as part of their date night once a month. This is a great time for you as a husband to ask, “What’s something I can work on over the next 30 days?” — and to then review at your next check up.

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Homosexuality as Dividing Line — The Inescapable Issue

The SBC Executive Committee was acting in its ad interim capacity on behalf of the Convention itself. Between the annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Executive Committee fulfills its functions. When the SBC met earlier this year in Baltimore, Southern Baptists had just learned days before that the New Heart Community Church had affirmed its pastor in declaring a “third way” on the issue of homosexuality — in effect allowing for the affirmation of same-sex sexuality and relationships. In an hour-long video posted to the church’s website, Pastor Danny Cortez explained his personal change of mind on the question of homosexuality and traced his journey back to an August day in 2013 when “I realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality.”

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No Disposable People

The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky once wrote that “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” He spoke from experience, having spent four years in Siberia after having his death sentence commuted.

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What is God Like? (pt 2)

This week’s we ended up spending most of our time on the topic of God’s transcendence and immanence. Both concepts are taught in scripture, and both are true observations about God. Since they sometimes seem to conflict in a way, we spent some time looking at that tension. Specifically, we looked at various areas of church life where one has received more focus than the other.  In the end, the takeaway is that God is both transcendent and immanent, and we ought to strive to balance our view of God to include both aspects. After that, we continued with a couple other concepts that will help us to understand God’s attributes as we discuss them in coming weeks.

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Two Financial Game-Changers | HeadHeartHand Blog

Every evening after our family meal, Shona and I get together and write in the spreadsheet how much she’s spent we’ve spent that day. Our aim is to have savings each day from our daily budget that will accumulate more and more momentum as the days and weeks pass. It’s been incredible how working with this limited daily amount has made us so much more conscious of every spending decision, motivating us to really ask if we need to buy this or that right now, with every saving making a visible and felt difference to the cash pile in our money box. If we go over budget a day or two, then we work extra hard to recover quickly. It’s so encouraging to see how quickly $30 saved one day and $20 another quickly mount up to hundreds of dollars each month.

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Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: 7 Truths That Changed The World

Introduction Philosopher Kenneth Samples ( Reasons to Believe ) recently published his third book: "7 Truths That Changed The World: Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous Ideas" ( Paperback ,  Kindle  and GoodReads ). The idea behind the book is to examine ideas in the Christian worldview that stand in direct opposition to the majority of worldviews, making them dangerous to believe. Samples' approach to defending the truth of Christianity in this book is based on building a cumulative case for the worldview (not just a single doctrine, such as the existence of God). He introduces each idea by explaining the idea that Christianity will challenge, then he goes into a good amount of detail of the idea as he provides evidence for its truth versus the challenged idea. Dangerous Idea #1: Not All Dead Men Stay Dead Samples begins his presentation with what he calls "Christianity's most dangerous idea." He examines the claim that Jesus of Nazareth died and came back to life. Samples goes over seven pieces of evidence that critical scholars tend to agree took place.

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William Dembski on What "Information" Is

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