The Daily Discovery (December 5, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) His Winnowing Fork Is in His Hand – “The Christian celebration of Christmas brings essential truths into clearer view. The central fact of the incarnation of the Son of God looms before us as the dividing line of all human history and the fulfillment of God’s promises. Priests and prophets and kings had long awaited the coming of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. At Christmas we declare what the angelic host announced to shepherds on a Bethlehem night: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.’ [Luke 2:14].” Sweet Promises of Blessing, Terrible … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 2, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hillsong & Man – “The heart of the human problem is the human heart. Therapy can’t change it. Self-help gurus can’t fix it. Positive confession can’t conceal it. And self-esteem can’t convert it. Sinners cannot be persuaded into the kingdom of God. Salvation is not achieved through mental assent or emotional responses. Unless God regenerates the heart (Ezekiel 36:25–27; John 3:3) it remains dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1), deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), hostile to Him (Romans 8:7), and worthy of condemnation (Ephesians 2:3). That’s not a matter of opinion—it’s God’s own diagnosis of the unregenerate heart. And the only cure is His redeeming and transforming work. … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 30, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hillsong & God – “Truth matters, especially when it comes to worship. That ought to be obvious; you can’t properly praise the Lord if you don’t know who He is. Christ Himself was unequivocal on that point—He said true worshippers “must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24, emphasis added). However, much of modern worship music seems to aim at taming the one true God. Some popular “worship songs” are nothing more than artificial praise offered to a different god altogether. In his book Worship, John MacArthur describes the fallout of the biblical illiteracy that permeates the church today.” That Forgotten Concept in Preaching: The Paragraph … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 29, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hillsong & Worship – “At this point in the song—titled “Only Wanna Sing”—the music soars, the strobe lights fire up, and everyone on stage and in the crowd begins to dance with reckless abandon. The irony is hard to miss. That song—by the band Hillsong Young and Free—epitomizes many of the issues with much of Hillsong’s worship music: vague lyrical content, confused doctrinal perspectives, and an emphasis on style over substance.” Why People Leave the Church – “The following is an exchange I had a few months back with a woman named Melissa via e-mail. These kinds of exchanges are fairly regular with a wide variety … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 28, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Calvinism Is Not Hyper-Calvinism – “Last week, I was interviewed by Chris Arnzen on his radio show, Iron Sharpens Iron, on the subject of hyper-Calvinism. It caused me to think about this subject and the importance of using vocabulary properly. As the father of a type 1 diabetic, I spend much of my time explaining to people in random conversations that type 1 diabetes (T1D) is not the same thing as type 2 diabetes (T2D). Therefore, let me begin by clearly stating this point—Calvinism is not hyper-Calvinism. When I engage in conversation with people who want to discuss Calvinism, I’m happy to do so, but I … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 4, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? – “Every year or so I find myself crawling back to a definition of the word Reformed that I first wrote up a couple of years ago. I find it worthwhile to revisit this every twelve months or so. With the amount of reading and studying I do in a year, I feel it is interesting to turn to this definition to see what I would change and what I would refine. I also find it humbling to see which parts of the definition I may have emphasized at the expense of others.” Marriage Isn’t Meant to Meet Your … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 3, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Our Impoverished Imaginations: The World of Jen Hatmaker – “Last week Jen Hatmaker, a prominent evangelical author who most recently featured on the Belong Tour with several other notable evangelical women, gave an interview to RNS focused primarily around politics and the 2016 election. Amongst other things, they covered issues related to sexual ethics, same-sex relationships, and gay marriage.” A Few Brief Thoughts On the Hatmaker Hermeneutic – “In the past week we’ve seen a prominent Christian philosopher and a prominent Christian author state publicly that they no longer hold to the historic understanding of biblical sexuality. A number of excellent responses have already been written—most … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 2, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) What is Reformation Day? – “The Protestant Reformation. Outside of biblically recorded events and the closing of the canon of Scripture, it is arguably the most important event in church history, and one of the most important events in world history as well, yet many Christians today are unaware of this landmark incident in their heritage which birthed the Protestant church.” Does James 2 contradict Romans 4? – “The most serious problem these verses pose is the question of what James 2:24 means: ‘You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone.’ Some imagine that this contradicts Paul in Romans 3:28: … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 1, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth: A Response to Jen Hatmaker – “Today, I hear Jen’s words—words meant to encourage, not discourage, to build up, not tear down, to defend the marginalized, not broker unearned power—and a thin trickle of sweat creeps down my back. If I were still in the thick of the battle over the indwelling sin of lesbian desire, Jen’s words would have put a millstone around my neck.” Reformation Day and the Righteousness of God – “So, I know I’ve posted this (and even re-posted this) before, but when Reformation Day comes around, these truths are what my heart and mind … Read More

The Daily Discovery (October 31, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Russell Moore’s Tectonic Plates – “So I watched Russell Moore’s Erasmus Lecture for First Things, which you can see here, and there are many things to say about it. But many of them are, truth be told, positive, and so I would like to begin with that. His talk was informed, learned, thoughtful, insightful, and balanced. I would want to specially emphasize that last word, balanced.” The Evangelical Case for Voting for David Duke – “Some of my good Christian friends in the state of Louisiana have told me they cannot vote in good conscience for David Duke in this fall’s senate election. As they consider … Read More