The Daily Discovery (December 19, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hate What God Hates – “God is love. We love that God is love, that he is the never-ending source of love, that he is the one who always acts in loving ways. Even those who reject the Christian faith still like to imagine and believe in a God who is love.” Last Second Books to Give Away This Christmas – “Over the past year, our bookstore — with suggestions by our pastors at Immanuel Bible Church — has featured a book of the month. The books have come from all different categories and with Christmas about a week away I thought you might find a … 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 (October 10, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Can We Enjoy Heaven Knowing Loved Ones Are in Hell? – “Heaven is far too perfect, far too sinless, far too other for us to imagine in our fallen minds. Our attempts to put brush to canvas have led to depictions of cherubs on clouds, idyllic colors of dawn, Christ as a blinding light, a faceless adoring throng. Some of these attempts to capture heaven’s splendors are beautiful and even captivating, yet we know they are also incomplete. They are, at best, the barest reflection of what awaits. Our imaginations must always fall short of heaven’s glorious perfections.” The Consequences of an Easy Gospel – “A … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 29, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Church Needs the Bible – “I remember this past summer going to the beach on the Carolina coast. One day the current was particularly strong. Filled with the zeal of a guy who spent the last year in a landlocked state like Nebraska, I ignored the intense tugging and swam around like a Golden Retriever let off his leash. When I got the sense to look back to the shore I noticed I could not see my family. I was out fairly far and was in need of getting to shore.” How an Affair Really Begins – “At some point, we have all witnessed the devastation … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 26, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) For the Bible Tells Me So: Biblical Authority Denied … Again – “‘Jesus loves me — this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ This is a childish error? Evangelical Christianity has a big problem, says Andy Stanley, and that problem is a reliance on the Bible that is both unwarranted and unhelpful. In a recent message delivered at North Point Community Church and posted online, Stanley identifies the evangelical impulse to turn to the Bible in our defense and presentation of Christianity as a huge blunder that must be corrected.” Why Not to Have a Woman Preach – “The specific question on the table is … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 19, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Memo to the Washington Post: The Bible Does Reject ‘Transgender’ Behavior – “With the op-ed ‘Where in the Bible does it say you can’t be transgender? Nowhere’ (Aug. 26), the Washington Post apparently feels no embarrassment from publishing such a poorly executed attempt at exegesis of the biblical text (this from 3 weeks ago; it’s hard to keep up with nonsense). I had already responded on Aug. 15 to a badly done New York Times op-ed that claimed that the Bible depicts God as transgendered and affirms gender fluidity. The WashPost op-ed arrives at a similar ideological objective (i.e., claiming that the Bible is not opposed … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 16, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: Interpretation vs. Application – “One of the more popular topics of discussion in the Evangelical world—especially in the world of evangelical preaching—is how to preach Christ from the Old Testament. I was reminded of this again the other day when I came across a video of Pastor Matt Chandler discussing differing methods of interpreting the Bible, and particularly the stories of the Old Testament. Check out the 3½-minute video…” How To Make The Bible Support Any Sexual Practice In 3 Easy Steps – “In the not-too-distant future, when the transgender wars are over and the stick figure placards for male … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 12, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) These Words Shall Be On Your Heart – “Yet in the recent controversy surrounding Andy Stanley’s apologetic preaching method for reaching unbelievers, that’s exactly what’s being done. Arguments and excuses are being made for times when it is okay to exclude the word of God — deliberately, intentionally, and strategically leaving it out. Stanley thinks we need a more grown-up faith, and that grown-up faith is not based on a biblical foundation. When we were kids, songs like Jesus Loves Me were great songs: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ But as adults, that’s silliness.” The Blog in Our Eyes – … Read More

The Daily Discovery (August 25, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) One Very Good Reason to Read Your Bible – “There are some proverbs that practically beg for personal application. Proverbs 3:27 is one of them: ‘Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.’ That little maxim resonates in a hundred other passages including, of course, the Golden Rule and the second Great Commandment: ‘Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ Taken together, they reinforce the Bible’s clear emphasis on doing good to others, on living in such a way that we are … Read More

The Daily Discovery (July 15, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) How Should Christians Comment Online? – “Reading people’s comments online is an interesting and sometimes troubling study in human nature. And reading comments by professing Christians on Christian sites (as well as other sites) can be a discouraging study in applied theology. The immediate, shoot-from-the-hip nature of comments on websites and social media is what can often make them minimally helpful or even destructive. Comments can easily be careless. That’s why we must heed Jesus’s warning: ‘on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak’ (Matthew 12:36). This caution makes commenting serious business to God.” A Report on the Ark Encounter … Read More