The Daily Discovery (January 18, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) With Greater Age Comes Greater Joy – “We were made to exist within time, to age as we progress through the years allotted to us. As we age, we experience tremendous sorrows—the sorrows of weakness, weariness, reaping, mortality, and fear. But we do not experience only sorrows. We experience joys as well. Some of these extend to believer and unbeliever alike, but God reserves the choicest of his joys for those who live for his glory.” Love & Irritability – “It was a typical night waiting tables in the fine dining room of the country club. Napkins were creased, flowers centered, and tables angled just right. … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 4, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Evangelicals should be deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s attempt to mainstream heresy – “Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration will include Paula White and possibly other members of his inner circle, Darrell Scott, ‘Apostle’ Wayne T. Jackson and Mark Burns. They’re all televangelists who hail from the ‘prosperity gospel’ camp. They advocate a brand of Pentecostal Christianity known as Word of Faith. Inaugurations are always curious rituals of American civil religion. It would not be surprising to see a non-Christian religious leader participating. But what’s problematic for me as an evangelical is how Trump’s ceremony is helping to mainstream this heretical movement.” Christian Celebrity Culture and Shot Glass … 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 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 18, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Donald Trump as King David? – “Analogies can be so convenient. They’re so flexible, fillable, moldable. Especially in this particular election season. There’s a cluster of interesting comparisons flying around Christian discussions about the upcoming election. Each time Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proves afresh that his public moral train wreck of the past three decades is still a glowing heap of twisted metal that’s actually not climbing back onto the rails, his evangelical promoters rally with hastily constructed biblical analogies to reconvince their constituents that the character of Donald Trump really is biblically defensible.” Donald Trump is not David, Paul, or Samson – “Donald Trump is not … Read More

The Daily Discovery (October 11, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics – “Evangelical writer Eric Metaxas remarked on BreakPoint last week that if Americans took a theology exam, their only hope of passing would be if God graded on a curve. He’s right. In knowing both the content of the Bible and the doctrinal foundations of Christianity, we Americans aren’t just at the bottom of our class. We are, as Ross Douthat argues in his book, “Bad Religion,” a nation of heretics.” A Fight in the Leper Colony – “It is easy to treat the spectacle that is presidential politics in 2016 as though we were dismayed spectators, but … 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 9, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) When the Reformers Voted Trump – “American Christians concerned solely with the glory and honor of God are confronted with a moral dilemma we have not experienced in this upcoming election, evidenced by the overwhelming number of articles and discussions within evangelicalism on the issue. Of course, the moral quandary doesn’t reside with whether to vote for either Clinton or Trump. No democratic leader is an option for the Christian since its entire platform goes beyond permitting wicked behavior. It promotes it. Rather, the new dilemma in this election is whether or not the Christian can ethically vote for Trump. Trump doesn’t necessarily embody traditional conservatism, … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 8, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Andy Stanley’s Statements about the Bible are not Cutting Edge—They’re Old Liberalism – “I was at the recent ERLC Onward Conference listening when Russell Moore was having a conversation about ministry and preaching with Andy Stanley. I was startled when Stanley said he preaches some sermons without ever quoting the Bible. He views these sermons as extended introductions. Stanley also said we do not believe Christianity because of the Bible, but because of the resurrection and eyewitness testimonies. A couple of years ago, Stanley said that preachers should stop saying, ‘The Bible says,’ a position he reaffirmed during the conversation.” Why I Don’t Think You Must … Read More

The Daily Discovery (July 25, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Voting in the Age of Clinton and Trump – “For my part, my conscience is more important to me than the outcome of this presidential election. I cannot in good conscience vote for either Clinton or Trump. What matters for me is that I cannot bring myself to intend, to will the victory of either of these ludicrously unacceptable presidential candidates. And that is what a vote for one of them would be—an act of willing that Clinton or Trump be president, carry out her or his stated policy aims, and bring his or her fundamentally bad character to the highest office in the land.” Why … Read More