The Daily Discovery (January 6, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Passion Without Knowledge Is Deadly – “Although some really good things have come out of the Passion movement, there have been some questionable things emerge through the years as well. This year, another strange thing happened at Passion that’s causing people to ask important questions. No matter how passionate we are, if our passions are unbridled and not submissive to the Holy Spirit, it will lead to sin. Passion without knowledge is deadly.” The Commandment We Forgot: Honoring the Dishonorable – “Today we continue this series on honoring our parents, the series that considers how we, as adults, can fulfill the fifth commandment. Behind it is … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 20, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Tim Kaine mangles the Bible to score a political point – “Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine has figured out a way to reconcile his “devout” Catholic faith with his support for same-sex marriage: a new reading of Genesis 1. Speaking to the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT organization, Kaine said he believes the Catholic Church will change its view of marriage. ‘My church also teaches me about a Creator in the first chapter of Genesis,’ he said, ‘who surveys the entire world including mankind and said, ‘It is very good.’’ Then, he added: ‘Who am I to challenge the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think … Read More

The Daily Discovery (August 23, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Eight biblical objections to social-work as “missions” – “Yesterday I said that there were at least eight biblical objections to viewing ‘social action” as a form of missions. In that post, I explained what three of those were, and I’d encourage you to read that post first. But having noted those three, here are the rest of those eight objections:” The Injustice of Flattery – “An injustice occurs daily on social media, in the break room at the office, within church congregations, and among gathered friends called flattery. The public exaggerated or elevated statement of someone’s character, abilities, giftedness, or performance that is beyond the truth. … Read More

The Daily Discovery (August 17, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Was Paul Seeker Sensitive? – “In modern times, many people try to present the Gospel in ways that will make it seem more attractive to their ‘target audience’. Whether it is the ‘seeker-sensitive’ movement in churches, contextualization in Muslim-dominated countries, or reinterpreting the Bible’s teachings on marriage or creation, people often seem to want to make the Gospel as inoffensive as possible.” Are You One of Jesus’ Sheep? (Part 5) – “In contrast to the sheep recognizing the voice of the Shepherd, here we see that they do not recognize the voice of a stranger. This is one of the greatest evidences of whether or not … Read More

The Daily Discovery (June 13, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Corruption of God’s Love – “How do we reconcile the concept of a loving God with a fallen world full of evil, suffering, and catastrophe? In scholarly terms, that perplexing issue is known as the problem of theodicy. Silence Is the Wrong Answer.” How Preaching Affects Everything – “I recently had a conversation with a pastor who was developing some training material for pastors in Africa. He had asked me to review the material, and when I asked him why there was such a low emphasis on preaching, he said to me, ‘I don’t buy into this ‘preaching is everything’ mentality.’” Letters to the Editor #23 … Read More

The Daily Discovery (June 1, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Of Gorillas and Men – “A few days ago, Harambe the gorilla was shot by the Cincinatti Zoo after a 4-year-old child accidentally climbed past the fence and enclosures–only to tumble into the moat surrounding the gorilla’s habitat. Sensing that the child’s life was in immediate danger, zoo workers made the prompt decision to shoot and kill the animal. For many reasons this was indeed a tragic incident–not least of which is the fact that silverback gorillas are a regal and endangered species.” The Slave of Christ – “When I began to preach the book of Philippians a couple years ago, I noticed that Paul immediately … Read More

Book Review: “Making Him Known: God’s Design” by Sally Michael & Gary Steward

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“Hopefully this book can serve as a springboard for further interaction between parents and children, not just about manhood and womanhood, but about God and the gospel.” – Sally Michael & Gary Steward s fathers of young children, it’s a bit surprising that neither Pastor Nate nor I have ever reviewed a children’s book.  In fact, when I received God’s Design in the mail, I was incredibly excited because 1) I didn’t know it was coming— Thanks Roger!— and 2) I’d already been working through the Making HIM Known series with my children for a few months.  So, upon realizing there was a new offering in this series, I was very excited. On a superficial level, while technically a paperback … Read More

The Daily Discovery (May 18, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) What Can Pastors Learn from Donald Trump? – “A couple of weeks ago Donald Trump came here to Omaha before our state’s GOP Primary. True to form, his rally attracted thousands of people. His visit also prompted a number of questions in my mind about those who would support him. Political conviction aside I find it fascinating and instructive that so many support such an unconventional candidate. In their coverage of the rally the Omaha World Herald gathered a number of reasons why his supporters are so adamantly behind him. What is interesting here is the fact that so much of why they support him pivots … Read More

The Daily Discovery (May 17, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Absurdity of Transgenderism: A Stern but Necessary Critique – “By now we are all undoubtedly familiar with the tragic suicide of Joshua Alcorn, the transgender teenage boy who, in late December, walked onto a freeway with the intention of ending his life. In an apparent suicide note, Joshua cites a host of reasons for why he was led to end his life, most prominent of which were his parents’ attempts to discourage his identifying as a girl and his being sent to therapists in an attempt to relieve these feelings. All of the problems that ultimately culminated in his suicide, writes Joshua, stem from the … Read More

The Daily Discovery (May 2, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Is it True that Jesus Never Addressed Homosexuality? – “A couple of months ago, I began responding to a couple of popular arguments for why some believe that homosexuality is reconcilable with Christianity. My hope was (and still is) that I might be able to serve those who are mistaken in this regard by helping them to see that faith in Jesus and His Word cannot be reconciled with attempts to legitimize homosexuality. I had addressed the semi-sarcastic objection that we as Christians are inconsistent in condemning homosexuality on the basis of the Levitical law, since we don’t also condemn eating shellfish and mixing fabrics. I … Read More