The Daily Discovery (January 16, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Aging Gracefully – “Every day, we are all building the house we will live in when old age comes. Some of us are building a beautiful palace. Some are building a dark prison. What are you building? Perhaps you are building a house that will prove beautiful and comfortable through the long winter of your old age. You are decorating it tastefully, filling it with ornaments designed to bring pleasure and comfort in the days to come—deeds of gratitude and grace, acts of generosity and selfless love. On every wall, you are hanging pictures that are as meaningful as they are beautiful—warm friendships in Christ, mentoring … Read More

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 (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 (October 25, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) That’s Not Jesus Calling – “By now it is unlikely that you have not heard of Jesus Calling. That book—a daily devotional by Sarah Young—has sold more than 15 million copies, along with several sequels, children’s storybooks, and mobile apps. Today the Christian world is thoroughly saturated with Young’s writing, as her little devotional has exploded into a phenomenal success. However, I wouldn’t call it unprecedented success. Christian publishers excel at creating these types of fads. Like its predecessors The Prayer of Jabez and The Purpose-Driven Life, Jesus Calling has managed to find the sweet spot of mass appeal: man-centeredness.” Is the Pope Catholic – “You’ve got to … Read More

The Daily Discovery (October 6, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Some Important Questions for Andy Stanley About the Bible – “In the midst of a multi-part preaching series, megachurch pastor Andy Stanley said, ‘So I need you to listen really carefully and the reason is this — perhaps you were taught, as I was taught, ‘Jesus love me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ That is where our trouble began.’ What exactly did he mean? For Southern Baptist leader Dr. Al Mohler, these words were a cause for realconcern, stating, ‘If Scripture cannot be trusted, then we are doomed.’” Dear Engaged Couple – “As you prepare to embark on this life-long journey together, I thought … Read More

The Daily Discovery (October 5, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) 3 Nagging Problems with Andy Stanley’s Approach to the Bible – “Stanley has formally issued a response to the responses at Outreach Magazine. It’s this latter statement I want to spend some time interacting with, as I think his previous statements have been well-parsed and I find that—even after this attempted rebuttal and clarification—there are some glaring problems with Pastor Stanley’s approach to the Scriptures that not many are addressing. Certainly he isn’t addressing them himself. I am not certain he is even aware of them. Here, then, are three nagging problems I still have with Stanley’s use of the Bible…” Andy Stanley, ‘The Bible Says’ … Read More

The Daily Discovery (July 20, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Putin Can’t Stop the Gospel – “Every once in a while, a leader, whether it be a judge, a king, or a Czar, tries to do the impossible and shut down the Gospel. All throughout history many have attempted this impossible feat. Perhaps one of the most famous attempts occurred in 1673. The Lord Judge Magistrate of Bedford was fed up with John Bunyan and his preaching of the Gospel. John Bunyan was reaching thousands with the truth of scripture, and the judge obviously hated sound preaching. But when John Bunyan was told to stop, John Bunyan famously answered, ‘If I am freed today, I will preach … Read More

The Daily Discovery (May 31, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Transgender Conversation You Need to Have With Your Family – “A friend of mine told me about her recent experience in an airport security line. She was dutifully passing through the metal detector when she heard a beep and was told she would need the pat-down procedure. It is the right of the traveler to have that procedure performed by someone of the same gender and so, as per protocol, the call went out for a female officer to assist. But as the pat-down began, my friend realized that the officer was undeniably biologically male though identifying as female. She did not know what to … Read More

The Daily Discovery (May 23, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Should You Use Illustrations from Movies? – “A good friend of mine asked me what I think of pastors using illustrations from movies in their sermons. My friend uses them because he thinks they are helpful in relating to a culture that increasingly has their worldview formed through entertainment. But I don’t buy it. In my experience, illustrations sparked by the golden screen (or Netflix, or what have you) generally fail, and are almost always unhelpful. Here are some reasons why…” A Call for Plodding Bloggers – “I believe that blogs have been a blessing to the church in the twenty-first century. Maybe I have to believe this since … Read More

The Daily Discovery (April 20, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Pastor’s “Typical” Week – “The pastor’s week doesn’t begin with the first item on your to-do list; it begins at the heart level. Here are a few reflections I have come to believe, followed by some suggestions aimed at encouraging the pastor’s heart during the week.” Back To The Basics: Apologetics Pt 2 – A Biblical Perspective – “There are several important passages in scripture that shed considerable light on just what apologetics is and how it should be done. The first thing that you should understand from Scripture is that apologetics is a biblical word. It comes from the Greek word apologia which doesn’t … Read More