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 (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 (July 13, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Owen Strachan Resigns as CBMW President – “Owen Strachan announced his resignation as president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood at a meeting of the organization’s board of directors in early June. Strachan has served as CBMW president for more than two years, and as executive director for two years prior to that. He began to consider and pray about his future with the organization last fall, and decided earlier this spring to step away after CBMW’s T4G Pre-Conference. He will continue to serve CBMW as a senior fellow.” A Three-Fold Case for Premillennialism – “‘Whoa, did he just say that?’ Sometimes a futuristic premillennialist with … Read More

The Daily Discovery (June 29, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Most Difficult Funerals (Suicide) – “Over the years I have read several books and articles intended to help pastors who are called upon to preach at a ‘difficult funeral.’ While most pastors will confess that all funerals are difficult in their own way, there are certainly a variety of funerals that are particularly emotional and stressful – such as the death of a child, the traffic-accident victim, the young parent, or the crime victim. While having been called upon to preach at all of these types of funerals, I can say from my own experience that the most trying funerals have to be those for … 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 7, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) A Portrait of Faithful Ministry – “Paul’s epistle to the Romans is widely celebrated for its detailed treatment of gospel truth and exhortation to transformed biblical living. It was the section of Scripture that led to Luther’s salvation and lit the fire of reformation in his heart. It’s a book that has been used by God to save, edify, and instruct countless believers throughout the ages.” Peaceful Polemics Online – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. This wonderfully pessimistic French phrase roughly translates to “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” It points us to one of the undeniable facts about … Read More

The Daily Discovery (May 20, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) 4 ways to say good-by to yourself – “Jesus was known for some outright difficult (even offensive) declarations, and Mark 8:34 is certainly a prime example: And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’ How does this difficult declaration apply to us today?” Keeping the Faith in A Faithless Age: the Church as a Moral Minority – “‘The greatest question of our time,’ offered historian Will Durant, ‘is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus the West; it is whether … 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 6, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Scriptural Necessity of Christ’s Penal Substitution – “This introductory essay overviews the indispensable theme of Christ’s penal substitution on Golgotha’s cross. The subject unfolds in two parts; the first section provides background and context for this essential theological truth. The second section reasons that three compelling biblical necessities require a true believer in Jesus Christ to understand scripturally and accept the Savior’s penal substitution on behalf of redeemed sinners, especially oneself.” The Rise of the Anti-Culture – “Is the culture war over? Or, to use less martial language, is Christian cultural engagement at an end? At the risk of depriving a rapidly shrinking handful of old-school Republicans and countless trendy … Read More

The Daily Discovery (April 22, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Love & Believing the Best – “It was a few months after surgery and the bills started arriving. Thirty thousand for this, forty for that. My medical bills were racking up. Thankfully, the co-op to which I belong (and my godly wife) had a handle on things and were coming through in the clutch. But there was one reimbursement that was absent, and it was a big one. A check from a co-op member in the sum of about $20,000 was supposed to come in to pay the hospital, but it was late. One month. Then two. I lost my cool on more than on occasion. … Read More