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7 Ways You Can Read More… Books

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Like David Murray, I too find myself reading more pabulum and less books. His suggestions are excellent. But for 2014, I am taking some other actions. Here are my steps. Want to join me? 1. Use the empty shelf challenge. This novel concept by Jon Acuff creates an empty space that demands to be filled. And when I read something, it goes in there. I have done the same thing for my Kindle. The emptiness cries out to me. As it is filled, I begin to be encouraged. 2. Use the full shelf challenge. Where will the books come from…

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A Response to the History Channel’s Series on Bible Secrets Revealed

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If it is Christmas or Easter, some media is out there actively debunking traditional Christianity and looking for “secrets.” In the past, it was Time and Newsweek. But as they have become irrelevant, now The History Channel takes up the torch and evidently just gave us, Bible Secrets Revealed. Time for the saints to learn their history of the NT. Dr. Michael Kruger is the President of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte and a Professor of New Testament. He responds in three parts. Part One examines a few of their wrong assumptions and overreaches to begin their series. Part…

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Harming Themselves to Their Own Shame

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Are they not harming themselves, to their own shame? Jeremiah 7:19 Are unbelievers victims of sin and satan? Or are they rebels following their own selfish way? The Bible teaches both.  Jeremiah 7:19 says they harm themselves, but that harm comes from their own shameful activities and attitudes. How eloquently stated! On the one hand, unbelievers who sin do harm themselves. Ideas have consequences. And bad ideas have bad consequences. By believing untruths about God and the way the world works. many unbelievers have brought harm upon themselves. God is not mocked, a man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7)….

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What Parents and Marriage Have to Do with Resilient Faith

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I don’t have time to dissect this great post and this article today. Ironically, I am putting the final touches on my Fully Convinced seminar for tomorrow. But this article could be a press release for The Apollos Project. A key paragraph: Not surprisingly, homes modeling lukewarm faith do not create enduring faith in children. Homes modeling vibrant faith do. So these young adults are leaving something they never had a good grasp of in the first place. This is not a crisis of faith, per se, but of parenting. I will take some time in the future to see…

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Losing is Good for You (and Your Child)

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Ashley Merryman in The NY Times has some advice on the cultural drugs we are fed. (HT David Murray) The author argues that we are teaching our children something wrong when everyone wins. In fact, she argues, we need to teach them how to lose: In life, “you’re going to lose more often than you win, even if you’re good at something,” Ms. Twenge told me. “You’ve got to get used to that to keep going.” When children make mistakes, our job should not be to spin those losses into decorated victories. Instead, our job is to help kids overcome…

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A Godly Church’s Statement on the Boy Scouts

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This link takes you to a resolution adopted by the elders of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. I know this church personally, having attended one summer as a college student. It is a godly church and a flagship church in the PCA movement. The resolutions in this link helpfully spell out the foundation shaking change in the Boy Scouts of America. This document clarifies how it has put men and women who love the Boy Scouts and submit themselves to the word of God in a position where they must choose between the two. The news media loves to obfuscate the truth….

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Identical Twin Studies Prove That Homosexuality is Not Determined by Genes

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A constant stream of articles cite the link between homosexuality and biology. The common understanding now is that homosexuals are born this way and cannot change. As a result, we are told, “They need to accept themselves and we need to accept this lifestyle.” But is homosexuality genetically determined? If that were the case, then when one identical twin is homosexual, the other should be also. In fact, this is not true at all. See this study here.  (HT: Aquila Report) Dr. Whitehead summarizes his article: In summary: 1. No scientist believes genes by themselves infallibly make us behave in…

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Listening to Young Atheists

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Very interesting article in which the writer reveals interviews with those in Atheist Societies in universities. Among his surprising observations: 1. The had attended church. 2. The mission and message were vague. 3. Their churches gave superficial answers to life’s difficult questions. 4. They expressed their respect for ministers who took the Bible seriously. 5. Ages 14-17 were decisive. 6. The decision to embrace atheism was often an emotional one. 7. The Internet focused heavily into their conversion to atheism. He ends with this observation: Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this whole study was the lasting impression many of…

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Reasons Young People Are Leaving the Church – A Good Rant

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Marc@5solas has a post on why he thinks kids leave the church. He has taken the time to interview some kids who have left the church. It seems like he lives in a culture of large squishy churches. Those of us in small, Northeastern, missionary churches wonder what he is talking about but here are his findings: Here are his top 10 in reverse order: 10. The Church is “Relevant.” – The church is trying to be “cool” like the world. But we are not. Favorite quote “The minute you aim to be authentic,” you are no longer authentic. 9. They…

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