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2008-08-31
R. Scott Clark
Must We “Translate” the Gospel?
The “missional” movements are not really fundamentally different from the middle-class, pedestrian “church growth” movements of 25 years ago. They all seem to assume that accommodation is something that we do as we reach out to others.

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Steve Weaver
The Bible is the Story of a Supernal Place (mp3)
The Bible is the story of a God who makes a spectacular promise about a supernatural Person who creates a special people to live in a supernal place with Him forever.

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Colin Brazier
Why the middle classes must have bigger families
After four years of research, the TV news presenter has proved what he instinctively thought was right: larger families are happier, healthier, better adjusted – and deeply discriminated against . . . (HT)

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R. Scott Clark
The Moralists Will Be Back
It is an historical fact that moralism (the confusion of justification with sanctification) never dies, it just goes dormant periodically.

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2008-08-30
Albert Mohler
Welcome to the World, Trig Paxson Van Palin -- Now the World Has Seen You
A little boy with an extra chromosome was born on April 18. His name is Trig Paxson Van Palin and his new home is the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau.

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2008-08-29
Phil Johnson
Mischief and Miscellany
Like the title says: a mix of stuff, including some new Emergent-see posters. I really like this one.

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Dan Phillips
McCain's to lose, with The Obamessiah to thank
I just have to hope that those folks who try to be Christian and Obama supporters at the same time at least have the grace to feel sick at stomach over this.

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Pulpit Magazine
Does God answer the prayers of unbelievers?
God is sovereign and can choose to answer any prayer He sees fit. But Scripture clearly indicates that God does not listen to or answer every prayer.

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Tim Challies
Prophecy Today
“This book deals with a question that no twenty-first-century Christian can afford to ignore: does God-given prophecy continue in today’s church, or doesn’t it? And, if it does, can those who announce such prophecies sometimes get things wrong?”

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2008-08-28
Albert Mohler
When Conscience and Medical Practice Collide
Should physicians and other healthcare professionals be required to perform procedures that violate their conscience?

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2008-08-27
Chip Bayer
Glorious distraction
All this fervor over the election is due to having one’s faith placed firmly in the government. That is not where the faith of any Christian should lie. Regardless of which candidate moves into the White House next January God will still be on His throne.

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Scott Aniol
Orderly Worship
Does it matter how we order our congregational worship services? According to Paul, it does.

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Camilia Brown
12 Things You Should Not Do to Your Husband
Don’t do it! And if you do, Stop!

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Little Green Footballs
The Denver Games - Opening Ceremony
A while ago, I was trying to remember if Democratic conventions attract moonbat protesters like the Republicans do. Oh, yeah.

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2008-08-25
Jason Robertson
What Do We Call It?
Is it The Lord’s Supper, an Ordinance, Sacrament, or Communion? What do we call it? These questions are common among Baptists. So let me answer it.

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2008-08-24
Andy Naselli
Interview with Nathan Busenitz on "Reasons We Believe"
Nathan Busenitz's Reasons We Believe stands out among apologetic texts in several respects. First, it is both comprehensive and concise, qualities one rarely finds in the same volume.

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Erik Raymond
Some thoughts on the Saddleback Forum
Obama did not seem like a president, McCain did not seem like a senator, and Warren did not seem like a pastor. Or in another way, Warren came across like a news guy, Obama like a junior senator, and McCain like a veteran leader and statesmen.

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2008-08-23
Lars Walker
On swords
   
I: The prestige of the sword,
   
II: The vulnerability of swords,
   
III: Swords in battle
If you have no interest in these posts, you are, at best, only half a man. I pity you, and the women you protect.

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Hank Balch
To Be A Country Of Willful Sterility? Birth Control and a Rejection of the American Spirit
. . . those men have indeed touched the lowest abyss of brutality and depravity who do not recognize something holy in the names of wife and mother.

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2008-08-21
Walter E. Williams
Economic Myths
State universities have acquired many formerly private universities after driving, or threatening to drive, them out of business.

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Mike S. Adams
Fat Lesbians on Crack
So this lesbian goes walking into a counselor’s office to get help with her same-sexed relationship. Actually, it sounds like the start of a really bad joke but it isn’t. The counselor’s name is Marcia Walden. In addition to being a counselor she is a devout Christian . . .

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Thomas Sowell
Georgia On Our Mind
. . . we ought to be thinking about pulling out of NATO ourselves. European countries already have the wealth to produce their own military defense. If they do not have the will, that is their problem. What American officials can do is keep their mouths shut if they don't intend to back up their words.

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The Art of Manliness
The Basics of Cleaning Your Revolver
Several years ago my dad gave me my first handgun- a Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver. It didn’t come as a surprise. I had grown up around guns and had hoped that one day my dad would pass a few on to me. Because of the value of this gift, both sentimental and monetary, I felt a real responsibility to take care of it so that it would last for many years to come.

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Victoria Gaines
Thankful for Redemption
There is much on any given day to be thankful for, but today my heart is particularly set on redemption.

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Kim Shay
Something else to confound the feminists
Kim relates her camp experience: little girls gravitate to male leadership. I don't care what feminists say. They do. I saw it. . . . While the girls definitely loved admired their female counsellors, their tendency to look for male attention reminded me the way God has designed us women.

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Tony Reinke
Lady Wisdom
The dusty Palestinian city was abuzz, despite the blazing morning sun. The city streets were lined with leaders, buyers, sellers, and laborers. Another workday was in full swing as men gathered at the gate to discuss matters of trade and government.

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Steve Burlew
The Sinfulness of Sin
Nothing is so evil as sin; nothing is evil but sin. As the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us, so neither the sufferings of this life nor of that to come are worthy to be compared as evil with the evil of sin.

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Timmy Brister
Fay, Faith, and the Future Coming of Christ
When Fay came, she found faith on earth. I saw it in the grocery stores, at the gas stations, and in front of boarded-up houses. . . . When Christ comes again, will he find such faith on earth? Will He find His people with such faith, such respect, such honor to bestow upon Him as seen in our preparation?

Pastor Michael Guglielmucci spun gospel of lies (link fixed) —
Another charismatic fraud. Should we be surprised?

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Michael Beasley
Sin Not Leading to Death
If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.

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2008-08-20
Tominthebox
Episcopal Church Considers Ordaining Straight Male Clergy
"I personally think it's wonderful," said Rev. Patricia Lauden-Phat-Wilkenson. "It's important that our denomination be seen as one that welcomes people from all walks of life, even straight males. . . ."

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Bob Hayton
Submitting to God’s Will in Marriage — 1 Pet. 3:1-7 (part 1), (part 2)
1 Peter 3:1-7 is a beautiful passage on marriage that often gets overlooked. Much can be gained from studying just these seven small verses.

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2008-08-19
Jonathan Moorhead
Perspectivisms - Daily Reminders
It is a constant challenge to have an eternal, spiritual perspective on things in the midst of the business of life.

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Julie R. Neidlinger
Why I walked out of church
A recent cover story at World Magazine about "NextGen Worship" inspired a strong desire to smack the pastors depicted in the article and in the photos.

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2008-08-18
Rachel Alexander
Analysis of the Rick Warren Presidential Forum: Passion and Conviction Versus Monotone Smooth-talker
McCain may have finally redeemed himself among the evangelical right. While it was clear in his facial expressions that Pastor Rick Warren preferred Obama over McCain, McCain easily outperformed Obama in his responses to issues evangelicals care about.

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John MacArthur
Style or Substance?
Before the middle part of the 19th century or so, hymns were wonderful didactic tools, filled with Scripture and sound doctrine, a medium for teaching and admonishing one another, as we are commanded in Colossians 3:16. Most hymns were written not by teenagers with guitars, but by pastors and theologians . . .

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Steve Weaver
The Bible is the Story of a Special People
The Bible is the story of a God who makes a spectacular promise about a supernatural Person who creates a special people to live in a supernal place with Him forever.

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The Albert Mohler Program
Analyzing the Saddleback Civil Forum (mp3)
Dr. Mohler examines much of what was said (as well as what was left unsaid) and what it tells us of the developing presidential race.

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Hank Balch
One Thing Abortion Advocates Have Right
Liberals make the link between the contraceptive mentality and abortion, but many Evangelicals do not. Why, you ask? I’m ashamed to say, it may be because they (at least in this instance) are more intellectually honest than we.

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Phil Johnson
A Better Way
The final entry in Phil’s series on The Fad-driven Church, with links to previous entries.

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Tim Challies
The Highest Aim
I believe that, to a great extent, this belief [that man’s chief end is to evangelize the lost] is based on an unbiblical assumption—that we are ultimately responsible for the spiritual state of our fellow man. It fits well with the oft-repeated warning that “there are people in hell right now who are there because you did not preach to them.” It assumes too much of our responsibility and our ability . . .

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Daniel van de Laar
Consciousness And The Will
Clear your mental desk before reading this; you’ll need the space.

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Amanda Carpenter
Rick Warren Says McCain Didn't Cheat
It’s not satire (but it should be).


Scott Ott
NBC’s Mitchell Reveals How McCain Breached Cone
This one is satire (but it wouldn’t have to be).

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Voddie Baucham
Is Christianity a Religion?
“Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship.” We’ve all heard it before. However, how many of us have bothered to evaluate this ubiquitous saying?

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2008-08-17
Donald Whitney
Clothing Tips for Ministers (HT)
. . . no minister wants his appearance, especially on more formal occasions, to hinder his ministry in any way or be an embarrassment to those he represents. So to help ministers dress at these events in ways that will not be a distraction or a stumbling block, and yet be as affordable as possible, I offer these suggestions.

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Brent Thomas
Honesty On The Curve?
Would you drink “mostly pure” water, knowing that there was “only a little” poison in it?

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Julian Freeman
Male Modesty?
. . . girls don't struggle with the same temptations we struggle with.

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Michael Yates
A Dollar
Why does the green piece of paper in your hand have any value? Because the government says it does.

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Brent Bozell III
TV's Contempt For Marriage
The PTC found in its one-month study period that NBC had only one reference to marital sex, compared to 27 references to all the immoral sexual behaviors.

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Thomas Sowell
The Galbraith Effect
The elitist sneers at people who believe in religion and who own guns, the Americans who don't speak foreign languages and the views of the "typical white person," are all like rays of light that show through the cracks in Obama's carefully crafted image.

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Scott Ott
Pastor Rick Warren’s Forum Unfair to Obama
“Of course McCain looked good,” the anonymous Obama aide said. “He didn’t have to worry about how his answer would be perceived. He didn’t have to work to recall his talking points. He didn’t have to think, or even try to look like he was thinking. All he had to do was blurt out what he believed. . . .”

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2008-08-16
Charles Krauthammer
Pelosi: Save the Planet, Let Someone Else Drill
Does Pelosi imagine that with so much of America declared off-limits, the planet is less injured as drilling shifts to Kazakhstan and Venezuela and Equatorial Guinea? That Russia will be more environmentally scrupulous than we in drilling in its Arctic?

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Tominthebox
Lift This Song Up As Your Prayer
I pray to Thee. I pray to Thee O Lord. I pray to Thee. I pray to Thee. O Lord. I pray to Thee. I pray to Thee. I pray to Thee O Lord. I pray to Thee. I pray to Thee. O Lord. I pray to Thee. I pray . . .

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Frank Turk
Prophecy and Signs and Wonders
. . . you can't publish essays like this one after the fact, well after the next ridiculous charismatic fraud has exposed himself as a profiteer toward God's Gospel, and not face the question, "How did you not see this coming?"

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Garry Weaver
Why Do the Saints Have Enemies?
In his commentary on Psalm 64, James Montgomery Boice said: "It is not very often that David finishes a psalm without mentioning his enemies."

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Jason Robertson
Saddled-Up with Saddleback
Tomorrow Senators McCain and Obama will be hosted by Rick Warren of Saddleback Community Church. This will be the collision of three worldviews and should be very interesting to watch. But unfortunately the biblical worldview will not be present.

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Michael Haykin
Augustine Birrell and the weakness of Victorian Nonconformity
Little wonder the succeeding weakness of Nonconformity when faced with the behemoth of Liberalism. The abandonment of a rich heritage and for what? And what the end result? Spiritual desolation.

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Ron Gleason
Christians and Poverty (I)
Dr. Gleason challenges the American definition of “poverty”

Christians and Poverty (II)
When I speak with a number of my colleagues—not all mind you—they are, by and large, clueless when it comes to basic economics. This coupled with a misguided notion of Christian charity can be the scam artist’s delight. You see, the intentions are good and admirable, but we are called upon in Scripture to be innocent as doves and wise as serpents (Matt. 10:16).
(click more for previous)

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2008-08-15
Steve Weaver
The Bible is the Story of a Supernatural Person
The Bible is the story of a God who makes a spectacular promise about a supernatural Person who creates a special people to live in a supernal place with Him forever.

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2008-08-14
J.D. Hatfield
I Don’t Agree with the Prayer of Agreement
Many who want to make more of the power of prayer than they ought will claim that [Matt. 18:19] teaches something it does not. They will say that if two or more Christians agree in prayer about any specific issue, God will accomplish the prayer. Is that what this verse teaches?

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2008-08-13
John MacArthur — Killing the Sin in Your Life
(Part 1) If you live by the Spirit and are headed towards eternal life because of your salvation, the Spirit in you gives the power to be killing the deeds of the flesh.
(Part 2) . . . in order to gain victory over sin, you must have a heart fixed on God. You must love Him more than you love your sin.
(Part 3) . . . how can we evaluate our progress? What inventory can we take to examine our lives . . . ? (click more for previous)

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2008-08-12
Scott Ott
Obama on Short List of Obama VP Picks
Sources said Sen. Obama quickly moved to the top of his own VP short list because the most important attribute of a vice president is his ability to step in as commander in chief should the president become incapacitated.

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The Art of Manliness
Why Being “Indie” is a Bunch of Bunk
Indie people express their independence from the mainstream by doing the single most mainstream thing possible: basing their identity on what they consume.

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Philip G. Ryken
Be Prepared
Make no mistake: there is an aggressive new atheism in America. The new unbelievers are eager to win people to their cause. Not content simply to disbelieve in God for themselves, they want to persuade other people not to believe in Him either.

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Yukon Rebecca
The Boxing of God
This accusation is usually is tossed into a discussion when someone makes a propositional statement about God that doesn’t sit well with another participant in the discussion. But instead of giving reasons this statement about God is wrong, which might require some honest-to-goodness brain work, the person disagreeing simply trots out the customary propositional-statement-about-God objection, “You can’t put God in a box like that.”

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2008-08-11
Robert E. Sagers
Revival Has Dirt under His Fingernails
"For a trio that had spent the entire night making fun of many of the sayings and practices present within evangelicalism," my friend said later, "they still knew that at the end of the service, you need to take up an offering."

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Chip Bayer
The Church trivialized
“Whether people can be made into Christians by a three-week crash course in discipleship, however, remains a matter of debate.”

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Steve Weaver
“The Story of the Bible” Series Overview
As early as the first four words of the Bible, “In the beginning God,” we can tell that the main subject of the Bible is God Himself.

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Frank Turk
Crisis, therefore action
Because the actual data indicates that so-called "global warming" is mostly over, the advocates for global warming have got to get more shrill and desperate to make their point.

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Phil Johnson
Stream of consciousness
Has anyone else noticed that Emergents seem especially prone to confuse art and cliché?

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Bob Hayton
Proverbs 23 And a Universal Prohibition of Alcohol
It has been alleged that [Proverbs 23:31], in light of the surrounding verses, serves as an absolute, universal prohibition of drinking fermented wine.

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James White
Kent Hovind on the King James Version 1, 2, 3 (Conclusion)
Dr. White exposes the laughable “scholarship” of KJVOism

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Daniel van de Laar
The Missing (Discipleship) Link
. . . the only way one can obey God is to seek Him in the obedience.

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2008-08-09
Randy Brandt
Theological Fiction: Should There Be Boundaries?
Some Christians believe that fiction legitimizes any theological approach to writing.

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Jonathan Moorhead
Obama on Infanticide & Abortion
Can you, in good conscience, vote for a man like this?

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The Art of Manliness
Lessons In Manliness: Private Ross A. McGinnis & Petty Officer Michael Monsoor
“We all face simple choices, but how often do we choose to make a sacrifice to get the right answer? The right choice sometimes requires honor.”

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Scott Ott
The Obama Doctrine: Bringing Us Into Submission
We're not at war against terror. Terrorism is merely a set of tactics used by those who lack the muscle to wage conventional war. . . . We're at war with people who cling to an ideology that is nothing less than Satanic.

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2008-08-08
Tominthebox
"The One Week Bible" Not Catching On
"Perhaps we need to target more specific audiences with, say, The One Week Women's Bible or The One Week Teen Extreme Bible."

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Marvin Olasky
Drug of choice
Perhaps the most important thing is to stop pretending to addicts that their addiction is an illness in itself, and try to get them to see that they are agents, not victims.

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Albert Mohler
"Atheism Remix" -- Understanding and Answering the New Atheism
. . . the existence of the supernatural, self-existent, and self-revealing God is the only starting point for Christian theology. God possesses all of the perfections revealed in Scripture, or there is no coherent theology presented in the Bible. . . . it’s atheism or biblical theism. There is nothing in between.

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2008-08-07
Bob Hayton
Isaiah 16:10 and the Two-Wine Theory
This really does seal the deal with regards to the two-wine theory. It doesn’t stand the test of history, it doesn’t line up with the lexical consensus, and more importantly, it doesn’t jive with Scripture.

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Gene Veith
The agenda of some professors
“. . . we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable.”

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Frank Turk
Are most blogs boring?
Yes, Frank, they are. Wait a minute, are you talking about me?

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2008-08-06
Todd Bolen
God’s Purpose in Creation
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity” [Zechariah 13:1]. This has never occurred in history, but it will (and if you think it has, be sure to read the verse in context). And God will be praised by the Jews and by the Gentiles.

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Todd Pruitt
The Triumph of the Sensational OR Did Don Piper really go to Heaven?
. . . hundreds of thousands of Christians seem to need a fanciful tale to offer them comfort or spiritual sustenance.

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John Piper
The Achillies' Heel of the Next Generation (HT)

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R. Scott Clark
We Do Have the Autographa
The question arose on the PB, “Why is it OK that we don’t have the original autographs?”

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John Piper
Thank You, Lord, for Solzhenitsyn
[In the gulag] it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart . . . and I say without hesitation: “Bless you, prison, for having been in my life!”

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Christianaudio.com
Free audiobook: Augustine’s Confessions (coupon code AUG2008)

Michael Mckinley
We Watch TBN So You Don't Have To!
Homiletics Lesson #2 -- If you lose your train of thought, start to speak in tongues for a few seconds until you regain your composure. Act like nothing happened.

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Tim Challies
Open Mind, Closed Bible
. . . in this case an open mind would require a closed Bible. We cannot set aside Scripture even when we read fiction. There is no such thing as only fiction.

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2008-08-05
Daniel van de Laar
Faith and Repentance
. . . when we talk of being saved by grace through faith, we are talking about being saved by a God enabled repentance (surrender to the Lordship of Christ) that alone leads to saving faith.

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Brian Thornton
You Wouldn’t Wear Flip Flops to A Funeral . . . Would You?
Is our dress on Sunday mornings a reflection of our reverence and awe of our Creator?

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Chip Bayer
The world needs a Savior
I’m taking a special look at Barack Obama because he’s a lot closer to a Jesus-type than the other candidates . . . Yikes!

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Jim Hale
What Christ desires to see in your church
I would highly recommend Dever’s book to all churches, but did you know that Christ has a prayer that shares the desires or marks for his church?

Escaping error of the "feel good" gospel
The more the church knows about God, the more we love Him.
(click more for previous posts in this series)

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Scott Aniol
Shall We Dance?
In the Old Testament there are teachers of song, teachers of instruments, choir leaders, orchestra leaders, leaders of praise, but never choreographers. If God wanted dance for worship, why wouldn’t he have included this group of leaders?

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Thabiti Anyabwile
Audio from Worship God '08 (mp3 downloads)

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Crystal Paine
The story of MRI records under our bed
Life is too short to focus on short-comings . . .

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Steve Weaver
“The Bible is the Story of a Spectacular Promise” Matthew 1:1-25
The Bible is the story of a God who makes a spectacular promise about a supernatural Person who creates a special people to live in a supernal place with Him forever.

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Dan Phillips
"Play to the audience"? Absolutely!
. . . the pastor has his own temptation. Does he "play to the audience"? . . . Or should he not even care?

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Albert Mohler
Aliens in Creation -- A Generation of Nature Know-Nothings
God reveals His glory in creation. How can we read the Psalms with insight if we never look and see that the heavens really are telling the glory of God?

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Mark Loughridge
On being judgmental
. . . we don’t like the idea of a God who judges. And we don’t like being reminded of his fixed standards. Yet our only hope lies in a God who judges.

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2008-08-04
Nathan Busenitz
Science, Faith, & the Creator
The religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover.

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Michael Haykin
A lesson from a Victorian preface
Theology, if rightly pursued, should issue in a life of concern for the lost.

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Albert Mohler
"One Word of Truth Will Outweigh the Whole World" -- The Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The time may come when we date the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet Union from the appearance of Gulag.

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2008-08-02
Bob Kauflin
The Human Voice in Congregational Worship
. . . it seems that God is saying, “What I'm most after, when you gather, is the song that comes from the hearts of my people, which my Spirit has placed there.”

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Tominthebox
The Treasure Shed
. . . the Lord Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal . . .” So maybe you’ve read this passage and wondered like millions of others, “Just where exactly can I lay up my treasures on earth?”

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2008-08-01
David Gunderson
Jesus and Disclaimers
. . . I try to be very careful when preaching on the words of Jesus. I am frightened that in my attempts to explain him, I might explain him away.

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J.D. Hatfield
Real or Reprobate?
It is amazing how many so called “Christians” have no interest in doing the will of God in their daily lives, but who somehow become bible scholars when it suits their agenda. These types of people will be far worse off on judgment day than your garden-variety pagan. They took the name of the Lord in vain.

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Dan Phillips
Things a pastor isn't: The Minister
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry . . .

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Octavius Winslow (posted by Timmy Brister)
Brethren, Pray for Us
Who are ministers of Christ? Are they angels? Are they superhuman beings? Are they inspired? No, they are men in all respects like others. They partake of like infirmities, are the subjects of like assaults, and are estranged from nothing that is human.

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Bob Hayton
America — A Pagan Nation?
We may truly be thankful for the Christian, godly influence in the founding of our society. That may have given us advantages and blessings. But it does not constitute our country as uniquely created by God. We have no claims for God’s special favor.

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