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Month: September 2017

A New Look for the Blog

A New Look for the Blog

I like to change the appearance of this blog somewhat from time to time, but this is my most drastic change in years. The previous theme was built by my son, who is too gainfully employed elsewhere now — and doing more behind-the-scenes coding, rather than site design — to be able to keep it up to date for me. The site was running very slowly. When I asked him whether there might be a problem with his theme’s compatibility…

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9 Practical Ways To Build Discipleship of the Mind in Your Local Church

9 Practical Ways To Build Discipleship of the Mind in Your Local Church

I’ve been writing about the question of “keeping the cookies on the lower shelf” in Sunday morning sermons. Here are some ways you (as pastor) or your church can raise the level of discussion, and build discipleship of the mind, without leaving any listeners behind. These are just seed thoughts; I’m sure the entire list of possible ways could number 900 or 9000. Ask during sermon prep, “Who might have a problem with this message I’m preaching? What might they…

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Your Church: Ready and Equipped for What’s Coming?

Your Church: Ready and Equipped for What’s Coming?

We’re teetering on the edge of persecution, near a tipping point. It might never happen, but on the other hand it could start at any moment. Is your church ready? At Any Moment… Historian Michael Kruger says that in the second century, persecution was often regional, rather than empire-wide. Persecution could hit you without affecting the whole nation at once. It’s happened to many businesspersons already. Further, Kruger says violent persecution was often initiated by mobs. Mob-related events are on…

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How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

Apologetics is about being argumentative, right? That’s the reputation. The reality can and should be very different. Jonathan McLatchie demonstrates the real effect of knowing apologetics in this 10 minute video exchange with atheistDouglas Letkeman. Watch and observe: Watch how easily he answers. He doesn’t say more than necessary, because this is an artificial “intervention” Douglas is performing with him, called “Street Epistemology.” (He calls it SE in the first moments of the clip.) Watch also how little confrontation there…

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Who’s Playing God Here? (5 Bad Reasons to Oppose the Sanctity of Human Life Bill)

Who’s Playing God Here? (5 Bad Reasons to Oppose the Sanctity of Human Life Bill)

From The Stream: Ken Burrows, writing for the very secular site TheHumanist, wants to warn us of dangers lurking in the proposed Sanctity of Human Life Act. He thinks the bill, cosponsored by 31 Congressional Republicans, is “astonishingly sweeping” and “harmful.” He tries hard to explain why we should be alarmed — give him credit for that — but his reasons come up empty. Let’s take a quick look at four bad reasons, then a longer look at what he really despises about the…

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