Christians who develop an interest in apologetics often begin to believe that the most important things to learn are logic, rational arguments, and evidential proofs. They can become very focused on making sure their logic is airtight, while completely ignoring the importance of the moral quality of their life. Historically, however, Christian apologists never separated rational arguments from their moral and ethical lives.
The 2nd century apologist, Athenagoras, challenged those who put too much stock in philosophy and logic, while ignoring their character. He noted that among the pagans were many who were skilled in logic, grammar and rhetoric, but whose character was unchanged by the truth they claimed to know.
For who of those that reduce syllogisms, and clear up ambiguities, and explain etymologies, or of those who teach homonyms and synonyms, and predicaments and axioms, and what is the subject and what is the predicate, and who…
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One of these days, I hope I have the time again to do some real writing on other subjects besides politics and global events. There are a lot of reflections on Scripture I’d love to do. However, that takes time, quiet, study—commodities of which I have very little these days.
On top of that, domestic events continue on their steady plunge to the abyss, and so I feel constrained to say what few in the media will, even conservative media, on the subject of Barack Obama.
Last week on the podcast we covered leaders of churches or Christian ministries who don’t act in the most Christ-like of ways. This week, we flip that and examine the traits of healthy, tenured pastors and leaders.
Some highlights from the episode:
- Long-tenured pastors don’t necessarily mean a church will be healthy. But several short-term ones almost guarantee it’s not.
- Praying daily for your congregation will not only give you a heart for your people but a spiritual and relational connection you would otherwise miss.
- Don’t treat your church as an island in the sea of your community.
- You don’t always have to get your way as a pastor.
- Many pastors are short-term because they pick so many fights.
- Healthy accountability is needed for healthy leadership.
- Pastors need both organizational accountability and personal accountability.
The 10 traits we cover are:
- They pray daily for their church members and staff.
- They view their family as their first line of ministry.
- They connect with and love people in their community.
- They choose their battles carefully and wisely.
- They welcome structures that make them accountable.
- They spend time developing staff.
- They expect conflict and criticism.
- They connect with other pastors and ministries in the community.
- They affirm both theology and practical ministry.
- They ask long-term questions.
- Five Stages of a Pastor’s Ministry
- Seven Ways the Pastor’s Family Comes Under Attack
- How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage
- Fourteen Symptoms of Toxic Church Leaders
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Nothing Created Everything
We rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).
It’s an old story. We would much rather complain about the way things are than make the sacrifice to change it, but character requires sacrifice. Those of us who know the Lord are called to make that sacrifice; we are called to live on a higher plane. Christians, above any other group, should be known as persons of character.
The references to character in the Bible indicate it’s something to be sought after. The Apostle Paul points out the unique relationship between suffering, perseverance, and character. The suffering he’s referring to are the trials and difficulties experienced by believers. He’s assuming, of course, that those who are persecuted would faithfully and courageously endure their persecutions; that they would not break under pressure and deny their faith in Christ.
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ObamaCare architect and MIT professor Jonathan Gruber’s remarks about the “stupidity” of the American voter and the passage of ObamaCare is bad enough
What is even more disturbing are his comments about the bill’s deliberate lack of transparency. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s denials Thursday were also absurd.
The arrogance and condescension that has too often characterized the Obama administration’s policies have put the American public in the unfortunate position of having to learn about the health care changes the hard way, on their own.
Here are three crucial changes that the president clearly didn’t want you to know about:
1. HUGE DEFICITS AND NEW TAXES. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the latest projections for the net cost of ObamaCare over the next ten years are just over $1.4 trillion. Whereas President Obama promised in 2009 that it would cost less than $1 trillion over ten years. In order to partially pay for this, ObamaCare has added more than 20 new taxes totaling over $500 billion.
2. BUREAUCRACY. Speaking of Orwellian politics, ObamaCare includes 159 new boards and agencies to restrict and govern your health care choices.
3. STILL MORE BUREAUCRACY. Dysfunctional state exchanges with high deductible policies, narrow doctor networks, including federally-run exchanges in 36 states which may not be allowable under the law (SCOTUS currently considering this case).
Here are three new things coming up in 2015 that you aren’t going to like:
1. PENALTIES WILL RISE – INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. In 2014, people are facing a penalty of $95 per person or 1% of income.
In 2015, the penalty will more than triple to $325 per person or 2% of income, whichever is higher.
If an American failed to get coverage this year, the penalty will be taken out of their tax refund in early 2015.
2. SERIOUS RATE HIKES FOR CHEAPER OBAMACARE PLANS. According to Investor’s Business Daily, the lowest cost bronze plan will increase an average of 7 % in many cases, the lowest cost silver plan by 9%, and the lowest priced catastrophic policy will climb 18 percent on average. Double digit rate hikes are anticipated in several southern and Midwestern states including Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa, and Virginia.
Subsidies will continue to be a huge part of the program. In 2014, subsidies provided ¾ of the premiums for the federally-run exchanges.
3. EMPLOYER MANDATE WILL TAKE EFFECT. After being delayed for a year, large businesses (100 or more employees in 2015, 50 or more in 2016) will be required to offer affordable (and subsidized) health plans to at least 70 percent of their full time employees or face a $2,000-$3,000 penalty per employee.
This mandate will lead to fewer full time employees being hired.
The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll in July revealed that 53 percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable view of ObamaCare.
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November 24th is the deadline.
By then, the international community’s negotiations with Iran over its illegal nuclear program are set to conclude.
But there are four big problems.
First, Iran is giving no evidence that it willing to make any significant concessions. It refuses to reduce its capabilities to enrich uranium to military/bomb grade, much less eliminate them all together.
Second, the U.S. and the Western powers look like they are ready to make major concessions. Indeed, even extending the negotiations (for a second time) will be a major gain for Iran.
Third, theAyatollah Khamenei just issued a new call for the “elimination” of the State of Israel. He explained his approach and answering questions on Twitter. Yet most world leaders…
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Franklin Graham objected to the use of the National Cathedral yesterday for a first-ever Muslim prayer service. On Facebook Graham said,
“It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins,”
He also mentioned that Jesus claimed to be the only way to the Father – John 14:6
Carpets were arranged so Muslims could bow toward Mecca and not need to look at crosses or Christian icons, because they are not allowed to pray in view of symbols of other faiths.
Source: CNS News
National Cathedral Holds Friday Muslim Prayers – Voice of America
Christians: Muslims ‘conquering’ Washington National Cathedral – WND