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Mar 5, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/5/14

Should You See Noah?; Messiah Name Change; David Dockery
Morning Roundup 3/5/14
Paramount Pictures

Why I'm Recommending Christians Go See The Movie NoahPhil Cooke

I've been doing a series, looking at the issues of the Noah movie (both positive and negative). Here is Phil's advice (with which I agree, if you are wondering).

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Mar 4, 2014
Books

20 Truths from Joy for the World: Christians, Culture, and the Joy of God

With every passing minute, Christianity is becoming less accepted in broader culture. What can be done?
20 Truths from Joy for the World: Christians, Culture, and the Joy of God

  • The joy of God—this Spirit-powered flourishing of human beings—can be experienced in a secondhand way by those who don't have it themselves. It can be tasted.(24)
  • I think Christianity is losing its influence in contemporary America because people outside the church just don't encounter the joy of God as much as they used to. (24)
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Mar 4, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/4/14

Pastor of World's Largest Church Convicted; Lose Employees' Respect; Thank You Billy Graham
Morning Roundup 3/4/14
Valerie Conley / flickr

David Yonggi Cho, Founder Of World's Largest Megachurch, Convicted Of Embezzling $12 MillionHuffington Post Religion

This is such a sad thing to read. There is some discussion going on about what happened, but the fact is that there is a conviction and the reputation ...

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Mar 3, 2014
Movies

Noah: Five Negative Features about this Film

Dr. Jerry Johnson, President of the NRB, shares some negatives of the new Bible film.
Noah: Five Negative Features about this Film
Paramount Pictures

From someone who has actually seen it.

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Noah's main character does not ring true.

When the title of a movie is the name of the main character, you have to nail it. This does not happen.

Aronofsky's Noah becomes so disturbed by human sinfulness that he obsesses ...

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Mar 3, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/3/14

Change at Calvary Chapel; Syrian Refugees in Italy: 10 Years of GetReligion
Morning Roundup 3/3/14
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The Case for Big Change at Calvary ChapelTimothy C. Morgan

I've had the chance to get to know Brian Broderson and found this article encouraging and helpful.

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Mar 2, 2014
Community

Still Learning on Sundays: Community as a Gospel Apologetic

Community is a demonstration of the gospel to the lost world.
Still Learning on Sundays: Community as a Gospel Apologetic
Wesley Biblical Seminary / flickr

I am preaching up at Sojourn Church in Louisville today.

I'll be preaching on mission (surprise!), but related to John 17 (and in light of John 20:21). Here are some powerful quotes about how community really matters.

I'm struck by the idea that we need—and ...

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Feb 28, 2014
Movies

Noah: Five Positive Facts about this Film

Dr. Jerry Johnson, President of the NRB, shares some positives of the new Bible film.
Noah: Five Positive Facts about this Film

From someone who has actually seen it.

Too often, Christians are in knee-jerk reaction mode when it comes to popular culture. If the world made it, we are against it, and can provide the list to tell you why. This is especially true with Hollywood. While there may be much ...

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Feb 28, 2014
Transformational Groups

The Right Culture for Community

Church community is not a once- or twice-a-week event—it's a matter of doing life together.
The Right Culture for Community

The Right Culture for Community

So many churches are trying to get larger. They put a lot of time, energy, and money into their pursuit of getting bigger. The church needs to make getting small a priority. Church-health proponents are reminding pastors that the bigger the ...

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Feb 28, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: February 28, 2014

Come to Church; Night of Despair; Laughter is the Best Medicine
Church Signs of the Week: February 28, 2014

OK, so "What does the fox say?" is a great song, but come on church sign guy, you can do better.

A night of despair and poor grammar on the church sign? This is all kinds of depressing.

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Thanks to Lee Peoples, Matthew Warren, and Stacy Ross for sending these ...

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Feb 27, 2014
Anti-Slavery

I'm In It To End It: #EndItMovement

#EndItMovement
I'm In It To End It: #EndItMovement

Around the world, there are presently almost 30 million people in slavery—a truly staggering number, quite possibly the largest number of slaves the world has ever known. You can see where they are held right at this Washington Post article.

Carrie Underwood, Matt Chandler, ...

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Feb 27, 2014
Christ-Centered Preaching

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: Jesus in Every Scripture by Dr. Walt Kaiser Jr.

Is Jesus really found in EVERY Old Testament text? Dr. Kaiser explains.
Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: Jesus in Every Scripture by Dr. Walt Kaiser Jr.
Doug Wheller / flickr

Much of Christocentric preaching tended to depend on a strong Biblical Theology, but a Biblical Theology that often wove together somewhat selectively somewhere around some twenty major biblical themes such as kingdom, temple, sacrifice, covenant, and the like; but it was ...

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Feb 27, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 2/27/14

iTunes Radio Bad for Your Soul; Women Surpassed Men; NRB Tackles Religious Liberty
Morning Roundup 2/27/14
Francisco Lodolo / flickr

How iTunes Radio is bad for your soulJonathan Merritt

A good and thoughtful look at something you might not have considered...

Women Have Surpassed MenScot McKnight

Society is changing… and that is encouraging for people who have daughters (like me).

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Feb 26, 2014
Mission

10 Ways to Love Your Neighbor

Living out the Great Commission means loving your neighbor: Apartment Life does this well.
10 Ways to Love Your Neighbor

Studies show that 50 percent of apartment residents don't have any friends in their community. The same is probably true for the people in your neighborhood. There are a lot of lonely people out there who are in need of love, and as Christians, God has called us to love ...

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Feb 26, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 2/26/14

Conservative Protestants and Divorce; Bob Jones and GRACE; Get More Out of Google

Feb 25, 2014
NRB

What's Happening at #NRB14: Christians and Media

Social media, broadcast media, and all sorts of guests on #TheExchange from #NRB14
What's Happening at #NRB14: Christians and Media

Over the course of the last week or so, if you've been keeping track of my blog at all, you'd be aware that I've been very active with the National Religious Broadcasters' annual convention that has been here in Nashville since Friday.

On Friday and Saturday ...

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