Tuesday, August 27, 2013

All Around the Web - August 27, 2013

Happy Birthday to me!!

Thom Rainer - Seven Helpful Hints for Pastors Who Have Blogs
  1. Have someone proofread every post you write. I am grateful for the growth of this blog. We now have over 2 million views a year. In addition, I have written several books and countless magazine and journal articles. Guess what? I make mistakes every time I write. That’s why I have two good proofreaders checking my posts every day. Your writing says a lot about you. Don’t say it with typos and grammatical errors.
  2. Ask your church members what they would like to hear from you. Your members and readers are your best source of ideas for content. Ask them in formal and informal settings. Thank them in your blog posts for giving you the idea to write on particular topics.
  3. Set aside time on your calendar to write. Determine how long it will take you to write 400 to 800 words. Then put that time on the calendar so you can be intentional and methodical in writing your posts.
  4. Do not violate the privacy of conversations. You are the recipient of many confidential conversations. Don’t violate that trust on your blog. Don’t even be tempted to disguise names to share confidential information. You can lose your trust quickly.
  5. Ask the congregation often to visit your blog. Let them know that is where you will be sharing much information from your heart and your head. Be redundant in asking them to take a few minutes each week to read your posts.
  6. Acknowledge people on the blog. Who doesn’t like to be recognized for doing something well? The pastor’s blog is a great place to offer the rewards of gratitude and encouragement. If you write just one post a week, you have the opportunity to encourage church members 52 times a year.
  7. Speak of your love of your church often. Pastors are shepherds who are called to love the flock unconditionally. Use your blog as a forum to demonstrate and articulate that love.

Mark Driscoll - 8 misconceptions about the Bible

1. “You can’t trust the Bible because it’s been translated so many times”
2. “The Bible is full of mistakes and contradictions”
3. “You can make the Bible say whatever you want it to say”
4. “The Bible says…”
5. “Power-hungry church councils decided what to include in the Bible”
6. “The New Testament was written hundreds of years after the time of Jesus”
7. “The Bible is an old, outdated list of rules that no longer apply”
8. “The Bible excluded other more accurate manuscripts

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Albert Mohler - “It is the Price of Citizenship”?—An Elegy for Religious Liberty in America

Anyone who still doubts that the normalization of homosexuality and the legalization of same-sex marriage will represent a seismic shift in the culture at large needs only to look to New Mexico to see that nothing less than religious liberty is now under threat—and in a big way.

Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin are the owners of Elane Photography, a firm that operates as a commercial photographic studio. Elaine is the lead photographer and the Huguenins together run the business. In 2006, the couple refused to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony and were sued. Last week the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the Huguenins had violated the human rights of the same-sex couple and that the First Amendment does not allow Elane Photography to refuse to photograph same-sex unions.

The court’s decision was unanimous, upholding a 2012 decision by an appeals court. The court’s decision declared that the Huguenins had acted unlawfully in refusing to photograph the same-sex commitment, even when Elaine Huguenin had argued that to force her to photograph the celebration of a same-sex ceremony was to force her to function as a celebrant and thereby to violate her own conscience. That last part of the Huguenin’s argument has to do with the fact that photography is “expressive” as an art form. There is no way that photographing a same-sex ceremony would not require the professional photographer to arrange and construct photographs in order to artistically celebrate the same-sex union.

PJ Media - The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

5.) The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
4.) Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
3.) Monster by Walter Dean Myers
2.) His Dark Materials, by Phillip Pullman
1.) A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket

The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God:

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