Is Coming That Whoever Kills You Will Think That He Is Offering A Service
How do you deal with psychotic religious
warriors that believe that they are offering a service to God by killing
Christians? Ever since 9/11, we were endlessly told about what a
great threat “al-Qaeda” was, but I don’t remember a single time when al-Qaeda
ever marched a group of Christians out and beheaded them on camera.
ISIS appears to be an entirely different animal than al-Qaeda ever was,
and it is about time that we started taking them seriously. But the
Obama administration is actually allowing Americans that went overseas
to fight for ISIS to come back into the country and resume their normal
lives. To me, that is absolutely insane. These are people that
believe that they score major points with their god when they kill us.
And they especially seem to relish the opportunity to kill Christians.
Sadly, this is all part of a rising trend of Christian persecution all
over the planet. Christian churches are being burned to the ground
in places such as Egypt, India and West Africa, and earlier this month
we witnessed a horrific incident during....
& Articles for Friday-Saturday, May 1st-2nd, 2015
Say Religious Liberty Trumps Gay Rights
Most Americans say religious freedom
should take priority over gay rights, according to a new Associated Press-GFK
poll. About 56 percent say the government needs to protect religious liberties
when they conflict with gay rights. Only 40 percent say it should be the
other way around. Meanwhile, 52 percent say wedding-related businesses
should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples. Christian business
owners in a number of states, from Colorado to Washington, have been punished
for choosing not to provide services for same-sex weddings.
Prepare for a De-Christianized America
In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell
v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general
of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally
told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of
the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s
a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore
the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very
attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.Yesterday,
however, the solicitor general tugged at that curtain...It turns out that
the sexual revolution demands “de-Christianization.” MORE
Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Puts Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs
“It is … it is going to be an issue.”
With those words, spoken yesterday before the Supreme Court of the United
States, the Solicitor General of the United States announced that religious
liberty is directly threatened by the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Donald Verrili, representing the Obama Administration as the nation’s highest
court considered again the issue of same-sex marriage, was responding to
a question from Justice Samuel Alito. His answer confirms with candor the
threat we have long seen coming. Back in 2005, long before the movement
to legalize same-sex marriage had gained cultural momentum, the Becket
Fund held a forum on the question... MORE
Limbaugh: '12th Imam' Is Like the 'Antichrist'
Rush Limbaugh has shocked listeners
by warning the Iranian government’s hoped-for “12th Imam” is “equivalent
to the Antichrist,” the prophesied end times figure believed by many to
be the personification of evil.
Time Mag: Scientists
Discover the Secret to Keeping Cells Young
Researchers say it may be possible
to slow and even reverse aging by keeping DNA more stably packed together
in our cells
Police Were Ordered To Stand Down
and Let the Baltimore Riots Rage Out Of Control
We now have official confirmation that
the rioting in Baltimore on Monday was purposely allowed to spiral out
of control. Up until now, there had been some unconfirmed reports
that police in Baltimore had been ordered to “stand down” during the riots,
but nobody had been willing to come forward and go on the record.
Now that has all changed. Michael Lewis is the Sheriff of Wicomico
County, Maryland and what he has to say is absolutely jaw dropping.
When he saw what was happening in Baltimore, he gathered up some of his
fellow officers and drove down to the city to help. But when he got
there, he says that all of the police were being ordered not to take any
action and to let the rioters destroy property. Lewis made this astounding
claim during a discussion on a Baltimore radio station…
Bachmann Wars With Obama Over 'End of World'
'Instead of laughing and mocking, president
should be weeping' “Michele Bachmann actually predicted I would bring about
the biblical end of days,” Obama told the correspondents, who erupted in
roaring laughter. “Now that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean Lincoln, Washington,
they didn’t do that.” ...When the progressive media heard Obama’s mocking
of Bachmann, they dutifully took his cue and heaped more invective on the
Justin Taylor: Hyper-Headship
and the Scandal of Domestic Abuse In the Church
Jason Meyer, pastor for preaching and
vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, gave a powerful and
important sermon this past Sunday. In it, he defined things like “hyper-headship”:
Hyper-headship is a satanic distortion of male leadership, but it can
fly under the radar of discernment because it is disguised as strong male
leadership. Make no mistake—it is harsh, oppressive, and controlling. In
other words, hyper-headship becomes a breeding ground for domestic abuse.
Meyer also addressed the issue of domestic abuse, highlighting three lessons
Moore Calls on Church to Embrace 'Refugees of the Sexual Revolution'
Speaking to the largest Latino Christian
organization in the world Tuesday, Russell Moore, president of the Southern
Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said that
the sexual revolution will fail and the Church must be prepared to embrace
those "refugees of the sexual revolution."
Kevin DeYoung: Why
Not Gay Marriage?
As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments
in DeBoer v. Snyder, it’s worth asking the question: Is there any reason
a decent, rational, non-bigoted American might oppose same-sex marriage?
Just as important: Are there any decent, rational, non-bigoted Americans
who are willing to consider why other Americans might have plausible reasons
for opposing same-sex marriage? This blog post is my way of saying “yes”
to the first question and “let’s hope so” to the second.
J.D. Payne: Those
Who Think, Read
Kingdom citizens are called to love
God with all of their minds (Matt 22:37). They are called to be people
of understanding, for “the wise lay up knowledge” (Prov 10:14, ESV). Part
of the stewardship that comes with Kingdom citizenship is that of thinking.
Thinking about God. Thinking about His world. Thinking about His mission
in His world and our place in that mission. And loving God with our minds
and laying up knowledge should involve the thinking that comes from reading.
Those who think, read.
of Liberty' Helps Iraq Christians Take on ISIS
When ISIS beheaded two of Matthew
VanDyke's friends, journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, he began
to wonder what he could do to stop what he calls "this scourge on humanity."
Vik Khanna: How
We Got Our Son To Stop Gaming
Our 11-year-old son decided gaming
wasn’t moving him toward his life goals, so he dropped it.
Daniel John Sobieski:
Marriage vs. Religious Liberty
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard
oral arguments in the case to determine whether the Constitution requires
states to issue same-sex marriage licenses and requires other states to
honor same-sex marriages performed in those states. A primary argument
by the plaintiffs is that gay marriage is covered under the equal protection
clause of the 14th Amendment and that if straights can marry, then so can
gays. The counterargument is that marriage is a privilege and not a right,
a union of one man and one woman sanctioned over millennia by virtually
every culture and country over time as the stable foundation of any society,
a framework for the bearing and rearing of children that are the future
of any society...
Joy Pullmann: Five
Glad My Parents Were Strict
Buzzfeed is calling for all the kids
who had strict, conservative, fundamendalist parents to grouse about how
horrible it was to grow up guided by two strong pairs of hands. I guess
they wouldn’t know it from, you know, observing other people, but perhaps
the only thing worse than having strict parents is having lax parents.
1. Learning Self-Restraint
Pays Off Big Back when I was immature (cough), I had a close friend
whose parents let everyone know they believed in “giving kids their space.”
I was so jealous that “Nicki’s” parents bought her a car when she turned
16; my parents could have, but they made me buy my own and pay my own insurance
and gas, to boot. They also let her run around ordering....
Cahn: 'Follow Baal and Go To Hell'
“The justices of the Supreme Court took
up their seats [in a hearing] on whether they should strike down the biblical
and historic definition of marriage,” he said. “That the event should even
take place is a sign this is America of [George] Washington’s warning …
a nation at war against its own foundation.”
David Archibald: Seven
Reasons China Will Start a War By 2017
It will be one of the most pointless, stupid and destructive
wars in history, but that is what is coming.
Unanswered Questions About The Baltimore Riots That They Don’t Want Us
Why did the Baltimore riots seem like
they were perfectly staged to be a television event? Images of police
vehicles burning made for great television all over the planet, but why
were there abandoned police vehicles sitting right in the middle of the
riot zones without any police officers around them in the first place?
Why was the decision made ahead of time to set a curfew for Tuesday night
and not for Monday...
Shop Appeals Gay Wedding Case to State High Court
A Washington flower shop owner who
lost a 2013 lawsuit over her refusal to provide services for a same-sex
appealing to the state Supreme Court.
T.J. Addington: Many
Leaders Need To Redefine Their Definition of Loyalty
It is not uncommon in conversations
with leaders and their staff to have the issue of loyalty come up. I have
heard many leaders say, "my highest value for staff is that they are loyal."
That statement, however it is made begs several questions: loyal to what
or whom and what is the operative definition of loyalty? Whenever I hear
leaders talk about loyalty as one of their highest values, yellow flags
go up in my mind.
David Cloud: Soft
Separatism and the Downfall of Many Independent Baptist Churches
...Soft separatism is a separatism that
is ineffective to protect the Lord’s people from spiritual dangers. It
is characterized by professing to believe in separation but doing things
that make the separation ineffective, such as focusing on positive truth
and avoiding “negativism and criticism”; avoiding dealing with “personalities”;
refusing to distance oneself properly from those who are headed in a wrong
direction in order to cut off the leaven of compromise from one’s personal
life and family and church; and messing with dangerous things such as....
Alternatives to the Truth
...God created male and female and designed
them to be different, but men would blur the edges and finally leave confusion
either to have it their own way or fit into the world. The designs
are obvious, which is why in a proposed gender change, you find men attempting
to add certain proportions that were once not there.
Thom Rainer: Six
Ways Millennials Are Educating Their Churches Theologically
...In recent years, I have noticed a
remarkable—and welcomed—return by younger leaders to the fundamentals of
the faith, basic theological education, and the deepening of doctrinal
roots. Recently I sat down and studied these trends and identified six
ways Millennial leaders in the church are increasing the importance and
effectiveness of theological education in the local church.
Secrets of Many Senior Pastors
....When I first shared the points in
this post a few years ago it was at a conference for executive pastors.
I was asked to give my perspective as a senior pastor, since each of them
reported to one. Specifically, the request was to share some things
about senior pastors they may not know. I honestly didn’t realize what
I was sharing would be so revealing for some of them.
Ben Bailie: Burdened
Preaching, Serious Gospel
....Lloyd-Jones’s preferred term for
a sermon was a “burden.” He believed every time a preacher enters the pulpit
he should come with a burden from the Lord. The burden should be a specific
message God has given the preacher to be delivered at a specific time to
a specific congregation from a specific text. This burden should shape
every aspect of preaching, from the manner of delivery to the content.
Unlocking the Bible:
to Be Productive According to the Bible
The Bible’s view of work and productivity
is vastly different from our culture’s view...
& Articles for Thursday, APRIL 30th, 2015
Not Obey’: Christian Leaders Threaten Civil Disobedience
Court Legalizes Gay Marriage
“We will not obey.” That’s the blunt
warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme
Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage. “We respectfully
warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,” read a document titled,
Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. “We stand united together in defense
of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.”
Why Is Obama
So Silent About The Vicious Persecution Of Christians All Over The Globe?
As you read this article, Christians
are being openly persecuted in more than 60 nations. Churches are
being burned, believers are being hunted down and imprisoned, and violent
mobs are beating and killing those that dare to say that Jesus is Lord.
And thanks to ISIS, the persecution of Christians has risen to frightening
new levels in 2015. In recent months, our news sources have been
filled with headlines about Christians that are being beheaded, crucified
and buried alive by ISIS. MORE
Are The Baltimore
Riots Being Manipulated?
Is it possible that there are people
out there that are attempting to inflame the Baltimore riots for their
own twisted purposes? I don’t know if you have noticed, but there
has seemed to be lots of unprotected police vehicles parked very close
to where all of the protests have been happening. The police had
to know that those vehicles would be prime targets if violence erupted.
So where were the police while those vehicles were being smashed and set
on fire? And why did the mayor of Baltimore say that authorities
purposely “gave those who wished to destroy space to do that”? Yes,
Freddie Gray really died. MORE
City In America There Are People
Ready To Riot,
Loot And Set Things On Fire
The city of Baltimore has been transformed
into an “absolute war zone“, and the governor of Maryland has declared
a state of emergency as the rioting in “Charm City” continues to escalate.
The funeral for Freddie Gray has unleashed a firestorm of violence, and
none of it is going to do anyone any good. To their credit, some
of the leaders of the African-American community are standing up and loudly
condemning the violence. They know that smashing cars, throwing rocks
at police and looting stores is not going to solve anything.
Die While Worshipping as Quake Hits
Hundreds of Nepalese Christians
died as their churches crashed down upon them when last week's devastating
earthquake hit during their weekly
Business Insider: Christians
Are Leaving the Faith In Droves and the Trend Isn't Slowing Down
An extensive study done by the Pew Research
Center has yielded some fascinating information regarding the trajectory
of world religions over the next four decades. As of 2010, Christianity
was the dominant world religion with roughly 2.2 billion adherents and
Muslims were second with about 1.6 billion adherents. If current demographic
trends continue however, Islam is expected to catch up to Christianity
midway through the 21st century.
Washington Post: U.S.
Economic Growth Slows To 0.2 percent, Grinding Nearly To a Halt
The U.S. economy ground nearly to
a halt in the first three months of the year, according to government data
released Wednesday morning, as exports plunged and severe winter weather
helped keep consumers indoors.
Leaders Warn SCOTUS: 'Don't Cross That Line'
A group of prominent Christian leaders
are issuing a warning to the Supreme Court. If it legalizes gay marriage,
they will not obey.
Russell Moore: What
The horrific scene seems to bring out
the worst ideological responses from divergent corners. Some, wrongly,
excuse the rioting, pointing out the issues leading up to it as justifying
such criminality. On the other side, some suggest, wrongly, that such rioting
is part and parcel of what peaceful protesters are about, distracting from
the very real systemic issues that must be addressed. But behind all of
this is a question the church must ask: what does Baltimore need in a time
such as this?
CNS News: Gallup
Poll Says Less Than 1% of Adult Population Part of a Same-Sex Couple
According to a recent Gallup survey,
of the total U.S. adult population (approximately 243 million U.S. adults),
less than 1 percent, only .8 percent (approximately 2 million U.S. adults),
are part of a same-sex couple.
Culture, Feminism, And The Shocking Truth That You Aren’t Being Told
....Our hypersexualized culture
is constantly fanning the flames of sexual desire while at the same time
teaching us to disregard all of the traditional boundaries for sex.
Needless to say, the results have been absolutely disastrous.
CBN News: Gay
Marriage Case: What Hangs in the Balance
Whenever the high court hears a case
dealing with same-sex marriage, as it did Tuesday, partisans on both sides
fill the Supreme Court plaza with witty signs, colorful costumes, songs,
chants and lots of yelling at each other. As CBN News passed a traditional
marriage advocate, he could be heard fighting with a gay marriage supporter.
"You're just like the Pharisees," the gay marriage supporter said. "Jesus
loved the sinners and we're loving you just like Jesus loved the Pharisees,"
the traditional marriage advocate replied.
Jerusalem Post: Israelis
Who Hate Israel—and the Christians Who Fund Them
...Zochrot, a tiny radical anti-Zionist
group, was established with the aim of “rais[ing] public awareness of the
Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic)” and “recognizing and materializing
the right of return,” an agenda equivalent to calling for the abolishment
of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. With no local support
base or constituency, Zochrot operates only through generous funding from
a coterie of foreign Christian aid organizations.
Persecuted Christians in Middle East Are ‘Defying ISIS by Their Faith’
Although they are facing the worst
religious persecution in centuries at the hands of the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Christians in the Middle East are “defying ISIS
by their faith,” says author Johnnie Moore...
Financial Ruin, Christian Florist Fights Back Against Radicals
"It's me today ... It's you tomorrow."
Will Greece Default? Let Us Count The Ways
What was once anathema has become conventional
wisdom, and lately the only question when discussing the fate of Greece
is not if but when it will default. Actually, there is another question:
how? Because as the following UBS flow chart shows, when it comes to the
matter of picking an obligation on which to not make a payment, Greece
has a truly 5 star menu selection.
Baltimore Burns, Christian Leaders Meet at Reconciled Church Summit in
As pockets of East and West Baltimore
erupted in flames and riot on Monday night over the death of 25-year-old
Freddie Gray who died on April 19 after suffering serious injury while
in police custody, a diverse coalition of Christian leaders from across
the country gathered at First Baptist Orlando church in Florida Tuesday
to discuss ways in which the church can intervene and prevent these eruptions
before they start.
Court Gay Marriage Ruling Could Create Religious Liberty Issues
Christian Schools, Charities, Obama's Lawyer Admits
The lead attorney representing the Obama
administration admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that if
the court were to rule in favor of making same-sex marriage a constitutional
right, it would create a religious liberty "issue" for faith-based schools
and institutions, who could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt statuses.
Removes Christian Grandma-Florist Barronelle Stutzman's Fundraising Page
GoFundMe, an online fundraising website,
has taken down the donation page for 70-year-old Christian grandma-florist
Barronelle Stutzman, who is at risk of losing her flower shop and life
savings after she refused to work a same-sex wedding because of her Christian
Benjamin Watson’s Viral Message on Baltimore Riots: Christ is Needed to
Christian Post: Six
Interesting Facts About Hillary Clinton's Christian Faith
Hillary Clinton wants to be president
of the United States, but what actually guides her? The only currently
declared candidate for the Democratic ticket was raised in the Methodist
tradition and continues to practice that faith today. Here are six interesting
facts about Clinton's faith as it relates to her candidacy and personal
Spotted On The Streets Of Baltimore Smashing Police Cars?
Cultural Agency Slams Israel's Claim to Religious Sites
Developing 'Truth-Seeking Algorithm'
“With billions depending on the world’s
iconic search engine for virtually every tidbit of information under the
sun, Google is looking to take it one step further with its new ‘truth-seeking
algorithm’ that will rank sites by what it considers to be truth. Many
are concerned with the massive Internet information storehouse’s newest
endeavor, especially with the left-leaning political bent it has demonstrated
over the years.
Tragedy, Syrian Christian Leader Warns: ‘We Could Disappear’
Suggestions for Raising Boys Who Welcome Your Input as Adults
How do you get your sons to want
to come to you for wisdom, long after they leave home? I get asked that
a lot. I have a few thoughts.
T.J. Addington: Church
Boards Who Live With Their Heads In the Sand
I love to help churches but it astonishes
me that boards often do not address known issues which are hurting their
It Doesn't Mean
....The idea of Jesus' teaching wasn't,
let's see if the banquet hall could be filled up with rich people first,
and if they don't want that, go to maimed people, and if there aren't enough
of those, then get the out-of-towners. The idea is that anyone who would
come, could come. The audience of Jesus' story was the first
group, the ones who didn't want it.
Aaron Earls: Five
Steps to Avoid Technological Slavery
There have been numerous studies and
research done on the effect the internet and smartphones are having on
our brains. In many ways, they are clearly rewiring them and having an
impact on our physical health. I know this temptation full well. It would
be extremely difficult for me to go through a complete digital detox, not
only because it is part of my job, but because it is part of the way I
live my life now.
Art Rainer: How
Ministries Can Adapt to Shifting Demographics
Your community’s demographics will shift.
It is not really a matter of if but when. By 2050, America will be a minority
majority nation, with Hispanics realizing the greatest population growth.
But it is not just race or ethnicity that will change. In 2030, there will
be 73 million people 65 and older. Currently, there are about 33 million.
Whether it is race, age, income level, economic status, or education level,
your community’s demographics either have or will shift.
& Articles for Wednesday, APRIL 29th, 2015
York Times: Gay Marriage Arguments Divide
Supreme Court Justices
The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed
deeply divided about one of the great civil rights issues of the age: whether
the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. The questions
from the justices suggested that they were divided along the usual lines
— conservative and liberal — with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy holding the
controlling vote. On the evidence of his words, he seemed torn about what
to do. But Justice Kennedy’s tone was more emotional and emphatic when
he made the case for same-sex marriage. That, coupled with his earlier
judicial opinions, gave gay rights advocates reason for optimism by the
end of the arguments, which lasted two and a half hours.
In 1 in 5
Families in U.S., No One Works
In 19.9 percent of American families
in 2014, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),
no one in the family worked. A family, as defined by the BLS, is a “group
of two or more persons residing together who are related by birth, marriage,
or adoption. In 2014, there were 80,889,000 families in the United
States, and in 16,057,000 of those families, or 19.9 percent, no
one had a job. The BLS designates a person as “employed” if “during the
survey reference week” they “(a) did any work at all as... MORE
Hillary To Shreds For Suggesting Christians Must Change Their View On Abortion
In an address last week before the 2015
Women in the World Summit, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
engaged in some pro-abortion rhetoric that many deemed intolerant of those
Americans who hold a deep, faith-based aversion to abortion. During her
remarks, she asserted that women in modern America are “denied access to
reproductive health and safe childbirth” without offering specifics...In
reality, of course, her euphemistic language was widely reported as a reference
to abortion and the need for expanded access to prenatal murder. She continued
by castigating religious Americans whose faith teaches them that such a
deadly procedure is sinful. MORE
‘We Are Moving Rapidly Toward the Criminalization of Christianity’
The persecution of Christians because
of their moral opposition to homosexual behavior and so-called gay marriage
is on the rise in America, to the point where “Christian convictions are
under attack as never before” and “we are moving rapidly toward the criminalization
of Christianity,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is also
an ordained Southern Baptist minister. During an Apr. 23 conference call
with conservative pastors, Gov. Huckabee and FRC President Tony Perkins
talked about persecution of Christians in the U.S. military, in the business
world, and how homosexuality as a “civil right” and same-sex marriage are
affecting the social and legal climate. MORE
Burns and Media Wonders: Where's Obama?
President Obama spoke – at last – about
the madcap situation in Baltimore on Tuesday, but rather than telling protesters
to go home, as analysts and peaceful residents alike wanted, he seemed
to throw the police under the bus and fault them for the crisis and chaos
that’s tearing through the city streets.
Seizes Marshall Islands Cargo Ship In Gulf Waters, Pentagon Says
Iranian naval forces have seized a Marshall
Islands-flagged cargo ship in the strategic waterway of the Gulf, according
to US officials. The Maersk Tigris and all its crew members were steered
towards the Iranian island of Qeshm near the southern port city of Bandar
Abbas after it was intercepted by an Iranian naval vessel.
Outside Brooklyn Church Leaves 2 Fatally Shot, 4 Injured
Washinton Free Beacon: EPA
Spends Cash to Study Churches That Preach Climate Change
Deborah Hamilton: Is
America Ripe for God's Judgment?
Coach Forced To Resign After Sharing Facebook Post About Islam
According to recent reports, a Conway,
N.H., man was forced out of his position as a lacrosse coach at Fryeburg
Academy after sharing an open letter to Barack Obama about the influence
of Islam on the world.
Napp Nazworth: Could
the Supreme Court Compromise on Gay Marriage?
One line of questioning during Tuesday's
oral arguments on gay marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court suggests a
"wild card" compromise as one possible outcome.
Thom Rainer: Five
Ways Church Members Hold the Church as a Financial Hostage
Do you know any church members who have
made demands based upon their financial giving to the church? Okay, that's
probably a rhetorical question because most of you readers certainly have
experienced that discomfort. I asked a number of church leaders to share
with me how this "hostage taking" usually takes place. Here are the five
most common responses
Baptist Pastors' Conference Cancels Ben Carson as Speaker for Political,
Potential presidential candidate
Ben Carson was recently disinvited from a speaking invitation at a Southern
Baptist Pastor's Conference in Columbus, Ohio, in June, because of concerns
raised by some Baptist pastors.
Mark H. Creech: Newborn
Infants Are 'Morally Irrelevant'
In essence, the argument was one that
says opinions on personhood are somewhat arbitrary. Therefore, parents
should be allowed to decide whether to take the life of their newborn for
all the same reasons they are allowed to have an abortion, including cases
where a child is disabled. How did we reach such a place of madness in
Much Stuff, So Little Time—How
Do We Keep Our Possessions from Possessing Us?
I have a lot of stuff. I have less stuff
than many of my fellow Americans, so at times, I feel self-satisfied. But
then I realize I have a lot more than I need, so my sense of self-satisfaction
dissipates and is replaced by shame and a desire to do better — to pare
down to the very basics. The basics of the basics. The ur-basics. I’m sure
there is a new book on decluttering that will help me, one that everyone
is reading. Or one that addresses simplifying. Or maybe a book that takes
on minimalism, because minimalism is a life-changer, or so I hear.
Joe Carter: Nine
Things You Should Know About Genocide
Because several genocides began in April
or have a major anniversary in the month, many organizations and institutions
around the world have set aside April to be a month of genocide awareness
and action against genocide. Here are nine things you should know about
genocide in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries....
The Pharisees believed in resurrection,
which they saw like a huge, lavish banquet where they would be invited
along with all their big shot friends, the best social event any of them
experienced in their own lifetimes and to what the Old Testament compared
to the kingdom anyway (cf. Isaiah 25:6-9). Implied by the beatitude of
one of them as a toast in v. 15, they assumed they'd be there. Jesus
intends His story in vv. 16-23 to correct that assumption.
T.J. Addington: Eight
Reasons Why Many Supervisors Do Such a Poor Job of Leading Others
I suspect that many staff would
not give their boss or supervisor high marks for their supervisory skills
or stewardship. It is true in ministry settings as well as secular settings.
Suggestions for Challenging a Controlling Leader
....I should point out that while I
believe the Bible teaches to respect authority, I don’t believe it says
we must ignore the abuse of authority. All children should honor their
parents, for example, but respect is never an excuse for abuse. There are
times when it is appropriate to confront authority. Jesus certainly did
during His earthly ministry. Here are 7 suggestions with how to challenge
a controlling leader:
Benjamin Vrbicek: When
Ministry Success Becomes an Idol
....The capacity of the human heart
to turn anything into an idol is astounding. To paraphrase Tim Keller in
Counterfeit Gods, when something, even a good thing, becomes an ultimate
thing, then idolatry happens.
Gary Gilley: The
Biblical Basis for Revival
If the Scriptures do not encourage us
to seek revival, what does it say on the subject? In the Old Testament
we find several references to being revived. The word that is sometimes
translated “revive” or “revived” is found two hundred thirty-four times
in the Old Testament and it means to give life, make alive, and give new
life, depending upon the context.