Links to Help Your Grip (3.30.2013)

Each Saturday, I pass along various links (regarding the church and our culture) to help fulfill the mission of this blog to connect canon (Scripture) with our culture.

Culture

Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency (Tim Keller)

It is not that I expect everyone to have the capability of understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people, but I vainly hope that one day someone will access their common sense (or at least talk to an informed theological advisor) before leveling the charge of inconsistency.

The Internet ‘Narcissism Epidemic‘ (The Atlantic)

In virtual space many of the physical interactions that restrain behavior vanish. Delusions of grandeur, narcissism, viciousness, impulsivity, and infantile behavior for some individuals rise to the surface.

Is Legalized Gay Marriage Inevitable?  Don’t Be So Sure (Matthew Cooper)

Backers were once convinced that the Equal Rights Amendment was unstoppable, too. But 90 years after it was introduced, the ERA is going nowhere fast.

Washington State Weighs First Abortion Mandate in the US (USA Today–Jonathan Kaminksy)

The Reproductive Parity Act, as supporters call it, would require insurers in Washington state who cover maternity care — which all insurers must do — to also pay for abortions.

North Dakota Now First State to Ban Abortions Based on Down Syndrome (Lifenews.com)

With the governor’s signature on the ban today, North Dakota has become the first state to ban abortions based on genetic “defects” like Down Syndrome. When diagnosed before birth, such genetic abnormalities prompt couples to have abortions 90 percent of the time.  The measure would also ban abortion based on gender selection, an issue of increasing concern in the United States has people from nations like China and India migrate to the United States and bring their cultural preference for boys with them.

Leading Atheist Branded a ‘Heretic’ for Daring to Question Darwinism (National Post)

His secretary at New York University says there have been hundreds, all wanting to reach the modern “heretic,” as a current magazine cover labels him, but he is not taking the bait.  All he did was argue in a new book the evolutionary view of nature is “false,” and now grand forces have descended upon him. He does not want to talk about it.

The Money Man Behind the ‘New Atheism’s’ Activism (Dan Merica, CNN)

For Todd Stiefel, a slim, scruffy ex-Catholic, his public persona is his wallet and activism. Through the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, the 38-year-old has made an indelible impact on the nation’s fastest-growing “religious” group: the nonbelievers. Most of the highest-profile atheists campaigns –- flashy billboards in high-traffic areas, news-making efforts to get atheists to come out of the closet, and boisterous rallies – are funded by his fortune.

 Church

Russell Moore elected as President of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (SBC) (Baptist Press)

Moore, 41, a native of Biloxi, Miss., will be the eighth president of the entity charged by Southern Baptists with addressing moral and religious freedom issues. With a background in government, the pastorate and seminary training, he already is well-known as a commentator from a Southern Baptist and evangelical Christian perspective on ethics, theology and the culture.

A Christian Man’s Travel Plan (Garrett Kell)

As I prep for my trip, there are three basic things that are on my mind: family, purity, and ministry. I thought I’d share how I plan for each of these when I’m on the road in case it might help you prepare for your own travels.

What Yahoo! Can Teach Us About the Church (David Murray)

It’s realized that for all the benefits of telecommuting, there were three areas where more was being lost than gained.

What Shames Us (Tim Challies)

While it is common for someone to ask how toput off a particular sin, it is rare for someone to ask for guidance in putting on a particular godly trait. We are ashamed of our sin and bothered by it. This is good. But we are less ashamed of our lack of Christian character and less bothered by it. This is not good.

The Introverted Evangelist (Seth McBee)

When we train in evangelism, this is the picture most either point to or think of. Which is one of the major reasons evangelism and evangelist have such a negative connotation for both the believer and non-believer. Essentially, we train folks to fit into a specific personality type and call it evangelism training. We are training people to be extrovert evangelists.

Beware Before You Share:  Starbucks, Worldviews, and Jumping to Conclusions (Matthew Perry, Gospel Gripped)

Regardless of which side of the argument you are on, we must beware before you share. Take time to read through an article before you jump to conclusions.

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