Links to Help Your Grip (4.6.2013)

Culture

Kevin Ware’s Awful Break: How Could it Happen? (Alexandra Sifferlin, TIME)

How did the bones in the leg, presumably strong enough to withstand considerable force, buckle under Ware’s own weight? “He probably torqued his leg, or slightly rotated it so that when he landed, the force transmitted through the bone and punctured the skin,” says Glatter. Such a scenario is simply unlucky chance and not likely to occur often. However, there are a few other factors that can contribute to such breaks in well-trained athletes.

What You Should Know About ‘LGBTQ’ (TGC)

The true Christian response to those who are tempted by same-sex desire or suffering from gender identity confusion is to apply a gospel-centric expression of care, concern, and compassion. This requires, first of all, that we tell the truth about mankind and sin, and that we see people as God sees them rather than through their own preferred self-distorting labels and worldview. There are no “LGBTQ” people, only men and women made in the image of God who are suffering from the consequences of the Fall and their own sin.

Three More Thoughts on the Gay Marriage Debate (Kevin DeYoung)

The church is sometimes the most vibrant, the most articulate, and the most holy when the world presses down on her most.

Planned Parenthood Defends Infanticide

Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly to ensure the long term viability of abortion-on-demand in America. With a mantra of “between a woman and her doctor” they have earned the title of America’s largest abortion mill. Perhaps now they will also become America’s largest infanticide provider as well. Some are calling this “post-birth abortion,” but that is erroneous.

Mike Rice Fired by Rutgers after Video Shows Coach Abusing Players (CBS News)

“Rutgers University has a long and proud history as one of the nation’s most diverse and welcoming academic institutions. Coach Rice’s abusive language and actions are deeply offensive and egregiously violate the university’s core values,” the statement said.

Photographs of the American Civil War

A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art features more than 200 photographs and photographic artifacts from the American Civil War. Thousands of images were created during the four violent years of the conflict. The Met’s exhibit features battlefield landscapes, as well as intimate portraits of soldiers and prominent figures of the time.

Church

The State of the Bible in 2013 (Marc Cortez)

The Bottom Line of Christian Ministry (H.B. Charles, Jr.)

In the business world, the bottom line is the last line of a financial statement that shows profit and loss. It is about whether the company is earning or losing money. And, as they say, the bottom line is the bottom line.

SPAM: Stop Affirming Positive Messages? (David Murray)

The problem is that many of us have SPAM filters that are fantastic at filtering out the positive and letting in only the negative things of life. That’s partly because our education, political, and business culture rewards negativity experts, those who can pick out a single negative in a sea of positives.

In the Crosshairs of Discernment Bloggers (Tim Challies)

I will not read any more shocking exposes built on nothing more than one side’s accusations and angry conjectures. I am not going to read about this person’s finances and that person’s leadership style. I am not going to allow people with so little integrity, with so little concern for truth and love, to violate my conscience, pollute my mind, and disrupt my love for others. And I’d encourage you to join me.

Some Practical Ways for Leading a Prayer Meeting (Erik Raymond)

If they are romantic in retrospection then prayer meetings are also intimidating in planning and seemingly complicated in execution.

Former Seminary President Duke McCall Dies (Baptist Press)

McCall (1914-2013), whose contributions to the Southern Baptist Convention cover nearly 70 years, shaped both Southern Seminary and the denomination in ways that continue to define them today. When he became the seventh president of the seminary in 1951 at the age of 36, he already owned a record of denominational leadership.

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