Wednesday, May 2, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Wednesday - May 2, 2012

Credo Magazine - Ten Baptists Everyone Should Know: William Kiffin | I'm looking forward to this series. Here is the first.

William Kiffin (c. 1616-1701) is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of English Particular Baptists. His remarkable life nearly spanned almost the entirety of the formative seventeenth century and he was the only man to sign both the First London Confession of Faith of 1644 and the Second London Confession of Faith of 1689. 

Orphaned as a child of only 9 years, Kiffin was apprenticed as a glover by the age of 13. When he was 17, Kiffin became converted through hearing the preaching of Puritan pastors John Davenport and John Goodwin. Remarkably, from these humble beginnings Kiffin would become one of the wealthiest men of his time, an adviser to kings, and a leader among the fledgling Particular Baptist movement. 

 One somewhat humorous incident from Kiffin’s life serves to demonstrate both his vast wealth and connections with the English monarch. On one particular occasion, Charles II asked Kiffin for a loan of £40,000. Instead, as Kiffin would later recount, he decided to make a gift of £10,000. This, he estimated, had saved him £30,000! More significantly, Kiffin would use his influence with the king to plead for and obtain religious toleration for his fellow dissenters. 

Dr. Albert Mohler - The Case of the Lesbian Den Mother: Moral Reasoning Exposed | Another good one from Mohler. Here is one point he makes that is worth our attention:

No one is charging Jennifer Tyrrell with any improper action or motivation in this case, but the Scouts applied their policy and the controversy is now incredibly revealing.

One parent said this: “I teach my children to judge people on their actions . . . whether you agree with their lifestyle or not.”

The only way to make sense of this is to see that this parent is trying to separate “actions” from “lifestyle” as if the lifestyle should be free from moral scrutiny. Lifestyles involve actions, but those are now to be considered beyond moral judgment.

Oddly enough, this rather bizarre form of thinking is indicative of a larger cultural pattern. Sexual relationships are off-limits for moral judgment. What is left is a far smaller sector of moral investigation. Once sexual behavior is removed from moral scrutiny, what will be next to be declared off-limits.

Yahoo! News - World Trade Center Back on Top of New York's Skyline | I have said for a long time that if we want to get back at the terrorists who hit us on 9/11, rebuild the towers. Resilience. (click on the link to watch a video on the building)

By the time the moon rises over Manhattan tonight, a new tallest building will rise above all others on the city's famous skyline. 

The building is One World Trade Center and its reclaimed record as the city's tallest has been more than a decade in the making.  Construction on the building began six years ago and it stands on the site of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers that were the tallest buildings in the city before they were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

CNN - What's Joel Osteen's secret? | This interview about the Osteen interview says enough as to what issues I have with the mega pastor.

World Magazine - 21 killed in north Nigeria church service attacks | It seems like headlines like this are daily coming out of Nigeria. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Africa and throughout the world.

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen attacked worship services at a university campus and a church Sunday in northern Nigeria, killing at least 21 people in coordinated assaults that saw panicked Christians gunned down as they tried to flee, witnesses and officials said.

The deadlier attack targeted an old section of Bayero University’s campus in the city of Kano where churches hold Sunday services, with gunmen killing at least 16 people and wounding at least 22 others, according to the Nigerian Red Cross.

A later attack in the northeast city of Maiduguri saw gunmen open fire at a Church of Christ in Nigeria chapel, killing five people, including a pastor preparing for Communion, witnesses said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but the attacks bore similarities to others carried by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.

The Blaze - ‘You Haven’t Even Thought This Out’: O‘Reilly Confronts ’Drop the I-Word‘ Spokeswoman in Sizzling ’Factor’ Segment |

Huffington Post - Tim McCarver Believes Climate Change Has Led To More Home Runs (VIDEO) | I miss these sort of stories now that global warming is not a headlining issue. The problem with all of this is that it isn't true. There aren't more homeruns.

Tim McCarver isn't just a baseball announcer, no, he's also evidently an amateur meteorologist. How else would one explain McCarver dropping this wisdom on an unsuspecting nation during Saturday afternoon's MLB on Fox coverage:

McCarver: "It has not been proven, but I think ultimately it will be proven that the air is thinner now, there has been climactic changes over the last 50 years in the world and I think that's one of the reasons that balls are carrying much better now than I remember. You know, the ball that Ramirez hit out and the ball Freese hit out, I didn't think either one was going to be a home run, yet they made it."

Buck: "So that's your inconvenient truth?"

McCarver: "Well I think they're going to find that out one of these days, yes, I do. That's a theory, but we'll see."

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