Saturday, May 26, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Weekend - May 26, 2012

HT: Dr. Denny Burk

Politico - Poll: Record low are 'pro-choice' | Great news, but as you'll find in my new ebook "The Death of Death and the Death of Christ: Engaging the Culture of Death With the Gospel of Christ," polls are essentially meaningless and do not determine morality. We can celebrate, but all the while, babies are still dying.

The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as “pro-choice” is at the lowest point ever measured by Gallup, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

A record-low 41 percent now identify themselves as “pro-choice,” down from 47 percent last July and 1 percentage point down from the previous record low of 42 percent, set in May 2009. As recently as 2006, 51 percent of Americans described themselves as “pro-choice.”

Meanwhile, 50 percent of Americans now consider themselves “pro-life,” one point below Gallup’s record high on the measure.

“Gallup began asking Americans to define themselves as pro-choice or pro-life on abortion in 1995, and since then, identification with the labels has shifted from a wide lead for the pro-choice position in the mid-1990s, to a generally narrower lead for “pro-choice” — from 1998 through 2008 — to a close division between the two positions since 2009,” explains the polling firm.

“Pro-life” identification is up among all three U.S. political affiliations: 72 percent of Republicans are “pro-life,” up from 68 percent last year; 47 percent of independents are, compared with 41 percent last year; and 34 percent of Democrats are, compared with 27 percent last year.

Baptist21 - Danny Akin on Why the Conservative Resurgence was Necessary |

Kevin DeYoung - How to Start at your New Church | Some really good advice here.
  1. Make a decision to decide and then stick with it. Pastors understand that choosing a church is a big deal.
  2. Introduce yourself.
  3. Start coming to church functions like you’ve been there forever.
  4. Do ask about important doctrines, but do not press for massive changes.
  5. Take the membership class.
  6. Try not to be offended if you don’t get asked to do something right away.
  7. Don’t worry about saying no if you do get asked to do something right away.

Crossway - Video: Date Your Wife | Some great advice here. Look for the book when it comes out.

Practical Shepherding - What are 10 practical ways to love and serve your wife? |

1)  Before you touch her body, touch her mind and heart.
2) Sweat the small things.
3)  Encourage her in areas she thinks she fails.
4)  Study her.
5)  Date her.
6)  Write words to her.
7)  Ask specific questions.
8)  Be thoughtful.
9)  Be patient.
10)  Pray for her.

Christianity Today - Young people ‘rampantly’ accessing porn | Wake up parents, pastors, and churches.

The explosion in internet use in recent decades has not come without a cost as more and more people access sexually explicit material over the internet.

Dr William Struthers, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, said that 12 to 18-year-olds in the US and UK were “rampantly” accessing internet pornography.

“It’s not a question of if my 10-year-old son is exposed. It’s a matter of when,” he said at a talk in the House of Commons yesterday.

Whereas 20 years ago, teenagers might have stumbled across the odd dirty magazine, the internet has made accessing pornography so easy that it is “intrusive”.

It is not uncommon nowadays for teenagers - boys especially - to email sexually explicit material to each other and there are numerous websites offering inappropriate material with few restrictions to keep young people out.

And whereas previously, most girls viewed pornography as disgusting, they are becoming more and more open to it.

Politico - Florida poll: Quarter of voters less inclined to back Obama over gay marriage issue | This means that Romney will likely win Florida. That means he still needs to win Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia which will be a challenge.

President Obama's same-sex marriage endorsement makes a full quarter of Florida voters less likely to cast their ballots for him, according to a poll released Monday.

Quinnipac's latest poll of the Sunshine State finds that 25 percent of voters say Obama's endorsement of gay marriage makes them less likely to vote for him. On the other hand, 11 percent say that it makes them more likely to vote for him. 

Among independents, 23 percent say that they're less likely to vote for Obama over same sex marriage. Older voters (55 and older), born-again evangelical Christians, lower income voters and military veterans are all more likely than other demographic groups to say that Obama's backing of same-sex marriage will sway them towards Romney.

On the whole, Romney beats President Obama by six points in Florida, leading 47 to 41 percent over the incumbent president.

Politico - Obama struggles in Kentucky, Arkansas | I know that in the end these primaries are pointless since both major parties have their nominee (Romney isn't official technically yet) but the fact that Democrats are voting undecided or for other "candidates" says a lot about his popularity. I do not believe he will win in November.

President Barack Obama continued to have trouble on Tuesday performing in Democratic primaries in traditionally conservative states, barely eking out wins in Kentucky and Arkansas.

The president didn’t even have an opponent in Kentucky, but with 99 percent of the vote counted, Obama took just 57.9 percent of the vote, with the remaining more than 42 percent of ballots cast for “uncommitted.”

In Arkansas, with 70 percent of the vote tallied, Obama nabbed just 59 percent of the vote. His opponent there, John Wolfe, was able to take 41 percent of the vote at that point, according to The Associated Press.
Wolfe, an attorney from Tennessee whose platform includes repealing “Obamacare,” was able to win several counties.

Mitt Romney fared better in the two primaries, but even the presumptive GOP nominee, who has had trouble exciting the conservative wing of his base, didn’t turn in a stellar performance.

While Kentucky and Arkansas are red states that the presumptive GOP nominee is expected to win easily in November and that John McCain took handily in 2008, Republicans were quick to tout Obama’s poor numbers in both states.

Obama didn’t pick up either state in the Democratic primary in 2008, when he was in a heated battle for the nomination with Hillary Clinton. He took only 30 percent of the primary vote in Kentucky and 26 percent of the vote in Arkansas, a state where Clinton was a clear favorite after her husband served as governor there for more than a decade.

Romney's road to the White House

The outcry against this pastor is just and the Christian church should lead it.

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