Monday, June 4, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Monday - June 4, 2012

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WORLD on the Web - Abortion times a-changin’ | Why the polls are favoring pro-life advocates. However, in my book I raise these issues and argue that polls aren't enough.
  • Medical advances: We now know much more about prenatal development, while ultrasound machines let nearly every mother see her child nestled in the womb. In utero surgeries have enabled many previously hopeless babies to thrive until birth, raising the question, why can the mother decide whose life is worth saving and whose she can throw away?
  • Conservative vs. liberal reproductive tendencies: Pro-lifers tend to have more children—in many cases, a lot more—than pro-abortionists and then pass their values on to future generations. Our numbers are growing all the time.
  • Young people: With a quarter of their cohort missing, many youths have realized their rights were not protected before they were born. For some sensitive souls, the idea that their mothers could have killed them will be a chilling realization and a call to decide for themselves if human life has intrinsic worth. The image of pro-lifers as angry, old, white men is belied by the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which radiates youth, joy, and vitality.
  • Guerrilla journalism: At just 24, Lila Rose has become the Joan of Arc of pro-life youth, putting actions to her words by founding Live Action—“a new media movement for life”—and engaging the enemy with video stings. She has entered abortion clinics posing an underage girl pregnant by an older man, a sex trafficker, or a victim of sex trafficking to videotape Planned Parenthood’s willingness to cover-up illegal activity that victimizes women. (See La Shawn Barber’s “Selective abortion at Planned Parenthood?” Live Action has released another video today on sex-selective abortion involving Planned Parenthood in New York.)
  • Evolving awareness: Just as proponents of slavery characterized blacks as not fully human, today pro-abortionists claim unborn babies—“fetuses”—are not fully human. The argument that humanity is conferred by the will of the mother is an untenable position that will one day be corrected and reviled, just as slavery was.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler - The Seduction of Pornography and the Integrity of Christian Marriage, Part Two |

The Christian worldview must direct all consideration of sexuality to the institution of marriage. Marriage is not merely the arena for sexual activity, it is presented in Scripture as the divinely-designed arena for the display of God’s glory on earth as a man and a wife come together in a one-flesh relationship within the marriage covenant. Rightly understood and rightly ordered, marriage is a picture of God’s own covenantal faithfulness. Marriage is to display God’s glory, reveal God’s good gifts to His creatures, and protect human beings from the inevitable disaster that follows when sexual passions are divorced from their rightful place.

The marginalization of marriage, and the open antipathy with which many in the culture elite approach the question of marriage, produces a context in which Christians committed to a marriage ethic appear hopelessly out of step with the larger culture. Whereas marriage is seen as a privatized contract to be made and unmade at will in the larger society, Christians must see marriage as an inviolable covenant made before God and man, that establishes both temporal and eternal realities.

Christians have no right to be embarrassed when it comes to talking about sex and sexuality. An unhealthy reticence or embarrassment in dealing with these issues is a form of disrespect to God’s creation. Whatever God made is good, and every good thing God made has an intended purpose that ultimately reveals His own glory. When conservative Christians respond to sex with ambivalence or embarrassment, we slander the goodness of God and hide God’s glory which is intended to be revealed in the right use of creation’s gifts.

WORLD Magazine - Milestone | A good article on the soon-to-be-elected SBC President Frank Luter who happens to be African-American.

When Fred Luter recounts his days growing up in New Orleans' crime-ridden Lower Ninth Ward, the Southern Baptist pastor doesn't soften the truth in a Sunday morning sermon: "I was too mean to live, not fit to die, going to hell, and enjoying the ride." 

More than 30 years later, he's come a long way. With delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) gathering for their annual meeting in New Orleans in June, many expect Luter, 55, to become the first black president in the denomination's history. 

The longtime pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans already serves as first vice president of the SBC. Many anticipate that the African-American minister will win the denomination's top spot overwhelmingly when the group meets June 19-20 in his hometown.

CNN - Survey: Nearly half of Americans subscribe to creationist view of human origins |

(CNN) – Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years, according to a survey released by Gallup on Friday.

That number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, since 1982, when Gallup first asked the question on creationism versus evolution. Thirty years ago, 44% of the people who responded said they believed that God created humans as we know them today - only a 2-point difference from 2012.

"Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans' views of the origin of the human species since 1982," wrote Gallup's Frank Newport. "All in all, there is no evidence in this trend of a substantial movement toward a secular viewpoint on human origins."

The second most common view is that humans evolved with God's guidance - a view held by 32% of respondents. The view that humans evolved with no guidance from God was held by 15% of respondents.

Bible Mesh - Q: Were there dinosaurs on the Ark? | In a related note, here is Dr. Mark Coppenger's answer to a question often asked young earth creationists.

Where you stand on this dispute depends in part upon your view of the behavior of the universe back through the centuries. If you take a “uniformitarian” view, you argue that the patterns we see now (such as radioactive decay or sedimentary rock formation) are reliably constant, and so we can extrapolate from our current experience back through the millennia to make claims about the fossil record, often postulating some form of God-directed evolution. . . . 

Whichever way they go on this, all believers should agree that God is Lord of the Universe and that He can form, alter, and dispose of it exactly as He pleases. Furthermore, the Bible is God’s Word, and whatever position one chooses, it must be consistent with Scripture or be discarded.

Not surprisingly, I’m a “young earther,” and I don’t think it’s a trivial matter. However, some fellow evangelicals I highly respect aren’t there . . . yet. In the meantime, we work together to fulfill the Great Commission, delivered by our Lord in Matthew 28:19-20, and rejoice in the great sweep of Scripture, centered on Christ, reflected in BibleMesh.

Reuters - Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools | I support this. Give parents the choice and keep as many bureaucrats out of education as possible. I expect other states to follow.

Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.

Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.

Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.

Real Clear Politics - George W. Bush Makes The White House Laugh |Watch the full speech here.

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Card Chronicle - Louisville Again The Nation's Top Market For College Hoops | Absent is the city of Lexington. Go CARDS!

1. Louisville 4.5
2. Greensboro-High Point 3.5
3. Kansas City 2.8
4. Columbus 2.7
....Raleigh-Durham 2.7
6. Charlotte 2.3
7. Cincinnati 2.1
8. Dayton 2.0
9. Indianapolis 1.8
....Knoxville 1.8

Bloomberg - Obama Needs More Time to Redo Health Care | This would doom Obama for sure if this became more public.

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