Monday, June 18, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Monday - June 18, 2012

Ed Stetzer - Heading to the SBC, Encouraged and Hopeful |

1. The Election of Fred Luter as President of the SBC
2. The Growing Ethnic Diversity of the SBC
3. We’re Getting Honest About Calvinism
4. We Are Still a Convention of Churches That Love the Lord and Love the Lost
5. The Beginnings of a Renewed Focus on Church Planting and Evangelism
6. Young and Experienced Leaders Working Together

Kevin DeYoung - The One Indispensable Rule for Using Social Media | Good advice here.

Whether you are a tween, a teen, a pastor, a politician, a grandma, or a grad student, whether you blog, tweet, post, or pin, here is the one indispensable social media rule you must follow if you want to be wise, edifying, and save yourself a lot of anguish:

Assume that everyone, everywhere will read what you write and see what you post.

No matter your settings or how tight your circle is, you ought to figure that anyone in the world could come across your social media. All it takes is a link or a search or a bunch of friends you don’t know gathered around a phone that belongs to someone you do know. Anyone can see everything. Your pastor, your parishoners, your ex-whatever, your boss, your prospective employer, your spouse, your kids, your in-laws, your I don’t know if people forget fans, your constituents, your opponents, your enemies, your parole officer, the girl you like, the dude who freaks you out, the feds, the papers–assume everyone can read your rant and see your pics

US News and World Reports - Home-Schooled Teens Ripe for College | This busts all the big myths about homeschoolers.

But parents and students from the home-schooling community say the nontraditional method yields teens that are more independent and therefore better prepared for college life.

More than 2 million U.S. students in grades K-12 were home-schooled in 2010, accounting for nearly 4 percent of all school-aged children, according to the National Home Education Research Institute. Studies suggest that those who go on to college will outperform their peers.

Students coming from a home school graduated college at a higher rate than their peers­—66.7 percent compared to 57.5 percent—and earned higher grade point averages along the way, according to a study that compared students at one doctoral university from 2004-2009.

They're also better socialized than most high school students, says Joe Kelly, an author and parenting expert who home-schooled his twin daughters.

Fox News - Study shows kids with gay parents face more challenges | This should be more widely reported, but it won't be. Immorality trumps consequences.

Christian Post - Are Pastors Clear on What They Believe About Creation? |

Although a large majority of pastors believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people, more teaching by Christian leaders on their beliefs about creation would help clear the air, said the president of LifeWay Research in reaction to his organization’s recent poll.

LifeWay’s Ed Stetzer said that the poll of 1,000 American Protestant pastors also found that ministers are almost evenly split on whether the earth is thousands or millions of years old and suggests that there is ongoing debate over the creation account in Genesis.

When asked to respond to the statement, "I believe God used evolution to create people," 73 percent of pastors said they disagree, with 64 percent strongly disagreeing and 8 percent somewhat disagreeing. Twelve percent each somewhat agree and strongly agree. Four percent are not sure.

The Briefing - Polygamy in the Bible: A sordid tale | Some helpful thoughts. Here's the conclusion:

The stories tell the story all by themselves, don’t they? Polygamy, according to the Bible, is a disaster.

Furthermore, there are other pretty clear indications in the Bible that polygamy is wrong. The Bible begins with an explicit affirmation that marriage is between one man and one woman (Gen 1-2), an affirmation which is later confirmed by Jesus himself (Matt 19:4-6). There are, furthermore, laws limiting some of the worst effects of polygamy (Deut 21:15-17). And then, in the New Testament, Paul’s command to Timothy that church leaders must be, alongside exemplars of other moral virtues, “the husband of one wife” (1 Tim 3:2, 12; cf. 1 Tim 5:9) implies that polygamy is not a desirable thing.

And that’s why, in most modern Western societies (which still draw much of their moral understanding from biblical principles) polygamy is illegal. Christians might, with sadness, admit that polygamy exists in certain parts of the world. We might even, at times, seek to help those in polygamous relationships to make the best of a bad thing, to limit the suffering. But we don’t condone polygamy. In this, we’re following the Bible’s teaching. Sure, the Bible accepts that polygamy (like divorce) is one of the realities of a sinful world, and seeks to regulate it to some extent. But that all needs to be understood within the bigger picture of the Bible’s story: God’s salvation of a sinful humanity through the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus. Within this story, polygamy isn’t an example to be emulated. Rather, it’s an example of the many bad things Jesus rescues us from.

Theology in the News - Brother of Jesus Tomb Declared Authentic | I'm not sure there will ever be a consensus regarding this. But still an interesting story.

This has been in and out of the news over the years. It looks like the inscription on the controversial tomb that boasts to be the ossuary of the brother of Christ, James, has been declared to be authentic, having the backing of the court of law.

The tomb was first brought to light in 2001. It had the Aramaic inscription: Ya’akov bar-Yosef akhui diYeshua, meaning ”James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”. After initially thought to be authentic, this was challenged by some. Oded Golan, the ossuary owner, was charged in 2004 with 44 counts of forgery. However, he was recently declared innocent.

Greeley Gazette - Psychologist says pedophilia is sexual orientation similar to homosexuality | So you still believe there is no slippery slope? The question that needs to be ask, assuming that pedophilia and other sexual sins, are considered an orientation is, is sexual orientation determine morality or not? If not, then we need to revisit the homosexuality issue. This is why morality is not determined by feelings or desires but by something transcendent of humanity, i.e. God.

Two psychologists testified before a parliamentary session on a bill related to sexual assault on children that pedophilia is a “sexual orientation” just like homosexuality or heterosexuality.

Lifesitenews reported on the testimony at a parliamentary session in Canada regarding a bill intended to increase mandatory minimum sentences on child sex offenders for particular crimes. Dr. Vernon Quinsey and Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem were testifying on how offenders responded to treatment.

Van Gijseghem, psychologist and retired professor of the University of Montreal, said, “Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offense from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality.”

He went on to say, “True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation. He may, however, remain abstinent.”

 When asked if he should be comparing pedophiles to homosexuals, Van Gijseghem replied, “If, for instance, you were living in a society where heterosexuality is proscribed or prohibited and you were told that you had to get therapy to change your sexual orientation, you would probably say that that is slightly crazy. In other words, you would not accept that at all. I use this analogy to say that, yes indeed, pedophiles do not change their sexual orientation.”

Christianity Today - Steve Saint Partly Paralyzed Testing New Missionary Tech | This is sad news.

Steve Saint sustained a "paralyzing injury" yesterday morning while testing "an experimental wing mounted to a vehicle," according to an email update sent by his company, I-TEC, this afternoon.

The accident has left Saint, whom CT profiled for his efforts to invent a flying car for missionaries in 2010, with "no control of feet or hands"; however, "his mind is clear and he does have some motion and sensation in all four limbs," according to the I-TEC email. The injury may end his career as a test pilot.

The Hobbit Blog - THE HOBBIT premiere date set | mark it on your calendars.


Burbank, CA, June 5, 2012–Gearing up for the global release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the epic adventure will have its world premiere on November 28, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first of two films from filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, who shot the films concurrently on locations across New Zealand.

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