Saturday, June 2, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Weekend - June 2, 2012

Tornado tracks.

HT: The Blaze

Gospel Coalition (Colin Hansen) - Piper and Meyer Talk Succession for the First Time |

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. - The Seduction of Pornography and the Integrity of Christian Marriage, Part One | Every since the original CNN article, many Christian leaders have been commenting on the story of men and video games and pornography. Here is Mohler's take on it.

The intersection of pornography and marriage is one of the most problematic issues among many couples today–including Christian couples. The pervasive plague of pornography represents one of the greatest moral challenges faced by the Christian church in the postmodern age. With eroticism woven into the very heart of the culture, celebrated in its entertainment, and advertised as a commodity, it is virtually impossible to escape the pervasive influence of pornography in our culture and in our lives.

At the same time, the problem of human sinfulness is fundamentally unchanged from the time of the Fall until the present. There is no theological basis for assuming that human beings are more lustful, more defenseless before sexual temptation, or more susceptible to the corruption of sexual desire than was the case in any previous generation.

Two distinctions mark the present age from previous eras. First, pornography has been so mainstreamed through advertising, commercial images, entertainment, and everyday life, that what would have been illegal just a few decades ago is now taken as common dress, common entertainment, and unremarkable sensuality. Second, explicit eroticism–complete with pornographic images, narrative, and symbolism–is now celebrated as a cultural good in some sectors of the society. Pornography, now reported to be the seventh-largest business in America, claims its own icons and public figures. Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, is considered by many Americans to be a model of entrepreneurial success, sexual pleasure, and a liberated lifestyle. The use of Hugh Hefner as a spokesman by a family-based hamburger chain in California indicates something of how pornography itself has been mainstreamed in the culture.

Washington Post - Boston appeals court finds US Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional for denying benefits | Not surprising since the President and his administration abandoning defending and enforcing this law months ago. If this is not overturned by a harder court (likely eventually the Supreme Court), then this will essentially legalize marriage in the entire country overriding the 30+ states that have already constitutionally defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. Tragic.

BOSTON — A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it doesn’t give them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples.

The court didn’t rule on the law’s other politically combustible provision, which said states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it’s legal. It also wasn’t asked to address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

The law was passed at a time when it appeared Hawaii would legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004.

Social Media Explorer - Social Media And The Executive: How Dr. Albert Mohler Uses Social Media | This is a really good interview with Dr. Mohler on social media.

Church History Blog - Charles Finney – Learning the Basics |

Strong-headed, rough as a broken rock, Charles Finney was converted and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Early difficulties

He soon realised that he was never going to be a lawyer, but had to be a preacher. He began discussions with his Pastor, George Gale, about ordination and applied to three seminaries, but was rejected (partly because he also applied for financial assistance, partly because he was already in his thirties).

It was agreed by the local presbytery that he should begin personal studies under the guidance of Gale and they would review his application for ordination. Six months into this agreement Gale became ill and advised them to ordain Finney so he could take over pastoral responsibilities at the church in Adams.

Unfortunately, it didn’t go well. While it is true he was ordained more quickly than expected, it was clear that his somewhat severe style was not going to suit a pastoral mode of ministry. Once again, Gale (whom Finney unfairly criticises in his Memoirs) stepped in to help by suggesting he be commissioned as a ‘missionary’ to evangelise.

This slightly unusual course proved to be providential for Finney. It gave him a pattern for evangelistic ministry and he began to mature as a Christian and a leader as he learnt to preach the gospel.

Fox News on the sex-selection abortion bill.

The Blaze - No More Big Gulps: New York City to Ban Sale of Large Sodas & Sugared Drinks | So you cannot buy any sugary drink over 16 oz but you can buy two 12 oz drinks. Nonsense.

The Blaze - Is This The Best Marriage Proposal Lip-Dub Video Ever? (Poll) | This is a great marriage proposal that is making its rounds. Though there is a part with two men kissing.

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