Wednesday, August 1, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Wednesday - August 1, 2012

Dr. Russell Moore - Adopted for Life, Ten Years Later: What I’ve Learned Since |

I have also learned a lot about the difficulty of adoption. We were blessed when we received our two sons, but we didn’t know how hard it would be. We’d never had children before, so we simply adjusted to the new normal. Because the boys had never had solid food, one of them was traumatized by the texture of food, would pack it into his cheeks, and gag. Teaching him to eat was the most stressful thing I’ve ever lived through, as I would sit by his chair and coax, “Chew! Chew!” At one point, I turned to Maria and said, “Wait! I, for the first time, really get the whole ‘milk to meat’ concept of the New Testament.” But then our son vomited all that food up, and my exegetical insight was gone.

My grandmother used to always say about the Depression, what I’ve heard almost everyone from that era say, “We were poor but we didn’t know we were poor.” I can relate. Adjusting to life in a new home that first year was difficult, but we didn’t really know it. They were our sons and we just loved and disciplined and laughed our way through it. When our next child was born to us, as an infant, we looked at one another about six months in and said, “This is so incredibly easy!”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. - My Take: Chick-fil-A controversy reveals religious liberty under threat |

Note carefully that Chick-fil-A was not charged with discrimination in hiring or service but simply with the fact that its president and chief operating officer supports traditional marriage.

Note something else: Dan Cathy’s statements were explicitly religious. He made his comments to the religious press, including a Baptist newspaper. His comments were infused with his Christian convictions, the same convictions that have led the company to close for business every Sunday.

The threats made against Chick-fil-A betray the principle of religious liberty that is enshrined within the U.S. Constitution. Civic officials in some of the nation’s largest and most powerful cities have openly threatened to oppose Chick-fil-A for the singular reason that its president openly spoke of his Christian convictions concerning marriage.

When Quinn, one of the most powerful officials in New York, announces, “I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views,” is she also threatening the Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Islamic mosques?

Doug Wilson - Chick-fil-A and the Attack of the Tyrannatots | Wilson, who leans libertarian, makes some good points in light of the Chick-fil-A controversy. In the section below he raises the problem with the government being the moral defenders in the economy. This began, of course, with the sin of racism. Many business owners where prejudice against blacks. The problem is that the church should have been the defender of blacks first, not the government. But for many Christians, they were part of the problem. This has opened the door to statism to things beyond the moral issue of race.

What is happening is this. Back in the day, when the owners of private businesses were sinning with them (excluding blacks, for example), the government seized the moral high ground, and stepped in, turning the sin of bigotry into a crime. And now that they are there, well-ensconced in our private affairs, they have decided, while they are at it, to turn any righteous acts of discrimination into crimes also. In short, we have the racists of yesteryear to thank for a bunch of this.

Also, incidentally, I am illustrating these principles by talking about open discrimination against particular customers (signs in the windows), which was not anywhere close to the case in this Chick-fil-A business. What happened there was that someone in senior management expressed an opinion that ran contrary to the current Approved Thought, and panic ensued. If Dan Cathy thinks this way, then at some point this might lead to action, and if it leads to action, then it might be an illegal action, and if it might be an illegal action, we have to act now, people!

So what should Christians have done, back in the civil rights era? Am I saying that Billy Bob's BBQ should have had the legal right to remain a "whites only" joint?

Criminalizing sin and folly is always a dangerous thing to do. Where do you stop? And once you have realized you can't stop, you will wind up -- as we manifestly have done -- criminalizing the refusal to go along with sin and folly.

So what the government should have done back then (federal, state, local) is set an example in every area that they were responsible for. All public services should have been, and needed to be, absolutely color blind -- restrooms, public transport, public agencies, schools, military, etc. That would have been influence enough, if Billy Bob wanted to continue to be an idiot, to bring about the necessary social (not legal) changes over time. And it would have brought about those changes without placing the caprice of secular government in charge of the definition of morality. We chose this restaurant, we read the menu, and we ordered it. But choking it down it harder than we thought it would be.

The Resurgence - How the New Testament Describes Salvation |

Justification – the lawcourt metaphor (Rom. 5:1; Titus 3:7)
Sanctification – the cultus metaphor (1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Thess. 4:3)
Adoption – the familial metaphor (Rom. 8:15; 1 John 3:1–2)
Reconciliation – the relational metaphor (Rom. 5:1–11; 2 Cor. 5:18–20)
Washing – the physical cleansing metaphor (1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:7)
Redemption – the slave market metaphor (Eph. 1:7; Rev. 14:3–4)
Purchase – the financial transaction metaphor (1 Cor. 6:20; 2 Pet. 2:1)
Wedding – the marriage metaphor (Eph. 5:31–32; Rev. 21:2)
Liberation – the imprisonment metaphor (Gal. 5:1; Rev. 1:5)
New Birth – the physical generation metaphor (John 3:3–7; 1 Pet. 1:3, 23)
Illumination – the light metaphor (John 12:35–36; 2 Cor. 4:4–6)
New Creation – the redemptive-historical metaphor (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15)
Resurrection – the bodily metaphor (Eph. 2:6; Col. 3:1)
Union with Christ – the organic or spatial metaphor (Rom 6:1–14; 2 Tim 1:9)

Yahoo! News - Apollo Moon Landing Flags Still Standing, Photos Reveal |

An enduring question ever since the manned moon landings of the 1960s has been: Are the flags planted by the astronauts still standing?

Now, lunar scientists say the verdict is in from the latest photos of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC): Most do, in fact, still stand.

"From the LROC images it is now certain that the American flags are still standing and casting shadows at all of the sites, except Apollo 11," LROC principal investigator Mark Robinson wrote in a recent blog post. "Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reported that the flag was blown over by the exhaust from the ascent engine during liftoff of Apollo 11, and it looks like he was correct!"

Each of the six manned Apollo missions that landed on the moon planted an American flag in the lunar dirt.

WORLD Magazine - Going There | I finally got to see the new Batman movie last week. Here is some commentary on the movie regarding some of its implications.

In an interview with a film blog two weeks before The Dark Knight Rises released on July 20, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan commented, "What I always felt like we needed to do in a third film was, for lack of a better term, go there."

He meant, he explained, that though the previous two films threatened the collapse of all social structure on the streets of Gotham, the threat was always averted (thanks to a certain caped billionaire). But while watching the final film of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, where law and order do indeed collapse, you can't help thinking that he may have meant something else as well. He may have meant that he and his brother decided to demonstrate the logical conclusion of ideas held up as virtuous by almost everyone else in their industry.

One such idea is the currently in-vogue income equality. There's no doubt that The Dark Knight Rises (rated PG-13 for action violence and language) presents a vigorous defense of the free market and private enterprise (those mainstream reviewers who claim the film's political themes are muddy are dishonest, blind, or still struggling to come to terms with their disappointment in Nolan). The most persuasive piece of evidence on this point is the character arc of "cat" burglar Selina Kyle

CNBC - Wall Street Already Betting On Who Wins in November | I don't buy the argument here, but it is interesting that the mainstream media would write such a prediction this early in the race especially with the race so close in the polls now.

With just 100 days left until the U.S. presidential election, investors are beginning to make bigger bets on which candidate will carry the day.

One analysis concludes that last week's sharp three-day market surge can only mean that Wall Street is banking on a victory from Republican Mitt Romney.

That's the logical interpretation one can draw from a rally amid conditions that otherwise would demand a selloff, Morgan Stanley chief U.S. equity strategist Adam S. Parker said in an analysis that asserts there is no other reason now to like stocks than a Romney win.

Daily Mail - The Hobbit will now be made into THREE films, reveals Peter Jackson | Didn't see this coming. The next three Decembers of my life will be exciting.

Peter Jackson's has revealed The Hobbit will now be a trilogy.

The eagerly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book was originally supposed to be in two parts but Peter says after reviewing footage he has already shot he believes there is enough to support a third.

He said: 'Upon recently viewing a cut of the first film, and a chunk of the second, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together

"You should vote for Mr. Romney." -President Obama

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