Wednesday, October 17, 2012

All Around the Web: Links For Your Wednesday - October 17, 2012

My Electoral Map - Wouldn't be surprised if Michigan and Pennsylvania go towards Romney. But we shall see.

Dr. Thom Rainer - Ten Things Pastors Like about Pastoring |

3. Studying the Bible
2. Mentoring/discipling one-on-one
1. Preaching

The Gospel Coalition - Introducing New City Catechism |

We wanted to do one more thing. We found that parents who teach their kids a children's catechism, and then try to learn an adult one for themselves often find the process confusing. The children are learning one set of questions and answers, and the parents are learning another completely different set. So New City Catechism is a joint adult and children's catechism. In other words, the same questions are asked of both children and adults, and the children's answer is always part of the adult answer. This means that as parents are teaching it to their children they are learning their answer to the question at the same time.

Attached to each question and answer there is a short written commentary from a historical preacher (e.g., Augustine, Edwards, Spurgeon, Wesley, etc.) and a short video commentary from some of the council members of The Gospel Coalition (e.g., Don Carson, Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, etc.) and the pastors of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. So the idea is to read a commentary from a historical preacher and then watch a commentary from a modern one.

Why not commit to memorizing New City Catechism? Go to for more information and to download the free interactive iPad app or use the online catechism tool. And starting next week on October 22, you can join the one-year campaign to delight in the attributes and work of God by learning New City Catechism. Next Monday, you can subscribe to weekly updates via e-mail or RSS on the New City Catechism blog

BreakPoint (John Stonestreet) - Keeping Leviathan in His Place | Another great article from Stonestreet about religious liberty and the Leviathan. Consider especially the following paragraphs.

This definition of freedom served the state’s interests by undermining potential rivals. Calling yourself a “Baptist” or a “Catholic” meant no more than calling yourself a NASCAR or Alabama football fan.

And actually, if we’re honest, for many Christians it might mean less, judging by the passion on display at Talladega or Tuscaloosa.  Admit it: folks are much more likely to switch church loyalties than football loyalties, say from Michigan to Ohio State.

In the absence of rivals or challenges to its authority, the reach of the modern state will not and cannot be checked. It will expand to fill the void left by the absence of intermediate institutions like the family, local communities, and the Church.  It will take it upon itself to make decisions for us that it has no business making. The many intermediate institutions that kept the state at bay were noted by Alexis de Tocqueville in his masterful “Democracy in America,” and he warned what would happen if those institutions ever gave way to the state. Well now they are.

That’s why our first response to this government encroachment must be a recovery of what it means to be the Church. The last few years of Chuck Colson’s ministry were marked by an increased concern about the rampant individualism that characterizes so much of American Christianity. One of the last pieces he wrote for “Christianity Today” touched on this problem.

The Blaze - Scientist Bill Nye Hammers Anti-Evolution Republicans: ‘Betrays the Best Use of Our Brains’| What I want you to see here is how both men in this conversation, the journalist and Bill Nye, see creationism as something worth ridiculing. Clips like this show just how much of a religious dogma evolution is.

Thinking Christian - Sexuality, Marriage, and Jesus’ “Wife” | Though the recent Jesus' wife fragment is shown to be a hoax, the question remains, why couldn't Jesus have been married with a sex life?

Deconick appears to be have no confidence in the historical records documenting the life of Christ. She asks, for example, “why did the sexual Jesus become the heretical Jesus while the glorification of the celibate male become the dominant orthodox view?” That’s easy: there’s no evidence for a “sexual” Jesus. (The glorification of the celibate male is another matter altogether, a Catholic tradition I have no interest in defending.) Apparently she thinks what matters is not the record of history but the “myth” of Jesus.

That debate is old news, though. Something more current caught my eye. Re-read those quotes, or better yet, read her two blog posts on the topic. Do you notice anything missing? If it’s not flashing at you like a strobe light, then you’re more stuck in your times than you realize, and more than is good for you.

Deconick equates a married Jesus with a sexual Jesus, and wonders why it bothers us that Jesus would have had a sexual nature. Now, why would that be the primary question she would ask? Why wasn’t this her concern: Why would it bother us that Jesus would have had a wife and kids? Why would that be regarded as heresy?

Is it clear enough yet what’s going on here?

Deconick’s question (and the question she failed to ask) reflects a historically recent de-coupling of sex and children, of marriage and family. It took artificial contraception for that to become possible. If Jesus had been married he would have had children. That raises problems beyond all imagining. To name just one of them, his children would have had three human grandparents plus the Holy Spirit. To allow the possibility of Jesus having children is to disallow his virgin birth—or to confuse its multi-generational implications beyond all recovery)—and if Deconick can’t see why the church would consider that heretical, she ought to be doing something else for a living.

The Blaze - Stephen Colbert Has Kind Words For Romney on ‘Meet The Press’ |

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WORLD Magazine - Students Vote To Expel Chick-fil-A | Another example of liberal (in)tolerance.

Chick-fil-A could soon be expelled from a private liberal arts college in North Carolina because of the company president's support for traditional marriage. 

Elon University's student senate voted 35 to 11 to recommend the fast food restaurant's removal from the school's dining hall, despite support for the company on campus. A poll conducted in September by student newspaper The Pendulum, showed 64 percent of students, alumni, faculty, and staff wanted the restaurant to stay put. 

But most of the students who addressed the senate before the vote last week asked the representatives to support the resolution, according to a report in The Pendulum. 

The document, drafted by the school's gay-straight alliance, claims Chick-fil-A does not comply with the school's nondiscrimination policy.

Reader's Digest - RD Interview: Mitt Romney | This is the part of the interview that I found humorous.

RD: At Reader’s Digest, we always say that laughter is the best medicine. So what’s your favorite joke, and could you tell it to me now?

Romney: I came into a large room of Republicans in Massachusetts, and I turned to my wife and said, “Ann, in your wildest dreams, did you see me running for political office?” And she turned back and said, “Mitt, you weren’t in my wildest dreams.”

RD: I like that your favorite joke was Ann’s. Is she the one who makes you laugh?

Romney: We fell in love when we were young. She was 16; I was 18. Some people, I’m told, grow apart when they meet very young. We grew together. We share perspectives; we don’t agree on everything, but we see things in a very similar way, and we’re entirely devoted to each other. I would rather be with her than doing anything else on earth.

RD: That’s a love story.

Romney: It’s just the way it is. People ask me why that is. I don’t know why it is. People say, “Well, do you work at it?” and the answer is no. It’s just the way it is.

At first I thought this was a hoax, but then again, it has to be real. These people vote.

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