Thursday, May 23, 2013

All Around the Web - May 23, 2013

John Stonestreet - The Gods We Worship, Part 2 |

The 20th century is a record of the human casualties of idol worship: the states we worshipped slaughtered millions. The worship of sex produced broken relationships, epidemic diseases, slavery, and addiction. The worship of self led to the loss of empathy and charity in everyday life, and allowed evils like abortion to remain hidden and flourish. And the worship of stuff creates a nation that tramples security guards for flatscreen TV’s, the day after we supposedly are giving thanks.

The Blaze - Megyn Kelly Gets Into Explosive Debate With Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell’s Attorney |

Reuters - “Messiah” is increasingly popular as name for U.S. boys |

Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said on Thursday.

Jacob has become a standby for boys’ names, topping that category for the 14th straight year. Liam and Elizabeth broke into the Top 10 at No. 6 and No. 10 respectively, the SSA said in a statement.
But rising on the list are a couple of less traditional, but more attention-grabbing names. Messiah was the fourth fastest-growing name for boys, rising to 387th in 2012 from the 633th spot in 2011, according to the federal agency.

Yahoo! - Popular Baby Names 2012: Why Zoe Saldana and ‘Duck Dynasty’ Were Influential |

A&E's cult hit "Duck Dynasty" --  a reality show that follows a family that owns a duck call-making business -- was also an influencer, believe it or not. Jase is the third-fastest-rising name for boys, and Silas isn't far behind.

"Jase has had peaks before," Wattenberg says. "Whenever someone named Jason comes along on TV who goes by Jase, which is the case on 'Duck Dynasty' with Jase Robertson, there is a spike. For example, a few years ago there was a big brother character named Jase Wirey – it went up that year too." But it's currently at an all-time high in popularity, likely because it has a fresh sound. "If you think about it, you take this name Jason, which people always like but maybe they're a little bored with, and make it sound like Chase and it suddenly sounds new again."

David Roach - FIRST-PERSON: 10 reasons to be involved in a church |

1. Church involvement is evidence that you're a Christian in the first place. It also helps keep you from abandoning the faith. According to the author of Hebrews, the antidote to developing an "unbelieving heart" that leads you "to fall away from the living God" is to "exhort one another" (Hebrews 3:12-13) -- an activity that occurs most prominently in the church.

2. Gathering with a church encourages believers to love others and do good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25).

3. A church is the main venue for using your spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-31). God has given you abilities and talents intended to help other Christians. If you're not involved in a church, others are being deprived of what you have to offer.

4. A church helps you defend Christianity against those who attack it. When Jude told the early Christians to "contend for the faith" (Jude 3), he directed his instruction toward a group of believers, not a scattering of lone-ranger Christians. Answering challenges from coworkers, friends and family members is always easier when you can ask fellow church members for help and wisdom

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