Tuesday, May 28, 2013

All Around the Web - May 28, 2013



You'll never guess how much this painting sold for.


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CNN - When Christians Become a "Hated Minority" |

When Peter Sprigg speaks publicly about his opposition to homosexuality, something odd often happens.

During his speeches, people raise their hands to challenge his assertions that the Bible condemns homosexuality, but no Christians speak out to defend him.
“But after it is over, they will come over to talk to me and whisper in my ear, ‘I agree with everything you said,’" says Sprigg, a spokesman for The Family Research Council, a powerful, conservative Christian lobbying group.

We’ve heard of the “down-low” gay person who keeps his or her sexual identity secret for fear of public scorn. But Sprigg and other evangelicals say changing attitudes toward homosexuality have created a new victim: closeted Christians who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality but will not say so publicly for fear of being labeled a hateful bigot.


WORLD Magazine - Campbellsville outcast |

To some observers, Jarvis Williams would seem to be the ideal tenure-track professor. In 2010 he won a teaching award from the Campbellsville University student government; in 2011 he received a university commendation for his work on racial reconciliation and theology; and in 2012 administrators promoted him to associate professor. Williams has been a prolific writer, publishing three books in three years. But suddenly this spring, Southern Baptist-affiliated Campbellsville told him that he should not apply for tenure, and that they would only offer him a terminal one-year contract for the 2013-14 school year. 

Williams’ dismissal has outraged a number of evangelical and Baptist leaders. Russell Moore, president-elect of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told me that he is “very disturbed” by Williams’ case, as he considers Williams (who was unable to comment on this story) one of the only theological conservatives teaching at the school. Patrick Schreiner, a doctoral student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Williams’ alma mater) who first blogged about the case, asserts that, even as Campbellsville dismissed Williams, the school employs other “professors in the school of theology who reject biblical authority and biblical inerrancy.”



Christianity Today - 'The Office' Shows Even TV Romance Isn't Picture-Perfect |

In this regard, TV doesn't fare much better than movies. Series finales often end with a wedding, or the promise of one to come. But Season 9 of The Office offered a refreshing change of pace and a much fuller picture of marriage. Jim and Pam are a great match and they are truly committed to each other, but happiness hasn't come easily. Their marriage is tested by the pressures of career and family, and viewers were left to wonder if the relationship would collapse.


What makes the Halperts' struggle compelling is that it was inspired not by TV tropes, but real life. The actor who plays Jim, John Krasinski, watched his brother endure the marital strain of work-related travel and pitched the scenario to the show's creator, Greg Daniels. Consequently, Jim took a job in Philadelphia while Pam continued to work at Dunder Mifflin, and the two were long-distance for the majority of Season 9.


John Stonestreet - Gosnell and the Abortion License |

By far, the best reaction to the verdict came from Chuck Colson’s friend, Princeton Professor Robert George. Writing for First Things, George called Gosnell a “front man” and added that “the real trial has only just begun.” In that trial, “the defendant is the abortion license in America.”

Among the many offenses of the “abortion license in America” is its incoherence and arbitrariness. Gosnell faced the death penalty for actions which, if they had been performed weeks or even minutes earlier, might not have even been a criminal offense.

As George wrote, “Something as morally arbitrary as a human being’s location — his or her being in or out of the womb — cannot determine whether killing him or her is an unconscionable act of premeditated homicide or the exercise of a fundamental liberty.”

Yet that is precisely what the “abortion license” dictates. George asks, “If we are to condemn snipping the neck of a child delivered at, say, twenty-four or twenty-six weeks to kill him or her, how can we defend dismembering or poisoning a child in the womb at twenty-six, thirty, or even thirty-four weeks?”

The answer is, of course, we can’t, at least not with any intellectual or moral integrity.


Christianity Today - An Inside Look at Church Attenders Who Tithe the Most |

An examination of church attenders who regularly tithe reveals some interesting facts about their financial health.

For the first time, this year's State of the Plate report (co-sponsored by CT's sister Church Law and Tax Group) used five years' worth of data to examine the characteristics of "tithers": church members and attenders who "actively donate 10 percent or more of their income."


As it turns out, they tend to fall on the 'more' side: 77 percent of tithers reported giving between 11 and 20 percent of their income, and 70 percent donate based on their gross (not net) income. The majority (63 percent) started tithing 10 percent or more between childhood and their twenties.


CBS New York - Study: Handbags May Have More Bacteria Than A Toilet Seat |

Many ladies love their handbags and will spend a lot of money for the latest and greatest, but a new study says what is inside those bags may be covered in germs worse than what you’ll find in the bathroom.

As CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu reported Wednesday, the study said your purse may, in fact, have more bacteria than your average toilet seat.

Some people admit that the inside of the purses is less than orderly. Susan Ecker said hers is a disaster.

“You’ll find chocolate that’s fallen out of its wrapper and all sorts of things that are buried at the bottom,” she said.


Even a toothpick, loose mints and some crumbs were down there.
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