Wednesday, May 29, 2013

All Around the Web - May 29, 2013

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WORLD Magazine - Florida man charged with murder for tricking girlfriend into abortion |

Heartbreaking and treacherous are just two words being used to describe the latest abortion story out of Florida. 

According to federal authorities, 28-year-old John Andrew Welden tricked his pregnant 26-year-old girlfriend, Remee Lee, into taking a pill used to induce labor and cause an abortion. Lee’s baby died after she unknowingly took the medication.

Needless to say, the couple split up, and the woman is devastated, according to her attorney, who has filed a lawsuit in the state court on her behalf.

"Whenever a woman is robbed of her ability to give birth and have a child, I don't think there's any greater harm you can cause somebody," said Gil Sanchez. "She's devastated. She still can't believe this happened to her."

Credo Magazine - Which controversy in church history should Christians know about today and why? | This is a great article. If I had to pick from the options made available it would be on Augustine and Pelagianism.

Augustine and Pelagianism. This ancient debate is not simply an old one, but is a perennial one.  Every Christian in every generation has to work through this issue, or should.  It is in wrestling with the question of grace—and in thinking through these two traditions in particular—that one can understand the majesty and beauty of grace.  Also, in working through the Augustinian and Pelagian traditions one should make sure and grasp what Augustine had to say about the reality of grace within and during the Christian life (and not just concerning grace and the beginning of, or entry into, the Christian life), which I believe is as important as any contribution Augustine made.  For Augustine, God’s grace does not simply initiate and bring about saving faith.  Grace certainly does that.  But additionally, God’s grace is a grace which efficaciously moves us to seek God, to obey Him, and to persevere.

Joe Carter - 9 Things You Should Know About Human Cloning |

6. The primary moral objection to cloning for research is that it creates human life solely for the purpose of destroying it; using a human embryo merely as a means to an end. In order to justify the killing of these human beings for their "spare parts", we have to ignore the scientific understanding what makes a member of the human species and argue on the metaphysical definition of what constitutes personhood.' While it is true that many people oppose the cloning of human embryos for valid religious and ethical reasons, the issue is not divided along the typical left/right political spectrum. Even pro-choice advocates and others who hold secular and/or progressive political views find sufficient ethical concerns for opposing the procedure. Daniel Sulmasy, a professor of medicine and a bioethicist at the University of Chicago, told National Public Radio (NPR), "This is a case in which one is deliberately setting out to create a human being for the sole purpose of destroying that human being. I'm of the school that thinks that that's morally wrong no matter how much good could come of it."

7. Currently, the primary justification for therapeutic cloning is as a means of harvesting embryonic stem cells—a process that ends a human life—for research purposes. Despite years of media hype and billions of dollars dedicated to the venture, embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) has never produced any clinically proven therapies—and likely never will. As the Washington Post wrote earlier this week, "few experts think that production of stem cells through cloning is likely to be medically useful soon, or possibly ever." ESCR has been one of the most expensive boondoggles in biomedical history.

8. Cloning not only compounds the ethical concerns of ESCR but adds a significant number of other moral problems. This Machiavellian approach would be difficult to justify even if ESCR were to lead to miraculous cures. But research using harvested embryonic stem cells appears to be an unnecessarily speculative undertaking and a waste of money, life, and medical research. The use of adult stem cells, however, has none of the ethical problems and far fewer of the biomedical complications of ESCR. In fact, more than 70 types of therapies have been developed using adult stem cells.

The Blaze - ‘Twilight’s…First Gleaming?’: Watch Canadian Butcher ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ and Bravely Plow Ahead, Making Up Words |

Brian Howard - Are you still working on your Sermon Saturday Night? |

1. Set aside an hour on Friday to plan your schedule for the following week.
2.Calendar specific times for meetings that work for you.
3. Never agree on a Sunday morning to a meeting for the coming week.

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