Monday, June 10, 2013

All Around the Web - June 10, 2013

Does the above billboard of a tea kettle from JC Penny looking strangley like Adolf Hitler?

R. Albert Mohler - No Truth Without Love, No Love Without Truth: The Church’s Great Challenge |

The church’s engagement with the culture involves a host of issues, controversies, and decisions–but no issue defines our current cultural crisis as clearly as homosexuality. Some churches and denominations have capitulated to the demands of the homosexual rights movement, and now accept homosexuality as a fully valid lifestyle.

Other denominations are tottering on the brink, and without a massive conservative resistance, they are almost certain to abandon biblical truth and bless what the Bible condemns. Within a few short years, a major dividing line has become evident–with those churches endorsing homosexuality on one side, and those stubbornly resisting the cultural tide on the other.

The homosexual rights movement understands that the evangelical church is one of the last resistance movements committed to a biblical morality. Because of this, the movement has adopted a strategy of isolating Christian opposition, and forcing change through political action and cultural pressure.

Eric Metaxas - So Long, Family, So Long, Faith? |  How the West Lost God

So if the most-popular explanations are wrong, or at least problematic, what lies behind Christianity’s diminished influence in the West? Eberstadt’s thesis is that an important culprit is the weakening of the family.

While no one denies the strong correlation between religious observance and family formation, the standard explanation is that increased religious observance produces stronger families, not vice versa. Eberstadt argues that while it’s true that the family that prays together stays together, it is also true that family formation can and has affected “any given human being’s religious belief and practice.”
It’s an extraordinary claim that demands extraordinary proof, which Eberstadt provides.

NACPF - Does Preaching Have a Future?: Technological and Sociological Trends in Preaching |

4. The internet has provided a wealth of preaching resources and it is replacing many preachers and congregational gatherings. Some people will continue to choose their favorite on-line preacher over the “live” preaching in their church. Video church is now a reality and will continue into the foreseeable future. Young, inexperienced preachers are more intimidated about preaching than in past generations because their church members have so much excellent preaching at their disposal via technology.

5. Video technology allows for multi-site communities, but it has created a geographical and incarnational separation from worshipers gathering as a body (ecclesia). This is a much further step than multi-service. It is true that having multiple services is a step away from having the entire congregation gather for worship, but when congregations gather across town or across the states, there is a much greater sense of separation. Having to watch the pastor via video screen also creates a significant separation from preacher to listener. These are key “incarnational” aspects to preaching that are being stretched.

The Blaze - You Won’t Believe What This Woman Found Inside a Used Bible: ‘I Call It My OMG Story’ |

A 75-year-old California woman had the surprise of her life when she picked up a Bible from a used book store. It wasn’t the words printed on the book’s pages that brought her to tears, but a note she found inside written in her own hand 65 years earlier.

“I call my it my OMG story,” KCAL-TV reported Marion Shurtleff saying.

Shurtleff had the Bible for a couple months and didn’t look closely at the yellow note inside it right away.

“And then I opened it up, and instantly I saw my name,” she told the outlet. “I recognized my handwriting. I hollered. I started shaking. I cried. I had goose bumps.”

The letter was written by her 10-year-old self when she was working to earn her merit badge for Girl Scouts, still living in Covington, Kentucky, which is more than 2,000 miles from where Shurtleff lives now.

Fast Company - U.S. Smartphone Users Spend Almost One Hour Each Day On Their Devices |

A report by Experian shows just how much time Americans devote to their mobile devices. U.S. mobile users spend 58 minutes on their smartphones each day, with texting and calling taking up the majority of that time.

Here's the total breakdown:

Calling: 26%
Texting: 20%
Social Media: 16%
Browsing the web: 14%
Email: 9%
Games: 8%
Camera and GPS: 2%
Other: 9%

Both video and reading came in as minimal activities, with 2.3% of time devoted to watching something either on a website or via the device's own video player, and just 0.5 of 1% of time spent reading.

Michael Tait on doing old DC Talks with the Newsboys and the prospects of doing a DC Talk Reunion tour.

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