Saturday, June 15, 2013

All Around the Web - June 15, 2013

John Piper - When Two So-Called “Married” Women (or Men) Repent | I'm glad Piper has addressed this issue. If a married homosexual repents and comes to Christ, what does repentence look like? Piper says divorce.

One of the sweet advantages of insisting that there is no such thing as same-sex “marriage” is that there is therefore also no such thing as same-sex “divorce.” In the days ahead, this will be very good news for many who repent.

In the years to come, God will be merciful on thousands of those who have been damaged by the present moral madness of our culture. He will exalt Christ in the conversion of many who have lived in same-sex relationships. More complexities than we can imagine will be presented to us in the church.

One of the more difficult scenarios will be what the church should do when, say, two women, who have lived in a so-called married state for some years, are converted to Christ, repent of their sin, and want to join the church. And what if they have children?

Thom Rainer - Seven Things Pastors Would Like Church Members to Know about Their Children |
  1. Don’t expect more out of pastors’ kids (PKs) than any other kids. “My children need to have the same expectations as the other children in the church. They are not some kind of spiritual superstars because their dad’s a pastor.”
  2. Please offer encouragement to my children. “It’s not always easy to be a PK. The glass house thing is real. I am so thankful for the church members who go out of their way to encourage my children.”
  3. Realize that they are kids. “I know a few church members who seem to think my kids are miniature adults. They expect them to act like a 40 year old instead of a 4 year old.”
  4. Please don’t call them “PKs.” “Their identities should not be based on their father’s vocation. They have their own unique and special identities.”
  5. Please pray for my children. “I am blessed to have this one lady in my church who prays for my three children every day. She knows the special challenges of being a PK.”
  6. Our kids see and hear more than you may think. “After one particularly tough church business meeting, my seven-year-old boy asked me if I was going to get fired.”
  7. Don’t make me choose between my kids and the church. “Too many PKs have grown up bitter and disillusioned about the church. Dad gave more attention to church members than his own children.”

Joe Carter - 9 Things You Should Knox About Father's Day |

5. According to a 2012 poll from market-research firm Ipsos, most dads would prefer to either spend quality time with their families on Father's Day (40%) or receive no gift at all (22%). Gift cards were a distant third, at 13%.

6. Based on the unpublished Census data (2008), there are an estimated 70.1 million fathers across the nation. 24.4 million were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2012. 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).

7. In the U.S., there are an estimated 189,000 stay-at-home dads (compared to 5 million stay-at-home moms). These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for upward of 369,000 children.

8. There are 1.96 million single fathers (compared to 10.3 million single mothers) living with children younger than 18 in 2012; 16 percent of single parents were men. About 44 percent were divorced, 31 percent were never married, 20 percent were separated, and 5 percent were widowed.

9. Fathers have nearly tripled the amount of time they spend with their children, from 2.5 hours in 1965 to 7.3 hours per week in 2011, according to a Pew Research report that analyzed years of time-use data. Despite that increase, 46% of fathers said they spent too little time with their children, compared with 23% of mothers who said the same; half of dads said they spent the right amount of time.

David Platt - “Radical” Three Years Later |

Just over three years ago, a little orange book titled Radical was published. Little did I know that three years later, over a million people would have read it, many of whom have been affected in various ways by it. I am grateful to God for the countless stories I have heard of His grace at work in both individuals and churches, and I am hopeful before God that He has been and is being glorified both here and around the world as a result.

Over these last three years, I have longed to shepherd readers of Radical as they have processed through truths from God’s Word that I pray are accurately reflected in the book. One of the things I love most about pastoring is walking God’s people week by week through God’s Word. Every Sunday, we build upon where we have been, and we set our sights upon what is ahead for us as a local church. This shepherding process involves a continual interplay between pastors and people where we are constantly addressing significant needs, asking tough questions, and assessing important issues within the context of our faith family.

For example, when we originally walked through the “Radical” sermon series upon which the book was based, we had question-and-answer dialogues during which we discussed the truths of God’s Word that we were learning. In the days that followed, amid all our talk of radical obedience, I began to sense that our people were losing sight of gospel grace. This led me next to preach through Galatians, where God reminds us of the centrality of grace in the life of faith. Not long after studying Galatians, we walked through James, where God showed us how His grace in our faith works for His glory in the world. This pastoral journey continues year after year as our elders and I teach our faith family all the truths of Scripture while working out how these truths together apply in our lives. Along the way, we guard one another against error, we help one another avoid confusion, and we encourage one another amidst trials.

WORLD Magazine - Man of Steel | WORLD Magazine's review of the just released Superman movie. I'll be watching it tomorrow.

Clark’s cheerleader throughout is Lois Lane (Amy Adams), an intrepid and somewhat annoying reporter for The Daily Planet. She believes in Clark when few others do and conveniently falls into harm’s way multiple times, giving him plenty of opportunities to test his super powers. 

All this practice pays off when Superman must fight General Zod and his ilk in a never-ending, over-the-top action sequence that leaves any semblance of plot or character development buried in the computer-generated rubble. Man of Steel is relatively clean (PG-13 for sci-fi action and mild language), but it takes viewers on a long and bumpy ride they’ll need a brain of steel to endure.

Max Lucado reads his book, "The Boy and the Ocean: A reading by author, Max Lucado"

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