Tuesday, June 18, 2013

All Around the Web - June 18, 2013

Cal Thomas - The coming Obamacare disaster |

For years I have been writing about the failures of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as a warning for what the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will do to healthcare here in the U.S.
London’s Daily Mail has chronicled the growing problems with the NHS, which include declining quality of care and availability of services coupled with increased costs. This is what is in store for us, if Congress does not repeal Obamacare. 

According to the Daily Mail, “NHS hospitals are recruiting Spanish and Portuguese nurses in record numbers while British applicants are being refused because places on training courses have been slashed to cut costs.” More than 5,000 student nurse places, it writes, “have been axed since the General Election.” The reason? Foreign nurses cost less. Incredibly, they won’t be checked to see if they can speak English. The potential for confusion over medication and treatment because of language differences could be significant.

Dennis C. Cook - Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian | Download the ebook for free for a limited time.

Located in Colorado Springs, David C Cook is very closely linked to many who have been personally affected by the recent wildfires within miles of our headquarters. While we don't pretend to know the "why" behind these tragedies, we do know there is a "Who" that is there to suffer with us in our times of trial. With that in mind, we would like to offer a FREE PDF download of Tullian Tchividjian's book to help aid anyone who might be wondering about the purpose of suffering in a believer's life.

In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real) like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, best-selling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for those who can’t seem to fix themselves—or others.

This is not so much a book about Why God allows suffering or even How we should approach suffering—it is a book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is a book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross

Adrian Warnack - Should a Christian go to counseling with a secular therapist? |

The first thing to say here is that I believe we should be careful to distinguish between biblical counseling and psychological counseling.  The two may well overlap, but they come from fundamentally different perspectives.  The Bible is focussed on our deepest problem: our broken relationship with our maker.  It tells us that we are both more loved and more wretched than we could ever have believed, that our sin problem extends much deeper, and covers much more than we ever imagined. It tells us that our problems stem from self-worship, and the worship of other gods rather than the One True God.  The Bible tells us our lostness goes beyond this world and has eternal consequences.  It tells us that we are actually dead in our sins and helpless. It is a message that can destroy hope, before then rebuilding it in the form of trust in another to save us.  Our love for Jesus and our gratitude for his death and resurrection transforms us.  But the Bible is clear that such a transformation is not instant.

Secular counseling works at  an altogether different level.  Accepting our brokeness, it tries to help us find strategies to get by in this difficult world.  Negative thought patterns are challenged.  Behaviors that make things worse for us are identified and addressed. Patterns in how we relate to others are discussed.  And sometimes, simply a safe place is created where we can be listened to as we speak about how difficult life has been for us.

The Office in Rretrospective

Head Heart Hand - Embryonic stem cells: Where are the cures? | I'll never forget then vice-presidential candidate John Edwards claiming in the lone vp debate of 2004 that if John Kerry was elected Christopher Reeves would get out of his wheel chair and walk all because Kerry would have open the flood gates of embryonic stem-cell research.

Have you noticed that there’s not much news about embryonic stem cell research these days?
Oh, yes, we all remember the fanfare of publicity around the Superman-inspired hype of a decade ago. Skeptics who questioned the ethics and impracticality of therapeutic cloning were bullied and humiliated as leading medical journals held out the prospect of “universal healing” and even of “eternal regeneration.” Hans Keirstead, of the University of California, said, ”I have never seen in my career a biological tool as powerful as the stem cells. It addresses every single human disease.”
Even some of those who agreed that embryos were human beings, argued that the greater good of relieving so much human suffering would justify experimentation upon them. Ethical alternatives, such as working with adult stem cells, were ruthlessly dismissed.

Ten years on, where are the cures?

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