Wednesday, June 19, 2013

All Around the Web - June 19, 2013

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WORLD Magazine - Emergency contraception: “It’ll be like buying Tylenol” | The title is enough.

Reproductive rights activists celebrated yesterday outside the federal appeals court in Manhattan after the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals issued an order permitting immediate, unrestricted over-the-counter sales of the two-pill emergency contraceptive. Unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step contraceptive are still on hold until the court decides the merits of the government’s appeal.

Julie Rickelman with the Center for Reproductive Rights hopes the pills will be available without restriction within a month: “The two-pill products are going to be readily available to women without age restrictions, on any drugstore shelf. It’ll be like buying Tylenol. You’ll be able to go get it off the drugstore shelf, no ID, at the regular counter.” 

That’s exactly what worries opponents of the decision. Family Foundation president Victoria Cobb expressed concern about the ease with which young girls will be able to get this potent product. She points out the unintended consequences: “The government calls pre-marital sex risky behavior because of the high risk of STDs. This ruling may reduce [unintended pregnancies], but it is ignoring the STD risk.” In other words, Cobb said, we are making it sound as if kids can participate in risky behavior, and we have solved all potential problems.

John Stonestreet - How to Discourage an Artists |

Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College and a former pastor, knows that artists who are Christians often feel like fish out of water. Ryken says, “Their faith in Christ seems odd to many of their friends in the artistic community—almost as odd as their calling as artists seems to some of their friends at church.”
This is more than a tragedy. It’s a lost opportunity. Ryken notes that “Christians called to paint, draw, sculpt, sing, act, dance, and play music have extraordinary opportunities to witness to the grace, beauty, and truth of the gospel… The arts are the leading edge of culture,” he says.
So with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Ryken asked some of his artist friends what churches do to discourage them from their dual calling as artists and Christians.

First, they said, treat the arts as window dressing for the truth rather than the window into reality it’s intended to be. Second, embrace bad art just because it’s “Christian.” Third, value artists only for their artistic gifts, but not for the other contributions they can make as thinkers and servants with a unique perspective. Fourth, demand that artists only give answers in their work, but never raise questions. Fifth, never pay artists for their work—take advantage of them in ways we would never do with plumbers or accountants. And finally, only validate art that has a direct salvation application.

First Things - Singer: Right to Bear Children Not Absolute |Apparently its a right to kill your born & unborn child, but not to have a child. Herein lies the eventual direction of the culture of death.
Singer compared women’s right to bear children to the traditional villager’s right to graze their cows on “common” grounds. As the villagers get more affluent and their cows die less from disease, he said, until the commons are overgrazed, “yields are falling… and that’s a road to disaster.”

“Turns out that the right to graze as many cows as you like on the common was not an absolute right,” said Singer. “Obviously this is what I think we ought to be saying even about how many children we have… I hope we don’t get to a point where we do have to override it… but I don’t think we ought to shrink away from considering that as a possibility.”

Biblemesh - Why Aren’t the Bible’s Books in Chronological Order? |

You may have noticed that the Bible isn’t always in chronological order. Psalms and Proverbs come after Nehemiah and Esther. But much of Psalms and Proverbs is set before Nehemiah and Esther. Skipping to the New Testament, 1 Thessalonians was one of the first books written, but it appears after John, one of the last books written. The examples could go on.

What is a Bible reader to make of this potentially confusing arrangement of books? First, don’t panic. In large part, the Bible is organized chronologically. Reading the Old Testament straight through from Genesis to Nehemiah will provide you with a generally chronological account of human history from creation through the Jewish return from exile.

Second, departures from a chronological presentation often are obvious even to novice Bible readers. Second Kings, for example, ends with a description of the deportation to Babylon, and the narrative portion of the next book, 1 Chronicles, begins with King Saul. Most will easily recognize this as a jump back in time. And though Mark, Luke, and John each restart the narrative at the beginning of Jesus’ life and ministry, this is hardly confusing.

Hobbit Blog - Things to Look Out For in The Coming The Hobbit Sequels |

The Dragon Smaug Revealed.

Okay, so what have we seen so far of Tolkien’s “Wicked Wyrm”. Well, not much, that’s what although hopefully we’ll get to see more of Smaug come Desolation of Smaug. In fact, it’s been confirmed by Peter Jackson himself that we’ll be seeing more of the dragon and played by the nigh legendary Benedict Cumberbatch himself, the same guy we all know well from Star Trek: Into Darkness who plays the mysterious and extremely dangerous John Harrison. We’re also bound to get a look on how the mighty dragon will level the surrounding country of Dale after his much awaited awakening. We’re also likely to meet Bard, the ultimate match for the mighty dragon and a humble archer of Lake Town played by Luke Evans.

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