Wednesday, June 26, 2013

All Around the Web - June 26, 2013

John Stonestreet - The Image of God |

RC Sproul - Does God Change His Mind? | I believe the doctrine of God's immutability is sorely overlooked.

To “change one’s mind,” in the New Testament means to repent. When the Bible speaks of my repenting or your repenting, it means that we are called to change our minds or our dispositions with respect to sin—that we are to turn away from evil. Repent is loaded with these kinds of connotations, and when we talk about God’s repenting, it somehow suggests that God has to turn away from doing something wicked. But that’s not what is always meant when the Bible uses this word.

Using a word like repentance with respect to God raises some problems for us. When the Bible describes God for us, it uses human terms, because the only language God has by which to speak to us about himself is our human language. The theological term for this is anthropomorphic language, which is the use of human forms and structures to describe God. When the Bible talks about God’s feet or the right arm of the Lord, we immediately see that as just a human way of speaking about God. But when we use more abstract terms like repent, then we get all befuddled about it.

Denny Burk - The question Rep. Pelosi won’t answer | The question she refused the answer was, "So the question I have for you is what is the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before birth?" The reason is because there is no logical answer.

Denny Burk - The Case for Plural Marriage: The slippery slope gets slicker and steeper | This was inevitable.

The redefinition of legal marriage in our culture will not end with same sex “marriage.” The polygamists are waiting in the wings for the opportunity to make their case—a case that will be all the more compelling as arguments for gay “marriage” take hold across the country. If marriage becomes defined as legal recognition of whoever it is that you love, on what basis will the polygamists be excluded?

But redefinition won’t end with polygamous marriage either. The polyamorists are beginning to make their case as well. In an article for Slate magazine, Jillian Keenan argues that polyamorous unions should be on an equal footing with all other marriages. The polyamorous “family” featured in the article includes two men and two women, all of whom share one another sexually. Their relationship is defined as “consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy.”
What does all of this have to do with legal marriage? According to the article,

Despite the stereotype of polyamorists as sexual anarchists who wouldn’t be interested in legal marriage anyway… 65 percent of poly families would choose to legalize their unions if they could, and an additional 20 percent would at least consider the option if it were available.

 Keenan goes on to argue that children can flourish just as easily in polyamorous families as they can in a traditional family.

Financial Times - Rural US shrinks as young flee for the cities | missions alert.

The population of rural and small-town America contracted over the past two years for the first time on record as young people left to search out work in the cities and birth rates fell, according to official data.

An analysis of US Census Bureau data by the Department of Agriculture found that although population growth in America’s rural heartland has risen and fallen for decades with changes in the US economy, the pace of decline accelerated in the years 2010-2012. And for the first time, the so-called “natural increase” in population – total births minus deaths – was insufficient to offset the loss from those migrating away.

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The net loss of population represents a natural increase of 135,000 offset by a larger loss from out-migration of 179,000, a drop of 0.9 per cent.

Moreover, so-called exurban areas, which have grown rapidly for decades as cities sprawled, also declined in population for the first time during the 2010-12 period. The rate of decline was marginal, but considerable in the context of the years 2004-06 when exurbs added roughly 500,000 to their population.

I know I'm late on this, but its pretty good and worth passing along even after Father's Day.

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