Thursday, June 27, 2013

All Around the Web - June 27, 2013

Ethics and Religion Weekly - Russell Moore | This is a good profile of Dr. Moore from PBS.

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Justin Taylor - God Sent What We Needed | This'll preach.

D. A. Carson:

If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, He would have sent an economist.
If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist.
If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician.
But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death, and he sent us a Savior.

WORLD Magazine - Marriage keeps kids out of poverty |

In 1965, the U.S. Department of Labor produced a report arguing that “the decline of the black nuclear family would significantly impede blacks’ progress toward economic and social equality.” The document, know as the “Moynihan Report,” stirred heated controversy. The Urban Institute revisited the subject this year.  

The new study again focused on the African-American community, and its disproportionately high poverty rate. Once again, it found that increasing single-parent households lead to poverty—but now the percentage of black children born to unmarried mothers is three times higher than it was in the 60s.

The share of white children living without fathers has also increased, but rates remain significantly higher among blacks. In 2009, nearly three-quarters of African-American children were born outside of marriage, resulting in 40 percent of black children living below the poverty line.

France 24 - 'Intersex' included on Australia's new gender guidelines |

The Australian government has announced new guidelines on gender recognition which state that individuals should be given the option of selecting "male", "female" or "intersex" on their personal documents.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the new guidelines, which come into operation from July 1, will make it simpler for people to establish or change their sex or gender in personal records held by federal government departments and agencies.

"We recognise individuals may identify, and be recognised within the community, as a gender other than the gender they were assigned at birth or during infancy, or as an indeterminate gender," Dreyfus said in a statement Thursday.

Thom Rainer - How Long Does a Pastor Preach? |  I'm around 31-35 minutes usually.

Most of the respondents gave me a time range. In each of those cases, I took the midpoint of the range they gave me. Here are the results, mostly in increments of five minutes:

Less than 15 minutes — 1%

15 to 20 minutes — 1%

21 to 25 minutes — 5%

26 to 30 minutes — 18%

31 to 35 minutes — 23%

36 to 40 minutes — 18%

41 to 45 minutes — 26%

46 to 50 minutes — 1%

51 to 55 minutes — 4%

56 to 60 minutes — 1%

More than 60 minutes — 1%

Here are some quick observations:

  • Very few pastors are preaching a very short sermon or a very long sermon. Only 2% preach a sermon that lasts less than 20 minutes. And only 2% preach a sermon that goes over 55 minutes.
  • Most pastors preach sermons lasting in a relatively small range: from 26 minutes to 45 minutes. Of those reporting, 85% of the sermons fell in that time range.
  • The median of all the times reported was 36 minutes. That means that 50% of the sermons were shorter than 36 minutes, and 50% were longer than 36 minutes.
  • Among the laypersons who offered comments, six out of ten thought the length of the pastor’s sermon was just right. Four out of ten thought the sermon was too long. None thought the sermon was too short.
  • Some pastors would like to preach longer, but they are constrained by radio, television, multiple services, or pressure from church members. I do not have an estimate of how many pastors would like to preach longer than they currently do.

If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.

The main reason why people watch beauty pageants.

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