Tuesday, July 2, 2013

All Around the Web - July 2, 2013

WORLD Magazine - Kanye West glorifies abortion, misogyny as baby girl is born | The title says it all.

Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves” single, released just days after his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, gave birth to the couple’s first child, glorifies abortion and devalues the responsibilities of fatherhood. The song is one of 10 abrasive tracks in the sacrilegiously titled album Yeezus that blasphemes God and degrades women. The title combines West’s nickname, Ye, and Jesus. 

“Blood on the Leaves” begins with an excerpt from Nina Simone’s song “Strange Fruit,” first sung by Billie Holiday in 1939, referring to black lynchings in the South. West correlates black lynchings in the 30’s with relationship and commitment lynchings for many men who lack responsibility today. 

The song describes a man who has to tell his wife that he has a pregnant mistress who wants to keep the baby. He doesn’t tell her out of honesty or love, but because the pastor says, “you can’t abort that,” and now the truth is out. The man in the song laments that the cost of a child will keep him from buying a new car or snorting his cocaine. The song is littered with profanity and other offensive references

The Gospel Coalition - Matt and Lauren Chandler on Stability amid Difficulty |

JD Greer - Why We Are Still a Part of the SBC |

For example, we at the Summit Church are involved in several church planting networks. Many of them are genuine movements, led by charismatic visionaries who compel a lot of enthusiasm and engender a lot of support. Yet very few of them churn our more than 100 new church planters a year (and that’s being generous).

In contrast, last year SBC seminaries graduated nearly 2,000 students. Even if you wanted to eliminate half of those (as under-qualified or not headed into pastoral ministry), that still leaves 1,000 qualified graduates every year.

Together, as Southern Baptists, we have nearly 5,000 missionaries serving overseas, in almost every nation in the world. Because of our cooperation, they have the training structures, care structures, and a multi-million dollar budget to support them.

We have a gospel-centered, culturally-savvy presence in Washington (though housed in Nashville) called the ERLC (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission), led now by my friend Russell Moore, that speaks out on issues of truth and justice in our culture. These are just a few of the things for us to be excited about in our partnership with other Baptist churches.

So yes, it is easier for us to be involved in a movement without the messiness of institutions, but it is not nearly as effective.

Weekly Standard - 20 Questions for Wendy Davis | Is the media biased? Of course!

Out of these 20 questions, Davis wasn't asked once to explain the difference between infanticide and late-term abortions.

Precisely one question (credit to David Gregory) dealt with the substance of the bill. Gregory prodded Davis to explain why the 20-week ban isn't "reasonable" and "acceptable," but he didn't follow up when Davis's answer made no sense.

Davis replied that there is a constitutional right to "these reproductive decisions up to the point of viability." But medical advancements have moved the point of "viability" up to 20 weeks after conception, the point at which the Texas bill would protect life. As Dr. Colleen Malloy of Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine testified before Congress in 2012, "I'm here because it's easy for me to imagine these babies at 20 to 24 weeks post-fertilization age because they are my patients in the NICU." 

So after all of these interviews, Davis hasn't given a clear reason why she opposes a bill protecting the lives of babies old enough to be preemies cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit.

What legal limits, if any, does Davis support? Should elective, post-viability abortions be legal? (Yes, they do happen.) Why shouldn't Texas establish regulations similar to the regulations Pennsylvania established in the wake of Kermit Gosnell in order to protect women from being killed by abortionists? Why shouldn't a billion-dollar non-profit like Planned Parenthood be able to afford improvements to safety standards?

These are all simple, obvious questions that Davis hasn't been asked during her whirlwind media tour. One pathetic softball interview might be written off as an outlier, but when CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS more or less play the same game, one can't help but notice a pattern.

Joe Carter - Superman Isn't Jesus, He's Your Dad |

There's a scene in the new summer blockbuster Man of Steel when Clark Kent (aka Superman) is sitting in a church during a crisis of faith. In order to save humanity he has to give up his freedom, and possibly his life. As he asks the minister what he should do, we see over his shoulder a stained-glass image of Christ kneeling in prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. The message is so heavy-handed that we almost expect the pastor to say, "You know who you remind me of . . . ?"

In a recent interview with the U.K.'s Metro, director Zach Snyder explained, "I think the relationship between Jesus and Superman is not a thing we invented in this film, it is a thing that has been talked about since the creation of Superman." Snyder certainly didn't invent the "Superman as Christ-figure" cliche, but he handles it with a unique brand of clumsiness.

Never one for subtlety, Snyder has Clark Kent/Kal-El state he is 33 years old (the age of Jesus when he was crucified!), has him give himself up in a crucifix pose (just like Jesus!), and—in a scene from the trailer—has his adopted earthly father Joseph, er, Jonathan Kent tell him he'll always be his son even if his real father came from the heavens above. There is even a unique twist on the virgin birth. On a planet where everyone has been born by immaculate conception, Kal-El is the first naturally born child in centuries. (On Krypton everyone is conceived through a sterile (immaculate?) process that doesn't involve sexual reproduction. In other words, every birth is akin to a "virgin" (pure; unsullied; undefiled) birth. For Superman to birthed by a woman who is not a virgin is the twist).

Alex Chediak - Randy Alcorn's New Graphic Novel Eternity |

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