Friday, July 26, 2013

All Around the Web - July 26, 2013

Yahoo! News - Bush 41 Shaves Head in Solidarity With 2-Year-Old Leukemia Patient

Mark Coppenger - God Is Agape; Allah Is Not | You need to read the entire article.

Muslims speak of the “99 names of God,” which include references to his kindness—expressed, for instance, as “exceeding beneficence” (Ar-Rahman), “exceeding mercy” (Ar-Rahim), and “generosity” (Al-Karim). But these are the virtues of a potentate who has plenty of resources to spare without injury to himself. In contrast, the God of the Bible exhibits a costly love, not just in terms of how big a splash His generosity makes on the recipients, but also in terms of the pain it causes Him in the giving. Consider Romans 5:8, which teaches that, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ [God’s Son; God Incarnate] died for us.”

While the Koran’s Allah shares the Christian God’s capacity to “avenge” (Al-Muntaqim) and “afflict” (Ad-Darr), he does not provide a self-sacrificial way of escape. The Muslim Jesus (Issa) is only a prophet, and his suffering no more injures God than, say, the death of John the Baptist.

Not surprisingly, this plays out in contrasting Christian and Muslim ethics. Consider the Christian, Paul, who wrote, regarding his fellow Jews, who were missing salvation, “. . . I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:3). Notice Paul was not saying that he was willing to martyr himself for entry to paradise, but rather to forego paradise if necessary.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (PBS) - Religious Reaction to Same-Sex Marriage Decisions |

New York Times - Exalting the Sacred, Wooing the Secular | I've been a Skillet fan from the beginning.

Only three rock bands had albums that sold more than one million last year — the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and a hard-rock outfit from Wisconsin with far less name recognition: Skillet. 

What makes Skillet unusual is not just that its sales numbers rival two of the biggest rock acts on the American charts, but also that this quartet is an unabashedly Christian band that has won over mainstream rock aficionados without alienating its religious fans. 

“That is a little bit of a trick,” said John Cooper, the 38-year-old frontman, bassist and songwriter. “I tend to write songs I believe in, that get my message across in the best way possible and leave it as nonthreatening as possible.”

Patheos - One Man Argues Against Restricting Abortion: “Casual Sex Will Become More Difficult to Come By” |

Honestly, I thought this was a joke. But it seems he’s serious.
This is what Texas pro-choicers are arguing for?  Seriously?
Snip, from author Ben Sherman:

For those of us guys who like girls — you know, like them like them — and want to have relationships with them that may last anywhere from a few minutes to many years, we need to think about how this bill, by curtailing the bodily autonomy and sexual freedom of women, hurts us, too. We need to stand with women in their fight to control their own bodies. . . . 

Your sex life is at stake.  Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.

It’s clear: if the Legislature basically takes away a Texas woman’s right to choose, having sex becomes a much, much riskier proposition for women and men.

Justin Taylor - Is God Anti-Gay? |

Christianity Today - Is Interfaith Marriage Always Wrong, Given that the Bible Teaches Us Not to Be 'Unequally Yoked'? |  Dr. Russell Moore's answer:

The intimacy in a marriage is more than a contract. In a mysterious sense, the two become one—not only physically but spiritually as well. The apostles also affirm the marriage bond when they maintain a marriage between a believer and an unbeliever is still a marriage. That's why Paul and Peter command believers to stay with their unbelieving spouses. This hardly commends initiating such marriages in the first place. Indeed, the word of the church, through the apostles, to these situations is itself a demonstration of why a Christian-unbeliever marriage is an "unequal yoke." In the New Testament, the marriages of God's people are the business of the new covenant assembly.

Marriage is not a merely social or biological construct, but an icon of the union between Christ and the church. Both husband and wife are held accountable to the community for the marriage itself.

But in a marriage of a believer to an unbeliever, the church has authority and discipling capacity over only one party. Without the indwelling Holy Spirit and the reign of Christ through his Word, only one party is able to live out explicitly the picture of the gospel embedded in the marriage.

Grace to You - John MacArthur’s Primary Concern About the Charismatic Movement |

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