Monday, July 29, 2013

All Around the Web - July 29, 2013

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The Gospel Coalition - Ministry Means War: 10 Lessons Seminary Never Taught Me |

1. Ministry is war.
2. My fictional church was a fictional church.
3. Theological knowledge does not equal pastoral maturity.
4. Love surpasses knowledge.
5. If I will become an effective instrument in God's hand, I must suffer.
6. Because my Western default definition of success is worldly, it will bother me when attendance is low or they don't respond well to my teaching.
7. I will often exhibit an acute fear of man.
8. Many people in my church will not like me, no matter how much I love them or treat them with kindness.
9. I will often be mystified and frustrated that my ministerial labors do not yield "product."
10. My theological heroes didn't have it easy either.

WORLD Magazine - Statistics debunk abortion safety myths |

Last week The New York Times published an article scrutinizing legislation outlawing abortion and quoting the former chief of abortion surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying, “Having an abortion is safer than an injection of penicillin.”  

The article leads with the story about a young woman who was brutally mistreated in 2010 during an illegal, late-term procedure at a facility run by abortionist Stephen Brigham. The 18-year-old woman arrived at John Hopkins Hospital in critical condition with a pierced uterus and bowel. Brigham started the abortion in New Jersey and ended at an unmarked, unregulated facility in Elkton, Maryland. Because of that case, Maryland adopted tighter licensing and inspection regulations for abortion facilities, restrictions that came into full effect this year.  

The writer of the NYT article used Brigham’s story to make the point that though “illegal or haphazard methods” are wrong, abortion as a whole is safe and should not be made inaccessible. Besides, if only 10 women out of 1.2 million that had the procedure in 2010 died, then what’s the problem

Denny Burk - The damning euphemism called “selective reduction” |

Eric Metaxas - Three Generations of Eugenics |

For those of us familiar with the history of forced sterilization, both in the U.S. and abroad, it’s déjà vu all over again. This violation of human dignity may have lacked the brutality of the Nazis’ attempts at so-called “racial hygiene,” but then again, what Chuck Colson once called America’s “apple pie eugenics” was just as efficient in its war against the weak as the Nazi efforts it inspired.

That’s right, inspired. As Edwin Black documented in his book, “The War Against the Weak,” American “corporate philanthropies helped found and fund the Nazi eugenics of Hitler and Mengele.”

And despite the horrors of Nazi “racial hygiene,” “forced sterilizations of prisoners, the mentally ill and the poor were commonplace in California” and other states until the 1970s, when the practice was finally declared illegal.

Illegal, but apparently not eliminated. It could hardly be otherwise, because the same demonic worldview that fueled earlier efforts remains with us: one that views human dignity as a product of personal productivity. Throw in the anti-natalism, which views children as a burden, not a gift, and the stage is set for what happened in California’s prisons.

It’s the Church’s job to wage war on the demonic worldviews that make outrages like this possible. Three generations of eugenics is three too many.

The Heritage Foundation - The Origins of the Modern American Conservative Movement |

It is a striking historical coincidence that both the People's Republic of China and the modern American conservative movement were born a little over 50 years ago, the PRC in 1949 with the coming to power of Mao Zedung and modern conservatism in 1953 with the publication of Russell Kirk's masterwork, The Conservative Mind.
Chairman Mao famously declared that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. While that may be true for certain regimes in certain circumstances, such political power cannot be sustained permanently, for it requires ever larger barrels and ever more guns. Political power that depends exclusively for its survival upon force inevitably degenerates into military power and leads to an authoritarian and usually a totalitarian state. Chairman Mao's aphorism in fact denies the reality that lasting political power grows not out of a gun, but out of an idea.

The central idea of The Conservative Mind, upon which American conservatism is essentially based, is ordered liberty. It is a blending of the sometimes contending requirements of the community and the individual, of individual freedom and individual responsibility, of limited government and unlimited markets.

Kirk described six basic "canons" or principles of conservatism:
  • A divine intent, as well as personal conscience, rules society;
  • Traditional life is filled with variety and mystery while most radical systems are characterized by a narrowing uniformity;
  • Civilized society requires orders and classes;
  • Property and freedom are inseparably connected;
  • Man must control his will and his appetite, knowing that he is governed more by emotion than by reason; and
  • Society must alter slowly.

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