Tuesday, July 30, 2013

All Around the Web - July 30, 2013

The Gospel Coalition - From Mad Marxist to Compassionate Conservative | A great article on Marvin Olasky.

Marvin Olasky bicycled across the United States and took a freighter to the Soviet Union before he found Jesus. He was a registered member of the Communist Party who believed religion is the opiate of the masses, but he couldn't outrun the "hound of heaven."

Today Olasky is the editor in chief of WORLD magazine, a Christian news magazine founded in 1986 that now has about 400,000 readers. Olasky has worked in academia and served as an occasional adviser to former President George W. Bush. The New York Times referred to Olasky as the "godfather" of the "compassionate conservatism" concept that formed a central plank in Bush's campaign platform and his presidency.

Olasky was born in 1950 just outside of Boston, to Russian Jewish parents of modest means. He celebrated his bar mitzvah at 13 and informed his parents that he was an atheist at 14. The atheist went to Yale University (just as George W. Bush was graduating), where he eventually discovered and embraced Marxism.

Olasky put his worldview into action. He started a "worker-student alliance," naming a college janitor as an honorary Yale fellow. He sat for five days outside the Yale administration building fasting, in solidarity with a strike among the cafeteria workers. During this time Olasky also had his first foray into journalism. When he graduated in 1971, The Boston Globe offered him a full-time job, but he declined in favor of bicycling across the country with only a tent, sleeping bag, and one change of clothes

ESPN - Hunter Mahan leaves to be with wife | Bravo Mr. Mahan. Congratulations on the birth of your child.

The Gospel Coalition - Can Life Have Meaning Without God? |

"But I'm an atheist and my life is very meaningful!"
This is the retort I've encountered most often when I've offered arguments like those above. (It's usually followed by a list of worthy activities and valuable relationships enjoyed by that person.) My reply is simple: "I don't deny for a moment that your life is very meaningful. But that's true in spite of your atheism, not because of it!"

Atheists certainly do have meaningful lives, yet that's only because their atheistic beliefs are false. A person can deny the existence of God and still have a meaningful life. But this fact no more proves that life can have meaning without God than a person who denies the existence of oxygen and still enjoys good health would prove that you can be healthy without oxygen. It only proves that people can hold beliefs at odds with reality—as if we didn't already know that.

So here are some closing words to any atheists who happen to read this article. If you believe that your life has meaning—if you sense that it must have meaning—you're absolutely right. But that meaning cannot come from within you, nor could it come from a universe outside you that lacks any ultimate purpose or value. It can only come from a transcendent personal Creator who made you, and the universe around you, for the most spectacular end: his eternal glory and the eternal joy of his people (Isaiah 43:6-7; Romans 11:36; Psalm 16:11; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:1-4).

My concern is not that you're mistaken in thinking you have a meaningful life. No, my concern is that you don't realize just how meaningful a life you have. So I pray that you would embrace the One who authored your life and who freely offers life in all its fullness (Acts 3:17; John 10:10; John 20:30-31).

Engaging Church Blog - 9 Struggles of Being a Pastor’s Wife |

1. Dealing with Unrealistic Expectations
2. Struggling with Loneliness
3. Overlooked, Yet Looked Over
4. Learning to Handle Criticism
5. A Demanding Schedule
6. Confidentiality Matters
7. You Don't Have to Be a Theological Giant
8. Avoid the Stereotypes
9. Fight the Spiritual Battles

The Blaze - Archaeologists Uncover King David and Solomon-Era Inscription — the Oldest Text Ever Found in Jerusalem |

Guardian - Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy | At least the 10% of Down Syndrome pregnancies that don't end in abortion will benefit.

Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome – albeit in isolated cells – raising the prospect of a radical therapy for the disorder.

In an elegant series of experiments, US researchers took cells from people with DS and silenced the extra chromosome that causes the condition. A treatment based on the work remains a distant hope, but scientists in the field said the feat was the first major step towards a "chromosome therapy" for Down's syndrome.

"This is a real technical breakthrough. It opens up whole new avenues of research," said Elizabeth Fisher, professor of neurogenetics at UCL, who was not involved in the study. "This is really the first sniff we've had of anything to do with gene therapy for Down's syndrome."

The time we have in jellybeans.

HT: Everyday Theology
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