Monday, August 19, 2013

All Around the Web - August 19, 2013

Joe Carter - The Worst Religion Story of the Year |

While struggling to find words to adequately describe the worst religion article of the year, I was reminded of a brilliant exchange in an otherwise atrocious movie, Billy Madison.
Principal: Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Billy Madison: Okay, a simple “wrong” would’ve done just fine.

Trevin Wax - Are You a Part-Time Churchgoer? You May Be Surprised |

Let’s go back to Geoff and Christine. There are 52 Sundays a year, and last year, they attended a worship gathering on 28 of those Sundays. (That’s an average of about twice a month.) What happened?
  • Vacation: To maximize his allotted days, Geoff took the family to the mountains during the kids’ spring break, stretching over two weekends (one of which happened to be Easter!). There was the summer beach vacation, another stretch of a week and two weekends, and then a fall getaway. Total = 5 Sundays.
  • Sports: Their oldest son is on a travel soccer team. Many of the games are on weekends, and they believe it would be a better testimony to be among unbelievers on Sunday mornings rather than let down the team. Total = 9 Sundays.
  • Sickness: With their youngest child going to preschool, the family seems more susceptible to illnesses than before, and sickness always seems to hit on the weekends. Total = 3 Sundays.
  • Guest Preacher: When Pastor Jon is out of town, Geoff and Christine usually take the weekend off. They never like the guest speaker as much as Pastor Jon. Total = 3 Sundays.
  • Visiting In-Laws: Christine’s parents come twice a year to spend the weekend with the family. To maximize their time, they usually spend the weekends catching up and doing some shopping. Total = 2 Sundays.
  • Holiday: Thanksgiving weekend, and the week in between Christmas and New Year’s, the family is traveling. Total = 2 Sundays.
Geoff and Christine may be a fictional couple, but their situation is true for many of us. Recently, a church leader told me their most faithful attendees are only in church 2-3 times a month. They basically expect churchgoers to be “hit or miss” every week.

The Morning News - Long Star Statements | Here are some of the one star reviews on classic books on Amazon. I have chosen some of my favorites.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)

“I bought these books to have something nice to read to my grandkids. I had to stop, however, because the books are nothing more than advertisements for “Turkish Delight,” a candy popular in the U.K. The whole point of buying books for my grandkids was to give them a break from advertising, and here (throughout) are ads for this “Turkish Delight”! How much money is this Mr. Lewis getting from the Cadbury’s chocolate company anyway? This man must be laughing to the bank.”

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1955)

“I am obsessed with Survivor, so I thought it would be fun. WRONG!!! It is incredibly boring and disgusting. I was very much disturbed when I found young children killing each other. I think that anyone with a conscience would agree with me.”

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)

“The book is not readable because of the overuse of adverbs

John Stonestreet - BreakPoint This Week: Darwin's Doubt | This is a good 30 minutes interview with Stephen Meyers.

You hear it over and over again in schools and colleges, on TV and in other media: "Darwinism and evolution are proven scientific facts!" But the real facts suggest otherwise. During this week's broadcast, BreakPoint host John Stonestreet welcomes The Discovery Institute's Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of "Signature in the Cell," and "Darwin's Doubt," to discuss how all life bears the unmistakable fingerprints of God.

Dr. Meyer, who holds a Ph.D in Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, directs the Center for Science and Culture at The Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. His books, "Signature in the Cell" (which was named a Times Literary Supplement of the Year), and "Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design," have set new landmarks in the historic Intelligent Design movement. 

As one of the band of intrepid scientists and philosophers leading this counter-establishment effort, Meyer hopes to persuade the public and the scientific community to reexamine long unchallenged tenets of Darwinian orthodoxy—tenets which he and his colleagues believe good research simply does not support.

Meyer is no opponent of Darwin's observations as a whole. But he does believe that Neo-Darwinism—the theory's modern iteration, along with the naturalistic assumptions it demands—fail profoundly to explain the origins and diversity of life on our planet

Washington Examiner - Poll: Hillary Clinton tops list of Dems voters don't want in 2016 |

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on top of yet another poll today. But it's not the result her team was hoping for.

In a new Rasmussen Reports poll, Clinton tops five others as the one candidate voters don't want to win in 2016.

"Regardless of whom you would vote for, which candidate would you least like to see win the Democratic nomination in 2016? Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Martin O'Malley, Andrew Cuomo, Antonio Villaraigosa or Cory Booker?" Rasmussen asked.

The results: Clinton 27 percent, Biden 24 percent. The rest were in the 15 percent to 17 percent, reported Rasmussen. Women are more enthusiastic supporters of Clinton than men are. Men are more likely to hope she doesn't get the Democratic nomination.


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