Friday, August 23, 2013

All Around the Web - August 23, 2013

WORLD Magazine - Are smartphones making babies dumber? |

Many parents who use the apps say they like them because they keep children’s attention. They like that a  mobile device with a learning app can help fidgety little ones stay occupied and provide productive entertainment. Parents usually think the the apps are educational—in a study by the Kaiser Foundation 72 percent of parents said they thought using a computer “mostly helps” children’s learning. 

But the CCFC warns the apps are not as great as they seem. It pointed to research by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which found that too much time in front of a screen delayed language development for many infants. The AAP recommends screen time for children under the age of 2 be extremely limited. Many studies have linked increased time in front of a computer or TV screen to higher rates of childhood obesity and poorer academic performance.
In its formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the CCFC wrote, “Not a single credible scientific study has yet shown that babies can acquire the skills these apps claim to teach by interacting with screens.” 

Thom Rainer - Ten Things Pastors Like Most about Their Jobs
  1. Seeing lives transformed. This response was an overwhelming number one. You could almost feel the enthusiasm for this aspect of their ministry as they responded. These pastors feel that God call them to lead toward transformation of others, and seeing that happen is their greatest joy in ministry.
  2. Preaching. Frankly, I expected this response to be number one, but it was a distant second. Preaching is very important to these pastors, but transformed lives are the most important. Of course, some of them noted that preaching transforms lives.
  3. Personal evangelism. Though distant to number one, sharing the gospel one-on-one was a clear number three. Here is a fascinating facet of this study to me: Over 85 percent of the pastors named one of these first three as their response. The next eight were named by less than 15 percent of the pastors.
  4. The people/members. There is little doubt that these pastors love their churches and thus the members. Many of them exuded joy just by writing about the church members.
  5. Developing new relationships. These pastors include a number of extroverts who really like to meet new people. We introverts don’t understand.
  6. Ministering in the community. It was a joy to hear a number of pastors express intense love for the community where their church is located. I can only imagine their ministries are bearing much fruit.
  7. Ministering to members. Though similar to number four, the pastors sometimes explicitly mentioned ministering to church members in times of need.
  8. Casting a vision. The only surprise to me at this response was how low it ranked among pastors. I thought I would hear leading and vision-casting as a response near the top.
  9. Staff relationships. Not all pastors have other ministry staff serving alongside them, but a few of them did express gratitude for those who do.
  10. Mentoring or discipling one-on-one. This response was not a surprise except for how few pastors mentioned it. Since the first three responses dominated the poll, number 10 was almost an afterthought.

Washington Examiner - 'Redneck millionaire' and Duck Dynasty star eyed for La. House seat | I say he runs for President!

A new political dynasty might soon be joining the Kennedys, Clintons and Bushes: Duck Dynasty, that is.

Some key Republican operatives are eager to woo one of the hit show's stars--Willie Robertson--to run for the seat given up by retiring Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander.

Alexander, expressing frustration with divided government, is going to work in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet. He will leave at the end of September and a special election will be held to fill the open seat.

He represents the 5th District, including Monroe, La., home to the group headed by Robertson, the game call and hunting companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander. Alexander and his staff are also friendly with the Robertson family, especially Willie

The Gospel Project - Seminary Wives: 10 Encouragements for the Journey

1. Be in the Word and prayer every day.
2. Encourage your husband in his studies.
3. Take a seminary class (or at least sit in on one).
4. Build friendships with other seminary wives.
5. Trust God is working in your life during this season.
6. Encourage his friendships with other students.
7. Understand your importance.
8. Expect and embrace the struggles.
9. Consider yourself blessed.
10. Your labor is not in vain

The Blaze - Judge Orders Baby’s Name Be Changed From ‘Messiah’ to ‘Martin’, Citing Jesus Christ

A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV. The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too.

“It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this poi

It was the first time she ordered a first name change, the judge said.

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