Saturday, August 24, 2013

All Around the Web - August 24, 2013

Carl Trueman - Serious Questions

As the news breaks that Bradley Manning has decided that he is really a woman, a couple of questions come immediately to my mind.  They may appear facetious but they are deadly serious.

If I decide I am a woman but remain married to my wife, does that make me a lesbian?

And if you answer 'no' to the above question, does that mean you have committed an act of hate speech

WORLD Magazine - N.M. court: Christian conscience discriminates against gays | The erosion of religious liberty continues.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled today that a Christian photographer discriminated against a homosexual couple when she refused to take photos of their “commitment” ceremony.

Elaine Huguenin, who operates Elane Photography with her husband, Jonathan, cited her belief in the biblical definition of marriage when she declined to work with Vanessa Willock and her lesbian partner. Although Willock hired another photographer, she filed a complaint against Huguenin with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. In 2008, the commission ruled Huguenin discriminated against Willock on the basis of her sexual orientation and ordered the photographer to pay $6,637.94 in attorneys’ fees, even though New Mexico does not recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions.

 The state’s high court sided with the court of appeals, which upheld the commission’s decision. In its opinion, the high court concluded that because Elane Photography offers its services to the public, it must abide by the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA), which forbids businesses from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation.

Trevin Wax - Know Your Southern Baptists: Billy Graham

Why he’s important: According to the BGEA, millions have responded to the gospel during Graham’s crusades around the world. He has served as the de facto spiritual advisor in America, appearing on Gallup’s “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” an unparalleled 56 times total with his inclusion in 2012 marking his 50th consecutive. He has been called the pastor to presidents, as he has had a personal audience with U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

He was particularly influential in the growth of evangelical Christianity, as opposed to liberal and fundamentalist views of the faith. Graham sought a Christian faith that was biblical, intellectual, and still engaged with the culture. Because of this perspective, he founded numerous ministries in the field of mass communication, including a movie studio, radio stations, and, most perhaps most prominent, the magazine Christianity Today.

Graham also played a role in racial reconciliation, inviting Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to share the pulpit with him during his New York City crusade in 1957 and posting bail for the minister when he was jailed in 1963 during the civil rights protests in Birmingham, AL.

Baker Academic - The Definition of Theology, an Excerpt from Christian Theology | I'm excited to see that Baker is releasing an updated version of Erickson's systematic theology. Remember that I still continue to blog through the book. You will find all the blogs here.

1. Theology is biblical.
2. Theology is systematic.
3. Theology also relates to the issues of general culture and learning.
4. Theology must also be contemporary.
5. Finally, theology is to be practical

Metro - Whoah! Single men wash their sheets ‘four times a year’ | I'm surprised to. I would have guessed no more than twice a year.

It’s a discovery no woman wants to hear – the average single male changes his sheets just four times a year.

While they strip their beds every 3.1 months on average, unattached women change their linen every two-and-a-half weeks – or 26 times a year – a survey found.

The grubbiest group for keeping sheets fresh are those aged 18 to 25, with more than half claiming to change the bed every three months or less.

Those who washed their sheets once a week were mostly aged between 35 and 50

Most Christians are thieves.

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