Monday, August 5, 2013

All Around the Web - August 5, 2013

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The Gospel Coalition - 9 Things You Should Know about John Calvin |

3. Calvin initially had no interest in being a pastor. While headed to Strasbourg he made a detour in Geneva where he met the local church leader William Farel. Calvin said he was only staying one night, but Farel argued that it was God's will he remain in the city and become a pastor. When Calvin protested that he was a scholar, not a preacher, Farel swore a great oath that God would curse all Calvin's studies unless he stayed in Geneva. Calvin later said, ""I felt as if God from heaven had laid his mighty hand upon me to stop me in my course—and I was so terror stricken that I did not continue my journey."

4. Calvin was a stepfather (he married a widow, Idelette, who had two children) but had no surviving children himself. His only son, Jacques, was born prematurely and survived only briefly.

5. During his ministry in Geneva, Calvin preached over two thousand sermons. He preached twice on Sunday and almost every weekday. His sermons lasted more than an hour and he did not use notes.

6. Around 1553, Calvin began an epistolary relationship with Michael Servetus, a Spanish theologian and physician. Servetus wrote several works with anti-trinitarian views so Calvin sent him a copy of his Institutes as a reply. Servetus promptly returned it, thoroughly annotated with critical observations. Calvin wrote to Servetus, "I neither hate you nor despise you; nor do I wish to persecute you; but I would be as hard as iron when I behold you insulting sound doctrine with so great audacity." In time their correspondence grew more heated until Calvin ended it.

Today - Dreams delayed or denied, young adults put off parenthood |

The early years of adulthood are supposed to be a time of optimism and hope, but for many Americans now in their 20s it has instead been a period of uncertainty and frustration.

Hobbled by student loan debt, frustrated by careers that have been stymied by a weak job market — and frightened by watching their own parents suffer financial setbacks — many say they feel like they are getting off to a slow start. Even as the economy improves, that’s left some Millennials wondering if they’ll ever feel financially comfortable enough to have kids of their own.

“The American Dream is … OK, we go to school, we graduate, we get good jobs, we buy a house, we have kids,” said Daniel Flores, 27. “And it’s just like none of that has happened.”

Dailymail - Baby bust? National birthrate hits an all-time low due to weak economic recovery |

The recession has been over for four years, but the birth rate in the U.S. continues to fall as many people struggle with a sluggish economy and financial uncertainty.

According to a recent analysis by the Pew Institute, since 2007 when there were a record 4,316,233 births, the number of births has been steadily declining, with 4,007,000 births in 2012 - the lowest number since 1998.

Analysts say that the birthrate is dictated by the economy

First ThingsEvangelicals Oppose Gay Marriage, Now More than Ever

Even as the rest of the country has grown more accepting of same-sex marriage, Evangelicals have held firm. Over the past ten years, Evangelical opposition to same-sex marriage has stayed constant—even slightly increased-–according to a new report from the Barna Group:

  • In 2003, 12 percent of Evangelicals favored changing laws to support LGBTQ lifestyles. Today that number has declined to 5 percent.
  • In 2003, 90 percent favored defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Today that has inched up to 93 percent.
  • In 2003, 95 percent rejected the moral acceptability of same-sex marriage. Now that number has increased to 98 percent.
This is good news for Evangelicals, whose commitment to scripture binds them to the Bible’s vision of marriage premised on difference and tied to reproduction. To identify as Evangelical still means to accept the Christian moral teaching on homosexual relationships.

Huffington Post - 6 Evangelicals You Don't Know... But Might Want To |

1. Kevin Palau
2. Gabe Lyons
3. Lisa Sharon Harper
4.  Jim Henderson
5. Paul Louis Metzger
6. Tony "the Beat Poet" Kriz

Relevant Magazine - Finally, a TV Channel Made for Dogs |

On August 1, Direct TV users will be able to receive DOGTV—a network that’s designed and programmed to be watched by dogs. The channel’s CEO told Forbes, “As we work harder and both household members usually go out to work, dogs spend a lot more time at home. They’re very lonely, they’re bored, they suffer from separation-anxiety often and people look for solutions.” The channel even uses special color combinations optimized for K-9 vision and employs the deep knowledge of dog experts to make sure programming is intellectually stimulating for pets.

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