Tuesday, September 17, 2013

All Around the Web - September 17, 2013

Eric Metaxas - Contract Killing

If you ever had any doubts that women got the short end of the stick when the sexual revolution came along, cast those doubts aside. News from the world of sports a few weeks ago revealed just how short that stick is.

Because on July 26, news leaked out that back in 2007, NBA player J. J. Redick had his former girlfriend, Vanessa Lopez, sign what the press is calling an “abortion contract.” In it, a pregnant Lopez agreed to undergo an abortion. In return, Redick agreed to “attempt” to “establish and maintain a social and/or dating relationship” with Lopez “for a period of one year.” If Redick decided things weren't working out, he would simply pay Lopez $25,000 and send her on her way.

And it gets worse. If Lopez refused to have an abortion, she agreed that Redick would have no further obligations to her. She also agreed to provide both proof that she’d been pregnant, and proof that she'd aborted her child. And I should add that Redick denies that he got Lopez pregnant.

Even given the cultural free-for-all in which we live today, I find this contract shocking. My colleague John Stonesteet calls it “the ultimate example of ‘BroChoice,’ a culture in which men want legalized abortion because they want sex without any strings attached, and especially without the risk of children. 

Frankly, I can't understand why any woman would want to BE with a man that treats her like this. Why would anyone settle for so little in a relationship? Or stay with someone who makes it so abundantly clear that his only interest in her is sexual?

The sad aftermath of this grotesque contract is that Lopez did have an abortion. Predictably, Redick’s and Lopez’s relationship disintegrated almost at once. And a fresh round of stories report that when Lopez arrived at a Florida abortion clinic, she told the staff that she felt “forced” into the abortion—that she was confused, scared, and sad. One Florida therapist says Lopez suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Washington Post - Texas megachurch’s teachings under scrutiny amid cluster of measles cases that has sickened 21 

The teachings of televangelist Kenneth Copeland and his family focusing on the virtues of trusting God to keep healthy are under scrutiny after a cluster of measles cases linked to his family’s North Texas megachurch revealed many congregants hadn’t been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries has won supporters worldwide through television programs, crusades, conferences and prayer request networks. He was a pioneer of the prosperity gospel, which holds that believers are destined to flourish spiritually, physically and financially.

Although church officials were quick to act after the outbreak — including hosting clinics in August where 220 people received immunization shots — and have denied they are against medical care or vaccinations, people familiar with the ministry say there is a pervasive culture that believers should rely on God, not modern medicine, to keep them well.

22 Words - Compilation of news stories about Jesus sightings | And the Word became a piece of bread/a block of wood/etc. and dwelt among us.

The Voice of the Martyrs - Christian Girl Shot After Attending Bible Class

While walking home from a Bible class at her church, a Coptic (Egyptian) Christian girl was recently shot and killed in Cairo by an unidentified gunman. Ten-year-old Jessica Boulous of the Ain Shams section of Cairo was killed during the early evening of August 6th while walking with her Sunday school teacher from the church to her home. According to a Middle East correspondent, the teacher turned to buy an item at a market stall only to look back and find Jessica lying motionless in a puddle of blood. A Muslim shopkeeper, who saw the child fall to the ground, quickly ran to her side. He took off his shirt, wrapped it around her motionless body and rushed her to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Jessica's uncle, Nasr Allah Zakaria, said the killing has devastated the family. "I just can't believe she is gone," he says in a state of shock. "She was such a sweet little girl...like a daughter to me." Nasr, who pastors an evangelical church in Egypt, continues by saying that violence against Christians "seems to be normal" in Egypt now.
"Violence or intimidation against Christians has become almost a daily occurrence in most parts of Egypt," adds the previously mentioned correspondent. "In the aftermath of the protests that led to the removal of Mohamed Morsi as president, militant supporters of Morsi have...called for revenge against Christians."

Ed Stetzer - Ten Things I've Learned on Twitter

1. You don't have to be famous in real life to make a big dent in Twitter.
2. To do well on Twitter (and in social media in general), you need a plan.
3. Social media needs personality.
4. Follow everyone back.
5. Don't try to artificially inflate your numbers on Twitter.
6. Tweet.
7. Don't use Twitter as an inbox.
8. Don't feel you have to reply to everyone.
9. Don't argue on Twitter.
10.  Have fun.

The worse foul in soccer history.

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