Thursday, December 12, 2013

All Around the Web - December 12, 2013

New York Times - Abortion Cases in Court Helped Tilt Democrats Against the Filibuster | Albert Mohler makes the point that if abortion is the reason why the Democrats did this, then it reveals just how concerned they are about the future of their most prized sacrament.
Within hours of each other, two federal appeals courts handed down separate decisions that affirmed sharp new limits on abortion and birth control. One on Oct. 31 forced abortion clinics across Texas to close. The other, on Nov. 1, compared contraception to “a grave moral wrong” and sided with businesses that refused to provide it in health care coverage.

“These are the kinds of decisions we are going to have to live with,” a blunt Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, warned his caucus later as it weighed whether to make historic changes to Senate rules. Those changes would break a Republican filibuster of President Obama’s nominees and end the minority party’s ability to block a president’s choices to executive branch posts and federal courts except the Supreme Court. 

The moment represented a turning point in what had been, until then, a cautious approach by Democrats to push back against Republicans who were preventing the White House from appointing liberal judges. All the more glaring, Democrats believed, was that they had allowed confirmation of the conservative judges now ruling in the abortion cases. Republicans were blocking any more appointments to the court of appeals in Washington, which issued the contraception decision.

Faced with the possibility that they might never be able to seat judges that they hoped would act as a counterweight to more conservative appointees confirmed when George W. Bush was president, all but three of the 55 members of the Senate Democratic caucus sided with Mr. Reid. The decision represented a recognition by Democrats that they had to risk a backlash in the Senate to head off what they saw as a far greater long-term threat to their priorities in the form of a judiciary tilted to the right.

White Horse Inn - Defend the Faith - "How Can Jesus Be the Only Way

Euangelion - Women and Church Ministry 
I’ve been preparing a lecture on Paul and Women the last couple of days and I told Karla that I’m now definitely in the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) camp. I’m finally willing to come out and nail my flag on the mast of the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) position.

This has been a direction I’ve been moving toward over the last decade since completing my Ph.D. and getting a job at North Park University. In the lead up to interviews that year (I interviewed, in the end, at three institutions) we knew the two questions we needed to be prepared to answer in the contexts of evangelical Christian Higher Ed were on Inerrancy and Women in Ministry. We all knew this going into the process (BTW: I feel much more certain now about my view of the latter than the former).

The ECC, the denomination to which NPU is affiliated, actively supports the ordination of women. When I was being interviewed in 2006, the President of the ECC, Glenn Palmberg, was on the search committee. In the interview he asked me what my position was on women in ministry. In fact, he only asked me two questions: one on women and the other on homosexuality. At the time, I was uncertain of what my view was on this important issue (I think Scot suspected this, but knew I hadn’t settled the issue). I had, by that time, become uncomfortable with the fundamentalism in which I was reared. I grew up in a religious context that would have been offended by the idea that a divorcee would be allowed to be pastor (even before becoming a Christian), let alone a women! In 2006, if I had had language for it, I would have called myself a soft-complementarian (using William Webb’s language in Slaves, Women and Homosexuals). But I didn’t want to be defined by this or any position because I was still very uncertain of my own view. I had just not given it the time it needed in my study and reflection. I had spent four years studying Matthew. I got schooled on just enough of the discussion to appear informed. By the way, how could anyone expect a young newly minted Ph.D. student to have a firm view on something as complex as this! Pretty ridiculous expectation if you ask me.

Justin Taylor - Resources for Christians Dealing with Same-Sex Attraction

The Gospel Coalition - Themelios | Issue 38.3
The Gospel Coalition just released the latest issue of Themelios, which has 200 pages of columns, articles, and book reviews. It is freely available in three different formats:
  1. PDF (ideal for printing)
  2. Logos edition (ideal for research and mobile access)
  3. web version (ideal for interacting and sharing)
It contains the following 70 contributions:
  1. D. A. Carson | EDITORIAL: The Hole in the Gospel
  2. Michael J. Ovey | OFF THE RECORD: Liberty, What Crimes Are Committed in Thy Name?
  3. Keith Ferdinando | Jesus, the Theological Educator
  4. Gavin Ortlund | "The Voice of His Blood": Christ's Intercession in the Thought of Stephen Charnock
  5. Robert Caldwell | The Ministerial Ideal in the Ordination Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: Four Theological Portraits
  6. Melvin Tinker | Secularisation: Myth or Menace? An Assessment of Modern 'Worldliness'
  7. Andrew David Naselli | PASTORAL PENS√ČES: 12 Reasons You Should Pray Scripture
  8. 63 book reviews
    1. Old Testament | 9 reviews
    2. New Testament | 19 reviews
    3. History and Historical Theology | 8 reviews
    4. Systematic Theology and Bioethics | 11 reviews
    5. Ethics and Pastoralia | 8 reviews
    6. Mission and Culture | 8 reviews

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