Saturday, December 14, 2013

All Around the Web - December 14, 2013

LifeNews - 82 Percent of Abortions in NYC, 64% in Texas Were on Black or Hispanic Babies | The civil rights issue of our day is abortion.
The new report from the Centers for Disease Control had good numbers across the nation when it came to abortion — with abortions declining three percent in 2010 after a five percent decrease in 2009. But they also contained shocking figures showing abortion targets blacks and Hispanics.

The CDC Abortion Surveillance Report dated November 29, 2013 reveals that in 2010, 56.7% of abortions reported to the CDC nationwide were done on Hispanic and Black women.

Matt Chandler - Answering Four Street-Level Arguments for Sexual Immorality
4. Sexual promiscuity is seen in nature.

Sometimes people will condemn faithfulness between a husband and wife (monogamy) or the Christian view of homosexual behavior by appealing to nature. As long as animals aren't monogamous and as long as we see some animals behaving in same-sex ways, then why would we condemn adultery or homosexuality or sex outside of marriage? If it's in nature, it must be natural.
This line of thinking denigrates the dignity of human beings, implying we are nothing more than our sexual passions. If we roll out that argument, we arrive in a scary place. We know of certain insects where the male impregnates the female and the female turns around and eats the male. Who wants that as the norm for humans?

What's worse, those who believe in evolutionary theory adopt the principle "survival of the fittest." Do we want to imply, for example, that people with same-sex attractions are genetically weaker than other human beings? Of course not! Appealing to nature to justify any kind of sexual immorality is a dead end leading us to see people with less dignity, not more.

9Marks - Errors of the Prosperity Gospel
1. The Abrahamic covenant is a means to material entitlement.
2. Jesus’ atonement extends to the “sin” of material poverty.
3. Christians give in order to gain material compensation from God.
4. Faith is a self-generated spiritual force that leads to prosperity.
5. Prayer is a tool to force God to grant prosperity.

John Stonestreet - Are We Up to the Task
And if anything, the situation elsewhere in the West is even worse.  I’ve told you about the British preacher facing prosecution for calling homosexuality a sin. Or there’s the local branch of the Knights of Columbus in British Columbia, which had refused “to rent a hall to a lesbian couple for a wedding reception” and was ordered to pay $1000 to each woman for its offense against the women’s “dignity, feelings and self-respect.”

The deterioration of religious freedom led Cardinal George of Chicago to say “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”

I pray that it won’t come to that. But there’s no doubt that we’re going to be tested in the years to come. It can’t be helped. Saying “Jesus Christ is Lord” is confession of where our allegiance lies. That confession has always come with a cost, as our brethren around the world know all too well.

Christianity Today - Beautiful Eulogy offer soul-stirring lyrical theology

Those fortunate enough to be well acquainted with the refreshing musical and ministerial giftings in the work of Beautiful Eulogy will, I am sure, unite with me in this proclamation: this group is completely out of this world and unlike anything I have ever heard before!

Based in Portland, Oregon, and signed to Humble Beast Records, Beautiful Eulogy consists of the artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano, who, having featured on other projects, have now come together.

The group have taken the direction of embracing their hip hop roots as well as combining this genre with other sounds such as hymns and folk songs. Electronic music acts as the glue, effortlessly synchronising the cocktail which is to be found in the instrumentation of their music.

The beautiful lyrical theology is the driving force of the group's music. They have taken the approach of presenting 'meaty' theological truths and addressing biblical concepts, imploring listeners to join them on the journey of growing in understanding and in love with the one true God.

The style they have adopted in their quest to present absolute truths found in the Word of God cannot be pocketed, yet tends to gravitate between a generic rap style and spoken word; a trait which has remained consistent from their first project entitled 'Satellite Kite', released in June 2012, to their latest album 'Instruments of Mercy' released in October this year.

Instruments of Mercy gives the listener, whether an unbeliever or believer, insight into the heart which is to be found in every believer of Jesus Christ which can be highlighted as follows - sheer marvel at the wondrous works of love and mercy demonstrated by our glorious Saviour on the cross of Calvary.

A notable element of this project is the focus of the concepts and the direction to which all the tracks are pointing: Christ. Beautiful Eulogy accurately exposes the depravity and sinfulness of man (mainly by their transparency concerning their need for God) whilst encouraging the listeners to take hold of the mercy and grace which has been illustrated in the work and dealings of our Lord.

3 facts even skeptics agree lead to the conclusion Jesus' tomb was empty. What three facts, agreed upon by skeptics, prove Christ's resurrection? - Gary Habermas from christianitydotcom2 on GodTube.
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