Saturday, December 28, 2013

All Around the Web - December 28, 2013

Breitbart - U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up
Three-quarters of U.S. adults say they believe in God, down from 82 percent in 2005, 2007 and 2009, a Harris Poll indicates.

The Harris Poll found 57 percent of U.S. adult say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, down from 60 percent in 2005, and 72 percent say they believe in miracles, down from 79 percent in 2005, while 68 percent say they believe in heaven, down from 75 percent. Sixty-eight percent say they believe Jesus is God or the son of God, down from 72 percent; and 65 percent say they believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70 percent.

Sixty-four percent say they believe in the survival of the soul after death, down from 69 percent in 2005; 58 percent say they believe in the devil, down from 62 percent; 58 percent say they believe in hell, down from 62 percent.

Forty-seven percent say they believe in Darwin's theory of evolution, compared to 42 percent in 2005.

Michael Bird - N.T. Wright on the “Meat and Potatoes” of Justification by Faith

Thom Rainer - A Bible Reading Strategy for 2014
Here are the steps I follow:
  1. I purchase a new study Bible each year. A good study Bible is not inexpensive, but it can help you understand the Word without requiring other devotional resources. Look for one with good introductions to the books of the Bible and strong study notes that accompany the text.  If you don’t have a copy, consider the HCSB Study Bible.
  2. I choose a daily reading plan from an online source. My preference is to follow a plan that includes both Old Testament and New Testament readings each day. My goal is to read the entire Bible each year, but you may choose a different plan. Be sure to read daily, even if your plan does not take you through the whole Bible in a year.
  3. Each year, I prayerfully choose a set of topics to study throughout the year. This step is the one that has been most important to me, as these topics guide my reading. In the past, some of these topics have been prayer, spiritual warfare, evangelism, and missions. I always remain open to studying other topics as I read through the Bible, but I especially watch for texts that speak to my selected themes for the year.
  4. I purchase a new set of Bible highlighters for the year (preferably Zebrite highlighters that are less likely to bleed through Bible pages). I then assign one highlighter color to each of the chosen topics, and I note the colors/topics on the inside cover of my Bible. In 2014, my plan is to study the topics of holiness, leadership, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, the inside cover of my 2014 study Bible will show:
    • Highlights in green: holiness
    • Highlights in pink: leadership
    • Highlights in blue: Holy Spirit
    • Highlights in yellow: other topics or notes that just grab my attention during my reading (sometimes these topics become my studies in future years)
  5. As I read each day, I watch for texts or notes related to the above topics. I highlight the text, pause to meditate on it, prayerfully consider how it might apply to my life, and perhaps write a few notes in the margin to help me reinforce the application.
  6. With each highlighted text, I pray briefly in response to what God teaches me. Prayer ought to be our natural response when the Word of God becomes so real to us.
  7. At the end of the year, I then have a study Bible with every text related to particular topics highlighted. Whenever I teach on those given topics, I simply pull that Bible off the shelf and use it as a resource. Remember, the notes on the inside cover quickly show me what topics are highlighted in that Bible.

Ben Witherinton - Tom Wright Responds to Young Earth Creationists | For the record, I personally think NT Wright goes farther than I would prefer. But I thought this video was worth passing along.

Rich Bozich - Louisville-Kentucky Trumps North Carolina-Duke In Rivalry Debate | Today is the annual UK/UofL basketball rivary game. Therefore, this article is not only accurate, but timely. Go CARDS!
Sometimes ESPN wraps all 17 of its channels around a story and then they shake it like a tambourine. Perhaps you have noticed.

Red Sox-Yankees. Tiger Woods, decades after his last major championship victory. That left-handed kid who played quarterback at Florida.

Then there is the other story that lights up my keyboard every college basketball season: The tall tale that Duke vs. North Carolina is the greatest rivalry in college basketball.

It isn't.

Louisville vs. Kentucky is more compelling, ferocious and decisive.

Duke and North Carolina not only live eight miles apart, they live in the same league. They play Feb. 12, March 8 and maybe one more time in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

That's not a rivalry. That's an NBA playoffs mini-series.

There's no do-over in the U of L-UK rivalry. You win, you own Tweetdeck for the rest of the season. You lose, you have to smell the ugliness of your meltdown for 364 days.

Unless you meet again in the NCAA Final Four.

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