Saturday, January 18, 2014

All Around the Web - January 18, 2014

Thom Rainer - Fourteen Sentences That Brought Joy to Pastors
  1. “I would like to babysit your kids so you can go on a date with your wife.”
  2. “Pastor, let me tell you specifically what I learned from your sermon and how it helped me.”
  3. “Your wife should have the freedom to be herself in the church.”
  4. “I confronted your critic about those unfounded claims he made about you.”
  5. “I’m setting aside five minutes every day to pray for you and your family.”
  6. “I explained to the personnel committee how a package is not the same as your salary.”
  7. “Your kids should be able to live a normal life.”
  8. “Thank you.”
  9. “I want to help you recruit people to do ministry.”
  10. “I am so thankful for the time you spend in sermon preparation.”
  11. “We don’t expect you to attend every meeting or function.”
  12. “Let me do that for you.”
  13. “Tell me how I can most help your wife.”
  14. “Here is a gift card to get you some books for your library.”

WORLD Magazine - Polarizing president
If Barack Obama is not the most polarizing political figure of our lifetime, it’s hard to think who might challenge him for the title. Take a look again at the blue-and-red electoral map from November a year ago. Take away a tiny handful of states where the voting was close—Florida, Virginia, Ohio. Nearly all the rest are emphatically on one side or the other. You couldn’t get much bluer, for example, than California, or much redder than Texas. 

If I heard it once during the 2012 campaign, I heard it a hundred times: Your choice this year, dear voter, is a stark contrast between two mutually exclusive views of government. There’s little overlap here, analysts stressed. You can’t have a little of both. You’ve got to pick one way or the other.

But if that’s the way things really are, let’s not complain! If we in fact live in a country where we can repeatedly and predictably enjoy a robust and honest debate over the kind of government we want to have, let’s be thankful to God for such openness. I’m old enough now to have been emotionally involved in 16 presidential election cycles (starting with Eisenhower and Stevenson in 1952)—during which I considered myself a “winner” nine times and a “loser” seven times. That’s a pretty good balance, achieved through peaceful elections without bloodshed—and available to only a small proportion of the world’s population.

Ligonier - 5 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor in 2014
1. Pray for their spiritual protection from the world, the flesh and the Devil.
2. Pray for their deliverance from the physical attacks of the world and the Devil.
3. Pray for doors to be opened to them for the spread of the gospel.
4. Pray that they might have boldness and power to preach the gospel.
5. Pray that they might have a spirit of wisdom and understanding.

WORLD Magazine - Prophetic Error
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has issued a major statement explaining racial policies that once banned black men from the Mormon priesthood, and that excluded all African-Americans from Mormon temples. Although LDS officials rescinded these prohibitions in 1978, the church had never fully addressed their historical roots.

“Race and the Priesthood” acknowledges that the bans came about under Brigham Young and other leaders, emerging in the context of pervasive 19th-century racism that “influenced all aspects of people’s lives, including their religion.” The biblical justifications often cited for the ethnic restrictions reflected “widespread ideas about racial inferiority,” the statement says.

“Race and the Priesthood” represents a major transition for the church, especially because of Mormons’ belief in the prophetic authority of leaders such as Young. The statement implies that the racial exclusions were rooted in early Mormon leaders’ prejudices, not divine revelation.

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