Wednesday, January 8, 2014

All Around the Web - January 8, 2014

Reuters - One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows

One-third of Americans reject the idea of evolution and Republicans have grown more skeptical about it, according to a poll released on Monday.

Sixty percent of Americans say that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," the telephone survey by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project showed.

But 33 percent reject the idea of evolution, saying that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time," Pew said in a statement.

Although this percentage remained steady since 2009, the last time Pew asked the question, there was a growing partisan gap on whether humans evolved.

Denny Burk - Man gets disability benefits for heavy metal addiction
Well, this is the therapeutic culture run amok. If you think this is far-fetched and could never happen in the good old USA, think again. This is what happens when character flaws are treated as illnesses to be cured and not as immorality to be repented of.

There is a grown man in California named Stanley Thornton who received social security benefits for a “disability” called “adult baby syndrome.” Meaning, he likes to drink from a bottle, wear giant onesies, and sit in an adult-sized high chair.

I’m not saying that there aren’t legitimate “mental health” issues that might warrant some help from the government. But when every vice becomes a “syndrome,” moral accountability flies out of the window. This is a trend in the post-Christian West, and it is the kind of foolishness that over time undermines a civilization.

Kevin DeYoung - Clarifying Inclusivism and Exclusivism
Inclusivists believe that everyone who is saved is saved through the person and work of Christ. They do not, however, insist that conscious faith (on the part of sentient adults) is necessary to appropriate this saving work. Some Buddhists or Hindus or good people in our neighborhoods drawn to the true and the beautiful might be saved through Christ without knowing it. But what about John 14:6? Inclusivists understand “no one can come to the Father except through me” to mean through my saving work. Faith may not be necessary.

No doubt, it’s true that no one can be saved apart from the work of Christ. But the “through” in John 14:6 means “through faith in me.”

Look at the immediate context. Jesus begins the chapter by telling the disciples “believe in me” (14:1). Then verse 7 talks about knowing the Father by knowing the Son. Verse 9 makes clear that whoever sees Jesus has seen the Father. Verses 12 and 13 repeat the exhortation to believe in Jesus. The point of the whole section is that if you know/see/believe in Jesus you know the Father. And conversely, you cannot go to the Father or follow Jesus to his heavenly glory unless you know and believe in Son.

This reading of John 14 is confirmed by the broader purpose of the gospel, which is that John’s readers might “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (20:31). John’s gospel is full of promises for those who believe.

Desiring God - Dads, Write in Your Bible
This is high-strategy time. As one year gives way to the next, many of us are gearing up for a fresh start on our Bible reading plan — and especially if you’re a dad.

It’s no secret that the word of God and prayer are a personal means of grace that spill over for the good of those around us. And how much more for a patriarch? We read the Bible not just for ourselves, but for our families, for our friends, for our community. We know that God doesn’t transform his people into dead-ends, but into rivers of living water, and therefore, deciding on a route and digging in on that resolve has more in view than our own souls.

And this year, as you settle your plans, here’s another aspect to consider.

Dads, write in your Bible.

Daily Mail - Do YOU have text claw or iPosture? Expert reveals the 21st century ailments caused by smartphones and tablets
They are the key to our social lives, our route planners and music players.

But smartphones and tablets can also cause a host of health problems, from poor posture to mental distress, experts are warning.

And they add that phubbing – the act of or snubbing a person in favour of a phone - could be detrimental to more than just friendships.

A recent study conducted by Nokia found that some of us check our smartphones up to 150 times during a waking day of 16 hours.

But this can lead to an array of health problems from text claw to iPosture.

Phil Reed, professor of psychology at Swansea University and an expert on internet addiction, explained that phone addicts are responsible for the problem.

He said: ‘Phubbers often have impulse-control problems.

‘They may be distracted easily, or seek what they think is the more immediate reward of a quick phone call or an e-mail or a Facebook poke.’

Short girl probz (is that how the kids are saying it these days?)

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