Tuesday, March 11, 2014

All Around the Web - March 11, 2014

LifeNews - Louisville Abortion Clinic Known as One of the Worst Places to Get an Abortion

Kentucky’s sole abortion clinic is known as one of the worst places in the country to get an abortion.  It’s not because women are routinely being seriously wounded, as they were in Gosnell’s “House of Horrors,” or because baby body parts are washing up through the sewers outside the clinic, as they did near Douglas Karpan’s office.

It’s not because, as in so many clinics, the surgical equipment is stained with blood or the medical personnel is unlicensed and untrained.  It’s not even because, as one of one of Live Action’s own undercover investigations revealed, clinic workers will assist in covering up the reported sexual abuse of a minor, nor because of any danger posed to women.  No, EMW Women’s Surgical Center has received the title of one of the “worst places to get an abortion” because there are just too many pro-life sidewalk counselors there.

While things have calmed down considerably since the broadcast linked above, it’s a title that can be worn proudly by pro-life advocates, and it’s also thanks, in large part, to a ministry called “Speak for the Unborn,” begun by a local church.  In January of 2009 Ryan Fullerton, senior pastor at Immanuel Baptist, preached a powerful pro-life message challenging his congregation to translate their convictions into actions.  One married couple in particular, Dave and Stacey Hare, felt that the weight of this challenge lay heavy on their hearts.  Stacey already volunteered at the local crisis pregnancy center, A Woman’s Choice, but both knew they needed to do more.  They began going out on Saturday mornings – the clinic’s biggest day for surgical abortions – and engaging young women as they entered the clinic, pleading with them to rethink their decision and offering whatever assistance was needed for both the mom her unborn child.

David PrinceWhat is Expository Preaching? | Click the link to watch the video.
Recently, David Prince sat down with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to talk preaching. With Pastor Jeremy Haskins moderating the discussion, Drs. Prince and Moore discussed a variety of topics related to preaching.

Chuck Lawless - 9 Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Read the Daily News
  1. We need to know the world God loves. Because He loves the world, we need to know that world. In today’s paper, I read of Ukraine, Russia, Venezuela, Syria, China, Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Switzerland, and Myanmar. Get a map, and locate these countries. Find out what unreached people groups are there. It’s all God’s world, and He died for all. To know only our part of the world is too self-centric.
  1. Missionaries live in much of that world. Missionaries often live in volatile places. They go there under God’s call, believing and trusting we are praying for them. As you read the news, let that news drive you to prayer on behalf of missionaries in those areas. I assure you they long for it. If you suspect missionaries may not be there, ask God to open a door there.
  1. That world lives among us.  You know this reality: internationals live beside us, work with us, take classes with us, and attend church with us. They most often know the news of their countries of origin. Sometimes they have family in difficult situations. Our ignorance of those realities simply because we do not follow the news is poor pastoral leadership.
  1. Others in your church and community are reading the news every day. They may, in fact, be leaders in your church or city. Perhaps their job requires their reading the news, or maybe they just want to be informed. They can speak intelligently in many circles. When we cannot join them in the conversation because we’ve ignored the news, we limit our ministry opportunities.
  1. The news moves us outside our local Christian bubble.  Read the “local news” section of your paper, and you might learn something you need to know as a Christian leader in your community. For example, I read today that the local Muslim leadership in my city sponsored an event this weekend to share their faith with residents. I will now seek to learn more about the size of the Muslim community, and I will pray with more focus and fervor – as a result of reading the newspaper.
  1. Even evil people need prayer. I am hesitant to name names here, as all of us are sinners in need of the gospel. It’s easy, though, to read the news and label our enemies as evil. We are quick to condemn and reject those who commit sins that are not ours. Without ever compromising a call to righteous judgment, however, we are still to love our enemies and pray for them (Luke 6:27-28). Reading the news will challenge you to do so.
  1. The news provides relevant and current applications for our teaching. All who teach God’s people are continually challenged to help others see how the gospel applies to life. Entire websites are devoted to providing sermon and teaching illustrations, but those illustrations are often dated or overused. The news can provide contemporary illustrations (as in today’s feature story in my city’s paper – a story of a man who has trusted God through a horrendous illness).
  1. Reading the news will challenge you to keep learning. Consider into how many areas reading the news will take you. Politics. Geography. Economics. Business. History. Vocabulary. Sports. Weather. Religion. Media. Relationships. Arts. Advice. Vocations. Health. Medicine. Science. Language. And the list could go on. God has given us a brain to use as we do ministry, and reading the news will stretch that brain every day.
  1. We are reminded of the urgency of the gospel. The news is about life, from the weekly birth announcements to the daily death notices. It’s about people – people we minister to, people we are trying to reach, people who have never heard of Jesus. It’s about the effects of human sin, including pride in our accomplishments and depth in our wickedness. It’s about a world that needs the message of Christ.

Lutheran Satire - The Gilbert and Sullivan Mass | Amen and Amen!

Yahoo! NewsSleep Problems Plague Device-Dependent Children
It happens to the best of us:  We check our smartphones or tablets one last time before we turn in at night – then end up tossing and turning for what feels like an eternity.

That’s because our phones and other devices emit the “blue light” that works against the sleep process by interfering with melatonin, the chemical in our bodies that promotes sleepiness.

It’s no surprise that the same thing is happening to children and grandchildren, with real-world consequences for their health and well-being as well as their school performance. It’s why a new study from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) says that limiting the use of smartphones and other electronics at night is critical.

What if yawning was telling?

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