Thursday, March 13, 2014

All Around the Web - March 13, 2014

Kevin DeYoung - How a Christian Athlete Might Respond to the Questions that Are Coming (and Will Keep Coming)
And if he is watching this right now, what would you say to him?
I’d tell him he probably has better things to do than watch me on t.v.

What is the first thing you will say to him if he’s on your team?

Anything else? Would you hang out with him?
Sure, if he likes video games and talking about Jesus.

Do you worry that a gay player might feel offended or threatened knowing what you and other Christians on the team think about his lifestyle?
Not any more worried than I am about the teammates who don’t agree with my beliefs or my choices in life.

How do you respond to the stories that equate this with Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball?
I’ll stick to playing football and let you write the stories.

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And why do you think conservative Christians are so obsessed with this issue of homosexuality?
You’re the one asking all the questions.

Forbes - Ranking The 9 Toughest Leadership Roles
5. Pastor, Rabbi, Mullah or Other Holy Leader

Pros: You’re seen as a man or woman of God, and what you say gets taken seriously, at least momentarily.

Cons: “Being a pastor is like death by a thousand paper cuts,” says Rev. Dr. Ken Fong, senior pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead, California and a program director at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.  “You’re scrutinized and criticized from top to bottom, stem to stern. You work for an invisible, perfect Boss, and you’re supposed to lead a ragtag gaggle of volunteers towards God’s coming future. It’s like herding cats, but harder.”

Adds Rob Jackson, interim pastor at Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio: “I’ve managed people in a traditional office and also in a church—and one of the major differences between is most of the workers in a church are volunteers who will not do something just because it’s their job. Managers of volunteers must always lead by demonstrating a vision for our mission and how their work fits into it.”

Christian Post - Analysis: 3 Reasons Religious Freedom Laws Are Nothing Like Jim Crow
1. Jim Crow Laws Mandated Government Discrimination

Jim Crow laws mandated separation for blacks and whites at government facilities. This included separate schools, parks and prisons, and separate seating areas in public places, like in courtrooms, public libraries and public transportation. And, at the federal level, this included a segregated military.

RFRA laws, including the federal law, state laws, and the modifications in the Arizona bill, do not mandate government discrimination.

2. Jim Crow Laws Required Private Business Owners to Discriminate
Jim Crow laws mandated that businesses deny access to certain accommodations. Business owners were required by state law to maintain separate facilities for whites and blacks. Railroad owners, for instance, were required to have separate cars for blacks and whites. Barber shops and liquor stores were required to serve either blacks or whites, but could not serve both. And hospitals had to maintain separate facilities based upon race.

Neither the federal RFRA, state RFRAs or the Arizona bill (if it had become law) require or would have required businesses to deny access to gays.

3. Jim Crow Laws Used Government Coercion Against Private Businesses

RFRA laws restrict government action. In essence, these laws maintain what was long held to be the view of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Namely, government cannot infringe upon your religious liberty unless it has a really good reason for doing so and it cannot avoid doing so.
Rather than restrict when the government can take away your freedom, Jim Crow laws limited freedom. Most egregiously, of course, Jim Crow laws limited the freedom of blacks, and, in some Jim Crow states, Latinos, Jews and poor whites. But they also limited the freedom of white business owners. Jim Crow laws used government coercion of private business to enforce a racist government policy.

Biblemesh - 6 Ways to Start Learning Church History
1. As part of your personal Bible study, research what previous generations thought about particular passages and topics.
2. Read an overview of church history.
3. Read biographies of great Christians.
4. Ask your pastor about his favorite church history resources.
5. Explore Christian History magazine online.
6. Learn about your denomination’s heroes.

Practical Shepherding - What are some book recommendations for the pastor’s local church?

Time to feel old. Kids react to rotary phones.

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