Saturday, May 17, 2014

All Around the Web - May 17, 2014

The Gospel CoalitionStudents, Don't Waste Your Summer
1. Make a plan.
2. Rehearse your need for the gospel daily.
3. Anticipate temptation.
4. Recognize you need the church.
5. Meet regularly with a brother or sister in Christ.
6. Look for ways to serve your family.
7. Turn off your phone.
8. Set a goal to read.
9. Memorize a passage of Scripture.
10. Seek to be as bold with the gospel as you have been at college.

Chuck Lawless - 10 Reflections on Leadership
  1. Realize you will not always be the leader.  You are the leader now, but you will not lead forever. Callings change. Health issues erupt. Organizations restructure. And – though this thought is difficult for some of us to imagine – those organizations often go on well without us. We sometimes become only one of the pictures of past leaders hanging on the wall, all photographic reminders that an organization is much bigger than we are.
  2. Continually have an “intern” learning with you. Leadership is not only about what we do today; it is also about what happens when we’re no longer in the leadership role. I know few leaders who would say otherwise, but I also know few leaders who act as if they believe these words. Too many leaders seemingly are striving to build their own kingdom with little regard for what happens in a future beyond their leadership.
  3. Get some rest. Frankly, I’d prefer not to include this reflection, as I’m not very good at this one. I try to get needed rest at night, but I’m not faithful in taking time for vacation and renewal. I, like many other leaders, need to heed the words of the great theologian John Stott, “God knew what he was doing when he gave us one day’s rest in seven, and we should not claim greater wisdom than he.”
  4. Prioritize evangelism. Church leadership – whether full-time, part-time, or volunteer – is so multi-faceted and time consuming that it’s easy to fail to do evangelism. Evangelism is not likely to occur unless we prioritize it in our conversations, our relationships, and our daily calendar.
  5. Enlist prayer partners. Do not assume that others are praying regularly for you simply because you are a church leader. The reality is that many church members pray for you only when they learn of a problem. Your leadership will be stronger if you have enlisted and challenged a specific group of people to pray for you intentionally and regularly.
  6. Take care of your body. God created all of our being, including our bodies. Our physical being faces enough struggle simply because of our fallenness; why exacerbate the problem by failing to take care of ourselves? The work of God’s church is so great that we ought to strive to be fully able to carry out the task.
  7. Take at least one mission trip annually. Life situations may hinder following this suggestion, but the strongest leaders I know sacrifice time and funds to reach the nations. We have great access to the world, including places opposed to Christianity. The world has come to North America as well, so this “trip” might be across our continent. Again, though, leaders must prioritize this Great Commission commitment.
  8. Annually read at least one leadership biography.  The Bible is all-sufficient for our task, but that truth does not preclude a need to learn from other sources. We can learn much – both positive and negative – by studying how historical leaders dealt with their specific contexts and issues. Moreover, biographies are often filled with illustrations for preaching and teaching.
  9. Be aware of the dangers of email. Because of my work with missionaries, I’m grateful for email. At the same time, though, email is dangerous. The buffer of cyberspace somehow permits us to be rude and ungodly at times in our interaction with others. Several friends I know fell morally into relationships that began with seemingly “safe” email intimacy. Needless to say, we leaders need godly wisdom here.
  10. Never stop learning and growing. When you think you no longer need to learn and grow, you’ve just forfeited your right to lead.

Real Clear Politics - Krauthammer on Global Warming: We Can Take Cold Showers For The Next 100 Years And It Won't Change Anything


Joe Carter - 9 Things You Should Know About the Gosnell Infanticide and Murder Trial
1. Gosnell was arrested in January 2011, charged with eight counts of murder: one patient died under his care after a botched abortion, and seven infants supposedly born alive whose spinal cords Gosnell  severed with scissors.

2. According to prosecutors in Philadelphia, Gosnell catered to minorities, immigrants, and poor women, and made millions of dollars over 30 years performing illegal and late-term abortions in squalid and barbaric conditions. Gosnell took extra precautions with white women from the suburbs, according to the grand jury report. He ushered them into a slightly cleaner area because he thought they would be more likely to file a complaint.

3. Women paid $325 for first-trimester abortions and $1,600 to $3,000 for abortions up to 30 weeks. The clinic took in up to $15,000 a day, said authorities. Although abortions after the 24th week are illegal, Gosnell aborted and killed babies in the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy and charged more for bigger babies.

4. According to the grand jury report, the clinic reeked of animal urine and the furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Medical instruments found in the practice had not been properly sterilized. State officials have failed to visit or inspect his abortion clinic since 1993. Prosecutors also claim that Gosnell was not certified in either gynecology or obstetrics.

Yahoo! News - Hagel: Military should review transgender ban
The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday.

Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, he said "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it."

A transgender individual is someone who has acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or presents themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.

A panel convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University recently estimated that about 15,450 transgender personnel serve in the military and in the National Guard and Reserve.

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