Saturday, June 21, 2014

All Around the Web - June 21, 2014

Washington Times - In God we trust…but employers don’t; job-hunters hurt by admitting faith on resume
Wanted: Hard-working individual with job experience, demonstrated leadership and a minimum of two references — those with faith need not apply.

Most of the country might consider itself religious, but according to two recently released studies, admitting one’s faith on a resume can cut the chances for a callback by more than 25 percent.

Scholars with the “Religious Affiliation and Hiring Discrimination” field experiments, conducted in the South and New England, found that “applicants who expressed a religious identity were 26 percent less likely to receive a response from employers.”

“These studies do tend to show there will be factors in resumes that will lead to bias,” said David Lewin, head of Berkeley Research Group’s Labor and Employment practice and a professor of organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. “Religion could well be one of them.”

Politico - Why Libertarians Are Wrong About Drugs
Libertarians and social conservatives both resist an intrusive central government, but they differ over exactly what constitutes “intrusive” policy, especially when it comes to private behavior.

Nowhere is this divide more obvious than in the war on drugs. Social conservatives are troubled by drug abuse, especially among the young, and believe that government regulation of certain substances is necessary to curb behavior seen not only as self-destructive but also incompatible with a strong and free community. Libertarians, on the other hand, argue that the heavy-handedness of the nanny state, and the law-enforcement abuses likely to accompany it, present a greater threat to freedom than the prohibited behavior itself. As Milton Friedman put it, “the present system of drug prohibition … does so much more harm than good.”

The libertarian commitment to freedom should absolutely be acknowledged and, in a time of growing state control, defended. But, when it comes to drugs, libertarians have yet to grasp just how much drug abuse undermines individual freedom and erodes the very core of the libertarian ideal.

Books at a Glance - Interview with Darrell Bock, author of JESUS ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE: RESTORING THE PORTRAIT FROM THE GOSPELS
Darrell Bock (Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary) is no stranger to the Gospels, and to all students of the Gospels his name is a familiar one. His widely-recognized work on the Gospel of Luke has been extensive, with three separate commentaries (see here, here, and here), a Theology of Luke-Acts, and various works on the historical Jesus (see here and here and here) all to his credit.

In his Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels he very naturally turns his attention to the full-orbed portrait of Jesus provided in the four Gospels collectively and in their distinctive presentations of him. It is a comprehensive, remarkably well-informed, unusually helpful resource for the preacher and for anyone working through the Gospels. Today he is here to talk with us briefly about his work.

Bible Gateway - People Overwhelmingly Use Print Bibles in Church
Whether it’s leather, hardcover, or softcover, the vast majority of Bible Gateway users responding to an online survey say they use print, not digital, versions of the Bible when they attend their worship services.

Readers of the Bible Gateway Blog were asked “What edition of the Bible do you most often take to church?,” to which more than 17,000 responded. Of that number, a total of 95% bring their hardcover (31%), fashionable color leather or simulated leather (31%), black leather (30%), or softcover (2%) bound Bibles to church or use the pew Bible (1%) supplied by the church during the service.
As for digital texts, only 2% use a Bible app on their smartphones and 1% on their tablets.

A mere one-tenth of 1% choose to bring to church only the New Testament and not the entire Bible.
Two percent of those who responded don’t take a Bible to church at all, nor do they use a pew Bible.

Wall Street Journal - World Cup Audience in the U.S. Is Growing
Americans are increasingly developing a taste for the "beautiful game," at least when their own team is playing.

Monday night's World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana drew 15.9 million viewers total between the two channels carrying the game, ESPN and Univision, according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings. The figure set World Cup viewership records for both networks.

The ratings trounced the audience for the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup finals on Friday, which attracted 6 million TV viewers. Perhaps more surprising, the viewership numbers for the soccer game had an admirable showing against Sunday's National Basketball Association finals game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, which attracted 17.9 million viewers.

HT: Thabiti
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