Monday, July 7, 2014

All Around the Web - July 7, 2014

Russell Moore - Questions and Ethics: A response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision
Russell Moore discusses the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

Liberate - Pastor Tullian on “The Way, the Truth, and the Life”

Inerrant Word - Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize
1. “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess”
2. “Apocryphal Writings are All Written in the Second Century or Later”
3. “The New Testament Books Are Unique Because They Are Apostolic Books”
4. “Some NT Writers Quote Other NT Writers as Scripture”
5. “The Four Gospels are Well Established by the End of the Second Century”
6. “At the End of the Second Century, the Muratorian Fragment lists 22 of our 27 NT books”
7. “Early Christians Often Used Non-Canonical Writings”
8. “The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council”
9. “Christians Did Disagree about the Canonicity of Some NT Books”
10. “Early Christians Believed that Canonical Books were Self-Authenticating.”

Christianity Today - Mystery Shoppers Rate Church Size
Small churches are friendlier, while large churches have better publicity and higher sermon quality, according to the results of a church marketing project that uses unchurched mystery guests to rate church programs and atmospheres.

Local community members who don't usually attend church visited more than 4,000 churches over six years and rated them on 16 categories, from community awareness, greetings, and music to diversity and youth ministry programs. Faith Perceptions, which has more than 13,000 mystery guests in all 50 states, spearheaded the study and paid community members $45 to participate.

They found that churches with fewer than 80 people in attendance often don't do well with children's ministries or having information available (think updated website). But they lead the pack in greeting guests upon arrival, the pre- and post-service atmosphere and friendliness.

Christian Post - Supreme Court Sides With Christian College in Birth Control Battle
The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Christian college in Illinois is not required to cover emergency contraceptives it believes lead to the early termination of a pregnancy.

The 6-3 split vote, released late Thursday, gives Wheaton College temporary relief from the HHS' birth control mandate (while its case is pending), which it said violates the institution's religious beliefs.

During this time, the college cannot be fined by the IRS for opting to not cover emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B and Ella One, which can be taken up to 72 hours and five days after unprotected sex, respectively.

While the HHS' contraceptive mandate gives Wheaton College the option to not provide direct coverage for birth control by completing an EBSA Form 700 that would enable a third party to cover birth control, the college has argued that submitting the form would still make it complicit in providing these products, for which it has religious objections.

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