This is the second post of links I’ve shared on Facebook. I’ve decided I’ll do this monthly; that way there won’t be so many next time (and it won’t take me so long!). Part one is here.
There are stacks of links in this post. For your sanity, I’ve divided them into categories of Blog Posts, News, Other and Videos, and sub-categories of Christian and Secular. I may break it into topics, also.
- Christians and the environment.
- “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” – Phillip Jensen talks about rejoicing over an enemy’s death.
- The Edict of Milan and religious liberty. “In the New Testament, we do not see Christian campaigning for the introduction of anti-blasphemy laws to protect them from insult. Instead we see them determining to follow the example of Jesus; not to retaliate when mocked or treated unjustly, yet determining to speak up for the truth of the gospel, without fearing human opinion, whatever the cost.”
- Faith Without Works is Dead: An Evangelical Meditation on Mother Teresa.
- I Bought Some Joy (But Dropped It Down the Stairs). “Idolatry has been much on my mind lately, idolatry ancient and modern. In the Old Testament there must be a hundred stories of the Israelites raising idols and then cutting them down again. The story repeats itself all through their history. Time and again they abandon God in favor of idols of wood and stone, violating the terms of the covenant they have made with him. The Lord is patient and through priests and judges and prophets calls his people to repent, to return. Eventually they do, and as a sign of their repentance they cut down those idols.”
- How Many Children Should We Have?
- The humble Pope – Tim Challies talks about calling a pope “humble”.
- The most offensive verse in the Bible.
- Out of the overflow: On being made in Christ’s image.
- The Subtle Body: Should Christians practise Yoga?
- What is a “Christian” response to Australia’s foreign aid cuts?
- What the law-keeper cries to the gospel-lover.
- What to Do When You Betray Jesus.
- When healthy eating becomes your God.
- Why Serving the Common Good Isn’t Enough.
- 4 lies about introverts.
- Church was great! Let’s not talk about it. “We’ve just heard the Word read and proclaimed, sung the praises of our great God, and petitioned him for mercy in our time of need. And then we spend our time afterward talking about last night’s movie, the game, the hobby, the state of the nation, or whatever. Anything but the great truths of the gospel we’ve just heard and by which we’re saved. Why do we do this?”
- The Word-less “Church”. “Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But are they really churches, or have they degenerated into peculiar clubs?”
- A new wave of complementarianism. “There’s a new wave of complementarianism stirring. It’s not made up of true egalitarians, though those in this new movement respect many egalitarian concerns. … This new wave is also not the same as old school complementarianism, which rose up in the 1970’s in reaction to 2nd wave feminism.”
- Consistent Complementarianism. “I meet more and more young men who are excited about the concept of male leadership in the home. As far as it goes, I think that’s a good thing. But I also see a lot of men who assert their headship in their home, but who do not take a consistent approach to the authorities set over them by God (or God himself).”
- More thoughts on literal Biblical womanhood.
- Butterfly hands: “A useful little game that’s helped Jim French’s young children learn self-control.”
- Facebook rules for our kids. “Graham Stanton’s daughter just turned 13, and joined Facebook – with her parents’ supervision and some important ‘Facebook rules’.”
- Snapped: An Innocent App Goes Wild. “Parents, if you saw an app called Snapchat on your child’s mobile device, would you know what it does? Would you question it? If the answer to either question is no, stop right now. This article is meant for you. Here’s why…”
- Warn them not to abuse their children.
- When my children act out in public.
- 5 Easy Steps to Wreck Your Child’s Future.
- Depression: When the black dog howls. “It is funny when you start talking about being depressed and experience the reactions of those around. The responses can range from the spiritual (“Pray more.”), to the physical (“Are you getting outside enough?”) to the ludicrous (“Just pull out of it.”)”
- Depression Sucks.
- Does the birth control pill cause abortions?
- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a foetus.
- Infanticide: the coming battle.
- The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus. John Dickson covers the historical proof of Jesus’s existence.
- Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie?
- Lest we forget – Thinking about Jesus on ANZAC Day.
- Life is too short to be in a hurry.
- What The Bible Says About the Heaven Books. “There are several themes in today’s “I went to heaven” books: Each of the people experienced heaven after dying a natural death; in every case, the soul had left the body so the person was clinically and spiritually dead; after the experience of heaven, each of the people was restored to life so that the soul returned to the body and the body was no longer clinically or spiritually dead; each of the people describes as much as they can remember and does so in order to offer encouragement and in order to validate what the Bible says. [But] there is no biblical precedent for experiences of this kind.”
Sex and pornography
- A Warped Worldview: Another Moral Effect of Pornography. “The moral effects of pornography are, by now, well attested. The scourge of pornography has brought ruin and harm into the lives of millions of our friends and neighbors, destroying marriages, distorting sexuality, and poisoning minds. Even so, the pornography industrial complex continues to grow, representing one of the most lucrative segments of the Internet economy.”
- Confessions of a 25-year-old Christian virgin.
- Esther, Victims, and a Reformed View of Depravity.
- Rape Culture. “In July 2012, two young women attended an event at a comedy club where Daniel Tosh, known for his “envelope-pushing” humor, was performing. When Tosh started joking about how rape and rape jokes are always funny, one of the young women spoke up, saying, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!””
- Sexual Freedom Always Curtails Other Freedoms. “Today, there is little freedom for men to be physically affectionate toward one another. Writing an affectionate email might be seen as “girly” or “unmanly,” although it’s hard to imagine Teddy Roosevelt as a wimp.”
- Slut Shaming: Teens’ Sex Lives On Display. “It is being called the modern equivalent of the Scarlet Letter. Online “slut shaming” is when someone uses a girl’s (or boy’s) photos, videos, or private information to brand that person as promiscuous or provocative.”
- 50 Shades of Porn. “Pornography has traditionally been an industry that caters almost entirely to men. There have always been exceptions, of course, but it was predominantly men who bought the magazines and videos in a pre-digital age and it has been men who have made pornography a multi-billion dollar industry in the Internet age. If the industry has its way, that is about to change.”
- Born this way: Sexual orientation, freedom and slavery to the flesh.
- Straight, Bible-Believing Christians Can Undermine God’s Plan for Marriage Too. “…while marriage is on the front burner, particularly the undermining of God’s plan for it, let me ask a question. Are Gay and Lesbians the only ones who undermine God’s plan for marriage?”
- The Unitarian controversy over polyamory.
- Why clarity matters when talking about homosexuality, same sex attraction, and identity. The very first link I posted on my wall, way back in September last year.
- 4 ways to respond to the gay community.
- An Untranslatable Word: γύναι (Monday with Mounce 183): “Every once in a while we find a Greek word or expression that simply cannot come into English. We want to translate every word, but in some cases, no matter what you choose, you create the wrong impression of what was being said. “Woman” is one of those words.”
- The Body of the Lord: The Lord’s supper in 1 Corinthians.
- The Essential: Hell. “The Bible warns us that those who do not accept the gospel of Jesus Christ “will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).”
- How much do I need to know? “How much do you need to know? Enough to lead someone to Christ in an elevator.”
- Leaving (Christ)ianity. “Leaving (Christ)inanity is one of the most serious issues facing the Church today. Right under our noses, an epidemic is confronting Christianity— the “disease” of unbelief spreading among our very own. The ironic fact is that there is a great assembly of people in our churches who are somewhere in the process of leaving. No, I am not talking about them leaving one denomination, only to join another Christian group. I am not talking about abandoning some institutionalized notion of Christianity. I am not even talking about the explicit renunciation of their expressed beliefs. I am talking about those who are leaving Christ (And this is coming from a Calvinist who does not believe that those who are truly elect will ever leave).”
- Romans 14 on judgement: “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand…Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”
- Shai Linne responds to Paula White Ministries’ open letter.
- Throwing the Bible under the bus.
- Why Bother with Lent? Typically, evangelicals are shy about Lent. The 40 days prior to Easter—Sundays excepted—are known popularly as a season for giving up chocolate or other extras in order to show God how much we love him. With such impoverished notions, it is no wonder that Lent has fallen on hard times.
- Why Doesn’t God Do More to Restrain Evil and Suffering?
- Why the Good News Turns Bad Without Adam. “Picture the scene: George Whitefield has just been preaching. Everywhere, eyes are shining and people are talking of the wonderful grace of Christ. Thousands of hearts have been overthrown and melted; lives have been remade. Now, if the church gives up believing in a historical Adam, we will never see such scenes again.”
- 5 Reasons I Reject the Doctrine of Transubstantiation. “Here are the five primary reasons why I reject the doctrine of Transubstantiation.”
- 7 traits of false teachers.
- When the due date is wrong… This makes me so mad.
- Yes, we fear and loathe religious traditionalists.
- What happens when you wring out a washcloth in space!
- 3801 Lancaster: A video about the recent trial of Kermit Gosnell.
- The mysterious victory of the cross over evil. An editorial from Easter by Simon Smart of CPX.
- Are there pics of your kids online? Read this.
- After the new atheism.
- The busy trap.
- Epidemic illustrates dangers of not vaccinating. “An epidemic of measles in Wales has been blamed on an anti-immunisation campaign a decade ago which scared some parents away from vaccinations.”
- My Rosa Parks moment in Sydney 2013: “ABC newsreader Jeremy Fernandez has long experienced racism since moving to Australia as a teenager, but a 15-minute racist tirade he experienced in front of his young daughter left him particularly shaken. He asks, what makes people so ready to vent their hate in 2013?”
- Porn sites benefit from sexually suggestive photos and videos of young people posted on networking sites. “Sexually suggestive photos and videos of young people are flooding the internet as many porn websites are posting them, according to a report by an internet safety organisation.”
- Schools should be allowed to discuss ‘sexting’.
- The TV Tropes entry on Australia: “Australia is a psychotic, cold-blooded murderer that would swallow you whole if you so much as left the front door of your house.”
- What’s the bloody point? A scambaiting website. Very, very funny.