Stuff to look at Sepember 2012 to May 2013 – part 2

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.

Blog Posts

Christian

Christian Living

Church

  • 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?”

Gender roles

  • 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.

Parenting

Reflection

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.”

Sexuality

Theology

  • 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.

Secular

Videos

Christian

Secular

Music videos

Random

News

Christian

Secular

Other

Christian

Pictures

  • Church God abhors
  • Contradict
  • Gospel
  • Jesus wants you to think for yourself
  • Reformation laity
  • Rom 9
  • Spurgeon testimony

Secular

Pictures

  • Trex
  • When you destroy midwives
  • reality show
  • It's not consent if you make me afraid to say no
  • Eat the ugly apple
  • Don't have to do what everyone else does
  • Book v movie
  • Boat people
  • Batfan

Random

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