Sunday, February 15, 2015

Alternative Society and other links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

*An Alternative Society -- "...what’s going on in the wider world is often not all that encouraging."
* Craig Hicks, Chapel Hill Shooting Suspect, Reportedly Shared Atheist Beliefs On Facebook -- "According to the Facebook page, Hicks appears to be a fan of Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason and Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion."
* InterVarsity Victory in Sex Discrimination Case Is Good News for All Parachurch Ministries -- "...the historical practice has always been that the government cannot dictate to a religious organization who its spiritual leaders would be."
*Jesus’ Miracles in Mark and God’s Compassion and Comfort -- "These reactions demonstrate Mark’s presentation of Jesus as the one sent by God to act for God."
* New details emerge about Chapel Hill shooter's conflicts with neighbors -- "Hicks, charged with shooting dead three Muslim students, is described by neighbors as angry and confrontational."
*Pornography: How It Works and How to Reverse Its Effects (Part 1 of 2) -- "Biblically, lusting after another person is sin in and of itself (Matt 5:28)."
*Red lights -- "It occurred to me that many might be served if we offered warning-signs of (at worst) false or (at best) unreliable teachers."
* Student reprimanded for saying “God Bless America” -- "Principal Natasha Drake...explained that once the student delivered the morning announcements, the student became a representative of the government and therefore invoking God to bless our fruited plain became a no-no."
*Super Bowl Idolatry -- "The NFL is, in a real sense, our civic religion. It has Sunday worship services, mid-week Thursday celebrations, patron saints (Hall of Famers), and a liturgical calendar that begins with the NFL draft (in April) and ends with the Super Bowl (in February)."
*The Disciple’s Napkin – 4 Ways to Serve -- "Every disciple should be regularly and faithfully participating in corporate worship in a local church."
*Why church? -- "I remember when most people described themselves as “Christian”, even though that meant “confused theist” at best."
* The Girl in the Tuxedo: Two Variations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity -- "How grateful I am that the photograph is from 1985, not 2015."
*Why should we study the history of Christian worship? -- "What significance is the history of Christian worship for how worship takes place in our churches today?"
*Wise Men -- "The conduct of the wise men is a splendid example of spiritual diligence."

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