Weekly Roundup

If you’re watching Syria, and most of the nation sort of is, the folks over at Mere Orthodoxy had a great discussion about how Christians ought to think about the implications for Christians in Syria.

Trevin Wax had to remind his son that going to church on Sunday isn’t just about education. In spite of the language of “Sunday School”, we don’t graduate from church; in fact, what we’re doing is worship.

While famed “new atheists” like to trumpet the wars that religion has caused, their data may be misleading. In fact, “misleading” might only scratch the surface.

It’s easy to be an unbalanced Christian. Not physically, and not even mentally (though that happens), but theologically. How might we stay balanced? What might that even mean? Derek Rishmawy gives us five tips for finding our theological balance.

Perhaps my favorite article from the week, and certainly the one that I relate most to, here’s one blogger’s account of what it is like to be 26, unmarried, and childless. The conclusion, which is that instead of asking everybody “What’s next?” perhaps we should sometimes (often) ask “What’s now?”, is spot on.

And, in case you somehow missed this strange song as it made its way around the web over the last couple of weeks, ask yourself one simple question: what does the fox say?

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Note from the editor:  Evangelical Outpost has nothing to say or share about Miley Cyrus or “twerking.”  That is all.

 

From First Things:  Buzzfeed as a Cultural Battleground.

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A startling (to some) new development in the Syria affair: U.K. Parliament Votes Against Syria Resolution as U.S. Ponders Going Solo.

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Gay marriage activists have long mocked the silly, reactionary notion of a “slippery slope” from their position towards an acceptance of other formerly “taboo” relationships.  They have assured opponents that there is absolutely no connection between acceptance of gay marriage and, for example, acceptance of polyamory.

In a totally unrelated story, BBC asks (non-judgmentally, of course): How does a polyamorous relationship between four people work?

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Wise words from Pastor Kevin DeYoung:  The Preacher at His Best.

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Everyone In The TV Industry Is Passing Around This Speech By Kevin Spacey:  “It’s all content. It’s just story”

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Matt Walsh has some advice for young people:  Kids, go to college or you’ll die alone in misery.  #BlatantSarcasm

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In light of all the recent hullabaloo over “Millennials” leaving the church, here’s an interesting (and overlooked) question:  Why Aren’t Black Millennials Leaving the Church?

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Bonhoeffer saw a fierce battle in his time between Christianity & “Germanism”.  Are we approaching a similar point in America?: America’s Good Servant, But God’s First?

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A friendly rejoinder to Thabiti Anyabwile’s recent article at The Gospel Coalition from Ron Belgau at First Things:  The Problem with the “Gag Reflex.”

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Behold, the greatest Kitchen appliance of all time:

han fridge

 

 

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Apparently, pornography is the new normal. Iceland brought the idea to our attention earlier this year, but now the UK is forcing us all to ask questions about liberty, personal freedom, and harmful dispositions of the soul.

Fred Sanders argues at Christianity Today that anyone who suggests that the Trinity has a lot to do with gender probably doesn’t understand either too well. Actually, he’s a lot more charitable than that, but no one is surprised.

Speaking of the Trinity, this video by The Lutheran Satire is brilliant.  You should watch it now.  Go ahead, we’ll wait.

Brett McCracken has a new book out, called Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty. We’ll be reviewing the book pretty soon, but in the mean time, you can read a sample chapter here; he’s even got a way for you to get his first book for free.

Poetry can be beautiful, but it can also be scathing. There’s even a poet you can hire on Craigslist to write poems about you. See one such experience here.

Matthew Tuininga thinks that America’s abortion laws are quickly becoming more liberal.  And that’s a good thing!

It’s a strange new world we live in when Russian leader Vladimir Putin is calling on the US and Europe to unite to end anti-Christian persecution.  More than that, he thinks the Russian church and state must unite to show moral leadership in the face of a secularizing West.  Is this good for Russia, or just a sad commentary on the state of the US and Europe?

At last, that fateful moment in world history has arrived.  Meet the Twelfth Doctor!

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This week’s noteworthies are fairly self-explanatory, so they are presented without comment. 

Move over New Atheists, there’s a New Theist in town.

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The 4th of July: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

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Egypt’s Pope hails protesters taking back ‘stolen revolution.’

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RAND PAUL: Celebrating American independence while abetting tyranny.

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What J.R.R. Tolkien said to the Nazis when they asked if he was Jewish.

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Your Boss Owes You a Paycheck, not Fulfillment.

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If only Kermit Gosnell had worn pink sneakers like Wendy Davis.

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Nearly 1,200 People Have Starved to Death in NHS Hospitals.

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Beliefs Are Not Set in Stone, Except for When They’re on Tablets (Rachel Held Evans, Same-Sex Marriage, and When Not to Rethink Your Theology).

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21 Jokes Only Nerds Will Understand (Or people with questionable senses of humor).

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UPDATE:  American Evangelist Arrested in London for Preaching Homosexuality is a Sin.

Weekly Roundup: Same Sex Marriage and Superman

For many years Joe Carter, the original proprietor of the Evangelical Outpost, would gather together the week’s most interesting stories in a series called 33 Things.  Being a bloodthirsty Capitalist, Joe has threatened to sue if we continue to use the name*, thus we continue the tradition with the entirely unoriginal title of Weekly Roundup.

This week saw the high profile Supreme Court decisions that will fundamentally alter the same sex marriage debate in America.  Mere Orthodoxy has a helpful roundup of their own, gathering many of the major reactions from across the web.

One reaction not included in the Mere-O roundup comes from Dr. Peter Jones, Professor at Westminster Seminary California and Director of truthXchange.  Dr. Jones has a sober warning for the future of the church and her witness in America.

The venerable Doug Wilson, for his part, offers words of encouragement:

The salvation that Jesus is bringing to us is not a possible salvation, or a probable one, or a likely salvation. It is an inexorable and necessary salvation. Reformation, revival, salvation, forgiveness, and a spirit of deep repentance is coming at America just like tomorrow morning is.

Speaking in broader cultural terms, Josh Bishop ponders the implications of genderless marriage for men in general, specifically for their ability to form intimate, lasting and non-erotic friendships with other men.

And John Mark Reynolds provides a bit of much needed perspective by reminding traditional Christians that we have long been the “moral minority.”

In other political news, President Obama is still using ad hominem attacks on his political opponents, again suggesting that anyone who disagrees with his alarmist views on global warming is a member of the “Flat Earth Society.”  At HughHewitt.com, Clark Judge suggests that it is Mr. Obama who embraces flat earth science…and economics.

Zach Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, is generating a lot of controversy for its dark tone and seemingly endless action sequences, as well as its clumsy Christological references.  But what if there is much more going on beneath the surface?  Peter Lawler at Big Think suggests that the film is all about Plato.  (He then continues and deepens his discussion of the Platonic themes in Man of Steel here).

While the new Superman may be an analogy for both Jesus and Plato’s Philosopher-King, Joe Carter would like to remind us that a Kryptonian invasion would be seriously bad for the economy.

There is a popular story on BuzzFeed, Eight Foods That We Eat in The US That Are Banned in Other Countries, that makes several claims about the negative health impact of some of our everyday foods, specifically the chemicals in those foods.  A chemist reviews those claims and finds them a bit overstated. 

While postmodern secularists would say that modesty (they would call it prudishness) is opposed to free self-expression, Marc at Bad Catholic argues that modesty is all about honesty, and is in fact the very thing that enables the truest expression of the self.

And now for something completely different!

 

*I kid, of course.  Joe is not bloodthirsty and he would never sue us.  He is a Capitalist, though.