Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 8/21/14 at 9:11 AM | Tim Challies
A little while ago I shared an article titled Abortion: Making the Case. This was a simple way to structure a discussion on abortion while anticipating common responses and objections. Since then I have had the opportunity to teach on abortion and I prepared a slideshow to go with my presentation. I am sharing that slideshow today in case you can benefit from it. It works just fine as a standalone—you can simply click through the slides and read them in order. I have also included the file in Keynote, Powerpoint, and PDF formats if you would like to download it and use it in any other setting.
You are free to download and adapt them for your own purposes. Note: The slideshow uses the font Museo Slab. It is available as a free download.
Posted 8/20/14 at 12:02 PM | Prayer Concerns |
Yesterday police fatally shot another man in Missouri. TV station KTVI in St Louis reported, "When police arrived, they say the man charged the officers with the knife more than once. The second time they opened fire. Witnesses report him saying, 'Kill me.'"
USA Today examined FBI statistics and reported that during a seven year period ending in 2012, there was an average of 400 people killed annually by police of which 96 involved white police officers shooting black individuals.
"How dangerous is it to be a cop?"
The Freeman, a libertarian publication, answers this question: "In 2013, out of 900,000 sworn officers, just 100 died from a job-related injury. That's about 11.1 per 100,000, or a rate of 0.001%." Out of 100 police fatalities, only 31 were killed by gunfire. "Other causes of death were: aircraft accident (1), automobile accident (28), motorcycle accident (4), falling (6), drowning (2), electrocution (1), and job-related illness (13)." FULL POST
Posted 8/20/14 at 10:47 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Joe McKeever
“I said to him afterward, ‘Hey, are you O.K.?’ And he said something like, ‘It’s no fun getting old. And I am so (freaking) old.’ But he said it in one of his funny voices, like he was some ancient old guy. Like it was a joke.” –A story told by an unnamed colleague on the set of Robin Williams’ television series “The Crazy Ones.” During a break in the shooting, Williams had gone off and sat by himself. He looked exhausted and sad.
It’s no joke, this business of getting old.
The August 25, 2014 issue of TIME devotes the last half-dozen pages to the life and art of Robin Williams, the comic genius who ended his own life last week. FULL POST
Posted 8/19/14 at 1:54 PM | John Dillard
Posted 8/18/14 at 3:13 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Imagine if people suddenly murdered the Christians in your neighborhood. That's exactly what is happening on this planet: As you read this on your screen, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to slaughter Christians for being Christians. This terrorist group comes directly from al-Qaeda.
Such death, horrors, and living nightmares prompt us to be speechless. There are no words to describe the emotions such news prompts... Yet the news must prompt many prayers. (Lord, hear our prayer. Help these innocent people!)
Yet, just as in other times of history, much silence exists about the suffering Christian and Jewish people. Unlike most of the major media, Greta Van Susteren is speaking out about the genocide of Christians in Iraq and the persecution of Christians around the world. Franklin Graham is also actively speaking out. But most people are silent.
Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke truth when he said this: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it."
Friends, we cannot look the other way. Thousands and thousands of people are being slaughtered. It is beyond words...completely horrific. Where is President Obama and most leaders in America and around the world? If another group (other than Christians) were being slaughtered, the Obama White House would be outraged. But they are silent... FULL POST
Posted 8/18/14 at 7:36 AM | Ann Frailey |
In reviewing the world news, which happens to include the St. Louis area, I have to ask myself: why? Why is there so much bad news? And what can I do about it, other than to sigh and pray that someone else will be able to “fix things.”
As I ponder and pray, I remember the times in my life which were most out of control – when there was hurt in abundance and very little hope. My problems were not so much a reflection of society’s problems, but inner turmoil caused by messed up relationships. And so, I suspect, society’s problems are more a direct result of personal choices made by individuals than the vague terror of the “evils of society” . It is individuals, making free choices, who feed the widening gap between love and hate, life and death, God and alienation.
I lived in L.A. during the Rodney King riots and I saw how crazy things can get when anger gets the upper hand. But I had to wonder then, as I wonder now, was it really about a single incident? Is our societal fury really caused by societal injustice, or more directly by dysfunctional family issues much closer home? Could it possibly be that parents have lost touch with their children, children with their parents, that husbands have lost touch with their wives and wives with their husbands? Could it be that in aborting millions of our babies, we have killed off the solution to our hurt? That we killed the best part of ourselves by choosing lifestyle over life? When we choose not to go to church because we have sports or other activities, are we choosing something other than God as our God? Could our larger problems stem not so much from an ambiguous “they” but from deep inside our family problems and from inside our confused, misdirected selves? FULL POST
Posted 8/17/14 at 8:28 AM | Phil Cooke |
It’s already begun. Just days after the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, Christians are coming up with the “answers,” and (surprise) pitching their DVD’s in the process. The most widely promoted so far is Robin Williams: The Sad Truth The Media Won’t Tell You from over at “Good Fight Ministries.” In the article it states: “Robin Williams acknowledged that he had opened himself up to transformative demonic powers that aided him on stage.” I’d encourage you to read the quote that statement is based on.
Having worked in Hollywood for more than 30 years, the idea Robin’s talking about in the quote isn’t “demon possession” but a common term actors use to fill a character. I’m sure writer Joe Schimmel is trying to do the right thing, but using that quote as a guide, he would have to (and perhaps does) assume every actor and comedian in Hollywood is demon possessed. FULL POST
Posted 8/15/14 at 3:09 PM | Michael Bresciani |
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, here is something new! But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9-10 NLT)
The wise King Solomon seemed almost cynical in his view of man, but he accurately surmised that the compunctions of mankind were always just about the same, even though, there are plenty of new things in our modern world.
While everyone is in some ways unique, there is one part of man that remains fairly uniform and constant, to wit:
“The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.” (Ps 33: 13-15)
Hearts are not only fashioned alike, but they all share the same proclivities and desires with all but the rarest exceptions. The prophet Jeremiah, speaking under the power of the Holy Spirit, summed it up the best.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer 17: 9-10) FULL POST
Posted 8/15/14 at 11:58 AM | Bill Blacquiere
For nearly 70 years, Bethany has been reaching out to children in need across five continents and with more than 115 offices throughout the United States. Among the many services Bethany provides is support for refugee children and families who have fled their country to avoid being among the millions of victims of ethnic genocide, forced participation in civil unrest, persecution because of political and faith beliefs, and human trafficking worldwide.1
Following are six things you should know about refugees:
Posted 8/14/14 at 1:57 PM | Bill Blacquiere
Recently, there has been much discussion about the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America to The United States. The majority of these children have fled their home country to avoid being the victims of organized crime violence, including human trafficking—risking their lives and traveling hundreds or thousands of miles in deplorable and unsafe conditions. At Bethany Christian Services, our mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children through quality social services. As the discourse on unaccompanied minors continues, we’re planning to share stories in this space about the struggles these children face and the impact opening our hearts and homes to them can have on their lives. I’m sure that you will be touched by these stories and will see the critical need for supporting these vulnerable children.
On the run, fleeing a war that destroyed his home and killed his entire family, Joseph* was one of thousands caught in the middle of the civil war in the African nation of Congo. Only fifteen years old and entirely on his own, he escaped to neighboring Kenya, eventually landing in a U.N. refugee camp where he faced new enemies: malnutrition, disease, and the staggering reality that you could be “warehoused” there for years. FULL POST