Tuesday Tour of Links

Five Reasons You Should Go to Your Local Abortion Mill by RC Sproul Jr. The nearest clinic to our church is in Greenville and has been slaughtering children since 1976. You can legally kill your child for around $500 at the Greenville Women’s Clinic. We should be there…

Monergism. If you have searched online for any theological writings, Google undoubtedly has taken you to monergism.com. It is a treasure trove of good, Reformed resources.

Should We Give To Beggars? by Pastor Joseph Bayly. That’s a good question. The answer he gives is yes–but the challenge comes in giving goods instead of cash. This sort of effort is more difficult but would be caring for Jesus (Matthew 25:40). If you are uncomfortable with handing out cash, thinking it could be used to fuel addictions, carry around a few $5 gift cards in your wallet.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman. This classic is a must-read book for understanding our culture. Here’s one gem from it:

The distance between rationality and advertising is now so wide that it is difficult to remember that there once existed a connection between them. Today, on television commercials, propositions are as scarce as unattractive people. The truth or falsity of an advertiser’s claim is simply not an issue. A McDonald’s commercial, for example, is not a series of testable, logically ordered assertions. It is a drama — a mythology, if you will — of handsome people selling, buying and eating hamburgers, and being driven to near ecstasy by their good fortune. No claims are made, except those the viewer projects onto or infers from the drama. One can like or dislike a television commercial, of course. But one cannot refute it.

Indeed, we may go this far: the television commercial is not at all about the character of products to be consumed. It is about the character of the consumers of products.

 

Tuesday Tour of Links

It’s my hope to do a weekly run of links to articles that piqued my interest. Some of these links will be theological and pastoral, some will be nifty stuff I stumbled across. I’ll generally add a bit of commentary to each link…

Are Males the New Second Sex? As the feminist agenda redefines our culture, fatherhood and masculinity are disparaged. It is the one safe place to heap on ridicule without the nags of society getting offended. This article doesn’t offer any good solutions, but, of course, the Scriptures have answers, all of which center on men imaging forth the Fatherhood of God (see next link).

Father-Hunger. Pastor Doug Wilson’s recently published book, Father-Hunger: Why God Calls Men To Love and Lead Their Families, goes a long way in offering solutions to the fatherlessness of our society and churches (I’m about 80% through my first read). He writes, “Our understanding of fathers, and our subsequent understanding of everything else, cannot be put right until we rediscover the Father” (3). The original link is to a series of sermons he has been preaching on the topic.

Gap Issues (ClearNote Church Bloomington). Another link on fatherhood…and the issues of the day. Each day and age has its particular battles to fight, and faithful men must be found fighting on those fronts. Today, our culture and her elites are attempting to destroy Scripture’s teaching on anthropology. A faulty view of man and who God made us to be distorts our views of the sanctity of life, sex, sexuality, headship and submission, and fatherhood.

Some Standing Here Will Not Taste Death—The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology. Ever wonder what Jesus meant when He said, “‘For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to His deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom'” (Matthew 16:27-28)? This link provides a possible explanation.

How much water is there on earth? Not much…but way more than Mars. A visual representation.