MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

They Will Never Be Left Alone—How Even a Planned Missions Trip Raises Questions

July 7th, 2015 Viewed 764 times, 2 so far today

Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

Derek and Jill Dillard are headed on a missions trip.  This normally wouldn’t make national news, except that Jill Dillard’s maiden name happens to be Duggar.

“19 Kids and Counting” reality star Jill Dillard, who revealed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that she was fondled by her older brother Josh Duggar when she was a child, has left for a long-term mission trip with her husband, Derick Dillard. The pair has not stated where they are going or how long they will be gone, but they revealed in a blog post they wanted to leave the U.S. “for longer than the typical short-term mission trip.” They added that they are “prepared for the possibility of it being years.”

The Dillards had reportedly been eyed for a possible “19 Kids” spin-off as a way to salvage the embattled show. So does the couple’s announcement mean that “19 Kids” is finally done for good? [Fox News]

To me, it’s great that they want to do a missions trip—and I’m glad the cameras are not following them.


Image: Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

I Don’t Hate Gays

July 2nd, 2015 Viewed 1021 times

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Wow! How Did You Become So Good at Math?

June 23rd, 2015 Viewed 704 times, 1 so far today

Speeches, London Copyfighters' Drunken Brunch and Talking Shop speeches at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, London by Cory DoctorowWhat’s your reaction to this post’s title?  If you are an administrator at the University of California, you may have been offended:

Fifty years after the birth of the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley, officials across the UC system are encouraging faculty and students to purge mundane, potentially offensive words and phrases from their vocabularies.

Administrators want members of campus to avoid the use of racist and sexist statements, though their notions about what kinds of statements qualify are completely bonkers. “America is a melting pot,” “Why are you so quiet?” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” are all phrases that should raise red flags, according to the UC speech police.

Are There No Differences Between the Races?

June 23rd, 2015 Viewed 772 times, 2 so far today

Vai e vivrai. roma. 4 october 2008. No racism! by LucianoWe are going through the book of Ephesians in church, and one of the things that Paul wants to make sure that the believers in Ephesus (and in other churches, as it’s a major theme in Romans as well) know is that God is not a respecter of persons.  Before Him, there’s no difference between male and female, master and slave or Jew and Gentile.  Spiritually, we all have the same standing before God.  There’s no question about it.

It is upon this truth that much theology is based—whether it’s equality between the sexes, the idea that no man should own another or even the pro-life message to an extent.

Heresy

So it is not surprising when Dr. Albert Mohler comes out to make sure that everyone understands that the the Southern Baptist churches may have been founded by slave owners, that racism is something that is heresy.  This he outlines in full at his post The Heresy of Racial Superiority – Confronting the Past, and Confronting the Truth:

I do believe that racial superiority is a heresy. That means that those who hold it unrepentantly and refuse correction by Scripture and the gospel of Christ must, as Harold O. J. Brown rightly said, “be considered to have abandoned the faith.”

A Healthy Lucky Charms Cereal?

June 22nd, 2015 Viewed 864 times, 1 so far today

Lucky Charms Kids Cereal by Mike Mozart

I’m guessing that the advertising where they say that the thing is only made with ingredients you know is making an impact.

The company said Monday that Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first cereals to undergo the changes. The company is the first major cereal company to replace those artificial ingredients with fruits, vegetables and spices.

Be interesting to taste the difference.  I wonder if people will start to stockpile the current versions for taste tests or to sell on ebay when the new stuff goes live.

I bet the older stuff will have a longer shelf life!


Image: Lucky Charms Kids Cereal by Mike Mozart

Changing the Routine to Get Better Sleep

June 19th, 2015 Viewed 865 times, 1 so far today

Sleeping by Tony AlterI think I need to change my routine.  I’m reading through the Bible this year on my tablet using Logos software.  I’m somewhere in the middle of Psalms, but I have been reading at night right before bed—sometimes with the lights out.  I think that’s part of the reason that I feel fatigued during the day, and that’s supported by A messy desk, eating late and even playing on your phone: The surprising habits that are making you tired (and the tricks to boost flagging energy levels)

3. MOBILE PHONES

Many of us are guilty of getting into bed then checking our phones until we feel tired. But it turns out that this can be more disruptive for our sleep cycle than we think.

Morning After Pill Available to Girls Under 16 in UK

June 18th, 2015 Viewed 745 times

Girl smile by vagawi

Young girls are having to deal with growing up earlier in our current culture.  If it’s not giving them shots to ward off sexually transmitted diseases, it’s allowing them to get the morning after pill at ages younger than 16:

My daughter Karam Kaur Gill is 11 years old. To me she is a sweet, innocent baby.

Of course we have to accept that in actual fact she is not a baby, and she is on the verge of becoming a teenager, but still we are holding off for as long as possible. Shame then that she isn’t.

At her primary school they are being taught all about sexual health, about life, love and living. Last week she came home with a booklet all about feelings, changes, keeping safe, bodies, babies and families.

It detailed body changes, puberty, the boy/girl thing (their words not ours), diagrams of vaginas and penises in graphic detail.

And of course it touched on reproduction and sexual relationships. Needless to say inwardly we were mortified, feeling that she is way too young.

But apparently not. The morning-after pill has been made available to girls under 16 for the first time. Why are girls under 16 even having sex?

Read more: Morning-after pill for under 16s? It’s madness, says one VERY angry mother who fears it will encourage underage girls to have unprotected sex

It reminds me of my tongue-in-cheek post, Plan B – Buy It For Your Underage Girlfriend!  This just spells danger and culture that doesn’t understand the basic idea that within marriage is the only place to have sex.


Image: Girl smile by vagawi 

5 Reasons Reality Dating Shows are Bad for the Institution of Marriage

June 17th, 2015 Viewed 931 times, 1 so far today

Wedding Photos by Katsu Nojiri

Reality shows are anything but reality, and while much can be said about how they are also engineered to get the most views for advertisers, the real danger is what they are doing to our culture as far as our sacred institutions.  The biggest impact is on the institution of marriage—for what better drama is there to see than that which is played out between dating, courtship and marriage.

1. They Trivialize Commitment

Whether it is the Bachelor, Bachelorette, Married at First Sight, or Joe Millionaire, they all have one foundational flaw—they trivialize marriage.  They do this by using a sacred bond as something to sell advertisements.  To do this, they have to provide something people want to see—and most people want to see things that go wrong.

Does This Sound Scary to You?

June 16th, 2015 Viewed 789 times, 2 so far today

Euthanasia Protest by Global PanoramaI was reading Ann Althouse’s post Where doctors perform euthanasia even on non-terminal patients and pronounce it “very magical.” and this part scared me:

[P]eople have… been euthanized because they had autism, anorexia, borderline personality disorder, chronic-fatigue syndrome, partial paralysis, blindness coupled with deafness, and manic depression. In 2013, Wim Distelmans euthanized a forty-four-year-old transgender man, Nathan Verhelst, because Verhelst was devastated by the failure of his sex-change surgeries; he said that he felt like a monster when he looked in the mirror. “Farewell, everybody,” Verhelst said from his hospital bed, seconds before receiving a lethal injection.

Really?  Someone was euthanized for anorexia?  I think there’s a problem here, and it’s not Belgium’s Catholic, patriarchal roots.  How could someone go to a doctor with a problem knowing that the doctor could refer you to someone that would suggest that you should just die to solve it?


Image: Euthanasia Protest by Global Panorama

Women React To Birth Control

June 16th, 2015 Viewed 652 times, 1 so far today

Not 100% Effective by Nate GriggUsing the secret sharing app Whisper, women comment about what they think about birth control.  It’s an interesting read, sometimes sad, sometimes curious.

Take a look for yourself:  ‘My boyfriend thinks we’re trying for a baby but I still take the pill every morning’: Women reveal their birth control confessions on secrets app

I can’t decide my reaction.  I feel sorry for some—those that genuinely want to get married or not be single.  I’m always concerned about babies being seen as a burden instead of a glorious new person.  I’m thankful for what birth control can do to help people with medical issues.  I’m saddened for the one that has had what it seems to be lasting side effects they do not want.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.