MInTheGap

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

Weekend Round-Up

June 13th, 2015 Viewed 1149 times

Linked by Ian SaneOver the course of many years I’ve accumulated a lot of links to articles.  Some of them were post ideas and some of them I found interesting.  Over the next few weekends I’m going to attempt to play a little catch up by sharing you some links as food for thought and my quick thoughts on them.  Just because they are linked does not mean that I endorse all that the author says—but we shouldn’t just read people we agree with, should we?

Kathleen Spitzer

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made her political name in Kansas, though we wonder if she’s getting special advice from Eliot Spitzer. Her department’s latest attack, on the CEO of Forest Laboratories, is straight out of the former New York Attorney General’s bullying playbook.

HHS this month sent a letter to 83-year-old Forest Labs CEO Howard Solomon, announcing it would henceforth refuse to do business with him. What earned Mr. Solomon the blackball? Well, nothing that he did—as admitted even by HHS.

Government versus companies—big or small—is not good when we want to get out of an economic hole.

Check Out These Links–08-13-2011

August 13th, 2011 Viewed 1480 times

A Prayer for Preachers Before and After the Sermon

Do you ever think about how it must be tough for your preacher to get up, week after week, and proclaim the Gospel?  What an awesome responsibility!  Here’s a good prayer for them, from one preacher to another.

Why We’re On the Planet

My daughter has been asking all sorts of questions about Heaven—what it’s like why should we want to go there, etc.  This post reminds me of that, in that our kids asking us spiritual questions is an opportunity to pass on God to them.  Let’s not take these opportunities for granted.

Alabama Still Collecting Taxes for Confederate Civil War Veterans

Taxes are never temporary—part of why you can’t trust the Federal Government (or any government for that matter) on taxes.  Here’s a tax that was for Confederate soldier’s pensions.  However, the last veteran died generations ago, and Alabama residents were still paying the tax!

The Tell

Though this post starts out in an interesting way, the meat of it is the question of what are the quality of your relationships?  If you would leave somewhere, would you be missed?  Are you investing in someone, or multiple people?

Tom Coburn: Tax Expenditures Are Socialism

According to Sen. Coburn, when the government chooses to help one group at the expense of another, wealth is being distributed to one group and taken from another.  This is socialism.

Can a Playground Be Too Safe?

It’s amazing, but as I take my children to different parks I realize that they are much “safer” than they were when I was a kid.  And that has led to kids trying to do unsafe things with these “safe” parks.

Necessary Boycotting

Kraft and PepsiCo are using human embryonic kidney cells from aborted children to test sweeteners.  Can you believe it?!

Saturday Links–08-06-2011

August 6th, 2011 Viewed 1054 times

Links

There is no way that I could possibly comment on everything I see in the week, and while I’m trying to use Twitter to pass along articles that I find interesting, sometimes it’s a lot just to bookmark it and move on.

So, what I intend to do is to use Saturday to pass along links from the week that I found interesting, with some brief comments, and that way I can address some of the backlog!

Shout Out Wednesday

November 18th, 2009 Viewed 1042 times

Green Eyes

Wednesday will be all about highlighting things that are going on at other blogs and news sources.

I’ll either take the time to highlight something in depth, bring up a comment thread that’s going on in the past on this site, or respond in comment form to something I’ve been reading.

This is your chance to get noticed—if you’ve contacted me in the past, this is where you’ll get your feature!

A Lot On My Mind

October 30th, 2008 Viewed 838 times

Laptop

Given that I have a lot to think about, and it’s hard to write posts, here’s some links to tide you over until I get my bearings again:

McCain, GOP gain ground on Obama ads in key states

Ginsburg: Roe decision “bit off more than it could chew”

Links: Abortion

May 5th, 2008 Viewed 1066 times

Links 14 Year Old Drowns Baby In School Toilet

Quite the sad story that asks the question, what’s the difference before the child was delivered and moment’s after when it was in the toilet?

Barak Obama: I Don’t Want My Daughters “Punished” With a Baby

Just state it like it is, Senator.  You don’t want your daughters to have to take responsibility for their actions.  You want them to engage in adult (and I would add marital) activity with an escape in case they happen to get the adult responsibility that comes with the action.

An Easter observation

An interesting observation that Evangelical Christians may gain the upper hand because of how they value children vs. aborting them.

Abortionist Says He’ll Obey Law Yet Bar Men from Room

An Abortionist told medical students that it was acceptable to lie to patience to get the man out of the room when abortion was performed.  It turns out the guys didn’t like seeing their girls going through a painful procedure…

Number of Abortions lowest in decades in US, survey finds

Of course the article ignores the possible obvious reason– that the country may be trending pro-life and that more people are choosing to keep their child instead of kill him/her?

Vogue Magazine Under Fire for Promoting Partial-Birth Abortion

Of all forms of abortion, many people unite behind PBA being the most like torture, the most inhumane, etc.  How anyone could get behind this procedure is anyone’s guess.

Change the Way Young Men View Young Women

Buffy gives some practical ways that we can reduce the abortion rate by changing the cultures views of each other– a worthwhile goal because ultimately it has to come from the heart.

Liberals Lie, Children Die

Is it all right for a corporation to mask its identity for the purposes of setting up a business the city might not want?  What if that corporation is an abortion provider?

November 20 Links

November 20th, 2007 Viewed 1133 times

www links Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.  The family is recuperating, but at the same time there is a lot going on at our house as I’m sure that there’s a lot going on at yours.

So, until I can get some time to write some new posts, take a look at some of the stuff that I’m reading:

Haiku Blogging

Leo Babauta talks about how to organize and simplify your blogging so that you can write good content and still have a life:

  1. Limit your blogging hours.
  2. Limit communication.
  3. Limit promotional activities.
  4. Limit stat checking.

Jesus Skateboarding in His Skivvies

Should the King of Kings and Lord of Lords be portrayed as a topless guy on a skateboard?

Abortions and Illegitimacy

If abortion was supposed to solve the problem of inconvenient pregnancies and “unwanted” children, how come we have a whole fatherless generation?

Great question.

The Earth Was Much Warmer One-Thousand Years Ago

If this is the case, then what does that mean for Global Warming and the Industrial Revolution– is it all natural after all?

Focusing on the Family

October 20th, 2007 Viewed 1491 times

Woman Holding Little Girl Yes, it’s that time again.  Time to look at a few links on the family and get some fast quotes and my comments…

The Myth of the Perfect Family

Stacey McDonald points out the obvious– no family is perfect, and we do ourselves damage when we believe otherwise:

We’re not to serve God by pretending life is easy for us or that we have it all down perfectly, because it’s not and we don’t. The world needs an honest depiction of real down-to-earth people living out real life to the glory of God. Unbelievers will see God in us when we demonstrate contentment wherever He has us, when they see the peace He gives us in trials, and when we give rather than take.

Links a Lot – Christianity

September 2nd, 2007 Viewed 934 times

Ah, time for another edition of Data Dump.  This week we’re going to look at 5 posts I’ve bookmarked under the title “Christianity” and give you my quick comments.

What You Can Learn from Calvin and Hobbes about the Message and the Medium

I think that I may have been too young to appreciate Calvin and Hobbes– they weren’t in my local paper, and by the time I started reading the strip he was already done.  The point of this article, though, is about Christianity.  You see, we live in a day where if we can slap “WWJD”, “Lord’s Gym” or just about anything else on a T-shirt or coffee mug, we will.  Fred Sanders attempts to teach us

Anybody who has a message that they care about communicating should pay attention to the great lesson taught by Calvin and Hobbes: The lesson is that not every message can be communicated in every medium.

Can the message of Christianity really be contained on a coffee cup without cheapening it?

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

Again, I have not read this book, but Dale Van Dyke has, and he starts a critique of the book here.

I Want You to Want Me

I’m sure that we’ve all see one.  The fake $20 that’s really a tract.  Centurion over at Pyromaniacs talks about how people are trying to trick people into getting saved– and how phoney it is.  Let alone insulting– it’ll take a couple of seconds before that kind of tract ends up in the trash.  But the point is that we’ll stoop to anything to try to get people to come to Christ– anything but proclaim who He really is and doing what He said the way He said it.

Christianity Without Salvation

What happens when you take the cross out of Christianity?  What if you erase Christ and in its place keep his teachings.  You get “Christianity and the Social Crisis”, a book designed to meet people where they were and encourage good living, a kind of Christianity lite.  However, the part of the article that most fascinates me is the closing sentences:

The Christian confession of faith, by itself, offers no guarantee that either individuals or societies will be transformed. But, for believers, not even the smallest steps forward can be taken without it.

Here is a basic understanding of the salvation that is lost on most people– the confession of faith is the beginning– “not even the smallest steps forward can be taken without it.”

“Perillous” Days for British Christians

Where will the current start of discrimination against those that are Christians end?  This article details reports, especially in Britain, of Christians receiving persecution for their faith.  No one’s being burned at the stake, but people are being passed over for jobs and other things that are starting to build.

Don’t get me wrong—this is all pretty trivial, compared with being burned at the stake. I am big enough and ugly enough to stand being ridiculed. Slightly more worrying are the circumstantial reports of people, such as Christian obstetricians concerned that their career paths are blocked, because they take a biblical stand on abortion.

And that concludes today’s edition of Links a Lot.  Tune in next week for more links on a given topic!

What I’m Reading

August 12th, 2007 Viewed 1568 times

It’s time again for another round of “What are you reading?”  This edition is going to be done on the fly as I take a pass through my feed reader I will tell you what I found interesting on this pass:

Two Words

These guys over at Pyromaniacs are having a week of brevity– but I can’t get over their motivational posters about the Emergent Church.  This post has another two on the topic.

Critique: Rob Bell…Velvet Elvis (Movement 2)

I’m not quite sure what to totally make of all of the Emergent and Post-Modernism that’s floating around the net these days.  I haven’t taken the time, really, to dig into much of it.  A lot of the stuff that I’ve been reading seems to say that Purpose Driven and Emergent are very much the same– and they take the emphasis off the Bible and place it onto feelings and experience.  That’s a dangerous move.

Children and the Kingdom

A simple quote, but a deep thought.  Why is it that Jesus compares the kingdom to children?  Is it their honesty and candor?  Is it physical age?  Is it their innocence, their ability to trust, or something else?  There’s a lot about kids that is appealing, why do you think Jesus chose them as an example?

The Limits of Frugality

We all have limits when it comes to frugality.  I mean, we could all be saving money by doing all kinds of things, and this post talks about some lengths people will go to to eek out just another few pennies a day (or $30 a year) savings.  There has to be a balance between frugality and convenience.  Where that is is for each person to decide.

Hoochie Moms

It’s interesting the different ways people react to what they see.  Becki reacted to a woman that was dressed more like she was supposed to be in a night club than picking up her children by stifling laughter.  It’s hard not to feel sorry for these people, in a way, because they are trying so hard to be something, to gain attention– they are missing the Savior.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of The Princess Bride

Which is funny that she should mention this because my family all gathered around a bowl of popcorn last Friday night to watch it.  It was the first time that my kids had seen it, and I was sure they would like the sword fighting.  Instead, they wanted me to play the part where the old woman says “Boo, Boo, Boo” again.

Daddy, Will You Please Cover Me?

A father comes home after being disappointed about a woman seeking the need for attention by dressing immodestly only to have his daughter ask him to cover her.  It sets him thinking Biblically in this free ebook about what it means to be a father.

If You’re Wondering Why Blogging Was So Light Today…

Congratulations to Rob at Say Anything.  He has some ultrasound pictures up of his baby and he muses about how it’s impossible for him to think of it as anything other than a baby.

That’s it for this time through the ole blog reader.  Tune in next time!

MInTheGap

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