I have stumbled upon some heavy articles recently that I wanted to pass along. These are definitely worth the few minutes it takes to read them. Enjoy.
About the Russian anti-American adoption ban:
Dr. Russell Moore, of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote this after a Russian saw his posts and responded with a bit of national pride: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/01/08/the-answer-to-russias-orphan-crisis/
Just yesterday I saw this http://m.voanews.com/1582953.html and it made my heart so glad. That picture of thousands of Russians standing up, not for Americans, but for orphans brought such a smile to my face. I am thrilled to see people being the voice to those who can’t speak up for themselves.
And then sign this petition to help the 46 families that were so near to bringing their Russian children home. And then pass it along. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-46-families-wchildren-caught-politics-bring-their-court-approved-adopted-child-home-russia/SgvPTKR2?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl
On the recent Louie Giglio and inauguration scenario:
This is an article from Ed Stetzer posing the question, are evangelicals no longer welcome in the public square? http://www.edstetzer.com/2013/01/evangelicals-and-44-of-america.html
Here is one from Russell Moore concerning this situation and the new state church. http://www.russellmoore.com/2013/01/10/louie-giglio-and-the-new-state-church/
This blog shows resemblance between what is going on now and what George Orwell wrote about. http://greatriversofhope.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/an-inauguration-to-make-george-orwell-proud/
This article I found most interesting. To sum it up, the author argues the point that if you have this much power are you really the ones being oppressed? It is very insightful. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/philosophicalfragments/2013/01/11/help-were-gay-and-were-being-oppressed/
Along the same lines:
This is a letter from the CEO of Hobby Lobby about his business potentially being fined millions of dollars everyday they do not comply with certain health legislations concerning abortive contraceptions. http://thebrennerbrief.com/2013/01/03/tragic-letter-from-the-hobby-lobby-ceo-results-of-personal-freedoms-slipping-away/
While Louie Giglio is in the news recently for a sermon he preached 15 years ago calling sin what it is, he is usually known for his stance against human trafficking and slavery. The Passion Conference took place in Atlanta at the beginning of this year to shed light on this horrific situation. These provide information about that:
This is from Compassion providing some awful statistics about human trafficking. http://blog.compassion.com/human-trafficking-awareness-day-what-is-a-childs-life-worth/
President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent
And then you can go to this site http://enditmovement.com to learn more about what you can do to stop modern day slavery.
This article has a different spin to it, but was written to those who attended Passion 2013. In it the author quotes Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It is a subject I wrestled with in college. Why would I spend so much time and money getting an education when I can be starting a ministry or just be out in the world with hurting people? This article has a wonderful answer to that. It reminds me so much of C. S. Lewis’ “Learning in Wartime” essay, in which Lewis writes about the importance of staying in school even during such a time as war. If you are in school and have passions that you are ready to make a difference with, read this and know your education is not in vain: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christandpopculture/2013/01/did-you-go-to-passion-2013-heres-what-fyodor-dostoyevsky-would-say-to-you/
And then we come to health:
I was so glad to see an article about the dangers of fast food from TIME this morning. Often Americans talk about different fad diets or the increase of disease in our culture, but for some reason people, including doctors, do not talk about whole body wellness. There is a definite link between what we eat and disease. http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/15/fast-food-linked-to-asthma-and-allergies-in-kids/ What we give our bodies affects them, and in America it seems to be more negative than positive. We would do well to bring more things like this to light. I talk about what wellness looks like for us a bit here: https://spencerandsarahc.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/living-well-together/
On a lighter note:
This blog was written about the show Duck Dynasty. The author provides evangelical insight into why this popular new show is good for this country. They are simple points, yet they are true. http://truthmattersblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/5-reasons-america-needs-duck-dynasty/
That’s all for now folks.