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6 Reasons to Study Theology

September 19, 2014 | Author:

6 Reasons Women Should Study Theology

By Jen Thorn at Christianity.com

When theology is mentioned in a circle of women I have often found the response to be less than enthusiastic.  Mention books on homemaking, marriage or parenting, on the other hand, and everyone seems interested. Why is that? I have heard comments like, “I’m just not smart enough”, “I will leave the study of theology to the men”, or  “I don’t need theology I just need to read my Bible.”

But the truth is no one is “smart enough” to know God on their own. It is only because God has revealed himself to sinners that we can know him at all. And leaving the study of theology to the men is like saying no to a beautiful dinner prepared by a master chef, only allowing some of the guests to eat.  And reading the Bible is itself a theological effort. There is no reading your Bible without theology. Ultimately it is impossible for any Christian to ignore theology (the study of God) and grow strong in the faith. It’s not that I believe we need fewer books on marriage and homemaking, but that we need more theology in and around everything we do.

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Everything is (Not) a “Woman’s Issue”

September 19, 2014 | Author:

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Editor’s Note: This is a good read. See what we’re up against and stay informed. We talk about so many issues  here which are the effects of the feminist movement. This article gives insight into why it is so important for the furtherance of socialism to mask everything as a “Women’s Issue”. It’s completely political and you’re being used.

Hillary is attempting to make a shift back to traditional feminism for political gain. When we think about why we should work on establishing our households and family economies, we need to remember that when we are faithful to these callings we are doing some of the most powerfully influential things a woman can do with her life in our day, for our culture and for the future of our nation. If our presuppositions rest in a correct foundation, when arguments about birth control and abortion, minimum wage and whether a woman should work out side the home, whether the state should educate our kids or if we should maintain the responsibility ourselves, etc., when these discussions come up, it will be easier to avoid emotional entanglement and pragmatic reasoning which feminists use to entrap us in socialistic policy.

As Yglesias notes, the gender gap that gives most female voters to Democrats and most male voters to Republicans is commonly understood as one created by Democratic stances on a host of “women’s issues,” such as their support for equal pay, reproductive rights, and the traditionally strong role they’ve played in pushing anti-violence legislation like the Violence Against Women Act. But in reality, it’s that women have always been more economically liberal and have stayed that way even as men moved to the right. Which isn’t to say that issues traditionally regarded as “feminist” don’t have political value to Democrats, but that value is more in getting out the vote than it is in persuading anyone to switch sides. Once inside the booth, women’s greater support for a social safety net and government regulation of business is what gets them to pull the lever for the Democrats.

But, as Yglesias writes, this distinction between “social” issues and “economic” issues is a false one, always has been. Reproductive rights, for instance, are inseparable from economic considerations. Same goes, perhaps obviously, for pay equality. Clinton’s remarks suggest that the Democrats are moving towards a more holistic understanding of feminism, seeing that it is more than just a handful of “women’s issues” (with a side dose of corporate leaders extolling us to lean in) and instead using a feminist “take” on nearly all issues, like workers’ rights and the minimum wage.

To be clear, Clinton is not re-inventing the definition of feminism. Feminist academics have been on this for a long time, wedding feminism to race and class. But Clinton’s remarks show how Democrats are beginning to move that sort of thinking out of women’s studies seminars and turning it into a potent political strategy, reinforcing the notion that the traditional liberal agenda is particularly important to women.

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Mentoring 101 – The Titus 2 Role Explained

September 18, 2014 | Author:

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Three generations of the Itami family currently work in the family owned Kern Park Flower Shoppe serving the local community for 99 years. Holly Itami Springfels (l); her grandmother, 92-year old Fumi Itami; and her daughter Kimberly Walker. Walker is in charge of many of the day to day operations.

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT – Three generations of the Itami family currently work in the family owned Kern Park Flower Shoppe serving the local community for 99 years. Holly Itami Springfels (l); her grandmother, 92-year old Fumi Itami; and her daughter Kimberly Walker. Walker is in charge of many of the day to day operations.

From the Christian Pundit

“Mentoring is so American,” a friend from another country told me. We were talking about older women mentoring younger women, and she had a different take on it than most people around me. “Where I’m from, people would never do it. They just take part in the life of the church and try to be faithful in their personal lives.” What she meant was that the early 21st century American version of mentoring—more of a Evangelical, programmatic Titus 2 system—was something unique to this culture. And she is probably right: the one-on-one coffee dates, note taking, and arranged, lay shepherding isn’t exactly something that has a timeless or universal feel. Not that this “American” version of mentoring is wrong, it’s just a cultural expression of Protestant America trying to help the older women teach the younger women.

Biblically, and as far from cultural influences as we can get, mentoring is actually a relationship between two Christians—an older one and a younger one—for the purpose of fostering growth in grace in both people, but especially the younger one. Mentoring is telling a younger believer, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Mentoring is not stopping to work so that you can run and have a coffee and ask how their week was. Mentoring is not a programme that you follow. Paul did not go out for shawarma once a week with Barnabas to ask about his quiet time, or start an accountability system in the congregation. They went on a mission trip together; they actually lived out the Christian life in close proximity, working towards the same goal. This does not mean that asking about devotions and having accountability (or shawarma!) is bad; it means that they are small parts of the much more comprehensive and full lifestyle that biblical mentoring is.

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Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters

September 17, 2014 | Author:

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Bad eschatology breeds bad parenting, at least, and poor planning in general.

Her children display obvious skepticism. As she sits trying to persuade them that the Rapture will indeed happen any day now, one daughter responds sheepishly, “Well, it could happen.” She is rebuffed immediately: “It will happen. There’s no ‘could’ to it.”

In a later private session, the daughter, Kristin, says she does believe but hopes the Rapture happens later: “I always wanted to be a part of it, but I wanted to be like 85.” In other words, she wants to live her life and not be pressured into forgoing perfectly biblical desires for marriage and motherhood because of the threat of imminent rapture.

Her sister, Ashley, then expresses a more biblical view of Christianity than her mother’s Rapture-centrism: “It scares me. Like Kristie feels, I kind of wish that I knew that I had time. I really want to get married and I want to have kids, and raise a family, and work, and do all that.”

Kristin adds, “It doesn’t seem fair. Your grandparents have lived these long lives and have all these stories to tell you, and they’ve kind of adjusted to the fact that, you know, they’re not going to live terribly much longer. And so you’ve grown up hearing all these stories . . . and you want to live these experiences yourself; and if you’re done at 24, there’s only so many experiences you get to have.”

Both of these young ladies have a more biblical view of Christianity than their parents. They want to live in the kingdom of God (as He instituted it), get married (as He instituted it), have children (as He instituted it), work (as He instituted it), and experience all He has for them to experience. In short, they want to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

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Courtship: Should There Be Only One Suitor?

September 17, 2014 | Author:

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Imagine this: Marc has a female friend he’s known for years. Recently, he’s begun to realize what a good wife she would make and how much he enjoys her friendship. He talks to his parents who agree this looks like a wise course, then he calls her dad and makes an appointment to talk to him. He tells her father how much he appreciates his friend and how he’d like an opportunity to try to win her heart.

“Son, I have the highest respect for you,” the dad replies. “You’re a good man and would make a great husband, but last night, Brent asked me for permission to court my daughter. Now, I don’t want her to be hurt or have any confusion, so I don’t want you to tell her about your interest. I’m sorry.”

Couldn’t happen? Well, it did. The young man was just stunned. He couldn’t even tell her! He was just heartbroken. It would have been bad enough just to be rejected, but to watch their courtship and never be able to share his own feelings? Brutal.

Some are being told there will only be one courtship–ever. A girl who believes this may feel pressure to accept the first reasonable offer, for fear he’s “the only” and if she turns him down, she is committed to lifelong singleness. On the other hand, thinking there must only be one courtship ever, may mean the girl holds off anyone who isn’t an obvious dreamboat–and never get to know a shy or taciturn young man who would make a fantastic mate.

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A Tale of Two Fathers: Silas Marner on the True Meaning of Fatherhood

September 16, 2014 | Author:

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Randall Smith recently published a two-part Public Discourse essay on Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. Smith criticizes the radical argument put forth in the novel’s trial scene by a sophisticated city lawyer who claims that Fyodor Pavlovich is not truly a father because his son Dmitri feels no loyalty to him. The lawyer argues that, even if Dmitri murdered Fyodor, the accusation of parricide is senseless. In Smith’s view, this line of argumentation prophetically foreshadows our current culture’s relentless attempts to redefine our concepts of marriage, motherhood, and fatherhood to be based upon consent rather than nature.

Although the defense attorney may be attempting to undermine the traditional family, his statement that “he who begets is not yet a father, a father is he who begets and proves worthy of it” includes an element of truth. While there is no denying that a child’s emotions toward his father do not negate biological parenthood, many children understandably lack filial devotion toward their absent biological fathers. In our quest to emphasize the cultural, sociological, and personal importance of biological fathers, we should be careful not to negate the importance of those men who step up to love and care for children to whom they are not biologically related.

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The slow, tentative return of women’s lost sense of sexual honour

September 16, 2014 | Author:

Something in our nature craves the constraints that produce the rewards an honour code confers.

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recent editorial in Canada’s National Post informs us that many indicators, such as a dramatically diminished interest in topless bathing in France, the bellwether of female sexual liberation, point to a return of relative conservatism in women’s attitudes to sex.

In North America, teens of all races and classes are starting sexual relations later than in the 1990s, and rates of teen pregnancy, birth and abortion are going down. Speculating on the causes for the shift, the editorial cites the birth control pill, fear of STDs and the dawning realization by western women that unbridled, indiscriminate sexual activity entails more lasting psychological harms than is warranted by its transient pleasurable gain. One could add to this list fears of privacy invasion by ubiquitous smartphones and other empirical dampers on promiscuous self-exposure.

But I think there is a “bigger picture” factor at work here as well: namely, the slow, tentative, fragile return of women’s lost sense of sexual honour.

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The Link Between Divorce and Mortality

September 15, 2014 | Author:

In 1897 the pioneering sociologist Emile Durkheim established that suicide rates ran considerably higher among divorced men and women than among their married peers.  In the decades that followed, other sociologists discovered that mortality rates overall ran significantly higher among the divorced than among the married.  In recent years, however, some scholars have wondered, how much does the linkage between divorce and elevated mortality rates still hold in a modern world where divorce has become common and relatively free of stigma?  A study on that question by a team at McGill University provides clear evidence that around the world—in Boston and Beijing, in Chicago and Copenhagen, in Hoboken and Hanoi, in Tulsa and Tokyo—divorce still decidedly elevates mortality rates.

To analyze the relationship between divorce and mortality, researchers scrutinized 625 mortality-risk estimates from 104 studies, all published between 1955 and 2011, based on data for more than 600 million men and women living in 24 countries, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel, and a number of Western and European countries.  Analysis of these data indicates that, around the globe, “marital dissolution is associated with a substantially increased risk of death among broad segments of the population.”  In simple statistical comparisons of mortality rates among divorced and separated men and women vs. married men and women, the researchers calculate a Hazard Ratio of 1.51, meaning that the mortality rate runs more than half again as high among divorced and married men and women than among married men and women.

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A Culture of Lies – From Feminism to Obamacare

September 13, 2014 | Author:

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Editor’s note: We’re so used to spinning the facts to create our own reality we don’t know the truth from a lie anymore.

This history, however, provides not so much an explanation of how we got here as a description of our progress (or rather decline). This history shows that the public has gotten more tolerant of political deception, but it does not tell us what was happening in the culture that would lead to such tolerance. We must ask ourselves: what was going on in the lives of ordinary Americans that would foster this decline in seriousness about truth-telling?

In an earlier essay for Public Discourse, I argued that the sexual revolution has been advanced by a certain kind of dishonesty, since its promoters have won so many of their victories by denying, or distracting the public from, the consequences that would follow from the principles it laid down. The use of that dishonesty would certainly foster a casual attitude toward truth-telling among political activists, and may, to that extent, have contributed to a culture of lying. Still, since these tactics were used by the few and to deceive the many, we do not here have an explanation of how the many came to be so indifferent to the truth. For an explanation, we must consider the consequences of the sexual revolution in the lives of ordinary Americans. Those consequences, I contend, have necessarily undermined our commitment to truth.

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Recommended Resources
The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can’t Say
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Killer Angel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder Margaret Sanger
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender To The Creator And Embrace Life
Samaritan Ministries
Wait ‘Til It’s Free

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An Evangelical Defense of Traditional Marriage

September 13, 2014 | Author:

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This piece is a response to an op-ed by Brandan Robertson on Time.com Tuesday, “Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: The Story Behind Our Launch.”

I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships.

So I read with eagerness an op-ed in TIME from a spokesman from “Evangelicals for Marriage Equality.” The only problem, however, is that I didn’t see any real arguments. I saw a lot of emotion. I saw appeals to injustice and craven caricatures of Christianity, but I didn’t see any real arguments.

In 800 words, there’s not a coherent argument about the nature of marriage. And that’s what this debate Americans are having is about, isn’t it? It’s about one question: What is marriage? This isn’t just about Christianity’s teaching on marriage. It’s about the definition of marriage for society. It’s about whether marriage is malleable, or whether marriage has a fixed social purpose that’s been recognized throughout all of human history as something distinct from other relationships. To say that the union of a man and woman is different is not grounded in bigotry or discrimination. It’s grounded in the powers of observation that draw rightful distinctions between different sets of relationships.

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Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

September 12, 2014 | Author:

Some food for though…

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.

Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close.

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‘I wish I could have prevented my girlfriend’s abortion’

September 12, 2014 | Author:

It seems little has been said about what men suffer when their children are murdered by the mother carrying them. One man tells his story of fighting to persuade a woman enraptured by the promises of the dealt culture, that is feminism and women’s liberation movement, and her supposed right to choose.

From The Telegraph, by Tom Perry

I wanted the baby and hoped I could change her mind. Photo: Almay

I wanted the baby and hoped I could change her mind. Photo: Almay

Following the recent UK release of Obvious Child, a rom-com film about abortion, Daily Mail columnist Bel Mooney yesterday shared her personal experience with abortion and declared that her decision to terminate her unborn child was “no big deal”.

However, for many, abortion is a big deal that can leave regrets long after that choice is made. It is also a choice that has an impact on men as well as women, even though the media rarely presents the experience of abortion from a male point of view. Perhaps the general assumption is that abortion doesn’t really affect men. Perhaps I would have shared that assumption had I not lived through it myself.

Several years ago, I met a woman just a few months after I returned to London following a stint in America, my home country, for work. I fell for Jenny* from the start – her cherubic smile and her silky hair warmed my heart. Above all, we shared a love for life and a determination to leave the world a better place than we found it. I felt as though Jenny understood me in a way that few others did.

We spoke on the phone each night after work and spent the weekends together, exploring London and enjoying each other’s company. Even so, I found it hard to see where things stood with us. Jenny artfully straddled a line between friendship and a relationship. She would show and tell me how much she enjoyed our time together, but then she’d tell me that I “deserved better” than her. We would make love one night and then part ways the next morning for work with nothing more than a quick goodbye kiss; she would coolly approach her train platform without a single glance back.

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Lessons in Loveliness: Why Posture Counts More Than You know

September 12, 2014 | Author:

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Head up, shoulders back, stomach in. The vision of perfect posture can conjure up some pretty old-school and anal-retentive images: cotillion; finishing schools; the young lady in a sensible box-pleat dress, walking across the room with a stack of books on her head.

The quest for ladylike poise may have given the upright posture game an uptight rep, but modern-day research shows that body alignment isn’t just about sitting pretty, or even physical well being for that matter — we’ve long known that proper posture can reduce muscle pain, joint strain, headaches, and more. Studies are showing that standing tall is also about emotional health. As it turns out, our slouchy ways can do more than mess with our musculoskeletal system, they can negatively affect the way we feel.

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The Illusion of Neutrality

September 12, 2014 | Author:

The Nude Beach Principle

On the impossibility: consider the effects of a permission that radically alters the nature of the context in which the action is permitted. We might call this the Nude Beach Principle. Suppose that Surftown has one beautiful beach, where young and old, boys and girls, single people and whole families, have been used to relax, go swimming, and have picnics. Now suppose that a small group of nudists petitions the town council to allow for nude bathing. Their argument is simple—actually, it is no more than a fig leaf for the mere expression of desire. They say, “We want to do this, and we, tolerant as we are, do not wish to impose our standards on anyone else. No one will be required to bathe in the raw. Live and let live, that’s our motto.”

But you cannot have a Half-Nude Beach. A beach on which some people stroll without a stitch of clothing is a nude beach, period. A councilman cannot say, “I remain entirely neutral on whether clothing should be required on a beach,” because that is equivalent to saying that it is not opprobrious or not despicable to walk naked in front of other people, including children.

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Cardinal: U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

September 12, 2014 | Author:

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Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago and a former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (AP)

Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.”

“It takes no moral courage to conform to government and social pressure. It takes a deep faith to ‘swim against the tide,’ as Pope Francis recently encouraged young people to do at last summer’s World Youth Day.”

The cardinal continued, “Swimming against the tide means limiting one’s access to positions of prestige and power in society. It means that those who choose to live by the Catholic faith will not be welcomed as political candidates to national office, will not sit on editorial boards of major newspapers, will not be at home on most university faculties, will not have successful careers as actors and entertainers.”

“Nor will their children, who will also be suspect,” he said.

“Since all public institutions, no matter who owns or operates them, will be agents of the government and conform their activities to the demands of the official religion, the practice of medicine and law will become more difficult for faithful Catholics,” said Cardinal George.  “It already means in some States that those who run businesses must conform their activities to the official religion or be fined, as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.”

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