Notable Quotable: “Edith Schaeffer and the Apologetics of Beauty” (A Tribute to Edith Schaeffer) – Nancy Pearcey

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“What most impressed me in knowing Edith (Schaeffer) when I was a student at L’Abri was her emphasis on everyday beauty,” says Nancy Pearcey, who is director of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture at Houston Baptist University and who lived with Debby and Udo Middelmann while studying at L’Abri. “Arriving as a critical agnostic, I was surprised to meet Christians who actually cared about the world of ideas and the arts. It was not merely that Francis Schaeffer lectured about the arts, however. It was also that Edith thought it important for the Christian to incorporate beauty into all of life — such as simple but elegant table settings with a wildflower and a candle. Not expensive items, not conspicuous consumption. But creative (expressing your unique personality) and natural (using items and themes from nature when possible).

“Though I had grown up in the church,” Nancy explains, “I had never before met Christians who understood that our souls hunger for beauty just as much as for truth and goodness. For me, as for many others who studied at L’Abri in the days when Edith still presided, there was an apologetics of beauty that made me want Christianity to be true, at the same time that I was working through a philosophical apologetics that was persuading me intellectually that it was true. Edith described her love of everyday beauty in Hidden Art (the title was later expanded to The Hidden Art of Homemaking).”

(Richard Pearcey quoting Nancy Pearcey; “Death, Revolt, and Resurrection: A Tribute to Edith Schaeffer” , The Pearcey Report)

News of Note: Cy Young Award Winner R.A. Dickey on Baseball, Suicide, Dealing with Sexual Abuse, and His Relationship with Christ

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1. “R.A. Dickey Feature” – Interview with Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey about his baseball career, sexual abuse, suicide, and how he dealt with it all by trusting in Christ. (YouTube)

2. “Can Christianity survive gay marriage?” – Gene Edward Veith comments on Rod Dreher’s American Conservative article “Sex After Christianity” . (Cranach)

3. “Death, Revolt, and Resurrection: A Tribute to Edith Schaeffer” – Richard and Nancy Pearcey’s tribute to Edith Schaeffer (The Pearcey Report)

4. “Boy Scout Pledge: Morally Straight Has Become Crooked” – Janet Parshall reflects on Boy Scouts of America founder Robert Baden-Powell’s original intent for the scouting movement. (Christian Post)

5. “ESPN on Jason Collins” – ESPN’s Chris Boussard calls pro basketball player Jason Collins’ homosexuality sinful and not reflective of a Christian life style. Here is Chris Broussard’s ESPN Segment. (YouTube)

Notable Quotable: “Gay Marriage Will Make America a Far Less Christian Culture” – Rod Dreher

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“. . .The struggle for the rights of “a small and despised sexual minority” would not have succeeded if the old Christian cosmology had held: put bluntly, the gay-rights cause has succeeded precisely because the Christian cosmology has dissipated in the mind of the West.

“Same-sex marriage strikes the decisive blow against the old order. The Nation’s triumphalist rhetoric from two decades ago is not overripe; the radicals appreciated what was at stake far better than did many—especially bourgeois apologists for same-sex marriage as a conservative phenomenon. Gay marriage will indeed change America forever, in ways that are only now becoming visible. For better or for worse, it will make ours a far less Christian culture. It already is doing exactly that.”

(Rod Dreher, “Sex After Christianity”, The American Conservative)

News of Note: Gay Activists Attempt to Have Government Officials Remove Greg Laurie from National Day of Prayer Events

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1. “Gay Activists Push for Gov’t Officials to Drop Greg Laurie From National Day of Prayer Events” – Gay activists attempt to have Greg Laurie dropped from National Day of Prayer events. (Christian Post)

2. “Proverbs 31, Victoria’s Secret, and viral marketing” – Story of Baylor college students who started Proverbs 31 movement, and the Christian who formerly modeled for Victoria Secret joining them. (World Magazine); Here is Kylie Bisutti’s story from the Christian Post: “Victoria’s Secret Model Kylie Bisutti Quits Modeling and Turns to God; Launching Christian Clothing Line”

3. “Why I No Longer Endorse AHA (Abolish Human Abortion)” – Justin Edwards explains why he can no longer support the parachurch ministry, Abolish Human Abortion. (airo)

4. “Mormons Approve of Boy Scouts’ Proposal Permitting Openly Homosexual Members” – Mormon leadership approve of Boy Scouts of America’s compromise to allow homosexual members, but not homosexual leaders. (Christian News)

5. “The Tsarnaev brothers rise and fall” – Detailed Los Angeles Times expose on Boston Bombing suspects.

6. “An atheist professor converts to Christianity” – Atheist professor converts to Christianity after student challenges him. (Wretched)

News of Note: U.S. Military Blocks Internet Access to Southern Baptist Convention Websites

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1. “Military Blocks Access to Southern Baptist Website” – Todd Starnes reports that the U.S. Military has blocked internet access to Southern Baptist Convention websites to military bases across the nation. Categorizes SBC websites as “hostile content”. The New American also has an article, “U.S. Army Bases Block Access to Southern Baptist Website” .

“The U.S. Military has blocked access to the Southern Baptist Convention’s website on an unknown number of military bases because it contains “hostile content” — just weeks after an Army briefing labeled Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as examples of religious extremism, Fox News has learned.” – Todd Starnes

UPDATE: “US Military Unblocks Southern Baptist Website” – U.S military unblocks Southern Baptist website due to malware. (Christian Post)

“We determined that our web filters recently detected malware at the SBC website, which resulted in the block for some service members,” (Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said Friday, and clarified that the block was not die to “hostile” or religious content. “The department has verified that the Southern Baptist Convention website no longer contains malware that may pose a threat to our networks and will be unblocked today.”

2. “NY Times Inaccurately Reports on the Gosnell Trial” – Denny Burk on the inaccurate reporting of the Gosnell trial by the New York Times. (DennyBurk.com)

3. “Same-Sex Marriage as a Civil Right — Are Wrongs Rights?” – Is same-sex marriage a civil right? (AlbertMohler.com)

4. “Is it ‘Unspiritual’ to be Discouraged?” – Sinclair Ferguson counsels Christians who have experienced discouragement. (Ligonier Ministries)

“Faith in Christ does not remove all of the causes of discouragement; rather, it enables us to overcome them. We may experience discouragement; but we will not be defeated by it.” – Sinclair Ferguson

5. “Holy Hollywood! Tinseltown gaga for God” – Hollywood is not only making a full length feature of the “The Bible” due to the success of the History Channel’s miniseries, but they are also planning a feature film for . . . “The Shack”. (World Net Daily)

News of Note: Why are Liberals Attacking the Christian Adoption Movement?

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1. “Mother Jones’ shameful attack on the Christian adoption movement” – Jonathan Merritt responds to Kathryn Joyce’s Mother Jones article attacking the Christian adoption movement. (Religion News Network)

2. “Meet the family who sent six kids to college by age 12” – Family sends six kids to college by age 12. (Today.com)

3. “Boy Scouts proposal: let in gay youth, keep out gay adults” – Boy Scouts of America propose to let gay youth in, and keep out gay adults. (Reuters); Also the New York Times article on the issue: “Boy Scouts Move to Lift Ban on Gay Youth Members” .

4. “France legalizes gay marriage after harsh debate” – French government legalizes gay marriage. (AP)

5. “A Basketball Blowout and Its Celebration Raise Theological Questions” – Christian school justifies running up score on weaker opponent by saying that they’re doing it for the glory of God. (New York Times)

6. “Wretched: You might be a false teacher if… .” – Todd Friel gives gives a few clues on how one may be a false teacher. (Wretched)

Notable Quotable: “Attack on the Christian Adoption Movement?” – Jonathan Merritt

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“Is this the best evidence Mother Jones can present for why Christians are such terrible people? That an evangelical denomination called on it’s members to get involved in “taking in [orphans], donating to adoptive families, or supporting hundreds of adoption ministries”? That they are igniting a movement to address the global orphan crisis through constructing an adoption culture in their churches?

“Oh, the horror.

“In the end, Kathryn Joyce curses the darkness without lighting a candle. She attempts to pour cold water on the Christian adoption movement, but her ideas for actually solving the orphan crisis that now affects more than 100 million children are more than lacking; they’re non-existent. We should expect more from even an unashamedly partisan publication like Mother Jones. Not to mention a writer who recently published a 352-page book on the subject.

“About the only thing Kathyrn Joyce gets right is that there is indeed an adoption movement sweeping through Christian churches and communities. Thousands of orphaned children have been given someone to call “mommy” and “daddy” as a result. Believers in America are finally waking up to their responsibility to demonstrate mercy to those in need—orphans, the poor, immigrants. These are trends that should be celebrated, not criticized.”

(Jonathan Merritt, “Mother Jones’ shameful attack on the Christian adoption movement”, Religion News Service)

Notable Quotable: Shai Linne, Paula White, and Fal$e Teacher$ – George Lawson

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“Of course, we know there is “biblical precedence” to call out false teachers. Not only did our Lord Jesus call out false teachers (Matthew 7:13-36) but so did the Apostles Paul (1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:16-18) and John (3 John 1:9). There is no question that there is “biblical precedence”. But the question remains, is this the loving thing to do?

“You can’t help but feel (Billy) Knight’s (Paul White’s son’s) pain. After all, this is his mother. If there ever was a reason to get into a fight in the school yard, this is it. But I would contend that calling out false teachers is not only the most loving thing you can do for the sheep, it is also the most loving thing that you can do for the false teachers themselves.

“Referring to false teachers in Titus 1:13 Paul says, “reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith”. The “so that” indicates that part of the reason we are to reprove false teachers is for their own spiritual health! To be “sound in the faith” speaks of spiritual health and wholeness. Far from being unloving, it is actually to the false teachers’ advantage that they be reproved.

“As Shai Linne points out “today the only heresy is saying that there’s heresy”. It might be strong medicine for false teachers to be “put on blast” but it’s the right biblical prescription. There is no competition between love and truth.”

(George Lawson, “Is it Unloving to Call Out Fal$e Teacher$?”, The Cripplegate)

News of Note: Boston Marathon Bombing Aftermath (Special Feature)

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“9 Things You Should Know About the Boston Marathon Bombing” – Joe Carter lists nine things you should know about the Boston Marathon bombing. (The Gospel Coalition)

“Understanding the Islamic Bombing of the Boston Marathon” – Do the Boston Marathon attacks have anything to do with Islam and the Quran? David Wood explains. (YouTube)

“Boston Bombing Victim Lingzi Lu Had Been Involved With Christian Student Ministry” – Victim of Boston Marathon bombing was involved with Christian ministry (Christian News)

“The Boston Bombers Were Outside Their House” – Christian couple describes the shoot out between Boston Marathon bombers and law enforcement officers outside their home. (Gospel Coalition)

Bill Maher Defending Christianity and Slamming Islam? (Conservative Videos). Here is the Bill Maher segment from YouTube:

“Heartfelt Rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Boston Bruin Fans”

“Neil Diamond Sings Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park”

News of Note: George Beverly Shea and Pat Summerall Go Home to be with the Lord

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1. Notable Deaths: George Beverly Shea and Pat Summerall

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“George Beverly Shea, Billy Graham’s Singer, Dies at 104” – New York Times profile on Billy Graham’s singer George Beverly Shea. (New York Times)

One of George Beverly Shea’s last performances. George sings “The Love of God” (YouTube)

George sings his classic “I’d Rather Have Jesus” (YouTube)

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“Former New York Giant, Legendary Broadcaster Pat Summerall Dead At 82” – CBS and Fox Sports broadcaster Pat Summerall dead at 82. (CBS New York)

“Pat Summerall: Gridiron, God, and Graham” – CBN interview with Pat Summerall about his football broadcasting career, his alcohol addiction, and Jesus Christ. (CBN.com)

2. More on the media blackout of the Kermit Gosnell trial

“Contentions The Lethal Logic Behind the Abortion Rights Movement” – Peter Wehner’s article on the Kermit Gosnell trial (Commentary Magazine)

“Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story” – The Atlantic’s article on the Gosnell trial. (The Atlantic)

3. “Shai Linne Responds To Paula White Ministries’ Open Letter” – Shai Linne’s responds to Paul White Ministries’ response to his song “Fal$e Teacher$”. (wadeoradio.com)