News of Note: “Children’s Movies and the Cult of Self Esteem”

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1. “You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids’ Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self Esteem?” – The Atlantic’s article on kid’s movies and the cult of self esteem. (The Atlantic)

“It’s probably no coincidence that the supremacy of the magic-feather syndrome in children’s movies overlaps with the so-called “cult of self-esteem.” The restless protagonists of these films never have to wake up to the reality that crop-dusters simply can’t fly faster than sleek racing aircraft. Instead, it’s the naysaying authority figures who need to be enlightened about the importance of never giving up on your dreams, no matter how irrational, improbable, or disruptive to the larger community. As Jean Twenge, the controversial cultural critic of America’s supposed narcissism epidemic, argues in her bestselling book Generation Me, younger generations “simply take it for granted that we should all feel good about ourselves, we are all special, and we all deserve to follow our dreams.” – Luke Epplin, The Atlantic

2. “Should pastors try to be cool?” – 9 Marks answers the question, “Should pastors try to be cool?” (9Marks)

3. “From Last to First: Advice from an Outgoing Seminary Student to Incoming Ones” – A graduating Southern Seminary student gives some advice to incoming seminary students. (This Road)

4. Tony Miano’s excellent series on women and open air preaching (Cross Encounters)

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 1)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 2)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 3)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 4)”

News of Note: “Can Facebook Cause an Increase in Envy, Jealousy and Narcissim?”

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1. Special Feature: Can Facebook cause an increase in envy, jealousy and narcissim?

“Don’t follow me, follow Jesus” – Adrian Warnock posts a conversation he had with his grandfather about Facebook. (Adrian Warnock)

“Recent Research Reveals How Facebook Causes Envy & Jealousy” – Frank Viola looks at social media from a Christian perspective. (Rediscovering the Supremacy of Christ)

“Is Facebook Making You Feel Bad About Yourself?” – Study shows that Facebook users feel envious and jealous over friends’ Facebook profiles. (Shine)

“Does Facebook Turn People Into Narcissists?” – Does Facebook attract narcissists or turn people into narcissists? (New York Times)

2. “Quit Looking For Your Soulmate, Because He/She Isn’t Out There” – Why Christians should stop looking for their soulmates? (The Blazing Center)

3. “Gay Rights Activists Bully Tebow, Christian University” – Will Tim Tebow back out of scheduled appearance again due to bullying by homosexual activists? Tebow is scheduled to speak at Liberty University. (Fox News)

4. “The Quest for The Next Big Thing” – Carl Trueman on why society and sometimes the church look for the next big thing. (Modern Reformation)

5. “Chávez’s Last Words and Yours” – Hugo Chavez’s last words before passing into eternity. (DennyBurk.com)

News of Note

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1.  “How Did This Happen? The Family Crisis as a Theological Crisis” – Al Mohler; Al on why the current family crisis in western culture is a theological one. 

2.    “Mississippi May Become First Abortion-Free State as Hospitals Refuse Last Abortion Facility” – Heather Clark;  Mississippi may become the first abortion free state (Christian News).

3.  “Where Did It All Go Wrong? ” – R.C. Sproul, Jr. – R.C. answers where did it all go wrong for the United States (Highland Mnistries). 

4.  “Heath Lambert on the Problem of Pornography” – Denny Burk; Denny refers to Heath Lambert’s excellent article “On the Problem with Pornography” from The Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW).  Pornography may be a bigger problem within evangelicalism especially with Christian leaders.

5.  “An Interview with Paul Washer” – Tim Challies interviews Paul Washer about his latest book “The Gospel’s Power and Message” and his ministry.

News of Note

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1.  “God’s Plan for the Gay Agenda” – John MacArthur reveals through Scripture God’s plan for the gay agenda that is sweeping our nation (Grace To You).

2.  “Different Gospel” – Crown Rights new IV Conerly music video on Galatians 1.

3.  “7 Ways to Live Positively in a Negative Culture” – David Murray gives seven ways to live postitively in a negative culture (Ligonier Ministries).

4.  “Why You Should Consider A Social Media Fast” – Kevin DeYoung gives wise counsel on why we should consider taking breaks from social media (The Gospel Coalition).