News of Note: “Passage of Gay Marriage Act in Great Britain Would Force Queen to Break God’s Sovereign Promise to Uphold God’s Law” (UPDATED: Great Britain’s House of Lords Overwhelmingly Pass Same-Sex Marriage Act; Possible Provisions for Churches Who Will Not Comply With Law)

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1. Gay Marriage Act in Great Britain Passed by House of Lords (UPDATED)

“Lords give overwhelming backing to gay marriage” – House of Lords pass gay marriage bill. (Telegraph UK)

“After two days of intense debate, peers supported gay marriage by a margin of more than two to one. There will now be a series of other votes but the clear signal from the proceedings was that the legislation will now pass into law. The proposals have already split the Conservative Party, as half of its MPs opposed the legislation in the Commons last month. In a bid to appease religious leaders critical of the Bill, Baroness Stowell, the deputy Tory chief whip in the House of Lords, said that ministers will now consider changes to the legislation to offer churches further protection if they refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies.” – Peter Dominiczak, Robert Winnett and John Bingham; Telegraph UK

“Gay marriage would ‘force Queen to break sovereign promise'” – Passage of gay marriage act in Great Britain would force the Queen to break sovereign promise to uphold God’s law says former senior bishop. (The Telegraph UK)

“Bishop Nazir-Ali told the Daily Mail: “The idea of a constitutional monarchy comes from the Bible. Christians are told in the Bible to obey their rulers, unless the ruler tells us to do something God forbids. “Happily in this country we have a monarchy that has taken an oath of upholding God’s laws, and the present Queen has for years been faithful to that. We are praying that she continues to be faithful. But while she is faithful to the vows she has taken, in this country she has to act on the advice of her ministers.” – Alice Philipson, The Telegraph.

2. “The Real Reason Millennials Don’t Buy Cars and Homes” – Yahoo Finance article on reasons why millenials don’t buy cars and homes. (Yahoo Finance)

3. “Desecration and Titillation” – Tim Challies on the dangers of pornography and how it destroys the image of God in man and God’s intention for the church. (TimChallies.com)

“When you look at pornography you are participating in this mocking of the gospel. You are watching the violation of the gospel, you are enjoying the violation of the gospel, you are being aroused by it. God says, “I have given you this great picture of Christ and the church” and you watch that portrait be defaced and violated and mocked, and you enjoy it all the while. God says, “The purity of the sexual relationship points you to the purity of the love the Savior has for you.” And you say, “Right now I need a different kind of salvation from a different savior. A more satisfying kind, and one Christ did not supply at the cross. I need salvation only this god can provide.”” – Tim Challies, “Desecration and Titillation”

4. “7 Truths LGBT Kids Need to Hear from Homeschooling Parents” – Fred Butler responds to gay college student’s post complaining about Fudamentalist parents who home schooled him. (Hip and Thigh)

5. “Ten Fingers” – Jerry Vines recalls the 1979 election of Adrian Rogers as SBC President in Houston, Texas. (Jerry Vines Ministries)

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News of Note: Edith Schaeffer Goes Home to be with the Lord at 98

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1. Articles on Edith Schaeffer

“Edith Schaeffer (1914 – 2013)” – Edith Schaeffer goes home to be with the Lord. (Challies.com)

“Goodbye Mom, Edith Schaeffer 1914 – 2013 RIP” . Frank Schaeffer’s touching tribute to his mother. (Patheos.com)

“Edith Schaeffer and the Apologetics of Beauty” – Nancy Pearcey remembers Edith Schaeffer. (The Pearcey Report)

“Edith Schaeffer” – Udo Middleman remembers Edith Schaeffer (Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation)

2. “The End of Men” – Is this the end of men? CBMW’s Candice Watters reviews Hanna Rosin’s book, “The End of Men and the Rise of Women”. (The Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood)

3. “Some Will Apostatize” – What makes an apostate? Tom Ascol explains. (Ligonier Ministries)

News of Note: “The Bible Miniseries Mishandling of God’s Word”

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1. “The History Channel’s Bible Miniseries Mishandling of God’s Word” – Mike Ratliff reviews The History Channel’s miniseries “The Bible”. (Possessing The Treasure)

2. “Four Good Reasons to Read Good Books” – Tim Challies gives four reasons to read good books. (Challies.com)

3. “Thinking Biblically About C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries” – Ken Silva’s response to Tim Challies article on the SGM lawsuit. (Apprising Ministries)

4. “Open Letter to Dr. Steve McSawin” – Frank Turk’s open letter to Huffington Post’s Steve McSwain about his article “6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying”. (Pyromaniacs)

5. “Adultery: When Law and Morality (used to) Agree” – Al Mohler on Colorado considering stripping its statutes that criminalize adultery or any act that would “promote sexual immorality.” (AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: “Canadian Supreme Court Rules on Hate Speech”

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1. Hate Speech Ruling in Canada

“Canadian Supreme Court Rules Biblical Speech Opposing Homosexual Behavior is a ‘Hate Crime’” – Canada Supreme Court rules against evangelist for distributing Christian material depicting that homosexuality is a sin. (Christian News Network)

“Major Hate Speech Ruling in Canada Affirms Biblical Principle” – Does Canada’s hate speech ruling against Christian evangelist affirm Biblical principle? (Christianity Today)

2. “Thinking Biblically About C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries” – Tim Challies on how we should think Biblically about the Sovereign Grace Ministries lawsuit. (Challies.com)

3. “InterVarsity to File Brief on Attempts to Restrict Religious Liberties at Universities” – InterVarsity files legal brief opposing restrictions against Christian clubs on college campuses. (Christian Post)

4. Two Posts from Answers in Genesis By Al Mohler and Ken Ham

“Gay Marriage as a Civil Right—Are Wrongs Right?” – Al Mohler explains why gay marriage is not a civil right.

“Influential Australian Christian Stands with the Atheists” – Ken Ham on influential Australian Christian John Dickson supporting the New Atheists.

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1. “Do You Still Want to Be Like Mike?” – Matt Smethurt’s post on the ESPN interview with Michael Jordan as he turns 50. Smethurst’s article reveals a sad portrayal of an aging and dissatisfied Jordan whose only passion is the game of basketball and how he has been attempting to find ways to satisfy his insatiable drive for competition ever since his retirement. The article also shows that Jordan’s egotism knows no bounds despite the fact that he seemingly has everything and everyone around him caters to his every whim. (The Gospel Coalition)

2. “Seven Ways To Pray for Your Prayer Life” – A post from Tim Challies on seven ways to pray for your prayer life. (Challies.com)

3. “Christian Founder of eHarmony Says Gay Marriage Debate ‘Damaged Company'” – Interview with eHarmony co-founder Neil Clark Warren who blames Focus In the Family and Christians for his legal troubles. (Christian Post)

4. “Southern Baptists urge Boy Scouts National Council members to keep ban on gay Scouts, leaders” – Southern Baptist Convention urges Boy Scouts National leaders to keep ban on gay scouts and leaders. (Washington Post)

5. “The death of a mentor, Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)” – A touching tribute by Denny Burk for long time Dallas Theological Seminary professor and author Howard Hendricks who went to be with the Lord. (DennyBurk.com); More from DTS on the life of Howard Hendricks in the article, “The Life of Howard G. “Prof” Hendricks“; The following is a video tribute to the “Prof”:

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1. “Where Can You Find the Best Prices for Books?” – Tim Challies does a price comparision of 4 online bookstores (Amazon, Monergism, Westminister Books, Christian Book Distributors) to find the best deal on Christian books.

2. “Is the Culture at War With Christmas?” – Russell Moore on the culture war with Christmas and also gives Christians some suggestions on how to handle it (The Christian Post).

3. “Lawsuits against churches ‘inevitable’ with gay ‘marriage’ law” – New gay marriage law which will be passed next week in Great Britain will inevitably cause lawsuits against churches says UK Independence Party (LifeSite News).

4. “A Few Things to Consider Before Supporting Gay Marriage” – Kevin DeYoung gives us some points to consider before supporting gay marriage (DeYoung, Restless and Reformed).

5. “Free e-book from A.W. Pink” – A.W. Pink’s “The Prophetic Parables of Matthew 13” is now available for download at the Monergism website.

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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.