The Meaning of Charleston; SCOTUS ruling; John Piper; the DRESS back in the news; Parenting and much more

Weekend Links

Arabic symbol for Nazarene (Will SCOTUS ruling lead to the marking of Christians in America?)
Arabic symbol for Nazarene (Will SCOTUS ruling lead to the marking of Christians in America?)

This promise is still true:  

“If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

The United States is not Israel; but believers still dwell here. They are the people of God, the “Israel of God”, according to Galatians 6:16. And God is still looking to bless those people in any nation that humble themselves, seek His face and turn from their wickedness. Today, after the SCOTUS ruling, we have much more to turn from but our God is still ready to bless when we do.

Theology and Apologetics (These Things Believe)

Trinity Awarded $3.4 Million Templeton Grant to Develop the Christian Doctrine of Creation within Evangelical Theology (This is a great opportunity to think hard over what does the Bible actually teach about creation and what are the implications for life and ministry. Pray for the faculty and staff of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield.)

Pastor John Piper’s Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage  (Dr. Piper is just a man. A man that makes mistakes and struggles just like the rest of us. But he is also a godly man whose heart and mind are saturated with the Bible. This response is both amazing and helpful. Post also includes a brief commentary from Michael Cantrell at Young Conservatives.)

Ten Resources to Help You Talk Biblically about the Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality Debate  (Some very good short video’s in this series.)

Practice (These Things Do)

“Why is it so hard to see black and blue” Salvation Army Uses “the Dress” to Shine a Spot Light on Domestic Abuse Against Women  (Great to see Christians using media in a way that tackles real problems in the world.)

Politics and Pop Culture

The Meaning of Charleston  —Elder  (Such an unspeakable tragedy in Charleston and yet the godly response of the congregation to the hatred of the perpetrator has been an inspiration. What we shouldn’t lose sight of is the differences between the situation in 1960 and today. There is so much more to be done, so much more progress to be made in race relations, and would should grieve and repent that more has not been accomplished in the last 55 years. But we should also rejoice in the progress that has been made. Let’s commit ourselves to three things, always repenting, always rejoicing, always praying and working for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.)

What Dad’s Play Does for Kids  —Sue Shallenbarger    (New research on the importance of what a Dad’s presence does for children. Be encouraged men. Ladies, let your men do it differently than you.)

Israeli Company Turns Trash into Gas  (Great idea for the environment, for the people of the middle east, and for relations between Jews and Arabs.  Fantastic innovation. Wish I had one of these.)

Democracy is Dying Persecution is Inevitable  —Rod Dreher   (Actually, Dreher’s title said “is coming” not “inevitable.” Anaylsis of Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion on the Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of gay marriage.)

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