Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther

Friday Dispatches – Week Ending 10/5/2012

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A collection of assorted postings and pages I picked up while aimlessly wandering around the net this past week.

 

  • The internet is loaded with “get rich quick” schemes. Finally, here’s one that actually delivers … unfailing, 100% of the time, and in just a hour or two a day. Forget all the others; they’re a dead-end carousel.   But do check this out! 😉
  • Focus on the Family published this article by Andrew Hess and Glenn T. Stanton on “The Health Benefits of Marriage”. It’s good for you in so many ways. They describe how even a wife pointing out your flaws can be good for you. Who knew?
  • And on the other side of the spectrum, an Associated Press story reports on the findings of a recent study that the number of gay characters on TV is at an all time high. (They needed a study to figure that out?) So we are left with the question, is TV simply mirroring the reality of society? OR is it molding societal attitudes?
  • Finally, an article by Dr. Brian Lee in the internet magazine Real Clear Religion may be some of the most important reading of the year for pastors and church leaders. The article is entitled “Before You Politicize the pulpit …” and it provides a stop-and-think response to the call that has been made by the ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) for pastors to pledge that they will preach a sermon in which they will explicitly evaluate the Presidential candidates. The ADF is promoting October 7th as “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”. Dr. Lee contends that the reason we should NOT politick in our pulpits has nothing to do with fear of IRS reprisals, but everything to do with the God-ordained purpose of preaching: proclaiming the gospel of Christ, and Him crucified.