Roundup

ROUNDUP TIMEMy all-time favorite passage?  Maybe.  John 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

‘Oh My Gosh’: Mom Looking at High School’s Sex Education Book Expressed Shock When Seeing Its ‘Pornographic’ Content —  Your tax dollars at work.  But don’t worry, the district says the teachers won’t talk about the section on sex toys — and you can totally trust them.

Use Facebook’s Mobile Site for a Faster, Battery-Friendly Facebook — And you don’t have to install their new Messenger app.

Facebook’s app isn’t as bad as it used to be, but it still has its fair share of problems: it’s a little slow, drains your battery even when you aren’t using it, and requires all sorts of permissions on your phone. Want something better? The Facebook mobile site is nearly identical…without all the crap.

Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast? Here’s The iPhone Battery Fix! — This had some great tips.

Houston Rejects Petition to Send LGBT Anti-Bias Policy to Voters — That’s what you get for electing Leftists who admit it is all about them.

Conservative Christians in Houston filed suit against Mayor Annise Parker’s administration after city officials ruled invalid a petition to overturn a new LGBT anti-bias ordinance. City officials threw out thousands of signatures that would have forced the city to put the ordinance on the November ballot. But conservatives are not willing to declare defeat yet.

Parker in May rammed through her “Equal Rights Ordinance” in hearings some called a sham. Supporters say the ordinance is a generic rights rule that simply adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to a list of other protected classes. But Parker, who is open about her homosexual relationship, has publicly declared the ordinance “about me.”

Religious liberty experts say the ordinance clearly forces Christian organizations and businesses to act against their biblical beliefs about sexuality. Among other things, the ordinance bans Christian colleges from enforcing sexual conduct policies in housing. It also opens public restrooms to anyone, regardless of gender. Expecting a legal challenge, Parker delayed the ordinance’s implementation.

. . . The documents themselves back up at least some of Welch’s concerns. The city charter places the responsibility for verifying signatures on City Secretary Anna Russell. By her own admission, in a report sent to Parker, Russell said she verified more than enough signatures by July 27 to put the petition on the ballot. But before releasing her final decision, she allowed Feldman extraordinary power to review the petition.

. . .“What I witnessed was a mockery of the rule of law—again—by a mayor who blatantly interfered in the right of the citizens to petition our government,” Welch told the U.S. Pastor’s Council. Parker is a “radical” who is “willing to do anything in order to achieve a legacy,” he said.

Oops: In 2009, Obama Administration told Delphi to avoid U.S. taxes via corporate inversion.

 This is both delicious and maddening. Delicious because it so clearly shows what a complete fraud this whole narrative about corporate inversions is. The administration just recently started talking about inversions, but they’ve been happening for a long time, and the administration not only didn’t think it was a big deal, they were actually willing to encourage it when it was in their own best interests or in the interests of a company – like Delphi – that they couldn’t afford to see go under. Maddening, because today the Democrats need a new political narrative, so they’re yelping about corporate inversions and trying to pass new legislation to essentially ban the practice. And since that doesn’t square with their own recent history where Delphi is concerned, they have now sicced the IRS on Delphi and told them to surrender the tax advantages that the administration actually encouraged and helped them to obtain five years ago.

The Sugar Tax is Coming — Good idea on eliminating subsidies.  Bad idea on the sugar consumption tax.  It will also have the unintended consequence of steering people to artificial sweeteners, which are ultimately worse for most people.

Abortion Practitioner Refers to Killing “Ugly Black Babies” — Paging Al Sharpton et al.  Isn’t it odd how such an outrageously racist comment never made the mainstream news?

A Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy: Build Casinos – The Atlantic — Even The Simpsons knew casinos were bad for economies.

Outside of Las Vegas—now home to only 20 percent of the nation’s casino industry—casino gambling has evolved into a downscale business. Affluent and educated people visit casinos less often than poorer people do for the same reasons that they smoke less and drink less and weigh less. . . . No one should look to casinos to revive cities, “because that’s not what casinos do.” So explained the project manager for a new Wynn casino rising near Philadelphia. He’s right, but it has taken a surprisingly long time for city governments to acknowledge a fact that was well understood by the 19th-century Americans who suppressed gambling in the decades after the Civil War. The impact of casinos on neighboring property values is “unambiguously negative,” according to the economists at the National Association of Realtors. Casinos don’t encourage non-gaming businesses to open nearby, because the people who most often visit casinos do not wander out to visit other shops and businesses. A casino is not like a movie theater or a sports stadium, offering a time-limited amusement. It is designed to be an all-absorbing environment that does not release its customers until they have exhausted their money.

Acts 29 Network Removes Co-founder Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church From Membership — This is great news. We have been so blessed by the Acts 29 network. We attend an Acts 29 church and it is amazing. Both my daughters attended them when they went to college (actually, they were there before us) and were equally blessed.  So glad to see leaders doing the loving thing and exercising church discipline! I hope others are emboldened by this and do the same. No one should be above it, including “rock star” pastors. Hopefully it will lead Driscoll to repent, but either way it was the right thing to do.  I appreciate the discernment ministries that have brought attention to Driscoll’s issues, but it was disappointing that most seemed to take a “What took you so long?” grandstanding response rather than an encouraging one.

It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored. The Board of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network

Some excellent points from Wretched:

Twelve Lessons from the Mark Driscoll Explosion

An explosion has occurred in Evangelical Christianity.  Mark Driscoll has been expelled from the movement that he himself founded: The Acts 29 Network. If you have not read the widely circulated letter that has been made public, you may read it below. There is much to be learned from this explosion.

  1. Mark Driscoll is in big trouble.  Reading this letter was like hearing an excommunication announcement in church.  While this letter does not state this, it is clear, Mark’s spiritual condition is perilous. When a thoughtful and prayerful group of Christian friends asks you to“step down from ministry for an extended time and seek help,” you are inspiritual danger.
  2. This is no time for piling on.  While we can be grateful to the leaders of the Acts 29 Network for their Biblical actions, a man who professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ is in trouble.  It is clear he is not fit for ministry at this time, or ever.  Worse, there are clearly some on-going  sins that need to be dealt with.  This is not the time for “I told you so.”
  3. Mark’s family has been rocked.  Nobody wishes that on a wife and children.
  4. Mark’s church has been rocked.  Souls have been damaged and some bruised reeds will be bent.
  5. The Board of Acts 29 has acted boldly, wisely, thoughtfully and courageously.  Would that more evangelical organizations did the same.
  6. Accountability is good.  Cowboy Christians typically end up like Wild Bill Hickok.
  7. Immaturity, the root of Mark’s problems, can be a disqualifying character flaw for a pastor.
  8. John MacArthur, Phil Johnson and others have been proven right in their critiques.  We would do well to listen to older, wiser, experienced men in the future.
  9. For Mark’s sake, those of us who are watching from a distance should stop: listening to his sermons, recommending him to others, attending his events, buying his books, reading his articles. Let the full weight of this land on him that he might genuinely repent.  Perhaps for the first time.
  10. Virtually everyone in leadership with Mark should be examined to determine their fitness for leadership also.
  11. Celebrity Christianity is a dangerous category.
  12. We will learn much about evangelical Christianity as the days pass and blogs are written.  Will they be written with the difficult but commanded blend of “truth and love,” or will they be snarky?  This is a test for us too.  May we not sin in response to Mark’s sins.

This is a day of mixed emotions.  Godly men acted courageously,but a man is in perilous danger.  We should be grateful and horrified at the same time.  Let us remember to “take heed, lest we too shall fall”. (I Cor.10:12).

9 Reasons We Can Be Confident Christians Won’t Be Raptured Before the Tribulation AND Taylor and Piper versus The Rapture — I’m on the post-trib side, but these articles offer some thoughtful arguments for both sides.

Did your science textbook teach that peppered moths prove evolution? — So much of what you were taught about evolution was not only false but knowingly false, but the taught it to you anyway.  Because evolution.

Former NFL Pro Explains Why He’s a Republican: Democrats Are Destroying Black Communities — Love it.  (That’s he’s a Republican, not that Democrats are destroying black communities.)

Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling. Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact: This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country.   I didn’t realize it but as I started thinking about it and growing up, because as a kid going to college, you know I was all into the Democratic Party and everything; then I started realizing they helped destroy our communities and we’re supposed to be celebrating electing these people.   One of the towns in our areas, Camden, is still suffering. I want to put an end to this.

He Survived Brain Cancer and Leads a Church of 11,000 – but Have You Heard of Him? — Good story about Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church and leader of the Acts 29 Network.  Great guy.  I enjoyed a sermon series he did on Ecclesiastes.  Hope he stays the course.

Trying to Stop Global Warming Costs 50 Times More Than Adapting to It — If you love your neighbor you won’t subject them to the futile and outrageously expensive and counterproductive efforts to fight climate change.

There is going to be climate change. There always has been and there always will be. Nothing anyone can do will stop it. But let’s pretend just for argument that temperatures are still rising like they did last century, that warmer temperatures are bad, and that they are caused by CO2 emissions, which to a small degree humans can control. What would be the reasonable course of action? The answer is easy when you consider that attempting to stop climate change costs 50 times more than adapting to it if and as it happens . . .

 

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You get more of what you subsidize and encourage.

 

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