Roundup

Speak the Gospel — use deeds when necessary – Seems that St. Francis probably didn’t say “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  I didn’t realize that when I wrote Taking St. Francis too literally, but the content there still applies.  Even if he had said it, a cursory review of his life would show that he said it as hyperbole.  He was all about using words to share the Gospel.  Hat tip: The Pugnacious Irishman

Does the Old Testament condone slavery? – Excellent post on a common objection to the Bible.  Very clear and concise.  Read it and save the link.

Absolutely not.

The Old Testament speaks of slavery often, and lays out rules on how slaves were to be treated. This has caused some to become confused…but a basic understanding of the context for ancient near-eastern slavery shows that the Old Testament does not condone slavery. Let’s look at some common assumptions . . .

Hat tip: Wes from Facebook

Author: More teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians – how about your church and your kids?

Hey WordPress users: I just started using the Zemanta feature.  When you write posts it prompts you with suggested tags, related links and public domain pictures.  This is a big time-saver!

To add Zemanta, go to Users > Personal Settings in your Dashboard. You’ll see a new option near the end of the page that lets you add Zemanta to your posts. Click “Help me find related content (images, links, related articles, and tags) to use in my posts.” Hit “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page. You can turn it off at any time.

Hypocritical Al Sharpton Doesn’t Know the First Thing About Martin Luther King’s Legacy

Al Sharpton is a professional bigot. During his long career the Reverend has incited two anti-Semitic pogroms; the Crown Heights riot and the firebombing of the Jewish-owned Freddy’a Fashion Mart in Harlem. Each of the Sharpton-incited pogroms resulted in deaths, but now for some unknown reason Reverend Al believes he is the caretaker of religious tolerance in the country, as well as the protector of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of peaceful protest.

Hat tip: The Other McCain

Evolutionary psychology: Evolutionary psychologists get stressed and start to cry over the evolution of crying

Darwinism requires that stupid, materialist explanations based on survival be preferred to obvious ones that start with the reality of the human mind and human cognition, so far as I can see.

Homer Simpson and Bob Newhart: Just (don’t) do it.

Some problems may require much help and counseling, whether formal or informal.  But many other problems don’t require that.  A couple light-hearted yet insightful views on the topic:

Homer: Marge, I want you to admit you have a gambling problem.

Marge: You know, you’re right, Homer.  Maybe I should get some professional help.

Homer: No, no!  That’s too expensive.  Just don’t do it anymore.

Then there’s this must-watch video with Bob Newhart:

Seriously, many of the wrong things we do can be stopped with right thinking.  You don’t have to psychoanalyze your childhood, blame your parents and/or society and make yourself the victim. 

We can decide what to think.  And it isn’t just not thinking bad thoughts, but about filling our minds with true and good things and letting God’s truths transform our minds.

Philippians 4:6-8 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

So consider the bad habits weighing you down and learn to counter them when those thoughts pop into your mind.  Take Homer’s advice and just don’t do them anymore. 

Or if that is too wordy, take Bob’s advice and just stop it!

Hat tip for the Bob Newhart video: Musings from a Theo-Geek (great blog!)

Roundup

pro-choice-baby.jpgFrom the “I am not making this up” department: Planned Parenthood offers gift certificates, just in time for Christmas.

P.S. Did you know that Planned Parenthood used to be “anti-choice” because they knew that abortion killed a baby and was bad for the mother?  From their own advertisement:

Is it [birth control] an abortion?

Definitely not.  An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun.  It is dangerous to your life and health.  It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it.  Birth control merely postpones the meaning of life.

Musings from a Theo-Geek has a good piece on Why Secular Psychology and Christianity Don’t Mix

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Long depression was FDR’s fault – Be skeptical and even nervous about all the “solutions” being bandied about today.

Ten reasons not to ask Jesus into your heart – tips on avoiding false conversions

Serbian abortionist becomes pro-lifer after 48,000 abortions – I hope our leaders who are pro-choice have the same dreams that this guy did.