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The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults — Makes sense.  If your parents went to church but obviously didn’t care about God the rest of the week, that would send a very clear message to kids that Christianity is just some social club and not an all-encompassing way of life.

The holy grail for helping youth remain religiously active as young adults has been at home all along: parents.

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.

I am not making this up: Lena Dunham Threatens To Sue Truth Revolt For Quoting Her — Uh, if you write a book claiming to have molested your sister then don’t be surprised when people quote you on it.  We are in some sort of bizarre state when even the Leftists can’t realize how messed up that girl is.  And of course, she is a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman.

British MPs Vote 181-1 to Declare Sex-Selection Abortions Illegal — That’s great news!  Now if only the U.S. and others would follow suit.  And more importantly, if every one would realize that all abortions (except the very limited number that save the life of the mother) should be illegal.  After all, if killing a human being for not being the preferred gender is wrong, why is it acceptable to kill her for having Down Syndrome, or because she is getting in the way of a love life/career/education, or if she is just plain unwanted?

Wine, Blind Taste Tests, and Your Money — I don’t drink wine, but this is still fascinating.   Good lessons here on expert opinions and pricing.

You’re standing at the grocery store looking at a large selection of wines. You know you want a red wine to go well with your pasta meal this evening. One is $5.99 per bottle. Another is $19.99 per bottle and has a little tag bragging about the score it received in some wine magazine. Which one is likely to bring you more enjoyment?

Believe it or not, the difference between the wines amounts to a complete coin flip. Professional wine judges, when faced with duplicate blind taste tests, fail to accurately repeat their grading of wines. From this study, with my own emphasis added:

“Wine judge performance at a major wine competition has been analyzed from 2005 to 2008 using replicate samples. Each panel of four expert judges received a flight of 30 wines imbedded with triplicate samples poured from the same bottle. Between 65 and 70 judges were tested each year. About 10 percent of the judges were able to replicate their score within a single medal group. Another 10 percent, on occasion, scored the same wine Bronze to Gold. Judges tend to be more consistent in what they don’t like than what they do. An analysis of variance covering every panel over the study period indicates only about half of the panels presented awards based solely on wine quality.“

These results – 10% of the tasters repeating their grading – are within the realm of ordinary luck.

In fact, there has really only been one thing that clearly “moves the needle” when it comes to wine tasting results: the price on the wine bottle.

UK feminists urge parliament to pass bill banning gendercide abortions

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14 Ways I Teach Apologetics to My 5-Year-Old – Outstanding tips and attitude.  Highly recommended to any current or future parents!  Hat tip: Wintry Knight (who else?)

Russia against the Sex Pervert Nation — It is sad how our country is exporting oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” and the normalization of perversions.

La Raza Makes Use of WaPo’s Guide to ID-Free Voting — A racist organization (the name literally means “the race” encourages people to vote even though they don’t have identification.  Hmmmm . . . wouldn’t include any illegal aliens, would it?  Save the link for the next foolish and/or malicious Leftist claims voter ID laws are oppressive.

Jonathan Coulton did, indeed, get threatened by the Democratic party of New York state — Very subtle, Leftists.  The good news about their veiled threats against voters: Human nature is such that it may drive people to vote, but for the other party.

Is Your Church Safe? — “Safe” churches are the most dangerous places on the planet. Your guard is down because you think you’ll be told the truth about God, but Satan is there filling you with lies.

I had to follow up with her again to find out what they meant by “safe.”

From what she told me, the idea behind a safe church is one that anyone can come to and be comfortable with the messages being preached. In other words, the messages are affirming everyone in who they are without regard to their… well, eternal state.

US ambassador to Iraq: WH was warned early on about ISIS, “did almost nothing” — They were more concerned about politics and went with their “hate America first” default position.

Coca-Cola’s Anti-Religious Positions — I’m sure Pepsi is Leftist as well, but this is one more reason not to consume anything by Coke.

Clinton, Crapitalism, and the Fear Machine — Read it all.  Great take down of Hillary, plus this take on “Crapitalism.”

My friend Jason Mattera dubs this system “Crapitalism” in his latest book.  The forms of capitalism are observed, and indeed the Ruling Class is very eager to appropriate its language – for example, by referring to Big Government tax-and-spend programs as “investment.”  But beneath this free-market veneer is a squalid normalization of corruption, in which politicians confer billions from the Treasury upon those who donate millions to their campaigns.  It’s not always a straight cash payoff (although if you haven’t read Jason’s book yet, you might be surprised to learn how often it is.)  Often what crapitalists purchase from Big Government vendors is the incredibly valuable service of anti-competition – laws, and more often mere rules promulgated by the endless bureaucracy, that burden competitors and keep established, well-connected interests on top.  A great deal of behavior that would have been dismissed as the most vile corruption a few generations ago is now standard operating procedure.

Did Pervert @LenaDunham Make Her Younger Sister Grace a Lesbian? — Remember that the Left worships people like Dunham.  Look what her parents did and what it produced!

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What is racist is telling people they are too stupid to get an ID.  Hat tip: Glenn

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Good news! More people leaving the plantation!  I’m encouraged to see more of these coming out.

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My only objection is that they use the word liberal instead of leftist.  I try to correct myself when ever I use the former, as it is too generous.

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Get This Prayer App – Seriously, prayer apps are extremely useful.  I don’t use that one, but it sounds really good.  I use one called Prayer Notebook.

The River Of God — Great analysis and message from a father to his children — and anyone else who will listen.

New York Times Editorial Calls for Moving Toward Normalization of Pedophilia — Of course!  Right on schedule.  In a few years they will be demanding that you approve of pedophiles the same way the insist that you approve of the rest of the LGBTQX alphabet soup of rebellion against God.

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I enjoyed being able to do early voting here in Texas.  The only minor surprise was that the Democrats’ nominee for governor was listed as Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis.  Just kidding!  Probably!  It was fun to vote for Abbott.

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5 Ways To Lose the Battle Against Sin — great reminders!

Transanity of the week: Dan Ennis Changes Sex Three Times, Gets Canned by ABC News — The first change was cheered, of course.  They were so proud of him!  But after three times it apparently got old.  Maybe they figured out what normal people knew all along: This is one confused husband and father of three.

Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument

Decrypting Bitcoin — If you’ve wondered what Bitcoin is, this is a good overview.  No plans to invest in it, though!

9 Things You Should Know About Down Syndrome — Key thing: 2/3 of people with Down Syndrome are murdered because of it.  That should not be.

The Logical Consequence of Treating Your Base Like Garbage – Yep.  I’d never donate to the national Republicans.  They support too many RINOs and demonize conservatives.

Dutch euthanasia law a huge success — Of course they mean it is successful in terms of killing lots of people, just as designed.  This is creepy, evil and entirely predictable.

The good news is that the Netherlands is still capable of creating something other than Muslim extremists. The bad news is that what they are producing is the state sanctioned killing of the sick and elderly by medical professionals.

Pregnant Abortionist Feels Her Baby Kick As She Tears Off Leg in an Abortion — That’s what they do.

An Acts 8 Outlook — Great points, as always, by Stan.

So remember Acts 8. Stephen did the right thing and died for it. Doing the right thing spawned persecution. Persecution scattered the Christians. As a result of persecution, then, they “went everywhere preaching the word”, and “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.” That’s a good thing. That is, confidence in a Sovereign God to take the evil intentions of rebels around you to use their evils for your good and His glory is a good thing. A really good thing.

Moses was ‘Barbaric, Schizophrenic,’ Says ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Actor Christian Bale — “Bale admitted that he was not knowledgeable about the Bible and had to do some significant research for the role.”  Indeed! This article is one more reason I avoid [allegedly] Bible-based movies.Why would you expect pagans to get anything right? It is in their job description to mock or distort the word of God!  Romans 1:18–20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

CNN Makes a Mockery of the Worst Moment of Bristol Palin’s Life, She Responds – Nothing to see here, folks.  Just more Leftist media hypocrisy.

Bristol Palin was pushed to the ground. She was dragged across the grass. She was called a “slut.” She was robbed.

CNN’s Carol Costello thought that was hilarious.

In what was perhaps the worst moment of Bristol’s life, the media treated her as a laughingstock. Outlets couldn’t wait to report on the “Palin family brawl” or the “thrilla in Wasilla” that occurred at a party in Anchorage, Alaska, and turn it into a TMZ segment. Heck, it was probably even on the verge of becoming a Saturday Night Live skit. MSNBC’s Joy Reid referred to it as a “stunt” and said John McCain should apologize for putting Sarah Palin on the ballot in 2008. But, the worst “report” of all, had to be this insensitive segment from CNN’s Costello.

CNN obtained the audio from the unfortunate incident. In the clip, an exhausted and shaken Bristol describes how a stranger pushed her sister Willow, then assaulted her. To make matters worse, Bristol had her five-year-old son Tripp in the car and she was clearly concerned for his safety as well. It is this audio clip that Costella told her viewers to “sit back and enjoy:”

When the Ray Rice scandal broke and that terrifying video surfaced of the football player knocking his fiancé to the ground and dragging her out of an elevator, Costello slammed Fox News for supposedly making light of it. She also made sure to inform her viewers about the very real dangers of domestic assault. Here she is reading off a few statistics, for instance, that 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence and women 20 to 24-years-old are at greatest risk.

Fast forward a month later, Costello is openly mocking Bristol Palin for…being a victim of physical assault. You’d think she’d change her mind about making jokes about the encounter after listening to the troubling clip, but at the end, she merely says, “You can thank me later.”

What did Jesus think of the Old Testament? — A recent comment on an old post said this:

Isaac Asimov once said, “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”

My response:

Thanks, that’s a great example of the foolishness of people who rebel against God. Deep down he knew that Christianity was the real, authentic religion. Otherwise, he’d never say something so stupid as that, pretending that if one religion was false then they all must be. As J. Budziszewski, atheist-turned-Christian philosophy professor from the University of Texas say, “Though it always comes as a surprise to intellectuals, there are some forms of stupidity that you must be highly intelligent and educated to commit. God keeps them in His arsenal to pull down mulish pride, and I discovered them all.”

But the Bible is truly the word of God and carries the good news of how to be reconciled to him — even rebels who currently agree with Asimov.

Romans 1:18–20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

The media embargo on “the B word” — No, not that one.  They’ll gladly say that.  They won’t say black.  Apparently it is too racist to note the most obvious descriptor of a person.

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Don’t miss this response to the silly and evil video with little girls swearing (I didn’t watch the evil one, but this one is dead on).

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Great video on the 2nd Amendment.  Watch then save!

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When Stalker Knocks Twice on a Frightened Woman’s Door, It’s Followed by Two More of Something Else – It disgusts me that the gun-grabbers would have preferred that she was unarmed and just another statistic.  Stalkers should live in fear that they will get shot.

Sweden Criminalizes Objections to Displacement of Population Through Massive Muslim Immigration – This is what politician-assisted cultural suicide looks like.

The liberal ruling class has been importing massive numbers of welfare colonists from the Muslim world to populate slums, with the ultimate goal of transforming Sweden into a nonwhite country. Since the entire nation has not gone insane, some Swedes aren’t happy about it. These Swedes are marginalized and made to shut up:

A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue.

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If hordes of Muslims tried to storm the Swedish border brandishing scimitars, presumably someone would meet them with force so that their country might continue to exist. But if the invaders are imported by their own quisling government, people will not only submit to the invasion, but will agree to fund it. Generous welfare programs leave the Muslims free to devote their time to breeding at several times the rate of the native population.

Since a similar process is being used to erase America, we can expect similar restrictions on speech, the moment changing demographics make them politically feasible to inflict.

Report: At least seven black witnesses have corroborated Darren Wilson’s testimony before the Ferguson grand jury — I wonder how many Ferguson residents know or care?

Six bombshells relating to H. L. Mencken and the Scopes Trial — This is still important because of how atheists have been distorting the Scopes trial for nearly a century.

In a previous post two years ago, entitled, H. L. Mencken: Is this your hero, New Atheists?, I accused H. L. Mencken (pictured left) of lying and character assassination, in his reporting on the 1925 Scopes trial. Specifically, I charged that Mencken knowingly and deliberately made false statements about William Jennings Bryan (pictured right), a three-time Democratic Presidential candidate and eloquent orator, whose passionate opposition to Darwinism led him to volunteer his services an assistant prosecutor during the Scopes trial. To accuse a highly respected author such as Mencken of slander is a very serious matter, and in today’s post and an upcoming post, I’m going to substantiate this charge. Mencken not only slandered Bryan; he also slandered the people of Dayton, Tennessee.

New study: children’s brains function better when they can see their mothers — An important study for those who need studies to prove the obvious.  Don’t outsource your parenting, people!

Some Thoughts On Halloween — Some wise words, especially about Ouija boards.  They are not innocent fun.

The Driscoll Case: Now In the Jury’s Hands — Written by someone run over by the Driscoll bus before he resigned.  I hope believers treat this as a case study and learn from it regarding church discipline and removing problem pastors.  Feel free to pray for Driscoll, but don’t forget about his victims.

In a Chilling Phone Call, Yazidi Woman Made a Sex Slave by ISIS Begs for West to Bomb Brothel — This is so evil, sad and creepy.  And so ignored by the “war on women” crowd.

Matt Lewis shames the press for laughing at Bristol Palin’s physical assault — “War on women” is their code phrase for “war on abortion.”  Let’s call it that.

New Book Passionately Defends Christianity From Liberal Influence — This is encouraging!

“I was just a mouth piece for a liberal, leftist movement in the church,” said Chelsen Vicari, author of the new book, Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith.

During Vicari’s time in college, she was heavily influenced by something she says is plaguing the Christian church: Liberal indoctrination of core Christian teachings such as the inerrancy of the Bible. The growing liberal evangelical influence in today’s churches is something Vicari fell victim to, but through a series of mentors was brought to the realization she was deceived.

In “Distortion,” Vacari goes through her experience with liberal Christianity and how the Church can come back to authentic Christian teaching with grace and love in a hostile world.

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3. Christians have been historically conservative Republicans. You argue this is changing. Why?

I’ve read it estimated that about 6.4 million Evangelicals voted for President Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential election. This was shocking to me, since the president had a heavy pro-abortion track record and shifted his support to same-sex marriage on the campaign trail. But these Evangelical votes likely goes back to the Christian Left’s increasing influence. If you are taught by leaders in the Church that morality and ethics are relative and priority should be placed on political correctness, then that makes it easy for one to consider themselves a follower of Christ and still vote for an anti-life, anti-marriage candidate without conviction. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that voting Republican is Scriptural. Not at all! No matter what side of the political aisle a candidate is on, faithful Christians should consider how their moral character reflects Biblical values before placing a vote.

Twenty Reasons to Think Twice About Aborting a Baby With Anencephaly — Deliberately killing innocent human beings solves very few problems.

Should you marry someone who promises you that “there will be no divorce”? — That’s a start, but you need more.

Missouri State Senator Who Sponsored Anti-Gun Bills Gets Arrested In Highly Ironic Situation — Not just another hypocritical gun-grabber who carries herself, but an intoxicated hypocritical gun-grabber.

ISIS Sells Thousands of Women for $10 and Feminists are Worried About $10 Birth Control — A good thing to remind the next person who plays the silly “war on women” card.

These women have been forced to watch as their homes are destroyed, their husbands, fathers, and brothers are beheaded, and their children are taken from them. With no time to grieve, the women are forced into a phony marriage (where they are repeatedly raped) or simply raped and cast aside. The ISIS militants know what they are doing — they want to build an Islamic State, and they need women and more recruits to help. As columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote: “They know that illiteracy, ignorance and oppression of women create the petri dish in which extremism can flourish.”

Instead of fighting for the rights of these women, The National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, and other so called “advocates for women” have been silent on the issue. They have invested their political capital into continuing to promulgate a narrative that contains the word “war” but ignores the real war. These groups and liberal feminists have used the term “war on women” to describe companies not providing abortion-inducing drugs in their health care coverage, belittling the plight of Iraqi women who face actual war. War is bloody and brutal, and these women would know.

Planned Parenthood Global, which claims to “advocate for sound U.S. foreign policies that improve the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of individuals and families globally,” fails to even mention the threat ISIS plays to those women once on their website. In fact, search “ISIS” in the search query, and you’ll be redirected to “abortion and birth control.” Sigh.

Mother In Coma Heard Everything; Was Petrified They’d Turn Off Life Support

Monica Lewinsky: Still a home-wrecker and perjurer.  I oppose cyber-bullying, and bullying of any kind, but she’s not credible.Your risk of broad humiliation increases when you have an affair with a married President of the United States.  Oh, and when you commit perjury.  No, no, that’s too harsh.  You had an affair with the President of the United States while he was in office. So, yeah, of course, it is the Interwebs’ fault.

This Lesbian’s Daughter Has Had Enough — The hate and venom from the LTBQX lobby against anyone who dares oppose them — including children of LGBTQX people — is stunning.  But what should we expect from the blind men (and women) of Sodom?  Genesis 19:11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.

Recently I published an essay on Public Discourse about the ruthless misogyny that pervades LBGT culture.  I pointed out it that it can and will victimize women and children with impunity and then, in America’s narcissistic fugue, get hailed as brave and heroic.

Since my essay was published, there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of posts calling me a liar or trying to shame, discredit, intimidate, and threaten me.  Read this for details.  People I do not know have gone directly after my family and my job.  They have posted information, mis-information, accusations, and threats against me.  A vicious abusive “activist” well-known for his unhinged misogynistic cyber-stalking and violent threats, Scott Rose, sent blast e-mails to the university where I teach, describing himself as a “human right activist and an investigative journalist.”

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Random story: My all-time favorite handyman experience is when I was in the driveway checking something in the car and a cap fell but didn’t go all the way to the ground.  I got a tool and bent over the engine to retrieve the cap.  Of course, a good friend walks up the street at that moment and yells in a mocking tone, “It’s an engine!”  Then I stand up, holding a pair of . . . wait for it . . . salad tongs. If you can’t live something down, you might as well embrace it.

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Everything you need to know about the real employment rate.  Obama is a disaster.

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Decision, decisions

My favorite apologist linked to this so I thought I’d re-run it.  Still the most practical biblical lesson I know of for daily living.  As Greg Koukl says, we are constantly either making decisions or living with their consequences.  I use this method and share it regularly.  I just used it with the high school kids at church to talk about careers, dating, marriage, college, etc.  

Click here to download a set of PowerPoint slides to read or to teach others.

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Decision Making and the Will of God is one of my all-time favorite lessons to teach.  This is such a crucial topic, because we make big and small decisions all the time and are constantly living with the consequences of past decisions.

Does God speak to you about specific decisions when you are reading the Bible, such as whether you should pay off your mortgage, whom you should marry, what job you should take, etc.?  I think this is about how you apply the Bible to decision making and not about whether God sends individual messages through his word.

For example, if you want to know whether paying off your mortgage is the right thing to do, you have a couple options:

1. Ask God for a supernatural sign for the answer, whether it is a yes or a no (a la Gideon).  My guess is that He won’t decide for you that way, but it is always his option.  One thing we know about God is that if He wants to tell you something directly He isn’t very subtle.  There are zero examples of him trying to tell someone something in the Bible and not getting through.

2. Use the wisdom model of decision making.  You don’t have access to God’s sovereign knowledge (Will I lose my job?  Will interest rates go up or down?  Etc.).  You do have unrestricted access to his moral will via the Bible. Example: Is it immoral to pay off your mortgage early?  No, unless that means you won’t have enough money to feed your kids.  After moral considerations, look to the wisdom angle.  Ask God for wisdom, as He promises to deliver.  But as with Solomon, He doesn’t promise to decide everything for you.  Read Proverbs (and more).  Seek the counsel of others.  Consider the pros and cons.  That’s how to make wise decisions.  Finally, provided the options are moral and wise, consider your personal preferences.  We have tremendous freedom in Christ to do many things with our time and money.  Will paying off your mortgage make you happy?  If so, then do it.

Here’s a picture of what is looks like:

Decision making and the will of God

Really short version: Aside from direct and clear personal revelation from God, you don’t have access to his sovereign will when making decisions.  Therefore you must look at other factors.  If it isn’t moral, don’t do it.  If it is moral but not wise, don’t do it.  If it is moral and wise, then use your personal preferences.

Using this model you can end up with a wise and biblical decision, but you have avoided the traps of the “God told me to ____” routine.  People who run around saying that God told them this and that convey a super-spirituality that can leave less mature believers wondering if they really have a relationship with God (i.e., “God doesn’t tell me every little thing to do, so maybe I don’t really know him.”).

The “God told me ___” routine can also be outright blasphemy, as when “Christians” claim that God is moving in a new direction counter to what He revealed in the Bible.  The United Church of Christ “God is still speaking;” theme is a good example of that.  They didn’t believe what He said the first time around, so why trust them on allegedly new revelations?

Saturating yourself in the word is a key success factor in making good decisions. If we focus on worldly wisdom things go badly:

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

But if we repent and do everything we can to see things from God’s point of view we will make better decisions.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Romans 12:2 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.

This model will help you make good decisions in all areas of life — dating, marriage, college, careers, purchases, giving, ministry and more.  You can also use it to help friends, children, etc. make good decisions.  I even use it at work as a “faith flag” at times.  If people ask career advice, for example, I pull out this diagram and share it with them (i.e., “At the risk of getting all religious on you, here’s the method I use to make decisions like that.”)

Click here to download a set of PowerPoint slides to read or to use yourself to teach others.

P.S. A kid came into my wife’s elementary school library yesterday and asked if she had any books on how to make good choices.  She thought of the diagram above and laughed.  Let’s just say I refer to this model now and then.  She thinks I should write a children’s book on decision making.  I think she is kidding.

Hat tip to Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason for much of this, including the diagram.

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City of Houston demands that pastors hand over all sermons on homosexuality — I think they should all do a series on Romans 1 and send her every single sermon.

Romans 1:26–27 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

This is what you get when you elect the blind men (and women) of Sodom to political leadership roles.

Also see Houston: Turn Over the Sermons and No One Gets Hurt — The blind men (and women) of Sodom won’t be stopped by a pesky Constitution.

This is so brazenly unconstitutional that I can’t believe any court will honor the request. But just the fact that there are government officials who think that this is a proper thing to do does not bode well for religious freedom in a country that is becoming more and more hostile to traditional faith, or indeed any form of religious expression that does not march in lockstep with the Zeitgeist.

7 Things Your Church Needs From You — Great list.  See how well you are doing!

Archaeology and the Bible — “The Bible’s best friend.”

Sam Harris on defamation — Schadenfruede alert!  Professional Atheists Sam Harris and PZ Myers are having a Twitter scuffle.  Sam is shocked — shocked, I say! — to see behavior that he finds immoral.

Why are they doing this? Presumably because they think it works for whatever their goal is.

A better question is, why is Harris puzzled? The creation story of new atheism is Darwinism, for which moral values are merely a means of increasing reproductive fitness. (Smart people see that, and as for the rest of us, our brains did not evolve so as to enable us to see it.)

Now both Greenwald and Aslan should know better, of course. But, having read Harris’s book, The Moral Landscape: How science can determine human values, I think he is deeply confused.

One can demand moral accountability only if one believes that the universe is fundamentally moral, and Harris explicitly does not believe that.

Put another way, one can be good without God, but not without a moral universe. All moral discussion just becomes A shouting about what he wants B to do and B shouting about what she wants A to do. And finally, the stronger will prevail.

Be Ready to Answer Your Kids’ Questions About the Bible – Very important!

Concealed-carry permit holder uses gun to save woman from attempted rape — This should be national news about the benefits of gun ownership, but it doesn’t fit the meme.

Video: Protesters inflate “coal plant” balloon with renewable energy. Hilarity ensues – Sweet, sweet schadenfruede.  Use a reliable source next time, guys!

Polar Bear Hunting Still the Rage in Champaign, Illinois – Media too busy generating riots in Ferguson to report on black-on-white armed robberies.

President Obama Already Has An Ebola Czar. Where Is She?

What’s particularly interesting about this discussion, then, is that nobody has even discussed the fact that the federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. The woman who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients.

Before the media swallow implausible claims of funding problems, perhaps they could be more skeptical of the idea that government is responsible for solving all of humanity’s problems. Barring that, perhaps the media could at least look at the roles that waste, fraud, mismanagement, and general incompetence play in the repeated failures to solve the problems the feds unrealistically claim they will address. In a world where a $12.5 billion slush fund at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is used to fight the privatization of liquor stores, perhaps we should complain more about mission creep and Progressive faith in the habitually unrealized magic of increased government funding.

10 Things Every Black American Should Know About Dr. Ben Carson Before Forming Any Opinion of Him

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ROUNDUP TIME

99% of Adults With Down Syndrome Report Being Happy in Life — Yet 67% are killed because of their condition.

Model Who Wanted Abortion So She Could Star on Reality TV Show Now Opposes Abortion — Great news!  Hopefully others will reconsider their views and save their children.

Pyromaniacs: Some here, some there — Great points about a lot of “skeptics.”

In the insightful essay Had Sex, Dumped Jesus, Joel J. Miller develops the correct causality chain in much apostasy (h-t Aquila Report). People have immoral sex; that creates painful cognitive dissonance; God or the immorality has to go for peace to reign; God goes.

I wish I’d gotten down verbatim what I heard Josh McDowell say many years ago. He said he’d gotten to the point that, when some teen would come to him saying “I’m beginning to have serious doubts about my faith,” his first response would be along the lines of, “Oh? who are you sleeping with?”

Obama Regime Scrapped Quarantine Regulations — Those might have come in handy with this Ebola crisis.

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research — I always thought that homework was excessive and unproductive.

19 iPhone Tricks And Tips Apple Doesn’t Want You To Know. #7 Just Made My Life — Misleading title, because I doubt Apple is hiding these, but the tips are great.  Example: Holding down the photo taking button will take a burst of pictures.  Great way to quickly ensure you get a shot with everyone’s eyes open.

Gwyneth Paltrow to Obama: You’re very handsome and you should have all the power you need for your agenda — Reason #967 not to listen to people just because they are good at pretending to be other people.

How far do gay activists go in order to silence critics? – As far as the blind men of Sodom have to.  They are only going to get more bold now that the Federal and Supreme Court justices have conspired to overturn the will of the people.

This is actually not unusual for some extreme gay activists. I’ve blogged about things like before – e.g. – getting Frank Turek fired, forcing out Brendan Eich at Mozilla, expelling students from university,discriminating against foster parents, violence at student demonstrations, coercing Christian businesses, leaking the names of pro-marriage donors, closing down adoption agenciesthreatening teachers with termination, terminating police chaplainsvandalizing businessesvandalizing churches, or actually being convicted of committing domestic terrorism by attacking the Family Research Council building with GUNS. Any disagreement with the moral rightness of the gay lifestyle at all – no matter how caring, compassionate or rooted in evidence – could potentially draw a coercive response, or even violent response.

This laundry is never going to be folded: Dear Rachel Held Evans — Great point about why Christian parents should fear people like Rachel Held Evans more than Miley Cyrus.

Look Who’s Data Mining Your Toddlers — Government schools + crony capitalism = creepiness

Anti-Obamacare movie producer randomly hit with first tax audit ever — This administration continues to do things far worse than anything Nixon ever dreamed of.  The difference is that even Republicans knew what Nixon did was wrong.  Leftists defend and even cheer abuses like this.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants to Punish Politicians Who Question Global Warming — A Leftist wants to use the power of government to punish those who disagree with him?  Predictable.

The Rise of the Professional Slut – The Left wants to pretend the word has no meaning.

Our name for the world’s Lena Dunhams today is not in accordance with the truth of things, and it’s one reason millions of girls do not know how to conduct themselves. Remember that, as a writer once said, stigmas are corollaries of values; if certain things are to be valued, it follows that their opposites will be devalued. I’ll add that proper stigmas are corollaries of “virtues” (which refers to absolutes), and if we’re going to value chastity, modesty and propriety, it follows that sluttishness is going to be devalued — and should be called sluttishness for that reason.

Of course, today’s dominant values are valueless, which is why the Daily News can write something such as this:

Given that Dunham’s story includes therapy when she was in her single digits, ongoing battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more failed relationships than Henry VIII, some readers might be wondering what they can learn from this privileged 28-year-old’s so-called life.

Possibly everything.

The reality? She’s a walking train wreck created and enabled by a society that’s off the rails.

And here’s the main thing I suspect will be learned from her story: become a professional slut, girls, and perhaps you also can be rich beyond your wildest dreams.

 

My Body My Rights: Amnesty International’s Latest Push for Abortion — Never support those pro-aborts.  If only they were referring to the baby with their “my body, my rights” slogan.  But like nearly all pro-abortion arguments, they deliberately ignore the child.  And they have the gall to prattle about “human rights.”  The most basic human right is not to get crushed and dismembered just because you are unwanted.

Che Guevara: The Man, the Myth, the Atrocities – Still a dead thug who would have gladly killed the historically ignorant kids who wear shirts with his “cool” picture.

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