My Picks for Tuesday 6-28-2016

Picks Tuesday

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

I always appreciate Joe Carter’s clear explanations of SCOTUS cases and decisions…

The FAQs: Supreme Court Rules on Texas Abortion Case
Joe Carter
In one of the most significant rulings on abortion in decades, the Supreme Court ruled on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in a 5-3 decision to overturn state laws designed to regulate abortion clinics in a way that would protect women’s health.

This is important…

What the Hook-up Culture Has Done to Women
Anne Maloney
Alone-Sad-GirlThe world we have created for these young people is a world which welcomes every sort of sexual behavior except chastity. Anal sex? Okay! Threesomes? Yep. Sex upon the first meeting? Sure! Virginity until marriage? What the hell is wrong with you? I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the reason so many college-aged women binge-drink is so that they can bear their own closeted sorrow about what they are doing…

…An entire generation of women is wounded yet unable to find the source of the bleeding. There is, indeed, an “unconscious despair” behind their “games and amusements.” They “hook up,” feel awful and have no idea why. It’s hard to heal when you don’t know you’ve been damaged.

In 30 years as a worship leader, I recall very few patriotic holidays when I didn’t receive criticism about the Sunday service. It was either not patriotic enough (usually), or it was too patriotic (we may have done one thing to acknowledge the occasion). This short piece by Mark Taylor summarizes why we should keep patriotism out of Sunday morning worship…

Where Patriotism BelongsMark Taylor
Red, white, and blue blowouts belong in stadiums and parks, not Sunday-morning worship.

Every American patriot can feel a swell of pride and gratitude as we celebrate Independence Day this weekend. We have so many good reasons to love our homeland.

And every American Christian can pray, “God bless America” with fervor and fear. We have so many valid concerns about our country to bring before God in prayer. Let’s be glad when those prayers echo from our pulpits this weekend.

But let’s remember that in God’s eyes, America is only one in a host of nations whose people he loves and wants to save. We may love our country. But our worship is reserved for God alone.

Voting is like the movies…
Source: Pearls Before Swine

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