Links to Go (May 20, 2019)

Spiritual Things NOT More Important Than Physical Things

A person is NOT spiritual if he is NOT animated, influenced, or empowered by God’s Spirit. In other words, if his wisdom and behavior come from the world, rather than from God, he is not spiritual. But in the same way, when someone is transformed and becomes a spiritual person, he does not cease to be physical.


The Church Today in Cultural Captivity

Christian apologist Os Guinness says that when we look at evangelicalism today, it is the world and the spirit of the age that are dominant, not the Word and Spirit. The church in the U.S. is strong numerically, but weak because it is worldly. The church in America is in the world and of the world; and as a result, it is in profound cultural captivity.


She Stopped to Help Migrants on a Texas Highway. Moments Later, She Was Arrested.

Earlier this year, federal agents raided the home of a volunteer who provides meals, housing and other aid to migrants in the Texas border city of Brownsville. In Arizona, four volunteers with No More Deaths, a nonprofit based in Tucson, were convicted on misdemeanor criminal charges after leaving water and canned food for migrants hiking through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Five other volunteers also faced charges, including one felony case now pending in Federal District Court in Tucson.


Most Abortion-Minded Women Aren’t Calculating Killers. They’re Afraid.

Objective arguments against abortion based on an unborn baby’s humanity are true. And they have their place. Even images of pre-term and aborted babies may be persuasive—though in recent years many have begun to question their efficacy. But these arguments and photos usually aren’t best employed on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic.


You Can Always Use One More Translation, or Why I Read the NIVNKJVESVNLTNASBMSGKJVCSBNET Bible

And here’s something to keep in mind: In the vast majority of cases, when a New Testament author quoted the Old Testament, he used the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Hebrew. The Septuagint could be described as the ancient world’s most popular thought-for-thought translation of the Jewish Scriptures, on par in translation style with the NIV or NET. And yet Peter, Luke, John, and others presented it as the authoritative words of the Lord, no different than if they had held high the tablets of Moses.


The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’

Or at least, a lot of evidence suggests that people aren’t really one certain kind of learner or another. In a study published last month in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education, Husmann and her colleagues had hundreds of students take the VARK questionnaire to determine what kind of learner they supposedly were. The survey then gave them some study strategies that seem like they would correlate with that learning style. Husmann found that not only did students not study in ways that seemed to reflect their learning style, those who did tailor their studying to suit their style didn’t do any better on their tests.


Don’t Visit Your Doctor in the Afternoon

This same pattern of doctors defaulting to the easy thing later in the day has appeared for decreased influenza vaccinations, increased opioid prescribing for back pain and decreased physician hand-washing. We doctors like to think of ourselves — and the public might like to think of us — as rational decision makers, but depending on the time of day, treatments change.


Walk Fast? Good News—You’re More Likely to Live Longer

People who walk faster are more likely to live longer regardless of their weight. That’s according to a study scientists say suggests fitness levels might be a better indicator of health than an individual’s body mass index (BMI).


A Prayer for Friday (May 17, 2019)

Father God,

Great are You, o Lord, and worthy of praise. May You alone sit enthroned in my heart.

Help me to let go of the idols I hold dear. May Your Spirit lead me in Your ways. Help me to put off the ways of the flesh and put on Your Son.

I pledge allegiance to You, God, and to You alone. May You alone sit enthroned in my heart. Reign there alone.

You are my King. You are my Lord. You are my God.

Amen.

Immigration and crime

If you didn’t read today’s “Links To Go,” I’d encourage you to look at the first link, one about illegal immigrants and crime.

I’ve made no effort to hide the sympathy I feel for immigrants, both those who have been able to come here with documents and those who have had to find another way. So naturally the conclusions of this research didn’t surprise me. Unless you’re listening to politicians who are using immigration for their own ends, logic will tell you that most immigrants don’t want to get in trouble with the law. They want to stay under the radar, live quiet lives, and earn a living for their families.

There is a problem right now at the southern border of the U.S., a crisis that I lay fully at the feet of politicians. As I’ve said before, I’m convinced that activists from the left and from the right have provoked this situation for their own political gain. To me, the caravans are a separate issue that needs to be seen for what it is: a political ploy using the poorest of the poor as pawns.

I’m talking about the intentional mistruth that characterizes immigrants as “drug dealers, criminals, and rapists.” There are reasons for concern regarding immigration. Increased crime rates is not one of them. Don’t let politicians or the media tell you otherwise.

Links To Go (May 14, 2019)

Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime?

According to Adelman and his team, however, the impact of undocumented immigrants is probably similar to what the research indicates about immigrants over all: They tend to bring economic and cultural benefits to their communities. They typically come to America to find work, not to commit crimes, says Yulin Yang, a member of the team.


Worth a Thousand Years of Waiting

Today, the average estimates of Christians within Iran range from 300,000 to upwards of one million, according to some missions experts. Operation World, a missions research organization, continues to list Iran as having the fastest-growing evangelical church in the world. In fact, more Iranians have become Christians in the last twenty years than in the previous 1,300 years, since Islam came to Iran.


101 Small Ways to Share the Gospel

That’s why I compiled this list. Here are 101 of the best-yet-microscopic ways that we can teach others about Jesus. You’re not meant to do all of them; instead, pick one to focus on this week. Next week, pick a different one. Then, take one and change it up for the week after that. If nothing else, let these ideas serve as springboards for your own evangelism efforts.


Honoring Heroes – Dietrich Bonhoeffer and David Lipscomb

Bonhoeffer was considered an irritant by many in the German church. He was labeled a trouble maker and extremist. Lipscomb was also viewed as somewhat of an extremist – not so much for his theological positions, but for the radical ethical positions he drew from those theological positions. While Lipscomb could also be attacked by those further to the right on the Restorationist continuum, both of these leaders were marked for their obstinate refusal to surrender core biblical teachings, or to compromise for the purpose of “just getting along” with their opponents.


Role models as a tool for decision making

The role model’s image brings with it all of the nuance that’s missing from a dry discussion of tactics. It forces us to get real and to look further into the future.


Why You Should Start Binge-Reading Right Now

But in book after book, if you do push on through one chapter break, and then on through the chapter break after that, something amazing happens. Subplots that would once have been murky to the point of incomprehensibility (what was the deal with that dead sea captain again?) step into the light. Little jokes and echoes, separated by dozens or even hundreds of pages, come rustling out of the text forest. A writer’s voice — Grace Paley at her slangy best, Nicholson Baker at his hypomanic craziest — starts to seep into and color the voice of your innermost thoughts.


How Mapping Shots In The NBA Changed It Forever

If it’s true that 3-point shots go in 36 percent of the time and 10-foot shots go in just 40 percent of the time, then why are we assigning 50 percent more value to shots from beyond that magical little arc?


K-9 School Resource Officer Added To Bryant High School Yearbook

Posing for a yearbook photo with your tongue hanging out is typically a no-no. But not for Mya. The Bryant police dog’s photo — tongue out and ears perked up — was featured among faculty members in the Bryant High School yearbook this year.


The Kid Who ‘Put Everybody In Stitches’ At Handel and Haydn Society Concert Has Been Found

Seconds after the Handel and Haydn Society stopped playing Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral Music” at the Boston Symphony Hall on Sunday, 9-year-old Ronan Mattin was so swept away by the music that he loudly exclaimed — for the whole auditorium to hear — “Wow!”


Even the sparrow finds a home

I was thinking about Psalm 84 this morning. It’s a beautiful psalm, apparently inspired when the psalmist noticed that some birds had made a nest in God’s sanctuary. (Tabernacle or temple? Shiloh or Jerusalem? Not sure) That gets the poet to thinking about how wonderful it would be to live in God’s house. Listen to the words of this beautiful psalm:

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises.
What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob.
O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.
A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you.

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