Links To Go (October 20, 2016)

I’m Pro-Life, And I Don’t Care About the Supreme Court

The biggest myth sold to the pro-life movement is that Republican presidents appointing Conservative justices are crucial in the fight against abortion. And yet, both Roe vs. Wade AND Planned Parenthood vs. Casey were decided with a conservative majority. Not only that, but over the last 45 years, we’ve had 9 Republican House majorities, 10 Senate majorities, and 5 Republican Presidents, none of which have been successful in ending abortion. Furthermore, time, after time, after time, after time, after time, after time, after time, after time, legislation restricting abortion was either found unconstitutional or failed to make it to law.

Lewdness in Politics? Say It Isn’t So!

The same culture and media that deride sexual self-control and chastity and inundate the male public with an endless barrage of lewd speech and sexual images, from the merely tantalizing to the outright explicit, somehow also expect these same males never to engage in the talk, never to look too long at the images, or never to act out on the desires that the culture and media stimulated. This is certainly not about blaming the victim, or, for that matter, even a single perpetrator. It is much bigger than any one person or incident caught on tape. It is the result of a very long process of de-Christianization that we as a culture have chosen for ourselves. What our culture and media loathe is the very thing that they helped create. Contrary to what many have said, we in fact do have the presidential candidates that we deserve.

I Was Pregnant, and Then I Wasn’t

One of the most vexing parts of a miscarriage is the linguistics. What was lost? A baby? It feels odd to use the same term for a healthy child, but also honest, when I consider how real this being was to me. A fetus? That feels clinical and conciliatory. At times it is necessary to talk about “the tissue” or “the pregnancy,” but I could never say that this pregnancy was only tissue to me. We had a nickname for the baby; it started with a P. P made me so sick, and so proud. And now I am so, so sad.

Ten Street Smarts for Men and Women

John Acuff was right in his book, Start. Sometimes you just need to begin. Start doing what you have put off. Start doing what you know you need to do. Start doing before you have it all figured out.

Cops called on ‘Hispanic-looking’ and black journalists in Dallas

Two journalists in North Dallas had the cops called on them Wednesday because they looked suspicious.
Homa Bash, an NBC5 reporter, and photographer C.J. Johnson were in Plano, a suburb of Dallas, working on a story when a police officer arrived after receiving a call about a “Hispanic-looking” woman and black man who had a “suspicious white truck.”

How income varies among U.S. religious groups

Some of the most financially successful religious groups – Jews, Hindus, Episcopalians, and Presbyterians – also are all among the nation’s most educated as well. These rankings, which come from our 2014 Religious Landscape Study, are based on the percentage of people within each religious group who reside in households with a yearly income of $100,000 or more.
About four-in-ten Jews (44%) and roughly a third of Hindus (36%) and Episcopalians (35%) live in households with incomes of at least $100,000. Again, these groups also have high levels of educational attainment. For instance, nearly half of Hindu adults and almost one-third of Jewish adults hold postgraduate degrees. Indeed, in addition to education, other factors, such as age, race and ethnicity also are correlated with both religion and income.

Singer’s Tiny House Stolen

Malinda Crichton’s new house wasn’t burglarized, it wasn’t robbed — it was stolen.
Station KTXL reports the whole house was taken away under the cover of darkness.

Links to Go (October 14, 2016)

My Prediction for November 9

I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God’s perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won’t on November 9, 2016. “The LORD can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NCV).

The Governing Cancer of Our Time

Over the past generation we have seen the rise of a group of people who are against politics. These groups — best exemplified by the Tea Party but not exclusive to the right — want to elect people who have no political experience. They want “outsiders.” They delegitimize compromise and deal-making. They’re willing to trample the customs and rules that give legitimacy to legislative decision-making if it helps them gain power.
Ultimately, they don’t recognize other people. They suffer from a form of political narcissism, in which they don’t accept the legitimacy of other interests and opinions. They don’t recognize restraints. They want total victories for themselves and their doctrine.

Why I Cannot Vote Republican or Democrat in November

This election is more important than the economy, taxes, or Supreme Court justices. It is about the heart and soul of Christianity in America. Many will compromise their morals in some way. They will find some argument, and there are plenty available on both sides, that will excuse a vote for the Republican or Democratic candidate. There are no legitimate excuses. If a person votes for Trump or Clinton, all they can do is ask for forgiveness. Supporting either candidate will hurt our witness among the very people we are trying to reach. We must think beyond politics and consider the kingdom of God.

Why It’s Okay to Choose Not to Vote

The problem I have with this is two-fold. First, followers of God throughout history are told not to react out of fear (Joshua 1:9; Mt. 10:26-33; 1 Pet. 3:14). We don’t fear persecution, government, those who do wrong, or death. In fact, all we’re told to fear is God Himself, and we fear Him because He has the power over all life, all kingdoms, all nations, and all people. The God we serve doesn’t want us to live in fear, but to live in faith and trust that He will take care of us, regardless of who is in office.
The second problem I have fits cleanly with the first. Don’t forget who God is! No one, not the president or Congress or the Supreme Court, can stop God from carrying out His will upon the earth. I understand that certain government officials could strip away various religious freedoms, but you know what they can’t take away? They can’t take our salvation, and they can’t take away our ability to speak about Christ. They can’t take away our joy, our love, our charity, or our hope. The most that could ever be done by any person on earth is to take away our lives, but even then the gospel message would ring out (Acts 7:54-8:4).

Speak Truth to Trump

But because several of the Democratic candidate’s policy positions are so manifestly incompatible with Christian reverence for the lives of the most vulnerable, and because her party is so demonstrably hostile to expressions of traditional Christian faith, there is plenty of critique and criticism of the Democratic candidate from Christians, including evangelical Christians.
But not all evangelical Christians—in fact, alas, most evangelical Christians, judging by the polls—have shown the same critical judgment when it comes to the Republican nominee. True, when given a choice, primary voters who claimed evangelical faith largely chose other candidates. But since his nomination, Donald Trump has been able to count on “the evangelicals” (in his words) for a great deal of support.


Spirit filled people may be concerned about what’s going on in this world but they aren’t in a panic over it because they know that it matters but not a lot in the big picture. Spirit filled people are rebels, misfits & warriors. They won’t preach a doctrine of politics, whether it be church or nation.

The New Culture of Life

On issues from race to sexuality to drug law, Americans are used to seeing each new generation become more progressive than their parents; with abortion, it’s not happening: In a 2015 Public Religion Research Institute survey, 52 percent of millennials said the label “pro-life” describes them somewhat or very well, a number that roughly mirrors the general population. A 2013 poll showed that 52 percent of people aged 18 to 29 favored bans on abortion after 20 weeks, compared with 48 percent overall. Pro-choice activists now worry about the “intensity gap” among young people: A poll commissioned by NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2010 found that 51 percent of anti-abortion voters younger than 30 considered the issue “very important,” but for pro-choice voters the same age, only 26 percent said the same.

Family Sends Pizza Deliveryman to Check on Grandma After Hurricane

He said he wrote a special instruction when he placed the pizza order, asking the delivery person to call his phone when the pizza was delivered. He then asked the deliveryman to give his cellphone to Claire Olsen so he could hear from her and make sure she was OK.
Eric Olsen said that when he heard his grandmother’s voice on the other line, he felt “relief, absolute relief.”
“Police and fire couldn’t do it, but Papa John’s got there in 30 minutes and put the cellphone to her ear,” he joked.

Links To Go (October 13, 2016)

Links from around the Internet, shared to make you think… Tim

How I found freedom from gender confusion (Part 1)(Part 2)

I learned that sin promises freedom and brings only slavery—which seemed oddly familiar… And on it went. I thought my identity was rooted in how I looked or felt or dressed, but I learned that my identity was in Christ. I thought that exile was having to dress as a woman behind closed curtains, but I learned that all Christians are exiles and strangers in this life. I had thought that God didn’t want me to struggle, but I learned about spiritual warfare, I learned about the point of suffering, I learned about the freedom that comes from denying ourselves and taking up our cross. I learned that being a Christian requires repentance and change.

Why Are So Many Evangelicals Condoning Sexual Assault?

In almost any other situation, an influential and powerful man who admitted to sexually harrassing and assaulting women would not be someone Christians would want to give even more power and influence. But too many evangelicals are justifying their own continued support of a self-professed assailant since it fulfills their own political preference (again, filling the empty seat on the Supreme Court). In doing so, they are legitimizing the culture of abuse against women.

Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election: Norman Geisler on Why He’s Supporting Trump and not Changing His Mind

All the candidates engage in offensive activities, some more than others. Most evangelicals would not vote for any of them to be pastor of their church. But we are not voting for a pastor but for a politician. Many evangelicals envision an ideal candidate who is superior to the ones we have. The problem is that we do not have the choice to vote for this ideal candidate but only for the real ones that are on the ticket. In an ideal world this would not happen, but we do not live in an ideal world but in a real one—a real fallen world. And in such a world we can only choose the best one available, not the best one conceivable. An as an evangelical Christian living in this real fallen world, it looks to me that Trump, as imperfect as he may be, comes closer to what we need in America now than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real

While fewer people may consider themselves racist, racism itself persists in our schools, offices, court system, police departments, and elsewhere. Think about it: when white people occupy most positions of decision-making power, people of color have a difficult time getting a fair shake, let alone getting ahead. Bottom line: we have a lot of work to do.

Cable News

We seem to accept the hegemony of bottom-feeding media as some natural outgrowth of the world we live in. In fact, it’s more likely an artifact of the post-spectrum cable news complex in which bleeding and leading became business goals.
There’s always front page news because there’s always a front page.
The world is safer (per capita) than ever before in recorded history. And people are more frightened. The rise of the media matches the rise of our fear.

The Evangelism Conversation No One Is Having

6 Steps Toward Having the Conversation No One is Having:

  1. Listen to voices that don’t simply affirm what you already believe
  2. Listen to Top 40 radio
  3. Read what your unchurched neighbour is reading
  4. Understand the culture’s vocabulary
  5. Explore all the language of scripture
  6. Get around some people under the age of 30

A Gospeled Church

The gospel cannot puff us up. It cannot make us prideful. It cannot make us selfish. It cannot make us arrogant. It cannot make us rude. It cannot make us gossipy. It cannot make us accusers. So the more we press into the gospel, the more the gospel takes over our hearts and the spaces we bring our hearts to, and it stands to reason, the less we would see those things antithetical to it.

I’m a Doctor. If I Drop Food on the Kitchen Floor, I Still Eat It.

The same thing happens in the bathroom. I know a lot of people who are worried about the toilet seat, but it’s cleaner than all the things in the kitchen I just mentioned (0.68 colonies per square inch). What’s dirtier in the bathroom? Almost everything. The flush handle (34.65 colonies per square inch), the sink faucet (15.84 colonies per square inch) and the counter (1.32 colonies per square inch).
Things get dirty when lots of hands touch them and when we don’t think about it. We worry about the floor and the toilet seat, so we clean them more. We don’t think about the refrigerator handle or the faucet handle as much.

Links To Go (October 11, 2016)

Political Christianity: American Style

One simple observation: the closer progressives or conservatives get to seeing the way to change the world is through the Powers in Washington DC the closer they become to being Constantinian — a conservative Constantine or a progressive Constantine is still a Constantine.
American Christianity, during election season especially (and since it lasts so long and occurs so often that means always), spends its energies on who will be the Next Apocalyptically-crucial Power in DC and in so doing is failing to use its energies — a zero sum game seemingly — for the mission of God in this world and to this world.

Her son shot their daughters 10 years ago. Then, these Amish families embraced her as a friend.

But the Amish did more than forgive the couple. They embraced them as part of their community. When Roberts underwent treatment for Stage 4 breast cancer in December, one of the girls who survived the massacre helped clean her home before she returned from the hospital. A large yellow bus arrived at her home around Christmas, and Amish children piled inside to sing her Christmas carols.

America’s Duty to Take In Refugees

Refugee resettlement has always received bipartisan support because the quest for freedom and safety embodied in refugees’ stories represents the values that make America great, and because our national security is actually strengthened when we respond with wisdom and compassion. Jihadists hate our compassion for refugees, because it disproves the claims about Americans they use to sow hatred and violence. Acting according to the best angels of our nature may produce our greatest long-term strength and security.

Findings from the New Atlantis Report on Sexuality and Gender

In their massive study, Mayer and McHugh do their very best to come to terms with what scientists or those who claim to be scientists have been presenting as scientific evidence for the LGBT claims. What makes this so important is that they look so carefully at the research and reports that were put out by the advocates of the LGBT movement. In the executive summary, they report,

“The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.”

They don’t actually make their own case about how exactly sexual orientation comes about, but they make very clear that there is no adequate evidence that there is “an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings” that can be described as sexual orientation in the first place.

Mercury Poisoning Makes Birds Act Homosexual

Starting at around 90 days of age, each of three groups was fed a diet containing either low, medium, or high amounts of mercury, based on a realistic range of exposures in the wild. A fourth control group ate mercury-free food.
Once the birds had reached sexual maturity at around a year old, homosexual bonding increased in all three groups exposed to mercury. This behavior led to a 13 to 15 percent decline in the number of young, compared to the mercury-free control group.

Most Americans say children are better off with a parent at home

The survey, conducted June 7-July 5 among 4,602 adults on Pew Research Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel, found that 59% of U.S. adults believe that children with two parents are better off when a parent stays home, while about four-in-ten (39%) say children are just as well off when their parents work outside the home.

Why do placebos work?

Buonanno came home with fingers crossed, and a three-week supply of pills. The results seemed miraculous. “As the days went on after a week, I kept feeling better and better. Now I’m thinking, ‘What’s in this?’”
So what WAS the special something in those pills? It was … absolutely nothing. Linda was taking placebos, containing no real medication at all.
What makes her story even more astonishing is that, unlike traditional experiments with placebos, she was TOLD she was taking placebos!

Links To Go (October 10, 2016)

Please note… these are links to articles on websites. None of these were written by Tim nor do they necessarily reflect his views

Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election

Jesus or Politics: 7 Tough Questions to Reveal Your Lord

  1. Whoever gets elected, we are not paralyzed with anxiety
  2. We love and pray for those we disagree with
  3. We confess our limits and blind spots
  4. We don’t anoint a candidate or party as God’s candidate or party
  5. The Lord’s moral concerns become our concerns
  6. We spend more time listening to Jesus’ voice than the prevailing voices
  7. You live with a hope that makes no sense to the world!

Why I Stay Silent on Important Issues Online

Instead, I wonder what it would be like for believers to see our online presence as an opportunity to extend grace to one another and offer healing to those who are in pain. This would likely require less reacting and more researching. Before posting our opinions publicly, we might really learn the ins and outs of a particular situation, and allow others time to research events before jumping in with our two cents.

the instagram bible

Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters – those filtered frames festooned with feathered verses, adorned in all manner of loops and tails, bedecked with blossoms, saturated with sunsets, culled and curated just for you.
Beware lest it become for you your source of daily bread. It is telling a partial truth.

Instead of a trip to jail, officer drives man 100 miles to his family

Ross had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. But instead of going to jail, he ended up being driven more than 100 miles by Sgt. David Robison, who prayed over him and delivered him to a Detroit coffee shop where Ross’ cousin came to get him, Inside Edition reported.

Police appeal for information about chicken crossing road

Police have issued an appeal for information about why a chicken was seen crossing the road in Dundee.