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Links To Go (June 7, 2019)

Of course they’re wrong

Culture, by its very definition, isn’t the work of being right. It’s the work of being in sync. Culture is people like us do things like this.


How and When to Offend

Rather, my point was that I want to bring the offense of the gospel to bear on everyone I encounter. Faithfully confronting sinners with the depth of their depravity, the cost of their wickedness, and their desperate need to repent is rightly offensive. I want my speech and my behavior to adorn the gospel, and to let its offensive truths do the offending.


The History Of Humankind Proves Masculinity Is A Powerful Positive Good

The modern narrative of “toxic” and “tyrannical” masculinity is misguided at best and a terrible lie at worst. If the modern narrative were in any way true, then why would the man in the cave venture forth into danger? Why would he not leave his wife to fight for her survival? The answer, of course, is the same as it is now—because he loved her.


Many Churchgoers Fail to Intentionally Serve Others

The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found few Protestant churchgoers say they strongly agree they are personally taking actions that indicate a life of service to God and others.


The preachers getting rich from poor Americans

It was during these sessions that Ole started to note a common thread. When people were on the verge of homelessness in the heart of the Bible belt, a surprising number offered the last of their cash to televangelists who promised them financial salvation.


Six Possible Second Jobs for Bi-vocational Revitalizers and Replanters

The six side jobs we discuss are:

  1. New economy delivery service (Uber Eats, Shipt, Postmates, Amazon Flex)
  2. Driving services (Uber, Lyft)
  3. Rent your own assets (Turo, Airbnb)
  4. App-based handyman or cleaner (Handy)
  5. Virtual assistant or bookkeeper (Belay)
  6. Survey taker (VIP Voice, Survey Junkie)

iPhones Harvest And Transmit Massive Amounts Of Data While You Sleep

With the help of privacy firm Disconnect, Fowler encountered over 5,400 trackers in just one week – mostly within apps, that send his information to third party companies. Over the course of a month, the unwanted trackers were on track to upload 1.5 gigabytes of data.


You’re probably answering these 5 common interview questions wrong

No matter what sorts of jobs you applied for, you can expect certain interview questions to pop up again and again. But just because you’ve answered these questions before doesn’t mean you should skip the prep work. In fact, some of these super-common questions are the hardest ones to get right.


Denied trip to Disney World, teen takes family himself – baking cupcakes

Isaiah, who had already shown an aptitude for cupcake creation, went on a spree. At $20 a dozen, Isaiah sold enough cupcakes to pay for airfare, hotel and Disney World tickets for his mom, dad, sister, brother, sister-in-law and nephew – seven people in all.


Louisianans Called the Police When Their Local Taco Bell Ran Out of Tortillas

Local law enforcement in Slidell, Louisiana entered crisis mode this week when area residents called 9-1-1 after discovering the town’s Taco Bell restaurant was out of both hard and soft-shell tortillas.


Links To Go (May 31, 2019)

Intellectual Humility is a Virtue

Intellectual humility does not prevent one from coming to conclusions and arguing for a specific view. Intellectual humility requires a willingness to listen and to learn. I’ve listened to a number of talks by N.T. Wright and he will sometimes make a comment such as: 20% (or some other percentage higher or lower) of what I’m about to tell you is wrong; the problem is, I don’t know what 20% it is. This certainly doesn’t keep him from making the argument or teaching the class, but it does cultivate intellectual humility to keep it in mind, both in the speaker and in the listener. This is what makes us teachable and allows us to grow.


Lutheran student pastor, husband deported to Colombia weeks after ICE raid at their Chicago home

The family’s current immigration troubles started the morning of May 8 as Hincapie Rendón was driving her daughter to school. She was stopped by an unmarked car and taken into custody by officials she soon learned were federal immigration agents, she told a crowd gathered outside ICE’s Chicago office last week to protest the family’s treatment. Hincapie Rendón said that while she was handcuffed and placed inside another vehicle, ICE agents drove her car — with her daughter still inside — to her parents’ South Side home. She recalled hearing her daughter crying during the ordeal. “They tricked me into thinking they were taking my daughter to my parents’ house. They then detained my parents,” Hincapie Rendón said. “I feel like they violated our rights.”


[digital] xeno-racism — the new form of oppression that keeps me awake at night.

So here is the question — who controls and defines my migrant’s identity? The producers of sensational news stories? The politicians who build their careers by spreading fear and hatred towards migrants? Or perhaps, the oppressive algorithm which knows exactly how to tap into people’s fears with regards to migration?


How Cancer Healed my Dad

When he first heard the diagnosis, he instantly felt God put the words from Hebrews 13:14 in to his mouth, and he heard himself say to the consultant: “Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” He described feeling a peace that transcended all understanding, literally guarding his heart and mind. And from then on, he woke up. Christ became everything again. The gospel was all that mattered. He began to seek a different city.


The Peculiar Blindness of Experts

Tetlock, along with his wife and collaborator, the psychologist Barbara Mellers, ran a team named the Good Judgment Project. Rather than recruit decorated experts, they issued an open call for volunteers. After a simple screening, they invited 3,200 people to start forecasting. Among those, they identified a small group of the foxiest forecasters—bright people with extremely wide-ranging interests and unusually expansive reading habits, but no particular relevant background—and weighted team forecasts toward their predictions. They destroyed the competition. Tetlock and Mellers found that not only were the best forecasters foxy as individuals, but they tended to have qualities that made them particularly effective collaborators. They were “curious about, well, really everything,” as one of the top forecasters told me. They crossed disciplines, and viewed their teammates as sources for learning, rather than peers to be convinced. When those foxes were later grouped into much smaller teams—12 members each—they became even more accurate. They outperformed—by a lot—a group of experienced intelligence analysts with access to classified data.


10,000 Steps A Day? How Many You Really Need To Boost Longevity

In fact, women who took 4,400 steps per day, on average, were about 40 percent less likely to die during the follow-up period of about four years compared with women who took 2,700 steps. The findings were published Wednesday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Another surprise: The benefits of walking maxed out at about 7,500 steps. In other words, women who walked more than 7,500 steps per day saw no additional boost in longevity.


People leave nearly $1 million in loose change in TSA bins every year

The most money, naturally enough, comes from busy airports in big cities: According to the agency’s report on the 2017 fiscal year, John F. Kennedy International Airport collected the most money at $72,392. Los Angeles International Airport was a close second at $71,748. Miami International Airport and O’Hare International trailed behind at $50,504 and $49,597.


Cat sparks $7,500 rescue mission after getting stuck on bridge six days; mission fails, pet gets bored and wanders home

But when firefighters had decided to give up for the day, vowing to return Thursday, the cat, who had been missing for two weeks before turning up on the bridge, returned home on Wednesday night, according to the Plymouth Herald. Kirsty Howden, Hatty’s owner, said the cat walked into the garden of her home in Saltash. She said the cat had just “strolled past fire and media crews”.


Links To Go (May 30, 2019)

A Slow Soul in a Fast World

Specifically, a lot of my struggles have to do with the pace and timing of my inner life and the world happening around me. The world comes at you fast. And my natural inclination is to react to that rushing, oncoming traffic rapidly and quickly. I meet speed for speed. The world is rushing at me and my inner life speeds up to match it.


Five Things I Love About Churches of Christ

  1. Recognition of the Importance of Baptism
  2. Scripture Takes Precedence Over Tradition
  3. Informal, But Reverent
  4. Weekly Observance of the Lord’s Supper
  5. Elders to Shepherd the Church

Why preachers plagiarize

How to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Start doing your own research, study, and meditation.
  • Start giving credit.
  • Learn from others, but do your own work.
  • Keep your pride in check.

Senators Angry TSA Budget Is Being Redirected To Border

The US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee oversees the TSA. Both Republican and Democratic members of the committee are concerned that re-direction of personnel to the U.S. Southern Border will come at the expense of airport security screening. This summer is slated to shatter all previous travel records in terms of number of passengers, putting increased strain on already-stretched TSA personnel.


Stop Changing Your Oil!

The majority of automakers today call for oil changes at either 7,500 or 10,000 miles, and the interval can go as high as 15,000 miles in some cars. Yet this wasteful cycle continues largely because the automotive service industry, while fully aware of the technological advances, continues to preach the 3,000-mile gospel as a way to keep the service bays busy. As a result, even the most cautious owners are dumping their engine oil twice as often as their service manuals recommend.


Hoo Boy: Navy Pilots Reported UFO Sightings ‘Almost Daily’

Over Memorial Day weekend, The New York Times reported that between 2014 and 2015, Navy pilots claimed of seeing UFOs “almost daily.” Nobody is using the “alien” word — meaning these are actually flying objects that are unidentified — but the fact remains nobody is really sure what these flying objects are.


Links To Go (May 28, 2019)

ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB, DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU THINK (OR MAKE YOU LAUGH!)

Memorial Day

If the church is to be an ambassador of the good news and an agent of healing in the world, the church is going to have to become serious about being something other than the high priest of religious nationalism. With so many churchgoers entangled in the tentacles of nationalism, it’s time for the church to actually be the church. As Stanley Hauerwas has said in so many ways, it’s the first task of the church to make the world the world. And for the church to appear as distinct from the world — the world of war that Jesus told Pilate his kingdom does not come from — the church is going to have to face the fact that it cannot pledge its allegiance to both Caesar and Christ. As Jesus said, “no one can serve two masters.”


Dear Izzy, If Only You Had Behaved Like An Elite Athlete

If you had picked up your ex-girlfriend and hurled her into a garage door at 2am following an epic bender, you’d still be on track for your job. If you had only kicked the livin’ daylights out of an unconscious man lying in the gutter, outside a nightclub, you could have avoided this heartache you’re now in. But no, Izzy. You had to go all the way and do something so much worse than these acceptable misbehaviours: you shared the Bible’s message on your own social media page. Now that is unacceptable.


Why it is important not to conflate prophecy and teaching in discussions about women preaching

Paul does not want anything to happen during corporate worship or in any other setting that would upset the headship principle that he so carefully exhorted his readers to obey in 1 Cor. 11:2-16. For that reason, Paul enjoins women to refrain from the judgment of prophecies. He’s not commanding an absolute silence on the part of women. Indeed he expects them to be praying and prophesying. He does, however, command them to be silent whenever prophesies are being judged. And the women are to do so out of deference to male headship.


SBC President JD Greear talks new book, Trump-supporting evangelicals, and complementarianism

We don’t want to have our position where she either occupies a role as a pastor-elder or even implies that she does. So we have also chosen that because the Sunday morning sermon is so closely associated with the authority of the church, we don’t have a woman that delivers that sermon. We believe that that would be a violation of 1 Timothy 2. However, we’ve had women who’ve shared during the Sunday morning service in ways that showed that they were not the ultimate teaching authority.


Your Best Outreach Programs are Already in Place. You Just Don’t Know It.

The Two-Degree Rule is the practice of identifying what we do well and then turning the focus a few degrees out into the community and into the world, freeing our hands to serve those who are not yet in the church. It involves pushing the needle of the church compass two degrees off dead north (caring for ourselves) to direct some of our resources, time, care, energy and love toward those who are still far from God. It’s taking what we are already doing to care for, equip, and minister to our church family and giving it an evangelistic focus.


He Remembers That We Are Dust

And God remembers all this. And according to Psalm 103 graces flows from that recognition. God will not deal with according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. And why? Because God knows our frame: He remembers that we are dust.


These Navy SEAL tricks will help you perform better under pressure

Controlled breathing, on the other hand, is the fastest, most effective way to trigger the relaxation response, enabling you to think more clearly and perform better under pressure, she says.


Squirrel served daily ice cream mini-cones at North Carolina shop

“You call her name, and she literally will come out of her nest in one of these big trees and hop her way down to the roof, ultimately to the rail and waits on her cone,” Scott Martin told local ABC affiliate WWAY. He co-owns the business with his wife, Pam Martin.


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).