Thursday’s Links To Go

How Much Do I Need To Know?

The first error is to assume that we only need to know the bare minimum that is necessary for salvation… The second error is to assume that we need to know everything correctly in order to be saved.

From Soldier To Pacifist

I do not mean to offend anyone by sharing my beliefs. I am doing what I feel called to do by the teaching of Jesus. I’m not saying that others in the military, law enforcement or government are not Christians, only that I believe they are wrong in their interpretation of Jesus’ teachings about violence. This is not a salvation issue but a discipleship issue. I must follow my Master wherever He leads. If others feel they can follow Jesus and his teachings and be in the military at the same time, I respect them for it. I don’t want to knock or judge anyone! My hope is that we can unite together around the important things, and help each other to follow our Lord better each day.

You’ve Already Had A Beer With Jesus

Rhett would want that moment to last. There are some people you cannot wait to get away from, and there are others you would want to stretch time for as long as possible. That is how Rhett sings about having a beer with Jesus. He does not entertain any idea about getting drunk with the Lord. Rather, he wants to sip slowly, to make that glass last as long as possible so the visit never ends.

John’s Gospel: Reflections on Chapter 9, Part 3.1 (Born in Time)

You see the problem. If we over-emphasize the sovereignty of God — his ability to make things turn out as he pleases — we cheapen all human courage and goodness… If we over-emphasize free will, then God becomes a mere bystander, a witness of that his Creation produced but in no way to be credited or blamed for the outcome. After all, people made all the choices that really matter.

Nearly 3-in-10 Americans Say God Plays a Role in Outcomes of Sports Events

Americans are less likely to believe that God plays a role in the outcome of sporting events than they are to believe God rewards religious athletes. While only about 3-in-10 (27%) Americans, believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event, a majority (53%) believe that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success, compared to 42% who disagree.

Man claiming to be pastor leaves waiter note: ‘I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?’

The Reddit user who submitted the image explained in the comments section that the receipt was part of a total bill for a party of 20, which is why the gratuity was automatically added.
“Parties up to eight … may tip whatever they’d like, but larger parties receive an automatic gratuity,” the server wrote. “It’s in the computer, it’s not something I do.”
The server added: “They had no problem with my service, and told me I was great. They just didn’t want to pay when the time came.”

Did Penicillin, Rather Than The Pill, Usher In Age Of Love?

Before penicillin was found to be effective against syphilis during World War II, sex brought with it the risk of syphilis, a disease that can cause blindness, dementia and paralysis.
Penicillin can wipe out syphilis with just one shot. As the antibiotic came into wide use in the 1950s, the number of syphilis cases and syphilis deaths plummeted. And that’s when teen pregnancies and illegitimate births began to rise — long before the invention of the birth control pill.

Want to have more sex? Men, stop helping with the chores

The University of Washington research, published Wednesday in the American Sociological Review, suggests that heterosexual couples have more “sexual encounters” when each partner takes on traditional gender roles.
“Where the male is doing the male tasks and the female is doing the female tasks, those are the couples (who) are having more sex,” UW Associate Professor of Sociology and study co-author Julia Brines said in an interview with the Toronto Star.

Police: Pa. man stopped for beer after breakout

Police say a western Pennsylvania man stopped at a bar and had a beer minutes after he broke out of a police station holding cell after his arrest on an assault charge.

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