Tuesday, September 22, 2015

(1)Why Let Women in Combat But Not Sports?, by John Robson (National Post)

(2)We’re busy. Get an abortion: Japanese Pregnant women are furious about how they are treated at the office (The Economist)

(3)Reviving Wesleyanism, by Mark Tooley

“Much of Evangelicalism is dominated by Calvinists.  Thank God for their robust witness and theological rigor.  But Wesleyans must carry their own weight with equal spiritual and doctrinal rigor…”

(4)Growing in Christ, Serving in Ministry: An Interview with Sinclair Ferguson (Ligonier)

***Ferguson is a veteran Presbyterian minister and profoundly helpful author. Here he recounts his conversion:

From age nine to fourteen, I read Scripture daily and diligently, prayed, and tried my best. I thought that made me a Christian. Then when I was fourteen, several things happened. One was a small awakening among people I knew. For the first time, I saw in teenagers a little older than me what I had read about in the New Testament. I experienced a deepening sense of my own sinfulness. And in my regular daily Bible reading, I came to John 5:39–40—the first text in Scripture I remember reading and thinking God might be saying, “I am speaking to you!” A couple of friends encouraged me to go to a Saturday night gathering in a church in the center of Glasgow called St. George’s Tron (where I later became the minister). The sermon text was John 8:12That first Saturday night in February 1963, I began to follow the Light of the world.

(5)Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley writes about Pope Francis’s Challenge (National Catholic Reporter)

“Pope Francis will undoubtedly challenge America with a question: At a time of growing inequality, entrenched poverty, and widespread uncertainty and unrest in the world, will we be a force for healing and reconciliation? Or, out of fear for ourselves and distrust of the unknown, will we turn our backs on the work of waging peace, as a moral leader among nations?”

and E.J. Dionne on FrancisFrancis’ Actions Speak Louder Than His Words, by E.J. Dionne (Washington Post)

“It’s hard to see how progressives don’t come out ahead, simply because the pope has radically reordered the priorities of the church. He is not fighting culture wars. He is fighting against them. This, in part, is what accounts for his broad popularity among former Catholics, Americans of other faiths, and even secularists and atheists.”

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