Daily Archives: December 11, 2012

Number of Christians Living in England and Wales Decreases as Atheist Total Rises, Reveals Census

The Independent reports:

The number of Christians living in England and Wales has fallen by four million in the past decade, the 2011 Census reveals.

The data shows that numbers fell from 37.3 million in 2001 to 33.2 million last year.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/number-of-christians-living-in-england-and-wales-decreases-as-atheist-total-rises-reveals-census-8405642.html

Rick Warren Condemns Church-Supported Ugandan Bill Criminalizing Homosexual Acts as ‘Unjust’

Christian News Network reports:

Despite recent comments that he would never again make statements on political matters that could be construed as public declarations, Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in California, recently posted a message on Twitter to his 800,000 followers reinforcing his opposition to a largely church-supported homosexuality bill that is set to pass this month in the East African nation of Uganda.

http://christiannews.net/2012/12/10/rick-warren-condemns-church-supported-ugandan-bill-criminalizing-homosexual-acts-as-unjust/

The Self-Righteous Wife

I’ve spoken to newly married girlfriends who have shared their frustrations with their new spouse. There is generally some area that the women wish their husbands would improve on, and they are growing weary waiting. We generally come to the same conclusion—their husbands may need to grow, but perhaps the wives are struggling with being judgmental and self-righteous. We can look at our men, see sin, and be too quick and eager to point it out.

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A La Carte (12/11)

Behold Our Sovereign God – Behold Our Sovereign God is a new book from Mitchell Chase and one for which I wrote an endorsement. It’s on sale at Amazon for $2.99 (in the Kindle edition).

One of the Ten Thousand Things – This is a sweet, poetic blog post.

Tears at Tron – “A Glasgow congregation which is leaving the Church of Scotland because of the Kirk’s stance on gay ministers held its last service in its building yesterday.” This is a congregation formerly pastored by Thomas Chalmers, Eric Alexander and Sinclair Ferguson.

Selling American Girls – This article in Forbes is heartbreaking. “The sex-trafficking of U.S. children is America’s dirty, little secret. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal industry — just behind drug trafficking. Approximately half of all victims are children.”

Birds of Paradise – All the talk of evolution is a bit exasperating, but the video footage in this film (which is a 5-minute trailer for a longer production about birds of paradise) is remarkable. What you can’t help but notice, other than the birds, is that these people are driven near to worship, and yet do not acknowledge the One who is worthy of worship.

The Story of God – Matt Papa tells the Story of God in ten minutes.

It is true that the Lord’s Supper is only for sinners. But within that group, it is only for repentant sinners. —Mark Dever

http://www.challies.com/a-la-carte/a-la-carte-1211-3

The Briefing: December 11

Story 1 – Is the Biblical account of Jesus’s birth historical fact or just unenlightened religious devotion?

What Do We Really Know About Jesus? Newsweek (Bart Ehrman)

Story 2 – The worldwide impact of the twilight of Hugo Chavez

Venezuela Confronts Twilight of Chávez Era, Wall Street Journal (Jose De Cordoba)

Story 3 – The war for gender neutrality in children’s toys rages on with the Easy Bake Oven

Teen Says Pink Toy Ovens Discourage Boys from Kitchen Play, CNN (Emanuella Grinberg)

In other news…

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School, New York Times (Alan Schwarz)

Governor Signs Amendment 64, Marijuana Officially Legal in Colorado, Fox31 Denver (Will C. Holden)

Oklahoma Vs. Obamacare, National Review Online (Jillian Kay Melchior)

Is Evolution a Must-Win Issue? Leadership Journal/Out of Ur (Url Scaramanga)

My Take: No Pressure, Mr. President, Eric Metaxas (CNN Belief Blog)

Private Jets for Jesus, Christianity Today

Notre Dame Cathedral Brushes up for 850th Birthday, Reuters (Alexandria Sage)

Obama at National Christmas Tree lighting: ‘A chance to remember what Christ taught us’ Washington Post (Elizabeth Tenety)

The True Meaning of Hanukkah, New York Times (Hilary Kreiger)

Add This Group To Obama’s Winning Coalition: ‘Religiously Unaffiliated’ NPR (Liz Halloran)

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Seattle Erects Same-Sex Wedding ‘Chapels’ Inside City Hall

CNS News reports:

The City of Seattle erected five “chapels” inside its city hall over the weekend, so the government facility could host 138 same-sex wedding ceremonies on Sunday.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/seattle-erects-same-sex-wedding-chapels-inside-city-hall

Prosperity Preachers and ‘Private Jets for Jesus’

Christianity Today reports on the apparently growing trend of Pentecostal pastors in Nigeria owning private jets.

Prompting this article was the gift of a private jet to the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor, by members of his Word of Life Bible Church. The 10-seater jet was given in celebration of the pastor’s birthday and his 40th anniversary ministry.

Christianity Today (CT) writes that Oritsejafor “joins a growing list of preachers with private jets in the West African nation, which is Africa’s largest oil producer.” Read more of this post