- - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

(1) ”Simple Conviction“—a splendid profile of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevins.

…Bevin sees his governorship as an opportunity to restore citizens’ faith in what he considers the founding principles of the United States. National pride and patriotism are not in vogue among many Americans, but Bevin wants Kentucky to be an “example of American exceptionalism and greatness and spirituality and morality, built on the right foundation.”

“I’m tired of people apologizing for the greatness of America or the distinction of America. The Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was forged, literally, were unlike anything that has ever been, before or since,” Bevin said. “The greatness of America is a result of the decisions that were made by our founders and the focus on those core principles.”

When asked about people who have inspired him, Bevin lists names that might be on any evangelical’s list: Albert Mohler, Corrie ten Boom, Eric Liddell, Billy Graham. But it was an obscure 80-year-old missionary who perhaps made the most personal impact on Bevin and gave him one of his most treasured memories of his daughter, Brittiney.

(2) Why Adam LaRoche Quit Baseball…the full story

***You’ve probably heard how LaRoche retired from baseball this year, forfeiting $13 million for the 2016 season because he was told not to bring his son to work anymore. Ok, but there’s actually a lot more to the story that has nothing to do with the father-son situation. LaRoche spent part of the off-season doing some highly dangerous, undercover investigation recordings of sex slavery in Asia. What!??

…LaRoche, along with Brewers pitcher Blaine Boyer, spent 10 days in November in Southeast Asian brothels, wearing a hidden camera and doing undercover work to help rescue underage sex slaves. All of which raises a question: After 12 years in the big leagues, the endless days and nights in dugouts and clubhouses, how did LaRoche’s nearly cinematic level of nonconformity escape detection?

… Working through a nonprofit called the Exodus Road, LaRoche and Boyer conducted surveillance in brothels and tried to determine the age of the girls — known only by numbers pinned to bikinis — and identify their bosses.

“Something huge happened there for us,” Boyer says. “You can’t explain it. Can’t put your finger on it. If you make a wrong move, you’re getting tossed off a building. We were in deep, man, but that’s the way it needed to be done. Adam and I truly believe God brought us there and said, ‘This is what I have for you boys.’”

(3) Texas Pastor seeks higher standard for reporting sexual abuse (Baptist News Global)

…Bart Barber, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, said he is asking the SBC resolutions committee to consider a resolution titled “On Sexual Predation in the Southern Baptist Family” when it reports at the 2016 SBC annual meeting June 14-16 in St. Louis, Mo.

The resolution supports removal of any church that knowingly places a sex offender in a position of leadership over children or other vulnerable participants, or acts to hide alleged misconduct from church members or discourage reporting it to police.

(4) Darren Patrick Guerra: Evangelicals are Stopping Trump (First Things)

…In the end, this race will likely come down to the results of the massive California primary on June 7th. California may have only nine to fifteen percent of evangelicals statewide, yet this voting block may still play an important role. Despite its reputation for liberal politics, California is still home to more Republicans than any other state and is a haven for evangelical “mega-churches.” Indeed, in January, the widely respected California Field Poll estimated that as many as 42 percent of Republican primary voters will be evangelical Christians. Certainly the Midwest and West have been fertile territory for the Cruz campaign.

(5) Christian Women Worldwide Are The Most Religious … and the Most Persecuted (Christianity Today)

A survey of 192 countries has demonstrated scientifically what many have long known anecdotally to be true: Christian women are more religious than Christian men.

The lesser known fact: those women bear the brunt of persecution in the 50 countries where it is hardest to be a Christian.

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