- - Friday, May 13, 2016

1| Faith at Work: Individual Purpose, Flourishing Communities |Washington Times

***I’m proud of what the Times did here, pulling together a lot of great pieces by folks like Tim Keller, John Stonestreet, Greg Thornbury, etc. — to talk about the relationship between Faith and Work.

2| Conservative Group Sending Men into Target’s Women’s Restrooms to Challenge Transgender Policy |TIME

***This does not seem like a prudent thing to do. The motivation would not change the effect of the action for the innocent ones in the bathroom.

A leader of the American Family Association, which has loudly opposed Target’s transgender-inclusive bathroom policy, said Monday that the group was sending men into women’s restrooms in order to test the policy.

“We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets, and men going in to bathrooms, there is absolutely no barrier,” Sandy Rios, the director of government affairs for the AFA, told Breitbart News Daily. “The chief concern for the American Family Association is predators who will take advantage.”

3| Pew Research: Support steady for same-sex marriage and acceptance of homosexuality

While the public’s attitudes toward gay marriage remain unchanged from a year ago, they have changed dramatically over the past two decades.

Now, just over half of Americans (55%) say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 37% remain opposed, according to Pew Research Center’s March poll. A decade ago, the balance of opinion was reversed: 55% were opposed, while 35% were in favor.

4| Sex abuse victim in her 20s allowed to choose euthanasia due to ‘incurable’ PTSD |The Independent

5| Mark Tooley: A Methodist Culture-War Showdown |Wall Street Journal

As 864 delegates gather this week and next in Portland, Ore., for the United Methodist Church’s quadrennial General Conference, they face a fork in the road: Will United Methodism turn inward and remain a mostly liberal Protestant church? Or will it become increasingly evangelical and global?

6| Russell Moore: What the Transgender Bathroom Debate Means For You

…The truth is that the male/female sex difference is objectively real. Biological science is built off of this reality. More importantly, the mystery of Christ tells us that the male/female binary points us beyond nature to the gospel itself (Eph. 5). We must tell the truth about this. John the Baptist lost his head for saying that Herod could not have his brother’s wife. Some now will be targeted as culturally unacceptable because they tell Herod he can’t be his brother’s wife. That will take courage and compassion and, above all, it will take Christ.

7| The Gospel-Centered Church as a Formation Center for Public Righteousness, by Bruce Ashford

As Peter instructs in 1 Peter 2:9-17, God calls his church to be a light to the nations. That light-shining function extends beyond corporate worship and private ethical concerns to include the totality of our public lives, including political engagement. For that reason, the church—as a formation center for public righteousness—must adopt a posture toward society that is not one of condemnation or contempt, but one of servitude and willingness to work out the implications of the gospel for the common good of our nation.

8| Anne Graham Lotz: on Voting for Trump and Praying for the Nation

9| Todd Starnes: Should Christians vote for Donald Trump? |Fox News

For many Christians – Donald Trump is like a bucket of store-bought chicken at a Wednesday night church supper. It may be a culinary heresy – but folks will still eat it.

That’s the best case scenario for the Trump campaign as they try to woo wary Evangelical Christians. Many are still not convinced that the man who has had more wives than there are letters to the Corinthians shares their view from the pew.



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