- - Thursday, May 26, 2016

1| A state-by-state look at LGBT issues |AP

2| Abortion is part of our calling, says Royal College of Midwives chief Cathy Warwick |The Telegraph

***If you repeat a lie often enough…

“We’re not saying we’re pro-abortion, we’re not saying we’re anti-abortion, we’re saying ‘let’s give this to women to decide and let’s put it in the general field of healthcare’. ”

To those midwives who say they there is a fundamental contradiction between delivering babies and carrying out abortion, she is equally unbowed. “No, because the role of the midwife is to support women in relation to their reproduction and to care for women,” she replies. Nor, she insists, is there any contradiction between her own role as chairman of Britain’s biggest abortion provider, and representative of its midwives’ union.

She adds: “Globally, abortion is part of the role of the midwife … providing abortion services for women is about saving their lives in many instances.”

3| The men who live as dogs: ‘We’re just the same as any person on the high street’ |The Guardian

***This is not a joke. Grown people who “identify as dogs,” dressing and acting the part. Romans 1:18-32 on full display.

It’s easy to laugh at a grown man in a rubber dog suit chewing on a squeaky toy. Maybe too easy, in fact, because to laugh is to dismiss it, denigrate it – ignore the fact that many of us have found comfort and joy in pretending to be animals at some point in our lives.

Secret Life of the Human Pups is a sympathetic look at the world of pup play, a movement that grew out of the BDSM community and has exploded in the last 15 years as the internet made it easier to reach out to likeminded people. While the pup community is a broad church, human pups tend to be male, gay, have an interest in dressing in leather, wear dog-like hoods, enjoy tactile interactions like stomach rubbing or ear tickling, play with toys, eat out of bowls and are often in a relationship with their human “handlers”.

4| The World Is Not on Your Shoulders, by James Clark |Institute for Faith, Work & Economics)

***A good reminder for us all.

…When we dwell on the myriad injustices in our world today – poverty, slavery, sex trafficking, etc. – we feel impelled to act. At the same time, the weighty magnitude of these problems chills our resolve and may keep us from rousing ourselves altogether.

We can overcome that weight of despair if we remember this: no one of us is responsible for the world. We have a duty to “seek justice” (Isaiah 1:17), but for any given person that duty does not encompass the entire globe. We are all aware of suffering in the world, each of us attuned to some kinds more than others. It is by knowing which types we are best suited to address that we can function as God’s unique instruments of justice.

…Just as we are not expected to be jacks-of-all-trades in our careers, neither is it right or reasonable to believe that it is up to any one of us to set the world to rights by combating every variety of injustice. This work is not for one alone, but for the body of Christ together.

5| Why Believers Must Avoid Immoral Joking, by Chuck Lawless

***An former seminary prof’ of mine writes:

  1. The Bible demands it. The apostle Paul gave us this mandate with decided clarity: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Eph 5:4). Double-entendres and indecent language have no place among believers.
  2. Our jokes betray our heart. Culture may affirm crude jokes, but culture is not their origin. The human heart is. Your heart is. My heart is.
  3. Crude jokes usually demand closed doors and quiet whispers. That reality itself ought to give us pause. We who are called to announce the gospel miss the point completely when we find ourselves instead quietly telling our jokes.
  4. Such joking promotes a distorted understanding of Christian brotherhood (and sisterhood). We’re most inclined to use such speech around those with whom we’re the closest – those we most trust to grant us permission to move in that verbal direction. Relationships that permit disobedience, though, are not gospel relationships.
  5. Spoken immorality never leads in the right direction. That’s not to say that everyone who jokes in an ungodly manner winds up in sexual immorality, of course. It’s simply to say that letting our guard down at one level makes it easier to let it down at the next level.
  6. Immorality minus the pictures can still be pornographic. I fear that we sometimes give ourselves more permission to speak immorally as long as Internet pornography is not a current problem. That’s not a wise move.
  7. Most of us don’t need more openings to think lustful thoughts. The battle is intense enough without promoting it with our speech. Wrong words – even joking words – quickly lead to wrong images.
  8. We miss an opportunity for edifying others and expressing thanksgiving. Paul told us not only to avoid foul language and crude joking (Eph 4:29, 5:4), but also to speak to build up others and express gratitude to God. All of our ungodly words are a missed opportunity to do both.


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