Abortion, Archaeology, Bible, Biblical Archaeology, Christian, Christmas, Church, ERLC, God, Hezekiah, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Jesus, Jesus Calling, Just and Sinner, Karen Swallow Prior, Liberty University, Santa Claus, Sarah Young, Sheep, Shepherding, Star Wars Wedding, Star Wars Wedding Cake
SBC’s/Liberty University’s Karen Swallow Prior: Gosnell Wasn’t Ghoulish, and Abortion Isn’t “Murder”– Southern Baptists will want to keep an eye on the ERLC’s Karen Swallow Prior. In recent months she has come under scrutiny for LGBT and animal rights remarks and apparent affiliations. Last week she suggested that, in an effort to be more “loving” towards abortionists, we should stop calling them murderers. (Whatever your opinion of the Pulpit and Pen blog, they do have a compilation of outside links to Prior’s recent remarks and activities here that you can check out for yourself.)
Biblical King’s Seal Left Its Mark in Jerusalem, Archaeologists Say– Israeli archaeologists have discovered a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis. The circular inscription, on a piece of clay less than a centimeter (0.4 inches) long, may very well have been made by the king himself.
The True Story of Pain and Hope Behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”– On Christmas day, 1863, Longfellow—a 57-year-old widowed father of six children, the oldest of which had been nearly paralyzed as his country fought a war against itself—wrote a poem seeking to capture the dynamic and dissonance in his own heart and the world he observes around him.
The Greatest Star Wars Wedding Cake That You’ll See Today– When you choose your life-mate wisely, you get stuff like a Star Wars-themed wedding, complete with a secret cake. In fact, this wedding’s theme was completely kept secret from the groom, Marc, by his bride, Karie. The wedding was planned while Marc was deployed for military service.
Don’t Treat God Like Santa Claus– We behave as though [God] were some sort of mythical, malevolent Santa Claus figure who insists we be good in order to get a gift, and if we don’t, well, something a lot worse than a lump of coal is waiting for us.
A Review of Jesus Calling– We addressed a number of issues including enthusiasm, passive righteousness, law and gospel, Scripture, and much more. This is an important program for Christian women to listen to.