The sexual revolution’s link to abortion

It’s not just about legal matters. According to this study and talk from the Family Research Council, being pro-life starts far from a street corner protesting. 

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A woman’s sexual behavior affects her chances of having an abortion. That sounds like common sense, but the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) of the Family Research Council said Wednesday we can now show it statistically in three major ways.

MARRI Director Pat Fagan and a team of researchers came to this conclusion by studying women’s responses to the federal National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) between 2006 and 2010. The paper they released Wednesday, “Demographics of Women Who Report Having an Abortion,” detailed findings that Fagan said point to the true effect of the sexual revolution—but also how to save unborn lives.

NASCAR crew chief to leave job for his family

Steve Letarte, crew chief since 2011 for Dale Earnhardt Jr., made national news Thursday for putting family over his job. The racing man announced, according to USA Today, that he’ll be leaving racing for an analyst position at NBC after this season.

Being crew chief required long office hours and dozens of weekend races throughout the country. By going with NBC, he will cut much of his work in half, allowing more time with his two children, ages 8 and 10. “If I’m going to be unsuccessful in anything I do,” Letarte told USA Today, “being a father shouldn’t be on the list.”

Letarte has transformed Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports team from mediocre to contender, and Earnhardt said Letarte’s decision came as a shock. But as he kept talking with Letarte, and Earnhardt said he learned to respect his decision: “I could put my own selfishness aside and kind of understand what was important to him and how this was good for him.”

Seattle Seahawks quarterback brings the huddle to the Christian life

Before his divisional round playoff game against New Orleans, second-year quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks tweeted a message for Christians starting off the week. In addition to his daily Bible verse, he shared a conversation he had with Miles McPherson, a former San Diego Chargers defensive back who is now senior pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego.

Wilson and McPherson used a football analogy in how they’ve learned to apply the principles of football to the role of the Church in their lives. Like on every offensive play, the Church is the huddle. The Quarterback calls the play, and you get your assignment. This week, then, is the play, and we’ve got a job to do.

Wilson and his Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday in the NFL conference championships. That game will follow a 3 p.m. clash in Denver when the Broncos take on the New England Patriots. The winners will face each other Feb. 2 at the Super Bowl in New Jersey.

Speaking of 49ers…this is probably a joke (I hope), courtesy of Deadspin before the Panthers/49ers game. Church is taking too long, so how ’bout a communion buffet?

“Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins? OK, that’s great, you are.”

Learning To Code On The Street

andrewabranch:

Following this lately, perhaps to write a story. (TBD on that front.)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s 7:33 AM. Leo is leaning over his laptop writing some practice lines of code while I sit nearby on leftover sandbags from Hurricane Sandy. It’s cold, but it is a great morning.

A little less than three months ago, Leo became an Internet icon when he declined my offer of $100 in cash in favor of learning to code. You can catch up on his story with this video interview. Every morning for an hour before work I meet with Leo to help him learn a software engineering language called JavaScript. As part of his agreement to code, he has a refurbished Samsung Chromebook to work on and three JavaScript books to study.

While there was significant criticism about the offer at the beginning, thousands have rallied around his story on Facebook in what has become one of the most loving and supportive communities I have ever seen online…

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Scripture on Poverty | Jeremiah 22 | Knowing God

The book of Jeremiah is largely God’s pronouncement of judgement on his people, while affirming his love and a promise for the future. Among Israel’s faults: Not only were those power suppressing and oppressing their poor countrymen, but they even physically mistreated or killed them. The rich were above the law, and when it came to obtaining pleasure, nothing was off limits.BibleGateway.com_-_Audio_Bible-2

In the midst of the indictment, we find one of the few Old Testament passages that specifically mentions a personal relationship with God. To do his commandments, “Is not this to know me?” (vs. 16).  Living in tune another person, as in any relationship, will bring you together. It brings to mind Jesus’ words in John 14:

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Because Israel was His representative—as Christians are today—God in Jeremiah would not tolerate the oppression, murder, sex, and greed making his name blasphemed. But to do His works, do care for what He cares for, you get a glimpse of His heart.

God’s indicts his people in Jeremiah: They knowingly turned down that blessing.

Jeremiah 22  (LISTEN / READ UNEDITED)

Thus says the Lord: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.

For thus says the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah: “‘You are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon, yet surely I will make you a desert, an uninhabited city. I will prepare destroyers against you, each with his weapons, and they shall cut down your choicest cedars and cast them into the fire.”

And many nations will pass by this city, and every man will say to his neighbor, “Why has the Lord dealt thus with this great city?” And they will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and worshiped other gods and served them.”

Weep not for him who is dead, nor grieve for him, but weep bitterly for him who goes away, for he shall return no more to see his native land.

For thus says the Lord concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went away from this place: “He shall return here no more, but in the place where they have carried him captive, there shall he die, and he shall never see this land again.”

“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages, who says, ‘I will build myself a great house with spacious upper rooms,’ who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar and painting it with vermilion.

Do you think you are a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well.

Is not this to know me? declares the Lord.

But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.”

Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

“They shall not lament for him, saying, ‘Ah, my brother!’ or ‘Ah, sister!’ They shall not lament for him, saying, ‘Ah, lord!’ or ‘Ah, his majesty!’  With the burial of a donkey he shall be buried, dragged and dumped beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”

“Go up to Lebanon, and cry out, and lift up your voice in Bashan; cry out from Abarim,
for all your lovers are destroyed.

I spoke to you in your prosperity, but you said, ‘I will not listen.’

This has been your way from your youth, that you have not obeyed my voice. The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds, and your lovers shall go into captivity. Then you will be ashamed and confounded because of all your evil.

O inhabitant of Lebanon, nested among the cedars, how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you, pain as of a woman in labor!”

“As I live, declares the Lord, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off and give you into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. I will hurl you and the mother who bore you into another country, where you were not born, and there you shall die. But to the land to which they will long to return, there they shall not return.”

Is this man Coniah a despised, broken pot, a vessel no one cares for? Why are he and his children hurled and cast into a land that they do not know?

O land, land, land,
hear the word of the Lord!
Thus says the Lord:
“Write this man down as childless,
a man who shall not succeed in his days,
for none of his offspring shall succeed
in sitting on the throne of David
and ruling again in Judah.”