Weekend Reading: May 15, 2015

Welcome to your weekend. I’ve been putting off this post, not because I didn’t read much this week, but because I fractured one of my fingers and typing has been, well, interesting.  Still, I hope you enjoy these articles and videos!

You might have seen this, the U.S. House approved a 20 week abortion ban.  Learn more here.  Meanwhile Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council says not everyone was pleased with the vote. He minces no words.

Is Christianity dying? It is according to Pew polls this week. Russell Moore says let American “Christianty” fall.

Hilarious: how to have the talk with your kids (h/t Kate)

Could machines take over the job of an anesthesiologist?  Quotes from family friend Bruggeman here – h/t Alex Wenzel

If you follow politics at all, you know that rival political campaigns and opposing issue groups hire people known as ‘trackers’ to film their opponents in hopes of catching them in a gaffe. Those trackers are universally despised by campaign staff. This week one such tracker got a little more than he bargained for…….

Speaking of politicians, I found this article on the faith of Marco Rubio interesting, but also telling

Also, for you musically inclined people, check out this website. So much fun. My girls and I played around with it this week, typing in our respective names to see who had the best rythem. (H/t Tim Challies)

Favorite blog post of the week from Challies: Drink it Straight!

Interesting article on ‘how Christianity invented children‘ – the title maybe goes too far, but his points are worthy of the read.

Speaking of interesting articles. If you don’t subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, you’re missing out. If you do, then check out this piece on how the US is running out of Internet addresses, this story on the Kentucky Derby winner who might be too work out to continue the success, this one on how it’s been 50 years since Jim Ryun set the record for the four-minute mike as a high school student,  and this article on how Manhattan condos are quadrupling in price     

Google is finally putting out a few driverless cars for road test. I might be in the minority here, but 1. These cars look stupid and 2. I don’t want anyone to drive my car! I want to drive my car!!!  Maybe on a long trip it would be good I suppose, but other than that, take your hands off my wheel google!

Ray Ortland posted on DG this week about 10 lessons on fatherhood that he learned from his dad.  It was pretty good. Convicting. Though, I’d think the power of this article would have been magnified had his dad not been a preacher.  Also, he said his dad always showed energy – I don’t necessarily agree that is possible or desirable. Sometimes kids need to know you are human and to watch you work through those things. That’s how they learn to see God working in you.

Check this out – I love seeing small business success stories! (Especially about hoodies LOL)

Lastly, I’ll leave you with one of CH Spurgeon’s morning devotionals from this week that was really good — have a great weekend!

“He shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord.”
Micah 5:4

Christ’s reign in his Church is that of a shepherd-king. He has supremacy, but it is the superiority of a wise and tender shepherd over his needy and loving flock; he commands and receives obedience, but it is the willing obedience of the well-cared-for sheep, rendered joyfully to their beloved Shepherd, whose voice they know so well. He rules by the force of love and the energy of goodness.

His reign is practical in its character. It is said, “He shall stand and feed.” The great Head of the Church is actively engaged in providing for his people. He does not sit down upon the throne in empty state, or hold a sceptre without wielding it in government. No, he
stands and feeds. The expression “feed,” in the original, is like an analogous one in the Greek, which means to shepherdize, to do everything expected of a shepherd: to guide, to watch, to preserve, to restore, to tend, as well as to feed.
His reign is continual in its duration. It is said, “He shall stand and feed”; not “He shall feed now and then, and leave his position”; not, “He shall one day grant a revival, and then next day leave his Church to barrenness. ” His eyes never slumber, and his hands never rest; his heart never ceases to beat with love, and his shoulders are never weary of carrying his people’s burdens.
His reign is effectually powerful in its action; “He shall feed in the strength of Jehovah.” Wherever Christ is, there is God; and whatever Christ does is the act of the Most High. Oh! it is a joyful truth to consider that he who stands to-day representing the interests of his people is very God of very God, to whom every knee shall bow. Happy are we who belong to such a shepherd, whose humanity communes with us, and whose divinity protects us. Let us worship and bow down before him as the people of his pasture.
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