Weekend Reading: June 26, 2015

Welcome to your weekend!  Here are the best stories, blogs, videos and more from the past week. If you missed something, never fear, just scroll below and catch up on what’s new and hopefully what is thought provoking and edifying for your weekend.

Let’s start with today’s Supreme Court decision. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court of the United States of America decided to legalize homosexual marriage. This decision is one of a handful of societal and governmental markers that form a common thread with other once-great societies in world history, who subsequently passed into oblivion, now long having been forgotten. It is a sad day, but a day which was bound to happen with the ever increasing immorality and sensuality of our culture. What’s next? Likely a more aggressively (and overtly) targeted campaign at religious freedom. Buckle up…

Interesting how the national GOP responded.  Of course, the President applauded the decision. Incidentally, he said that this was “justice that arrive(d) like a thunderbolt”…I couldn’t help thinking his choice of words were ironic (John might say “antiChrist”) given that the kind of thunderbolt ushering in final justice might not be exactly what the President has in mind (Rev. 8:5 etc).

Now, onto other matters…

The State Department now says that Hillary Clinton forgot to turn over 15 or so work emails that were on her personal email server. This turned up after the US House subpoenaed emails from HRC, and, “WOW! where did those come from??!”

For the most part, Buzzfeed is the bottom feeder of all “news” organizations, but what they DO do very well is stuff like this…hilarious!

Wonderful headline here: Lesbian Teacher Shares Her Approach for Indoctrinating 4-year olds (h/t Matt Parker)

The best article I didn’t get to read this week: How the State Serves Salvation. 

Check out Part 4 in John Piper’s look at Romans 9:14-18. This is a great little video, and one that will cause you to stand back in awe of God’s absolute freedom. Ultimately we can claim whatever we want for ourselves, but when confronted by the Word of God we have to bow our hearts and lives before its authority.

Google Maps just enhanced their “street view” feature to include some serious verticals.

The same week the imperial, errr, “supreme” court praised the virtue of sodomy, they also handed the President a major Obamacare victory. Read about the disappointment of John Roberts here.

Obama also announced that the US government is cool with negotiation with hostage taking terrorists. Have international travel coming up, ya…good luck to ya!

And if all that wasn’t enough, the President also declared amnesty for illegal immigrants in jails and prisons this week.  It was pretty much a liberal’s fantasyland this week.

So with all this damage done to our country, who is running on the right to stop it? So many people now its hard to keep track of.  Here’s the list from earlier in the week – now you have to add Bobby Jindal (Guv. of LA) to that list, and soon Chris Christie and John Kasich to the list. Just about all of them dumped on the imperial court’s decision today. And you may not have ever heard of Bernie Sanders, but he’s now coming close to parity with Clinton in New Hampshire…ya…

In more happy news, Christianaudio.com has their biannual (I think?) sale going on jus through tonight. 

And this is pretty cool stuff. Samsung making their semi-trucks safer with “transparent” backs.

And did you watch the U.S. Open last weekend? Man, that coverage was BAD!  How bad? The Times discusses…

Another Times piece about how Taylor Swift basically brought Apple to heel. Pretty interesting stuff.

Final Times piece now (at the bottom of weekend reading where they below), this one on how cruel bosses make life hell (is anyone shocked?) and basically drive folks to an early grave…of course all of this is scientifically worked out…

Interesting inside baseball piece on the new host of Face the Nation – a Christian!

Wonder who was promoting same-sex marriage this whole time? The President’s t-shirt shilling organization. 

Lastly, when helping hurts: Race Relations and Law Enforcement. An essay to stir your minds up one way or another…

That’s it – I know that there is a ton of bad news in this weekend reading. We are living in a fallen, depraved world. And one of the main things we’ll start to hear in coming weeks is the fact that Christians need to “get with the times” and “be on the right side of history” – but the Bible calls us to something else. It unapologetically proclaims that Christ came to call us out of the darkness of sin and into the light of righteousness, and it doesn’t mince words about the nature of that sin. I will just leave you with these verses to ponder:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)

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