On September 22, Brian McLaren, one of the most influential voices in the emerging church, performed the civil “wedding” ceremony for his homosexual son Trevor. The ceremony was held at the Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland (“Weddings/Celebrations,” New York Times, Sept. 23, 2012). In 2006, McLaren said, “Frankly, many of us don’t know what we should think about homosexuality. ... We aren't sure if or where lines are to be drawn, nor do we know how to enforce with fairness whatever lines are drawn. ... Perhaps we need a five-year moratorium on making pronouncements” (“Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question,” Jan. 23, 2006, http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2006/01/brian_mclaren_o.html). In a 2004 interview with Candace Chellew-Hodge for Whosoever, a homosexual publication, popular emerging writer Philip Yancy said, “When it gets to particular matters of policy, like ordaining gay and lesbian ministers, I’m confused, like a lot of people (“Amazed by Grace,” Whosoever online magazine). Doug Pagitt said, “It we have a theology formed in a worldview that sees sexuality as sin, our means, intentions, and explanations of sexuality will be affected” (Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, p. 140). Chris Seay said that churches should “approach homosexuals without condemnation but with God’s love and the gospel” (ChurchRelevance.com, June 19, 2007). Spencer Burke believes that “the evangelical church may be wrong about homosexuality” (http://www.zondervan.com/media/samples/pdf/0310253861_samptxt.pdf#search='spencer%20burke%20homosexuality). Tony Campolo’s wife, Peggy, is affiliated with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, the mission of which is “to create and support a community of churches, organizations and individuals committed to the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the full life and mission of Baptist churches.” She advises homosexuals to “ask the Holy Spirit to give you a sense of God’s timing” about “coming out” and says, “I can celebrate the committed monogamous partnerships of my gay brothers and lesbian sisters” (The InSpiriter, Summer 2000).
(Friday Church News Notes, September 28, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
Candidates prepare for upcoming debate;
Last Western detainee released from Guantanamo;
Former New York Times publisher dies;
Bullied Michigan teen honored at homecoming.
1 Corinthians 2:9 -- “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
This passage is often misapplied to mean that we don’t yet see everything that God has for us in the future, that we only have a glimpse of heaven, etc. This is true, of course, but this is not what Paul is talking about in this passage. The context is divine revelation that has been given through the apostles and prophets. See 1 Corinthians 2:6-10. Thus, in verse 9 Paul is not referring to what we don’t know; he is referring to what we do know through God’s Word, and this knowledge has not come by natural means (by the seeing of the eye or the hearing of the ear or the natural thinking of man’s heart), it has come by the revelation of the Spirit of God.
(Friday Church News Notes, September 21, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
Obama, Netanyahu talk about Iran;
Syrian chemical weapons moved;
Obama, Romney concentrate on raising cash;
92-year-old grandmother hits the slopes.
Nations meet in support of Syrian opposition;
No bail for anti-Islam video maker;
Police say gunman kills 4, himself at Minn. Office;
US Postal Service to default on second $5B payment.
“Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side.’ After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently. He answered, ‘Well sir, you see, it's like this: I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for many years. It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn't fall. Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I've been around a long time. I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times. Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't. So we need to pray, “Lord, prop us up on our leaning side” so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.’”
(Heads Up! September 2012)
"I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works."
Scientists who are working on newer and better materials out of which to make things are concentrating their attention on ceramics. Ceramics do not break or wear as easily as other materials, including metals. High temperatures don't cause them to weaken. Some ceramics have even shown the promise of bringing about another revolution in electronics. Ceramics have one major problem, though. They are difficult to form into usable parts. Sometimes they are also too brittle to work well as machine parts.
Nature, on the other hand, regularly custom-forms ceramics for the most-demanding duties. The ceramics made in living bodies include teeth and shells. Living creatures bind inorganic crystals into a hard, custom-fashioned ceramic that is both strong and much less brittle than man-made ceramics.
Taking their cue from living things, scientists have successfully made stronger, less-brittle ceramics patterned after biological ceramics. The new ceramics offer great promise in designing radical new electronics. Perhaps most dramatically, one version has served well as artificial bone. The body even accepts the ceramic as though it was true bone!
Modern science has gained some wonderful knowledge. However, modern scientists have learned that to solve an engineering problem it is better to learn how our wise Creator solved the same problem in the first place.
Notes: E. Pennisi. "Nature Points the Way to Tougher Ceramics." Science News, Vol. 140, p. 150.
Photo: Dental porcelain bridge, used by permission of Wagonerj and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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