Friday, December 19, 2014

Christian Colleges vs. Hookup Culture; Flaw that lets anyone listen to your cell calls; Why do small towns in SD need tanks and grenade launchers?...more

‘Ukraine Catholics being driven underground,’ say Church leaders Ukrainian Catholic leaders have warned that their Church is being driven underground again, a quarter of a century after it was re-legalised at the end of Communist rule.

“In Crimea and eastern Ukraine, we’ve already effectively returned to the catacombs,” said Father Ihor Yatsiv, the Church’s Kiev-based spokesman. “It’s a sad paradox that history is being repeated just as we commemorate our liberation. But after a couple of decades of freedom, we again look set to lose our freedom.”

The priest spoke as Ukrainian Catholic communities in Russian-occupied Crimea approached a January 1 deadline for re-registering under Russian law. He said the Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic Church had no legal status in Russia and would therefore be unable, in practice, to register...

Attacks on Christian Girls on the Rise in Pakistan "In Pakistan, rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims."

Christian Colleges vs. Hookup Culture
...Though deplorable incidents of sexual assault and rape can still take place anywhere—even in the dorm rooms of faith-based colleges and universities—we see several religious schools offering up a distinctly different response to sex on campus. Rather than a move toward radical autonomy, these schools are making institutional changes to help counter alcoholism, hookup culture, and sexual assault.

In 2011, President John Garvey of Catholic University provoked a firestorm of controversy when he announced that Catholic University was assigning all incoming first-year students to single-sex dormitories. To defend himself against accusations of prudishness and heteronormativity, Garvey wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, citing student wellbeing as his primary consideration...

The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly   ...This isn’t tabloid hackery, it’s digital war waged by a terrorist regime. Maybe it’s more a cyberbattle defeat than a cyberwar defeat, but it sure would be nice to know far more about U.S. policy in response to such attacks. The silence — apart from anonymous U.S. officials saying “Yep! Looks like it was North Korea, then, doesn’t it!” — is deafening...
North Korea Behind Sony Hack? If So, It Had Help, Expert Says
Watch out world: North Korea deep into cyber warfare, defector says

German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls ...The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other. Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in the 1980s, is riddled with serious vulnerabilities that undermine the privacy of the world’s billions of cellular customers...

Ibuprofen boosts some organisms life spans ...Researchers used to scoff at the idea of extending life span, but it turns out to be surprisingly easy—at least in organisms such as mice and worms. Drugs that prolong survival of these creatures—aspirin and the antidiabetes compound metformin, for example—are already in many of our medicine cabinets. Several studies suggest that ibuprofen is also worth a look. Ibuprofen suppresses inflammation, which underlies many age-related diseases and might contribute to aging itself. In addition, people who take ibuprofen for a long time have a lower risk of developing two age-related illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, several analyses found...

Even Small Towns Are Loading Up On Grenade Launchers  ...The police departments of the two largest cities in the state, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and the sheriffs in their surrounding counties, Minnehaha and Pennington, are listed in the Pentagon’s documents as receiving only a few rifles. But the town of Mitchell (population 15,500) is listed with $733,000 worth of equipment. The sheriff of Codington County (population 27,500) with $415,400. And when we reach the South Dakota Highway Patrol, headed by Colonel Craig Price, things get wildly out of hand: $2.7 million worth of full-tracked carriers, armored trucks, grenade launchers, and other equipment. Robots, riot guns, night sights, a military helicopter: the Highway Patrol has you covered if war breaks out in the Bad Lands and the Black Hills...

Andrew Klavan: Black Leader Al Sharpton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Anglican Unscripted 146 - The Church of Enron

Dec 17, 2014

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mohler: Movie review of "Exodus"; Christian Converts Find Safe Houses in England...more

Sydney Hostage Siege Ends With Gunman and 2 Captives Dead as Police Storm Cafe ...The hostages who died were a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, the police said. One of the injured people was a police officer, who was treated for an injury to the face and was in good condition, the police said...

Albert Mohler: Moses Without the Supernatural—Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”  Timed for a Christmas season release, director Ridley Scott’s intended blockbuster, Exodus: Gods and Kings hit the big screens this past weekend. On its opening weekend the movie shot to the top of the box office charts, displacing the latest Hunger Games movie, but falling considerably short of expected receipts.

The best single line analysis of the movie and its failure to garner either critical acclaim or more viewers was offered by Eric D. Snider of GeekNation: “This big dud isn’t blasphemous enough to be outrageous, emotional enough to be inspiring, or interesting enough to be good.”

Well, I partly agree with the first two points of criticism, but I did find the movie interesting. Indeed, I even liked much of the movie, and I would not argue that mature and thoughtful Christians should not see it, even if the concerns about it are major. And make no mistake, the concerns are major...
As for Moses, the depiction offered by actor Christian Bale grounds Moses’ sense of divine call in a severe knock to the head from a rock, followed by what might well be a hallucination, with the 11 year old boy speaking to Moses beside the bush that burned but was not consumed. Completely missing from the portrayal is any explanation that God has chosen Moses as his instrument for bringing Israel out of captivity and that God was acting in faithfulness to the covenant made with Abraham.
Fleeing Persecution, Christian Converts Find Safe Houses in England   As a 17-year-old convert to Christianity living in Pakistan, Ali (not his real name) was stabbed in the chest and left for dead by Muslims upset he had rejected their faith.

When he fled to England, his assailants tracked him down and threatened him.

A chance meeting with an Anglican priest led to temporary lodgings with a Christian family interested in offering refuge to Christian converts from Islam.

“I can’t tell you where I live — not the town, not even which part of the country,” Ali said. “I want friends but am nervous about forming friendships in case, at a moment’s notice, I have to move house again.”...

They Got Abortions When the Test Said Their Baby Would be Disabled, But The Tests Were Wrong  The pro-life movement has been raising the ugly specter of abortions on babies with disabilities for years and now a new article in the Boston Globe confirms that the tests supposedly showing a baby having a mild or sever disability may be wrong.

Calling unborn babies defective if they are prenatally diagnosed with genetic conditions foreshadows a dangerous path toward eugenics. The problem of a society that is prone to abort babies at a rate of 60, 70 or even 80 percent for those diagnosed with Down Syndrome is bad enough. A disability is certainly no reason to have an abortion...

Grocery store surprises customers with their rendition of 'Jingle Bells'

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bishop Julian Dobbs Advent Bible Series: Part 3

Advent 3 from Julian Dobbs on Vimeo.

Part 3: Why Is Jesus Coming Back?