India’s 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven – activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade
- John Johnson reflects on how to balance hope and healing.
We are not so consistent with our eschatology. Our hope is in heaven, but sometimes our prayers would suggest otherwise. It’s not to say we should not pursue wellness and health. I pray fervently for people in my church who are hurting. But if we are not careful, we can become obsessed with present healing and miss the bigger story. In a strange sense, we can sometimes be too pro-life, life that is about the here and now and not the here after.
- Derek Ouellette discusses Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? (Spoiler alert: he says “yes”).
I learned from Henri Blocher’s book In The Beginning to read the opening chapters of Genesis in a literary, rather than a literal, way. I learned from John Walton’s book The Lost World of Genesis One that those same chapters have nothing to say about how God created the universe, how old the universe is or how science fits in. In short, the bible does not address the age of the earth nor does it tell us how God created it.
- If you haven’t already heard, Harold Camping now says that judgment did come on May 21, but it was invisible. Don’t worry, though, the final judgment day will still be here on October 21.
- Carl Trueman wrestles with the challenge of preaching Judges 19, calling it “perhaps the most harrowing and difficult I have ever been called to speak on.”
- CNN has an interesting piece on America as the no-vacation nation: “Americans maximize their… [happiness] by working, and Europeans maximize their [happiness] through leisure.”
- Joe Carter comments on a study that found that cultured men are happier. Apparently men who like going to art museums and ballets, are happier than those who don’t. If that’s true, then I really have only one choice – be satisfied with unhappiness.
- And, here’s a list of 10 Commencement Speakers You Wish You’d Had. Unless you graduated from Wester Seminary, of course. Michael Lawrence did a great job.