Archive - October, 2012

Old Story New: 10 Minutes Devotionals for Families with Young Children

A great deal–only $8.00, 60% discount–on a new resource from the author of Long Story Short, a series of 10 minute devotional lessons  designed with young children in mind, walking readers through the story of the Old Testament (with regular pointers to the fulfillment of God’s promises which would come in Jesus).  This new book, Old Story New, seems to do the same thing, except from the New Testament.

It’s a 72 hour sale, ending 11/3 at 5 PM EST.

‘Women’s Issues’: A Dangerous, Insulting, and Sexist Message

Great, short piece by Anne Morse:

It’s ironic that the worldview of Obama, who calls himself a Christian, so closely echoes that of the Playboy Foundation, which, like the president, has always gotten enthusiastically behind free birth control and abortion on demand. We know why Playboy does it—the organization views women as sex objects. Birth control removes the last argument women might offer against pressure to engage in sex with “a great guy” who claims to “understand women.” And abortion turns women into REUSABLE sex objects. But Mr. President—what’s your excuse?

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Star Wars Episode 7 – Releasing in 2015

Disney just acquired Lucasfilm Ltd for $4 billion, and with it, the rights to the Star Wars franchise. Deadline reports:

The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. “The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand”, Disney said.

Future of Higher Education

Time magazine this week has a cover story on the future of higher education, discussing topics such as rising costs, troubling graduation rates, and the ascent of various models of online education (including “MOOCs” — massive open online courses).

Dinesh D’Souza Resigns as President of The King’s College

Dinesh D’Souza has resigned as the president of The King’s College (TKC). The Board has accepted his resignation, effective immediately.

The decision comes with a week of World magazine reporting that D’Souza was engaged to a young woman while still legally married to his wife of 20 years.  World also reported that D’Souza and his new fiance checked into the same hotel room while attending a Christian conference last month.

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Review of Skenazy’s 2010 Book, Free Range Kids

Myriam Hertzog, writing for The Journal of Biblical Counseling, reviews Lenore Skenazy’s provocative book, Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry).

Hertzog summarizes and responds to four of the major ideas that Skenazy puts forth:

1. We are much safer than we realize.
2. We listen to the wrong voices.
3. Helicopter parenting breeds distrust and pride, and severs communal ties.
4. Children are babied and not seen as key contributors to society.

Avg. Student Debt Nears $27,000 for class of 2011

The Institute for College Access & Success states in a press release today:

Students who borrowed for college and earned bachelor’s degrees in 2011 graduated with an average $26,600 in student loan debt, up from $25,250 in 2010, according to a new report from the Project on Student Debt at The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS). This five-percent increase is similar to the average annual increase in recent years. The report also found that about two-thirds of the Class of 2011 had loans, and that private (non-federal) student loans comprised about one-fifth of what they owed.

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Tim Keller’s New Book: Every Good Endeavor

Today something wonderful happened. I stepped out of my office at work for a moment and returned to find this book on top of my file cabinet. No note. No envelope. It was just sitting there. Wow!

Every Good Endeavor, which releases Nov. 13 but is available now for pre-order, deals with a topic I’ve written a few articles about: Making a connection between our work and God’s work. In fact, it was Keller who led me to a Dorothy Sayers essay called Why Work? which I cited in Thriving at College.

The book is divided into three parts:

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Dinesh D’Souza and King’s College

King’s College has issued a statement (quoted in a Christianity Today article) in response to recent reports that Dinesh D’Souza, separated from his wife for the last two years, is now engaged to another woman:

The Board of Trustees of The King’s College has, in recent days, learned that details of the personal life of our president, Dinesh D’Souza, including information about admitted difficulties in his marriage, would be published in a national magazine. While our board has been aware of some of these details, we were not aware of others and immediately met in special sessions as a board, with Dinesh, to learn what we could about this situation.

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What’s a Christian business owner supposed to do?

Mark Taylor, president of Tyndale House Publishers Inc. in Carol Stream, Ill., explains why Tyndale has joined the list of Christian organizations who have filed lawsuits against the HHS mandate.  Why?

As is now widely known, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ruled that health insurance plans must provide contraceptives free of charge to all plan beneficiaries. As a Protestant, I don’t have a moral objection to contraceptives per se. But HHS defines contraception to include abortifacients such as Plan B (the morning-after pill), Ella (the week-after pill), and intrauterine devices. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits that one purpose of these drugs and devices is to keep the fertilized egg from “implantation” onto the wall of the uterus. In other words, their purpose is to cause an early abortion of a human being that is made in the image of God. That’s where I draw the line.

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