A symphony of Scripture recitation unlike any you’ve ever heard, from our brother Ronnie Smith who gave his life in the hope that Libyans would hear the greatest message and come to treasure Christ above all things.
Ronnie Smith went to Benghazi, Libya to teach Chemistry at the International School Benghazi. He’d been there for 18 months when he was gunned down during his morning jog. Jamie Dean of World magazine writes:
A statement on the Austin Stone website said Smith had served on the church’s staff before moving to Libya: “Ronnie and his family moved to Benghazi to teach high school chemistry and to be a blessing to the Libyan people. … Ronnie’s greatest desire was for peace and prosperity in Libya and for the people of Libya to have the joy of knowing God through Christ.”
Read the whole thing.
John Piper also offers this statement because “Ronnie wrote to us at Desiring God last year and told us that one of my messages was significant in leading him and his family to Libya.”
(Photo credit: Associated Press/Photo by Omaima El-Faitori)
Someone sent me this neat infographic on the benefits of associate degrees.
Great article from Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus at George Washington University, on grade inflation at Harvard, where the median grade given is an A- and the most frequent grade awarded is an A. An excerpt:
Grades serve several purposes. They are a tool that measures a student’s progress in relation to others in a class; they allow financial aid and scholarship committees to assess merit; and they culminate in a 4-year overall performance record in the form of a college transcript. Academic strengths and weaknesses are discovered over a period of time.
Fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal on millennials including their parents in the job search process. An excerpt:
Millennials—people born between 1981 and the early 2000s—are much closer to their parents than previous generations, and they have gained a reputation for being coddled by so-called helicopter parents, say researchers who study Millennials. But when they started joining the workforce in the early 2000s, managers balked at parents getting involved in their kids’ workplace struggles or job searches.
That was then. Now, some firms have begun embracing parental involvement and using it to attract and hold onto talent and boost employee morale.
Mindy Honey, writing for the Branson Tri-Lake News:
To say 17-year-old Riley Banks is on a mission could be considered an understatement.
The Branson teen has distributed hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to children in Kenya, provided more than 1,000 hygiene kits to girls there, helped provide a medical clinic for more than 1,300 people and opened a school this year. She does it all through her nonprofit Generation Next, which she set up before she could even drive. While she continues to collect school supplies, hygiene kits and oversee a school in Kenya, she is also working to open an orphanage there.
Read the whole thing.
Tim Keller is publishing books faster than I can read them (I’m still only about half-way through his last one). This new one is called Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions. In the words of his publisher:
In Encounters With Jesus, New York Times bestselling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller shows how people were changed when they met Jesus personally—and how we can be changed today through our own encounter with him.
Crossway is releasing a 700 page volume, with 19 contributors, on the doctrine of the atonement. If you’ve ever wrestled with this issue, this is the book for you. Here’s the publisher’s description:
There is a palpable sense of confusion—and sometimes even embarrassment—with regard to so-called limited atonement today, pointing to the need for thoughtful engagement with this controversial doctrine. Incorporating contributions from a host of respected theologians, From Heaven He Came and Sought Her stands as the first comprehensive resource on definite atonement as it examines the issue from historical, biblical, theological, and pastoral perspectives.
Offering scholarly insights for those seeking a thorough and well-researched discussion, this book will encourage charitable conversations as it winsomely defends this foundational tenet of Reformed theology.
Justin Taylor has an interview with the editors, and a few others.
A powerful and sad glimpse into those who profit from others’ pain:
HT: Justin Taylor
The wheels of justice turn slowly, but praise God they do turn. NBC News reports:
Nearly 400 children have been rescued and 348 adults arrested following an expansive and “extraordinary” international child pornography investigation, Canadian police announced Thursday.
And here’s the kicker:
What was most alarming, Inspector Beaven-Desjardins said, was that many of the arrests were of people who worked with or closely interacted with children.
Among those arrested were 40 school teachers, nine doctors and nurses, six law enforcement personnel, nine pastors and priests and three foster parents, she said.
Horrific and shocking. Praise God for the arrests. And pray for the children’s restoration.
Read the whole thing.
HT: Boz Tchividjian