Thinking Out Loud

January 25, 2017

Wednesday Link List


Thanks for your suggestions this week. Don’t forget to share today’s link list URL on your blog and social media. Take a deep breath… here we go!

I know you thought we were quite done with Christmas, but now we know why these guys (below) took so long to find the baby:

Arctic Wisemen from Sacred Sandwich


  1. “Man” is now viewed as what we call an “exclusive” use of language; that is, it is seen as excluding women. Therefore, we recommend that you find other ways to refer to humankind in general and use terms that are inclusive.”

    This I can understand. I make something of an effort already to do this or at least something similar. But using “Godself” is probably not going to happen in my church, in the pulpit or anywhere else.

    We are in the middle of a gender revolution. The notion that there are only two genders was fairly commonplace just a decade or two again but that is no longer socially acceptable. I’m not sure if the last stop will be an infinite number of gender possibilities or a complete lack of any gender identification whatsoever. The rate of change is faster than ever before. The culture describes vocabulary and beliefs as “antiquated” that were the societal norms just a few years ago. Bill and Hillary Clinton were both opposed to gay marriage in the early 90’s. He could not have been elected president otherwise. But today they are in favor of “marriage equality” because the culture has changed that much in just 25 years.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — January 25, 2017 @ 11:15 am

  2. I suppose rather than posting articles that bring ridicule down on a nation’s leader, it would be helpful to hope and pray for a man in a difficult position. I pray for leaders of all nations, as Romans 13 states, that they see the wisdom of His ways and adopt His notions rather than depending on themselves for guidance. I don’t know if Donald Trump has repented and given his life to Christ. I’m aware of the things Monsignor Piper mentioned in his post, and those things President Trump said are cringeworthy, but those are in the past. And the president’s behavior as the church leaders walk down the aisle? Yeah, not cool, but if he is a Christian, he’s still more politician than saint. After 20 years, I’m still a work in progress. Any human needs time to change and I think any human under the microscope as he is deserves a little more grace than most. We are either working FOR The Lord or working AGAINST The Lord.

    Speaking of microscopes, even the first family isn’t allowed to escape its focus. It’s obvious from this link that a regular church goer thought it their right to film them, though it shows a soft side of the First Lady.

    Comment by The Purging Lutheran — January 25, 2017 @ 5:09 pm

  3. Actually, the situation in India has been communicated widely to Compassion Sponsors over the last number of months and has been the subject of considerable prayer! You’ll find an article on the Compassion Blog at that talks about it from last November.

    Comment by Murray Lahn — January 26, 2017 @ 9:01 am

    • Our link was to a Christianity Today story, but generally I try to seek out primary sources. I just would have expected this to have broader visibility on their website. The link you sent, as you noted, is to something from November and I’m assuming the CT story was generated by more recent developments and that’s why I noted the absence of details on Compassion’s US and Canadian sites. Perhaps they choose not to broadcast the situation in that platform.

      It’s an incredibly sad situation for both the kids and their sponsors.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 26, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

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