Three passages for today's sermon: one from Acts 24, one from John 8, the final from Psalm 110. There's a reason for the title.
Lifeway research has pumped out some fascinating polling on spiritual beliefs and spiritual maturity among Protestant churchgoers. Ed Stetzer has a great infographic on the topic below:
Check out the full poll details here.
I still want to know who these Christians are who believe other religions are equal truths to Christianity. Frankly, I wouldn't consider them Christians. These doctrines are foundational truths. The only way to the Father is through the Son, Christ said those words. This means other paths, other religions, are incorrect according to our Lord. But, now I'm going to ask you, my Christian friends, to answer these same four questions above:
It's time for me to discuss the news of the week that I feel you should know about. First, let us all pray for comfort for Rick Warren and his family in this their time of loss. Losing a loved one is hard enough. Losing one to suicide has to be incredibly difficult.
Now, let's jump right on into it, shall we?
- You should read my piece on the PBS cartoon Super Why. No really, the show is awful.
- The courts defied Health and Human Services on Plan B...actually proving to be to the left of the Obama administration. Now, this allows abortofacents to be purchased over the counter - regardless of your age. This is scary.
- Ben Howe of RedState is reporting that Mitch McConnell is getting ready to do the right thing and filibuster Reid's gun control legislation. So...he's doing the right thing, must mean - reelection season is beginning.
- Are you following @BarackObama on Twitter? Cause that's not actually Barack Obama's account. The Atlantic has more and how this could be a violation of election regulations.
- Tim Challies wrote that Josh Harris slapped him in the face. Metaphorically speaking with his new book. Check out the quote, it is a slap in the face and a reminder on faith.
- What group of people are 3 times more likely to be arrested than the average American? New York State Senators.
- Maryland Reporter has a piece out on a recent forum of Maryland GOP candidates. It's an interesting look into the battle for the heart of the Republican Party in Maryland...plus Collins Bailey's gadfly campaign for chair. Realistically, it's a battle between Kline and Waterman. I'm on the side of Kline.
- Mark Newgent at Red Maryland has a piece summarizing the damage done by the Maryland General Assembly this year. It's bad, really bad. Example? A rain tax, gun grabbing, higher gas tax, and a repeal of the death penalty. Read the piece for a good summary of the damage.
- Yoda won this year's "This is Madness" tournament at Star Wars' website. I'll be honest, I voted for Vader.
- Dave Miller of SBC Voices wrote an excellent piece entitled, "Dealing Redemptively with the Hate and Intolerance of the Left." It's mostly from a faith perspective, but it's worth a read.
- Hot Air has some info on some Army Reserve training documentation. What does it say about religious extremists? Well, it lumps in Catholics and Evangelical Christians. So...there's that.
- The Tanooki has a video trailer for...a new DuckTales video game. Yes, seriously. Check it out.
Any news I missed? Probably, but it's what I found interesting this week. I leave you with music from KB, his track "Brand New" from his "Who is KB?" mixtape:
It's that time again. Time for me to compile a list of links that some of you will read, many of you will not. Let's go.
- Jacob Perry wrote an insightful piece entitled, "Coming Out with Autism." Read it. It provides great insight into a person living with a form of autism.
- PPP released a poll on conspiracy theories. Apparently 4% of American voters believe...lizard people are in control. Seriously.
- StarWars.com is holding their own version of March Madness with a "This is Madness" bracket where people vote on their favorite Star Wars characters. I voted for Vader & Kenobi today.
- Erick Erickson of RedState wrote a great piece entitled, "I Believe" on Easter Sunday. Christians need to be unashamed of the Gospel of Christ and the Bible which we believe.
- Red Maryland has their new monthly poll up. Vote on who you think would be the best candidate for Governor of Maryland, among other things.
- Mike Leake at SBC Voices wrote a piece entitled, "The Church Going Full-Ninja." Check it out, it's a good read.
- The New York Times messed up some basic information on Easter. Seriously, it's super basic. Jimmie Bise of the Sundries Shack has more commentary on the situation here.
- Dark Horse is publishing a new comic series entitled, "The Star Wars" which will chronicle...George Lucas' original script for Star Wars. So, it'll be interesting to see what the story could have looked like.
- Apparently a McDonald's in Massachusetts is looking to ensure their cashiers have a college education. A BS in fact. Seriously.
- A new poll last week out of New Jersey shows the race for Governor at 42% Buono (D), 37% Christie (R)...among Democrats. This is just not even fair for Buono.
- There's apparently massive attempted fraud / bribery in the New York City mayoral race as former State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D) among others were involved in a bribery ring to get Smith on the Republican ballot for Mayor of New York. It's sketchy, awful, and why I'm glad I live in a state without weird party cross-endorsement rules.
Any news I missed or articles you think are important? Talk about them in the comments. With that, I leave you with Lecrae featuring Tedashii.