You’re half-way home to the weekend, and it’s time for…
…some o’dis and some o’dat!
1. If you participate in a church worship service today, there may be nothing in particular that bothers you. However, the Apostles and early Christians may have a different view of what we do, and they may not be too happy about it. Scott Aniol, in Where did All that Pomp and Circumstance Come From? gives a historical view of how we got from the simple New Testament worship of the 1st and 2nd century to what we have today. At the end, he states,
In my opinion, all that we need to worship the Lord can be seen in that first order of service described by Justin Martyr in 140: Read the Word, Preach the Word, Pray, and remember the Lord’s death until he comes.
2. I believe that marriage between one and one woman is an institution of God. Some would argue, though, that divorce is at all-time high, and that Christians dishonor the institution of marriage – this, based on statistics. Glenn T. Stanton would disagree. In FactChecker: Divorce Rate Among Christians, Stanton gives evidence to the contrary.
People who seriously practice a traditional religious faith—whether Christian or other—have a divorce rate markedly lower than the general population.
3. Religious liberties are under attack. A group of cheerleaders from the small town of Kountze, Texas, decided to post Bible verses on the signs for the football team to run through before games. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Wisconsin, says they shouldn’t be doing that. The Texas Attorney General and a Judge has weighed in and ruled in favor of the cheerleaders.
4. Restrictions on religion is on the rise – in the United States (and around the world). For the first time, both the Government Restrictions Index and the Social Hostilities Index in the U.S. increased. My hometown, Murfreesboro, TN, is mentioned in the report. Matthew Brown interprets the entire study. His article insinuates the current presidential administration has has an impact.
5. If you were going to buy one jersey of an MLB player, who would it be? Darren Brown tells us who the top 10 sellers are.
6. Has spanking been outlawed? Denny Burk comments on the new law passed in Delaware:
Because the law defines “physical injury” as anything that causes “pain,” it appears that Delaware has effectively become the first state in the Union to outlaw spanking. The law goes on to say that anyone causing “pain” to a child under the age of 3 years could be charged with a felony.