If you haven’t heard, earlier this week a jury convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell for murdering babies born alive after he failed to kill them in the womb.
I will spare you the horrifying details, but you can read them here if you are curious.
What was almost as shocking as Gosnell murdering babies born alive was major media’s blackout on reporting the trial.
It wasn’t until Fox and other media on the right began calling out the rest of the media that they reluctantly showed up and began reporting.
The cry from the right was that the major media silence on the Gosnell trial was driven by political bias. In other words, even though the media thought what happened was terrible, they didn’t report it because they thought it would mar the public image of abortion and give ammunition to pro-life groups. t think it was something more fundamental and more disturbing.
Like most of America, I was shocked to see the news about the three girls who had been kept as sex slaves for ten years in a perv’s basement in Cleveland.
I was not, however, surprised.
What happened in Cleveland was a logical progression from the standard narrative our culture feeds us about women: that they are sex objects to be lusted after, used to sell products, or possessed.
Should we be surprised then when we hear that a man has locked up three women in his basement for ten years to do with what he pleased?
The objectification of women is not a new phenomenon; it has been around since the Fall of Man. But the advent of television, movies, marketing, and a willing media has ramped up the intensity of the brainwashing that women are merely objects, products and not persons. Continue reading…
I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear someone use the term, “Good Lord,” I immediately doubt whether that person is a Christian.
You know what I mean, “Well, I’m just leaving it in the hands of the good Lord,” or “The good Lord moves in mysterious ways,” or my favorite from Bishop Bickering in Caddyshack: “The good Lord would never disrupt the best game of my life!”
When I hear the adjective “good” inserted before “Lord” I immediately think the speaker is using it as a talisman–like call the Lord good and he will reward you.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always felt this way since I became a Christian. Continue reading…
Last year I blogged a series on the nature of work.
My goal in that series was to challenge people to adopt a new paradigm of work.
I wrote about how work is a holy endeavor and that God is and has always been a worker.
I wrote about how the Fall of Man changed work, how the Law of God commanded work and how that law was a reflection of its Author.
My goal was to deal with the subject of work on a fundamental theological level. What I didn’t address were the practical reasons why we should want to work.
If I were to ask most people, even most Christians, why they should work, they would say things like, “to make money,” “to provide for my family,” or “to pay my bills.” All those are valid reasons to work, but what struck me yesterday while reading The Book of Acts was how the reason the Apostle Paul gave for working contrasted so sharply with all these other reasons.
I just finished reading the book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg (Random House 2012).
It is a fascinating study of human behavior and why people do what they do.
Duhigg uses real life examples like a sleep walker who unknowingly murdered his wife, a housewife who gambled away a $1,000,000 inheritance, as well as success stories of Starbucks and Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church to paint a persuasive picture of how the power of habits to determine our destinies.
If the book stopped there it would be interesting but hardly helpful. Instead, Duhigg goes further by dissecting the habit loop so the reader can learn how habits develop and how they can be successfully reprogrammed.
Duhigg even includes a step-by-step example from his own life at the end of the book that shows how he broke a habit by understanding the cue, routine and reward components of a habit loop.