Around the Horn :: 5.3.12

May 3, 2012

When Serpents Bite Your Granny
Perhaps the most offensive claim of the gospel is that a hate-filled cannibalistic child molester finds the same redemption and has an equal status in the eyes of God as your dear old church lovin’, bake-sale havin’, baby burpin’ granny.  The truth that there is only one way to salvation for granny and the cannibal is equally comforting and offensive.  It’s offensive to the vestiges of self-righteousness in our own heart but it is a great comfort to those acquainted with the darkness of their own hearts.

The Widening Political Divide Between Catholicism and Mainline Protestantism
When Charles Colson died last weekend, he was best known as the Watergate felon turned prison minister. But Colson, a constant presence in Christian Right circles for over two decades, had perhaps his greatest impact in another sphere of American life: expanding evangelical-Catholic cooperation in the fight against legalized abortion into a broader political alliance.

Why Am I Not Enough for Him?
A great article that looks at the devastating impact on women whose husbands are involved pornography.

Is this Evangelical Coach out of Bounds?
There’s a saying in Nebraska: “If you don’t like the weather then wait a minute.” It is not surprising to run your heater and air conditioner in the same day. But such variable weather tends to coincide with stable public relations. This is why it is so interesting to consider the stormy story of University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown.

What if Your Life Could be More Engaging Than Television?
Ask yourself before your next major decision “If I were a character in a story, what decision would make the story more interesting?”

AMiA Saga Continues
The strange saga of the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) continues to grow more strange. Bishop Chuck Murphy has just issued the following statement…

The Digital Gender Divide
From the Atlantic: According to a recent Nielsen report, women, overall, are significantly more likely to engage with social media than men. Per Nielsen’s Internet-usage index, women are 8 percent more likely than the average online adult to build or update a personal blog . . . 18 percent more likely than the baseline American to fan or follow a brand on Facebook or other social media sites . . . 6 percent more likely to have created at least one social networking profile and 12 percent more likely to have used the Internet to purchase a product featured on TV.  Takeaways?