Around the Horn :: 8.9.12

August 9, 2012

What Happened to Christian Rock?
The 1990s saw an unprecedented explosion of Christian rock. Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, P.O.D., and Switchfoot were hot on Christian radio and on MTV. Christian rock festivals multiplied and expanded. CCM labels sold millions of records. It was a pretty great time to be a Christian rock fan.

Join or Die?: Addressing Church Membership
A sincere perusal of Scripture helps us to see that the relationship between the Christian and the church is much more significant than we might realize. In fact, contrary to the practice of most Americans God not only calls believers to attend church but to bind themselves to a local, Bible-believing congregation in a visible and vital way.

Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Be Enough
From Stand to Reason: Marriage can’t be separated from biological realities. And that’s why this upheaval won’t end when same-sex marriage is accepted.

A Lesson in Love from the Drive-Thru
A minor Internet sensation erupted last week when Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, videotaped himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee. Smith was fired by his company because of his behavior, but the young woman he harassed provided a model in how to respond to hateful speech.

Chinese Olympians
A look at how Chinese children are taken away from their families and brutalised into future Olympians.

Why India Doesn’t Win Medals
From The Atlantic: India is a big deal. It has the world’s second-largest population and its ninth largest economy; it’s the biggest democracy in existence and one of the oldest nations in history. But India is not very good at winning Olympic medals. There’s no single or certain answer to why, but India’s astonishingly poor performance offers some insights into just what does make an Olympic winner, and doesn’t.

Are Christians Called to Pacifism?:
From The Cripplegate: I don’t accept the pacifist’s argument, and it’s not simply because I’ve noticed the irony that people are often hostile in their defense of pacifism. Here are five reasons why pacifism is not a biblical approach to ethics: