Around the Horn: 1.10.13

January 10, 2013

Around-the-Horn[1]Genocide in Shades of Pink
What if every female in America suddenly disappeared? It would feel a lot like Asia, where sex-selective abortion has taken 163 million girls. How the gospel is slowly turning the tide on the quiet holocaust.

Finding the Middle Ground
In the world of media, two things sell well: good stories and extreme viewpoints. It makes sense that good stories sell, but why are extreme and polarizing stances so popular? Why do the most divisive voices garner the most attention? There is something about bombast and bluster that draw people like moths to a flame—and often with the same results.

Feminism Gone Wrong
You may remember Elizabeth Wurtzel as the 24 year old phenom who published the 1994 megahit bestseller Prozac Nation. Now age 44, Wurtzel has spent the better part of her adult life living the feminist dream in New York City as a successful writer and Yale-educated attorney. Yet for all the fabulous accomplishments bedazzling her “fabulous” life, she says this in a recent article for New York Magazine:

Time Magazine Sounds the Alarm for Abortion Rights
From Albert Mohler: Now, with the 40th anniversary of Roe, TIME magazine is sounding the siren for abortion rights with a cover story that warns: “40 Years Ago, Abortion-Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade. They’ve Been Losing Ever Since.” Really?

Richard Baxter on Unity and Peace In the Church
Jesus prayed for unity in his Church before it was even truly born, asking God “that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:22). But it didn’t take long for petty differences to slink in and begin tearing the Church apart. Writing in the 17th century, Richard Baxter offers some tips that are still relevant today for mending the rifts in the Church. The below are from his collected writings, The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, and pastoral guide, The Reformed Pastor.

Why the Catholic Church is Composed of Dudes
From Bad Catholic: This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church. If I had tried to stick my tongue out at the kids who think a female priest isn’t a contradiction in terms, I wouldn’t have been able to muster up the genius required to make a thing quite so demeaning to the cause.

ESPN Apologizes for Commentary: Season Over
You know it’s a blowout when the commentators stop commenting on the game and start commenting on the quarterback’s girlfriend. That’s what happened last night during Alabama’s rout of Notre Dame. As the camera flashed to the stands and focused on A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend former Miss Alabama, Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit offered kudos to McCarron for such a favorable match.  Today, ESPN issued an apology and admitted that the commentary seemed to go a bit too far. It was a sideshow during what turned out to be a very boring game. It was so boring that people still aren’t talking about the game but the sideshow.