A Morning Peacock of Links (2/27)

Rumors of Imminent Execution of Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani Unconfirmed

Some sources told Compass they are skeptical of the credibility of information that Nadarkhani’s lawyers received and the certainty with which international press have been reporting his “imminent death.” They say this may be a governmental ploy to gauge international reaction to such a rumor.

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Iranian authorities view Iranian Christians as pawns of the West trying to bring down the regime, sources said. As Christians in Iran are held hostage to the government’s political whims, some Iranian Christians say the key to their freedom is continued pressure from the international community.

“We have to keep praying and sharing information about Christians in Iran, because this is a difficult moment for the people of Iran,” Khandjani said. “The minorities are particularly affected, but Iranians in general are under pressure from the government. Their freedoms are very restricted.” 

Why Men Are Settling for Mrs. Good Enough

Interesting. I think there are two sides to this situation. On the one hand, it’s a pleasant surprise that the sampled men were willing to “settle” as long as the woman met needs such as being a good friend, possessing characteristics of a nurturing mother, and being helpful. On the other hand, the irony is that they’re only willing to “settle” for that suitable helper and 1 Peter 3:3-4 when push comes to shove when, in fact, these are the characteristics that men should have been prioritizing and searching for the WHOLE time:

This man was in his 40s, but lest we write off these statistics as a symptom of the old (read: divorcees, or dudes with decreased sex drive), the percentage of men saying “yes” to imperfect committment was actually highest among men in their 20s, almost 40 percent of whom said they’d commit without love (compared with 22 percent of women). The gap narrowed as men and women entered their 30s, and widened again past 40. Yet regardless of age, men’s willingness to answer in the affirmative to both questions was significantly higher across the board.

Fisher, a research professor at Rutgers University, explains it this way. “We have a stereotype in this culture that it’s men who are the ones who don’t want to commit, who don’t want to settle down, who are the scarce resources. But in fact, it’s the opposite.” As one married man in his 40s old her: “My wife isn’t perfect. She isn’t the best I’ve had in bed. But she’s a wonderful mother to our daughter, she’s very helpful in our business life, and we get along very well.’”

Contemporary Tolerance Is Intrinsically Intolerant

D.A. Carson’s TGC post on the intolerance of contemporary tolerance and how it differs remarkably from the old ways of tolerance. As someone wise once put it, “extreme open-mindedness is the new close-mindedness”:

This shift from “accepting the existence of different views” to “acceptance of different views,” from recognizing other people’s right to have different beliefs or practices to accepting the differing views of other people, is subtle in form, but massive in substance. To accept that a different or opposing position exists and deserves the right to exist is one thing; to accept the position itself means that one is no longer opposing it. The new tolerance suggests that actually accepting another’s position means believing that position to be true, or at least as true as your own. We move from allowing the free expression of contrary opinions to the acceptance of all opinions; we leap from permitting the articulation of beliefs and claims with which we do not agree to asserting that all beliefs and claims are equally valid. Thus we slide from the old tolerance to the new.

Humility Meets Clarity

An article about the responsibilities and considerations the Christian writer must address. Definitely speaks to a lot of things I have felt when reading things online or in print.

What Korea Means To Me

Adopted from Korea at the age of 2 by American parents, the author discusses his adoption, previous return to Korea and the “culture shock of parenting”.

 

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