A Morning Peacock of Links (7/20)

Challenging our Century’s Faux-Tolerance

David Koyzis reviews D.A. Carson’s book, “The Intolerance of Tolerance” and shares his thoughts on the intolerance of the new/contemporary tolerance. Having just finished Carson’s book, I’d highly recommend. Nevertheless, if you don’t have time to read it, Koyzis does a solid job in recounting the major themes and points of Carson’s book:

However, this is not the vision of tolerance that has come to the fore over the past half century. “Tolerance” now seems to imply a general nonjudgemental attitude towards the conflicting truth claims of different worldviews. To express disagreement at all is to risk the accusation of intolerance. If, for example, Christians persist in claiming that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, they are routinely charged in the forum of public opinion with being insufficiently tolerant of religious diversity. Those engaging in this sort of rhetoric tacitly hold out the possibility that such intolerance will no longer be tolerated in a supposedly tolerant society. Yet they ignore the reality that a religion by its very nature makes exclusive claims to truth, prompting the discerning observer to wonder exactly who is being intolerant of whom.

Gay is Not the New Black

Voddie Baucham explores the “same sex marriage as civil rights” argument and highlights the problems he sees in that argument:

The California Supreme Court, like Gross, would have us believe that the homosexual struggle for a redefinition of marriage puts them in the same category as my ancestors. However, they would rather you didn’t take a closer look, lest you see how flimsy the comparison turns out to be.

But What If I Don’t Feel Saved?

On a related note, this reminds me of A.W. Tozer’s words on the tension between reason and faith – “let faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe”:

Many people assume the “feeling” of being saved indicates whether or not they actually are saved. Feelings, however, are fickle and dangerously misleading, and Scripture never points us to our “feelings” for assurance. Feelings come from assurance; they are not the basis for it. Assurance is based on the fact of Christ’s finished work; our “feelings” of being saved come from faith in that finished work.

“Feelings” are the fruit of faith, not the source of it. So don’t feel your way into your beliefs; believe your way into your feelings.

How LinkedIn Makes Money Off Your Resume — And Why That’s Good For You

LinkedIn has undergone a subtle but significant transformation under the leadership of Jeff Weiner, who took over the company in December 2008. In that year, the company launched LinkedIn Recruiter, a premium service that allows businesses to view and search through every single profile on the network.

Recruiting through LinkedIn, once used mostly in the technology sector, has gone mainstream — 82 of the companies in the Fortune 100 use LinkedIn Recruiter, according to LinkedIn spokesman Richard George. More than 10,000 companies worldwide use some of LinkedIn’s recruiting products and services, dubbed Hiring Solutions. “Hiring Solutions is now our largest and fastest growing business line, which I think kind of illustrates the market demand for what we can offer companies,” George said.

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For recruiters, every LinkedIn member is a potential employee, and today’s workers are more likely to keep their eyes on opportunities in a volatile job market. Increasingly, the passive job search has become an ever-present part of working life. “You have to plant your seed today for your harvest tomorrow,” Marr said. “The days of working for a company for your entire career, for 50 years, isn’t realistic anymore. While it still exists, the average life cycle is 18 months in a position. If you’re not growing, you’re going to be looking for the next place where you’re going to grow.”

Animal Sculptures Made From Reclaimed Household Objects

Awesome. The concept is inspiring and the sculptures themselves are amazing. My favorite one is the cheetah in motion.

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