Lunch time links for 9 April 2013

Mental Illness and the Church:

  • The Depression Epidemic: The church is God’s hospital. It has always been full of people on the mend. Jesus himself made a point of inviting the lame, the blind, and the possessed to be healed and to accompany him in his ministry, an invitation often spurned by those who thought they were fine as is. – Tags: Depression,Disease,Disease Prevention,Faith Healing,Health and Medicine,Loneliness,Medical Care,Mental Health,Prayer and Spirituality,Psychology, –
  • Treating Depression With Psychiatry and Faith: I met Aaron Kheriaty, M.D. while I was working on a wire-service story about the Psychiatry & Spirituality Forum at the University of California, Irvine, where he is director of residency training and medical education in the department of psychiatry. – by Christine A. Scheller – Tags: treating, depression, with, psychiatry, and, faith, religion –
  • The church is talking about mental illness, but are we listening?: I do not know Rick Warren, and I did not know his son. (Yes, I’ve read one of Warren’s books, but that doesn’t mean that I know him. – by Alan Knox –

Oops, LA Times mixes up its sports: Baseball is a sport based on runs and outs — there are no points. Ever. Dave Raymond on Twitter would like the Los Angeles Times Sports section to relearn this truth. “Dear large-market newspaper, Please familiarize yourself with the language of baseball. – by Kevin Roderick –

Ted Cruz is wrong about expanding Medicaid: Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who is gaining a reputation for bold statements, is backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to reject a major expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. –

From the Wartburg Watch: Discernment Blogging… Why R.C. Sproul Jr. Denounces It. This week we are discussing a newfangled concept called ‘discernment blogging’. We will investigate various angles and share our conclusions on Friday. – by deb – Tags: TWW v2 blog, TWW v2 –

Honor As A Defining Principle Of Life: What Should Ligonier Leaders Do?: During this year, much has been written on the topic of honor in Reformed circles. In fact, in May of this year, Ligonier Ministries Chairman RC Sproul spoke at a conference on the fifth commandment and honor, hosted by his son, RC Sproul, Jr. –

United Methodeviations: I am attending a National Workshop on Christian Unity this week in Columbus, Ohio.  It is an annual ecumenical gathering that focuses on how to build bridges, foster friendly relationships, and improve communication between Christian communions. – by Dan R. Dick –

New Zealand: Judge rules on ChristChurch cathedral payout: [Anglican Taonga] Insurance money from quake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral cannot be used to fund the transitional cathedral in nearby Latimer Square, a judge has ruled. –

Danni Kanash – An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation: I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. If you want to hear about how that went, ask me, seriously, I want to talk about it until I die. The whole thing was great; but the best part was when Macklemore sang “Same Love. – by dannikanash –

Robertson: America ‘Asking for the Wrath of Almighty God’ By Pursuing Mideast Peace Plan: Televangelist Pat Robertson is not happy about Secretary of State John Kerry’s push for a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. In fact, the 700 Club host warned that Kerry is “asking for the wrath of Almighty God to fall on this nation.” – by Brian Tashman –

The Ten Most Common Myths About Your Credit Score: If you watch the Discovery channel as much as I do, then you’re probably a Mythbusters fan. –

Court Would Rather Drivers Get Lost Than Use Phone Maps While Driving: There’s a lot to be said about laws that protect drivers from distraction, including those in California that ban driving while texting or otherwise noodling around on your phone. – by Mary Beth Quirk –

What’s the Difference Between These Ethernet Cables, and Will They Make My Network Faster?: Dear Lifehacker, I finally took your advice and went completely wired on my home network using a bunch of Ethernet cables I had lying around. Some are Cat5, and others are Cat5e. Is there a difference? Is one faster than the other? What should I use? – by Whitson Gordon –

Right-wing religious nuts limit Republican Party’s future: This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, says his party needs to be retooled. – by David Horsey –,0,2372795.story

Here’s some examples of the right-wing nuts in action:

Is Hell for the Rich?: Jesus shared a parable that seriously calls everything we think about hell into question. It’s the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. Frankly, I think any discussion of hell in America should include this parable. You might be familiar with this story. – by Shawn Casselberry –

Acts 25 – Paul Before Festus: As soon as Paul arrives in Caesarea, prominent Jews from Jerusalem approach Festus for a “favor,” to release Paul to their custody.  What we know about Festus is generally good, especially when compared to Felix.  He dealt quickly with two separate messianic movements (Antiq. 20.8.10). –

Is a God-Centered Gospel Better Than a Man-Centered Gospel?: Hang around Christians long enough and you’ll encounter the God-centered/Man-centered Gospel battle. One side takes the other to task for ignoring the “real” gospel and leaving out the most important aspects of the Truth as God has delivered it. – by Dan Edelen –

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