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From Around the Internet 2/6/12

Over at his The Biblical World blog, John Byron notes the Six Reasons Young People Stop Going to Church. And, he asks: “What do you think? Why else are the young leaving church? Have you left the church and if so why?”

Nathan Gilmour often posts lectionary reflections at
The Christian Humanist Blog. This week he has some thoughts on the Namaan & Elisha story (2 Kings 5:1-14): Gracious Pagans: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 12 February 2012. He writes: “Like many stories of the prophets, this one sets on their heads some of the core expectations of how gods behave in the ancient world. Gods are supposed to look out for their chosen tribe, yet Naaman, the great threat to Samaria’s very existence, here receives the love of God. (Jesus, when he points this out in a synagogue in Luke 4, very nearly gets killed by an angry mob.) And although Elisha is involved, it’s not an oracle from the prophet but some down-to-earth reasoning from some unnamed servants that persuade Naaman to receive that gift.”

I love this post from Ed Cyzewski: Mild at Heart: Why I Won’t Slay Your Dragon. He writes: “I know that dragons aren’t necessarily on the tips of anyone’s tongues of late in our gender discussions, but I’ve heard enough about A) men protecting women and B) dragons standing in as part of the honorable man equation that it’s worth exploring. It can be honorable to speak of “protecting” women. However, once we start speaking of men slaying dragons on behalf of their ladies, I find that the metaphor breaks down in some serious ways.” Right.

Mason Slater finds that he’s tired of defining himself by who he’s
against: For and Against – on Identity and Conflict. He says: “Eventually we must break away from the pull of finding our identity in conflict and opposition, and be for something.”

This looks like an interesting new series at BioLogos:
What I Wish My Pastor Knew About… The Life of a Scientist, Part 1.

I appreciate Dr. Randal Rauser’s willingness to take up questions that are difficult and controversial for Christians. In his most recent post, he raises the issue of transgender children & the Girl Scouts:
The impossible problem of transgender children. I would state things differently, but I am in general agreement. He writes: “…I guarantee that the vast majority of those who react with such vitriol [against] a policy statement on transgender kids do not understand the nature of the problem from the inside. I suspect that much of the anger is riddled with deeply held but erroneous assumptions that the parents are liberal “gender benders” who probably encouraged a confusion of the genders in their child’s rearing as if “gender” is nothing more than an oppressive social construct from which they’ve liberated their little transgender child. That simply isn’t the case.” And, he links to this video on transgender children.

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