The links are piling up in the inbox – time to offer once again some interesting and even intriguing links found in our mad scramble around the World Wide Web. I hope you browse through them, some of them are really worth your attention. (You’ll have to be the judge of which ones!)
Ecumenism, Yet Again…
Is it Persecution when you can’t run your business according to your conscience?
The freedom of Americans to run their businesses according to the dictates of their consciences is being challenged, coast to coast, by President Obama’s Department of Justice and local governing bodies. The common instigators are laws against sexual orientation discrimination and Health & Human Services’ contraceptive and abortifacient mandate.
One of the loudest opponents was Campus Pride’s Shane Windmeyer, whose group protests Chick-fil-A restaurants on college campuses around the country. Windmeyer, who has been “married” to a man for 18 years, also railed against the nearly $5 million in donations Chick-fil-A has given to so-called “anti-LGBT groups” since 2003.
But in August, during the height of the controversy, Windmeyer said he received a call from Cathy and found him surprisingly respectful and courteous. The two began a friendship, getting to know each other on a personal level through phone calls, texts, and in-person meetings. On New Year’s Eve, Cathy invited Windmeyer to the Chick-fil-A Bowl game in Atlanta as his personal guest, even though the event was one Campus Pride had planned to protest.
Unintended or Intended consequences? When Egalitarianism collides with the Reformation
Prince Charles expressed concerns over a bill that seeks to change the rules surrounding the Royal line of succession in Britain, saying that allowing royal members to marry Roman Catholics might undermine the Church of England.
Archaeology Coming Your Way
The Cyrus Cylinder, cited as extra-biblical evidence of an Old Testament account involving the exile of ancient Jews, is scheduled to make stops at various museums in the U.S. this year, before returning to its home at the British Museum.
Your editor saw this cylinder in the British Museum last may. A testament to the historicity of 2 Chronicles 36.22-23 and Ezra 1.1-4.
Why do we pray? Paul Henebury offers a few good thoughts on the subject.
Troubled by Extra-Biblical Claims? Consider this fact about the Canon
“In the end, apocryphal writings constitute an interesting and fascinating source for the study of early Christianity. But, largely due to their late date, they do not offer a more compelling version of Christianity than the New Testament writings themselves.”
Publication of links in The Eclectic Web feature does not imply endorsement of the viewpoint or contents of any of the websites linked. The links are provided as a matter of interest to Christians.