TGC Spotlight 01.23.15

TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

Featured TGC Articles

Selma: American History, Raw And Honest | Jason Cook

Selma is much more than Black history. It is American history. It is our history.


The Art Of War | Andrew Wilson

Jesus loved the Word of God with his heart (being satisfied by it), his mind (understanding it), and his will (obeying it). If that was true of Jesus, I really want it to be true of me.


7 Reasons To Teach Our Children Church History | Jeff Robinson

The benefits of teaching your children something about the key figures and movements from the rich heritage of the church are myriad.


4 Reasons To Stop Obsessing About Heaven | Mike Wittmer

Why does heavenly tourism attract so much attention? We might be less obsessed with heaven if we better grasped four things.


Who Do You Say I Am? – A Mormon And An Evangelical Discuss Jesus | Joe Carter and Vince Han

Who is Jesus? A Mormon and an evangelical attempt to answer those questions to gain a better understanding of what each faith tradition truly believes about Jesus.


Featured TGC Contributor Articles

How Should We Respond to Reports that a Fragment of Mark Dates to the First Century? | Justin Taylor

It was reported yesterday that a three-dozen member team of scientists and scholars—apparently including the well-respected New Testament historian Craig Evans—is working on a papyrus fragment of the Gospel of Mark, discovered as part of an ancient Egyptian funeral mask.


9 Myths about Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade | Kevin DeYoung

Forty-two years ago, the Supreme Court concluded that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy included a right to terminate her pregnancy.


Why You Should Trust Jesus’ Unbreakable and Infallible Bible | Trevin Wax

I love reading Andrew Wilson. He’s a winsome, articulate apologist for Christianity whose book, If God, Then What? presents Christian truth in memorable and disarming ways. His newest book tackles the question of biblical authority. Why should we believe the Bible? “Because Jesus did,” Andrew replies.


The archaeology of repentance | Ray Ortlund

In a sermon preached during the First Great Awakening, George Whitefield laid bare the four archaeological layers always uncovered in true repentance. Preaching on “They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14), Whitefield said that before we can speak peace to our hearts.


A Prayer for Abiding in Jesus’ Love | Scotty Smith

Dear Lord Jesus, how can it be? How is it possible that you love us as the Father loves you? With unfettered joy, the fullness of affection, and a deluge of delight. We believe, help our unbelief.


Coming Next Week at TGC

How to Combat the Demonic | J. D. Greear

Christians should be neither preoccupied with Satan and his demons nor completely ignoring them, J. D. Greear says, but they should realize that because of Christ the forces of darkness are defeated foes.


Are You Fighting the New Greed? | Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover explains how social media is birthing a new greed to find accomplishment in yourself, instead of God.


Will Heaven Have Oceans? | Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson explains what it means when Revelation 21:1 says, “There will be no more sea.”


Upcoming Events

Albuquerque Regional Conference (March 20-22, 2015)

Assembled Under the Word: Preaching and Christ. Speakers include Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, and David Helm.

2015 National Conference (April 1-15, 2015)

Heading Home: A New Heaven and a New Earth. Speakers include Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, John Piper, Mark Dever, Voddie Baucham, Philip G. Ryken, Ligon Duncan, and many others.

Remainder Bin

American Culture

Justice Dept. to Recommend No Civil Rights Charges in Ferguson Shooting Matt Apuzzo And Michael S. Schmidt , New York Times

The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said.

Avoid A Funeral Standoff With Three Easy Questions Hans Fiene, The Federalist

Funerals can happen fast, and as the Lakewood, Colorado controversy shows, that can cause discomfort for families and congregations. Here’s how to prevent that.



Has Roe Already Been Overturned? The Viability Of The Pain-Capable Act Charles C. Camosy, The Federalist

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation (except for rape or to save the mother’s life). And it’s probably consonant with Roe v. Wade.

How Southern Baptists became pro-life David Roach, Baptist Press

In 1979, Larry Lewis picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion. “Right there beside the Unitarians and universalists was the Southern Baptist Convention,” Lewis, a St. Louis pastor who went on to become president of the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board), told Baptist Press. “… That bothered me a lot.”

Illinois Abortion Clinics Inspected an Average of Once Every 9 Years Evan Gahr, The Daily Signal

Forty percent of licensed clinics went between 14 and 17 years without inspections, according to the report. And only one of the federally funded Illinois Planned Parenthood clinics, which are not licensed, was ever inspected—in 1999.

What’s the Problem with IVF? Matthew Hosier, Think Theology

One of the ethical questions I am most often asked is whether IVF is an appropriate course of action for Christian couples.

Belgium’s euthanasia law gives terminally ill children the right to die PBS Newshour

More than a decade after Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize euthanasia, it once again made headlines in early 2014 when it became the first country to lift any age restrictions associated with the procedure.

Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia Paula Span, New York Times

Jerome Medalie keeps his advance directive hanging in a plastic sleeve in his front hall closet, as his retirement community recommends. That’s where the paramedics will look if someone calls 911.

Miscarriage Of Justice: Is Big Pharma Breaking Your Uterus? Katy French Talento, The Federalist

Ladies, it’s time you knew what your doctor isn’t telling you. Chemical birth control causes abortions and often has terrible side effects, including deliberate miscarriage.

Is Brittany Maynard’s Husband Fighting the Wrong Battle? Jennifer Lahl, Center for Bioethics and Culture

This important part of Brittany’s health profile does not appear to be part of her medical history, and it certainly was not part of the larger, very public conversation that followed once she made the decision to end her life.


Christianity and Culture

Sunday morning still segregated, study shows Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group, a LifeWay Research study shows.

The boy who didn’t come back from heaven: inside a bestseller’s ‘deception’ Michelle Dean, The Guardian

Alex Malarkey co-wrote a bestselling book about a near-death experience – and then last week admitted he made it up. So why wasn’t anyone listening to a quadriplegic boy and a mother who simply wanted the truth to be heard?



Bible colleges sue for right to issue degrees John O’Connor, Associated Press

Bible colleges in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit against state education regulators, seeking the unencumbered right to award degrees to students who complete their programs.

Sex Education in America: How Yesterday’s Extremists Shaped Today’s Sex Ed Valerie Huber, Public Discourse

In order to influence the future of sex education, we must have a nuanced understanding of its colorful past.


International Issues

The African state where a grenade is cheaper than a Coke Andrew Harding, BBC

The grenades come from China, or Bulgaria. The mortars are Sudanese. The rocket launchers were made in Iran. The bullets are British, or Belgian or Czech. Spain and Cameroon provided the shotgun rounds. And so it goes on.

Niger protesters torched 45 churches – police BBC

At least 10 people have been killed and 45 churches set on fire since protests erupted in Niger over the French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, police say.


Marriage Issues

Once, same-sex couples couldn’t wed; now, some employers say they must Julie Appleby , PBS Newshour

Until recently, same-sex couples could not legally marry. Now, some are finding they must wed if they want to keep their partner’s job-based health insurance and other benefits.



If The GOP Can’t Pass A Late-Term Abortion Ban, What Can It Do? David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Evidently, Republicans don’t feel competent enough to make a case against infanticide. Why else would the GOP pull its 20-week abortion limit bill?


Race Issues

A Way Forward: What the Pro-Life Movement Can Teach Us about Racial Reconciliation Hannah Anderson, Christ and Pop Culture

The task for us, much like it was for abolitionists and early pro-lifers, is to find ways to reveal the humanity of our fellow image bearers.


Religious Liberty

Here’s why your state may be expanding religious freedom protections this year Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News

The rush to enforce same-sex marriage across the country may trigger state legislative efforts to enact local versions of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Supporters say cultural changes make this necessary; opponents fear boycotts.