22 April 2016

This 'n' That

It's no secret that I am not the biggest fan of Facebook. A primary reason for this disdain is the ease with which people can post—and gullible or naïve people can believe—nonsense. One article disseminates inaccurate information and others pounce on that information and accept it as truth just because someone from their favorite Facebook group provided it.

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This reliance on Facebook for health, news, and other information can be dangerous. For example, I recently saw an article making the rounds about the dangers of a particular medicine. The same article contained multiple typos, spelling errors (including misspelling the name of the product it was lambasting), and lacked links back to its original sources. Nevertheless, people were reading it, commenting on it, and accepting its truthfulness without investigating the actual source or some of its rather spurious claims.

This is a problem. It's as if we open up Facebook and lose our common sense. If it's on Facebook, it must be true. This mindset must be squelched. Let's read everything with discernment, not just theological articles. If folks had done their research on this particular article, they would see that it was reporting an event that occurred four years ago. In addition, the reported incident appears to have been adequately investigated and addressed by the appropriate authorities. In short, this poorly written, unsourced article should not be the primary source for one's decision to use or not use this particular drug.

We Christians love to talk about discernment, but sometimes we just need to exercise some good, old- fashioned common sense. If we would do this for practical and doctrinal matters we might not have to wade through so much social media sludge.

Of course, the best of us can still come across and share a less-than-adequate article, so let's also remember to have grace with one another. With that, please use that same common sense, discernment, and grace as you enjoy your week in review ( kind of):
  • Wow. I cannot recommend this sermon highly enough. Mike Riccardi delivers one of the clearest presentations I've ever heard on the extent of the atonement.
  • Confession: I might have been one of those Titanic-obsessed people when I was in high school. Which means I might know more than most people should about the actual Titanic, not just the movie. It also means I think this is cool, in a kind of melancholy sort of way.
  • Wait, let me get this straight: a secular business is acting consistent with the world's sinful system? I'm shocked, shocked, I say! 
  • Look, Bieber is coloring. Can we please stop this coloring fad now?
  • Fred Butler explains why he believes continuationism is not a non-essential issue.
  • Was early Christianity hostile to women?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Lyndon Unger explains the Seven Mountain Mandate.
  • Sovereign election, Israel, and eschatology:

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