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News and Notes: Fighting for Purity, Negotiating Idolatry in America, and Teaching Boys in School

August 30, 2013

Here are three links worth reading this weekend. I pray they might encourage, equip, and assist you to engage the world with a message that God has a good and unique plan for men and women in Christ.

Porn, Pride, and Praise: An Interview with Heath Lambert.

Tony Reinke, content strategist at Desiring God and host of Authors on the Line, recently took time with Heath Lambert, assistant professor of biblical counseling at Boyce College to discuss the growing epidemic of pornography that enslaves countless Christians—men and women.  The interview considered Dr Lambert’s new book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Graceand provides an entree to this important book.

CBMW also interviewed Dr. Lambert. You can find that interview here: An Interview with Heath Lambert.

On Being Christian in America.

Rod Dreher and Doug Wilson have offered a pair of  articles on being Christian in twenty-first century America. Unlike any time before us in America, Christians need to face the fact that patriotism—as it is being redefined—is not what it was under Dwight Eisenhower or Ronald Reagan.

Dreher shows how this religious aversion has been escalating for years. His article quotes copiously from a controversial First Things article from 1996. And Wilson, in his own inimitable way, states that Christians will soon be tempted to offer a “pinch of incense to the emperor,” in order to commerce as an American citizens. In fact, this temptation is already a reality. When the Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled against Elaine Huguenin, the ruling stated that Christians must be willing to set aside their Christian convictions in order to participate as citizens. Let me encourage to read Wilson and Dreher’s articles and to weep and pray for our nation. Even more pray for the church in America, that God would give us boldness to stand with Christ in the face of rising resistance to Christianity and religious liberty.

You can also find help in thinking about the increasing challenges of religious liberty in two CBMW posts from Greg Scott, Senior Director of Media Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom in Scottsdale, Arizona: Compelled to Compromise, Part 1 and Part 2.

Boys Learning in School.

Jessica Leahy, writing in The Atlantic, gives a surprising defense for teaching boys as boys. She summarizes statistics from Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work and Whysaying,

Boys get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls. Boys are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. They do less homework and get a greater proportion of the low grades. Boys are more likely to drop out of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students. Furthermore, boys are nearly three times as likely as girls to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Considering 11 percent of U.S. children–6.4 million in all–have been diagnosed with a ADHD, that’s a lot of boys bouncing around U.S. classrooms.

In the end, she gives a list of eight ways teachers (and parents) can engage boys minds and more effectively teach them. Her article is worth the read and another reminder that God made boys and girls different.

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