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The Genderless Baby

I recently read an article by Arthur Shafer, the director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba.   The article centered on a family who has decided to not tell close friends and family members the gender of their baby.  Now this can be a normal practice before the baby is born, but what make this practice different is the child is already born.

The reason for this practice, according to the parents, is to allow the child time to grow and develop, without a fixed gender.  The rest of the article bemoaned the stereotypes in society concerning male and female identity.  Some of the points were well put.  For instance, we should be ashamed that we glorify men who are promiscuous, but look down on women who are.  However, the bulk of the article argued against this idea of fixed gender roles and identity.

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Social Networks can’t hide sin

Congressman Anthony Wiener has been the source of much attention this last week, as an inappropriate picture was published from his twitter account.  At first the congressman claimed he was hacked, but didn’t know if the picture was of him or not.  Then, he refused to speak of the matter at all.  Finally, though, yesterday the congressman came clean.  He told the media that he had sent the picture under question, and multiple other pictures, to 6  women before and during his marriage.

There are several ways that Christians could look at this story.  And I thought of several different applications.  For instance, Mr. Wiener did not admit to any of this until an investigator was able to uncover more evidence. This leaves him open to the question of whether he was sorry he did it, or sorry he got caught.  Also, it shows the stupidity of lying as it makes matters worse, not better.  Or we could have discussed whether moral choices should be taken into account when individuals are in public office.  However, in this case, the simplest application is the best.

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Is the church obsolete?

We live in a world that is changing with new technology by the second. Over the last three years we witnessed the rise of netbooks as an alternative to bigger, more expensive laptops. They popped up everywhere. Now, they are fading out of the market due to changes in laptop computers and the explosion of tablets like the iPad. Cisco made headlines this week by canceling the Flip Video Camera line. Flip cameras were all the rage a couple of years ago, but smart phones with equal (or better) video capability made them obsolete. That’s just how things go sometimes – the thing that’s the hot item one day, can be gone the next. Most people can look back on the days when they had a tape player, but now it’s just a memory of something that has faded away because of a better alternative. Given enough time, everything that is popular today will someday be obsolete.

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Christian Modesty

It is that time of year again.  The time of year when people begin to put away the winter clothes and begin to introduce the new summer wardrobe.  (Well for some people, for me my attire doesn’t change much, I wear a shirt and tie while working, and shorts and a t-shirt when I’m not, no matter the time of year).  The airwaves are filled with advertisements for the perfect body and preparing for summer time.

As the temperatures heat up more skin is shown.  To the Christian we look at every issue through the lens of Scripture.  Even what we wear is under the Lordship of Jesus.  Therefore, Christian men and women need to think seriously about the issue of modesty.

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From Citizen of the Year to Suspension-What we can learn from Ron Artest?

If you follow basketball at all, I’m sure you’re aware of the infamy that comes with the name “Ron Artest.” In 2004, he made headlines for the “Malice at the Palace.” After taking part in an on-court fight, Artest turned his attention to some fans and went into the stands to fight them, too. That led to a suspension that lasted through the rest of the season. Although it’s been a few years, no one has forgotten his actions that night. However, just last week he was given the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award. Yes, the same guy who once beat up fans is now the league’s “Citizen of the Year.” He received the award primarily for his work in raising awareness (and $650,000 worth of funds) for mental illness.

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