#1 Zach Nielsen links to and reflects on a New York Times piece about why we don't see as many people with Down's Syndrome these days. The reason? Prenatal screening results in the murder of 9 out of 10 Down's Syndrome babies in the womb.
#2 I don't believe there is a "gay gene," but supposing one is discovered -- and while I doubt it's existence, I also wouldn't be inordinately surprised if "they" find one -- I wonder if we may suddenly have some allies in the fight for the right to life of unborn children. Or, being the cynical poopyhead I am, I wonder if we might see hypocrisy on both sides, as previously pro-choice gay rights advocates become horrified at the thought of snuffing out "homosexual" fetuses while at the same time many professing Christians might be among those who would screen for this gene and secretly terminate their pregnancy to spare themselves potential heartache. Just thinking aloud here.
#3 Andree Seu of WORLD Magazine is a writer whose work I have enjoyed immensely in the past. Recently Seu has declared that Glenn Beck is a new creation in Christ and that he articulates the gospel more clearly than anyone she's ever heard in any church. I've taken a lot of heat from fellow Christians and fellow conservatives for harping on the danger and the sin of this syncretism of evangelical faith with American patriotism, and I hate to say I told you so, but this is a prime example of what happens when America or "Judeo-Christian values" become the evangelical's god. And of course in the places where critics are rightly rejecting Seu's approval of Beck's Christian faith, there are plenty of Christians all out of sorts in the comments, wondering how on earth anyone could possibly say a Mormon isn't a Christian. The early church dealt with all this same junk, which is why we have the creeds. But the creed most American evangelicals care most about is the Constitution. It trumps anything else.
#4 If you put your treasure in anything temporal, you will always be fighting against rust and decay. It's exhausting. Count me out.
#5 I am now 1-1 in both my fantasy football leagues, which is fine, since the 3 teams I root for (Titans, Patriots, Redskins, in that order) are all 1-1 themselves.
#6 If you haven't registered for Lead10 yet, do so soon. Bob Thune & Bill Streger bringing the gospel thunder to beautiful Maine in the fall. Myself, Josh Cousineau, Mark Gedicks, et.al. rockin' the breakouts. In the parlance of the times, it's gonna be off the hizzy.
#7 I want to hold a Twitter or blog contest to give away a copy of Your Jesus is Too Safe, but I'm out of ideas. Help me out. Whoever has the best idea for a giveaway contest for YJITS -- decided by me, of course -- will get a free copy of my other book, Abide. To enter, leave a comment with your idea.