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On Wednesday two television journalist were murdered on live TV. Wednesday evening Dr. Russell Moore posted an article answering the question: “Should we watch murders on Social Media?” Dr. Moore writes:

I watched a video this morning that I’m ashamed to say I viewed. No, it wasn’t pornography—at least not the kind of pornography we typically think of. The video was the live shooting of two television journalists as they were reporting in Virginia. At the time, I saw the post on Twitter, which noted “unexplained shooting noises.” When I watched the clip, I assumed there was gunshots around them and that the journalist and her interviewee had ducked for cover. It wasn’t until much later that I learned that what I had seen was a cold-blooded murder, streaming across my Twitter feed.

There’s much debate right now as to whether news sources should show the video, or whether people should watch it on their social media feeds.

Art Rainer recently published an article on his blog addressing the issue of tithing while dealing with debt and other substantial financial burdens. In this article he writes:

When faced with financial difficulties, the question of whether or not to tithe or give often arises. And the reason is simple. There is a desire to use every last penny to help get themselves out of the situation. If you have or are facing financial challenges, you have probably considered not giving. It may seem to be the most logical option for you. But before you decide to abandon your giving, consider the following five points.

Earlier this week, SEBTS student Ashley Gorman published a post on her personal blog pondering what would really happen if we defunded Planned Parenthood and ended abortion. Ashley writes:

If the life of abortion as we know it ends, so will life as we know it. And I mean that in a good way. The end of abortion would change everything. Our comfortable little lives would be over in favor of a very uncomfortable, but glorious new, Gospel-soaked path. If the lights of all the Planned Parenthood practices and other abortion providers shut off for good, then the lights in our homes will have to turn on…Christians have been so removed from this issue in general for way too long. If we say we care about life, then why are we not already adopting kids that have a horrible life right now? Why are we not fostering unwanted children? Why should we even wait for some organization to be defunded before we engage the need happening in our backyard?

Dougald McLaurin is a SEBTS student (and Reference Librarian) who recently re-enrolled in the Ph.D. program after a hiatus. In a recent blog post he discusses techniques useful in managing anxiety in the process of research and writing.

Let’s face it, we all think that experienced authors are in a class of their own. The muses love them more than us.They wake up in the morning and beautifully constructed prose just flow from their pens. It’s almost effortless. All they need is pen an paper.They know what they are going to say and they say it perfectly. Our writing feels more like Odysseus trying to get home–full of difficulties.

It is the beginning of the fall semester of learning at institutions of higher education near and far. While seminary students face many of the same challenges as all college and graduate students, Brian Renshaw, a student at our sister seminary, SBTS, recently published a helpful post with 30 tips specifically targeted to help new seminary students. Brian writes:

I am beginning my second semester of doctoral studies. I thought it may be beneficial to write (from a current student’s perspective and one that recently finished his M.Div.) some of the things I wish I would have known before beginning seminary.

 

Who Are the Weak Among Us Today?

J.D. Greear recently published an article on his blog discussing how as he finished preaching through a series on the book of Judges at his church he realized how easy it is to read Judges and condemn the people for their heinous acts. But, as J.D. writes:

[W]e’ve got to realize that we aren’t any different. What we see in Judges 17–21 is just the inevitable result of casting off the rule of God. It begins with re-defining morality, and it always ends with the strong oppressing the weak.

This raises the question for us: who are the weak among us today? Where has our society, in a frantic rush to dismiss the wisdom of God, left a trail of pain and brokenness in its wake?

To read the entire article, head over to J.D.’s blog.