Lamp Post: October 11, 2014

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The Lamp Post is a collection of recent news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention. If you see something that you believe should be in The Lamp Post, tweet it to me at @WardrobeDoor with the hashtag #LampPost.

Politico: New Abortion Cases Could Reach Supreme Court

The Supreme Court was asked Monday to block parts of a Texas law that restricts access to abortion, an emergency request that could be just the first of several abortion-related cases to reach the court in the upcoming term.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Thursday allowed Texas to implement a law that restricts abortion providers and immediately shuttered all but seven of the state’s remaining clinics. On Monday, the women’s health facilities asked the high court to essentially undo that decision, allowing them to remain open as the legal fight proceeds.

Samaritan’s Purse: Pastor Saeed’s Letter to His Daughter Rebekka

I know that you question why you have prayed so many times for my return and yet I am not home yet. Now there is a big WHY In your mind you are asking: WHY Jesus isn’t answering your prayers and the prayers of all of the people around the world praying for my release and for me to be home with you and our family.

The answer to the WHY is WHO. WHO is control? LORD JESUS CHRIST is in control.

Facts & Trends: Religious States Give More

States where a lot people go to church—such as Utah, Mississippi, and Alabama—had higher rates of giving. States where people attend church less frequently, such as New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, had lower rates of giving.

Justin Taylor: I Wish I Had Held Her Hand More

It’s not, of course, that I never held her hand. It is likely, however, that I didn’t as often as she would have liked.

Holding her hand communicates to her in a simple yet profound way that we are connected.

The Federalist: Want To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life? Have A Big, Cheap Wedding

The economists decided to look at the wedding-industrial complex’s suggestion that spending tons of cash on a wedding will yield a long-lasting marriage. They found that length of marriage was either completely unrelated or sometimes inversely related with spending a bunch of money on an engagement ring or a wedding ceremony.

Trevin Wax: Facing the Music With Jennifer Knapp

What’s most intriguing about Jennifer’s rise in music and her subsequent immersion into the world of evangelicalism is that she never truly belongs to a local church. Her conversion happens in college when she is participating in a campus group, and before college is over, she’s already on the music scene, leading worship at camps and playing concerts. Like many who would say they are “spiritual, but not religious,” her experience of Christian community is largely something of her own making.

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Aaron Earls

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