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Brotherly Love: Christians and Male-Female Friendships

By Anna Broadway We relate to the opposite sex in the best source of community we know, the church. Male-female relationships constitute one of the oldest social riddles. From Much Ado About Nothing to Adam’s Rib and When Harry Met Sally, countless stories have memorably explored this complex dynamic. But shifting mores have brought further confusion, especially around the question of friendship between men and women. Wary of how these friendships can turn into romances and affairs, plenty of evangelicals advise against them. At a recent Southern Baptist conference on sexuality, pastor Kie Bowman suggested men not “get in a car (alone) with woman who is not your wife unless she’s your mother’s age.” On the other end of the spectrum, Christian writers like Dan Brennan and Jonalyn Fincher argue that “cross-sex friendships” are worth the risk, even if one or both of the friends are married. If 1 and 2 Samuel had recounted David’s friendship with Jonatha instead of Jonathan, or if God had included an 11th commandment on friendship, we might have clearer guidance on how these kinds of relationships should work. Instead, Christians must sort these matters out as wisely as we can, while echoing Paul’s humble disclaimer, …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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The Sabbath, Jesus, and Christians by J.D. Greear

By Ed Stetzer Pastor J.D. Greear reflects on the gospel and our Sabbath rest. In the Fourth Commandment, God established the Sabbath as a way for the Israelites to refocus on their relationship with Him, rest from their labors, and remember His work in creation and redemption (Deut. 5:12-15). That was the Sabbath law for Israel. But what does all this mean for Christians today? Clearly the Sabbath is treated differently in the New Testament than in the Old Testament. Christ has freed us from the technicalities of Sabbath law. The New Testament teaches us that Christ has freed us from the law because He has fulfilled the law. The laws of Israel, all of them—ceremonies and dress codes and special days of the week—were given as symbols of a greater reality. Well, Jesus was that greater reality; so after He came, we no longer have to observe all the symbols. And so, the early church believed that the resurrection of Jesus fulfilled the Sabbath in three ways: First, in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, we see the fullness of God’s purposes for and promises to His creation. The resurrection of Jesus’ body from the tomb shows us that one day God is going to deliver this …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Education

FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has developed a project that donates f...

By Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Aquaculture Donates Fish to Local Families in Needfauf.fau.eduWhat began as a project to test sustainable aquaculture methods is turning into meals for Treasure Coast families in need. FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s (HBOI) aquaculture program received a grant from the Aquaculture Review Council to produce a market-sized crop of pompano in a sustai… …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Religion

Cartoon popes * Satanic broccoli * Serenity solved : Friday’s Roundup

By Kevin Eckstrom (RNS) Firing gay Catholic teachers has morphed into firing gay Catholic food pantry workers. And we finally know who wrote the Serenity Prayer. All that and more in today’s Roundup. The post Cartoon popes * Satanic broccoli * Serenity solved : Friday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

No charges for North Miami police officer accused of harassing woman

The Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office has released its findings after investigating allegations that a North Miami police officer harassed a woman for money she owed his girlfriend. Officer Jodlyn Antoine won’t face any criminal charges after assistant state attorney Johnette Hardiman wrote in her report that “nothing can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.” Hardiman cited a lack of witnesses and that there was nothing in writing to prove Antoine was threatening the woman. In an exclusive interview with Local 10’s Ross Palombo, the woman, who asked not to be identified, claimed Antoine threatened her about money she owed Antoine’s girlfriend. Antoine’s attorney said he was notified of the decision Thursday. He told Palombo by telephone that he thinks it’s “reasonable and just.” “I believe the lady made up the story,” he added. The North Miami Police Department will not comment aside from saying that the internal affairs investigation continues. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Attorney for Ana Alliegro appeals decision to hold David Rivera associate without bail

An associate of former U.S. Rep. David Rivera plans to appeal a judge’s ruling denying her release on bail on charges of violating campaign finance laws. The attorney for Ana Alliegro has filed court papers saying she will take her case to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Two Miami judges have ordered her jailed until trial as a flight risk. Alliegro is charged with illegally funneling more than $80,000 to the 2012 Democratic 26th District House primary campaign of political unknown Justin Lamar Sternad. Sternad has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. The case centers on whether Alliegro and Rivera used Sternad as a straw candidate to weaken Democrat Joe Garcia, who eventually won the seat. Rivera, a Republican, has denied any wrongdoing and is running for the seat again. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Nova Southeastern University Researcher Joins Colleagues in Penning Paper Urging Increased Ocean Stewardship

By jdonzelli Researchers Urge Caution When Exploiting The World’s Deep Oceans Good Stewardship Is Vital for Sustainability for Future Generations – More Exploration and Understanding is Needed FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – It has been said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our own planet’s oceans. That especially applies to the deepest parts of our oceans – depths that are 200 meters or deeper. Researchers from organizations around the world who specialize in studying and exploring the deepest regions of our oceans have come together to pen a cautionary tale that urges we take a critical look at how we’re treating our seas. “We need to consider the common heritage of mankind – when do we have the right to take something that will basically never be replaced or take millions of years,” said Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. Sutton, along with scientists and professors from California to Germany to the United Kingdom have written a paper that is being published by Science magazine that calls for increased stewardship when it comes to our oceans. The paper can be found online at Sciencemag.org (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6185/696.summary) The paper addresses the …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Local News

Naaman Davis pleads guilty in smuggling venture that killed 4

A man accused of steering a boat carrying illegal migrants from the Bahamas to South Florida last year has pleaded guilty to causing the voyage’s deadly outcome. Naaman Davis, 53, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of encouraging and inducing aliens to enter the U.S. resulting in death and one count of aiding and assisting an aggravated felon to enter the U.S. Davis was steering the smuggling boat from Bimini to South Florida on Oct. 15 when it began to take on water and capsized. Federal prosecutors said he drank some rum before leaving the Bahamas and smoked crack cocaine during one of the several times the boat stalled. Davis and another man jumped overboard before the boat capsized. Five of 13 migrants on board got trapped underneath the capsized vessel. Four of them, all women, died. Four other men have also pleaded guilty to their role in the incident. George Lewis, Matthew Williams, Everton Jones and Kenard Hagigal pleaded guilty to illegal reentry to the U.S. by an aggravated felon. Davis could face up to life in prison. The other defendants could be sentenced to 20 years behind bars. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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South Florida residents drying out after severe weather

Streets remained flooded early Friday morning after a day of heavy rain fell throughout South Florida. Medley was one of the hardest-hit areas. The rising water stranded dozens of drivers and employees were stuck at their jobs for hours Thursday. Tow trucks stood by in the area of 89th Avenue as car after car became stranded or drivers needed help leaving their office parking lots. Many in the commerce area said they always have flooding problems, only this time was worse. “One of our employees had to pay a tow truck $20,” said Perry Bekerman, who was stranded for three hours at work. There were similar scenes all across South Florida as severe weather rolled through. An EF-0 tornado also touched down near Miami International Airport Thursday. Public works employees said a project is underway to relieve flooding in the area. So far, no injuries have been reported. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Visitation to be held for Miami police officer fatally shot

A visitation will be held on Friday for a Miami police officer who was shot to death at his Pembroke Pines home. Carl Patrick will be laid to rest on Saturday as an officer killed in the line of duty. Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa told Local 10 on Thursday his department intends to hold a fallen officer’s funeral for Patrick. The 25-year veteran was found dead in his police uniform last Friday. Pembroke Pines police are still investigating the shooting, but Patrick’s live-in girlfriend, Teniko Thompson, is considered a person of interest. Thompson’s attorney, Rod Vereen, told reporters earlier this week that his client acted in self-defense. He claimed the gun fired during a struggle, but Thompson didn’t pull the trigger. Vereen also said Patrick had been abusing Thompson, a Miami public service aide, for years. He provided Local 10 with photographs of an abused Thompson he said came at the hands of Patrick. Oroso said he’s being patient with the process. “It hasn’t taken a long time,” Oroso said. “Usually a murder investigation takes weeks, sometimes months and sometimes years, so it’s not unusual for this to take so long. … No one is in a hurry to rush to judgment. We just want the facts …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Church Signs of the Week: May 16, 2014

By Ed Stetzer Cray Cray; Meet Jesus; Russia Prophecy Not much to add to this one. Amen! We’ve had one similar to this before, but we simply cannot be reminded of this enough! I’m not sure why there is a big interest in “Russia in Prophecy,” but who knows. I wonder if it has something to do with the Blood Moons. Thanks to Lloyd Legalist, Brilliant Ads, and Joshua Wulf for sending these in. As always, send me your signs via Twitter to @EdStetzer. Want to read a weekly digest of The Exchange blog? Click here to subscribe to Christianity Today’s Newsletter for The Exchange to get weekly wrap-ups in your inbox. The Now and Not Yet of Vineyard USA: An Interview with Phil Strout The State of Evangelism Sermon Research Matters Yawning at Tigers: An Interview with Drew Dyck Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church? Pastor, Need a Break? …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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