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This fundraising idea for ALS research went viral and has generated more than $53 million in donations to the ALS Association—almost three times the $19.4 million they received in their last financial year. But some Christians have voiced concerns about their dollars potentially being spent to fund embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).
This piece from the ERLC clears up a complicated situation. Essentially, the ALSA has one donor who has funded an ESCR project, but any donor can request their donation not go to that type of research.
To be fair, according to [ALSA spokesperson Carrie] Munk, it seems ALSA supports the philosophy of embryonic stem cell research, but that known funding is exclusively done through the direction of one donor, and that potential donors have the opportunity to withhold funds that would be used for such purposes. By its own admission, however, it appears that ALSA reserves the right to further embryonic stem cell research at its own discretion.
Facts & Trends executive editor Ed Stetzer broke news on his site this week that former Ebola patient Nancy Writebol had been discharged from the Atlanta hospital where she was being treated for the deadly virus. Stetzer interviewed her family and had a statement from Writebol herself.
Stephanie: I had a wonderful conversation with my mother-in-law one day while she was laying in the bed at Emory University—looking at her through glass. She said:
“Steph, I have asked myself many, many times in my life, ‘Is Jesus enough?’ I wasn’t always sure how I could really answer that. When I was being put on that plane to come to the U.S., I knew I was leaving my home where all my things would be destroyed. I was saying goodbye to David, not knowing if I would see him again. I was getting on that plane unsure if I would be alive when I got to the U.S. to see all of you. It was that moment when I cried out and knew, ‘Jesus, you have to be enough. Jesus, you are all I have—you are enough.'”
Source: Christianity Today
Having a kid is expensive, but just how expensive?
If you had a kid last year, congrats! That’ll be $245,340. (Or $304,480, after adjusting for expected inflation.)
That figure, released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the best estimate of what a middle-income, two-parent household will spend raising a kid by the time he or she turns 18. Children raised in Northeast urban areas — hello, adorable NYC tots — are the priciest American children, according to the report, costing their parents $282,480 during their childhood.
Source: NY Mag
But judging whether Twitter can survive in a Facebook-dominated world might not be the right predictor of its staying power in the market because of the niche it occupies. Put simply: Twitter is different; not only in who it attracts, but also in how it is used and how messages spread on the platform. Twitter also often acts more like a broadcasting network than a social network, connecting speakers and their content to the public.
Source: Pew Research
Source: Jack Hagley