Okay, maybe not as many as last week, but…
- “[I]n coming decades, religiously unaffiliated people are expected to make up a declining share of the world’s population, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.”
- No SDA at SBC: A group of young pastors, calling itself Baptist 21, is protesting the original booking of Ben Carson, who identifies as Adventist, at an upcoming Southern Baptist Convention conference for pastors.
- Dr. Russell D. Moore on transgender transition: “My 3 year-old identifies as Batman. We don’t let him fight crime at night, or drive a car.” Moore was referencing the latest case involving a 4-year old.
- The State of Kentucky likes the tourism potential of the replica Noah’s Ark, but Answers in Genesis is doing it for the evangelism potential. There lies the conflict.
- In Wisconsin, the top religious story this week has to do with an increase in cremations, and churches’ rights under Religious Land Use to house the remains on their property.
- The “undeniable appeal of Osteenism. It feels good to think that we are not as far gone as we thought, that there are things we can do to make ourselves better, maybe even things sanctioned by God for just that purpose.”
- An Anglican has five questions for Rachel Held Evans. (Question one applies to far more people than Rachel; maybe even you.)
- There’s a whole genre of blogging that never gets touched here, but if you’re a mom, you already know it. So we’re including a post today that is representative of the heart of what’s called Mommy Blogging.
- Apologetics Alley: Three reasons why people might reject a truth claim.
- Pastor Place: Five reasons why church staff leave by Rick Warren.
- Lots of tension this week as Franklin Graham weighs in as a comic book character comes out as gay…
- …And I’m sorry, but maybe Christians should just get out of the cake decorating business. Here we go again…
- …And the website that first published “Bake Them Two” is asked to clarify their position on homosexuality. Does this article accomplish that? …
- …But this t-shirt printer actually won his case.
- Five ways church members use their tithing as leverage to hold the church hostage.
- How to compliment your pastor so it doesn’t lead to spiritual laziness or pride.
- Faith-focused movie news: 2nd Century monk Polycarp (after whom a town in Quebec is named) is the focus of the movie Polycarp; while “faith, family, friendship and the ties that bind” is the subject of Little Boy.
- American street preacher Tony Miano went off on a tirade against the “pagan temples” of Nepal, but then, 41 minutes into his podcast, got as soft as a kitten. Find out what new subject brought about the change of tone.
- Mark Hall of Casting Crowns didn’t tell his children, age 7 to 17, about his recent diagnosis.
- Jon Acuff is reinventing himself once again.
- It won’t be as large a production as The Book of Mormon, but with the addition of new musical this summer, Nephi and the Sword of Laban, visitors to Salt Lake City can choose between two stage show based on the LDS text.
- Could your child answer these five catechismic questions? (I just made that word up…what do you think?)
- By the numbers: The top seven churches in the U.S. by attendance.
- Finally… You’re reading this right: Infant baptized in Baptist church.
Excerpt of the week from the website Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace:
…Imagine that you and I are sitting in my family room. The television is turned off; it’s 5:20pm. I lean over and ask, “What channel is the weather report on?”
“I don’t really know,” you respond.
“Well, give me a channel number’” I insist.
“OK, channel 7,” you reply, shrugging your shoulders.
I turn on the television and switch over to channel 7. Lo and behold, the weather report is being broadcast at that very moment on the channel 7 nightly news. “Good call,” I proclaim as you grin with satisfaction. You made a proclamation about where the weather forecast was being aired and your claim about the truth was accurate. You were right. But you were only accidentally correct. You made that proclamation without any evidence to support your claim; you simply took a stab at it and happened to be correct. This doesn’t in any way diminish the “rightness” of your proclamation, but you came to it “by accident.”
There are lots of us who are Christians in a very similar way. We have trusted in Jesus for our salvation; acknowledging He paid the price for our sin on the cross. We recognize He is God. We accept the essential orthodox teachings of classic Christianity. But if you asked us why we believe these things to be true, many of us would have little to offer. We just happened to guess the right “channel”. We’re accidental Christians. We happen to hold to the truth of Christianity in the same way you guessed the right channel for the weather report…
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