Here are the top five posts from the past month. And I’ve included one post that was actually written a while back and has recently resurfaced for some reason. Check out Women Who Gave Their Lives for the Church if you’re curious.
- What Are Gospel Issues? All I am saying is that virtually any topic can be tied to the gospel in some way or another. If that is all we are doing, the argument “X is a gospel issue” is a well-nigh useless argument, because the claim could be advanced for almost any topic, irrespective of that to which X refers. (Don Carson)
- The Other Side of Ferguson: Local Churches Fighting Injustice: Ferguson-based Christian leaders, citizens, and law enforcement seem to come to four similar conclusions, all with an underlying question: How can we bring glory to God while pursuing justice? (Christ & Pop Culture)
- Falling In Love With Language — Through The Power Of Hymns: Anyone thoughtful — no matter what their spiritual leaning — can appreciate the art of the hymn: the rhythm, the sonorous language, the discipline and structure. (NPR)
- Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds: We need to provide research and evidence-based knowledge to publishers on what kind of devices (iPad, Kindle, print) should be used for what kind of content; what kinds of texts are likely to be less hampered by being read digitally, and which might require the support of paper. (The Guardian)
May was awfully quiet around here, but I’ve got some good stuff planned for the rest of the summer. So stay tuned for that. While you’re waiting, here are the top five posts from the last thirty days.
- Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say: The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year….Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s. (New York Times)
- Five Reasons Why Most Southern Baptist Churches Baptize Almost No Millennials: And according to a recent report by a special task force of pastors, the baptism drought in America’s largest evangelical denomination—which counts 15.7 million members and 5.8 million Sunday worshipers—is worst among millennials. (Christianity Today)
- Why Agnosticism Probably Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means: Agnostics are often characterized as ambivalent or wishy-washy fence sitters who refuse to make up their minds. But there’s much more to agnosticism than these tired misconceptions, including a stricter adherence to scientific principles than those typically invoked by atheists. (io9)
- Church-State Clash in China Coalesces Around a Toppled Spire: the government aims to regulate “excessive religious sites” and “overly popular” religious activities, but it specifies only one religion, Christianity, and one symbol, crosses. (New York Times)
- Five Implications for Churches as the Boomers Retire: On January 1, 2011, the first Boomer turned 65. In fact, on that day, 10,000 of them turned 65. And that pace of aging will continue until 2030, when every Boomer is 65 or older. The implications for churches are staggering. (Thom Rainer)
- I Don’t Want to Be Wrong: False beliefs, it turns out, have little to do with one’s stated political affiliations and far more to do with self-identity: What kind of person am I, and what kind of person do I want to be? All ideologies are similarly affected. (The New Yorker)
- Neuroscience Talk May Literally Be Rewiring Our Brains: This is in fact the golden age of brain research, but by the time the experts actually explain their research to us, our culture will already have decided what we want it to mean, and have fit it into our myths cape. (Fred Sanders)
- What Is Heresy? An interesting interview with Justin Holcomb on the nature of heresy. (Rachel Held Evans)