- Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High: more than 5.3 billion people (76% of the world’s population) live in countries with a high or very high level of restrictions on religion, up from 74% in 2011 and 68% as of mid-2007. (Pew Forum)
- ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’: A Rising, Misunderstood Voting Bloc: while the evangelical bloc seems to have frayed a bit and liberal mainline religion continues to lose influence, another major religious category is gathering force and deserves politician and pundit attention—the “spiritual but not religious” vote. (The Atlantic)
- A Few Good Men, Not a Few Good Yes Men: it is encouraging as a minister to know that I have good men who are watching my life and doctrine closely so that the church will be edified and not led astray. What minister who knows his own heart would trust himself to lead a congregation on his own and according to his own wisdom? (Carl Trueman)
- Where Life Has Meaning: Poor, Religious Countries: Research indicates that lack of religion is a key reason why people in wealthy countries don’t feel a sense of purpose. (The Atlantic)
- Kindle Deal: Church History ,Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation by Everett Ferguson. $3.99.
- A Year-Long Chess Match In Ireland Ended In Brutal Cannibalism. I have nothing to say about this other than the fact that this is among the weirdest headlines I’ve ever seen.
Just for Fun
- Apparently sharks are sneakier than I realized. Clever girl.