Five for Friday (8.8.14)

  Here are a few articles to keep you learning through the weekend:8 Ways the Enemy Attacks Church - true words of wisdom from Thom Rainer.Learning From Young Atheists: What Turned Them Off Christianity - great perspective!Marco Rubio: Intolerance in the Name of Tolerance is Hypocrisy - grateful for a politician to stand up and say this.Don't Overthink It: The Power of an Invitation - if we truly 'got' this truth, our churches would never be the same!The … [Read more...]

A Lesson from the Moonies

In the 1960s, sociology professor and expert Rodney Stark went to watch the spread of the Moonie cult in San Francisco. From the viewpoint of social science, he wanted to observe how a new and fledgling religion spread in a hostile environment, to better gain an idea about how early Christianity might have spread in the first century Roman world. His findings were startling.During her first year, Miss Kim (the Moonie missionary to America) tried to spread her message directly through typical … [Read more...]

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, by Katie Davis

Kisses from Katie wrecked me. I knew a little bit of her story, so I thought I was prepared to hear her heart-wrenching story of life in a third-world country. I was wrong. If you have a soul inside of you, you cannot encounter stories of poor, neglected and abused children fending for themselves in Uganda and not have your heart ripped out a little bit.Katie Davis is a 24-year-old who grew up in Brentwood, TN with a life typical of many Christian girls raised in America. Yet she willingly … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

Another great week. A few of these links have been out for awhile, but they're guaranteed to make you think, give you hope, and probably make you a little mad as well. Have a great weekend!Couple Sues in "Wrongful Birth" Lawsuit - read only if you have a strong stomach. I feel so sorry for this precious child.Why I am Grammar Obsessed - Is it importent to write good when u right emails and stuff?Prominent Atheist Converts to Christianity - If she can convert, there's hope for … [Read more...]

The Great Mandate

BIG Idea: Tell your story.Have you ever wondered what we're really here to do? Christians, I mean. After we make that fateful decision, while we're sitting around waiting for heaven, what are we supposed to do here on earth? Just attend church a bunch of times and rack up extra Jesus points? Live it up here on earth while we still can, throwing the occasional "please forgive me" up to heaven? Plug KLove into our ears and drown out the sound of the rest of the world dying? More potlucks, maybe … [Read more...]

Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice, by David Teems

William Tyndale is one of the more underrated men in Christian history. Most folks don’t know his name or what he did, but if you speak English, he contributed more to your language than almost any other person, including Shakespeare (who helped the English language flourish on the foundation built by Tyndale).Tyndale was an Englishman in the 1500s, exiled from his homeland and hunted down for his heretical views. England at the time was in the midst of incredible upheaval. The Catholic C … [Read more...]