Tuesday, August 12, 2014

All Around the Web - August 12, 2014

Eric Metaxas - A Deafening Silence as Iraqi Christians Vanish
At BreakPoint we don’t take partisan stands. Issues concern us. Political parties don’t.

After all, political neutrality is in our DNA. Once he encountered Jesus, our founder and inspiration, Chuck Colson, gladly worked with people of good will from both sides of the aisle. Chuck knew that when it comes to pivotal moral and social issues such as prison reform or religious freedom, there are no red hearts or blue hearts. There are only human hearts, and our common humanity goes far deeper than any political pin on our lapels.

That’s why, without a hint of partisanship, I urgently join our voice as a ministry with that of Representative Frank Wolf of Virginia. Wolf, who happens to be a Republican, has been a stalwart and sometimes lonely voice speaking out for religious freedom for many decades. Now he’s calling our president to speak up for the rights and safety of religious minorities in Iraq, including Christians.

The Gospel Coalition - 3 Opportunities for Gospel Outreach in Public Schools
In the whirlwind of today’s culture, it is easy to focus on mounting threats to religious freedom, which may lead us to believe that doors of opportunity are closing fast. While many of these issues need to be engaged, freedoms still abound that often go untapped by Christians, especially in the realm of public schools.

This article is not about what most Christians would like the law to be; it is about what the law already is and what we should do about it. Almost 90 percent of American youth—from countless races and backgrounds—attend public schools, where they find little natural exposure to the gospel. The need is great, and the call of the Great Commission compels us to go and reach this important population (Matt. 28:15). This is especially important given many doors of opportunity currently available to reach public school students.

Religion News Service - Losing religion at college? New study flips the common wisdom
You don’t need a doctoral degree to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades.

Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking.

Today, it’s the least-educated members of Generation X — people born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — who are “most likely to leave religion,” said Philip Schwadel, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Christianity - 5 Myths You Still Might Believe about the Puritans (#5 Will Blow Your Mind!)
Maybe it’s the smug servant Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Perhaps it's the extremely suspicious Boston community in Nathaniel Hawthrone's The Scarlett Letter. Or it could be the more recent TV drama named for the location of the infamous Salem witch trials of early colonial America. High school history books continue to tell tales of America's Pharisaic progenitors and their overly concerned moralism with attempts to establish God's pure "city on a hill.” Many of us have grown up with an understanding of Puritans as those gloomy religious folk who found joy in making sure others had none. The tale of spoilsport Puritans continues to be told, and it couldn't be further from the truth. Here are 5 myths about Puritans which you may still believe.

The Wardrobe Door - Top 25 Christian Albums of the Last 25 Years
Christian music has seen some dramatic shifts in the last 25 years, including an explosion of talent and quality albums.

Thinking through some of the great songs we remembered and still enjoy, eight of us compiled a list of what we considered the top 25 Christian albums since 1990.

We wanted to consider artistic quality, commercial success and, admittedly, personal preference. After averaging out all of our votes, this is the resulting list.




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