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What I Read Online – 05/22/2013 (a.m.)

22 May
    • A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway.  Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other. 
    • Christianity could be facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain according to official figures suggesting it is declining 50 per cent faster than previously thought.
    • It suggests that only a minority of people will describe themselves as Christians within the next decade, for first time.
    • While almost half of British Muslims are under the age of 25, almost a quarter of Christians are over 65.
    • This week, we welcome Simonetta Carr, author of Bitesize Biographies – Renee of France. Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. She is also author of several Christian biographies for young readers, including John Calvin, Athanasius, and John Owen. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and family. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.
    • edenTim Keller calls this book “the most accessible, readable, and yet theologically robust work on Christianity and the arts that you will be able to find”:

       

    • Chapter 8 is a gem: “Harry Potter and the Triumph of Self-Sacrificing Love” (pp. 125–46). It’s the best treatment I’ve read that (1) responds to Christians who think that the Harry Potter series is evil and (2) exults in its dominant (Christian) theme—self-sacrificing love.
    • None of these books encourages occult practice. The magic is simply a part of the imaginative worlds that Lewis, Tolkien, and Rowling have created. In such an imaginary world, people can become invisible, animals talk, mythical creatures like unicorns and centaurs exist, and rings and spells work wonders. In all of these books the magic serves to help us see the battle between good and evil more clearly. Magic is simply a device to unveil the world of virtue and vice to us. . . . Rowling herself has repeatedly stated that she has no interest in the occult or magic and that she certainly does not wish to promote it; indeed, she was astonished when she first heard that people had made this criticism. . . .
      • To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, from today the eBook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series will be free forever.

         

    • When you head to church on Sunday you are preparing yourself to serve and when you return home you are exhauste
    • Perhaps the book’s most unusual but most helpful application is for the servant-hearted Christian to consider serving less. Some of us serve as if our service is a pillar that holds up the church and as if God’s kingdom is dependent upon our shift in the nursery or our crock pot full of meatballs.
    • The popular museum, which sees about six million visitors soak up its historical artefacts each year, has some 50,000 objects on display which all need to be kept in the best condition.

       

      There is also the small task of looking after the seven million objects it has in storage.

       

    • Read Slowly
    • Read a Lot
    • Write to Think
    • Write and Rewrite
    • “Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.” — Raymond Chandler

       

    • These concerns and affirmations are not the last word on complementarianism. But if we want to be sure we are talking about the same thing, they should be among the first words
    • new wave complementarianism” (or even a “new wave of complementarianism”) implies that there is an old school that’s grown stale
    • We should be able to talk about the applications without assuming that everyone to the right of us is an authoritarian wacko and everyone to the left is a closet liberal
    • Most of these questions are more difficult than we imagine and require more nuance and more attention to definition and detail than can be captured in rants and tweets, or even in blogs.
    • The longer I blog the more I realize it’s only one medium for discourse and hardly the best one for every controversy

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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