some reading for you

here are some good thoughtful articles and blog posts I’ve come across recently and wanted to share with y’all:

Janice Shaw Crouse on  America’s appalling ignorance of Christianity.

“•Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions and 15 percent cannot name any.
•Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life’s basic questions, yet only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels, and most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible.

Kristof expands the litany of ignorance: “Only one-third know that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and 10 percent think that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.”

Anthony Bradley writes on “The New Legalism” (the call to be a “radical,””missional” Christian): http://t.co/uXOXxfyImI

“Being a ‘radical,’ ‘missional’ Christian is slowly becoming the ‘new legalism.’ We need more ordinary God and people lovers (Matt 22:36-40).”

Fred Sanders offers an analysis of Oneness Pentecostalism.

It is a disturbing fact that the most vigorous form of anti-trinitarianism currently on the market is to be found within the sphere of conservative evangelicalism….

Christena Cleveland on the problem of Urban Church P̶l̶a̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ Plantations

They come in like Wal-mart – with all their fancy buildings and fancy programs. And one by one, the members of my church come to me and say, ‘We love you, pastor, but they have a great kids program, so we’re going to start attending that church.’ — an African-American urban pastor

Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes http://t.co/bszI81QvEE

Are you one of those old-school types who insists that kids learn better when they leave the laptops at home and take lecture notes in longhand?  If so, you’re right. There’s new evidence to prove it, and it’s unsettling because so many students aren’t really taught longhand anymore.

Blessings,

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