Three weekend reads, currated from the world wide web to enrich your soul and equip you for mission.

1. The Dying Away of Cultural Christianity (from Brett McCracken)

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The number of people in the US who call themselves Christians is shrinking. And that’s a good thing. Every few years, new data shows an ongoing decline of Americans who identify as Christians and an ongoing rise in those who identify as religiously unaffiliated (“the nones”).

Yet headlines announcing the death of American Christianity are misleading and premature.

“Christianity isn’t collapsing; it’s being clarified…”

Read the rest: here.


2. Choosing to Be Tech-Wise with Your Kids (from Luke Greer)

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Before I got my driver’s license, my dad scratched out a hand-written contract (of sorts) that outlined what I committed to doing and not doing behind the wheel.

Writing and cutting/pasting ideas from several sources, I put together the same kind of thing for my kids, but this time for navigating the wonder and gravity of the technology that they are confronted with all the time.

Like the driving agreement, the real power of this is not because it’s a contract,” but because it helps to spark good conversation about being purposeful with work and play in a screen-saturated age.

Read the rest: here.


3. The Missing Word in Our Gospel (from Kevin DeYoung)

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I don’t doubt that many of us feel beat up and put down. We struggle with shame and self-loathing. We need to know we can be okay, even when we don’t feel okay. It is good news to hear, then, that God loves us in Christ and that we are precious in his sight.

But the gospel is more than positive self-talk, and the gospel Jesus and the apostles preached was more than a warm, “don’t let anybody tell you you’re not special” bear hug.

There’s a word missing from the presentation of our modern gospel. It’s the word repent.

Read the rest: here.

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