Resurgence Roundup, 3/14/14

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Resurgence Roundup, 3/14/14

The weekly Resurgence Roundup brings together some of the most interesting content we’ve found online, as it pertains to the church and the people God has called us to reach. Keep in mind, we don’t endorse or agree with everything you’ll see included in the roundup.

Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians

Washington Times:
North Korea tyrant Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered that 33 Christians believed to be working alongside South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook be put to death. The South Korean missionary—who was arrested last year—and his accomplices have reportedly started 500 or so underground churches.

Millennial Generation Less Religious, More Liberal, Pew Study Shows

Christian Post:
America’s Millennials are less likely to believe in God compared to older generations. They are also less attached to organized politics and religion, are linked by social media, distrustful of people and in no hurry to marry, but they are optimistic about the country’s future, a new Pew Research Center report shows.

Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage

Yahoo News:
The celibate Dalai Lama has thrown his considerable moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying sex was fine as long as it was consensual. The Buddhist monk offered his views on the hot-button social issue during his latest tour of the United States, where he was welcomed Thursday in Washington by top lawmakers and offered the customary prayer that opens each Senate session.

Angry Young Men Are Making the World Less Stable

The Atlantic:
More emerging-market turmoil is coming in 2015, according to a recent note from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch research. And one likely source of short-term instability in particular is largely underappreciated: a huge male youth boom.

Orthodox patriarchs urge peace in Ukraine, plan first council in 1,200 years

Patriarchs of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence driving Christians out of the Middle East. Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the second-largest family of Christian churches, also agreed to hold an ecumenical council of bishops in 2016, the first in over 1,200 years.

Experimental force will test Marine women in combat roles

USA Today:
The Marine Corps plans to establish an experimental force consisting of at least 25% women in the most far-reaching effort yet to determine how females will perform in ground combat jobs that remain closed to them.

Number of Adults Using ADHD Drugs Reaches New High

The number of adults using [ADHD] pills rose by more 50 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a new report, leading to concerns that the trend of over-diagnosing in children is now occurring in adults

‘Homeless Jesus’ provokes debate on what it means to be Christian

Religion News Service:
In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., “Homeless Jesus” is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. The life-size sculpture depicting a figure asleep under a blanket on a park bench lies outside St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. The nail-scarred feet peeking out from under the blanket are the only indication that Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz is making a religious statement about Jesus.

The Bible Reduced To Minimalist Posters

Fast Company:
A Presbyterian pastor who moonlights as a graphic designer, [Joseph] Novak describes his Minimum Bible as a “visual diving board” into the text of the Old and New Testament. Composed of 66 minimalist posters, the project is Novak’s attempt to distill each book of the Bible into a single symbolic design.


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