Resurgence Roundup, 5/2/14

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Resurgence Roundup, 5/2/14

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.

Ancient Vatican ceremony makes saints of John Paul II and John XXIII

Washington Post:
In front of a sprawling sea of pilgrims fanning out from St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized John Paul II and John XXIII, bestowing sainthood on two towering figures of the 20th century who left outsize marks on the Roman Catholic Church.

The Lord Gives, the Lord Takes Away

He died as he lived … protecting his family. Rob Tittle, a FamilyLife staff member and kindred spirit warrior for the family, died [April 27] in the tornado that crushed parts of central Arkansas. Two of his daughters—Tori, age 20, and Rebekah, 14—were among the 15 killed in the storm.

Tennessee will criminalize moms who use drugs during pregnancy

USA Today:
Tennessee women who use drugs while pregnant can be criminally charged for harm done to their infants beginning July 1.

Eating Alone by Design: An Entire Restaurant With Tables for One

A new pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam, which bills itself as the world’s first for solo eaters, aims to remove the social stigma of forking dinner without a companion. In fact, there isn’t a two-top in the joint.

Religion for $1,000, Alex

New York Times:
Secular Americans are largely ignorant about religion, but, in surveys, religious Americans turn out to be scarcely more knowledgeable . . . Stephen Prothero noted in his book, Religious Literacy. “Atheists may be as rare in America as Jesus-loving politicians are in Europe, but here faith is almost entirely devoid of content. One of the most religious countries on earth is also a nation of religious illiterates.”

Old world wars: Europe, religion, and politics

The Economist:
According to one American stereotype, Europe is somewhere on the road between lazy godlessness and mass conversion to Islam. Does it have any kernel of truth?

The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

The Atlantic:
Data wizard Randy Olson, the guy behind that astounding graph illuminating the reality of paying for college with minimum-wage work, has created another beautiful visualization: a map of racial diversity across the United States’ nearly 3,000 counties.

Your atheism isn’t going to keep your kids from believing in God

Kids abandoning their parents’ faith is a pretty well-trodden trope in pop culture, but two shows are turning the tables a bit. This season, both The Good Wife and The Americans feature teenage daughters of atheist parents who’ve converted to Christianity. . . . Is this actually common?

Sex, Millennials, and the Church: Five Implications

Thom Rainer:
As a Boomer, I thought I was part of the generation that ushered in the sexual revolution. But I had no idea that views on sexuality would change so dramatically with the generation of my three sons. The implications for local congregations are staggering. Allow me at this juncture to offer five of those implications.

Why We Unfriend

The Atlantic:
At least 63 percent of people report having unfriended someone on Facebook, but what prompts these digital rejections can tell us a lot about both the nature of real-life friendship and about how we manage our online personalities.


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