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Previous research confirms that simply hearing a concept over and over again can make people interpret the familiarity as truth.So what’s the best way to combat untruths?Della Sala says it’s crucial to provide a set of facts that can combat the previous statements without restating the myths, or even mentioning them. “Saying ‘this is wrong’ or ‘this is false’ is not enough.”I don’t believe this is being grappled with—at least sufficiently—in regard to Christian apologetics. (Apologetics is a word used for all efforts to defend the gospel against attack, and to put forward arguments for its truth.)Think about the myths people believe about the Christian faith, such as how science contradicts the Bible, or that the Bible is full of errors, or that Jesus was married and had children. The list is endless.

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Anti-Muslim hazing leads to felony charges for Wheaton football players | Religion News Service

Christians at a Christian school!??? Sad. FH

Five members of a Christian college football team in suburban Chicago face felony charges in the hazing of another team member who alleges they duct-taped his hands and feet and attempted to sodomize him with an object before dumping him half-naked in an off-campus park.

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No, the World Won’t End Next Week and There’s No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

No, the world won’t end on September 23rd and, Fox News, believe it or not, there is no such thing as a ‘Christian numerologist.’ (And, who are the other Christian numerologists in the headline, beyond the one quoted?)Every time end-of-the-world predictions resurface in the media, it is important that we ask ourselves, “Is this helpful? Is peddling these falsehoods a good way to contribute to meaningful, helpful discussions about the end times?”Of course, the answer to this is no, they most definitely do not.Every time.

Source: No, the World Won’t End Next Week and There’s No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Your Tithe Doesn’t Have to Go to Your Church, Most Leaders Say | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

Dividing up your tithe is “better than tossing an occasional spare $5 bill into the collection plate and thinking we have done our part,” said Douglas LeBlanc, author of Tithing: Test Me in This. But it isn’t what God asks.“How I donate money expresses power,” LeBlanc said. “If I carve my tithe into slices of my own liking, I tighten my grip on power, and mammon tightens its grip on me. I am better aware of the ever-deepening joy found in God’s generosity when I surrender control of the first 10 percent to the community that welcomes me, a wretched sinner, week after week and challenges me to become something more.”

Source: Your Tithe Doesn’t Have to Go to Your Church, Most Leaders Say | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

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One of the most foundational lessons for church leaders in a fast-moving, ever-changing world is to remind yourself what business you are actually in.You are not in the Sunday school business.You are not in the traditional (or contemporary) music business.You are not in the door-to-door visitation business.You are not in the… well, plug in whatever method or program you like.You are in the worship business.You are in the discipleship business.You are in the community business.You are in the ministry business.You are in the evangelism business.

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A Lutheran’s love letter to Pope Francis | America Magazine

Hmmm… Would you agree fellow Lutherans? FH

Dear Pope Francis, Maybe you have heard: 2017 is a big year for Lutherans. Many are giddy with excitement as we commemorate the audacity of a certain 16th-century Augustinian monk, who on Oct. 31, 1517, nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg. Fingers flutter across keyboards feverishly extolling or disputing Martin Luther’s contributions and flaws. But I—one who has marinated in American Lutheranism most of her life—find myself writing to you, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps

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America’s youngest religious groups are all non-Christian. Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists are all far younger than white Christian groups. At least one-third of Muslims (42%), Hindus (36%) and Buddhists (35%) are under the age of 30. Roughly one-third (34%) of religiously unaffiliated Americans are also under 30. In contrast, white Christian groups are aging. Slightly more than one in ten white Catholics (11%), white evangelical Protestants (11%) and white mainline Protestants (14%) are under 30.

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News from The Associated Press

About 17 percent of Americans now identify as white evangelical, compared to 23 percent a decade ago, according to the survey. Membership in the conservative Southern Baptist Convention, the largest U.S. Protestant group, dropped to 15.2 million last year, its lowest number since 1990, according to an analysis by Chuck Kelley, president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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