Friday’s Fantastic Five! 10.25

FridayFantasticFiveA Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada – Mark Regnerus
Regnerus reports on a new academic study based on the Canadian census that suggests having a married mom and dad leads to the best educational outcomes for children. Children of same-sex households – with controls for other factors – do not fare as well.

5 Things You Don’t Have the Guts to Tell Your Students – Louis Betty
Betty takes aim at the realities of our present-day college system and how its rewards are not the same as they used to be. She shares 5 things the current generation must come to terms with as they prepare to face the realities of the world they now live in.

The War on Christians – John L. Allen, Jr.
Allen issues a wake up call that the global persecution of Christians is the unreported catastrophe of our time. 80% of all acts of religious persecution are directed at Christians and they are by far the most persecuted religious body on the planet.

The Art & Science of Humblebrag – Tim Challies
Tim exposes one of the more annoying and prevalent ills of social media – that humble posts/tweets/shares can be carefully crafted to boast.

8 Reasons Why Most Churches Don’t Break the 200 Attendance Mark – Carey Neiuwhof
The average Protestant church size in America is 89 people. 60% have less than 100 people. While many smaller churches desire and pray to reach more people they are unable to do so. Neiuwhof explores 8 reasons why this might be the case.

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Friday’s Fantastic Five! 10.4

FridayFantasticFiveKilling Jesus – Tim Challies
Tim reviews Bill O’Reilly’s new and best selling book “Killing Jesus.” O’Reilly and Dugard have done their homework and tell the story of Jesus, his claims, and his death well. Yet the book is incomplete because it fails to explain the greater spiritual significance of Jesus.

Two Is Better Than One – Al Mohler
New economic research shows that marriage is increasingly becoming an upper class phenomenon. Mohler explores briefly the link between marriage and economic success or the lack of marriage and poverty. Turns out two is better than one.

Jim Wallis on the Shutdown: “It’s Unbiblical” – Joe Carter
Well known liberal Christian leader Jim Wallis claimed on a Youtube video that a government shutdown is unbiblical and opposition to the government is wrong. Joe Carter reveals why conflating political ideology and theology is bad for all.

The State of the Church in America: Hint: It’s Not Dying – Ed Stetzer
People both inside and outside of the church love to beat it up with statistics that supposedly herald its impending death. Stetzer, with his skill for stats and trends, shows that the church may be in transition, but it’s certainly not dying.

Saving Our Locker Rooms – Brandon McGinley
The movement for gay rights is shifting to the elimination of gender as a category. The new battlegrounds are sex-segregated public facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms. McGinley warns of this new battle and that conservatives will lose if not prepared.