Saturday, November 21, 2015

Weekend Roundup: Fourteen Articles

When Terrorism Works

But that fear—that uncertainty and hopelessness threatening to paralyze you—is the very thing God uses to strip away your confidence in this world. Read more

Renaming Sin 

If you keep close to God, you will keep from sin. But if you sin persistently, you will fall away from God. Then you will rename the sin. Read more

6 Factors that Can Hinder a Millennial’s Career Advancement

The Millennials are becoming the dominant generation in the workplace. Their presence is felt by everyone. However, some Millennials are expressing frustration in their inability to advance in their career. What separates those Millennials who are able to advance from those who are not? Read more

Nine Financial Decisions Millennials Need to Make Right Now

What are you doing with your paycheck? Read more

Meet the Press

5 starting points for handling your church's media relations. Read more

Four Types of Worship Teams

In my experience with worship teams (either as a member or a leader of one), and in my observations of the worship leading landscape these days, there seem to be four different types of worship teams. Four ways you can go. Four approaches to how to structure, view, and lead a team. Read more

The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones

What it means to be a teenager in 2015. Read more

NAE, LifeWay Research define 'evangelical'

The National Association of Evangelicals and LifeWay Research released an evangelical beliefs research definition Nov. 19 for accurate and consistent use among researchers. Read more

How Seriously Should You Take College Students

But as a whole, the hashtag activism and social media blitzkrieg that we’ve seen in the past three weeks seems to be predicated on a nonsensical and, in fact, dangerous idea: That college students should, at every meaningful turn, be taken quite seriously. Not only is this a misguided and irresponsible notion, it’s actually an acid to the intellectual lives of the very students that it purports to take so seriously. Read more

Stop pitting security and compassion against each other in the Syrian refugee crisis

Now, the refugee crisis has exploded on the American political scene in a wave of controversy extending from Congress to almost everyone’s Facebook feed. At issue in this controversy are the competing principles of security and compassion, of the United States as a fortress and as a refuge. Read more

Jesus loved outsiders. Why do Christians hate them?

It's a sad and bitter irony that Christians have been very bad at following Jesus' example over the last 2,000 years. For instance, we have repeatedly been responsible for persecution and mistreatment of Jewish people. And now I worry that in the midst of the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS, we are in danger of lapsing into it again in our treatment of refugees. Read more

Winning the war on terror is impossible without Christ

Most Muslims around the world have said that terrorism does not exist in Islam and is a misinterpretation of Islam. This sounds true because the Quran makes no mention of terrorism. But it does speak of Jihad. The world can only succeed in this war when it recognizes that it must fight Jihad rather than fight terrorism. Terrorism is a war without a definition in Islam. That is why Jihadists deny they are terrorists but say they are engaged in Jihad for Allah. By defining the war in terms of terrorism, the West has lost the debate. It has given given Muslim leaders the ability to deny a connection between their faith and the fighting, while also allowing room for the growth of Jihad among Muslims who see this an ideological war sanctioned by Allah in the Quran. Read more

Boko Haram ‘more deadly terror group’ in 2014 than IS

Boko Haram was the world’s deadliest terror group in 2014, ahead of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, according to a report released on 18 Nov. by the Institute of Economics & Peace. It was responsible for 6,664 deaths in 2014, more than any other terrorist group in the world, according to the Global Terrorism Index; it said Islamic State had killed 6,073 people during the same period. Read more

Boko Haram exceeds ISIS in terrorism deaths

Boko Haram has become the most deadly terrorist group in the world, killing more people in terrorist attacks in 2014 than ISIS, according to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index. Read more

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