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  • Reading the Bible like we read the Quran. Some interesting comments as well.
  • Couples Who Choose Not To Have Children Are ‘Selfish,’ Pope Says [What happened to simply preaching the Gospel instead of being such a busybody?]
  • Meanwhile: Catholic lobbying crosses divides in pursuit of the common good
  • Martin Luther: Playmobil’s fastest selling toy ever. “The so-called little Luther was released to mark the 500th anniversary of the publication of “95 Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences”, written by Martin Luther in 1617, which criticised certain beliefs and practices of the Catholic church such as the selling of indulgences to absolve Christians of sin and launched the Protestant Reformation.”

    Playmobil's Martin Luther

  • Also: How Evangelicals Can End the Culture War. Cites the fact that when 91 percent of people between the ages of 18-29 hear the word “Christian,” they think “anti-gay.” 3

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  2. In “Megafaith for the Megacity: The Global Megachurch Phenomenon,” Scott Thumma and Warren Bird provide a scholarly analysis of why megachurches flourish in some places and not in others. It is chapter 123 in Stanley Brunn, ed., The Changing World Religion Map, Springer, 2015. At this time, that book is listed for $960.00, but you can purchase that single chapter for $29,95.
  3. According to Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons in unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity . . . and Why It Matters.

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