Must Read Monday: Texas Church shootingNovember 6, 2017
Texas Shooting Kills 26 at Southern Baptist Church— Christianity Today
Sunday was the most deadly mass shooting at a church in US history. Here are a few worthy reads on the topic:
How Common Are Church Shootings?— The Gospel Coalition
Why church shootings don’t intimidate the church— Washington Post
Darkness & light at Sutherland Springs— Baptist Press
One-on-One with Carmen LaBerge on Bringing God Back into Every Conversation— The Exchange Blog, Christianity Today
Christians must be prepared to lean into these conversations because this the reality of the world we live in. Whether its a shooting in Texas or a weaponized rental truck on a bike path in New York, evil is manifest among us and we cannot pretend we are immune to it.
Practically speaking, we can’t start our conversations today with theology. But ultimately every conversation is theological. We begin by weeping with those who weep. We sit, we listen, we seek to understand. We don’t address issues prior to understanding the crushing pain people are experiencing. In the midst, we bear witness to Christ who entered that pain to bring about God’s redemption.
What Arab Leaders Think of USAID Funding Persecuted Christians— Christianity Today
In a policy change, the Trump Administration announced the US government will aid Middle Eastern Christians directly, circumventing the historic UN systems. Leaders in the area express some concerns with this change. Will we listen? How can we make sure we are being humble and listening to those we are claiming to serve?
An overwhelming amount of social science research has affirmed a two-parent household is good for human flourishing. As much as our culture wants to preach the family no longer matters for security and health, this article provides ample evidence that is just not true.
A baby with a disease gene or no baby at all: Genetic testing of embryos creates an ethical morass— STAT News
Just because we can do something, should we? Advances in genetic testing push ethical boundaries and prove why faith leaders and Christians need to be active in these conversations.
Some religious liberty battles are taking place not in the public eye before the Supreme Court, but in the very low-profile zoning committees around the country.