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Weekend Reads 7/22/17

Too Many Churches, Not Enough Christians

That organized religion is responding to their departure by trying to figure out how to keep them in is proof of the basic problem: a focus on the prosperity (and now survival) of the organization at the expense of strengthening the practitioners of the faith.

Watch Hackers Take Over a Segway with Someone On It

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Weekend Reads 7/15/17

The half-beef/half-mushroom burger: Notes from the field

I have to say, the results were delicious—juicy, firm and deeply meaty in terms of flavor. Yet they were also lighter on the stomach than a typical beef burger, leaving me satisfied but not over full. Interestingly, they were also more forgiving on the grill. Due to a scheduling error in the kitchen, I overcooked them a little to 160 degrees, and yet they still turned out juicy, and even a little pink.

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Weekend Reads 7/8/17

Some Random Observations Concerning Yet Another Similarity Between Some Atheists and YECists

The irony of all this is that the very thing that Ken Ham wrongly asserts that evolutionists claim—namely that the human species were nothing more than stupid, ape-like brutes with no sense and no understanding of any kind of technology whatsoever—was essentially what this rabid atheist was claiming in his attempt to discredit the intelligence of the ancient people and biblical writers who lived a few thousand years ago!

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Weekend Reads 7/1/17

Do Egalitarians Take the Bible Seriously?

What struck me was not the depth of the complementarian argument, but rather the constant emphasis on a few verses, ripped from their context and narrowly applied to one issue—women’s role. I was even more troubled when the author argued for the eternal subordination of God the Son to the Father as an analogy for male-female relations.

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Weekend Reads 6/24/17

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Weekend Reads 5/27/17

Republicans Are as Tainted by the Russia Scandal as Trump

Unless this story has a second act, McCarthy and Ryan will stick to the explanation that their Putin-paying-Trump speculation was meant to be a joke. But even if that part of the conversation had never happened, the rest of it, and the later briefing with Obama officials, tell a perfectly rounded story of congressional Republicans’ complicity in Russian sabotage of the Clinton campaign.

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Weekend Reads 5/20/17

What I Learned from Arguing with a Pig Farmer

It seems one of the members of the congregation, who happened to be a pig farmer, was enraged by my message and the pastor thought he was in need of a follow-up–so I gave him a call.

What happened next was perhaps the most formative experience I’ve had to date about how to have a difficult or emotionally-charged conversation with someone you disagree with.

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