Dipping into the Community Pool: December 30

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We’ve been enjoying some extra time with family and friends, talking about 2017, celebrating birthdays, and thinking about the new year to come.  As usual, you will find an eclectic mix of articles below, ranging from China to your old iPhone.


3 things you should know about religious freedom and the church in China

“Refined by the fire. This has been the history of the church in China. Since the rise of the atheist Communist Party, Chinese Christians have faced incredible persecution at the hands of their government. Yet, the church has persisted and its numbers have grown exponentially. Today, the Chinese church is thought to have anywhere from 70 to 115 million members.”

 

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Heaven-bound: What will it be like?

“We’ve all been told there’s no such thing as a stupid question. And we all know that just isn’t so. That may be why in our desire to avoid the embarrassment of asking that big dumb one, many seemingly silly, but actually good, even important, questions go unasked. And I think that’s particularly true when it comes to the topic of heaven.”

 

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Five lessons learned from counseling those with anxiety

“Fear…Anxiety…Worry.  In the cursed world in which we live as fallen image bearers, this pattern can often be a part of the human experience.  Many times, it is caused by sinful unbelief or idolatry.  At other times, it is a physiological response and at other times, it’s a mixture of both.  Having spent years walking alongside many for whom anxiety is a reality, there are many lessons I have begun to glean.  Here are five of those lessons learned from counseling those with anxiety.”

 

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Must Christians believe in the virgin birth?

“Does belief in the virgin birth make Christians “less intellectual?” Are we saddled with an untenable doctrine? Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth, or is the doctrine an essential component of the Gospel revealed to us in Scripture?”

 

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Biblical archaeology’s top 10 discoveries of 2017

“Each year, on an almost daily basis, archaeological discoveries help us better understand the Bible and affirm its details about people, events, and culture.”

 

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Just in case you haven’t heard. . .

Apple bows to pressure

“Apple announced Thursday it would discount replacement batteries for old iPhones amid criticism for throttling processing speed on outdated devices.”

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