Links of the Week

Vacation is nice. But it’s always amazing how much make-up you have to do the following week. In honor of going on vacation last week, here’s a simple links of the week post for you.

Mizzou Football season is upon us (1 and 2) – I found it neat that in one edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune two articles discussed faith and football. The first talks about James Franklin, the second some of our defensive players. I was encouraged to be even more of a Mizzou fan than I already am. High profile athletes who give interview about their Christian faith. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Newsflash: Addiction isn’t your fault – At least that’s the aim of this article detailing a shift in the medical community. Many researchers are pushing common perception towards the idea that addictions (alcohol, gambling, drugs, sex, etc.) are not immoral actions driven by choice, but neurological brain functions that predetermine behavior. A direct quote – “Simply put, addiction is not a choice.” Soon child abuse, sleeping in to the point of getting fired, adultery, divorce, and who knows what else will be explained away by neurology. Predispositions to behaviors or actions, whether it is lust, anger, addiction, or laziness are not get-out-of-jail-free tickets to excuse our actions. We all still make real choices. Reminds me of Paul to Timothy – “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” ~ 2 Tim. 4:3-4

Who is going to church – One writer’s analysis of incoming research on this question. I find things like this interesting even if I don’t have an immediate application for the information.

I’m not a Christian and coming to your church – I linked this several months ago, but I’ll do so again because it fits in nicely with the previous article.

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