End of the Month Links: July

Must find where the grass is green and the girls are pretty!

Here are 6 of one or half-dozen of another posts I have found around the web (or are sent to me) that I have found interesting, funny, insightful, or thoughtful:

Case Making Apps Every Christian Should Have on Their Phone or Tablet

Free applications to help people defend the faith as found by J Warner Wallace.

Excerpt: “Several Christian apologetics ministries now have mobile apps to deliver their content and I’ve downloaded and used all of them at one time or another. I like to read everyone, even brothers and sisters who disagree with one another. For this reason, I don’t limit myself to people who ascribe to a particular age of the earth or eschatological understanding. I’ll give you a peak of what’s on my phone, based on the criteria that’s important to me.”

How Dark Stories Can Lead Our Children to the Light

How to help children hate evil by reading stories that can frighten them.

Excerpt: “Children and adults respond differently to moral dilemmas, which is an opportunity to orient children’s affections to God and truth. To adults, glory and fallenness can appear hopelessly mingled, leading to complex dilemmas. To children, however, it is simpler. Good is good, and bad is bad. Far from being a time to shelter them, this is an opportunity to form their souls. When we fail to impart the nature of “bad,” we withhold what they need in order to reject “badness” when it is not so simple anymore. In our home, we have always taught our son the dangers of evil, but it was a story that made him hate it. Through the story, he engaged with truth through an experience of loss, which knit that truth to his soul. Now it is his. He owns it. Why? He loved the character who died and therefore hated the darkness that marred him. His grief caused him to reject the evil that caused it. Our kids’ reactions against darkness in a story gives them, in a sense, skin in the game. If grace inclines, they become invested in goodness by the time the choice between good and evil becomes more complicated in their lives.”

Faith and the Arts: A Fragile Friendship

We need to show more attentions to the artists because they are the ones to affect culture the most.

Excerpt: “Yet even as churches are more willing to engage the arts, artists who work at the highest levels of craft are engaging the church less readily. This may be because, broadly speaking, Christians continue to vote with their dollars for popular entertainment.”

CT Makers: 20 of the Most Creative Christians We Know

A follow-up to the above article that gives examples of those who are creative and glorify God in the fields where they work.

Excerpt: “The 20 business leaders, artists, and nonprofit founders on the following pages are doing both—investing in novel and fun ideas while also pioneering important changes—in their respective industries and fields of experience. By casting a vision, naming their creation, and releasing it out into the world, CT Makers remind us of the joy of bearing the Maker’s image. Their stories reveal the myriad ways the body of Christ goes into the world as kingdom-minded change agents.”

Student Activists Want To Teach, Not Learn

This is why the classical education is dying, and why the church should strongly encourage it’s members to learn the skills of rationality – so that we can be the beacon of light that first started universities and perhaps someday rekindle them.

Excerpt: “Students today are more interested in using campus to force a radical liberal ideology on everyone around them than actually learning, and would rather censor and shut down those who oppose their beliefs with vitriolic activism rather than engage opposing sides in debate and dialogue. And heaven forbid they actually be interested in learning something from others’ arguments.”

Cat On Yer Head

A fun game that you can play the demo for free (also there is a teacher guide) but and buy additional rules. Seems very silly but fun. Think of it as a group game of pac-man but with chanting and goals. Here is a video of it with 200 people:

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