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Podcast: In the newest episode of Word Matters, Jonathan Leeman joins me and Brandon Smith to discuss Matthew 16 and the question, “How did Jesus build His church?”

Kindle Deal: I bought this honor-shame paraphrase of 1 Peter last time it was available on Kindle for only $2.99, and I recently read through it. The special is running again. It’s worth your time!

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Pew Research Forum – When Americans Say They Believe in God, What Do They Mean? Americans say they believe in God, but we don’t all believe in the same God.

2. Tim Challies – The Next Frontier in Pornography. Well, this is scary. 

3. Simon Denyer and Annie Gowen – “Too Many Men.” It’s harrowing to consider the implications of a society where the number of men heavily outweighs women. Also harrowing to consider the one thing this Washington Post never mentions: the divergence in China is due to the deliberate killing of girls through late-term abortion, not merely the One Child policy.

4. Jesus, Take the Control Wheel! The heroic landing of Flight 1390 made by Southwest pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, introduces us to a woman who loves Jesus and the church.

5. John Starke – How to Preach to the Secular Age. John is always worth reading, especially when he’s interpreting and applying insights related to ministry in a secular context.

6. Stephen Carter – The Ugly-Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A’s Christianity. The fast-food chain’s “infiltration” of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.

7. Scott James – The Virtue of Unread Books. I resonate with this—the beauty and significance of using unread books to teach your kids that there’s a world full of truth and goodness ready to be explored.

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