Three Articles and Three Books

When it comes to reading books, I’m a streak shooter. Most months I’m lucky to finish one. But once or twice a year I’ll go on a tear. In April I finished six books.

Looks like I need to go on another run before Christmas. There are three books, two already out, one coming in December, that I’ve been looking forward to. But before I tell you about the books, let’s grab three quick articles.

We’ll start heavy and lighten up as we go. Despite what some may tell you, Christians in America have it easy. November 3-10 are International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, here are 11 Places Where Persecuted Christians Need Our Prayers.

I tend not to be an apocalyptic prophet about every new thing that is going on in culture, like the fact that kids now spend all their time with their faces locked on screens. But this may be worth considering, especially for young parents. Screen time might be physically changing kids’ brains

On the lighter side–but still meaningful–here’s a take on What the Church Can Learn from Sesame Street.

And now to the books. I’ve been waiting for this one ever since the author told me about it last spring. (Notice how I just dropped it in there that I sort of know the author.) I would try to describe it, but I think the title does the heavy lifting for me. The Coming Revolution in Church Economics: Why Tithes and Offerings Are No Longer Enough, and What You Can Do about It.

(Side note, what’s the deal with titles? Book titles are now almost as long as the books, while if song titles continue getting shorter they’ll soon be only one or two letters.)

This one lost the coin flip to be read first, but it has the potential to be the book I most gift to others. And again, instead of a description, I’ll just let you read the title. Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians: Uncommon Answers to Common Questions

As for the last one, I think should just leave this here and walk away slowly. The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry. But seriously, I proposed this idea in my earlier book on Science and Faith, and apparently someone who actually knows what they are talking about had the same idea and wrote a book on it. It comes out in December.

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