Links To Go (September 15, 2017)

God Didn’t Write a Book

Many of our fears about the future of the Bible are based on careless thought about its history. We assume that since we first encountered the Bible as a book, this is how it has always been and how it must always be.


Be careful how close you let Jesus get to real life

Christianity and the life of the church have become a lot of different things, but it seems that feathers always get ruffled when you actually start taking seriously the example and teachings of the guy supposedly at the center of it all.


The Overcommitted Church

  1. Our churches equate activity with value.
  2. Programs and ministries became ends instead of means.
  3. Failure of churches to have a clear purpose.
  4. Church leaders have failed to say “no.”
  5. Fear of eliminating.
  6. Church is often defined as an address.
  7. Churches often try to compete with culture rather than reach culture.

Mexican Views of the U.S. Turn Sharply Negative

More Mexicans view the United States unfavorably than at any time in the past decade and a half. Nearly two-thirds of Mexicans (65%) express a negative opinion of the U.S., more than double the share two years ago (29%). Mexicans’ opinions about the economic relationship with their country’s northern neighbor are also deteriorating, though less dramatically: 55% now say economic ties between Mexico and the U.S. are good for their country, down from 70% in 2013.


Impossible, unlikely or difficult?

Unlikely never feels quite the same as difficult, and sometimes it appears impossible. It’s neither. It’s something risky, and something without a map or a guarantee. We hesitate to do it precisely because it might not work, precisely because it’s more than difficult.


Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 9 Things

  1. Don’t tell them they can be anything they want.
  2. Eat dinner as a family.
  3. Enforce no-screen time.
  4. Work outside the home.
  5. Make them work.
  6. Delay gratification.
  7. Read to them.
  8. Encourage them to travel.
  9. Let them fail.

Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise

There’s a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause, researchers said, based on a study of nearly 8,000 adults. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death.
The positive news: People who sat for less than 30 minutes at a time had the lowest risk of early death.


Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery

We can never know quite how many documents are forged. We might have missed a lot of fakes over the years—after all, it’s only when disputes air in court or the media that they receive enough expert attention to expose them.
But Haley suspects that despite improved technology, forgery might be on the decline. “People are more aware of typefaces and fonts now, and that there can be a history to them,” he says.


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