Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Daily Links 12-10-13

In today's roundup of links: a century of baseball games, advice for book reviewers, kids leaving the church, and more.


One of my favorite sites, Retrosheet, has just announced they now have the past 100 years of baseball games on their site. This is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to look back at the details of any baseball game.


Since I tend to stockpile books and seem to be constantly finding new ways to receive them to review I found this to be a good process to consider in whether I should read a book.


This is scary: 10 reasons our kids leave church:

We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened? 
It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of 20-somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning. I spend a lot of time with them and it takes very little to get them to vent, and I’m happy to listen. So, after lots of hours spent in coffee shops and after buying a few lunches, here are the most common thoughts taken from dozens of conversations. I hope some of them make you angry. Not at the message, but at the failure of our pragmatic replacement of the gospel of the cross with an Americanized gospel of glory. This isn’t a negative “beat up on the church” post. I love the church, and I want to see American evangelicalism return to the gospel of repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins; not just as something on our “what we believe” page on our website, but as the core of what we preach from our pulpits to our children, our youth, and our adults.


Quiz time: 75 of the best animated movies of all time. How many have you seen? I only scored 35 but that's because most of the animated movies I have seen are Disney films.


A little homeschool humor, via Pinterest.


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