The Weekly Update! Saturday March 22nd, 2014

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The weekly update brings together some of the most interesting content I’ve found online, as it pertains to the church, culture, sports  and the people God has called us to reach. Keep in mind, I don’t endorse or agree with everything you’ll see included in the roundup.

HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THE TRAGIC DEATH OF FRED PHELPS?

Ed Stetzer:   Death is always a tragedy. Hate makes it more so. Today, a man known for hate died. CNN concluded that his infamy was worth a breaking news alert. But how do we respond? How does this breaking news relate to the gospel’s good news?

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS NOW SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE, SURVEY FINDS

Reuters:   Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

LOSING FAITH: 21 PERCENT SAY RELIGION ‘NOT THAT IMPORTANT’

NBC News:  One in five Americans say religion does not play an important role in their lives, a new NBC/WSJ journal poll shows – the highest percentage since the poll began asking participants about their focus on faith in 1997.

 

IRAN’S OPPRESSED CHRISTIANS

New York Times:  Christianity of course is not alien to Iran. It arrived in ancient Persia not long after the death of Christ and has waxed and waned ever since. But in recent decades, especially in the last few years, things have grown worse.

 

A BIG-BANG THEORY GETS A BIG BOOST: EVIDENCE THAT VAST COSMOS WAS CREATED IN SPLIT SECOND

Washington Post:  An idea called cosmic inflation — a powerful twist on the big-bang theory — [has] received a major boost from an experiment at the South Pole called BICEP2. A team of astronomers led by John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that it had detected ripples from gravitational waves created in a violent inflationary event at the dawn of time.

Akron Zips Women Team take a trip to the Dance for the 1st time – our own Coach Melissa Jackson head recruiter!  Go Zips!  

Cleveland Plain Dealer –   In typical Hollywood fashion, what looks like an overnight success story to their school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance is actually a four-year journey for five seniors from the Akron women’s basketball team. They play host Purdue in Saturday’s opening round at 1:30 p.m. 

The first two seasons the Zips were pretty much the worst thing you can be in sports, which is average. Good enough to beat bad teams, not good enough to beat the best.

Song of the Week!  Kyrie – Matt Maher,  sung by Christ Church Nashville (PCA)

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