Being "born again" took on modern significance when Charles Wendell Colson penned his 1975 memoir following his release from prison using those two words as his title. The book is part testimony and part theological forensics, as Colson's trained legal mind attempts to describe in factual statements based on evidence what exactly took place in his consciousness when he was "born again." At its heart, the book serves as an admission of guilt—not just of crimes associated with the Watergate scandal, but of a condition of the heart rooted in human pride. In the words of C.S. Lewis, pride was the "spiritual cancer" that had eaten away Colson's capacity for "love, contentment, and common sense." Yet, as one born again, Colson gave evidence now of just the opposite.
2. The Cohabitation Effect
Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not. These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect.
3. Ten Great Biographies
4. Rescuing church from a Facebook culture (via Dash House)
But, as I think about my son’s future, and even about life in the modern day, I have to ask the simple question: What affect does “social media” technology have on the way we view church? What affect does it have on the way we conceive of life in the body of Christ?
5. 50 is the new 30 for Church leaders
And here is my contention: You simply couldn’t lead a meaningful Kingdom movement before the age of 50. You could maybe start one and plant seeds for it. But in terms of leading one, growing one, sustaining one…I wonder if you have to be 50 and older.
6. The Pleasures of God is a desert island book.
7. 5 Historical Misconceptions rundown (via Mark Meynell)