Roundup 143

Don’t Miss
“From Megachurch to Multiplication: a church’s journey toward movement,” by Chris Galanos. Tells the story of E-Life in Lubbock, Texas (disclaimer: they quote a tweet or two of mine.) It’s a good, informative, easy read. Preorder:

New Blog Posts
Odd paradoxes in the Christian community – we can disciple children, but not adults?
The value of marketing – we need to tell more compelling stories about mission
Release the tongues – God can understand everything being said, even if I can’t
It won’t be heaven if… – I don’t get to decide this
Peoples definitely needing Bible translations – how to search Joshua Project for this

New events

#War, Unrest, Conflict
India: Religious unrest stoked in UP before elections – Link
Bangladesh: 100 injured in poll violence – Link
Iraq: Baghdad’s Green Zone opens to public after 15 years – Link
Yemen: warring sides shake hands on deal to swap prisoners – Link
… UN brokered Hudaydah truce is big step in Yemen war – Link
Syria: four million children have only known war since birth – Link
… Civilians continue to be killed by air and ground-based strikes – Link
Middle Africa: Rising insecurity in Central Africa Republic threatens wider region – Link

Economist: “Even by the standards of poor countries, India is alarmingly filthy” – Link
… “deadly air… 70% of surface water tainted…”
… India’s least developed states bear the brunt of air pollution – Link

China cracked down on well known church – Link
… SCMP: video of police during church crackdown – Link
… NYT: The foreign billionaires, activists, missionaries detained in China – Link
… “My declaration of faithful disobedience” from Pastor Wang Yi – Link
Iran arrests more than 100 MBBs in “growing crackdown” – Link
Christians unite against Bulgaria’s religion bill – Link
North Korea violating religious freedom for 17  years – Link
Pakistan: “Acquitted of blasphemy, living in fear” – Link
… Asia Bibi’s case is not the only one …

#Crimes, Structures of Sin, Poverty
Rohingya facing ‘lost generation’ of children out of school – Link
What happened after India eliminated cash – Link
… the 2016 demonetization/anti-corruption drive was not the success many wished.
… ‘big tax evaders had not stashed away bundles of cash…’#Access Platforms
Report: Africa’s tourism potential – Link
UNHCR: 250,000 Syrian refugees could return home next year – Link

#Religious Climate in Sending Countries
USA: “Why we should stop using the term religious ‘nones’” – Link

Raw Data / Resources / Collections
Pew: Many worldwide oppose more migration, both into and out of their countries – Link

Daniel Kahneman: your intuition is wrong, unless these conditions are met – Link
Barclays report on the spending power of GenZ – Link
… how does this influence charitable giving?

Future, Tech
Smart Dust – all about the tiniest computers imaginable – Link
Your apps know where you were last night – Link
… and they’re not keeping it secret
Marriott data breach tied to Chinese hackers – Link
… worst-case risk scenarios: blackmail, etc – Link
… “China is now the greatest threat to Americans’ privacy” – Link
How WhatsApp fuels fake news and violence in India – Link
Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition tech at her concert – Link
Hertz and Clear bring facial recognition to the rental car industry – Link
When answering the phone exposes you to fraud – Link
… “as a result, fewer people are answering the phone”
… I use RoboKiller on my iPhone to block all telemarketing, spam, etc.
Half the world now connected to the Internet – Link
… “driven by a record number of Africans”
Remember the ‘chips’ China allegedly put on Super Micro motherboards?
… audit finds no malicious components, countering report – Link
2018’s worst password fails – Link
List of the worst passwords of 2018 – Link
Volvo wants you to subscribe to a car, not buy it – Link

“Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea.” ~Leigh Bardug “I was not called to comfort or success but to obedience. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected. His glory, my reward.” ~Karen Watson, SBC missionary killed 3/15/2004 in Iraq.

“The missionary heart cares more than some think is wise, risks more than some think is safe, dreams more than some thing is practical, expects more than some think possible.” ~Karen Watson

“It is understandable that an unbeliever would criticize missionary zeal. It is unthinkable however, for a Christian who has been rescued from eternal death through the gospel, to look with disdain on the missionary effort to take the gospel to the unreached.” ~Scott Dunford

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~Mark Twain

“If a church dies surrounded by lost people, did that church follow Jesus down the road to closure, or did they in fact stop following him?” ~Mark Clifton

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. But you can feed him salt.” ~Beyonder

“If you can tell me where the good news has not gone I can tell you where the center of history will go.” ~Thom Wolfe

“Being at church is not nearly as important as being the church.” -Mark Allison

“Confidence is a very poor cue to accuracy.” ~Daniel Kahneman

“To make converts in Tibet is similar to going into a cave and trying to rob a lioness of her cubs.” ~Hudson Taylor, 1892

“A leader who develops people adds; a leader who develops leaders multiplies.” ~John Maxwell

“As a pastor, my disobedience is one part of the gospel commission. Christ’s great commission requires of us great disobedience. The goal of disobedience is not to change the world but to testify about another world. For the mission of the church is only to be the church and not to become a part of any secular institution. From a negative perspective, the church must separate itself from the world and keep itself from being institutionalized by the world. From a positive perspective, all acts of the church are attempts to prove to the world the real existence of another world. The Bible teaches us that, in all matters relating to the gospel and human conscience, we must obey God and not men. For this reason, spiritual disobedience and bodily suffering are both ways we testify to another eternal world and to another glorious King.” ~Pastor Wang Yi, ChinaReading More
Some books that have made my “check them out” list:
How the Internet happened – Link
Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Profit and Power – Link
50 Million Rising: the new generation of working women transforming the Muslim World –Link
The Third Revolution: XI Jinping and the Chinese State – Link

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