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Here Come the Radicals!

Matthew Lee Anderson:

The final paradox of emphasizing a radical faith is that the language of commitment and really risks allowing the very secularism they decry in through the back door. By emphasizing the interior aspect of faith over the formal and distinctive elements of Christian worship—Communion, baptism, corporate singing—they risk missing just how secularized our communal life as Christians has become. It is easy to see signs of secularism in how Christians live from Monday to Saturday. But what about on Sunday morning?

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Making Sense of Weakness

Darryl Dash:

I spend so much time trying to be strong that I have a hard time making sense of what the Bible says about weakness.

“I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,” the apostle Paul writes. Later he says, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” What kind of Kingdom math is this? And if it’s true, why do we try so hard to be strong?

9 Things You Should Know About the Papacy

Joe Carter:

Early this week, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected as the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Here are nine things you should know about the papacy.