The Weekly Nerd – Monday Edition – July 30th

Welcome to The Monday Edition of The Weekly Nerd!

I preached yesterday as pulpit supply. It was the last Sunday of preaching for the entire month of July at the same church. I am going to miss the place, Emmanuel Church in Sandwich, Illinois, but, Lord willing, they will call the man God has for them to be their pastor. So, please pray for them!

Monday’s Favorite Read:

A Call to Teenagers to Be Free
This is a masterpiece of an article from John Piper, calling teenagers to be free. What is he talking about? This is a must read to parents, those who work with youth, and, honestly, anyone and everyone else!
“Very few teenagers have an awareness of history. That ignorance leads to a kind of slavery. Most teenagers are slaves of the expectations of their peers and of the big industries that market their fashion and music and technology and entertainment.
This slavery is so pleasant — and so consistently rewarded — that the possibility of being free from conformity to teen-culture rarely enters your mind. Being aware from history that other possibilities exist can set you free for radical “wartime living” in the name of Jesus.”

Do Christian Ever Need to Choose the Lesser Sin? 
The short answer: No. Read the article and/or watch the video. Great stuff.
“This “impossible moral conflict” view easily becomes a slippery slope that encourages Christians to sin more and more. Then people lose their moral backbone and they’re encouraged, when under great pressure, to disobey God.”

The cost of childcare just reached an all-time high
“The cost of raising a child in a middle-income family is $233,610, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which doesn’t include the cost of college. But before their kids are ready for a secondary education, many families require child care for their offspring. The U.S. Census reports that 32.9% of children under age 5 are cared for in non-relative care, including day-care centers, preschools and in their own homes.”

Churches May Have To Pay Taxes
Well, this could be bad.
“Tucked away in the new tax law congressional Republicans passed late last year with no Democratic support is a provision slapping certain nonprofits and charities, including houses of worship, with a 21 percent tax on the value of some employee benefits.”

A Letter To A Young Minister Preparing for Ordination
A letter penned by Andrew Fuller will give anyone, minister or not, great encouragement and lots to think about.

5 Obscure Amazon Settings You Should Change Now
I never had the realization of how much data the online retailer collected, but as I read through the settings, I am not surprised. Even a little bit. I guess we all have become somewhat oblivious over the years, however, hopefully that changes given recent privacy mishaps that have made the news.