The Weekly Nerd – Monday Edition – June 25th

Welcome to the Monday Edition of The Weekly Nerd! With my super busy schedule, Mondays are it (for now!)

Monday’s Winner:

Guess Who’s Coming To Church
“The percentage of Protestant churches where no one racial group makes up more than 80 percent of the congregation tripled from 4 percent in 1998 to 12 percent in 2012, according to new research out this week from Baylor University. Evangelicals and Pentecostals show even higher levels of diverse churches, up to 15 percent and 16 percent, respectively.”

Cops Need A Warrant To Grab Your Phone’s Location Data – Supreme Court
For issues of privacy and everyone really, this is a huge win! “On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled in a five-to-four decision that law enforcement generally must obtain a warrant to gather cellphone location data from network providers. In an age where virtually everyone is carrying a location-tracking device, the decision is a huge win for privacy advocates.”

24 Hours At My Local Dunkin’ Donuts
This really is a great read about one writers experience in sitting in her local Dunkin’ Donuts for 24 straight hours. I learned a few things, like there are 24 hour Dunkin’ Donuts! The interactions she had with a variety of people really were eye opening. Imagine being in your favorite jaunt, whether it be Starbucks, McDonalds, or your favorite local place, for a complete 24 hour day. What would that look like? Who would you talk to? What would you expect? It sounds like fun, honestly.

10 Books Every Christian Should Read
“Today we’re talking about Christian books and I’m going to suggest ten books that I think every Christian ought to read, or at least try to read, at some point in your lifetime.” This is a great list of books of which I have sadly only read one. I need to step up my reading game!

What Is The Regulative Principle?
“But things are rarely so simple. After all, the Bible does not tell me whether I may or may not listen with profit to a Mahler symphony, find stamp-collecting rewarding, or enjoy ferretbreeding as a useful occupation even though there are well-meaning but misguided Bible-believing Christians who assert with dogmatic confidence that any or all of these violate God’s will. Knowing God’s will in any circumstance is an important function of every Christian’s life, and fundamental to knowing it is a willingness to submit to Scripture as God’s authoritative Word for all ages and circumstances. But what exactly does biblical authority mean in such circumstances?”