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#FaithandCulture Reading: Individualism, Adoption, Death and Wisdom

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In today’s #FaithandCulture Reading, we cull a brief list of some of our favorite articles of the week. Today we highlight articles from Doug Ponder, Kathryn Carson, Cortland Gatliff, Brittany Salmon and Lindsey Nicolet.

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How Individualism Corrupts the Church’s Mission

Our culture embraces individualism, and too often we do as well. Doug Ponder explains how that individualism is a detriment to the church’s mission at The International Mission Board. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s hard to root out all the ways the individualism of the West has clouded our understanding of Scripture. Yet it’s imperative that we try, for cultural blindness is harmful to the church’s witness in the world.

Sisters, Lift Up Your Eyes

Over at the NCBaptist.org, Kathryn Carson offers wisdom to women seeking to be faithful to Christ in a trying time. Her words are applicable to all of us. She writes,

If we, as Bible-believing, Spirit-led women, are going to make a difference, we must be willing to lift our eyes to the One who can be our advocate in times of unrest. Our fight must begin on our knees. 

The Spiritual Discipline of Hanging Out in Cemeteries

Cortland Gatliff explains how spending time in cemeteries has changed his life at Christ and Pop Culture. He writes,

Far from a macabre exercise in stoicism, spending time in cemeteries, I’ve found, helps me to feel the weight and sorrow of death more acutely, and to place my hope in the promise of the empty tomb more fully. 

Adoption Perspectives: A Birth Mom, Adoptive Mom, and Daughter Share Their Story

Over at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Brittany Salmon and Lindsay Nicolet interview a birth mom, adoptive mom and daughter to offer multi-faceted insight into adoption. Here’s an excerpt:

The goodness of God, his power to redeem, his role as Father, and his gift of reconciliation are truths woven not just through adoption stories but through the story of mankind.

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