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Beloved dust

Religion | Man has a long history of hating the human body, but God called it ‘good’
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/12/18, 02:03 am

Once upon a sunlit spot of ground, God bent down and shaped a mound of dust. The elemental particles that made up the ground were already in place, and so were the elements of a home: blue sky holding in a band of oxygen, springs of water welling up below, a sun making its stately march across the sphere. “Dust” seems an odd medium for shaping, as it doesn’t stick together. But by divine will it did; its Maker considered it beautiful, like everything else. It was a new shape, never seen before—like everything else.

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The modern Chinese house church

Evangelicalism | In China, “house churches” can be more sophisticated than many outsiders realize
by June Cheng
Posted 5/31/18, 10:31 am

What comes to mind when you hear the term “house church”? Perhaps you visualize a dozen believers secretly gathered in an apartment, singing hymns a cappella, listening to a short sermon, sharing a meal, and then going off their separate ways.

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Playing for the King

Culture | Chess Grandmaster Wesley So faces challenges both on and off the board
by Rick Matt
Posted 5/10/18, 11:50 am

The tournament room is silent. Surrounded by the intense gazes of the watching crowd—and those of chess greats past and present staring down from photos on the walls—Wesley So, 24, prepares to defend his title of U.S. chess champion at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center in April. Eleven other top-rated players are there to try to take it from him.

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